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Pasadena City Council
by Garrett Bryce w/Photos courtesy PasadenaTV
Thursday, October 05, 2017

Pasadena City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to authorize a settlement agremeent in the matter of Alberto Patino, et al vs. City of Pasadena in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

The lawsuit had centered around challenges to redistricting of the city's council positions to replace two of the city council's district seats with positions elected at-large by the city. The change had been made following a special election in November 2013.

Lower courts had ordered the city to return to its previous composition of eight single-member district seats and the mayor.

Several council members spoke on the settlement, noting that it would save the city money.

Council Member Cody Ray Wheeler said that the lawsuit was settled for $1.1 million, as opposed an additional more than $2 million. Wheeler said the lawsuit cost more than $3 million total.

“This wasn't just a financial hit to the city, but it gave the city a black eye in the national spotlight,” Wheeler said. “It cost progress, it cost council and it cost time.” Listen (9:05)

Council Member Phil Cayten noted that the item had been voted on by the public. He noted that he was on council when the item was put forward.

“I'm going to vote to stop this appeal process, even though I think that the three more conservative judges of the appeals court will rule in favor of the City of Pasadena,” Cayten said, noting that to continue would increase costs.

He also said he felt that the change did not put in place a discriminatory election system.

Council Member Thomas Schoenbein said “no one won, no one lost” in the settlement.

“The only victors are the citizens of Pasadena,” he said.

Council Member Sammy Casados echoed those statements, and said the city should “move forward.”

The city council vote unanimously to approve progress payments on various contract underway in the city, including:

  • $56,780 to Brooks Concrete, Inc. for the 2017 Annual Sidewalk Project
  • Payments of $75,350 and $54,426 to D & W Contractors, Inc. for the2016 Witter Street Replacement Project
  • $32,697 to Mar-Con Services, LLC for the West Lane Reconstruction Project
  • $167,222 to Mar-Con Services for the Thornwood Drainage Improvements Project
  • $66,880 to McKinney Construction, Inc. for the McMasters Avenue Waterline Replacement Project
  • $5,005 to McKinney Construction for the Eagle Avenue Waterline Replacement Project
  • $183,531 to RAC Industries, LLC for the 2017 On Call Paving and Drainage Improvements Project
  • $22,154 to Reliable Signal and Lighting Solutions, LLC for the 2017 Annual Traffic Mobility Project
  • $36,480 to Southwest Signal Supply, Inc. for the Traffic Signal Flasher Project
  • $128,259 to Texas Pride Utilities, LLC for the Scarborough Waterline Replacement Project

The city council voted unanimously to approve payment of miscellaneous claims and invoices. Council Member Cary Bass abstained regarding any items concerning Bass & Meineke.

The city council voted 8-1, with Don Harrison opposed, to approve personnel changes.

The city council voted unanimously to grant a variance for the proposed Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park and Houston Stellar Volleyball Club to be located at 3838 Fairway Plaza.

The city council voted unanimously to amend the item to note a total of 230 parking spaces in the ordinance, not 232.

The city council voted 7-2, with Casados and Harrison opposed, to approve an agreement, on first reading, with Brooks & Sparks, Inc. for the design of the Richey Street Reconstruction Project.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present. Agenda

During the meeting, the city council held a public hearing regarding the 2017 proposed tax rate. No members of the public requested to speak on the matter. The city council will hold a special meeting on October 10, at 10 a.m., to consider the first reading of adoption of the proposed rate, which totals $0.584259 per $100 valuation.

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