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Galveston County
La Marque City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

La Marque City Council on Monday voted unanimously to approve a change order to a contract with Texas Price Utilities, LLC for the La Marque Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation 2016 Project.

The change order increases the contract by 25 percent, or $134,714, bringing the total up from $554,565 to $689,279. The change order also added 60 days to the completion date.

Mayor Pro Tem Keith Bell noted his concern with increasing an existing contract instead of opening the process to bidding from other contractors. Listen (16:31)

“To automatically give a company, although they may be doing great work, to give them a change order simply because we've saved money and we want to do more work, I don't think that's in the spirit of what change orders are supposed to be about,” Bell said. “And it precludes other companies from bidding, or having the opportunity to bid on other projects and receive funding.”

However, Bell stated he would support the item.

The city council voted unanimously to approve, on final reading, an amendment to rename the Clean City Commission to the Keep La Marque Beautiful Commission.

The city council voted unanimously to award a contract to the Galveston County Health District for annual water pollution control and abatement services, for a total amount of $12,272.

The city council voted unanimously to award a $545,910 contract to To-Mex Construction, LLC for repairs/replacement of a segment of the city's sanitary sewer system.

The city council voted unanimously to appoint Mayor Bobby Hocking as representative and Council Member Robert Michetich as alternate to the Houston-Galveston Area Council General Assembly for 2018.

The city council took no action regarding appointments or reappointments to boards and commissions.

The city council took no action resulting from executive session discussions regarding negotiations related to the lease or purchase of property for city facilities. Hocking recused himself from discussions or any possible action regarding the matter.

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

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