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Galveston County
Hitchcock City Commission
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Hitchcock City Commission on Monday voted 3-1, with Fard Abdullah opposed, to lift the city's moratorium on sand pit applications and permits.

The lifting of the moratorium had been requested by Commissioner Mark Cook. During the meeting, several members of the public addressed the commission regarding sand pits, with some speaking in favor of removing the moratorium and some opposing it.

The city commission voted unanimously to grant a 6 month variance for homeowners to live in a recreational vehicle on their own property while repairing damage caused during Hurricane Harvey.

The city commission voted unanimously to waive a $15 recreational vehicle parking fee, also related to Hurricane Harvey. Those who had already paid the fee, a total of nine residents, will have the fee refunded.

The city commission voted unanimously to appoint Mayor Anthony Matranga as representative and Commissioner Cook as alternate to the Houston-Galveston Area Council General Assembly for 2018.

The city commission took no action regarding approval of an agenda setting policy. The item was pulled.

Requests from the city Planning Board and from Custom Chemical Services, LLC to re-zone property in the 8500 block of FM 2004 from an Agricultural Residential District to a General Industrial District died for lack of a motion.

Commissioner Monica Cantrell stated that she would not make a motion was that she did not have enough information on the item, and said she would like to see city workshops or town hall meetings prior to considering such zoning requests.

All other action items were approved by unanimous vote. Mayor Anthony Matranga was absent. Mayor Pro Tem Randy Stricklind presided over the meeting. Agenda

During the meeting, Court Clerk Jamie Turner was presented with an employee service award in recognition of her 30 years of service to the city.

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