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Houston City Council
by John David Suayan with photos courtesy HTV
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Houston City Council today voted unanimously to enter into an interlocal agreement with the Harris County Flood District to provide up to $10.6 million in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Flood Events Funds to perform voluntary property buyouts, demolition and relocation of families who are eligible property owner applicants in the targeted neighborhoods of Braeburn Glen, Glenburnie & Cashiola and Langwood.

The funds will be used to purchase structures in the floodplain, demolish and remove the structures, relocation of eligible households, and maintain the use of the property as open green space. Item Summary

Council Member David Robinson said the agreement “is critical to our neighborhoods.” Listen (11:27)

“We have to build on all these opportunities, and I’m a big fan of what we’re doing with this,” said Robinson.

The city council voted unanimously to enter into a sole source agreement with Frost National Bank for automatic filing fee payment services for various departments.

The city council voted unanimously to release approximately 33.5 acres of land near the intersection of James Muse Parkway and United States Highway 290 in Waller County.

Amanda Edwards cast the lone opposing votes to the following four items:

  • Recommendation from Director General Services Department that City Council declare surplus and authorize the sealed bid sale of Parcel SY17-036 and Parcel SY15-065.
  • Ordinance finding and determining public convenience and necessity for the acquisition of real property interests in connection with the public improvement project known as the acquisition of easements for 66-inch water line interconnection along west Hardy Road from Beltway 8 to Greens Road.
  • Ordinance finding and determining public convenience and necessity for the acquisition of real property interests in connection with the public improvement project known as the 42-inch water line from West Bellfort Avenue to Bissonnet Street along Braes Forest Drive and Centerpoint Energy Fee Strip Project.
  • Ordinance finding and determining public convenience and necessity for the acquisition of real property interests in connection with the public improvement project known as the easement acquisitions for the 108-inch water line from Aldine Westfield to Willis Street Project.

Brenda Stardig, Mike Knox, and Mike Laster tagged an item appropriating $18 million of Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Affordable Housing Funds to build single-family and multifamily affordable homes, as well as to administer HCDD’s affordable home activities.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously with all members present. Agenda

Earlier in the meeting, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced that he and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made a wager on the World Series. According to Mayor Turner, he will give Garcetti Killen’s BBQ if the L.A. Dodgers win while Garcetti will provide Korean barbecue in the event of a Houston Astros’ victory.

The Dodgers lead the Fall Classic, 1-0, as of the publication of this report. Game 2 at Dodger Stadium in L.A. is tonight at 7:08 p.m.




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