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Houston City Council
by John David Suayan with photos courtesy HTV
Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Houston City Council today voted unanimously to appropriate $3.2 million to the Capital Improvement Plan Project Cost Recovery Fund to cover reimbursable project management costs for FY18 projects under the Capital Improvement Plan.

The requested appropriation will reimburse the CIP Project Cost Recovery Fund for the actual cost of project management services provided by architects, engineers, project managers and administrators. Item Summary

The city council voted unanimously to approve and authorize the issuance and sale of the City of Houston, Texas, Public Improvement Refunding Bonds Series 2017A and such other series as may be determined, in an aggregate amount not to exceed $645 million.

Amanda Edwards cast the lone opposing vote to the following two items:

  • Ordinance finding and determining public convenience and necessity for the acquisition of easements through dedication, purchase or condemnation, in connection with the public improvement project known as the 108-inch water line from Imperial Valley Drive to Green Plaza Drive Project.
  • Ordinance finding and determining public convenience and necessity for the acquisition of real property interests through dedication, purchase or condemnation, in connection with the public improvement project known as Shepherd and Durham Paving and Drainage (from Washington Avenue to Dickson Street) Project.

Jack Christie cast the lone opposing vote to an item awarding a contract to Rush Truck Centers of Texas, LP, in an amount not to exceed $6.38 million, for Cummins replacement parts and repair services for the Fleet Management Department.

The city council did not take action on the following two items:

  • Ordinance appropriating $600,000.00 out of Street and Traffic Control and Storm Drainage DDSRF as an additional appropriation; approving and authorizing first amendment to Professional Engineering Services Contract between the City of Houston and Jones & Carter, Inc. for FY16 Mitigation Program for Capital Improvement Projects (Approved by Ordinance No. 2016-0095); providing funding for CIP Cost Recovery relating to construction of facilities financed by the Street & Traffic Control and Storm Drainage DDSRF, did not make it to the council table in time.
  • Recommendation from Acting Director Department of Public Works & Engineering for approval of final contract amount of $1,577,278.62 and acceptance of work on contract with CES Utilities, Inc. for Fire Hydrant Replacement Project, tagged by David Robinson.

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

Mayor Sylvester Turner adjourned the meeting in memory of the victims of the Sutherland Springs church shooting.

Following the meeting, Mayor Turner held a press conference to discuss Tuesday’s election results pertaining to the proposed pension bonds, which were approved with 75 percent of the vote. Listen (33:47)

He initially thanked the city council for their work.

“If we were divided, I just don’t think we’d be standing here today,” said the mayor.

Many other individuals and groups were acknowledged by Mayor Turner for their respective roles in the bonds’ approval.

The mayor said the bonds give the city “a more sound fiscal financial footing.”

“We are in a better position… We’re now able to focus even more on recovery from Harvey. We helped each other out of the floodwaters, we celebrated with each other about our Astros, and now together, we pulled Houston government out of a very deep hole, a hole that was getting deeper and deeper,” he said.

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