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Pasadena City Council
by Garrett Bryce w/Photos courtesy PasadenaTV
Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Pasadena City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to acknowledge the adoption of an Anti-NIMBY Plan for the city.

Council Member Cody Ray Wheeler spoke on the plan, noting that NIMBY stands for “Not In My Back Yard” and read some of the plan's requirements.

“This pertains to residents who are resistant to development of a controversial nature in their back yard, or near their property,” Wheeler said. Listen (5:22)

Wheeler said he would vote for the item, but discussed his issues with it.

“I think you have the right to complain,” Wheeler said.

He stated that development in the city “happens sporadically.”

“I do think the city needs to develop a plan,” he said.

Council Member Thomas Schoenbein said he agreed with many of Wheeler's points, and noted the city's situation.

“One thing we really have to understand here in Pasadena is we are out of land, folks, and we have no zoning laws here in Pasadena,” Schoenbein said. “We need to make sure that the format going forward, that the city has a vision for the land that's left available for us.”

The city council voted unanimously to approve progress payments on several contracts for projects underway in the city, including:

  • $80,988 to Brooks Concrete for the 2017 Annual Sidewalk Project
  • $50,152 to Mar-Con Services for the West Lane Reconstruction Project
  • $143,646 to Mar-Con Services for the Thornwood Drainage Improvements Project
  • $13,110 to McKinney Construction, Inc. for the SH 225 Waterline Phase 1 Project
  • $13,433 to McKinney Construction for the Eagle Avenue Waterline Replacement Project
  • $9,310 to McKinney Construction for the McMasters Avenue Waterline Replacement Project
  • $30,249 to Nerie Construction for the 2016 Citywide Sewer System Rehabilitation Program, Phase 1
  • $10,447 and $82,013 to RAC Industries, LLC for the 2017 On Call Paving and Drainage Improvements Program
  • $140,913 and $145,172 to Siemens Industry, Inc. for the Spencer Highway Traffic Signal Improvement Phase 2 Project
  • $12,160 and $7,395 to Southwest Signal Supply, Inc. for the Traffic Signal Flasher Project
  • $178,247 to Transtex Construction, LLC for the Jasmine Street Paving & Drainage Improvements Project

The city council voted 7-1, with Don Harrison opposed, to approve, on final reading, rates for medical, dental, vision, voluntary life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment for active employees and flexible spending maximums for Plan Year 2018, and 2018 pre-65 retiree medical and dental rates and 65 and older retiree medicare supplement rates.

The item was approved with an amendment.

The city council voted 7-1, with Harrison opposed, to approve, on first reading, award of an agreement to Brooks & Sparks, Inc. for design services related to the Lafferty Road Paving, Drainage and Utilities Improvement Project Phase I, in the amount of $262,100.

The city council voted 7-1, with Schoenbein opposed, to renew a contract with Avaya for maintenance of the Avaya phone system and Audix answering system, on first reading.

Schoenbein challenged the city to invest more in its own Information Technology department.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Council Member Cary Bass was absent. Agenda




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