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Houston City Council
by John David Suayan with photos courtesy HTV
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Houston City Council today voted unanimously to execute an interlocal purchasing agreement contract with the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County for the purchase of employee transit fare media in an amount not to exceed $5.7 million for the Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department.

The agreement pertains to the Downtown Employee Transit Program, which provides city-sponsored “mass transit” alternatives to employees commuting to downtown city work locations. Item Summary

The city council voted unanimously to renew the city’s membership in the Texas Municipal League.

The city council voted unanimously to approve a grant application to and acceptance of an award from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention for HHD’s HIV prevention activities in reducing HIV infections and improving engagement in HIV medical care.

The city council voted unanimously to approve a final contract amount of $1,577,278.62 and acceptance of work on a contract with CES Utilities, Inc. for a fire hydrant replacement project.

Greg Travis cast the lone opposing vote to an item regarding appointments and reappointments to the Board of Directors of the Houston Downtown Management District. Travis opposed the reappointment of Genora Kendrick Boykins because she is the spouse of Council Member Dwight Boykins, who was not in the room and did not vote. Listen (1:03)

“I don’t mean to cast dispersions,” said Travis. “I just think that having somebody close to the council serving on these boards, just like I have in previous discussions, gives that person an unfair advantage in discussions for that group.”

Travis added that he would have felt the same way if it were the parents, children, or employee of any other city council member.

“I’m just being consistent on principles,” he said.


Amanda Edwards cast the lone opposing vote to an item pertaining to the Northeast Water Purification Plant Expansion Project.

The city council delayed the following five items using the tag rule:

  • Ordinance approving and authorizing contract between the City of Houston and Trinder Aviation & Aerospace Advocacy, PLLC for Professional Legal Services for the Houston Airport System, tagged by Jerry Davis.
  • Ordinance approving the Project Plan and Reinvestment Zone Financing Plan for Reinvestment Zone Number Twenty-Seven, City of Houston, Texas (Montrose Zone), tagged by Travis.
  • Ordinance relating to the Fiscal Affairs of the Reinvestment Zone Number Twenty-Seven, City of Houston, Texas (Montrose Zone), tagged by Travis.
  • Ordinance approving and authorizing Task Order Contract between the City of Houston and Vergel Gay & Associates, LLC for Professional Project Management Services, tagged by Davis.
  • Ordinance appropriating $15,376,000.00 out of Street & Traffic Control and Storm Drainage DDSRF and $974,000.00 out of Water & Sewer System Consolidated Construction Fund, awarding contract to Triple B Services, LLP for Binglewood Area Drainage and Paving Improvements, tagged by Brenda Stardig.

The following two items were pulled from the agenda and not considered for action:

  • Ordinance supplementing Ordinance No. 2017-304 relating to the Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes.
  • Ordinance authorizing the acceptance of funds to be awarded to the City of Houston (“City”) pursuant to Section 408 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (“Act”) and approving and authorizing an Interlocal Agreement between the City and the General Land Office for the provision of Direct Housing Assistance to individuals and households displaced from their residences as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

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


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