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Houston City Council
by John David Suayan with photos courtesy HTV
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Houston City Council today voted 14-3, with Steve Le, Michael Kubosh, and Mike Knox opposed, to approve a resolution of no objection to an application for non-competitive four percent federal tax credits for acquisition and rehabilitation of Vista on Gessner, an affordable housing community located near 6005-6526 South Gessner Road. Listen (29:01)

Dalcor Affordable Housing I, LLC, intends to submit an application to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. Item Summary

Council Member Mike Laster originally opposed the construction of new apartment complexes in his district, but saw positives in Vista on Gessner.

“The neighborhood wants to see a better environment, and I agree with that 100 percent,” said Laster. “The neighborhood needs a better environment… but we’re not going to get there by hopes, prayers, and wishes.”

Council Member Steve Le stated while “on paper everything looks fine and everybody deserves a nice place to reside in,” a salary cap will be placed on residents allowed to reside in the units.

“Had these units been opened up to fair market rates and allowed anybody with any income to come in and reside in a unit, you now allow the market to dictate demographics rather than a business transaction or a tax credit transaction to artificially dictate who can reside in that unit and who cannot reside in that unit," Le said.

The city council voted unanimously to approve a joint funding agreement with the United States Geological Survey for water resource investigation and monitoring.

The city council voted unanimously to appropriate nearly $2.2 million out of the Equipment Acquisition Consolidated Fund for the purchase of capital equipment for the Houston Fire Department.

The city council voted unanimously to approve a strategic partnership agreement with Harris County Municipal Utility District 525.

The city council voted unanimously to confirm the appointment of Mindy Bryan and reappointments of Carlos Sharpless, Jackquline M. Swindle, Lawrence E. Chamberlain, and Les Haulbrook to the Houston Amateur Sports Park LGC, Inc.

The city council voted 15-2, with Amanda Edwards and Kubosh opposed, to add 98.703 acres of land to the Harris County Improvement District Number 17.

Edwards cast the lone opposing vote to an item annexing a certain area located within HCID No. 17 and certain territory located in the vicinity of the improvement district.

Kubosh cast the lone opposing votes to the following four items:

  • Ordinance approving and authorizing the strategic partnership agreement between the City of Houston and Cypress Creek Utility District.
  • Ordinance annexing to the City of Houston, Texas, for limited purposes a certain area located within Cypress Creek Utility District and certain territory located in the vicinity of Cypress Creek Utility District.
  • Ordinance approving and authorizing the fourth amended and restated strategic partnership agreement between the City of Houston and Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 191.
  • Ordinance annexing to the City of Houston, Texas, for limited purposes a certain area located within Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 191 and certain territory located in the vicinity of Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 191.

The city council took no action on the following six items:

  • Ordinance confirming and approving the pricing certificates, terms, principal amounts and interest rates relating to the sale of the airport system special facilities revenue bonds (United Airlines, Inc. Technical Operations Center Project), Series 2017 (AMT) and the Airport System Special Facilities Revenue Bonds (United Airlines, Inc. Airport Improvement Projects), Series 2017C (AMT), did not make it to the council table in time.
  • Ordinance appropriating $2,801,515.00 out of Water & Sewer System Consolidated Construction Fund; awarding contract to Portland Utilities Construction Company, LLC for wastewater collection system rehabilitation and renewal, did not make it to the council table in time.
  • Ordinance appropriating $1,914,439.00 out of Water & Sewer System Consolidated Construction Fund; awarding contract to Vaught Services, LLC for Wastewater Collection System Rehabilitation And Renewal, did not make it to the council table in time.
  • Ordinance relating to the Fiscal Affairs of the Memorial City Redevelopment Authority on behalf of Reinvestment Zone Number Seventeen, City of Houston, Texas (Memorial City Zone), delayed for two weeks.
  • Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2011-1132, as amended, to increase the maximum contract amount; approving and authorizing a second amendment to a contract between the City and The Dean G. Pappas Law Firm PLLC (formerly known as Pappas & Suchma, P.C.) for Professional Legal Services relating to the Workers' Compensation Benefits Program, postponed.
  • Ordinance approving and authorizing Task Order Contract between the City of Houston and Vergel Gay & Associates, LLC for Professional Project Management Services, postponed.

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




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