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Fort Bend County
City of Missouri City
News Release
Monday, December 04, 2017

 

Council Connection for Monday, Nov. 20

 

At their Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 Regular Meeting, City Council Members recognized retiring District B Councilmember Don Smith, elected a Mayor Pro Tem and adopted a policy regarding the timing of City-sponsored meetings. Here is a full rundown of Council’s actions from that meeting:

·         Observed oaths of office being administered to Yolanda Ford, City Council District A; Jeffrey L. Boney, City Council District B; Anthony Maroulis, City Council District C; and Floyd Emery, City Council District D. Results for the Tuesday, Nov. 7 General Election were canvassed that night at the City Council Special Meeting; see official results on the City’s website, including Charter Election results: http://bit.ly/2A0KP3T

·         Recognize Councilmember Don Smith for more than 13 years of service to Missouri City. Councilmember Smith, a U.S. Military Veteran who founded the Juneteenth Celebration Foundation, served on City Council from May 2001-June 2007 and May 2010-November 2017. Learn more about Councilmember Smith and his years of service to the “Show Me City” by reading his bio on Nextdoor: http://bit.ly/2AY4fmI

·         Heard announcements from City Manager Anthony J. Snipes, which included the following:

o    Thanking Councilmember Smith for his leadership, letting him know that staff will miss him but look forward to still seeing him around and receiving his direct feedback. Also, welcoming new Councilmember Boney aboard, letting him know staff looked forward to working with him. And, congratulating Mayor Pro Tem Emery and Councilmembers Ford and Maroulis on their reelections to district office.

o    Highlighting the significance of the milestone the City reached Monday, Nov. 20, with the launch of the redesigned City website. Mr. Snipes told Council that the website redesign “is a prime example of HPO (High Performing Organization) collaboration across all departments in partnership with citizens, stakeholders and our vendor, CivicPlus.” The new site is easier to navigate and features include:

§  Branding for the City’s Mission, Vision, Credo and Code of Ideals;

§  Mobile responsiveness;

§  City Council pages;

§  A portal for a live stream of City Council, Planning & Zoning and Parks Board meetings on MCTV;

§  A language translator to accommodate Missouri City’s diverse citizenry;

§  Social Media widgets;

§  Information on the new “MCTX Mobile” App;

§  And customized department homepages with unique URLs in alignment with staff’s business plan goals

o    Encouraging Council and residents to get in the holiday spirit at the City’s annual:

§  Snowfest Festival on Friday, Dec. 1 in the City Hall Complex, 1522 Texas Pkwy. Pre-festival entertainment will kick off the event at 5:30 p.m. and will follow with the tree lighting ceremony and fireworks. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy an array of event activities including a three-lane snow hill, moonwalks and photos with Santa.

§  Snowfest Shuffle on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8:15 a.m. at the Recreation and Tennis Center, 2701 Cypress Point Dr. Runners of all levels and ages are invited to participate. To enter, runners must donate an unwrapped toy for MCPD’s Blue Santa Toy Drive.

§  Following the Shuffle, at 9 a.m. the Snowfest Parade will begin at Public Safety Headquarters, 3849 Cartwright Rd. The two-mile long procession will feature floats decorated in holiday themes and various organizations.

§  Also, Missouri City Green will be partnering with City staff to host their annual Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Public Safety Headquarters, 3849 Cartwright Rd. For a full list of accepted items visit, www.missourcitygreen.com

o    Acknowledging the following:

§  Public Safety Teams for organizing the annual Operation Thanksgiving: Stuff the Squad Car and Fire Truck event. On Saturday, Nov. 18, community partners such as Classic Chevy Sugar Land—who brought in 3,600 canned goods—and H-E-B joined staff and volunteers in donating and collecting canned/non-perishable food items for the Fort Bend Women’s Center and Bethel Ministry. See photos from this year’s event: http://bit.ly/2A4TO1a

§  Councilmember Maroulis for recognizing Fort Bend Independent School District staff at Lexington Creek Elementary with certificates of recognition as part of the district’s “Random Acts of Cardness” initiative. These recognitions are an ongoing effort by City Council to boost campus morale and highlight superior staff in MCTX schools. See photos: http://bit.ly/2hIuBl4

§  Councilmember Emery, and staff for participating in various Veterans Day events hosted by Plantation at Quail Valley, the Exchange Club of Fort Bend and H-E-B.

§  Employee Recognition Committee for hosting the City’s annual Thanksgiving Luncheon. The event provided City leadership the opportunity to share the news of a one-percent lump-sum award to all employees, which City Council approved in this year’s fiscal year budget.

§  Communications staff for hosting a Leadership Luncheon at Houston TranStar last week. Participants got a tour of TranStar’s Emergency Operations Center and were educated about lessons learned from Hurricane Harvey. See photos: http://bit.ly/2zejPtP

o    Gave special kudos to:

§  Vickie Berglund for her achievement in completing her certification as a Texas Registered Municipal Clerk through the Texas Municipal Clerks Certification Program.

o    And finally, reminding everyone that:

§  Code Enforcement Officers will resume issuing warnings and citations for trash screening offenses beginning Friday, Dec. 1. Trash screening and fence/debris violations were suspended after Hurricane Harvey to assure homeowners had an opportunity to focus on rebuilding and recovering from the storm. Then, on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, staff will resume enforcing fence and debris regulations. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2zsdsGm

§  All non-emergency City offices would be closed on Thursday, Nov.23 and Friday, Nov. 24 for Thanksgiving.

·         Held a public hearing and approved the report on the update of the land use assumptions, capital improvements plan and the imposition of an impact fee for the Northeast Oyster Creek Subwatershed service area. The City has adopted three impact fees by ordinance or resolution: the Lake Olympia Parkway Extension, Mustang Bayou and the Northeast Oyster Creek Sub-watershed. Every five years the land use assumptions and capital improvements plan related to each impact fee must be updated. The 2017 report on the land use assumptions and capital improvements plan for the Northeast Oyster Creek Watershed Service Area has been completed and recommended that Council amend the impact fee assessment from $3,000 per acre to $5,333 per acre. This higher impact fee is due to dividing the capital costs by the remaining acreage to be developed rather than the original amount of undeveloped acreage (a larger number). This was done to establish the amount required to completely recover the City’s expenditures in the watershed. However, staff recommended to Council that the impact fee remain at the current $3,000 per acre to remain consistent with the impact fees paid by other undeveloped property in the watershed and avoid putting additional burden on the remaining property to be developed. This does mean that approximately $332,219.20 will be unrecovered upon full development of the watershed.

·         Appointed William Wallace to the board of directors of the Fort Bend Subsidence District Board for a two-year term that begins Feb. 1, 2018, and ends Jan. 31, 2020. The Fort Bend Subsidence District was created by the Texas Legislature in 1989 as a conservation and reclamation district. The District’s purpose is to provide for the regulation of the withdrawal of groundwater within the District to prevent subsidence that contributes to flooding, inundation or overflow of areas within the District, including rising waters resulting from storms or hurricanes. The District’s boundaries are defined as all the territory within Fort Bend County. To be qualified, the member must be a resident of and qualified voter in the District; the District says Mr. Wallace has a good attendance record for Board meetings and serves as Secretary to the Board. Mr. Wallace was first appointed to the board on February 1995.

·         Appointed the following members to the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee: Dr. Rao Perla D.V.M. (Licensed Veterinarian), Sherry Ferguson (representative from an Animal Welfare Organization), Golda Wilkins (City/Municipal Official), Juan Acevedo (Operator of the Missouri City Animal Shelter) and Ted Craig Adderly (Missouri City resident). The purpose of the Committee is to assist the City with the compliance of state law requirements that pertains to animal shelters. Additionally, the committee may provide recommendations to the City regarding its compliance with the Texas Rabies Control Act and may recommend ways to improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the City’s animal control program.

·         Elected Yolanda Ford, District A Councilmember, as Mayor Pro Tem. Pursuant to the City’s Charter, the Mayor Pro Tem shall be elected by the Council at the first Council meeting following a general or special City election. Mayor Pro Tem shall hold the title and serve in such capacity at the pleasure of the Council, shall act as Mayor during the absence or disability of the Mayor, and, when so acting in this capacity, shall have the authority conferred upon the Mayor. Since 2009, the following members of Council have held the title of Mayor Pro Tem:

o    Floyd Emery: July 2016 - November 2017

o    Don Smith: May 2015 - June 2016

o    Robin Elackatt: May 2014 - May 2015

o    Jerry Wyatt: May 2011 - May 2014

o    Brett Kolaja: May 2010 - May 2011

o    Jerry Wyatt: May 2009 - May 2010

·         Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a three-year, $230,719 contract with GTS Technology Solutions, Inc., for Leasing Phase I of desktop PCs and laptops. According to Innovation and Technology Director Sedrick Cole, the current desktops and laptops are at end of cycle and need to be replaced to ensure seamless and continuing day-to-day City function. Through the contract, the City will receive 200 PCs (150 desktops and 50 laptops with docking stations). Utilizing the dell financial services, the City will be able to maximize the dollar by spreading the cost throughout the term of the lease. The annual City commitment to fulfill this lease will be $77,424.64.

·         Authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a $324,924 contract with Datavox for City Wide Access control Project (Door Controllers) through a cooperative purchasing program with the Texas Department of Information Resources. The access cards available for the City’s current access control system has reached its end of life. The system needs to be upgraded to ensure that cards are available, and the system can be utilized to secure all City facilities and gates. The new solution will provide seamless security for City facilities by bringing both access control and security cameras into a single pane of glass. This provides internal investigators easy access to track and locate incidents with accurate timeline with video supporting the timeline.

·         Authorized the City Manager to execute a $ 54,579.69 contract with Fun Abounds, Inc., for the purchase and installation of playground equipment in Oak Hill Park, 3323 Broken Bough Dr. The park’s current play equipment has reached the end of its useful life. The new play structure will fit well in a small, neighborhood park. Staff has decided on equipment manufactured by Berliner Playgrounds and provided by Fun Abounds, Inc. and will proceed with a purchase from them to completely remove the current equipment, furnish, set in-place and install new equipment. The City will save more than $20,000 on the purchase price of this play structure by buying the “floor model” that was displayed at the NRPA Annual Conference.

·         Authorized the City Manager to execute a contract with Metroclean Commercial Building Services for City-wide janitorial services with Metroclean Commercial Building Services; the contract will run from Jan. 1, 2017, through Nov. 30, 2019 at a cost of $190,267.56 per year. The City’s current contract for Janitorial Services is set to end on Dec. 31, 2017. Although this agreement includes a renewal clause, staff was of the opinion that it might serve the City better to solicit for these services, rather than automatically renew the current contract.

·         Authorized the City Manager to execute a $465,069.96 Professional Services Contract for providing engineering services toward the expansion of Independence Boulevard, Segment 2 with CP&Y, Inc. This project was approved in the 2013 Fort Bend County mobility bond election. As part of the interlocal agreement with Fort Bend County, they will contribute up to $1,100,000 toward the design and construction of this project, which is estimated at 50 percent of the total project cost. The City will contribute the other 50 percent as approved in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 five-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) plan. The Engineer will provide professional engineering services to Missouri City for the reconstruction of Independence Boulevard from Moore Road to South Revolution Way. This service provision will also include connecting Packer Lane to Independence Boulevard, per the Council’s direction from the Sept. 18, 2017 Special Meeting.

·         Authorized a contract with Swagit Productions, LLC for the provision of monthly managed broadcast and video streaming/archiving services of various City public meetings and other video services as requested. In May 2016, City Council authorized an agreement through Software House, Intl. for the provision of broadcast and streaming equipment and services solution from Swagit Productions, LLC for City public meetings. The original agreement and authorization included only the first year of managed services to be provided. On June 30, 2017, the first year of managed services expired. The City has negotiated with Swagit Productions, LLC for this service to be directly offered to the City in the current fiscal year and to include options to renew for three additional years. The monthly cost for the current fiscal year is $1,250, plus, if needed, additional services that are not in the capacity of the monthly service agreement. Swagit’s video production package offers Missouri City residents greater transparency and community engagement and improves operational efficiencies. This includes a mobile app (HD Peg Portal) that fully integrates with the City’s website and social media platforms and provides an outlet to give residents a consistent location to see media broadcasting around the clock as well as providing staff the ability to send push notifications, especially in case of special announcements and emergencies. Continuing the Swagit partnership through this contract will work to:

o    Increase the trust level with the community with timely and accurate information;

o    Have a City government and the community united on a common outreach vision/goal for the future; and

o    Increase the residents and businesses understanding of City finances, services and programs.

·         Approved a resolution to cast votes for the election of members of the board of directors of the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District for the two-year term commencing on January 1, 2018. The Fort Bend Central Appraisal District is holding an election on their eight candidates for five board positions. Members of the board of directors, other than a county assessor-collector serving as a nonvoting director, serve two-year terms beginning on Jan. 1 of even-numbered years. Council reappointed Al Abramczyk, Jim Kij, Sam R. Mayson, Sr., Paul Stamatis, Jr. and Rhonda Zacharias to the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District and equally divided the City’s 92 votes among the members, with the extra two votes to the current chairman.

·         Approved a resolution to cast a vote for the election of a member of the board of directors of the Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) for the two-year term that commences Jan. 1, 2018. HCAD delivered to the City the names of the persons nominated as candidates to serve in the position on its board of directors, representing and to be filled by cities other than Houston, participating in said appraisal district. Council moved to elect Mike Sullivan to the HCAD.

·         Approved on a four to three vote a resolution that adopts a policy to limit the use of City resources and the period in which City-sponsored community meetings and City-supported community meetings may be held. Mayor Allen Owen, At-Large Position #1 Councilmember Jerry Wyatt, District D Councilmember Floyd Emery and District C Councilmember Anthony Maroulis supported the resolution. Mayor Pro Tem Yolanda Ford, District A, At-Large Position #2 Councilmember Chris Preston and District B Councilmember Jeffrey Boney opposed it. City Council has previously held discussions in regards to Council District, At-Large and Community meetings; however, the discussions were not formalized through resolution and did not discuss limits to when meetings could occur. The City Council currently operates under the practice of allowing At-Large or District members to facilitate meetings with staff resources at their discretion. Although City Council has provided feedback at Special Council Meetings regarding these types of public forums, there is no current policy or resolution in place. This resolution limits the use of City resources for community and Council initiated Community meetings and Town Halls held within 30 days of City elections.

·         ­­Approved the Consent Agenda, which included the following:

A.      Approved the minutes of the Special and Regular City Council meetings of Nov. 6, 2017.

B.      Approved on the second and final reading an ordinance that continues the rules and regulations that pertains to the establishment of a curfew for minors; makes certain findings; and provides a penalty.

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