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Houston City Council
by John David Suayan with photos courtesy HTV
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Houston City Council today voted unanimously to amend the city's Code of Ordinances relating to consolidation of residential burglar alarm permits, transfer of burglar alarm permits, refund of burglar alarm permit fees and false alarm penalties.

Council Member Robert Gallegos said the item contained “common sense changes.” Listen (1:30)

“The proposed changes allow for permit and false alarm fees to be waived or refunded in the event of declared disasters,” said Gallegos. Item Summary

The city council voted unanimously to approve an interlocal agreement with the Texas General Land Office allowing for up to $424,503,813.96 in reimbursement, as estimated by the GLO, for costs incurred by the city in connection with the provision of direct temporary housing assistance for individuals and households affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The city council voted unanimously to accept grant offers up to $85 million for projects at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, William P. Hobby Airport, and Ellington Airport.

Steve Le, Michael Kubosh, Mike Knox, Dave Martin, and Jack Christie cast the opposing votes to items providing ad valorem tax exemptions on historical sites located at:

  • 303 Hawthorne Drive
  • 709 Kipling Street
  • 402 Marshall Street
  • 104 West 12th Street
  • 215 West 16th Street
  • 2622 Riverside Drive
  • 2147 Pelham Drive
  • 1203 Edwards Street
  • 818 Highland Street
  • 800 Sampson Street
  • 1811 Shearn Street
  • 515 Woodland Street

Le cast the lone opposing vote to items providing ad valorem tax exemptions on historical sites located at:

  • 820 Fannin
  • 1121 Walker

Kubosh cast the lone opposing vote to an item awarding a professional services agreement to Susman Godfrey, LLP.

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

  • Ordinance appropriating $5,880,359.75 out of Water & Sewer System Consolidated Construction Fund as an additional appropriation to contract between the City of Houston and BRH-Garver Construction, L.P. for Change Order No. 2 for Lift Station Renewal and Replacement – Consolidation of Post Oak, Stablewood and Buckingham Lift Stations (Approved by Ordinance No. 2015-0813), did not make it to the council table in time.
  • Recommendation from Acting Director Department of Public Works & Engineering for approval of Change Order No. 2 in the amount of $4,930,392.75 awarded to BRH-Garver Construction, L.P. for the Lift Station Renewal and Replacement - Consolidation of Post Oak, Stablewood and Buckingham Lift Stations, did not make it to the council table in time.
  • Ordinance approving, authorizing and awarding Single Stream Recycling Agreement between the City of Houston and Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, Inc d/b/a FCC SA for the Solid Waste Management Department, did not make it to the council table in time.
  • Ordinance authorizing the acceptance of an award of $1,241,808 in State of Texas Homeless Housing and Services Program Funds and approving and authorizing contract between the City of Houston and Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for the administration of a FY 2018 Texas Homeless Housing and Services Program, pulled from the agenda.
  • 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, referred back to the administration.
  • Motion by Council Member Robinson/Seconded by Council Member Knox to adopt recommendation from the Director of the Houston Emergency Center for approval of the Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency Network for Fiscal Year 2018 Budget January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018, delayed for a week.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously. Agenda

Earlier in the meeting, the city council listened to reports on the current financial status of the city. Listen (15:30)

The city council adjourned the meeting in memory of late former Council Member Peter “Pedestrian Pete” Brown. Controller Chris Brown was absent due to his father’s passing.




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