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Pasadena City Council
by Garrett Bryce w/Photos courtesy PasadenaTV
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Pasadena City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve, on first reading, award of a $633,600 contract with Johnston, LLC for design services for a new municipal courts building.

Council Member Thomas Schoenbein noted that the project would replace older facilities.

“The old City Hall building goes away, the old police station goes away,” Schoenbein said. “Instead of us repurposing and revitalizing old buildings, this is a step for Pasadena to move forward with a brand new courthouse. I think that sends a statement throughout this community that business as usual has changed.” Listen (2:46)

Council Member Don Harrison voice his concerns with the selection of the committee to select qualified architects, but said he would vote for the item.

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

  • $228,910 to Cruz Tec, Inc. for the Citywide SS Rehabilitation Program, Phase II
  • $27,029 to IKLO Construction for the Pet Adoption Center Project
  • $88,605 to Nerie construction, LLC for the 2016 Citywide SS Rehabilitation Program, Phase I
  • $539,207 to Peltier Brothers Construction, LTD for the Waste Water Treatment Plant Consolidation Project, Phase I
  • $15,057 to Siemens Industry, Inc. for the Spencer Highway Traffic Signal Improvement Project, Phase II
  • $81,719 to Texas Pride Utilities, LLC for the Scarborough Waterline Replacement Project
  • $233,629 to Transtex Construction, LLC for the Jasmine Street Paving and Drainage Improvements Project

The city council voted unanimously to approve the payment of miscellaneous claims and invoices. However, Cary Bass abstained on items related to Bass & Meineke.

The city council voted 6-3, with Harrison, Cody Ray Wheeler and Sammy Casados opposed, to approve personnel changes on the agenda.

Harrison voiced his issues with hiring employees who have been working for the City of Houston, and favoring hiring people from Pasadena. He specifically pointed out a candidate for Parks and Recreation Director. Listen (5:43)

Bass and Schoenbein both stated that they had met with the candidate, and found him qualified.

Wheeler noted the candidate's expertise in botany, but that he did not appear to have experience with programs, which he said was a priority.

“Nothing on this individual's resume shows me he has any experience with programming,” Wheeler said.

The city council voted unanimously to approve, on final reading, an ordinance providing cost of living increases to employees in the city.

The city council voted unanimously to approve, on final reading, award of a $1,399,398 contract with D&W Contractors, Inc. for the 2018 Drainage and Pavement Replacement Project.

The city council voted unanimously to approve, on first reading, award of a $1,307,722 contract to Texas Pride Utilities, LLC for the 2018 Citywide Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project.

The city council voted unanimously to approve, on first reading, award of a $865,935 contract to Armadillo Underground Utilities, LLC for the 2018 Citywide Waterline Replacement Project.

The city council voted 6-3, with Harrison, Wheeler and Casados opposed, to approve, on first reading, a $100,000 professional services contract with Brooks & Sparks, Inc. for professional services related to right-of-way management services.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present. Agenda





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