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League City City Council
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy League City
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

League City City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to 6-1, with Dan Becker opposed, to appoint Mayor Pat Hallisey as representative and Council Member Larry Millican as alternate to the Houston-Galveston Area Council General Assembly and Board of Directors.

The city council voted 6-1, with Becker opposed, to approve a new salary grade chart for non-civil service employees and a new salary step chart for civil service employees.

The city council selected Option 1, which was for a total of $523,506 in salary adjustments. Salary Chart Options

The city council voted unanimously to cast the city's vote in favor of appoint Shannon Lucas to the Harris-Galveston Subsidence Board of Directors.

The city council voted to approve several board and appointment commissions.

Appointments were made to the Section 4B Industrial Development Corporation, the Planning and Zoning Commission and Capital Improvements Advisory Committee, and the Zoning Board of Adjustment. All appointments were made with unanimous vote with the exception of the appointment of Mike Lee to the Planning and Zoning Commission, which was approved by a voted of 6-1, with Becker opposed. Appointments

The city council voted unanimously to approve two professional service agreements with Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. for the FM270 Widening Project, in an amount not to exceed $78,400, and for the Palomino Lane Extension Project, in an amount not to exceed $84,600.

Council Member Hank Dugie asked for an explanation of the agreements and inquired about their impact on the proposed bridge and Landing Boulevard, and whether the projects would be replacing the possible bridge project. Listen (5:16)

City Manager John Baumgartner addressed the concern regarding the Landing Bridge, stating that the city is still seeking funding through the Texas Department of Transportation to leverage in the project, but noting an extended timeline for the project.

“I'd like to tell you we're a year or two away from construction,” he said. “Two would be optimistic.”

The city council voted unanimously to postpone action regarding the acceptance of water line and sanitary sewer easements from SSB/646 Associates, LP to serve the Franklin Business Subdivision commercial development located in the 3900 block of East FM 646.

The city council voted unanimously to reappoint Richard Cope as associate judge of the League City Municipal Court with an effective date of February 1, as discussed in closed session.

The city council took no action resulting from executive discussions regarding real property.

The city council took no action regarding consultation with the city attorney concerning pending litigation in regards to issues with Comcast's franchise fees. The item was pulled from the agenda.

The city council voted unanimously to authorize the city attorney to intervene in the lawsuit styled CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC vs. Public Utility Commission of Texas pending in the 201st District Court in Travis County in order to defend the city's authority to regulate local development, as discussed in closed session.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Mayor Pat Hallisey remained absent. Mayor Pro Tem Todd Kinsey presided over the meeting. Agenda

During the meeting, Emergency Management Coordinator Ryan Edghill provided an update regarding with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's modular housing program for recovery from Hurricane Harvey and other matters. Listen (5:16)

“There's finally some legs and some meat behind those programs,” Edghill said, noting that those who have registered and are qualified will be contacted.

He also said there is now a housing helpline by the Texas General Land Office, which is at 1-888-958-0877.

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