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Pasadena City Council
by Garrett Bryce w/Photos courtesy PasadenaTV
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Pasadena City Council on Tuesday voted 6-3, with Cody Ray Wheeler, Don Harrison and Sammy Casados opposed, to approve a contract with HillCo Partners for public affairs consulting services.

Wheeler stated that the contract is for lobbying the state legislature in Austin. He said that the city is currently paying another contractor $5,400 per month through March, while the new contract is effective this month, and is $7,500 per month. He also stated that the legislature is not in session this year.

“In my opinion, there are other ways we can do this, through the Texas Municipal League, they have lobbying services that are at little to no cost to the city,” Wheeler said, noting he would not support the item. Listen (2:19)

Harrison agreed with Wheeler, and noted the need to “tighten the belt” on city expenses.

Council Member Cary Bass said that the contract was a “needed service” and that HillCo was recommended by the city's legal department.

The city council unanimously to approve the minutes of the January 2 city council meeting. The item was approved with amendments regarding the numbering of ordinances in the agenda.

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

  • $60,548 to Brooks Concrete, Inc. for the 2017 Annual Sidewalk Project
  • $58,175 to Mar-Con Services, LLC for the Thornwood Drainage Improvements
  • $105,782 to Texas Pride Utilities, LLC for the Scarborough Waterline Replacement

The city council voted unanimously to approve the payment of miscellaneous claims and invoices, with Bass abstaining on items related to Bass & Meineke. Harrison questioned the ability to abstain from voting on items, noting that it was not allowed under the city charter. However, city legal staff stated that state law overrides the charter in this instance, and does allow a council member to abstain.

The city council voted 8-1, with Harrison opposed, to approve, on first reading, award of a $61,025 contract to John A. Walker Roofing, Inc. for the replacement of the roof at Fire Station No. 7.

Harrison opposed the item stating that he could not support it until there was clarification on whether the roof was still under warranty.

The city council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution approving the Pasadena Second Century Corporation's amended and restated loan agreement with Branch Banking and Trust Company and the issuance of an exchange promissory note.

Council Member Thomas Schoenbein noted that the corporation has voted to change its name to the Pasadena Economic Development Corporation.

“That way it makes more sense as far as their scope of work,” Schoenbein said. Listen (1:32)

Casados stated that the corporation is refinancing a loan, not taking out a new one. He said that the corporation has to maintain an amount of debt to stay organized.

The city council took no action regarding approval of an agreement with David P. McCoy for investigative services. The meeting was adjourned without the item being read or considered.

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

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