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Houston City Council
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy City of Houston
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Houston City Council today voted unanimously to appoint and reappoint members to the Houston Commission on Disabilities.

Michael McCulloch, George Powers, Sarah Freeman Smith, Benigno Aceves, Jr., Eileen Edmonds, Asha Dhuka, Erica Fletcher, Mark Potts and Khafilat Oyindamola Adesokan were appointed to the commission, and Maria R. Palacios and Tina X. Williams were reappointed.

The city council took no action regarding confirmation of the appointment of Amy Dunn Taylor to the Houston Ethics Commission. The item was pulled from the agenda.

The city council voted unanimously to approve the 2018 Operations and Maintenance Budget for the Luce Bayou Project, operated by the Coastal Water Authority, in the amount of $1,171,500.

The city council voted unanimously to approve the 2018 Operations and Maintenance Budget for the Trinity River Authority, in the amount of $3,889,432.

An ordinance to de-appropriate $10 million from the Houston Airport System Airports Improvement Fund and appropriate $10 million from the HAS Airports Renewal and Replacement Fund for the Special Facilities Lease Agreement with United Airlines, Inc. for their technical operations center to expand its aircraft maintenance hanger complex at George Bush Intercontinental Airport was tagged by Larry Green.

The city council took no action regarding an ordinance increasing the maximum contract amount and extending the term of the contract with AT&T Corporation for central office based business communications system services for various departments. The item was pulled from the agenda.

The city council voted unanimously to approve a motion by Council Member Dwight Boykins to postpone action for one week on the receipt of nominations for four positions on the Houston Ethics Commission.

The city council voted unanimously to set a date of January 31 to receive nominations for Position 2 on the Port of Houston Authority Port Commission.

Theldon Branch currently serves on the board. The appointee will serve a two year term.

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

During his report to the city council, Mayor Sylvester Turner discussed issues regarding the impact of recent flooding, including Hurricane Harvey, and freezing weather on infrastructure, such as streets, Turner urged residents to report issues such as potholes.

He then announced that he intends to make recommendations to the city council to require structures in the city be built higher to mitigate flood risks.

“We will no longer, in our recommendations, use as our guide the so-called 100-year flood plain, which meant land where there is a 1 percent chance of flooding in any given year,” Turner said, stating that the recommendation is to utilize the 500-year flood plan. Listen (22:26)

He also said that homes will have to be built 2 feet above the flood plain.

“There will be other epic rainstorms, and they probably will arrive a lot sooner than 100 years or 500 years from now,” Turner said.

He said he hopes for the recommendations to be brought to council for a vote in February.

Other measures Turner is proposing is the end of grandfathering for detention on partly-developed land, which would require developers adding improvements to their property to create detention for their entire property, and not only the new improvements.

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