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Webster City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Webster City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to authorize the publication of an intent to issue certificates in obligation.

The city plans to issue two series of certificates of obligation, with the first totaling $5.4 million to purchase two fire apparatus, remodel and renovate the police department building, replace the City Hall HVAC system, replace the roof system on two public works buildings, construct an animal shelter, and build a fountain at City Hall.

The second series totals $2.1 million to fund engineering services for a portion of the 42-inch water line replacement project. The pipeline runs from the Southeast Water Purification Plant in Houston through Webster. The total cost of the project is estimated at $118 million, with Webster's share to total $9.6 million. The remaining funds will be issued in 2020 once final construction costs are determined.

The city council voted unanimously to accept a request to withdraw an application to adopt planned development guidelines for Edgewater Planned Area 14. The item had been postponed at the December 5 city council meeting.

The city council voted unanimously to appoint Jim Griffin as the Harris County Municipalities Waste Disposal Council's representative to the Gulf Coast Authority Board of Directors.

The city council voted unanimously to adopt, on first reading, proposed planned development guidelines for Costco Wholesale in the city.

Costco has applied for development guidelines for construction of a store generally 100 feet west of the intersection of Jasmine Avenue and Gulf Freeway. The project includes an approximately 158,000 square-foot warehouse and fueling facility.

The city council voted unanimously to accept the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for FY2017.

The city received a clean, or unmodified, opinion during the audit, which is the highest assurance that the city's financial statements accurately reflect the financial position of the city. The audit was conducted by Belt Harris Pechacek, LLLP.

The city council voted unanimously to direct staff to provide a quantified analysis of the services provided by Space Center Houston in connection with a proposal for 2018.

Space Center Houston is requesting $325,000 from the city for a scope of services that enables Webster hotels to be exclusively listed on the center's “Book Direct” webpage. The amount would require a budget amendment.

The city council heard a presentation regarding the Webster Police Department's 2017 Racial Profiling Report. No action was taken on the item.

The city council voted unanimously to implement Phase I and Phase II of the 2017 employee compensation study, effective April 1, excluding the city manager and city secretary.

The city council voted unanimously to implement the two phases of the compensation study for the city manager and city secretary, effective April 1, following closed session discussions.

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

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