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Houston City Council
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy City of Houston
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Houston City Council today voted unanimously to confirm the appointment of Brenda W. Bazan as director of the Convention and Entertainment Facilities Department.

Council Member Mike Knox asked Bazan regarding transparency issues regarding the relationship of Houston First Corporation.

Mayor Sylvester Turner noted that there was litigation and negotiations still pending concerning the matter, and cautioned discussions on the matter.

Bazan answered by stating that “one of the cornerstones” of her position will be transparency, and noted that she had provided information to city council on Tuesday, and said she would be responsive to requests for information. Listen (29:11)

Council Member Dave Martin stated that it was “a new day for Houston First” and praised Bazan's distribution of data.

“Before you're event appointed as the official CEO of this organization, you walk the talk,” Martin said.

Other council members praised Bazan and her selection by the mayor for the position.

Bazan noted that she has more than 24 years of experience with the city and Houston First.

“Houston has so much to offer, and Houston First must ensure that the state of Texas, the country, and the world knows to put Houston first,” she said.

The city council voted unanimously to confirm the appointment and reappointment of members tot he Five Corners Improvement District Board of Directors.

Vivian Harris, Charles F. Meyer, Jr., and George A. Anderson were appointed. Edna Deauvearo, Homer L. Clark, Melva D. Thornton, Edward Teamer, Vernon H. Smith and Nina K. Springer were reappointed.

The city council voted unanimously to confirm the appointment and reappointment of members to the Houston Recovery Center, LGC Board of Directors.

Tom Fritsch and Susan Little were appointed and Kay Austin and Elizabeth T. Nunnally were reappointed to the board.

The city council voted unanimously to confirm the appointment and reappointment of members to the Southwest Management District Board of Directors. Stephen Le, Jr., Raj Adnani and John R. Holmes, Jr. were appointed and Peter F. Acquaro, Jr. was reappointed.

The city council voted 15-1, with Brenda Stardig opposed, to approve an ordinance abandoning Keene Street form its northern terminus south approximately 118 feet, to Little White Oak Real Estate Holdings, LLP, in consideration of conveyance to the city of right-of-way for construction of a cul-de-sac at the proposed terminus of Keene Street.

The city council voted 15-1, with Stardig opposed, to adopt a recommendation by the chief procurement officer to award a payment of $23,262 to Yellow Cab of Houston, Inc. to address emergency disaster recovery activities as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

Several items were delayed for one week by use of the tag rule:

A resolution adopting the City of Houston Hazard Mitigation Plan was tagged by Stardig

A resolution amending a prior resolution to expand the boundaries of the Near Northside Community Revitalization Area, to include the Near Northside Community Revitalization Outreach Area, so that the expanded area will be a priority revitalization area for housing tax credit investment by the state, was tagged by Stardig

A resolution identifying Fulton Lofts for affordable rental housing to be located at the southwest corner of Fulton Street and Robert Lee Road as contributing more than any other concerted revitalization efforts was tagged by Stardig

A resolution confirming the city's support for certain proposed developments of affordable rental housing, despite their proximity to active railroad tracks was tagged by Stardig

An ordinance approving a second amendment to a contract with The Women's Home to extend the term of the contract and add up to $100,000 in Community Development Block Grant Funds was tagged by Stardig

An ordinance approving an amendment to a contract with the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County for the administration and operation of the Rapid Rehousing Case Management Intermediary Program was tagged by Stardig

An ordinance authorizing the transfer of funds related to the construction of the Northeast Water Purification Plant and amending the design-build agreement with Houston Waterworks Team, Joint Venture between CH2M Hill Engineers, Inc. and CDM constructors, Inc. was tagged by Dave Martin and Stardig

The city council took no action regarding a resolution confirming support for the proposed development of Rockwell Senior Village, a development for affordable rental housing located at the southwest side of Beltway 8 between Rockwell Boulevard and West Fuqua Drive. The item was referred back to the administration.

The city council took no action regarding a resolution confirming support for the proposed development of City Park Apartments and Trinity East. The item was referred back to the administration.

The city council took no action regarding a resolution identifying City Park Apartments as the proposed development of affordable rental housing as contributing to the concerted revitalization efforts. The item was referred back to the administration.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Council Member Ellen Cohen was absent. Agenda

During his report, Turner announced his selection of George Buenick as director of the Mayor's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security, and noted that the comment period for changes to Chapter 19, the city's floodplain regulations has been extended to March 5, with a vote by the city council anticpated for March 21.

“Please keep in mind that Harvey was an alarm bell, so we all need to move forward in addressing this issue,” Turner said. Listen (35:05)

Council Member Greg Travis requested a further extension of the public comment period for the public to better understand the city's ordinance and the proposed changes. However, Turner held firm on the March 5 deadline.





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