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by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy City of Houston
Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Houston City Council today voted unanimously to confirm the appointment of several members to the Bicycle Advisory Committee.

Toloria M. Allen, John Long, Neil Bremner, Sandra Rodriguez, Kristine Anthony, Beth Martin, Diane A. Dohm, Douglas P. Overman, Clark Martinson, Katrina Conrad Bayer, Yuhayna H. McCoy, Maya I. Ford, Matthew Starr, Amar Mohite, Mike Vandusen, Ana Ramirez, Oni K. Blair, Alejandro Perez, Robin Ann Holzer and Veon McReynolds were appointed to the board.

Council Member David Robinson said he was excited for the program and looked forward to working with the administration.

“We've got a long way to go folks, with a long range plan,” Robinson said. “Let's start with the short term opportunities and some of the low-hanging fruit.” Listen (4:21)

The city council voted unanimously to reappoint and appoint several members to the Automotive Board. Robert G. Knapp, Ryan Winkelmann, Shelly E. Richardson, Erma Palmer, Ken W. Ulmer, Chau Weng Wang and Timothy Straney were reappointed, and Bryan Miller was appointed to the board. Ulmer will serve as chair of the board.

The city council voted unanimously to confirm the reappointment of Amy Dunn Taylor to the Houston Ethics Commission.

The city council voted unanimously to appoint Ingrid Vazquez, who was nominated by the Harris County AFL-CIO, to the Houston Ethics Commission.

The city council voted unanimously to confirm the reappointment of Elizabeth Crosswell Stone and Asthon Taylor to the Harris County Improvement District No. 12 Board of Directors.

The city council voted unanimously to confirm reappointments and appointments to the Westchase District Board of Directors.

Reappointed to the board were Amy Funk, Martin Wilthsire, Donna J. Flowers, Beth Van Winkle, and Douglas Elliott. Appointed to the board were Greg Cardwell, Philip M. Schneidau and Jannetta Key.

Several items were tagged, or delayed until the next city council meeting, by various members of the city council:

  • An ordinance appropriating $1,273,81 from the Airports Improvement Fund and approving a compromise and settlement agreement with Spawglass Construction Corporation to settle disputes ona contract for construction of a new parking garage at William P. Hobby Airport was tagged by Jerry Davis
  • A recommendation of approval of a final contract amount of $51,042,712 with Spawglass for construction of the new parking garage was tagged by Davis
  • A recommendation to approve a final contract amount of $22,262,562 and accept work on a contract with Oscar Renda Contracting, Inc. for the Shepherd Drive Drainage and Paving Improvements was tagged by Steve Le on behalf of Greg Travis
  • An ordinance amending the city's Code of Ordinances regarding the regulation of boarding homes was tagged by Mike Laster, Karla Cisneros and Michael Kubosh
  • An ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances by adding a new article relating to the regulation of Lodging Facilities was tagged by Laster, Cisneros and Kubosh
  • An ordinance amending the city's Code of Ordinances relating to the regulation of Correctional Facilities and Alternate Housing Facilities was tagged by Laster, Cisneros and Kubosh
  • An ordinance regarding the acquisition of properties associated with the Bayou Greenway 2020 Project was tagged by Dwight Boykins
  • An ordinance appropriating $544,731 from the Metro Projects Construction DDSRF and approving an interlocal agreement with the Harris County Flood Control District for the Brays Bayou Flood Damage Reduction Plan for replacement of the Forest Hill Boulevard Bridge was tagged by Robert Gallegos

Items 19 and 20 on the agenda were omitted and not acted upon.

An ordinance appropriating $2,001,230 from the Water and Sewer System Consolidated Construction Fund and awarding a contract to Lupez Utilities Construction, LLC for wastewater collection system rehabilitation and renewal was not received at the council table during the meeting and was not considered for approval.

The city council approved a motion to delay until the next city council meeting an ordinance approving an amendment to the restated agreement for recycling services with Waste Management of Texas, Inc. The item had previously been tagged by Davis.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Council Member Greg Travis was absent. Agenda

During his report, Mayor Sylvester Turner and the city council remembered Council Member Larry Green, who passed away on Tuesday.

“Though he may not be physically present, he's still very much present,” Turner said of Green, and introduced Donald Perkins, Green's Chief of Staff. Listen (26:27)

Perkins spoke on the loss of Green, and thanked all those who have called and messaged the staff to express their condolences.

“Council Member Green was a staunch champion for his council district,” Perkins said.

Several members of the city council spoke about Green, and offered assistance to his office staff, and several at the meeting wore green in his memory.

Council Member Dave Martin suggested that the city council contribute to painting a mural including Green in it.

Turner also discussed the status of federal funds coming to the city for recovery efforts related to Hurricane Harvey. Turner criticized the lack of progress in obtaining funds and lack of work with the city in planning recovery efforts, particularly with regards to the Texas General Land Office, which is the state agency that administrates federal funding to be provided to communities impacted by the storm.

“I am disappointed with GLO with how long this process has taken,” Turner said. “I'm also concerned about the level of consultation and collaboration we have seen, or have not seen, from the state.” Listen (38:40)

He asked Houston Director of Housing and Community Development Tom McCasland and Houston Recovery Team Member Niel Goligtly.

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