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Galveston County
La Marque City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

La Marque City Council on Monday voted unanimously to approve, on final reading, establishing the levy of a Public Improvement District assessment of $1,550 per house, annually for 20 years, for Painted Meadows, Section 5.

The item was considered following a public hearing. No members of the public requested to speak during the hearing.

The city council voted to amend the city's May 5 General Election. The order was amended to reflect changes in polling places after the filing period ended for candidates.

Mayor Bobby Hocking, Council Member Keith Bell, and Council Member Robert Michetich have terms expiring in May. Bell and Michetich are unopposed. Kimberly Jones Yancy has also filed to seek the office of mayor.

The city council took no formal action, but agreed to move forward in preparing a resolution to establish a Neighborhood Empowerment Zone within the city.

Bell spoke on the creation of the zone, which would allow waiver of certain fees to build homes on vacant lots within the zone, which is being considered for the Lake Road area.

“We have suffered from an inability to attract builders to those vacant lots and to those areas of town, because those areas are older, because the infrastructure in those areas is aged, and because we have not been able to put together enough lots to reach critical mass, if you will, to get larger builders attracted to that area,” Bell said, stating that the waiver of fees would entice builders to the area. Listen (9:29)

Bell said while the city will lose the funds from those fees, it will gain from those properties being developed and on the tax rolls.

“An initial investment will allow us to recoup, many times over, those initial fees that we lose,” Bell said.

Several members of the city council spoke in support of moving forward with creation of the zone.

The city council voted unanimously to approve several appointments to boards and commissions.

Maggie Manuel was appointed to the Building Standards Commission, Nancy Vidotto to an alternate position on the Planning and Zoning Commission, and Ellen Hanley was reappointed to the Cemetery Board. Abby Cash was promoted from an alternate member to a regular member of the Parks Board.

The city council did not hold an executive session.

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

During the meeting, Hocking presented a proclamation declaring May 6 as National Lemonade Day in La Marque.

Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Gina Spagnola accepted the proclamation. La Marque held a kick-off event for Lemonade Day last week. The event promotes youth entrepreneurship.

Spagnola thanked the city for its interest, noting that the goal is to spread the event throughout the region.

“We had 1,100 young entrepreneurs last year,” Spagnola said. “We're just so excited about the power of Lemonade Day and all of the things that it brings to our children.” Listen (6:05)

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