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Galveston County
La Marque City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

La Marque City Council on Monday voted 4-0-1, with Mayor Bobby Hocking abstaining, to adopt a resolution authorizing city council to commit support and a funding match for the city's applications submitted to the Houston-Galveston Area Council for the 2018 Transportation Improvement Program call for projects.

If the grand is awarded, the city will pay an estimated $514,000 in matching funds for $2,571,000 in grant funding for transportation projects.

Hocking abstained due to having received campaign funding from The Goodman Corporation, which is involved in developing the applications to the H-GAC.

The city council voted unanimously to appoint the Planning and Zoning Commission as an advisory committee regarding the city's water and wastewater impact fee study, with the addition of Caron Muntzel and Deborah Jamail as representatives of the real estate industry.

The city council discussed, but took no action regarding bulky waste removal provisions in the Waste Management contract.

The city council voted unanimously to suspend a request by Texas-New Mexico Power to increase electricity rates.

TNMP is seeking to increase residential customer rates by 23.4 percent and street lighting rates by 11.8 percent. The increase can be suspended by 90 days for review.

The city council voted unanimously to amend the city's FY2017 and FY2018 budgets for grants, council-approved lease purchases on projects and equipment, and unanticipated expenditures.

The city council voted unanimously to amend the city's Code of Ordinances by adding an article regarding registration of residential rental units required to comply with regulations regarding alarm systems.

The city council did not meet in executive session. Therefore, no action was taken related to any items to be discussed in the closed session.

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

During the meeting, Hocking presented a proclamation recognizing June 19 as Juneteenth. Listen (2:12)

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