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Houston City Council
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy City of Houston
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Houston City Council today voted unanimously to submit grant applications to the Texas Division of Emergency Management for flood mitigation projects through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program to fund 14 projects totaling approximately $703 million.

Under the program, the city would be required to provide a 25 percent match, or $175,750,000.

Projects include development of additional detention basins at the Inwood Golf Course, which was purchased by the city; construction of a high-flow diversion channel between White Oak and Buffalo Bayou; and a 10-gate structure to supplement existing gates at the Lake Houston Dam, among other projects such as residential buyouts and elevations. Project List

Approval of the item came after lengthy discussion.

Council Member Brenda Stardig asked questions about the total package's costs, wanting to ensure thre is funding to cover the projects.

“Are we coming up short? I don't know,” Stardig said. Listen (18:36)

Mayor Sylvester Turner said that individual projects would come back before council.

“This is just the first step in moving it along,” Turner said.

Council Member Amanda Edwards asked how the projects would combine with projects proposed under a $2.5 billion bond referendum being put forward by Harris County, and their impact on residents, particularly by a storm such as Hurricane Harvey.

“I would like to know would this decrease, by a third, the number of people who would have been impacted,” Edwards said.

Turner noted that the grant process was “competitive.”

“That's why we're needing to move on this ASAP,” he said.

A recommendation for approval of a final contract amount of $858,951 and acceptance of a work contract with Traffic Systems Construction, Inc. for citywide intersection re-design and street safety improvements was tagged by Martha Castex-Tatum.

A recommendation on behalf of the Port of Houston Authority to decline the acceptance of, and refusing the dedication of Basin Street from the south right-of-way lien of Wingate Street south to the north right-of-way line of Mobile Street, located within the Port Houston addition, was tagged by Robert Gallegos.

The city council voted 14-2, with Jack Christie and Michael Kubosh opposed, to approve contracts with Rush Truck centers of Texas, LP, Houston Freightliner, Inc., and Texas Underground, Inc. for the purchase of medium and heavy-duty cabs and chassis mounted with truck bodies in a total amount of $13,865,517.

Christie discussed alternative-fuel vehicles in talk about the item, and that he would oppose the purchase. Listen (2:17)

Edwards asked for a timeline on transitioning to more efficient vehicles.

The city council voted 15-1, with Edwards opposed, to approve a recommendation for approval of a final contract amount of $12,683,893 and acceptance of work on a contract with Pepper-Lawson Waterworks, LLC for the 69th Street Wastewater Treatment Plan Improvements.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Council Member Dave Martin was absent. Agenda







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