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Feb 19, 2013

The City Council meeting was called to order at 6:03 p.m. with all members present.

During Appointments, Proclamations and Awards, I presented a proclamation declaring February 24, 2013 "Boy Scout Troop 609 Day" in League City.

I also recognized Officer Christy Galyean and Officer Reagan Pena for their work on the National Night Out program that led to League City being nationally recognized by Town Watch for outstanding participation and Project 365.

Council considered and took action on appointments to Boards and Committees.  Council voted 8-0 to appoint Kim Schoolcraft to position 3 and Erica Johnson to position 4 of the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee.   Mark Eikenberry was appointed to the Ethics Review Board.

Council considered and took action on a resolution endorsing the appointment of a Board Member to the Galveston County United Board of Health to fill an unexpired term.  Council voted 8-0 to endorse the appointment of Tim Rainey.

During Public Hearings Council held a public hearing on Special Use Permit Application SUP12-05 (Big Brothers Road Service and Tire), for a 2,400 square foot auto repair and other heavy vehicle service use on approximately 1.95 acres on property zoned General Commercial with a Commercial Revitalization Overlay, the approximate address being 121 League Street in League City, Texas.  No one spoke during the public hearing.

Council considered and took action on an ordinance amending Ordinance No.2005-24 for a Special Use Permit Application, SUP12-05 (Big Brothers Road Service and Tire), for a 2,400 square foot auto repair and other heavy vehicle service use on approximately 1.95 acres on property zoned General Commercial with a Commercial Revitalization Overlay, with the approximate address being 121 League Street in League City, Texas. This item passed 8-0.

Council held a public hearing on Special Use Permit Application, (SUP12-06 League City RV Resort), for a recreational vehicle park use on approximately 17.86 acres on property zoned General Commercial, located north of League City Parkway, east of SH 3, and west of Dickinson Avenue in League City, Texas.  No one spoke during this public hearing.

Council considered and took action on an ordinance amending Ordinance No.2005-24, for a Special Use Permit, (SUP12-06 League City RV Resort), for a recreational vehicle park use on approximately 17.86 acres on property zoned General Commercial, generally located north of League City Parkway, east of SH 3, and west of Dickinson Avenue in League City, Texas.  This item passed 8-0.

During Citizens Request for Hearing Before Council, five people spoke about the second amendments. One people spoke trash service and one person spoke about a median on FM 518.

In Councilmember Comments Councilman Kinsey spoke about upcoming events at Helen Hall Library.  You can view the library's calendar of events at www.leaguecitylibrary.org.  Councilwoman Bentley spoke about citizen concerns regarding trash collection and also recognized citizens for efforts to resolved concerns about Butler Road.  Councilwoman Thiess recognized all of the League City volunteer firefighters who received awards at their recent award ceremony.  Councilwoman Dawson sent well wishes to former Councilwoman Sanborn who has been ill.  Councilman Okeeffe reminded residents about the upcoming Open House for Galveston County flood maps.  The Open House will be held on February 20 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Johnnie Arolfo Civic Center at 400 W Walker St.

In Mayor Comments, I spoke about the Chamber of Commerce State of the City luncheon and wished everyone a happy Valentine's Day.

In Reports from Staff Members  Director of Finance Rebecca Underhill presented the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officer's Association of the United States and Canada for the City of League City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the year ended September 30, 2011.  She also presented the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officer's Association of the United States and Canada for the City of League City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the year ended September 30, 2011 and the Presentation of the Investment Report of the Section 4B Industrial Development Corporation for the quarter ended December 31, 2012.  Assistant City Manager John Baumgartner gave a presentation of the 1st Quarter CIP Status Report for fiscal year 2013.

Items 10E and10H were pulled from the Consent Agenda for discussion and item 10G, 10F and 10O were pulled by staff; all other items were approved in a 8-0 vote.

Council considered and took action on a resolution adopting a fee schedule for non-consent towing fees as required by Chapter 118, Article II, Section, 118-37 of the Code of Ordinances for the City of League City entitled "Rate Schedule".   Councilwoman Bentley made a motion to approve with amendments including setting the standard tow rate at $150 and the heavy tow rate at $300.  This motion passed 7-1 with Councilman Okeeffe opposed.

Council considered and took action on the replacement purchase of three police vehicles that were totaled in accidents.  This item passed 8-0.

In Old Business Council considered and took action on an Addendum to Contract for Visitor Center Services.  This item passed 7-1 with Councilman Okeeffe opposed.

In New Business Council considered and took action to excuse absences.  Council voted 7-1 to excuse Councilman Becker's absence on January 26, 2013.  Councilman Okeeffe cast the opposing vote.

Consider and take action on a contract with Clear Creek Independent School District regarding the construction of League Elementary Park.  This item passed 6-2 with Councilmembers Bentley and Becker opposed.

Council also considered and took action on a resolution to preserve Second Amendment rights for League City residents.  This item passed 7-1 with corrections made to the resolution.  Councilman Okeefe cast the opposing vote.

In First Reading of Ordinances Council considered and took action on an ordinance amending Chapter 2, Article II of the Code of Ordinances of the City of League City, Texas entitled "City Council," adopting provisions governing the excusal of councilmember absences from city council meetings.  I pulled this item and no action was taken.

Council considered and took action on an ordinance amending Chapter 78, Article II of the Code of Ordinances for the City of League City, Texas entitled "Solicitors".  This item passed 8-0.

Council also considered and took action on an ordinance giving consent to file legislation creating the Westwood Management District.  Councilman Becker made a motion to postpone this item indefinitely.  This motion passed 8-0.

The City is hosting an Open House on February 20 to discuss the new Galveston County flood maps. Staff from FEMA, the State and the City will be on hand to answer questions.  The meeting is from 2 p.m. to 8 pm. At the Johnnie Arolfo Civic Center at 400 W Walker.  Want to stay up to date on all that's happening in League City?  Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.  The links are right on the homepage of leaguecity.com.  Hope to see you at the next meeting or event.

 

Tim Paulissen
Mayor
City of League

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