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April 25, 2013

The City Council meeting was called to order at 6:01 p.m. with all members present.

During Presentations, Proclamations, and Awards Mayor Paulissen presented a proclamation declaring April 21-27, 2013 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in the City of League City. Mayor also presented a proclamation declaring April 22-27, 2013 Medical Laboratory Professionals Week in the City of League City. UTMB accepted the proclamation. A presentation was made by Mayor Paulissen declaring the month of May “Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month” in League City. Members of the Bay Area V-Twins Motorcycle Riders Club of Galveston County were available to accept the proclamation. Mayor Paulissen also presented a proclamation declaring May 5-11, 2013 Drinking Water Week in the City of League City. Jody Hooks and Captain H2o were available to receive the proclamation. A presentation was also made of a proclamation declaring May 6-12, 2013 STEM Education Week in the City of League City. Students from CCISD gave a presentation.

During Public Hearings and Action Items From Public Hearings no public hearing was held. 

During Citizens Request for Hearing Before Council one person spoke about the Drainage at Shellside. Three people spoke about the noise out of Butler Longhorn Museum. Three people spoke about the proposed apartment complex near Marbella subdivision.

In Councilmember Comments Councilman Kinsey talks about the League City VFD and Marbella residents at the meeting and getting involved in the City’s boards and commissions. He spoke about upcoming Library Happenings. Crazy Thursday Webkinz Club is on Thursday April 25, at 4:30 PM. Wednesday May 8, 2013 at 10:15 and 11:00 AM, Sharron Melton from ABC Channel 13 will be the guest reader at Helen Hall Library’s Preschool story time. She and Captain H20 will be here to celebrate National Drinking Water Week 2013. Councilman Becker spoke about his position on the proposed apartment complex in Marbella. He spoke about the explosions in West, Texas and the first responders who were among the fallen. He spoke briefly on the April 16, 1947 in Texas City. Councilwoman Bentley reassured that the council would look into the issues regarding Shellside drilling. She also assured citizens that the council would resolve issues regarding the Butler Longhorn Museum and the proposed apartment complex at Marbella. Councilman Mann echoed the other council members in saying that they would take care of the issues at Butler Longhorn Museum and Marbella, as well as the Redlight camera issue. Councilwoman Thiess seconded what was said about the other issues the councilmembers spoke about. She reminded everyone that we have a school board and bond election coming up and to remember to vote. Councilwoman Dawson and Councilman OKeeffe thanked everyone for coming out tonight and assured citizens that their issues will not go unresolved.

In Mayor Comments/Reports I announced that we will be spending $4.5 million to help out the problem at Shellside and the County will be assisting as well. The League City Wellness Walk is this weekend. I spoke about the miscommunication with the developer regarding the Marbella proposed apartments complex. I am the only member still sitting from when the original vote passed the Redlight cameras and I was one of the only opposing votes. The Citizens Police Academy had their graduation recently. Our hearts are with those in West, Texas. We have sent some of our volunteers to West to assist with their efforts.

In Reports from Staff Members David Benson gave an update and presentation on staff progress on Council priorities from the January 26 strategic planning session. John Baumgartner gave a presentation over the 2nd Quarter CIP Status Report for fiscal year 2013, as of March 2013.

In Consent Agenda Mayor Paulissen pulled Item 10A and Councilman OKeeffe pulled items 10C and 10D. Councilman OKeeffe moved to approve all items with the exception of 10A, 10C and 10D, Councilman Mann seconded the motion and the motion passed 8-0.

Item 10A Council considered and took action to excuse absences. Councilman Mann was absent at the April 8, 2013 Work Session. Mayor Paulissen moved to excuse the absence; Councilman Becker seconded the motion and the motion passed 8-0. 

Item 10B Council considered and took action on an acceptance of the municipal water system infrastructure to serve Tuscan Lakes Commercial Section, 9-A within Galveston County Municipal Utility District No. 44. Item passes 8-0.

Item 10C Council considered and took action on an acceptance of municipal infrastructure and approval of the private streets improvements to serve The Villages at Tuscan Lakes Section 4 –Phase 1 within Galveston County Municipal Utility District No. 44. Councilman OKeeffe moved to approve, Councilman Kinsey seconded the motion and the item passed 8-0.

Item 10D Council considered and took action on a request for a water well permit regarding the property located at 2949 Megan Lynn Lane. Councilman OKeeffe moved to approve, Councilwoman Dawson seconded the motion and the item passed 8-0.

Item 10E Council considered and took action on a consent to encroach request from Jean Butler Wood for a private sanitary sewer force main line to encroach within the City’s Cedar Gully drainage right-of-way and Fire Station #4 property located at 175 West Bay Area Boulevard. Item passed 8-0.

Item 10F Council considered and took action to grant an Electric Distribution Line Easement to Texas New Mexico Power Company within property owned by the City for the purpose of providing electric distribution service to the public safety facility. Item passed 8-0.

Item 10G Council considered and took action on a resolution determining a public necessity to acquire real property interests in certain properties; giving notice of an official determination to acquire real property interests in properties for the Shellside Storm Water Management System Project; and establishing procedures for the acquisition of real property interests in the properties. Item passed 8-0.  RESOLUTION NO. 2013-23.

Item 10H Council considered and took action on a request on the behalf of the Village Fair and Texas Music Festival (League City Lion’s Club) to grant a variance to Chapter 110, Article I, Section 110-5 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of League City entitled “Parades and Processions Generally” for lane closures. Item passed 8-0.

Item 10 I Council considered and took action to approve the award of Bid 13-015 Hot Mix Asphalt to Century Asphalt. Item passed 8-0.

In Old Business

Item 11A Council considered and took action to set a date to hold a public hearing on approving updated land use assumptions and capital improvement plan for water and wastewater facilities, and amending impact fees, pursuant to the Texas Local Government Code Section 395.052. Staff recommends setting the public hearing date for May 28, 2013. Councilman Mann moved to approve, Councilman Kinsey seconded and the motion passes 8-0.

In New Business no new business.

In First Reading of Ordinances Item 13A, council considered and took action on an ordinance altering the prima facie speed limits established for vehicles under the provisions of Section 545.356, Texas Transportation Code, upon the basis of an engineering and traffic investigation, upon certain streets and highways, or parts thereof, within the corporate limits of the City of League City, as set out in this ordinance; and providing a penalty of a fine not to exceed $200 for the violation of this ordinance; reducing the posted speed limit on SH 96 (from SH 3 to FM 270) from 55 MPH to 45 MPH. Ordinance No. 2013-17. Mayor Paulissen said the updated variance you have takes into account that it will be 45 MPH from Highway 3 to Tuscan Lakes Villages and then from there it will be 55 MPH. Whoever makes the motion needs to include the caveat. Councilman OKeeffe moved to discuss, Councilman Kinsey seconded. Councilman OKeeffe amended to deny, Councilman Kinsey seconded. Motion fails 3-5 with Councilwoman Dawson, Mayor Paulissen, Councilman Mann, Councilman Becker and Councilwoman Thiess opposed. Councilman Mann moved to approve the recommendation. Councilman Becker seconded the motion and the motion passed 5-3 with Councilwoman Bentley, Councilman OKeeffe and Councilman Kinsey opposed.

Tabled Items Subject to Recall

Item 14A Council considered and took action to enter into a professional services agreement with Fox and Bubela Inc. for real property appraisal services for the Texas Avenue – Phase 1 Improvements Project [ST1103]. No action was taken.

15. Items added after electronic agenda completed

From the supplemental agenda:

A.    Council considered and took action on proposed agreement with Redflex for early termination of the contract for photographic red light enforcement. Mayor Paulissen moved to approve; Councilman OKeeffe seconded the motion and the motion passed 8-0.

B.    Council considered and took action on a request from the League City Lion’s Club for a variance to Chapter 42, Article II of the Code of Ordinances for the City of League City entitled “Noise” for May 3 and May 4, 2013. Councilman Kinsey moved to approve; Councilman Mann seconded. The motion passed 8-0.

C.     Council discussed potential amendments to City requirements regarding eligibility and confirmation of appointees to City boards and commissions.


In Executive Session at 8:45 PM Mayor Paulissen announced the City Council would now go into executive session to discuss the following items:

Item 16A Texas Open Meetings Act, Section 551.072 Government Code - Deliberations about real property ?Discuss potential purchase or sale of real property interests.

Item?16B Texas Open Meetings Act, Section 551.087 Government Code - Deliberations Concerning Economic Development Negotiations. Discussion of commercial information received from, and possible offers of incentives to, business prospects seeking location within the City of League City, Texas.

FROM THE SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA

Item 16C Texas Open Meetings Act, Section 551.071 Government Code - Consultation with City Attorney ?Consultation with City Attorney to receive legal advice on issues associated with contract for SafeLight League City Program.

At 9:25 p.m. Mayor Paulissen reconvened the regular meeting and announced there was no final action, decision, or vote with regard to any matter considered in the executive session just concluded.

We invite you to join us at the annual Wellness Walk held in League Park on April 27 from 9-11 AM. In addition to the walk, we invite you to attend the spring arts and crafts show hosted by the Parks Recreation Department. Additionally, we invite citizens to participate in National Drinking Water week during the week of May 5-11 by joining us at the celebrity reader Preschool story time at Helen Hall Library on May 8, 2013 at the Helen Hall Library.

Tim Paulissen
Mayor
City of League City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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