The City Council meeting was called to order at 6:01 p.m. with all members present.
Community Spotlight, Janice Hallisey of the League City Proud Organization presented information about the Holiday in the Park event scheduled for December 6-9. The event features a children’s parade, a grand night parade, festival in the park and movie in the park. More information can be found at www.holidayinthepark.org
During Citizens Request for Hearing Before Council, one resident spoke about the upcoming fundraiser at Hometown Heroes Park and two residents spoke about Beacon Island.
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. Councilman Becker presented information about the City’s debt level. Councilwoman Bentley encouraged everyone to get out and vote in the November 5 election. Councilman Mann talked about the recent rain, lack of flooding and the improvement to the City’s drainage system. Councilwoman Dawson announced that she plans to represent the City at the National League of Cities conference. She also extended her thanks and support to City employees Councilman OKeeffe thanked former City Manager Mike Loftin for his service to the City.
In Reports from Staff Members, Acting City Manager John Baumgartner requested that item 12A be pulled to provide more time for staff to meet with Council. Director of Communications Kristi Wyatt spoke about the City’s Veterans Day ceremony scheduled for Monday, November 11 at 10 a.m. at Hometown Heroes Park. The ceremony will also serve as the rededication of Hometown Heroes Park, formerly Eastern Regional Park. Information about the event can be found on the City website at www.leaguecity.com. She also thanked the Clear Lake Tea Party, organizers of the fundraiser set for Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Hometown Heroes Park. The group is raising money for signage for the newly renamed park.
In Mayor’s Report, I thanked Mike Loftin for his service to the City. I also spoke about the TCEQ mandated upgrades to the City’s wastewater and water facilities and many of the other projects that have been completed responsibly while reducing the tax burden on our residents for the last four years.
Consent Agenda was approved in an 8-0 vote with the exception of items 11A, 11B, 11C, 11F and 11H, which were pulled for discussion.
Council considered and took action on a one year, $54,000 contract with MKP Consulting for administrative and regulatory assistance with the administration of the PY2013 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Councilman Okeeffe made a motion to approve with stipulation that the contract go out for bid within the next 12 months for consideration in FY2015. This motion passed 7-0 with Councilman Becker opposed.
Council considered and took action on a resolution supporting the findings and recommendations of the FM 517/SH 3 Access Management Study commissioned by the Houston Galveston Area Council (H GAC). This item passed 6-2 with Councilmembers Becker and Bentley opposed.
Council considered and took action on a resolution appointing the Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) as the Advisory Committee for the League City Roadway Capital Recovery Fee Study. This item passed 8-0.
Council considered and took action to express City support for wetlands improvements adjacent to the Dr. Ned and Fay Dudney Nature Center by CreekWood Harbour. This item passed 8-0.
Council considered and took action on the annual purchase of Water Meters from Aqua Metrics utilizing the Houston Galveston Agency Council (HGAC) Cooperative Purchasing Program in the amount of $250,000. This item passed 8-0.
New Business, Council considered and took action on a request by the Lighthouse Christian Ministries for a variance to Chapter 74, Article I, 74 1 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of League City entitled “Hours for use of city parks and boat ramps” for use of the Hometown Heroes Park on March 29, 2014. This item passed 8-0.
Council considered and took action to solicit proposals from qualified search firms to recruit candidates for appointment to position of City Manager. Councilman Kinsey made a motion to direct staff to obtain statements of qualifications from the Waters Group, SGR and Iisha Patterson and set up interviews with the Council in 2 weeks. This motion passed 8-0.
Item Added After Electronic Agenda Completed, The item was intended for Council to discuss the search for city manager, and provided direction to staff as appropriate. No action or discussion took place. This issue was discussed in a previous agenda item.
Executive Session, Council discussed the purchase or sale of real property interests, deliberated concerning commercial information received from, and possible offers of incentives to, business prospects seeking location within the City of League City, Texas.
Council also discussed commercial information received from, and possible offers of incentives to, business prospects seeking location within the City of League City, Texas
Council also consulted with City Attorney to receive legal advice on the Beacon Island Master Plan and amendments.
Council consulted with the City Attorney regarding the following pending litigation: Arbitration No. AA 70 390 00300 13; Doug Wologo v. City of League City Police Department; Before the Hearing Examiner Leroy R. Bartman.
No action was taken on these items.
Action Items from Executive Session, Council considered potential purchase or sale of real property interests. Councilman OKeeffe made a motion that the City accept the negotiated purchase price of $15,088 to purchase 0.1017 acre Calder Road Parcel 23 from Glory Paintball, authorize the Deputy City Manager or his designee to execute and record all documents necessary for the conveyance of the fee simple interests to the City, and approve funding for the purchase price and closings costs associated with the purchase from Right-of-Way Fund 272. This item passed 8-0.
Council consulted with the City Attorney regarding Beacon Island Master Plan and amendments. No action was taken on this item.
Council consulted with City Attorney regarding the following pending litigation: Arbitration No. AA 70 390 00300 13; Doug Wologo v. City of League City Police Department; Before the Hearing Examiner Leroy R. Bartman. No action was taken.
I would like to thank everyone who attended the City of League City’s Veterans Day Ceremony and Park Rededication. The ceremony was held on Monday at Hometown Heroes Park, formerly Eastern Regional Park. The City’s fire department and police department honor guards participated and we were entertained by the patriotic music provided by the Clear Creek High School Choir Ensemble. The parks was rededicated in honor of our local veterans with the name Hometown Heroes Park, which was chosen through a public contest.
I would also like to thank former City Manger Mike Loftin for his 4 years of service to the City of League City as finance director and city manager. We wish him well in his retirement.