The City Council meeting was called to order at 6:03 p.m. December 3rd with all members present.
Appointments, Proclamations, Presentation and Awards, Council considered and took action on a resolution casting a ballot for the election of members to the Board of Directors of the Galveston Central Appraisal District for 2014-2015. Councilman Mann moved to grant all 305 votes to Clay Morrison. This motion passed 8-0.
Council considered and took action on a resolution casting a ballot for the election of a person to the Board of Directors of the Harris County Appraisal District for 2014-2015. Council voted 8-0 to cast the City’s vote for Ed Heathcott.
Council considered and took action on appointments/reappointments to Boards and Committees. Council approved the appointees to the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership. Bay Area Transportation Partnership, Clear Creek Watershed Steering Committee, Dickinson Bayou Watershed Committee, Historic Commission, Houston Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council, Houston Galveston Area Council Technical Advisory Committee, Library Board, Parks Board and Section 4B Industrial Development Corporation in 8-0 votes. Councilwoman Thiess moved to postpone the appointments to the Ethics Review Board, the motion failed in a 4-4 vote with Councilmembers Mann, Paulissen, Dawson and Okeeffe opposed. Councilwoman Dawson moved to approve the appointments. Her motion also failed in a 4-4 votes with Councilmembers Bentley, Becker, Thiess and Kinsey opposed.
Public Hearing and Action Items from Public Hearings, Council held a public hearing regarding amendments to Chapter 125, Article I, Section 125-8 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of League City entitled "Vested Rights – General. No one signed up to speak.
Citizens Request for Hearing Before Council, One person spoke about the city manager search, another spoke about a property lien. One resident spoke about Austin Street and three people spoke about the Ethics Review Board. The final resident spoke about his experience with the Citizens Police Academy.
In Councilmember Comments, Councilman Kinsey spoke the Ethics Review Board. He also 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 her trip to a TML seminar. Councilman Mann spoke about his gratitude to the board members for their service. Councilwoman Thiess addressed comments about the Ethics Review Board appointments. Councilwoman Dawson thanked the Ethics Review Board and also spoke about all of the upcoming holiday events. Councilman Okeeffe echoed other comments regarding the service of volunteers on boards and commissions. He also spoke about his gratitude and contribution to employees for the holiday appreciation luncheon.
In Mayor’s Report, I spoke about the Ethics ordinance and also mentioned the Holiday in the Park Festival and Parade that takes place this weekend.
In Reports from Staff Members, Acting City Manager John Baumgartner spoke about correcting issues with delayed trash pickup. Director of Communications Kristi Wyatt spoke about all of the upcoming Holiday events. Those can be found on the City website at www.leaguecity.com or www.leaguecityholidaymagic.com.
Consent Agenda was approved in an 8-0 vote with the exception of items 11E and 11F, which were pulled for discussion.
Council considered and took action on approval of Change Order No. 3 in the amount of $48,262 for construction of the Northside Water Booster Station Project. This item passed 8-0.
Council considered and took action on a resolution approving the use of the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) procurement method for construction of the South Shore Harbour Pump Station Project. Councilman Becker made a motion to direct staff to make a presentation regarding questions brought forward on this item. The motion passed 8-0.
Old Business, Council considered and took action on an ordinance amending Chapter 90 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of League City entitled "Signs". Councilman Becker moved to approve with amendments. This motion passed 7-1 with Councilman Okeeffe opposed.
Council considered and took action on Ordinance No. 2013-49 establishing rules and regulations regarding sanitation and pollution control of areas in proximity to the City’s public water supply wells - Second Reading. This motion passed 8-0.
In New Business, Council considered and took action to approve an agreement with Galveston County Management District #1 to fund construction reversing the Interstate 45 southbound ramps between State Highway 96 and FM 646. This item passed 8-0.
First Reading of Ordinances, Council considered and took action on an ordinance amending Chapter 2, Article IV of the Code of Ordinances of the City of League City to clarify roles and responsibilities of City Council, City staff and the Finance Committee. This item passed 8-0.
Councilman Kinsey and I pulled item 14B, consider and take action on an ordinance amending Chapter 2, Section 2 36 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of League City, Texas governing the appointment of members to the Ethics Review Board
Executive Session, Council discussed the purchase or sale of real property interests, deliberated concerning economic development negotiations.
Council also discussed commercial information received from, and possible offers of incentives to, business prospects seeking location within the City of League City, Texas
No action was taken on these items.
Action Items from Executive Session, Council considered potential purchase or sale of real property interests. No action was taken on this item.
The holiday season is upon us and we started the celebration this year with the Helen Hall Library Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting on Thursday. This weekend League City Proud will kick off the Holiday in the Park Parade and Festival. The parade is Saturday, so be sure to check the City’s website for road closure information. You can find a complete list of holiday events at www.leaguecityholidaymagic.com. I hope to see you out enjoy League City this season.