CITY OF LEAGUE CITY
Mayor's City Council Report
Tim Paulissen, Mayor
Meeting of January 28, 2014
The City Council meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. with all members present.
Appointments, Proclamations, Presentation and Awards, League City Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association presented a donation for the purchase of a new K9 for the League City Police Department.
Council considered and took action on appointments/reappointments to Boards and Commissions. I recommended Kimberlee Prokhorov for appointment to the Planning and Zoning Commission Position 2. This recommendation passed 8-0. I recommend Hank Dugie for appointment to the Planning and Zoning Commission Position 4. This recommendation passed 7-1 with Councilman Becker opposed. I recommended Ron Wicker for Planning and Zoning Commission Position 8. This recommendation passed 8-0.
Council considered and took action on appointment of a member to the Board of Directors of the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District. I recommended Dan Brightwell; if nominated by a majority of Galveston County cities, Brightwell will serve a 2-year term. This recommendation passed 8-0.
In Community Spotlight, Junior League of Galveston County spoke about their upcoming Flashback 5K/1K on Saturday, March 22 and Flashback Fitness Expo on March 21. More information can be found at www.visitleaguecity.com.
Public Hearing and Action Items from Public Hearings, Council held a public hearing on a Zoning Change Application, Z13-08 (CCISD), to rezone approximately 24.4 acres from Commercial Mixed Use to Public Semi-Public, located east of West NASA Road and south of FM 528 in Harris County. No one spoke during the public hearing.
Council considered and took action on an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2005-24, to rezone approximately 24.4 acres from Commercial Mixed Use to Public Semi-Public and amending Ordinance No. 2011-27 to revise future land use designation from Urban Low to Public/Institutional, located east of West NASA Road and south of FM 528 in Harris County. Councilman Okeeffe made a motion to deny. This motion passed 7-1. I cast the opposing vote.
In Citizens Request for Hearing Before Council, One resident spoke about Beacon Island another residents spoke about vested rights.
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 reminded residents that taxes are due at the end of the month. Councilman Andy Mann spoke about an upcoming meeting for residents of Magnolia Creek regarding the pipeline project. Councilwoman mentioned early voting starts on February 18. She also congratulated the parks department for the HGAC award for Clear Creek Paddle Trail. Councilwoman Dawson asked citizens to share their concerns to allow Council and staff to address them.
In Mayor’s Report, I thanked the Astros for visiting Hometown Heroes Park last week. If you’d like to see photos from their visit log onto the City Facebook page at www.leaguecity.com/facebook.
Consent Agenda was approved in an 8-0 vote with the exception of items 11A, 11C, 11E which were pulled for discussion and 11D which was pulled by staff.
Council considered and took on approval for Office of Emergency Management to apply for the annual Emergency Management Performance Grant. This item passed 8-0.
Council considered and took action on a resolution in support of the application for a continuation grant from the Office of the Governor of Texas, Criminal Justice Division for the League City Police Department Crime Victim Assistance Program/ This item passed 8-0.
Council considered and took on the approval of the resale of property resulting from a tax foreclosure for Lots 1 thru 4, Negro Addition and authorizing the Mayor to sign the Trustee's Deed on behalf of the City of League City. This item passed 6-2 with Councilmembers Dawson and Okeeffe opposed.
Old Business, Council considered and took action an ordinance amending Chapter 125, Article I, Section 125-8 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of League City entitled “Vested Rights – General”. Councilman Becker made a motion to postpone the item until more information can be presented to Council in a works session. The motion passed 8-0.
In New Business, Council considered and took action to name an official newspaper for the City of League City. Councilman Becker made a motion to select the Post. This motion passed 8-0.
Council considered and took action authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract for the Associate Municipal Court Judge. This item passed 8-0.
First Reading of Ordinances, Council considered and took action on an ordinance amending Chapter 2, Section 2-32 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of League City, Texas entitled "Conduct of Meetings" in order to adopt the most recent edition of Robert's Rules of Order. This item passed 8-0.
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
Council discussed employment or appointment of a public officer or employee, to-wit: City Manager.
Council also had a consultation with City Attorney regarding the following pending litigation:
City of League City, Texas v. Roger Stanley Crowther; Before the League City Building and Standards Commission, City of League City, Galveston County, Texas.
No action was taken on these items.
Action Items from Executive Session, Council considered potential purchase or sale of real property interests. I made a motion with respect to real property interests associated with WT1205, Calder Road Pump Station project. I moved that the City accept the negotiated purchase price of $535,222 to purchase the 2.234 acre fee simple tract from Visual Manufacturing Company, Inc. and $4271 to purchase the .0681acres sewer easement tract from Patelis Family Partnership, Ltd and approve funding for the purchase prices and closing costs. The motion passed 7-1 with Councilman Becker out of the room.
I also made a motion with regard to the second parcel with respect to real property interests associated with the City’s ST1002 Calder Road – Ervin to League City Parkway project, I move that the City accept the negotiated purchase prices of $5,504 to purchase Parcel 12 and $9,571 to purchase Parcel 14, both in fee, from Patelis Family Partnership, Ltd and approve funding for the purchase prices and closing costs associated with these purchases from Right-of-Way Fund 272. The motion passed 8-0.
Council also considered and took action on consultations with City Attorney regarding the following pending litigation: City of League City, Texas v. Roger Stanley Crowther; Before the League City Building and Standards Commission, City of League City, Galveston County, Texas.
I moved to instruct staff to proceed with the recommendation of enforcement of the final orders of the Building and Standards Commission. This motion passed 6-2 with Councilmembers Becker and Okeefe opposed.
The Father Daughter Valentine's Dance is this Friday evening at Hometown Heroes Park. There are still a limited number of tickets available. You can purchase them on our website at www.leaguecity.com under online services and parks and recreation registration. Helen Hall Library has an assortment of activities for Valentine's Day for toddlers, elementary school kids and teenagers. Visit their website at www.leaguecitylibrary.org for details. Hope to see you there.