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Mayor' Tim Paulissen

February 25 Council Meeting

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

Appointments, Proclamations, Presentations & Awards, I recognized the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation League City Male Athlete of the Year. The award was given to 4th grader Bryce Barnum. Please join me in congratulating Bryce on his achievements.

Council voted to move up items 17C, discuss employment or appointment of a public officer or employee, to wit: City Manager and 18B, consider and take action on employment or appointment of a public officer or employee, to wit: City Manager. We went into executive session at 6:09 p.m. Council reconvened at 6:40 p.m. and announced there was no final action, decision or vote with regard to any matter considered in the executive session.

I made a motion to accept the nomination of Mark Rohr as our new City Manager and instruct staff to continue negotiations and bring back a written document and contract at the next Council meeting. The motion passed 8-0.

Public Hearing and Action Items from Public Hearings, Council held a public hearing on Special Use Permit Application, SUP13 08 Denbury Pipeline, to construct a pipeline within an existing 200 foot wide CenterPoint Energy easement being approximately 21,200 feet in length and containing approximately 97.3 acres on properties zoned Open Space, Residential Single Family with a minimum lot size of 7,000 with a Planned Unit Development Overlay, and Public Semi Public, located north and south of Farm to Market Road 518, west of Landing Blvd., and east of Westover Park Ave. in the City of 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, SUP13 08 Denbury Pipeline, to construct a pipeline within an existing 200 foot wide CenterPoint Energy easement being approximately 21,200 feet in length and containing approximately 97.3 acres on properties Open Space, Residential Single Family with a minimum lot size of 7,000 with a Planned Unit Development Overlay, and Public Semi Public, generally located north and south of Farm to Market Road 518, west of Landing Blvd., and east of Westover Park Ave. in the City of League City, Texas. This item passed 7-1 with Councilman Kinsey absent on a first and final reading.

Citizens Request for Hearing Before Council, one resident spoke about the clean-up of roadways and another residents spoke about an agreement with CCISD.

In Councilmember Comments, Councilman Becker spoke about the issue of litter on the streets and suggested some solutions including a higher littering fine and the possibility of using inmates to clean the streets. Councilwoman Bentley reminded everyone that early voting ends this week and also spoke about the Council’s interviews with the city manager candidates and their excitement about hiring Mark Rohr. Councilwoman Thiess echoed the earlier comments about the new city manager and also gave the library update. You can view a list of upcoming library events at www.leaguecitylibrary.org. Councilwoman Dawson also expressed her excitement about the new city manager.

In Mayor’s Report, I shared that I too am excited about Mark Rohr joining the League City team. His leadership skills and vast municipal experience will be a great asset to the City.

In Staff Reports, Director of Finance Rebecca Underhill presented the Investment Report of the City of League City for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. She also gave a presentation regarding plans to reduce homeowner assessments in Public Improvement District #1 (Magnolia Creek) by retiring existing debt via issuance of new refunding bonds at lower interest rates

Consent Agenda was approved 7-1 with Councilman Kinsey absent. Items 11G was pulled by staff.

Old Business, Council considered and took action on Ordinance No. 2014 03 amending Ordinance No. 2005 24, for a Special Use Permit, SUP13 05 BridgeTex Pipeline, to construct a pipeline within an existing 100 foot wide easement being approximately 16,310 feet in length and containing approximately 32.4 acres on property zoned Open Space and Open Space with a Commercial Revitalization Overlay, located north and south of Farm to Market Road 518, League City Parkway and Farm to Market Road 646, west of Highway 3 in the City of League City. This item passed 7-1 on second reading with Councilman Kinsey absent.

Council considered and took action to approve the installation of a speed hump on Wakefield Drive. Councilwoman Thiess made a motion to postpone 90 days with instructions that staff post speed limit signs. The motion passed 7-1 with Councilman Kinsey absent.

In New Business, Council considered and took action on a resolution declaring certain findings affecting the status of surplus funds derived from League City Public Improvement District No. 1 and authorizing the City Attorney to file an interpleader action with the Galveston County District Court. This item passed 7-1 with Councilman Kinsey absent.

Council considered and took action authorizing the Acting City Manager to execute a contract with OpenGov.com for the purpose of providing a budget software service subscription for the 2014 fiscal year. Councilwoman Thiess moved to postpone until March 11. This motion passed 7-1 with Councilman Kinsey absent.

In First Reading of Ordinances, Council considered and took action on an ordinance amending the code of ordinances, Chapter 2, Article VI entitled "Disposition of Surplus Property”. This item passed 7-1 with Councilman Kinsey absent.

Item from the Supplemental Agenda, Council considered and took action on an ordinance amending Chapter 2, Article VIII of the Code of Ordinances of the City of League City entitled "Appointment and/or Removal of Members to Boards, Commissions and Committees". Council approved this item 8-0 with amendments discussed during the meeting.

Executive Session, Council discussed the purchase or sale of real property interests, deliberated concerning economic development negotiations. Council also consulted with City Attorney to receive legal advice on legal issues associated with possible development agreement with Clear Creek Independent School District. 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 that the City makes a counter-offer to Denbury’s offer for various easements associated with SUP13-08 as discussed in Executive Session. This motion passed 7-1 with Councilman Kinsey absent.

Council considered and took action arising from consultations with City Attorney regarding possible interlocal cooperative agreement with Clear Creek Independent School District. I made a motion to instruct staff to negotiate the agreement and instruct the City Attorney to continue to negotiate for the terms in Section 1. This item passed 6-1-1 with Councilman Okeeffe opposed and Councilman Kinsey absent.

The City is very pleased to welcome Mark Rohr. Mark most recently served as city manager for Joplin, Mo. He led the City during the 2011 tornado that led to a number of causalities and caused $2.8 billion in damage. Mark is credited with helping the city recover and rebuild in the wake of that tragedy. He was also named Governing Magazine’s 2012 Public Official of the Year. Mark’s areas of expertise include infrastructure improvement, short-term and long-range planning, communications, budget management and economic development. The City attorney is now working through the details of an employment contract with Mark and plans to place it on the agenda for a vote at the next City Council meeting.
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