Summary Report from the City Council meeting of 02/27/2017:
- The City Council approved two budget amendments. One amendment was in the General Fund budget regarding major repairs for the police department to show insurance revenue coming in for a police car repair, and an expenditure for the same. The second amendment was in the capital improvements fund related to the new Police Department Building including furnishings, utility work, parking lot, and demolition.
- The City Council received the Police Departments 2016 Racial Profiling Report. The report shows 2,811 contacts, with 54.7% Caucasian, 24.5% Hispanic, 17.7% African American, 2.3% Asian, 0% Native American, and .7% Middle Eastern.
- There was discussion regarding approval limits for budgeted items for the City Manager. At the March 13, 2017 meeting Council will considering raising the approval for items already in the budget from $5,000 to $10,000.
- Council approved an expenditure up to $3,000 for an appraisal to determine fair market value for a proposed AT&T easement affecting the Crown Plaza Hotel site. The Crown Plaza developer will place money in escrow to cover all associated cost of acquiring the easement.
- There was discussion concerning the city’s interlocal agreement with the Montgomery County Drainage District No. 6 (DD6) for maintenance and repair of DD6 drainage facilities. DD6 has offered a new contract for services. The City will be submitting a Letter of Intent in response to the contract offer.
- City Attorney Chris Nichols presented to Council the semi-annual report of the Capital Improvement Advisory Committee concerning proposed Impact Fees.
- Council approved a proposal for baseball field fencing from Kingwood Fence Company in the amount of $8,998.69.
- There was discussion regarding the upcoming City elections on May 6, 2017. Council cancelled the Special Called Election for Place 1. Paul Bond was unopposed in that election. In the general election, Places 2 and 5 are unopposed. Incumbent Clint McClaren is unopposed in Place 2 and incumbent Frances Planchard is unopposed in Place 5. In Place 4 the candidates are Michelle Cassio (incumbent) and Dan Broyles.