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Fort Bend County
Sugar Land City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sugar Land City Council on Tuesday voted 5-2, with Amy Mitchell and Mary Joyce opposed, to approve, on final reading, an ordinance restricting the use of portable electronic devices while driving.

The ordinance takes effect March 20, and drivers will be issued only warnings for the first 90 days, according to a news release from the Sugar Land Police Department. News Release

The ordinance allows for drivers to utilize devices in hands-free mode.

The city council voted unanimously to accept the Audited Annual Financial Report for FY2016, as submitted by Whitley Penn, LLP, the firm that conducted the audit for the city. The audit provided an unmodified, or clean opinion of the city's finances, assuring that the financial statements accurately reflected the city's financial position for the year.

The city council voted unanimously to accept a $573,717 in capital contribution funds from the Cullinan Park Conservancy for the development of Cullinan Park.

The contribution brings the total donations through the conservancy to more than $1 million. The city had annexed the park area, 754 acres of mostly inaccessible forest and wetlands north of the city's airport, last year. News Release

The city council voted unanimously to award a $285,000 contract to Jones Lang LaSalle IP, Inc./JLL Valuation and Advisory Services, LLC for appraisal and real estate services for the Highway 6 Road Widening Project.

The city council voted unanimously to award a $300,000 contract to Edison, McDowell & Hetherington, LLP for legal services for the Highway 6 Road Widening Project.

The city council voted 4-3, with Mitchell, Joyce and Harish Jajoo opposed, to approve, on first and final reading, an ordinance amending the city's FY2017 Budget to include a $100,000 contribution to Texas State Technical College to fund the college's Career Center and Primary Job Training Facilities. The funds will be paid through the Sugar Land 4B Corporation.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present. Agenda

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