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Remembering Jim Guidry Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Galveston County
La Marque City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

La Marque City Council on Monday voted unanimously to award a $5,065,688 contract to Sovereign Builders, Inc., doing business as Construction, LTD, for the construction of the La Marque Central Fire Station and Fire Administration Headquarters/Emergency Operations Center.

La Marque Fire Chief Gerald Grimm discussed the highlights of the project, stating its importance, and stating it “fills a void” in the city's public safety needs.

“I have probably had 23 or 24 projects on my watch as fire chief, none could the heart of public safety more than this project does,” Grimm said. Listen (33:07)

Council Member Keith Bell supported the project, but noted his concerns with the bid submissions by the companies that had submitted proposals.

“This is done in a very sloppy fashion,” Bell said, stating that the bid document needed “cleaning up.”

He said the city should require documents to be resubmitted in the future, if they are not clear.

“By the time they come into our city to present a bid, they need to do so in the manner in which we want to receive the bid,” Bell said. “Which means, it needs to look like it is in order.”

Mayor Bobby Hocking favored the project, noting that it would allow staff to remain in the city during an emergency situation, noting that emergency staff had to evacuate during a previous storm.

“I think it was ludicrous for the mayor of the City of La Marque, whoever that may be, and our fire crews to evacuate to Santa Fe in the middle of a hurricane,” Hocking said. “That just never made sense to me. I want to be right here where our people are.”

The city council voted unanimously to authorize the Galveston County Mosquito Control District to conduct aerial spraying for the abatement of mosquitoes.

The city council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution opposing all bills advocating revenue caps and legislative interference with local services.

The city council voted unanimously to approve the annexation of approximately 27 acres of land in the Painted Meadows subdivision.

The city council voted unanimously to deny a proposal by Centerpoint Energy to increase rates and consolidate divisions for natural gas service.

Centerpoint has proposed an increase in rates for the service area, as well as merging the Texas Coast Division and Houston Division of its service areas.

The city council discussed, but took no formal action regarding criteria for distributing funds from the Southeast Texas Housing Finance Corporation for revitalization efforts.

The city council voted unanimously to approve an exchange of utility easements between the city and New Hope Bible Church on property at 3801 McKinney Extension, as discussed in closed session.

The city council voted unanimously to approve a settlement in the matter of James Neal, et al, vs. City of La Marque, et al, as discussed in closed session.

The city council voted unanimously to issued a special use permit to the Texas City Railroad as discussed in closed session.

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

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