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

Sugar Land City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to award a $4,290,000 contract to W.W. Payton Corporation for the Riverstone Groundwater Plant Improvements Project.

The plant will be expanded to allow it to receive and deliver blended groundwater and surface water into the distribution system.

Improvements include the addition of a 1.5 million gallon ground storage tank with mixing capabilities, modifications of an existing storage tank to ensure proper blending of surface and ground water supplies, installation of booster pumps and other items.

The city council voted 5-1-1, with Amy Mitchell opposed and Harish Jajoo abstaining, to table action indefinitely on a resolution adopting responsibilities, guidelines, code of conduct and protocols for the mayor and city council.

The city council voted 6-1, with Steve Porter opposed, to grant a variance to driveway separation requirements for the proposed Riverstone Plaza located at the corner of LJ Parkway and Cabrera Drive.

The city council voted unanimously to appoint members to the Citizen Task Force Integrated Water Resource Plan. Appointed to the task force were Michaela Lim, Ruth Barrett, Leo Weinberg, Bruce Lowrie, Enayat Zareian, Chuck Hewell, Elizabeth Bryson, Poonam Mathur, James Goldman, Ann De Stefano, Showri Nandagiri, Baseer Pirzada, Trisha Frederick and Megan Ortiz.

The city council voted unanimously to adopt a joint resolution with the Fort Bend Independent School District setting a priority for the 85th Session of the Texas Legislature to oppose a revenue cap on cities “that does not provide meaningful tax relief and diverts attention from the real cause of higher property taxes, which is the Legislature's failure to fix the brokenness of the school finance system.”

The city council voted unanimously to adopt a second joint resolution with the Fort Bend Independent School District setting a priority for the legislative session calling for the repeal of the state's A through F grades for schools and school districts and to support development of a meaningful accountability system.

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

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