Pasadena City Council on Tuesday voted 1-7, with Pat Van Houte casting the only vote in favor, to deny a motion to approve a payment of $50,000 to the law firm of Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta, LLP for legal services related to litigation involving the city council's attempted change to include two at-large positions.
Federal courts have ruled that the change, switching two seats from the city council from district representation to being elected at-large, discriminatory, council members stated when discussing the item.
“We've almost spent close to $2.5 million on this lawsuit,” Ornaldo Ybarra said. “It was a dark period in Pasadena history.” Listen (8:05)
Ybarra said the lawsuit was a “distraction” for the city and a divisive matter.
Cody Ray Wheeler noted that elections were approaching.
“I don't feel that it's proper to burden the next administration, the next council, with the baggage of this administration,” Wheeler said.
Van Houte said she could see the payment as “tying up the ends” of the firm's services, and would vote in favor of the item, but not vote in support of any future payments.
Council Member Darrell Morrison said he had questions regarding the payment that he would like answered, and would vote against it at this time.
The city council voted unanimously to approve all other miscellaneous invoices, with the exception of Cary Bass abstaining on items related to Bass & Meineke.
The city council voted unanimously to approve progress payments on various contracts underway in the city, including:
- $37,476 to Brooks Concrete, Inc. for the 2015 Annual Sidewalk Project
- $263,662 to IKLO Construction for the Pet Adoption Center Project
- $25,710 to Mar-Con Services, LLC for the 2015 CDBG Waterline Replacement Project
- $86,545 McKinney Construction, Inc. for the State Highway 225 Waterline Phase I Project
The city council voted unanimously to approve, on final reading, a $2,501,660 contract with GW Phillips Concrete Construction, Inc. for the Bearle Street Reconstruction Project.
The city council voted unanimously to approve, on first reading, award of a contract to Belt Harris Pechacek, LLLP for auditing services.
The city council voted unanimously to approve, on first reading, award of a $596,377 contract to Mar-Con Services, LLC for the West Lane Reconstruction Project.
The city council voted unanimously to approve, on first reading, award of a $2,614,217 contract to Peltier Brothers Construction, LTD for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Consolidation Project Phase I.
The city council voted unanimously to approve a contract with the cities of Baytown, Deer Park, La Porte, Morgan's Point and Statehouse Consultants, LLC for services regarding proposed legislation, specifically Senate Bill 2 and House Bill 15.
All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Mayor Johnny Isbell was absent. Mayor Pro Tem Darrell Morrison presided over the meeting. Agenda