League City City Council on Tuesday voted 7-1, with Dan Becker opposed to rescind the existing lease agreement, and execute an operating agreement with the Butler Longhorn Museum for May 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017, and fiscal years 2018-2021.
Under the initial term ending in September, the city will pay the Butler Longhorn Museum a lump sum of $35,000. For each additional 12 month term after, the city will pay $72,000 to the museum for operations. Beginning October 1, 2019, compensation will be increased annually by an amount equal to 75 percent of the Consumer Price Index.
The city council voted 4-4 on a motion to approve a 3 percent increase in the employment compensation plan and authorize the city manager to provide a 3 percent cost of living adjustment for all employees, with the exception of council appointees, effective May 1. The motion failed due to the tie vote.
The city council voted 7-1, with Becker opposed, to appoint members to the League City Clean and Green Committee. Appointed were Pam Guerrero, Chris John Mallios, Kim Swenson, Richard Castillo, Mary Heard, Elizabeth Sears, Penny Brockway and Vaness Hamilton.
The city council voted 7-1, with Becker opposed, to appoint members to the League City Transportation Committee. Shannon Hicks, Ed Poole, Evan Watkins and Mike Lee were appointed to two year terms, while Peggy Zahler, Mick Phalen and Council Member Larry Millican were appointed to one year terms.
The city council voted 7-1, with Mayor Pat Hallisey opposed, to postpone for at least two weeks consideration of an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to allow shipping containers to be permitted as an accessory structure in certain instances.
The city council voted 5-3, with Hallisey, Keith Gross and Hank Dugie opposed, to deny an ordinance amending the Sign Ordinance to allow for certain exemptions to the non-conforming sign ordinance.
The city counicl took no action regarding a five-year agreement with Aqua Metrics Sales Company for software services and equipment maintenance, in an amount not to exceed $395,000.
The city council voted 7-1, with Millican opposed, to abandon right-of-way of a 0.418-acre portion of unopened 17th Street.
The city council voted unanimously to authorize the city attorney to execute a Rule 11 Agreement, as discussed in executive session regarding potential litigation in the matter of League City vs. Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.
The city council took no action resulting from executive session discussions regarding CenterPoint Energy's proposed increase in rates related to its statement of intent filed on November 16, 2016.
The city council voted unanimously to authorize the possession and use agreement and purchase agreement for parcels 6 and 9 of Calder Road South, as discussed in closed session.
All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present. Agenda
During the meeting, the city council heard a presentation regarding the improved fire protection rating for the city. Listen (7:39)
“The volunteers are doing such an awesome job protecting a very large community,” said Chris Connealy, Texas State Fire Marshal said in announcing the rating. “This is a city that exemplifies the process of working together.” News Release
The city council also heard a presentation regarding storm surge suppression and the “Ike Dike.” Dr. Sam Brody, Director for the Center of Texas Beaches and Shores, discussed the proposed “Ike Dike” concept, a coastal spine system that would provide a barrier to storm surge from strong hurricanes. Brody stressed the importance of such a barrier to areas such as League City. Listen (22:31)
“This community, you have the most to gain by something like this, and the most to lose if nothing happens,” Brody said.
Morgan's Point Mayor Michel Bechtel addressed the city council regarding the status of seeking support and funding for a coastal barrier project.
“It's a political deal now, guys, that's where we're at,” Bechtel said. “We have got to convince the rest of the country that this is an economic engine we've got to protect.”