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La Marque City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

La Marque City Council on Monday voted 4-1, with Clent Brown opposed, to adopt a resolution calling for and establishing procedures for the June 17 Runoff Election for Council Member District D.

Candidates Casey McAuliffe and Greg Snow-King Cornett are competing for the position, after neither of the candidates achieved a solid majority in the May 6 Election, which was a three-candidate race that included David Pennington.

Mayor Pro Tem Keith Bell questioned polling locations for the runoff, which included locations in Dickinson for early and election day voting. It was noted that the polling places are county wide, as the election is administered by Galveston County, and that voters could cast ballots in any location.

“It's just a little awkward, for us to have our residents to go outside our city limits,” Bell said. Listen (6:58)

Bell said that, in a runoff, the use of locations outside of the city should be monitored, but said he would support the item.

Brown, who did not seek re-election to District D, said he opposed the reason, stating that there were not many voters in the district, and that a different arrangement should be sought.

“It's not a good thing for the City of La Marque,” Brown said. “We have people higher above us tell us what to do. I don't like that at all.”

Mayor Bobby Hocking stated that there were locations, including the La Marque Community Center, for voters, and that the county determined the polling locations.

The city council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution canvassing the results of the May 6 election.

Council Member Chris Lane, who won re-election to District B, was sworn in for another term in office.

The city council voted unanimously to cancel the regular meeting of June 12 and schedule a special called meeting for June 26. The change was made to allow the ballots for the June 17 Runoff Election to be counted.

The city council took no action regarding adoption of a resolution authorizing the issuance of $2.3 million in Unlimited Tax Refunding Bonds by Galveston County Municipal Utility District No. 32.

The city council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution denying CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC's statement of intent to increase distribution rates for electricity customers in the region.

CenterPoint has filed a statement of intent to generate additional distribution revenues of $89,560,854.

The city council voted unanimously to table action regarding adoption of a new ordinance section establishing unreasonably loud noises as public nuisances.

The city council voted unanimously to approve negotiations with MOTCO Trust Group and the Gulf Coast Water Authority to provide an alternate water supply source to MOTCO.

The city has had issues with the 8,500 foot long, 6-inch water pipe that provides water to the MOTCO Trust Fund Site, an EPA “Super Fund” site. MOTCO is the only user at the termination of the pipeline.

MOTCO and the Gulf Coast Water Authority have negotiated for a new water “take point” through a connection to the GCWA waterline adjacent to Interstate Highway 45.

The water authority will bill the city for the actual costs of the installation of the connection and a backflow preventer device.

“Thank you, Jesus, that this is finally coming to a head,” Hocking said regarding the item.

The city council took no formal action, but agreed by consensus to further discuss an updated compensation program for the telecommunicator position at the La Marque Police Department as part of budget discussions.

The city council discussed, but took no formal action regarding the creation of signage for volunteer opportunities.

The city council voted unanimously to approve an interlocal agreement with the Gulf Coast Center through its transit consultant, The Goodman Corporation, to create the La Marque Economic Development and Mobility Strategy for future mobility-related projects through grant funds.

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





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