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Fort Bend County
Sugar Land City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sugar Land City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to amend the city's Code of Ordinances to add application fees and public right-of-way rates for use of public rights-of-way by wireless network providers.

The Texas Legislature is considering legislation, Senate Bill 1004, which would require cities to allow private communications companies access to city rights-of-way to place wireless antennas on city light poles, traffic poles, street signs and “just about any other vertical surface.” Legislation Text

“Although staff, the Texas Municipal League, Focused Advocacy, and other cities are fighting vigorously to keep city control over our rights-of-way, the city needs to be prepared in case the bill is passed and sent to the Governor,” First Assistant Attorney Eugenia Cano said.

The bill has been approved by the Texas Senate, as is before the House of Representatives.

The ordinance would impose a permit fee of $76.50 each for work done in city rights-of-way. The fee would not apply to existing utility franchisees or to entities exempt by law from payment of the fee.

The ordinance will also impose an application fee of $100 for up to five “network nodes” and $50 per each additional node.

Public right-of-way rates would be charged annually, at a rate of $250 multiplied by the number of network nodes, with an annual adjustment of one-half of the consumer price index for all urban consumers for Texas.

Collocation on service poles by a network provider would be charged at a rate of $20 per year per service pole.

The city council voted to adopt an order, on first and final reading, canvassing the results of the May 6 election for Council District 4. Carol McCutcheon and Qaisar Q. Imam will compete in a runoff on June 10, as neither candidate received a clear majority on May 6.

During the meeting, unopposed incumbent council members Steve Porter, Bridget Yeung and Amy Mitchell were administered the oath of office for their new terms on council. News Release

The city council voted to authorize Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 192 to issue $1.5 million in bonds to fund the construction and paving of Macek Road, Magnolia Trail and Arbor Ranch Drive.

The city council voted to approve the purchase of a 40-foot Mobile Command Center from LDV, Inc. for a total amount of $319,798. The command center will be used by personnel in the police, emergency management, and fire-EMS departments. News Release

The city council voted to appoint Taylor Landin to the Planning and Zoning Commission to fill an unexpired term ending September 30.

The city council voted to appoint Nish Gurnami as a member and Jean Hubbard as an alternate to the Building Standards Commission. Both members will fill unexpired terms ending September 30.

All items were approved. All votes were unanimous with all members present. Agenda

Pictured: Mayor Joe Zimmerman delivers the oaths of office to (Pictured L-R) Porter, Mitchell and Yeung. (Photo courtesy City of Sugar Land.)

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