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Houston City Council
by John David Suayan with photos courtesy HTV
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Houston City Council today voted unanimously to name C.J. Messiah as the Director of the General Services Department. Listen (15:36)

Messiah served as the interim General Services Director since last November. He is an Air Force veteran and a former Houston police officer. News Release

“My name is Messiah, but I’m not that one,” joked a grateful Messiah, enthusiastically stating there is “a new day dawning in the GSD.”

The city council voted unanimously to enter into an agreement with the University of Houston for sales tax report services. Listen (3:25)

Under the agreement, UH’s C.T. Bauer College of Business/Institute will be tasked with regional forecasting for the city’s Finance Department. Item Summary

Council member Mike Knox suggested that the city keep tabs on increasing sale tax revenues in nearby municipalities.

“It might be a good idea for us to start paying attention to that so we might take some action to correct that here inside the city limits of Houston,” said Knox.

The following two items were delayed using the tag rule:

  • Ordinance finding and determining that public convenience and necessity no longer require the continued use of New Bridge Street, from Bingle Road west 575 feet; vacating and abandoning said street to F. L. Tucker, Ltd. and Glad Tidings Assembly of God Houston, Inc., the abutting owners, in consideration of owners’ payment of $163,122.00 to the City and conveyance to the City of right-of-way for and construction of a cul-de-sac, located in the Rosslyn Addition, Joseph Bays Survey, A-127, Harris County, Texas, and other consideration, tagged by Brenda Stardig.
  • Ordinance appropriating $2,463,000.00 out of Water & Sewer System Consolidated Construction Fund, awarding contract to D. L. Elliott Enterprises, Inc. for Water Line Replacement in Glen Iris Area; setting a deadline for the bidder’s execution of the contract and delivery of all bonds, insurance, and other required contract documents to the City; holding the bidder in default if it fails to meet the deadlines; providing funding for engineering, testing, CIP Cost Recovery, and contingencies relating to construction of facilities financed by the Water & Sewer System Consolidated Construction Fund, tagged by Larry Green.

The following two items were pulled from the agenda and not considered for action by the city council:

  • Request from Mayor for confirmation of the appointment or reappointment to the Board of Directors of Reinvestment Zone Number Eighteen, City of Houston, Texas, Fifth Ward Zone.
  • Recommendation from Police Chief for extension of Injury on Duty Leave for Officer Jill Hesseldahl.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously with all members present. Agenda

Earlier in the meeting, the city council listened to a presentation on efforts to fight human trafficking given by Minal Patel Davis, the Special Advisor to the Mayor on Human Trafficking.

Mayor Sylvester Turner entered council chambers wearing a San Antonio Spurs jersey. He was honoring a friendly bet he made with San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor prior to the NBA playoff series between the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs.

Remembering Jim Guidry Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership

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