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Galveston County
Friendswood City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Friendswood City Council on Monday voted unanimously to confirm the city manager's appointment of Aubrey Harbin as Director of Community Development.

Harbin has served as assistant director for the department, and replaces City Manager Morad Kabiri in the position.

The city council voted 5-2, with John Scott and Steve Rockey opposed, to approve a Chapter 380 Business Incentive Grant with Tannos Land Holding III, LLC for a project at 505 South Friendswood Drive.

Tannos plans to build a new four-story commercial building, totaling 63,400 square feet on approximately 2.7 acres of property.

Under the agreement, the developer will be reimbursed $50,000 after a certificate of occupancy is issued for the building, and another $50,000 after 50 percent of the building has been occupied by business tenants.

The city council voted unanimously to approve a development agreement for Friendswood Lakes Boulevard. The road is to receive improvements funded partly through bond proceeds from the 2017 Galveston County Bond Program.

An initial motion to table the item failed by a vote of 3-4, with only Mayor Kevin Holland, Carl Gustafson, and Sally Branson voting in favor.

The city council voted unanimously to approve names for the city's new Dog Park and Doggy Splash Pad.

The park will be named the Friendswood PetSafe Dog Ppark, and the splash pad will be named the Ron Carter Doggy Splash Pad.

The city council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution finding a proposed amendment to the Distribution Cost Recovery Factor by CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC should be denied.

CenterPoint has proposed a reduction in costs related to the Tax cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, however, the Gulf Coast Coalition of Cities to identify further adjustments.

The city council voted unanimously to request the State of Texas seek a waiver by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to the 70 percent requirement of disaster recovery funds to support activities benefiting low-to-moderate income persons. Several cities are seeking the waiver related to Community Development Block Grant funds for projects to recover from Hurricane Harvey, and are asking for a reduction to 50 percent.

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

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