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League City City Council
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy League City
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

League City City Council on Tuesday, after a lengthy public hearing and discussion by council members, voted 5-3, with Mayor Pat Hallisey, Keith Gross and Nick Long opposed, to approve the city's 2018 Master Mobility Plan.

The mobility plan is part of the city's comprehensive plan, and provides an evaluation of the city's current mobility infrastructure and its future mobility infrastructure needs. The plan also provides for the implementation of roadway capital recovery fees.

During a public hearing held prior to consideration of the item, several speakers addressed the city council opposing the inclusion of the Palomino Bridge and the Beamer Road Extension.

The city council voted 3-5, with only Hallisey, Gross and Long voting in favor, to deny a motion to omit the Palomino Bridge and Beamer Road projects from the plan.

Long questioned the need for the Palomino Bridge currently.

“There might come a day when we might need the Palomino Bridge, but I think it would be irresponsible to move forward with the Palomino Bridge when we are spending $35 million-plus on the Landing Bridge and still haven't found out if the Landing Bridge will solve the problem,” Long said. Listen (31:18)

Council Member Hank Dugie stated that the “wait and see approach” has not worked well for the city.

“A lot of the traffic issues that we're facing today are because of that approach,” he said, and noted that the city was still in the preliminary stages of the Palamino Bridge.

He also noted that the Landing Bridge was “not a done deal” and noted that the city needed more north to south thoroughfares.

“This is a project that we cannot to take off the list,” Dugie said.

Hallisey noted the speakers opposed to the item, but also said he would not “bad mouth” those supporting the bridge.

“They have their own way of solving things,” he said.

The city council also voted 5-3, with Hallisey, Gross and Long opposed, to approve the item on first and final reading. However, the motion requires a vote of 6 for approval. Therefore, a second reading of the item will be required.

The city council took no action regarding award of a construction contract to DSP Industrial, Inc. for the 3rd Street Ground Storage Tank Rehabilitation Project. The item was pulled from the agenda.

The city council voted 6-2, with Gross and Long opposed, to authorize the submission of an application to the Houston-Galveston Area Council in response to the FY2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program call for projects to seek funds for the Palamino Lane Extension Project.

The project includes extending Palomino Lane north from its current endpoint adjacent to Clear Springs High School across Clear Creek and end at Grissom Road.

The city is seeking approximately $6.8 million in federal funding to pay for 50 percent of construction costs. The city will provide $9.3 million for design, land and 50 percent of construction.

The city council voted unanimously to confirm the appointment of Amy Kilgore to the Ethics Review Board.

The city council voted unanimously to approve, on first and final reading, appointment of Laticia Fuhr and Paul Ready as associate judges of the Municipal court beginning January 1, 2019. Under the agreements for Fuhr and Ready, both will be paid a rate of $150 per hour for their services.

The city council took no action resulting from executive session discussions regarding an offer of a financial or other incentive to a business prospect seeking to locate, remain or expand in the city.

The city council took no action resulting from executive session discussions regarding the potential purchase or sale of real property.

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

During the meeting, Hallisey presented a proclamation declaring November 11 as World War One Centennial Day. Listen (4:31)




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