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Pasadena City Council
by Garrett Bryce w/Photos courtesy PasadenaTV
Thursday, November 08, 2018

Pasadena City Council on Tuesday voted 5-3, with Don Harrison, Sammy Casados and Cody Ray Wheeler opposed, to amend the FY2019 Budget for the Pasadena Second Century Corporation.

Casados said that the amendment was for $5 million, with approximately $2.5 million for the Shaw Street Reconstruction, with the remainder for the purchase of a bank building, and that he wouldn't support the item. He said the purchase of property should come to council.

“I feel like as a matter of just doing things the right way, and principle, they should not have even bought the building without our approval,” Casados said. Listen (10:57)

Council Member Thomas Schoenbein said that the corporation does have the ability to purchase buildings without council approval. He said that the funds would pay for asbestos abatement and demolition.

“That bank building has been empty for over 25 years, it is not structurally sound,” Schoenbein stated, noting that the building could not be used in its current condition.

The city council voted unanimously to approve an appeal of a rejection of a motor vehicle dealer license for 2535 Spencer Highway.

The city council voted unanimously to approve progress payments on various contracts underway in the city, including:

  • $1,004,816 to SER Construction Partners, LLC for the Richey Road Reconstruction Project
  • $84,971 to Mar-Con Services, LLC for the Pansy Street Improvements Project
  • Payments of $35,032 and $5,937 to Texas Pride Utilities, LLC for the 2018 Citywide Sanitary Sewer Rehab Phase III Project
  • Payments of $4,750 and $22,541 to Progressive Commercial Aquatics, Inc. for the Sunset Pool Renovation Project

The city council voted unanimously to approve payment of miscellaneous claims and invoices. Council Member Cary Bass abstained on any items related to Bass & Meineke.

The city council voted 6-2, with Casados and Wheeler opposed, to approve regular and administration changes in personnel.

Casados and Wheeler refused to accept the retirement of Police Chief Al Espinoza.

The city council voted to approve, on final reading, award of a $1,492,282 contract with Core & Main for the purchase of 7,175 Neptune water meters.

The city council voted unanimously to approve, on first reading, award of a $72,050 contract to RM Quality Construction, LLC for completion of a partially reconstructed existing single family home at 1208 Mobile Drive.

The city council voted unanimously to approve, on first reading, a commitment between the Community Development Department and the Parks and Recreation Department to provide transportation services to the elderly and/or disabled residents under the Community Development Block Grant.

The city council voted unanimously to approve, on first reading, amending the city's Code of Ordinances regarding maximum speed limits.

Casados offered an amendment to set maximum residential street speed limits at 25 miles per hour. Mayor Jeff Wagner agreed with the amendment, but asked it be delayed until the suggestion could be studied.

The city council voted 7-1, with Don Harrison opposed, to approve, on first reading, an ordinance to potentially annex several industrial properties adjacent to the city.

The ordinance would take effect in the event that the industries listed do not sign industrial district agreements with the city by the end of the year.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Council Member Phil Cayten was absent. Agenda

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