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Houston City Council
by John David Suayan with photos courtesy HTV
Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Houston City Council today voted unanimously to reappoint 11 municipal court associate judges for two-year terms.

The judges are Walter Schroeder, Joellen Snow, Fad Wilson, Jr., Arturo Deleon, Jr., Catherine Wylie, Lydia Johnson, Andrew Martin, Nile Copeland, Teresa Hoang, Phyllis Randolph Frye, and Robert Rosenberg.

Mayor Sylvester Turner thanked the judges for their service “during some challenging times.” Listen (6:55)

“You all stayed the course and you continued to do your job,” said Mayor Turner.

Municipal Courts Director and Presiding Judge J. Elaine Marshall called the group “some of the finest judges that I ever had the pleasure to work with.”

“They work hard, they work tirelessly, and I’m very proud to be a team member with these judges,” said Marshall.

The city council voted unanimously to approve permanent speed cushions to mitigate speeding problems in various neighborhoods throughout the city.

The city council voted unanimously to enter into a $250,000 professional services agreement with Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP.

The city council voted unanimously to award a $4.2 million three-year contract, with two one-year options to Infax, Inc. for the Infax WinFIDS Multi-User Flight Information Display System and the TRAX Smart Restroom Application for the Houston Airport System.

The city council voted unanimously to award a $662,046 sole source professional services contract to HillCo Partners, LLC for state lobbyist representation services for the Mayor's Office of Government Relations.

The city council took no action on the following five items:

  • Ordinance approving the issuance of bonds and notes by the Saint George Place Redevelopment Authority, tagged by Mike Laster.
  • Adopt recommendation from Solid Waste Management Department to award to Waste Management of Texas, Inc. for additional funding for FY2019 for Solid Waste Disposal Contract for the Solid Waste Management Department, deferred.
  • Ordinance awarding eighteen (18) professional service contracts to various music artists and performing arts organizations in the amount not to exceed $3,000,000.00 for the Harmony in the Air project for the Houston Airport System, delayed.
  • Ordinance approving and authorizing Subaward Agreement between the City of Houston and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for the FY18 Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program, pulled from the agenda.
  • Ordinance approving and authorizing contract between the City of Houston and Spark, Inc. for the Management and Construction of improvements to certain school playgrounds as public parks and recreational facilities, pulled from the agenda.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously with Jerry Davis, Amanda Edwards, and Martha Castex-Tatum absent. Agenda

The city council held a moment of silence for the late President George H. W. Bush with Mayor Turner offering a prayer.

The mayor announced that there will be a public visitation for the 41st commander-in-chief at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church later this evening after his remains arrive from Washington, D.C. President Bush, who passed away on November 30, will lie in repose at the house of worship he and his late wife, Barbara Bush, attended from after 6 p.m. tonight until 6 a.m. Thursday.

Mayor Turner also discussed the city’s recent public memorial tribute to President Bush.

The mayor also invited the public to a celebration of life the Houston Texans will be hosting for their late owner, Bob McNair, at NRG Stadium on December 7 at 2 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned in memory of President Bush.




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