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Pasadena City Council
by Garrett Bryce w/Photos courtesy PasadenaTV
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Pasadena City Council on Tuesday voted 6-3, with Don Harrison, Sammy Casados and Cody Ray Wheeler opposed, to adopt an ordinance, on first reading, amending the city's FY2018 Budget.

Harrison said that he would not support the item as the amendment included funds provided through donations and called “special funding.”

“They really don't know what they're going to spend it on so therefore I can't support it,” Harrison said. Listen (6:11)

Casados questioned money being sent to the mayor's office, economic development and other departments, which said have overspent. He then referenced the lease of vehicles by department heads, which he said was done without council approval.

Debate began regarding whether Casados' comments were related to the item being discussed.

Wheeler stated the items were in the budget, and therefore germane.

Council Member Cary Bass said that the amendments were to correct the budget to reflect the spending in departments.

The city council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution paying miscellaneous claims and invoices, with exception of payments to Enterprise for car rental services.

Again, council members discussed leasing of vehicles for department heads without council consent. Listen (7:39)

Council Member Cary Bass also abstained regarding items related to Bass & Meineke.

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

  • Payments of $21,242 and $75,557 to D&W Contractors, Inc. for the 2018 Annual Paving and Drainage Improvements Project
  • $80,324 to Peltier Brothers Construction, LTD for the Burke Road, West Ellaine and North Main Rehabilitation Projects
  • $39,501 to Southwest Signal Supply, Inc. for the Spencer Highway Traffic Signal Phase III Project
  • $80,185 to T&C Construction, LTD for the Crenshaw Water Plant Expansion Phase II Project

The city council voted 7-2, with Casados and Wheeler opposed, to approve, on final reading, a purchase and sale, development and performance agreement between the city, the Pasadena Economic Development Corporation and JMDH Real Estate of Pasadena, LLC.

The city council voted 8-1, with Harrison opposed, to approve, on final reading, an industrial district agreement with the Port of Houston Authority and the Port Industrial District.

The city council voted 6-3, with Harrison, Casados and Wheeler opposed, to approve, on final reading, disannexation of a portion of property to be included in the city's industrial district and to be known as the “Port Industrial District.”

The city council voted unanimously to accept the donation of seven crepe myrtle trees from Sylvia Leamon to be planted at Queens Park.

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

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