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Galveston County
La Marque City Council
by Garrett Bryce
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

La Marque City Council on Monday voted 4-1, with Casey McAuliffe opposed, to approve, on final reading, an ordinance creating Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 2 for the Omega Bay Subdivision.

McAuliffe discussed her opposition to the item.

“I have to vote with my heart and my gut on this one and I don't think the TIRZ is the right mechanism for the end goal,” McAuliffe said. Listen (1:37)

However, she applauded the work involved done by residents and by Council Member Robert Michetich in the process, noting that the effort was to resolve “a very long, lingering bad deal.”

Omega Bay residents have been requesting assistance with street repair and other services from the city, and had petitioned for the creation of the TIRZ. The total taxable property value in the zone is approximately $71,283,550. Certain tax revenues from property in the zone will be deposited in a tax increment fund to be utilized for financing infrastructure improvements.

The city council voted unanimously to approve a 3-year agreement with the La Marque Fire Association effective October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2021. The agreement is the result of collective bargaining between the city and the La Marque Fire Fighters Association, Local 3282.

The city council voted unanimously to renew a contract with Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP for assistance with municipal court revenue collection.

The city council voted unanimously to continue to table action regarding a proposed development agreement with Woodhaven Lakes, LTD for the Trails at Woodhaven Lakes subdivision.

The city council voted unanimously to continue to table action regarding the creation of the Trails at Woodhaven Lakes Public Improvement District No. 4.

Both items were originally tabled on January 14.

The city council voted unanimously to approve, on final reading, an ordinance imposing impact fees.

The fees will be levied on new development to fund water and wastewater improvements required due to growth in the city.

The city council voted unanimously to restore the name of the Public Works Department as Public Works from Public Services.

The city council voted unanimously to tabled action regarding an agreement with Public Agency Retirement Services for an alternative retirement plan for part-time employees.

The city council voted unanimously to award a $792,780 contract to JTM Construction, LLC for a waterline replacement project.

The project entails replacement of more than 9,300 linear feet of water pipe along Wisteria, Honeysuckle, Azalea drives and Colorado and Pecos avenues.

The city council voted unanimously to table action regarding the selection of the city manager until Friday, February 15, at 1 p.m.

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








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