Council Connection

Posted on: August 10, 2017

Council Connection for Aug. 7

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At their Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 Regular Meeting, City Council Members heard a presentation on the Police Department’s annual report, presented scholarships to Community Development Block Grant recipients and approved an ordinance to provide for a general election on Nov. 7, 2017. Here is a full rundown of Council’s actions from that meeting:

  • Presented Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) scholarships to the following recipients:
    1. Nneka Caldwell
      • High School: Thurgood Marshall High School
      • College/University: Texas Southern University
      • Major: Psychology
      • Year of Study: Freshman
      • Career Aspiration: To obtain a PhD and work with those dealing with psychological differences, preferably those who are incarcerated. She would like to learn more about how/why mental disorders affect daily behavior.
      • Award: $2,000
    2. Christine Ogbealu Egu
      • College/University: University of Texas at San Antonio
      • Major: Psychology with a Minor in Biology
      • Year of Study: Sophomore
      • Career Aspiration: Clinical Psychiatrist
      • Award: $2,000
      • Previous Scholarship Recipient
    3. Soromtochi (Flora) Onyeahialam
      • High School: Ridge Point High School
      • College/University: Texas Tech University
      • Major: Biology
      • Year of Study: Freshman
      • Career Aspiration: Pediatrician
      • Award: $2,000
    4. Amy Montano
      • High School: Thurgood Marshall High School
      • University: Houston Baptist University
      • Major: Biology
      • Year of Study: Freshman
      • Career Aspiration: Continue education in Medical School specializing in Dermatology; after completing residency, she would love to open her own private practice or work for Texas Children’s Hospital.
      • Award: $1,667
    5. Angie Vidal
      • High School: Harmony School of Innovation
      • College/University: North American University
      • Major: Elementary Education
      • Year of Study: Freshman
      • Career Aspiration: To become an elementary school teacher for first or second grade.
      • Award: $2,000
    6. Sandra Valdez
      • University: University of Houston College of Nursing
      • Major: Nursing BSN
      • Year of Study: Senior
      • Career Aspiration: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
      • Award: $2,000
  • Heard a presentation by District C Councilmember Anthony Maroulis and Fort Bend Family Promise in recognition of Home Depot and local volunteers. On Saturday, July 8, Councilmember Maroulis hosted a community project at Fort Bend Family Promise in Missouri City to build a patio under a pavilion. Missouri City business partners at The Home Depot donated all materials, tools and provided six volunteers; while Chick-fil-A and Jimmy John’s donated breakfast and lunch. Other volunteers included a Parks Board member, a Planning and Zoning commissioner, area residents and Elders and Sisters from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Rep. Ron Reynolds also came by to support the project, which took eight hours to complete. See photos
  • Heard City Manager Anthony Snipes’ announcements, which included the following:

    1. The City’s general election is Tuesday, Nov. 7:
      • Election information is posted on the website. The last day to submit applications for a place on the ballot is Monday, Aug. 21 at 5 p.m.
    2. One of Mr. Snipes’ strategic initiatives is walk and drive tours in City subdivisions, so that staff can directly interact with homeowners and identify issues of concern in their communities. In June, Mr. Snipes visited Hunters Glen I & II with District A Councilmember Yolanda Ford:
      • As a result of that specific listen and learn tour, the City has started sidewalk repairs and installation of wheelchair ramps at the intersection of Whispering Pine Drive and Stone Lake Drive. View photos
    3. The Missouri City Library is now closed for renovation:
      • Improvements to the facility will be under way for the next 10 to 12 months.
    4. There are a number of upcoming events on the calendar:
      • The Back to School Health Fair on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon. Staff will once again join Fort Bend County and AccessHealth to host the annual “Back to School” Health Fair and backpack giveaway. The family event will be held at the Fort Bend County Annex Building. Participants will receive free immunizations, haircuts, backpacks filled with school supplies and more.
      • The HCC Missouri City Campus Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be on Tuesday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. HCC invites everyone to see their new Center for Entrepreneurship, Technology & Health Campus, which is now open and is accepting registrations.
      • The VWR Distribution Center’s Grand Opening on Monday, Aug. 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The distribution center is a new occupant in Park 8Ninety and company executives invite everyone to take a tour of their facility and be part of the ribbon cutting ceremony.
      • The City’s inaugural Oktoberfest celebration is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. This cultural event will feature food, games and entertainment.
    5. And finally, Mr. Snipes gave kudos to:
      • The Police Department for their prompt response and dedication in preventing a recent burglary.
  • Heard a presentation of the Missouri City Police Department annual report from Chief of Police Mike Berezin. The Annual Report highlights recent crime trends, department accomplishments and new methods of crime reporting. In 2016, the department, which included 105 sworn officers and 43 civilian staff members in Fiscal Year 2017, responded to 123,360 total calls for service and saw a slight decrease in the total crimes per 1,000 population from 19.7 in 2015 to 18.99 in 2016. Chief Berezin spoke on the department’s crime reduction measures through the Data-Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) program, which is aimed at reducing the incidence of crime, crashes and traffic violations by drawing on the deterrent of highly visible traffic enforcement and the knowledge that crime often involves the use of motor vehicles. DDACTS relies on prompt collection and analysis of crash and crime data to provide actionable reports that inform tactical and strategic decisions and integrates location-based crime and traffic data to establish effective and efficient methods for deploying law enforcement and other resources. To foster transparency, the department uses LexisNexis to provide up-to-date reported crime data via the “TRACKING CRIME” icon on the www.missouricitytx.gov homepage. To view Chief Berezin’s full annual report, including ongoing community outreach initiatives and department accomplishments, click here.
  • Held a public hearing to receive comments for or against an ordinance to amend the rules and regulations of PD, Planned Development District #11 to allow for the location of an adult day care center. PD #11 is located northeast of the intersection of Lake Olympia Parkway and State Highway 6 and includes a Public Storage facility (6725 Highway 6); a State Farm Insurance business (6705 Highway 6); a shopping center (6701 Highway 6); and a vacant fast food restaurant building (6855 Highway 6). The proposed adult day care center would be located within a lease space within the shopping center. On a site plan provided, the applicant depicted an outdoor recreation area in a landscape island located within the parking area. Council questioned whether it is safe to construct an outdoor recreation area in this space; subsequently, the agenda item was postponed at the request of the applicant.
  • Held a public hearing and approved on the first of two readings an ordinance that amends Section 8.3.A.1 of the City’s zoning ordinance, Appendix A, code of ordinances to extend the timeframe that an applicant may submit proof of notice to all of the other property owners with a PD district. Section 8.3.A.1 requires that a property owner who seeks to amend a PD district must submit “proof of unified ownership or control of all of the property within the PD district…at the time of application or…proof of notice to all of the other property owners within the PD district.” Further, the regulations provide that “if proof of notice is to be submitted with an application, such notice shall be sent to all of the other property owners within the PD district not earlier than 10 calendar days before the date such application is submitted and not later than the date such application is submitted to the City.” The above standard, adopted in 2013, allowed for applications to move forward for consideration by the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council while protecting the ability of other property owners within the PD district to provide protest or support for amendments, which may or may not directly affect their interests. The time constraints involved with this standard have now been found to impose an unnecessary burden on staff to verify information on the date that an application is submitted. If it is determined after the application date that insufficient notice has been provided, the application is then rejected and delayed until compliant with the standard. This has resulted in delays for several applications that were seeking consideration for amendments. Staff recommends extending the timeframe to allow notice to be sent to all of the other property owners not later than before the 10th calendar day before the Planning and Zoning Commission’s public hearing on the matter. This timeframe would be consistent with the Texas Local Government code provisions for notice to be sent to property owners within 200 feet.
  • Held a public hearing and approved an ordinance on the first of two readings to change the name of Sienna Christus Drive to Sienna Crossing Drive.
  • Authorized the City Manager to execute a $2,378,436.80 contract with Triple B Services, LLP of Huffman, Texas, for the reconstruction of Adams Street from Fifth Street to Texas Parkway. The City has completed several maintenance items (including pothole patching, new overlay on the asphalt section and street mud-jacking) throughout the past few years for Adams Street from Fifth Street to Texas Parkway. Currently, shrinkage cracks along the outer pavement edges and depressions in the pavement lanes are no longer cost effective for maintenance practices. The City performed an evaluation of all City streets under the Pavement Maintenance and Management Program. Multiple segments along Adams Street came back with a PCI (Pavement Condition Index) rating of less than 70, therefore, a complete street reconstruction is necessary based upon this rating system. In August 2015, Council approved the award of a contract for professional design services and bid process services to R.G. Miller. This project includes reconstructing approximately 3,400 linear feet of a two-lane facility, new driveway approaches, intersection improvements and the installation of a sidewalk on the north side of Adams Street from Texas Parkway to Fifth Street.
  • Authorized the City Manager to execute a $50,659 contract with Ninyo & Moore for materials testing and inspection services for the Adams Street reconstruction project. Based out of Houston, Ninyo & Moore has worked on the Community Center, the Cangelosi Watershed Detention Facility Improvements, Gregory Street and many other successful jobs around the Missouri City area.
  • Authorized the City Manager to execute an interlocal agreement with the City of Richmond for procurement services. Under this agreement, either entity will be allowed to purchase goods or services based upon the bids received by the other entity. This will allow a greater buying power and negotiation leverage with vendors. Entities are not required to utilize any contracts but may do so when beneficial to that entity. With this action, Missouri City will be able to immediately enter into this agreement and allow pending Public Works transactions to move forward more quickly.
  • Approved on the first and final reading an ordinance that orders a general election to elect Councilmembers to District A, B, C and D, and a special election for the purpose of submitting certain proposed Charter amendments to Missouri City voters on Nov. 7, 2017. City Council considered items for a potential Charter election on January 3, 2017, July 3, 2017 and July 17, 2017. The ordinance includes the following items for submission to voters on November 7, 2017:
    1. Revise the section governing the timeframe for the election of the mayor pro tem;
    2. Remove the bonding requirement for the city manager;
    3. Remove the requirement that the City Council must concur with the city manager’s appointment, removal, or suspension of department directors and assistant city managers;
    4. Allow the city manager to establish, discontinue, redesignate, and combine departments;
    5. Make the Charter consistent with Resolution No. R-16-32, which changed the City’s election date from the uniform election date in May to the uniform election date in November;
    6. Change the name of the city’s finance department from the “finance department” to the “financial services department;” and
    7. Change the month in which the fiscal year begins from July to October.
  • Approved a resolution that grants Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 48 consent to annex approximately 98.7 acres of land located within Missouri City. The subject tract is located southeast of the Fort Bend Toll Road and Highway 6 intersection. The inclusion of these tracts of land into the District will facilitate the provision of water, wastewater utilities and drainage for the land while retaining customers in the City service area.
  • Approved a resolution that supports the reappointment of Russell C. Jones to the Gulf Coast Water Authority Board of Directors. The Gulf Coast Water Authority (GCWA) is of significant importance to the City’s quality of life as they provide the surface water from the Brazos River for the Regional Water Treatment Plant. In the early 1990’s, the City entered into option water contracts with GCWA to reserve surface water for the future. This foresight was in response to proposed legislation that created the Fort Bend Subsidence District (FBSD) in 1989, which in turn mandated rules and regulations to require the reduction of dependency on groundwater. This legislation has taken on a perpetual role of changing the way all cities in Fort Bend County develop and utilize precious water sources. Since the creation of the FBSD, the City has now developed the Groundwater Reduction Program (GRP) and has entered into a long-term formal water supply contract with GCWA. The City and GCWA have partnered well with each other, and that is due to having representation from Fort Bend County on the GCWA board. During the 2015 State Legislative session, House Bill (HB) 4168 was introduced and passed into law that substantially changed the structure of the GCWA board. Under this new legislation, all the terms of board members will end on Sept. 1, 2017 and will be replaced with new appointees. Additionally, rather than only having one board member from Fort Bend County, the County will now have two board members: one as an at-large position and the other as the municipal representative. In the efforts of being the best stewards of the City and with the upmost concerns for the City’s future water supplies, staff recommended that the City pass a resolution of support for Russell C. Jones to be Fort Bend County’s municipal representative. Russell has served on the GCWA Board of Directors since 2011. During his time on the board, Russell has been instrumental in the reallocation of Brazos River water rights to better serve demands in Missouri City and other cities across Fort Bend County. He currently serves as the President of the Gulf Coast Water Authority Board.
  • Approved the Consent Agenda, which included the following:
    1. Approved the minutes of the Special and Regular City Council meetings of July 17, 2017.

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