Pearland City Council Regular Meeting February 22, 2021

6:30 p.m. Meeting of City Council - Agenda

I first want to thank Mayor Cole for his leadership during the winter storm last week. Your videos were very informative without being overwhelming. I also appreciate all of the time and effort you put forth during last week of having to carry the city's problems on your shoulders. I know we as a city learned a lot from this situation and will work to better prepare as best we can, at the city level from this ever happening again. Even though you mentioned the long hours and countless phone calls, I want to commend you on a job well done and thank you for your service and guidance during this event.

I also wanted to give an update on the excessive water billing item I spoke about during the last council meeting. I reached out to the elderly citizen and she has confirmed the city did credit her account the maximum allowable leak amount and she was very surprised and happy. I was glad the city took a personal interest in her account and worked with her to find a quick resolution.

Staying on the topic of water billing, I know some of the citizens were concerned with last week's winter storms affecting their sewer seasonal average that includes the month of Feb. Since many had to drip faucets to prevent their pipes from freezing and to those unfortunate individuals that had pipes burst and flood their homes with unconsumed water this could adversely affect their rates for the year.

In reviewing the supporting document for the New Business agenda item #2, it states:

The sewer seasonal average is not to exceed 12,000 gallons for new residents, and not to exceed existing customer’s determined sewer seasonal average.

I am hoping during the presentation it would verify that the city intends to use the same average from last year. Or at least exclude the events that were experienced during the winter event last week in their calculations so as not to skew the rates that will affect the residents for the entire year. Any clarification on this matter would put some of the citizen's minds at ease.

Finally, I wanted to inquire if the new meters were rated for the temperatures that were experienced during last week's storms. Are there are any warranty exclusions from the manufacturers in case they were damaged due to the extreme temperatures? I know as of last night, my meter was submerged in water and I am concerned it was compromised during the storm but am hesitent to drain the water since I don't want to be blamed in case the meter is damaged. However, I don't want to be surprised with a high water bill due to a leak that went undetected. Any guidance you can give to citizens in this situation would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Consent Agenda

 

Removed Consent Agenda items: A

A. Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation - Additional amount of $255,109.15 (total contract amount of $1,367,840.65), for design services associated with the Smith Ranch Road Expansion Project

Passed: 7-0

B. Staples Advantage via Sourcwell cooperative contract - $100,000 - Purchase of office supplies from Apr 10, 2021 - Apr 9, 2022

 

Passed: 7-0
 
New Business

1. Initial Recommendations from Utility Billing Ad Hoc Advisory Committee - No update

2. Utility Billing Quarterly Update

3. Repealing and adopting a new Chapter 6, Animals and Fowl, of the City of Pearland Code of Ordinances - Moved to a future meeting

4. Authorizing issuance of City of Pearland, Texas, water and sewer system revenue bonds, series 2021A

Orlando - Y

Carbone - Y

Hernandez - Y

Kamkar - N

Little - Y

Perez - Y

Owens - Y

Passed 6-1

5. PLW Waterworks - $19,995,251 - For construction services associated with the John Hargrove Water Reclamation Facility Expansion Project

Orlando - Y

Carbone - Y

Hernandez - Y

Kamkar - N

Little - Y

Perez - Y

Owens - Y

Passed 6-1

6. Current Status and Priorities from Week of February 14 Weather Emergency and resulting power losses, water system interruption, damage to facilities, etc.

7. Extending the Mayor’s February 18, 2021 Declaration of Disaster associated with the imminent threat and public health emergency resulting from the February 2021 Texas Sever Winter Storm

Passed 7-0

8. Temporarily waiving building permit fees, associated with the repair of homes and businesses damaged by the effects of the February 2021 Texas Severe Winter Storm until March 5, 2021

Amended to March 31, 2021

Passed 7-0

9. Adopting City Council Rules and Order of Business (“Rules”) as guidelines for the organization and governance of the City Council

Orlando - Y

Carbone - Y

Hernandez - Y

Kamkar - N

Little - Y

Perez - Y

Owens - N

Passed 5-2

Executive Session

10. Regarding City Council ratification of the City Manager's appointment of the Chief Financial Officer