Pearland City Council Meeting for July 13, 2020
6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting - Agenda
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NEW - SPEAKER REQUEST REGISTRATION FORM - Must be submitted by 12 P.M. on the meeting day
Water Billing Issues - electronic meters are supposed to be better. A citizen bill doubled. Said she had a leak but no leak found. But was fixed after 1 month without doing anything. Over 50,000 gallons for a citizen and his was 6,700 normal consumption. Had a plumber come out and said he didn't have a leak. Same answer, paid $400 for 1 month bill. From Manufacturer response doesn't match the city response. Supposed to have 2 years of historical data. Citizen are being strong armed to pay high bills with no reason. Maybe the meter is detecting more water flow than actually being used. Is there a certain # of errors that will trigger a manufacturer intervention. Still so many unanswered questions. As city staff to set up a review group made up of citizens that can address issues like this.
Against the budget to allow the city manager to be in complete charge. Puts unchecked power in the hands of City Manager.
Honor active service men and women. Pandemic slowed progress down. Got the green light from the US military and Centerpoint and everyone involved in a banner program spoke with John Branson, the unified develop code bands banners. But we can get around this by an ordinance change or have the mayor and council approve this program. He is seeking a way to get this approved and honor our military members.
I'd like to speak about New Business Items
a. New Business Item 3 regarding the COs for $11.4 million and
b. New Business Item 4 regarding the COs for $10.2 million
I have said before COVID-19 is putting a financial burden on many families and the future is extremely uncertain. I question why both of these were decided to be COs so they aren't voted on as opposed to GOs and let the people decide. Does it really make financial sense to add $21.5 million to our growing debt at this time.
Now I'd like to transition to New Business Item #1, the budget. I wanted to speak on the budget back in February but citizen comments were not allowed on that Saturday meeting. I had met with other citizens and our main goal was to each take a section of the budget and see where cuts could be made. I see millions of dollars being approved and I think the budget needs to be held under a microscope again especially during these uncertain times. I decided to research Sustainable Infrastructure.
As I spoke during the last council meeting I saw many sidewalks in my neighborhood mud jacked and a few months later they were removed and new cement was laid. This to me a huge waste of money. I spoke with someone in that department today and he said this was an overlap in services and they are trying to fix this kind of errors. I see there is $330K of mud jacking scheduled and $200K of sidewalk replacement. I think it would be responsible to have an overlay map of both services schedule and verify this waste isn't going to occur again.
In looking at the Street Funding, the recommendation was to maintain a Pavement Condition Index (PCI) of 72 over the next 5 years at a cost of $4.6 million for streets and $1.7 million for sidewalks. My first question is how is this indexing calculated so I can fully understand what goes into this index.
With that being said, the chart provided in the documents shows the cost of a PCI value less that 72 would cost much less and still be in an acceptable range. Even if we cut the cost in half and save $2.3 million the PCI index would be 69 and maybe when the future is better known, we can add money to raise the PCI index in a year or 2 and still achieve an acceptable range.
Thank you for your time and attention
Pull items A, B, D & E to be discussed further
A. Consideration and Possible Action - Approval of Minutes: from Nov 11, 2019 - Jan 27, 2020
B. Adopting Water Conservation Plan and a Drought Contingency/Water Emergency Response Plan for the City of Pearland to promote responsible use of water and to provide for penalties and/or the disconnection of water service for noncompliance
C. Conveying a drainage easement to Brazoria Drainage District No. 4 for the construction and maintenance of drainage facilities associated with Mary’s Creek
D. CenterPoint Energy - $72,783 - Installation of street lights along Hughes Ranch Road
E. Silsbee Fleet Group - $109,921 - Purchase 4 police fleet vehicles
F. International Paint and Body of Pearland - $50,000 - Awarding a vehicle repair bid for the period of Jul 20th, 2020 -July 19th, 2021 with two additional one year renewal options
G. A & A Cleaning Services - $103,982 (total amount $175,442) - Extending a contract for additional custodial services at City Facilities related to the COVID-19 public health emergency
1. Authorizing the City Manager to take all actions necessary regarding the 2019-2020 Annual Budget to facilitate the changes identified herein without further approval of City Council; providing a savings clause, a severability clause, a repealer clause, and an effective date
Orlando - Y
Carbone - Y
Little - Y
Hernandez - Y
Moore - Y
Owens - N
2. Authorized General Obligation and Water and Sewer System Bond Sales
3. Authorizing the issuance of City of Pearland, Texas - Certificates of obligation, series 2020B; prescribing the terms thereof; providing for the payment thereof; awarding the sale thereof; making other provisions regarding such certificates and matters incident thereto; and declaring an emergency
4. Authorizing the issuance of City of Pearland, Texas - Certificates of Obligation, Series 2020A; prescribing the terms thereof; providing for the payment thereof; awarding the sale thereof; making other provisions regarding such certificates and matters incident thereto; and declaring an emergency.
5. Establishing a limited purpose Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (“CVB”) Grant Program, pursuant to Chapter 380 of the Texas Local Government Code, for the reinvestment of certain hotel occupancy tax revenues back to hotels located in the city
6. Authorizing the power of eminent domain to acquire fee simple title to certain property for the SH 288 Northbound Frontage Road Project; for the construction and maintenance of road and drainage improvements on certain real property to take such actions as are necessary to acquire said property, located within the city, by donation, purchase, or by the exercise of the power of eminent domain.
7. Trafficware - $393,193.85 - Authorizing the purchase of traffic management software and associated controllers
8. CDM Smith - $319,750 - Awarding a design build contract for the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Project (Phase I Services)
9. Amending “Rights-of-way,” of the City Code of Ordinances; amending the associated Design Manual in accordance with Chapter 284 of the Texas Local Government Code; and updating the Interactive Right-of-Way Management Map; providing a savings clause; making other provisions related to the subject; and declaring an emergency
10. Millis Development and Construction, LLC - $14,192,050.84 - Awarding a competitive sealed proposal for Phase IV of the SH 288 Corridor Master Improvement Plan Project
Postpone this to a 7/27/2020 meeting:
Orlando - Y
Carbone - Y
Little - Y
Hernandez - N
Moore - Y
Owens - N
11. Century Asphalt - $1,000,000 - Participate in an interlocal cooperative pricing arrangement with Brazoria County, for the purchase of road materials for the period of Jul 20, 2020 - July 19, 2021
12. P Squared (P²) Emulsion Plants, LLC - $450,000 - Participate in an interlocal cooperative pricing
arrangement with the Brazoria County, for the purchase of emulsified asphalt for the recycling and application for the period of Jul 20, 2020 - July 19, 2021