Pearland City Council Meeting for June 22, 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
With Covid-19 creating uncertainty, appraisal and tax rates rising. We need a financial break. Council need to consider reducing tax rates. Water bill, increase rates and still in debt. Council has done everything staff has asked what to do. Exceed expenses. Crown Vic is a ridiculous amount of money to buy them.
#3 & #12 - sidewalk issue to pay another company to repair sidewalks part of the problem is to address backlog of service requests. Bailey has some of the best sidewalks we have here. Why the money to remove and replace good sidewalks. Is this necessary and are we paying someone's buddy? Need to look at how much money we're spending and stay within budget. #12 - 32/30 used to catch up additional revenue with the water issues but it says we lost $677K because of the implementation of the plan? Makes no sense.
Great job handling the service of George Floyd. Race relations in Pearland in policing in training should be about building relationships, what is use of force dates back to 2016 which needs updating. Use of the baton, but doesn't address use of choke hold. Need a community review board. If the police become the law that is dangerous. These policies need to be updated and hold officers accountable
#12 Budget amendment, allowing the public to understand the request being made by staff
1. Request to hear staff presentation but postpone vote tonight
2. Council didn't get all information until today and shouldn't vote on something that wasn't made public
3. Tax rate, 1.6 million higher than projected, could have gotten by with the existing taxes, should give the money back to the citizens.
Felicia Harris Hoss:
Behalf of 42,000 residence in Pearland BC Tax resistance. #12 dealing with budget, last minute amendment, suggest reason for discussion what to do with 1.6 million dollars from taxes from citizens from Pearland. Giving City Manager what to do with it
1. Staff passed a budget in 1st column, amended budget in Dec, included in Sept budget item gone in June, more revenue numbers added with no explanation of where the money is coming from. Excess 4.8 million dollars. Concerning appropriate usage of this money should go back to the citizens. So many questions, we need a workshop to go over the information. Disregarded public comments in the past and they need to follow our comments this time. City Manager shouldn't have this type of digression.
Signed up to clarify any questions regarding #1
I'd like to address New Business item #3 in regards to awarding Greenscapes Six $450,000 for street and sidewalk maintenance. In the details it states repairs will be authorized by the streets and drainage division of Public Works, but who authorizes their decision? The reason I ask this question is the sidewalk in front of my house had a trip hazard due to 2 sections of concrete being 2 inches higher. Walking through our subdivision I noticed similar cases. At the beginning of this year, they address our subdivision using a mud jacking process. I spoke with neighbors and we were all happy with our leveled sidewalks. Then about a month or so later, they came through and started removing the concrete slabs they previously repaired. When I questioned city staff I was told it was due to a water break. There was never any standing water during this period and they replacement many sidewalks in our subdivision. Are you telling me all of these were due to water leaks? I see this entire effort as a complete waste of money that could have been used for other items. This is the exact type of budgetary oversight we need to make sure the funds we have are being used correctly.
That leads me into my next point regarding New business items #12, the Budget Ordinance. When I reviewed last year's budget and I saw excess spending of over a half a million dollars spent on conferences and seminars, over $100,000 spent on apparel and I brought this excess spending up and I was told by council members well, you should have raised these questions at the beginning of the budget process in February and not at the final reading. Ok, so I followed your rules and I showed up for this year's Saturday budget meeting and was told you would not allow any citizens comment. I wasn't given access to the budget documentation prior to the meeting to review and was denied my right to complain about the previous years' excesses. It seems as thought when I try to play by your rules, you change the rules. This coupled with the water bill issues is the main reason resident question the true transparency of City Hall.
Finally, there has been a lot of talk on social media regarding Pearland cancelling the fireworks celebration. There was information released saying it was due to Covid-19 but other gatherings have continued and people have found a way to distance themselves. In these trying times, many residence were looking forward to come together as a community and for a few hours put away our differences and enjoy celebrating our country as Americans. Not being able to coordinate this event has given the city of Pearland yet another mark against it and making residence question many of the decisions being made at these meetings.
Thank you kindly for your time and attention.
Move #12 to before Consent Agenda:
12. 2019-2020 Annual Budget Ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to take all actions necessary 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.
Exibit A was just received today not within the 72 hours period
Vote: Postpone #12 til next regular council meeting
A. Presidio Equities, LLC - Changing the classification of certain property: to allow a Farm Supply Store and Outdoor Storage within the Rice Drier Commerce Park Planned Development - West of Main Street, between Halik Road and Orange Street
B. Enter into a 3rd Amended Lease Agreement for the Pearland Westside Library located in the Shadow Creek Ranch Town Center - $211,000
C. TD Industries - $202,000 - Maintenance and repair bid for HVAC Systems & Ice Machines Jul 1, 2020 - Jun 30, 2021
D. The nomination of Robert Upton, Director of Engineering & Capital Projects, as a Municipal representative to the Texas Water Development Board - Regional Flood Planning Group (“RFPG”) for Region 6
1. James Construction Group, LLC. - $29,658,286.30 - Construction services contract associated with the McHard Road Expansion Project (Mykawa Road to Cullen Parkway)
2. HDR, Inc. - $2,905,481.51 - Construction management contract for the McHard Road Expansion Project (Mykawa Road to Cullen Boulevard)
3. Greenscapes Six, LLC - $450,000 - for street and sidewalk maintenance - $450,000 - from Jun 15, 2020 - Jun 14, 2021
4. C P & Y, Inc. - $87,898 - design services associated with the Shadow Creek Ranch Sidewalk Extension Project
5. Gilleland Smith Contractors, Inc. - $408,700 - Construction services associated with Riverwalk Lift Station Project
6. Thompson Consulting Service - $1,500,000 - for the purchase of Debris Monitoring Services from Jul 11, 2020 - Jul 10, 2022 - which the City will only pay the actual amount for services rendered. There will be no expenditure unless we have a debris event and in any declared disaster we can expect a minimum reimbursement of 90% of the costs from FEMA based on past experience.
7. Thompson Consulting Service - $500,000 - for the purchase of Debris Monitoring Services from Jul 11, 2020 - Jul 10, 2022 - which the City will only pay the actual amount for services rendered. There will be no expenditure unless we have a debris event and in any declared disaster we can expect a minimum reimbursement of 90% of the costs from FEMA based on past experience.
Orlando - Y
Carbone - Y
Little - N
Moore - Y
Owens - Y
8. Adopting Water Conservation Plan and a Drought Contingency/Water Emergency Response Plan to promote the responsible use of water and to provide for penalties and/or the disconnection of water service for noncompliance
9. The City of Pearland is the recipient of $6,374,005 from the State of Texas Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Stimulus (CARES) Act funding
No Action required
10. Approving the City’s COVID-19 Community Impact Recovery Plan.
11. Use of Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) allocations to be used for the reimbursement of the City’s actual costs related to emergency protective measures related to Coronavirus preparation, prevention, response and recovery activities, in the amount of $959,221
12. 2019-2020 Annual Budget Ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to take all actions necessary 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. - Removed from this meeting until the next regular Council meeting
1. Deliberations Regarding Economic Development Negotiations.