Pearland City Council Regular Meeting September 14, 2020

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

 
Citizen Comments:

 

Jeff Hunkele:

In my continued research to review all budget and spending avenues of the city I noticed the city credit card document on the city's website says the contract with Citibank has expired on August 31. Is there is a new document that outlines the new terms. Also, has the city shopped around for a card with a higher rebate rate or has it stayed at 1.93%. Because with an average of $715K each month every percentage makes a huge difference? Finally, are there any fees associated with us being able to get the reward rate we do?

I'd also like to address Consent Agenda item K. I remember this item from last year's Sept 16th agenda where I also spoke asking council to consider a creative way to handle utility billing. Last year I said why make us all pay for services only a select few use. We live in a digital world where most of us opt out of getting paper bills. So I suggested allowing the customer to opt of paper bills and those that want it, we charge them a $1 fee to cover these costs and there by saving the city $245K. I assume that since this item is again included in this year's agenda my idea was not implemented which combined would have saved $490K with zero cost to implement. Can we get an update on how many people did elect to have paper bills and the total cost of billing and mailing for this item?

Finally, I too have been affected by the water billing issues. I have been tracking all of my usage  for the last 2 years. I was billed 5,700 gals each month for the last year and a half until the new meter was installed. Then my bill increased to 6,600 gals. Even though this was 900 gals more, I attributed it to the new meter being more accurate. However, my bill has continued to increase each month and the most recent bill for Oct 5, my usage is now up to 10,600 which is almost doubled the original amount. 130 more gals/day seems a bit extreme. So I called the water department and guess what I was told to do....check for a leak. Now if it were a leak, why would it continued to increase gradually?

A technician is coming to check the unit tomorrow. The conditions in my house haven't changed so I wonder if these meters are truly accurate or maybe not set the read the water usage correctly. But if someone can offer any reason why my usage increased 5,000 gals/month would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Consent Agenda

Voted on as a group with the exception of items, E, F, K, Q

Passed 7-0

 

 

A.
Consideration and Possible Action - Approval of minutes:
Regular Meeting Minutes, June 8, 2020
Regular Meeting Minutes, June 22, 2020
Special Meeting Minute, June 27, 2020
Regular Meeting Minutes, July 13, 2020
Joint Public Hearing, July 20, 2020
2020-06-08 Regular CC Meeting Minutes
2020-06-22 Regular CC Meeting Minutes
2020-06-27 Special CC Meeting Minutes
2020-07-13 Regular CC Meeting Minutes
202-00720 Joint Public Hearing Minutes

B. Natasha Charles - Serve on the Zoning Board of Adjustments Alt. No. 1 position from Nov 1, 2020 - Nov 1, 2022

C. Nicole Tonini - Serve on the Zoning Board of Adjustments Alt. No. 4 position for a 2-year term expiring on Nov 1, 2021

D. AARK Engineering Services - $99,200 - Design contract associated with Water Quality Program II (Oakbrook Estates)

E. Jeff Ward & Associates - $68,000 - Unit cost contract for property buy-out acquisition services from Oct 1, 2020 - Sept 30, 2021

 

Passed 7-0


F. CenterPoint Energy - Conveying an easement for electrical service to serve the City’s Surface Water Treatment Plant Project

 

Passed 7-0


G. Cop Stop - $110,000 - Unit supply bid for the purchase of Police Department Uniforms from Oct 14, 2020 - Oct 13, 2021

H. McKenna Contracting - $140,000 - Interlocal cooperative pricing arrangement through the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Buy Board for the Woody Park Playground Replacement Project

I. CBRE, Inc. - $231,500 - Contract for property appraisal services associated with certain road, water and sewer improvements (vicinity of FM 1128, CR 100 and Harkey Road)

J. Right-of-Way Solutions, Inc. - $196,000 - Contract for land acquisition services associated with certain road, water and sewer improvements (vicinity of FM 1128, CR 100 and Harkey Road)

K. DataProse - $245,000 - Unit price service bid for utility bill printing and mailing services from Sep 16, 2020 - Sep 17, 2021

 

Passed 7-0

L. Pearland Reporter News - Official newspaper of record for publishing City legal notices, at the price of $6.00/column inch, for Sep 15, 2020 -Sep 14, 2021

M. Pearland Lumber Company, Inc. - $100,000 - Hardware Supplies and Materials for fiscal year 2021

N. Lowe’s - $60,000 - Interlocal agreement with National IPA – OMNIA Partners for the purchase of hardware supplies and materials

O. Texas Department of Transportation - Participation in Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant for Commercial Motor Vehicles to enhance traffic safety in the City of Pearland, and authorizing matching funds in the amount of twenty percent (20%)

P. Texas Department of Transportation - Participation in Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) comprehensive grant for Commercial Motor Vehicles to enhance traffic safety in the City of Pearland, and authorizing matching funds in the amount of twenty percent (20%)

Q. AM TRACE, LLC. - $88,464 - Professional services contract for public health advisory and policy development services in response to the COVID-19/Coronavirus Pandemic

 

Passed 7-0

R. Lower Kirby Pearland Management District - $3,945,000 - Issue and sell bonds for certain water and drainage projects (South Spectrum and Promenade Shops utilities, Beltway 8 waterline, West Conveyance Pond and Lateral 3)

S. Establishing the Council Meeting times and dates for 2021

New Business

1. Permanent improvement refunding bonds in one or more series; setting certain parameters for the bonds; authorizing refunding of certain outstanding obligations; authorizing a pricing officer to approve the amount, the interest rate, price, and terms thereof and certain other procedures and provisions

 

Passed 7-0


2. Adopting a budget for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2020, and ending September 30, 2021, and pay plans for fiscal year 2021

Amend expenditures in the General Fund to $89,471,205 Amendment passes 7-0

 

Passed 7-0

 


3. Adopting a tax rate of $0.72000 and levying taxes for the use and support of the Municipal Government of the City of Pearland, Texas, and providing for the interest and sinking fund of the taxable year 2020

 

Passed 7-0


4. Amending non-development usage and service fees; containing a savings clause, a severability clause, a repealer clause, providing for publication and an effective date

 

Passed 7-0


5. Endorsing Councilmember Adrian Hernandez to serve in leadership positions within the National League of Cities (“NLC”) organization as President of the Board for the NLC and as Chair of the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Federal Advocacy Committee

 

Passed 7-0


6. Authorizing the use of Texas C.A.R.E.S. Act funding, as part of of the Pearland COVID-19 Community Impact Recovery Plan for additional compensation to certain employees involved in response and mitigation efforts related to the COVID-19 public health emergency

 

Passed 7-0


7. Excel Paving Construction - $345,359.77 - Construction services contract for the Park Equipment Recapitalization Program (granite trails at Southgate, Woody and Cypress Village Parks)

 

Passed 7-0


8. Gauge Engineering - $618,096.91 - Clear Creek Trail Project (Town Ditch/Preserve at Highland Glen to Pearland Parkway at UHCL)

 

Passed 7-0


9. Lucas Construction Company, Inc. - $1,047,830 - Construction of the Mimosa Acres Drainage Improvement Project

 

Passed 7=0


10. Prescribing the type of notice to be given of the time and place of the October 19, 2020 joint public hearing of the City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission for amendments to the Southern Trails Planned Development

Orlando - N

Carbone - Y

Little - N

Hernandez - N

Moore - N

Perez- abstain

​Owens - N

 

Fails 5-1


11. Clark Condon Associates - $77,000 (total contract amount of $481,540) - Pearland Economic Development Corporation to enter into a contract for additional professional services, associated with the 288 Corridor Master Improvements Plan

Orlando - N

Carbone - N

Little - N

Hernandez - Y

Moore - Y

Perez- Y

​Owens - Y

 

Passed 4-3

Executive Session

1. Consultation with Attorney- Regarding government regulations affecting adjudicative records;

 

2. Deliberations - Regarding Economic Development Negotiations associated with an offer of financial or other assistance to a business prospect.

New Business

1. Regarding Economic Development Negotiations associated with an offer of financial or other assistance to a business prospect;

 

 

 

Passed 7-0