Pearland City Council Regular Meeting September 28, 2020
6:30 p.m. Meeting of City Council - Agenda
I first want to again commend council for adopting a new lower tax rate of 72 cents. A lot of people have been complaining about house appraisal values going up even without renovations being done and this is one way to help lessen the tax burden on people.
Next I'd like to discuss the budget. I have been involved from the very beginning and I appreciate all of the hard work that has been done by city staff and council to get to the point we are today. I'd like to send a special kudos to Mr. John McCarter for his painstakingly attention to detail, his ability to present so much data and his ability to follow up with the changes council has suggested during this process. Although, I do not agree with all of the items in the budget this year, I understand the process much better to where I'd like to offer some suggestions for next year:
During the first budget meeting the entire budget was presented and drop into the laps of council for 7 members to review, digest and offer suggestions all without input from the citizens.
I would like to start the process with high level goals before we even get into the details of the budget and treat it like a business project.
Discuss, with citizen input of what do we want to accomplish this year. Since we had a short fall for the streets and sidewalks can that be a goal? Bringing up the salaries of the police, fire and EMS to be competitive with other cities could be a goal.
Then we list all of the ongoing projects we have on the books and new projects that have not started yet
After that, let's talk money:
Highlight every revenue source the city will have that year and what this source can be used to fund. COs, GOs, property taxes, etc and color code them to match the projects we listed.
Discuss how much do we want to use to pay down the debt? That amount gets taken out from the top just like my household budget, Then list all of the expenditures and projects under each type of revenue source. Once you used all of the money in that column, in order to add a new project, you need to remove one on the list. Then stick to the plan and follow it through instead of increasing taxes or the debt. We need to start putting projects on hold and not accept everything that comes across the agenda.
Finally, I'd like to discuss New business item #14 of Waste Management increasing their based rate to $18.11. A citizen asked me to bring this up and said Waste Management costs are dropping, fuel costs are down and employees haven't gotten a raise and their point was this is a money grab move during COVID. Adding to this citizens comment, I see the Recycling bin costs $65.69 and they include $1.82 in the base charge. This would mean each bin would be paid off in 3 years. When does this charge go away? This would more than make up for the increase they are seeking and I would hope council would not pass this item.
Thank you for your time and attention.
A. R. G. Miller Engineers - $113,700.88 - Design services for the Shadow Creek Ranch Lift Station Rehabilitation Project
B. Geoscience Engineering and Testing, Inc - $56,924 - for the Linwood Street Reconstruction Project
C. Authorizing the City Manager or his designee to enter into a Letter Finance Agreement with Reinvestment Zone No. 2, City of Pearland, Texas, associated with the Shadow Creek Park Project (Phase II)
D. Wells Fargo Bank - $70,000 - Renewing a contract for Bank Depository Services - Oct 1, 2020 - Sep 30, 2021 (second of three (3) one year renewals)
E. Authorizing the Mayor and/or the City Manager as having signatory powers for the purpose of executing applications for federal, state, and/or interlocal public assistance, disaster recovery, and/or hazard mitigation assistance in the form of grants
F. Establishing prima facie speed limits established for vehicles, upon certain streets and highways, of parts thereof, within the corporate limits of the City of Pearland, (Reid Boulevard From FM 518 to 300 feet north of Avalon Manor Lane)
G. Life-Assist, Inc. - $30,000.00 (total contract amount of $103,000) - for the purchase of Fire Department medical supplies
1. Pepper Lawson Waterworks - include the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) of $135,997,681 - Amending a Construction Manager at Risk contract for construction services associated with the Surface Water Plant Project
2. Freese Nichols, Inc - $192,441 - Amended contract to include construction phase services associated with Surface Plant Package No 1
3. CDM Smith, Inc. - $1,919,101 - Amended contract to include construction phase services associated with Surface Plant Package No. 2
4. Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. - $839,450 - Amended contract to include construction phase services associated with Surface Water Plant Package No. 3
5. Task No. 5 with Ardurra Group LLC - $3,125,014 - Owner’s Representative construction phase services associated with the Surface Water Plant Project
6. LiftFund Houston - $800,000 - A Sub-Grantee Agreement for the purpose of providing recovery assistance to eligible Pearland for-profit businesses that have experienced economic losses due to COVID-19
7. Pearland Independent School District (PISD) - $130,000 - A Sub-Grantee Agreement for the purpose of providing reimbursement for CARES Act/Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) eligible public health and safety improvements to public educational facilities located within the City limits of Pearland, Brazoria County
8. Alvin Independent School District (AISD) - $130,000 - A Sub-Grantee Agreement for the purpose of providing reimbursement for CARES Act/Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) eligible public health and safety improvements to public educational facilities located within the City limits of Pearland, Brazoria County
9. Amending Ordinance as it applies to certain times and limits for school zones established for vehicles under the provisions of the Texas Transportation Code upon certain streets and highways
10. PRV Services - $1,493,273 - Construction services contract for the Linwood Street Reconstruction Project
11. Second and Final Reading adopting a budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct 1, 2020 - Sep 30, 2021
12. Second and Final Reading amending non-development usage and service fees
13. Second and Final Reading adopting a tax rate of $0.72000
14. Waste Management - Approving a request from to increase the residential customer base rate to $18.11 for solid waste collection services
Postpone vote til next meeting:
Orlando - N
Carbone - N
Little - Y
Hernandez - Abstained
Moore - Y
Owens - N
Passes 3-3 Mayor votes Yes