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Posted on: January 23, 2020

January 21 City Council Recap

Promotion of Officer Fernando Rodriguez


  • Birding by the Bay
  • Men Who Cook
  • Yachty Gras Boat Parade

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Promotion of Officer Fernando Rodriguez
Chief of Police, Sean Wright, congratulated Officer Fernando Rodriguez on his promotion to Sergeant with the Seabrook Police Department and stated that the City of Seabrook and the Seabrook Police Department is lucky to have someone with the experience that Sgt. Rodriguez has. He’s been a Police Officer, Field Training Officer, and now a Sergeant.

Promotion of Officer Fernando Rodriguez

Life-Saving Award for assisting in a major accident
Mayor Kolupski and Director of Emergency Services, Brad Goudie, presented Life Saving Awards to Amy Wilson and Sgt. Fernando Rodriguez for their outstanding work in assisting with a major accident which resulted in the saving of a life.

Life Saving Award given to Amy Wilson

Employee Retirement – Jeff Galyean, Director of the Office of Emergency Management
Mayor Kolupski presented Jeff Galyean with a proclamation honoring and thanking Jeff for his professionalism, commitment and dedication to the City of Seabrook. Jeff worked tirelessly during his long and distinguished career to earn the respect and admiration of Seabrook citizens and his co-workers through his exemplary dedication to the best interests of the community and the safety of Seabrook citizens. He initiated and/or created several programs within the City, including the first K-9 unit, the City’s drone program and the City’s ReadyOp network as an efficient and effective digital communication platform for everyday planning and operations as well as rapid incident responses for local and regional emergencies. Jeff is also being honored with the 2020 Emergency Management Association of Texas Lifetime Achievement Award, having been nominated by the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management.


Proclamation to Jeff Galyean

Watch the Mayor give the proclamation to Jeff here


The following ordinances were reviewed and considered by City Council as follows:

Ordinance 2020-02 – Restaurant – Full Service
By unanimous vote, City Council approved this ordinance on second reading, which adds Restaurant Full Service as a permitted use in Medium Commercial (C-2), Heavy Commercial (C-3), Water Activity (WAD), Marine Oriented Mixed Use (MMU), Point Overlay (POD), Seabrook Town Center Commercial Development Overlay (STCOD), Old Seabrook (OS), SH 146 South Commercial (146-S), SH 146 Main Commercial (146-M), and Light Industrial (LI) zoning districts and as a Conditional Use within Light Commercial (C-1) zoning districts.

Ordinance 2020-03 – Disannexation and Industrial District 3
The City Council unanimously approved Ordinance 2020-03 on second reading to disannex a 7.45-acre tract owned by INEOS Styrolution America, LLC, and to approve an Industrial District Agreement with INEOS to create Industrial District 3.

Ordinance 2020-06 – Civil Service Classification System and Amendment to Step Pay Scale for Police
Council unanimously approved Ordinance 2020-06 on second reading, which amends the pay structure for Public Safety Departments in the City of Seabrook, including amendments to salaries, benefits, and compensation levels.


The following resolutions were reviewed and considered by City Council as follows:

Resolution 2020-03 – Texas DIR Purchasing Cooperative
Council unanimously approved Resolution 2020-03 to allow for the City’s participation in the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) Cooperative Purchasing program to purchase information resources technologies, which will be highly beneficial to taxpayers through the efficiencies and potential savings to be realized, for the purpose of fulfilling and implementing public and governmental purposes, needs, objectives, programs, functions, and services.
Seabrook Planning and Zoning Commission
The City Council voted to approve the re-appointment of Gary Renola, Darrell Picha, Rosebud Caradec, and Tracie Soich to positions on the Seabrook Planning and Zoning Commission for terms to expire January 1, 2023.

Seabrook Civil Service Commission
Council unanimously ratified the City Manager’s appointment of G. Zane “Zip” Saxon to a position on the Civil Service Commission for a term ending June 2020.


Professional Services Agreement for Inspection and Assessment of Water Tanks, Steel Structures, and Suspended Steel Utilities
Council unanimously approved an agreement, pursuant to Request for Qualifications Project #2020-01, between the City of Seabrook and Dunham Engineering for Engineering Services for the Inspection and Assessment of Water Tanks, Steel Structures, and Suspended Steel Utilities, pursuant to Task Orders prepared by the City on an as-needed basis. The contractor shall bill for services as defined on a specific Task Order and in accordance with the budgeted and appropriated funding.


Baywood Drive Public Infrastructure
City Council unanimously approved the acceptance of the newly installed public infrastructure of the sanitary sewer extension along Baywood Drive.

Public Safety Task Force Expenditures
Council unanimously approved the recommendation of the Public Safety Task Force for 2020 expenditures from the Public Safety Fund in the amount of $90,894.82, to include items as listed on the attached: DOWNLOAD TASK FORCE PURCHASE REQUEST.

Appointment of Council Representatives to Washington D.C.
The City Council appointed Mayor Thom Kolupski to represent the City and the Council on the Economic Alliance Advocacy trip to Washington D.C. March 30 - April 2, 2020, with Mayor Pro Tem Natalie Picha serving as a backup representative.

The City Council chose to table the appointment of the Council representative for the Citizens for Space Exploration visit to Washington D.C. May 18-21, 2020 until the next Council meeting.

Modifications to the park at Carothers Coastal Gardens and Pine Gully Park
The City Council unanimously approved modifications to the park at Carothers Coastal Gardens and Pine Gully Park in order to increase public access to both Carothers and Pine Gully. The recommendations include cutting down brush but leaving trees as much as possible near the water, keeping the pedestrian gate open at the entrance to Carothers off of Pine Gully Road, relocating the dumpster and constructing a three-sided wooden enclosure in the opening between Carothers and Pine Gully, extending the five-foot-wide decomposed granite trail onto Carothers Coastal Garden’s grounds, adding Park signage at the entrance to the Carothers existing parking lot off of Pine Gully Road, and adding Park signage near the new trail extension.


The following updates were discussed and reviewed by City Council:



City Manager, Gayle Cook, gave the Council updates on the several items. DOWNLOAD CITY MANAGER’S REPORT

The next regular City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at City Hall City Council Chambers at 7:00 pm.

The City Council will also hold a joint meeting with the Open Space and Trails Committee at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, in Council Chambers.

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