City Council received the following presentations during the last meeting:
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Mayor Kolupski read a proclamation recognizing October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month to remind all that cybersecurity education and awareness is crucial for everyone, including large corporations, small businesses, financial institutions, schools, government agencies, the home user, and anyone who connects to the internet, and that monitoring accounts, being conscientious of what is shared online, keeping computer software up to date, creating unique passwords and changing them regularly, installing antivirus programs and firewalls, and using mobile devices safely are ways to protect from phishing, viruses, malware, and loss of sensitive data. The City Manager recognized Director of Information Technology, George Szakacs, for his outstanding work to keep the City’s cyber systems secure.
SPECIFIC PUBLIC HEARINGS
City Council conducted the following public hearings during the last meeting:
2020 Tax Rate
The City Council conducted a Public Hearing to present the 2020 Tax Year Proposed Property Tax Rate for the City of Seabrook.
The following ordinances were reviewed and City Council took action as follows:
Ordinance 2020-25 Tax Ordinance
The City Council unanimously approved all four (4) motions on the first and final reading of proposed Ordinance 2020-25, "Tax Ordinance" for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2021, and more specifically:
- Approval of a tax rate of $39.9851 cents per $100 valuation of assessed property for operations and maintenance.
- Approval of a tax rate of $14.3762 cents per $100 valuation of assessed property for the interest and sinking fund.
- Approval of a property tax rate increase with the adoption of a tax rate of $0.543613, which is effectively a 3.44% percent increase in the tax rate.
- Approval of Proposed Ordinance 2020-25, "Tax Ordinance".
The following items were discussed and reviewed and City Council took action as follows:
Memorandum of Understanding – Edible Forest
City Council unanimously approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Seabrook and the Seabrook Rotaract for an Edible Forest to be located on a portion of City property near the Evelyn Meador Library, to be planted and maintained by the Seabrook Rotaract.
Clear Lake Area Chamber Annual Membership Agreement
By unanimous vote the City Council approved an annual Membership Agreement between the Seabrook Economic Development Corporation and the Clear Lake Area Chamber in an amount not to exceed $10,000 beginning October 1, 2020, and ending September 30, 2021. This agreement was approved by the Seabrook Economic Development Corporation on September 10, 2020.
Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) Sponsorship Funding Procedures
City Council unanimously approved new funding procedures for Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) Sponsorship and the draft agreement template between the City of Seabrook and HOT funding applicants.
CITY MANAGER UPDATE
Gayle Cook, City Manager, gave the attached updates on the SH 146 Expansion Project, City of Seabrook CIP Projects, City of Seabrook Grant Administration, and COVID related issues:
DOWNLOAD PROJECT UPDATE
DOWNLOAD COVID UPDATE
CHARTER ELECTION UPDATE
Robin Lenio, City Secretary, updated Council on information for the November 3, 2020 Charter Amendment Election, specifically that there will be no voting for early voting or for election day at City Hall, Evelyn Meador Library, or Freeman Branch Library on Diana Lane. Early voting starts October 13 and ends October 30. Charter Amendment propositions have been compiled in an eight (8) page brochure that residents can find around Seabrook at City Hall, at restaurants, and through various HOA’s. All information pertinent to the election can be found on the City’s website at www.seabrooktx.gov/elections or at www.harrisvotes.com. Please email the City Secretary at email@example.com for questions about the elections.
FUTURE MEETING DATES AND AGENDA ITEMS
A Crime Control and Prevention District meeting, immediately followed by a regular City Council meeting will be held by teleconference on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 6:00pm.
To give public comments or to listen to any virtual public meeting, please refer to the meeting agendas posted to the city's website. All meeting agendas will be posted at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting.