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Posted on: November 4, 2020

Charter Election Results

Charter Election Results

On Tuesday, November 3, 2020 the City of Seabrook held a City Charter Election with 19 propositions for voters to consider. All 19 propositions passed.

 

Proposition A, which would amend the charter to increase the minimum years of age to qualify to be a Councilmember from 18 to 21 as provided by the Texas Election Code passed with 78.79 percent of the vote. Article II, Section 2.02 “Qualifications”

 

Proposition B, which would amend the charter to add clarifying language that the Mayor is a member of City Council for purposes of establishing a quorum of City Council passed with 84.54 percent of the vote.  Article II, Section 2.04 “Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem”

 

Proposition C, which would amend the charter to delete unnecessary surplus language describing documents that the Mayor shall sign and simply provide that the Mayor when authorized by City Council, shall sign all official documents passed with 80.27 percent of the vote. Article II, Section 2.04 “Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem”
 

Proposition D, which would amend the charter for efficiency to remove requirements of roll call vote, unless required by law, so as to conform to current practice of City Council where the votes are counted immediately at the time of reading, confirmed and included in the public minutes by the City Secretary passed with 72.66 percent of the vote. Article II, Section  2.10 “Rules of Procedure”

 

Proposition E, which would amend the charter to remove the delaying requirement, that 2 or more Council members may request the entire ordinance be read in its entirety, despite the fact that the proposed ordinance has been made available to the public prior to the meeting, all councilmembers have been provided a copy, and the ordinance may comprise an extreme number of pages would take an extensive amount of time to read passed with 70.21 percent of the vote. Article II, Section 2.11 “Passage of Ordinance in General”

 

Proposition F, which would amend the charter to remove the requirement that the Planning and Zoning Commission meet monthly, irrespective of whether there are any pending cases or zoning requests before it for that month passed with 69.71 percent of the vote. Article VI, “Planning and Zoning”, Section 6.04 “Power and Duties”

 

Proposition G, which would amend the charter to remove Article, VI, “Planning and Zoning”, Section 6.04 “Development of Property” in its entirety to avoid ambiguity created by its current language, that might be interpreted as prohibiting the City from taking advantage of statutes available to home rule cities for development of the City passed with 68.29 percent of the vote. Article, VI, “Planning and Zoning”, Section 6.04 “Development of Property”

 

Proposition H, which would amend the charter to remove any reference to a specific municipal election date, to ensure that the Seabrook City Charter adheres to the dates specified by Texas Election Code for elections, should the State Legislature continue to amend the available uniform election date(s) passed with 81.80 percent of the vote. Article VII, “Nominations and Elections”, Section 7.01

 

Proposition I, which would amend the charter for a corrective reference update that the Seabrook Municipal Court, by adoption on May 5, 2004 of Ordinance 2004-09, is a “Municipal Court of Record” pursuant to Chapter 30 of the Texas Government Code passed with 84.88 percent of the vote. Article IX, “Courts”

 

Proposition J, which would amend the charter to add the word “Presiding” each time the word “Judge” is used to distinguish the duties and responsibilities of the Presiding Judge from any and all Alternate Judges passed with 85.37 percent of the vote. Article IX, “Courts”, Section 9.02 “Judge of the Municipal Court” and Section 9.03, “Clerk of the Municipal Court”

 

Proposition K, which would amend the charter to remove the Seabrook residency requirement for appointment as a municipal judge, to allow City Council access to more potential candidates for consideration of the position passed with 58.70 percent of the vote. Article IX, “Courts”, Section 9.02 “Judge of the Municipal Court”

 

Proposition L, which would amend the charter to provide a correction for the term of appointment for the municipal court judge for a 2 or 4-year term, as provided by state law for municipal judges within the Texas Government Code passed with 82.68 percent of the vote. Article IX, “Courts”, Section 9.02 “Judge of the Municipal Court”

 

Proposition M, which would amend the charter to remove “requiring every franchise holder to allow public utilities to use its poles and other facilities” due to ambiguity and potential conflict with state and federal law passed with 74.70 percent of the vote. Article X. “Franchises and Public Utilities” Section 10.07 “Regulation of Utilities, Subsection (f)

 

Proposition N, which would amend the charter for correction to conform to state law requiring that records shall be made available pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, and accordingly are not subject to regulations established by the City Manager passed with 86.86 percent of the vote. Article XI, “General Provisions” Section 11.01 “Publicity of Records”

 

Proposition O, which would amend the charter to update and substitute the term “fireman” to “firefighter” passed with 80.07 percent of the vote. Article XI, “General Provisions” Section 11.08 “Fire Department and Fire Marshal”

 

Proposition P, which would amend the charter to more clearly, precisely and uniformly schedule the date for appointment of the Charter Review Commission, by using the date of the last Charter Election, instead of the date when the last Charter Review Commission was appointed, a time which varies passed with 87.14 percent of the vote. Article XI, “General Provisions”, Section 11.16 “The Charter Review Commission and Amending the Charter”

 

Proposition Q, which would amend the charter to delete the provision that the Master Plan may not be amended unless approved by the Commission, in order to properly reference adherence to statutory authority of Council pursuant to State law Section 211.004-211.007 Texas Local Government Code, providing that the elected City Council exercises authority for zoning regulations, districts and boundaries passed with 74.87 percent of the vote. Article XI, “General Provisions”, Section 11.23 “Comprehensive Master Plan Review Commission”

 

Proposition R, which would amend the charter to more clearly, precisely and uniformly schedule the date for appointment of the Master Plan Commission, by using the date of the last Plan Adoption, instead of the date when the last Master Plan Commission was appointed, a time which varies passed with 85.15 percent of the vote. Article XI, “General Provisions”, Section 11.23 “Comprehensive Master Plan Review Commission”

 

Proposition S, which would amend the charter to replace the title of this Article with “Historical Reference” to provide more clarity that this Article is for historical recording when the citizens determined the City of Seabrook to move from a General Law City to a Home Rule City passed with 83.12 percent of the vote. Article XII, “Transitional Provisions”

 

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These results are unofficial until the City Council canvasses the election results at its regular City Council meeting on November 17, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

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