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Posted on: May 8, 2019

May 7 City Council Recap

Speech Proclamation

The following is a recap of a City of Seabrook City Council meeting. City Council Meeting agendas are posted to seabrooktx.gov  prior to each meeting and the recap will be distributed and posted to the website the following day. 


PRESENTATIONS
Proclamation recognizing May 14, 2019, as Apraxia Awareness Day
During last night's meeting, Mayor Thom Kolupski, presented Logan Drummond and his teacher Brenda Magee a proclamation recognizing May 14, 2019, as Apraxia Awareness Day in Seabrook to help raise awareness about childhood apraxia of speech; a challenging and neurological speech disorder. (Download Proclamation)   


Post Event Report for 2018 Saltwater Derby
Melissa Botkin, the event coordinator for the Seabrook Saltwater Derby, gave a review of their 2018 event. Seabrook City Council sponsors the Saltwater Derby with funds from the Hotel Occupancy Tax. The Seabrook Association is growing the event more and more each year. The 2019 Seabrook Saltwater Derby will be held on Friday, September 27. More information about the event can be found at seabrooksaltwaterderby.com.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Upcoming Events & Happenings 

  • National Police Week - May 12-18 
  • 3rd Grade Field Trip - May 16
    Each year the 3rd classes from Bay Elementary visit Seabrook City Hall and learn all about city services. 
  • National Public Works Week - May 19-25 
  • National EMS Week - May 19-25 
  • Hurricane Town Hall - May 22 at 6:30 pm at Public Works Complex.
  •  City Offices will be closed on May 27 for Memorial Day. 
  • Memorial Day Ceremony - May 27 at 9 am at the Bay Area Veterans Memorial 

More information on events and happenings can be viewed at seabrooktx.gov or on the city's social media networks.


BID AWARDS/REJECTIONS
The following bids were reviewed and City Council took action as follows:

Bid Rejection for Pine Gully Wastewater Treatment Plant -Phase 1, Seabrook Project No. 2018-301-1
Council unanimously rejected the bids received due to potential grant funding for engineering services for infrastructure retrofit of the wastewater system.


RESOLUTIONS

The following resolutions were reviewed and City Council took action as follows:

Resolution 2019-11, "Automated Fingerprint Identification System (A.F.I.S.) Live Scan Grant Application"
Council unanimously approved Resolution 2019-1; authorizing a grant application to the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division for facility and recording equipment.


AGREEMENTS/GRANTS/CONTRACTS

The following city grants, agreements and/or contracts were reviewed and/or discussed by City Council:

Extension of Mario's Pizza Economic Development Agreement 
Council unanimously approved Mario's Pizza request for an extension on project completion from April 20, 2019, to May 20, 2019. This extension request was also approved by the Seabrook Economic Development Corporation. Mario's Pizza will be opening at their new location on NASA Parkway later this month. 


DISCUSSION


Food Trucks in Seabrook 
Council discussed and reviewed current food truck regulations in Seabrook. Currently, food trucks are only permitted in Seabrook in conjunction with a special event permit. No action was taken.


ADDITIONAL ITEMS


Rainy Day I Heart Art Project
LeaAnn Dearman Petersen, Director of Communications, was given direction by Council to explore and design a new art feature which would be funded by Hotel Occupancy Tax. Funds for the project have already been allocated within the 2018/19 Budget. Petersen will design and seeks quotes for the project and will return to Council for final approval. The Rainy Day I Heart Art Project will promote the arts and directly enhance tourism in Seabrook. 

Hotel and Conference Center Subcommittee
Council Member Laura Davis and Buddy Hamman were appointed to a subcommittee which will review and consult with city staff on a preliminary analysis study for a Hotel and Conference Center in Seabrook. The final study will be reviewed by City Council. 

Update on HB 1259, SB 1222 
City Manager, Gayle Cook, updated Council on bills which are being reviewed during this year's Legislative Session which would enable Seabrook to become an eligible municipality to qualify for rebates of state hotel tax revenue for convention center hotels as part of Section 351 of the Tax Code. 

Second Quarter Strategic Plan FY 19 
City Manager, Gayle Cook, presented an update of the 2018/19 Strategic Plan outlining vision element successes during the second quarter of the fiscal year. (Download Quarter II Strategic Plan Update)

SH 146 Expansion Project Updates
During the Action Items Check List, City Manager, Gayle Cook, indicated that TxDOT will be closing lanes at night to prepare for a traffic shift between NASA Parkway and the Bridge. The center turn lane will be removed and traffic will be shifted west to prepare for construction of the northbound frontage road. To view or to sign up for traffic and project updates visitwww.sh146.com.

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