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Posted on: September 18, 2019

October 15 Council Recap

Oct 15 EMS Swearing in

PRESENTATIONS

Council received the following presentations during Tuesday's meeting:

Introduction and Oath of Office to the new City of Seabrook EMS Department 

Brad Goudie, Director of Emergency Services, thanked City Council for their support and the great equipment. The entire staff in the new EMS Department brings over 100 years of cumulative experience. They pour their heart and soul into the care they provide. Mr. Goudie stated he is so honored to bring forth this department. The lapel pins provided during the pinning ceremony were pins of excellence because that is what the department is all about. 

Mayor Kolupski stated the decision to establish an emergency medical service department has been a huge endeavor, that could only have been accomplished by the highly qualified professionals chosen to achieve it and make it a reality. Mayor Kolupski thanked Council for being in agreement that this department was a critical and necessary part of the City’s first responder team. Mayor Kolupski thanked City Manager, Gayle Cook, and all City staff that worked tirelessly to start a new department from scratch. Mayor Kolupski thanked Brad Goudie, Director of Emergency Services, for putting the EMS Department together in less than a year. This is a new and exciting chapter for the City of Seabrook.
 
Charter Review Commission
Mayor Kolupski presented Certificates of Recognition to the 2019/2020 Charter Review Commission members and thanked them for their substantial contribution they made to the City of Seabrook.




UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  • Business Morning Brew     
    Wednesday, October 16th
    8am to 9am
    Holiday Inn Express
  • J/Fest Southwest
    October 25th - 29th
    All day at Lakewood Yacht Club
  • Fall Sweep   
    Saturday, November 2nd
    9:30am to 12pm
    Brummerhop Park
  • City-Wide Bird Count   
    Saturday, November 2nd
     9am to 11:30am
    Pine Gully Park           
  • Mayor's Heart Walk
    Saturday, November 9th
    Check-in is at 8am
    Kemah Boardwalk 
  • Veterans Day Memorial Event
    Sunday, November 10th
    12pm to 1pm
    Bay Area Veterans Memorial


ORDINANCES

City Council unanimously approved the following ordinances at last night’s City Council meeting:


Ordinance 2019-27 – Amendments to the Chesapeake Bay II PUD

Council unanimously approved Ordinance 2019-27, which allows the maximum height of structures located within Phase 4 of the PUD to three stories, but adding a new subsection to allow an exception increasing elevation to not more than 55 feet above ground level.

 
Ordinance 2019-29 – Regulation of Golf Carts
Council approved Ordinance 2019-29 on first reading, which amends Chapter 90 “Traffic and Vehicles”, Article VII, “Regulation of Golf Carts,” with a 6-1 vote with Councilmember Machol opposed. The proposed changes include the following:

  1. Allowing for defined “Public Cart Paths” if proper signage in place
  2. Amending children under the age of 10 to children under the age of 5 years as prohibited from riding on a golf cart except during school zone hours wearing a helmet
  3. Amending previously prohibited use on roadways with a limit greater than 25 mph to 30 mph
  4. Amend the annual renewal to a bi-annual renewal for permit


CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS

The following contracts and agreements were reviewed and City Council took action as follow:


Engineering Services

Council unanimously approved a proposal from Cobb Fendley & Associates for engineering services for the City’s CIP FAC-7, Public Safety Inspection Area.


Municipal Solid Waste 
Council unanimously approved a base rate adjustment for garbage and recycling collection pursuant to Sections 9.01 and 9.02 of the Municipal Solid Waste Agreement between the City of Seabrook and Waste Management of Texas, Inc., to become effective January 1, 2020, and updated on the Master Fee Schedule at the annual update in September, 2020.
 
Tourism Agreement
Council unanimously approved a three (3) year Tourism Agreement between the City of Seabrook and the Bay Area Houston Convention and Visitor Bureau ("BAHCVB") in an amount equal to 15% of the City's Hotel Occupancy Tax revenues.




ROUTINE BUSINESS

The following updates were discussed and reviewed by City Council:


City Manager updates:

City Manager, Gayle Cook, gave the Council updates on the following items:

  • SH 146 Expansion
  • Capital Improvement Projects
  • Red Bluff Roadway Expansion Project
  • Grants

You may download and review the report here: CITY MANAGER CITY COUNCIL UPDATE OCTOBER 15, 2019.

 

2019 Celebration Seabrook 

Director of Communications, LeaAnn Petersen, gave an update on attendance at the 2019 Celebration Seabrook Festival:

  • 20% increase in attendance from 2018 to 2019
  • 53% increase in ticket revenue from 2018 to 2019
  • 36% increase in beverage sales from 2018 to 2019
  • 6% decrease in sponsorships from 2018 to 2019
  • 18% decrease in vendors and merchants from 2018 to 2019
  • +100% increase in merchandise sales from 2018 to 2019



ADDITIONAL ITEMS

The following items were discussed and reviewed and City Council too action as follows:
 
2019/2020 Charter Review Commission Final Report
Council unanimously approved the 2019/2020 Charter Review Commission Final Report and proposed Charter amendments for submission to the voters of Seabrook.
 
Bay Area Houston Convention and Visitors Board of Director Appointment
Council unanimously approved appointing Leo Silva with the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Seabrook to the Bay Area Houston Convention and Visitors Board of Directors.
 
Carothers Coastal Garden Task Force Appointment
Council unanimously approved appointing Councilmember Laura Davis as the second council member to the Carothers Coastal Garden Task Force.



FUTURE MEETING DATES AND AGENDA ITEMS

The next regular City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at City Hall City Council Chambers.

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