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Posted on: August 18, 2021

August 17 Council Recap

2021 City Council

PRESENTATIONS

Police Officer Swearing In and Promotional Ceremony
Police Chief Sean Wright introduced new police officers Jennifer Glasgow, Adriel Sanchez, Jason Emmerson and Austin Minick and spoke about the tremendous job these officers have been doing since starting with the Seabrook Police Department.  Chief Wright commended the officers for their hard work and positive attitudes.  Officers were pinned with their badges and administered the oath of office.  Chief Wright also introduced and congratulated newly promoted Sergeant Larry Moore for his years-long loyalty to the Department and his excellent work in achieving the promotion.  Sgt. Moore received his new badge and was administered the oath of office.
 
Texas Outlaw Challenge Post Event Report
Paul Robinson, Event Organizer, thanked City Council and City staff for their support and announced that the 14th annual outlaw challenge event was a success and that a record was set through social media for the national publication, Speedboat Magazine, with 5.2 million views and 3 million likes for the event.  These stats indicate that Texas Outlaw Challenge brings people to Seabrook.  The event not only brings value to the community through its own local purchases and rentals for fuel, boats, trucks, food, beverages, equipment, advertising, and groceries, but also by getting heads in beds for five (5) days. In following COVID precautions, the “round the lake” activity with stamped cards was transitioned into a selfie-taking event and more than 1000 photos were posted on the event website from participants visiting Seabrook restaurants, marinas, etc.  Finally, about 2000 masks and hand sanitizer were given out to attendees and provided a way to track and trace COVID cases after the event, with no reports of positive cases stemming from the event.  Mr. Robinson stated that Texas Outlaw Challenge, through advertising/marketing and social media, is doing great things for tourism and businesses in the area.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Councilmember Rob Hefner announced the following upcoming events:

School started TODAY
Slow down for school zones and stop for school buses!

National Dog Day
August 26th - Take your dog for a walk in the park on the trails!

Labor Day
Monday, September 6th
City Offices Closed

Kids' Fish
Saturday, September 18th
Pine Gully Park Pier, 10:00am - 12:00pm

National IT Day
September 21st
Say thank you to George & Jimmy, our 2 person IT team!

Saltwater Derby
September 24th and 25th
Cabo, Clear Lake & the Bay

Gulf Coast Film Fest
September 24th
Lakewood Yacht Club

Special Event Permits
Toughest 10K - Submitted by Running Alliance Sport - Pending approval after course revision and TxDOT approval.


BID AWARD

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Management Services 
City Council unanimously approved a Bid Award to Ardurra, LLC, Request for Proposal (RFP) #2021-04-110 for Hazard Mitigation Assistance Management Services, and authorized the City Manager to negotiate, approve, and sign a contract for the management related services to administer the award of the HMGP project for the Wastewater Treatment Plant -Retrofit and by Work Order administer other related projects for mitigation funding. These services also include Pre-Award, Management Activities, Post-Award and Close Out of any and all projects.  


HOT SPONSORSHIPS

FY2021/2022 HOT Funding Allocations
By unanimous vote, the City Council allocated Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funding for FY2021/2022 to Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theater; Bay Access Sailing Programs; JFest Southwest; Yachty Gras; Seabrook Lucky Trail Marathon; Keels & Wheels; Texas Outlaw Challenge; Gulf Coast Film Festival; Saltwater Derby in the amounts shown in the attached for expenditures that directly promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry and are permissible uses as approved by statute (i.e. advertising to promote tourism; promotion of the arts, etc.)


ORDINANCES

Ordinance 2021-12 Seasonal Christmas Tree Sales
By 5-1 vote, with Councilmember Machol voting in opposition to the Consent Agenda, the City Council approved Ordinance 2021 on second and final reading to Amend the Comprehensive Land Use Regulation Matrix to add Seasonal Christmas Tree Sales as an allowable use within the 146-M, C-2, WAD, and MMU districts.

Ordinance 2021-11 Update to Noise Ordinance
By 5-1 vote, with Councilmember Machol voting in opposition to the Consent Agenda, the City Council approved on second and final reading to amend the ordinance by cleaning-up of the definition of a vehicle, adding the definition of an emergency, the specific inclusion of watercraft, and the lowering of permissible decimal levels.


RESOLUTIONS

Resolution 2021-11 - Acceptance of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) for the Wastewater System Infrastructure Retrofit – Phase
The City Council approved Resolution 2021-11 by unanimous vote to accept a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Sub-Award from the Texas Department of Environmental Management (TDEM) in the amount of $31,366,411.46, with 75% paid by TDEM of $23,524,808.60 and 25% matching provided by the City of $7,841,602.86 for the City of Seabrook Wastewater System Infrastructure Retrofit – Phase 2.

EDC Resolution 2021-01 Incentives Policy
Council unanimously approved the FY2021-2022 EDC Incentives Policy.  Seabrook EDC has analyzed potential incentive programs available under state law to assist it in attracting businesses, creating jobs, and assisting in other statutorily authorized economic development programs and has allocated funding and memorialized incentive program funding options by resolution since Fiscal Year 2008-09, the first year it adopted such measures. 


CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS

Economic Alliance Port Region
By 5-1 vote, with Councilmember Machol voting in opposition to the Consent Agenda, the City Council approved the renewal of a three-year contract with The Economic Alliance Houston Port Region for economic development services to the Seabrook Economic Development Corporation starting on October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2024, in an amount not to exceed $12,000.00 per year.  This renewal was approved by Seabrook EDC on August 12, 2021.    

Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce
By 5-1 vote, with Councilmember Machol voting in opposition to the Consent Agenda, the City Council approved the renewal of the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce contract beginning October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022 in an amount not to exceed $10,000.00.  This budgeted item was approved by Seabrook EDC on August 12, 2021.   

EDC Administrative Staffing Services
By 5-1 vote, with Councilmember Machol voting in opposition to the Consent Agenda, the City Council approved the renewal of the Administrative Staffing Services Agreement for fiscal year 2021-2022, in an amount not to exceed $274,105.00.  This budgeted item was approved by Seabrook EDC on August 12, 2021.     

Task Order No. 3 – Wastewater System Infrastructure Retrofit
The City Council unanimously approved Task Order No. 3 for Construction Management Services under the Master Professional Services Agreement between the City of Seabrook and Cobb Fendley & Associates, Inc. for the City’s Wastewater System Infrastructure Retrofit (Project 2018-301-02), in an amount not to exceed $2,052,810.00.    

WMF Investments Incentive Agreement
The City Council unanimously approved an economic development agreement between the Seabrook Economic Development Corporation and WMF Investments Inc. for construction of two commercial buildings, to be constructed by WMF Investments, Inc., at 3300 Bayport Blvd. for "Retail at the Commons", seeking EDC sales tax funds as an incentive for reimbursement of building permit fees and impact fees in an amount not to exceed $64,162.75. This agreement was approved by Seabrook EDC on August 12, 2021. 

Insituform Technologies, LLC
The City Council unanimously ratified the City Manager's approval of and signature on a contract between the City of Seabrook and Insituform Technologies, LLC to perform emergency CIPP repairs to the 24" sanitary sewer trunk main on North Meyer at El Mar, in an amount not to exceed $80,253.00.


OTHER ITEMS

Board and Commission Term Limits
After discussion, the City Council came to a consensus on reviewing current board and commission vacancies, term expiration dates, and how long members have served on various boards in order to allow individual Councilmembers to determine if they would like to speak to members of the community about serving on a Seabrook board or commission.


UPDATES

2021 Celebration Seabrook Festival 
LeaAnn Petersen updated the City Council on the plans and preparation for the upcoming 2021 Celebration Seabrook Festival. The presentation can be viewed here:

 
Seabrook's 60th Birthday Celebration.
LeaAnn Petersen updated the City Council on the plans and preparation for the upcoming 60th Birthday Celebration. The presentation can be viewed here:

 
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:   


FUTURE MEETING DATES

The next regular City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 6:00pm.

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