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Posted on: October 22, 2021

October 19 Council Recap

City Council Recap

PRESENTATIONS

National Friends of Libraries Week

Mayor Kolupski read the Proclamation to recognize the impact the Friends of the Evelyn Meador Library has had on the Seabrook Community. Members of the Friends of the Evelyn Meador Library as well as library staff were present to accept the proclamation and speak briefly on behalf of the Evelyn Meador Library. Proclamation can be seen here:


BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

Ethics Review Commission
The City Council unanimously approved the reappointment of Marcy Fryday as regular member of the Ethics Review Commission for a term to expire October 31, 2023.


BID AWARDS

FEMA Public Assistance Management Services
City Council unanimously approved a Bid Award to Ardurra, LLC, Request for Proposal (RFP) # 2021-06-110 for FEMA Public Assistance Management Services, and authorized the City Manager to negotiate, approve, and sign the agreement. This action secures a firm to assist the city in the management of FEMA Public Assistance and recovery activities in declared disasters by helping with project coordination, submission and review.


Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) Management Services
City Council unanimously approved a Bid Award to Plexos Group, LLC, Request for Proposal (RFP) # 2021-05-110 for Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) Management Services, and authorized the City Manager to negotiate, approve, and sign the agreement.  This agreement secures a firm for the identification and management of applications for the CDBG programs.


ORDINANCES

Ordinance 2021-21 Stormwater Regulation
By unanimous vote, the City Council approved Ordinance 2021-21 on first reading to add a new article to Chapter 30 of the Seabrook Code of Ordinances relating to the reduction of pollutants in stormwater runoff and prohibition of non-stormwater discharges to the storm sewer system.  


RESOLUTIONS

Resolution 2021-14 - Carothers Community Garden
The City Council approved Resolution 2021-14 by unanimous vote to authorize the establishment of the City of Seabrook Community Garden on City-owned property at Carothers Coastal Gardens.  The Resolution also sets out the initial property improvements to be performed within the approved budget for Phase I of $41,000 and establishes a garden management plan.

 

Resolution 2021-16 - Adoption of the Texas Term Sheet for allocation of Opioid Settlement Funds 
The City Council approved Resolution 2021-16 by unanimous vote to adopt the Texas Term Sheet as codified by SB 1827. With the approval of the Resolution, the City will now be a party in the Texas Opioid Settlement Agreements and will receive an allocation of funds from the settlement of approximately $30,270, which it can expend on eligible uses.


Resolution 2021-17 - Grant Application to the HMGP - EOC / Police Department Generator
Council unanimously approved Resolution 2021-17 to authorize the submission of an application for a FEMA DR-4586 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant to replace the City Hall generator, which is reaching its end of life expectancy.


Resolution 2021-18 - Grant Application to the HMGP - Temporary Shelter Generator
Council unanimously approved Resolution 2021-18 authorize the submission of an application for a FEMA DR-4586 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant. If awarded, the Community Center generator would power the only community building that the city has to offer in a disaster involving a power outage, and would provide a location to properly shelter those in need.


Resolution 2021-19 - Grant Application to the HMGP - Sewer / Lift Stations Generators
Council unanimously approved Resolution 2021-19 to authorize the submission of an application for a FEMA DR-4586 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant. The proposed standalone generator in this application would keep the Wastewater Plant operating should there be a lengthy power outage as happened in the winter storm.


CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS

Coastal Lease No. CL20110004 with the State of Texas 
By unanimous vote, the City Council approved the renewal of an existing lease that originally commenced on August 1, 2011. The lease is for the deck infrastructure project at McHale Park, consisting of 14,120 square feet of fill and encumbrance of the coastal public land.  The lease agreement remains unchanged from the prior agreement with the exception of the application fee and extends the lease for ten (10) years.

Interlocal Agreement between the City of Seabrook and Harris County 
By unanimous vote, the City Council approved an Interlocal Agreement between Harris County and the City for debris removal services.  This new agreement allows the City to have an additional debris removal resource available in partnership with Harris County and the County's contracts.


Work Authorization 2021-2 for Grant Management services
By unanimous vote, the City Council approved a bid award to Ardurra Group, LLC for FEMA Public Assistance Management Services. The agreement will allow Ardurra Group, LLC to assist in FEMA grant administration on an as-needed basis going forward. There is no cost for retaining the services of the company, and any fees charged later in conjunction with grant administration will be reimbursable by FEMA.


OTHER ITEMS

60th Birthday Pelican
After discussion, the City Council came to a consensus that the City should install a Pelican, that the City already owns, on the Marcy Fryday Pelican Path to commemorate the City’s 60th Birthday and that the artist should come up with ideas on how that Pelican should be painted.


UPDATES

City Manager Update
Gayle Cook, City Manager, gave Council an update on the SH 146 Expansion Project, City of Seabrook CIP Projects, City of Seabrook Grant Administration, COVID related issues, and Board and Commission meeting minutes. Of note, the planned closure of Main Street at SH 146 has been cancelled for now, but will be rescheduled. There will be another traffic shift on Red Bluff soon, as the construction progresses. Finally, a TxDOT camp will be erected along SH 146 in the northern part of Seabrook for the next part of the SH 146 project – City staff has asked TxDOT for a change in the location of the camp.


FUTURE MEETING DATES

The next regular City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 6:00pm.
 
There will be a joint City Council / Planning & Zoning / Economic Development meeting on Tuesday, November 16, starting at 6:00pm.  The regular City Council meeting will begin immediately following the joint meeting.

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