Review the November 6, 2018 City Council Meeting and action taken by Council. This recap is not official meeting minutes that are must be approved by Council prior to posting.
The following presentations were heard by Seabrook Council:
- Results of Donation Research by Seabrook Intermediate Student Isabelle Anderson
Isabelle Anderson, a 6th grader in the Science Magnet Program at Seabrook Intermediate, after watching TV one night, saw several commercials for donations to animal shelters and hardly any for donations to human shelters. This spurred her into doing a Science Fair Project analyzing human behavior and how they give to charity. She hypothesized that people would donate to an animal charity if given a choice, basing her hypothesis on research where there were high goals for donations to animals and very low goals for donations for humans.
Isabelle tested her theory at Celebration Seabrook by conducting a blind donation experiment allowing people to either donate to an animal-based charity or a human-based charity. Isabelle’s hypothesis was correct! She collected $152 for the animal-based charity and only $75 to the human-based charity. Isabelle selected to give the donations collected on behalf of animals to the City of Seabrook Animal Shelter and the donations collected on behalf of humans to the City's Share Your Christmas program.
After her presentation, Mayor Thom Kolupski and City Council presented Isabelle with a certificate of recognition and appreciation thanking her for her research and donations to Seabrook charities.
- Seabrook Economic Development Corporation Bi-Annual Report
Director of Economic Development, Paul Chavez, gave the SEDC Bi-Annual Report at last night's Council meeting. Chavez reviewed:
- Business Development Incentives
- City Partnerships
- New and Expanding businesses
- Status of Businesses Along the SH 146 Corridor
DOWNLOAD SEDC BI-ANNUAL REPORT HERE
The following city ordinances were approved by Seabrook Council:
- Ordinance 2018-29 "Add the Use of 'Tattoo Parlor' to the Comprehensive Land Use Matrix as a Conditional Use"
Council approved the second and final reading of this ordinance during last night's meeting. The approval of this ordinance will allow tattoo parlors within the C-2 Medium Commercial Zoning District with the approval of a Conditional Use Permit.
- Ordinance 2018-28 "Issuance of Conditional Use Permit to Allow Boat Sales at 2000 Larrabee Street in the C-2 Medium Commercial District"
Council approved the second and final reading of this ordinance during last night's meeting. The approval of this ordinance will allow the applicant to open a boat sales business at the location. The City Council did not place any conditions on the applicant before approving this use.
The following city resolutions were approved by Seabrook Council:
- Resolution 2018-31 "Adoption of the City of Seabrook Flood Response and Warning Plan"
Council approved this resolution during last night's meeting. The approval of this resolution will assist with maintaining a National Flood Insurance Program Rating that will help keep flood insurance costs down for citizens
- Resolution 2018-32 "EDC Project Designation for WMF Investments, Inc. and 3300 Hwy 146, LLC, (D/B/A Retail at the Commons) and Approval of SEDC Expenditures for Promotion of New Business for Construction of Two New Retail Structures Pursuant to Performance Agreement"
Council approved the first of two readings of this resolution during last night's meeting. The approval of this resolution will approve the funding, through EDC incentives, of the construction of two new retail shops at 3300 Highway 146 at Towers Blvd.
The following city grants, agreements and or contracts were reviewed and/or approved by Seabrook Council:
- Agreement with CenterPoint Energy for design and construction of 3 phase electrical service to Pine Gully Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Council approved this agreement at last night’s meeting, in an amount not to exceed $20,777.00, along with the granting of a utility easement to CenterPoint.
- Agreement with Cobb Fendley for engineering and surveying services for Marvin Circle paving and waterline improvements.
Council approved this agreement at last night’s meeting, in an amount not to exceed $46,940.00, for this S10 CIP Project.
- Agreement with Clay Cat Studios for construction improvements for a retail shop at 1501 Main Street.
Council approved this agreement at last night’s meeting, in an amount not to exceed $5,075.50 in EDC incentive reimbursements of the building permit fees. The Economic Development Corporation had previously also approved this agreement and incentive funding.
- 2018 Celebration Seabrook Recap
LeaAnn Petersen, Director of Communications, gave a Recap of the 2018 Celebration Seabrook held at Meador Park on October 6, 2018. The event acquired over $8,000 worth of proceeds and Council approved giving $4,000 to the City of Seabrook Share Your Christmas program and $4,000 to the City of Seabrook Animal Shelter and Adoption Center. Discussion highlights included:
- 72% increase in attendance from the 2017 event
- 16% increase in sponsorships
- 20% cost savings - actual vs. forecasted expenses
- Review of the Live Music Line Up, Ahoy Kids' Zone, Sea of Art, Merchants and Food Truck Galley
- Overview of the new direction and new event producers
- Snapshot of the event marking including discussing the new creative and advertising impressions
- Selection of the 2019 date - October 12, 2019
Mobile Food Vending Ordinance
After much discussion on whether to make changes to the current ordinance which prohibits food trucks in Seabrook, the City Council gave staff direction to encourage any interested parties to bring a development plan forward for Council’s consideration of a food truck pilot program which will enable City staff, City Council, and the community to evaluate whether mobile food vending will be beneficial and sustained in Seabrook.