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Posted on: August 24, 2020

August 18 City Council Recap

Seabrook City Council

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


Ordinance 2020-18  Certificate and Academic Pay Policy
By unanimous vote, the City Council approved Ordinance 2020-18 on first reading to establish criteria by which compensation for certificates is provided in order to encourage employees to participate in advanced training and certification for professional development.


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

Resolution 2020-14  City’s Investment Policy
City Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution 2020-14 to adopt the City of Seabrook Investment Policy in accordance with state law and the Public Funds Investment Act (PFIA).
 
EDC Resolution 2020-01 EDC Incentives Policy
The City Council unanimously approved EDC Resolution 2020-01 to update incentives approved by the SEDC Board of Directors and designed to provide guidance to the EDC Director in his negotiations with potential economic development clients.


CONTRACTS & AGREEMENTS
The following contracts and agreements were reviewed and City Council took action as follows:

Seabrook Economic Development Administrative Service Contract
The City Council unanimously approved entering into a contract with the Seabrook Economic Development Corporation for administrative services in an amount not to exceed $251,633.00.  
 
Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP) Agreement
By unanimous vote, the City Council approved an agreement with the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP) from October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2023 in an amount not to exceed $20,000.00 annually, to provide ongoing consulting and ancillary economic development services by promoting and encouraging the retention and expansion of existing City businesses, while encouraging the location of new businesses into the City that create or retain primary jobs.  This contract was approved by the Seabrook Economic Development Corporation on August 13, 2020.
 
Interlocal Agreement for Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Reimbursement
The City Council unanimously approved an agreement with Harris County for necessary eligible expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to COVID-19 for a not to exceed amount of $786,005.00.


ADDITIONAL ITEMS

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


Coastal Barrier Project
By unanimous vote, the City Council approved a contribution of  $5,000.00 to Bay Area Coastal Protection Alliance (BACPA) towards the Proof of Concept or Financing Study for the Coastal Barrier Project.  A proposal was sent to all cities in east Harris County to share in the $100,000 cost to commission the proof of concept study. The study will demonstrate to bond investors that by lowering flood risk along the coast, flood insurance premium savings could generate and pay debt service for resiliency bonds.
 
Reopening Timeline for Seabrook Public Meetings
By unanimous consensus, the City Council agreed to continue with remote meetings, including meetings of Seabrook boards, commissions, and task forces, until there is a change in the Harris County threat level and/or the Declaration of Disaster by Governor Abbott.


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 AND AGENDA ITEMS
A Joint City Council / Planning & Zoning Commission meeting was held by teleconference on Thursday, August 20, at 6:00pm. A recap of that meeting will be distributed on Monday, August 24, 2020.

The next regular City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 by teleconference at 6:00pm. 

To give public comment or to listen to any virtual public meeting, please refer to the meeting agendas posted to the city’s website. All meeting agendas will be posted at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting. 



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