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Posted on: August 5, 2020

September 15 City Council Recap

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CRIME CONTROL AND PREVENTION DISTRICT

The Board of Directors of the Crime Control and Prevention District held a meeting on September 15, 2020, at 6:00 pm, and after receiving a presentation of the proposed Crime Control and Prevention District Budget for FY2020-2021, voted unanimously to approve the proposed budget, and to elect Laura Davis as President and Ed Klein as Vice President for a term ending September 2021, or until the Council seat is term-limited or vacated.


PRESENTATIONS
City Council received the following presentations during last night’s meeting:

Open Space and Trails Committee Quarterly Report
The City Council received a presentation by Helen Burton, Chair of the Seabrook Open Space and Trails Committee, regarding the quarterly activities of the committee.  Download Ms. Burton’s presentation here (PDF - large file).


Officer Kimberly Boniface received the 2020 First Quarter Above and Beyond award for life-saving efforts performed while on duty. Officer Boniface was the first to arrive on the scene for a medical emergency at the Captain Inn and Suites on October 30, 2019. Upon arrival Officer Boniface immediately began performing CPR on an unconscious individual until Seabrook EMS arrived. Seabrook Medic Robert Turner stated Officer Boniface’s CPR efforts saved a life

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Public Works Wastewater Operator, Carlos Leyva was a true hero to a resident in Seabrook and received the 2020 Second Quarter Above and Beyond award. Earlier this year, a resident got her vehicle stuck in a drainage ditch after leaving the bus stop on Shady Lake Drive.  As luck would have it, Carlos and his partner turned onto the street doing their regular rounds and encountered the situation within minutes. They quickly assisted the motorist and pulled her vehicle out of the ditch with a neighbor’s assistance. The motorist’s neighbor, who contacted the city with the good samaritan story said, "My neighbor would not have been able to get out of the ditch without their assistance and Carlos was beyond nice and helpful and I really wanted the city to know THAT’S the kind of feeling people want to feel living in a small town."

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Officer Alberto Alarcon received the 2020 Third Quarter Above and Beyond award for showing true compassion and empathy during a crisis situation. Officer Alarcon gave a suicidal individual a personal prayer coin that belonged to his father while attentively listening and empathizing with the individual. Officer Alarcon encountered the same individual at a later date when the individual’s car broke down and at that time convinced the individual to seek medical attention for his condition. Sergeant Fernando Rodriguez said that "Officer Alarcon humanized our police profession when dealing with a difficult situation. I, as a supervisor, in addition to Alarcon’s peers, have noticed that his behavior and actions are having an impact."

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City staff response to Hurricane Laura

City Manager, Gayle Cook, expressed appreciation for and congratulated various city staff members for their outstanding work in preparation for Hurricane Laura.  Specifically, Ms. Cook recognized Brad Goudie, Director of Emergency Services; Kevin Rodgers, Fire Marshall and Assistant Director of Emergency Services; Yesenia Garza, Director of Human Resources, LeaAnn Petersen, Director of Community and Visitor Relations, George Szakacs, Director of Information Technology, and Michael Gibbs, Director of Finance. 


SPECIFIC PUBLIC HEARINGS


FY20/21 Budget
The City Council conducted Public Hearings on the proposed FY 2020/21 Crime Control and Prevention District Budget, the proposed FY 2020/21 Seabrook Economic Development Corporation Budget, and the proposed FY 2020/21 General, Enterprise, and Special Funds Budgets. 


BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND TASK FORCES
The following boards, commissions, and task forces were reviewed and City Council took action as follows:


Civil Service Commission
City Council unanimously approved the ratification of the City Manager’s appointments of
Byron Hanssen and Steve Dean to fill positions on the Seabrook Civil Service Commission for terms to expire June 1, 2022, and June 1, 2023, respectively.  


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

Ordinance 2020-20  Update to Master Fee Schedule
The City Council unanimously approved on second reading Ordinance 2020-20 to update the City of Seabrook Master Fee Schedule by updating and amending parks and recreation fees, sanitation/garbage collection fees, and water and wastewater utility rates.  Proposed updates can be found here.
 
Ordinance 2020-21 Budget Amendment No. 5
By unanimous vote, the City Council approved Ordinance 2020-21 on first and final reading to amend the amount of appropriations for FY 2019-2020 in the amount of $313,003.00 in the General Fund for previously approved land purchase at 2505 Repsdorph and for insurance on fire apparatus.
 
Ordinance 2020-22 Crime Control and Prevention District Budget
Council unanimously approved Ordinance 2020-22 on first and final reading to approve the FY2020-2021 Crime Control and Prevention District Budget, as shown here.
 
Ordinance 2020-23 Economic Development Budget
Council unanimously approved Ordinance 2020-23 on first and final reading to approve the FY2020-2021 Seabrook Economic Development Corporation Budget, as shown here.
 
Ordinance 2020-24 City Operating Budget
Council unanimously approved Ordinance 2020-24 on the first and final reading to approve the FY2020-2021 City of Seabrook General, Enterprise, and Special Funds Budgets, as shown here.


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

Resolution 2020-16  1Government Cooperative Purchasing Alliance
By unanimous vote, the City Council approved Resolution 2020-16 to enable the City to become a member of 1Government Cooperative Purchasing Alliance in order to participate and join with other entities in an Intergovernmental Cooperative Purchasing Program to purchase products, materials and services for the purpose of fulfilling and implementing their respective public and governmental purposes, needs, objectives, programs, functions, and services and receive the benefits of pooled purchasing power, paired with the professionalism and devotion to customer service that includes best pricing available, access to current industry solutions, and more.


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

Friendship Park Elevated Storage Tank Rehabilitation Project
The City Council, by unanimous vote, approved a Bid Award, Addendum to Contract (as prepared by Dunham Engineering, Inc.), and Standard Form Agreement, for CIP W11 to Viking Painting, LLC for Friendship Park Elevated Storage Tank Rehabilitation Project to perform repairs and rehabilitate the coating on Friendship Park Elevated Water Tank, in an amount of $114,300.00. 


ADDITIONAL ITEMS


Coronavirus Relief Fund Small Cities Program Spending Plan
City Council unanimously approved the Coronavirus Relief Fund Small Cities Program Spending Plan to give staff direction regarding CARES Act - Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) spending with Eligible Expenses including: 1. Medical Expenses 2. Public Health Expenses 3. Payroll Expenses 4. Compliance Expenses 5. Any other COVID related expenses reasonably necessary to the function of the government that satisfy the funds eligibility criteria.
 
FY2020-2021 Tax Rate
The City Manager and Director of Finance discussed proposed tax rate options with City Council to ascertain the direction that City Council would like to go with regard to the adoption of a FY2020-2021 Tax Rate.  The Council unanimously approved moving forward with publication of a notice for a public hearing on October 6, 2020 at 5:30pm on proposed voter approval tax rate of $0.543613.


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
The next regular City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 by teleconference at 6:00pm.

A regular City Council meeting will be held by teleconference on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, at 5:30 pm.

To give public comments 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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