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Posted on: November 24, 2020

Nov 17 Council Recap

Seabrook City Council

PRESENTATIONS

Municipal Courts Week
Mayor Kolupski presented a proclamation to recognize November 2-6, 2020 as Municipal Courts Week in Seabrook.  Judge Dick Gregg, III, complimented the Municipal Court Department for keeping the court running smoothly and adjusting accordingly during the pandemic. Chief of Police, Sean Wright, expressed his appreciation to the Court Department for helping the Police Department run smoothly during the pandemic with getting the jail cleared out in a timely manner.
 
GIS Day at the City of Seabrook
Mayor Kolupski presented a proclamation to recognize November 17, 2020 as GIS Day at the City of Seabrook.  Public Works Director, Kevin Padgett, stated that prior to the conception of the GIS Department, the City had to heavily rely on old paper maps and contract engineers to define utilities within the City. The City is fortunate to have a current member on staff to become licensed and educated in GIS.
 
Annual EMS Response Analysis Report
Brad Goudie, Director of Emergency Services, presented the first Annual Seabrook EMS Response Analysis Report. DOWNLOAD REPORT

SPECIFIC PUBLIC HEARINGS

Conditional Use Permit – Gasoline Service Station/Convenience Store
The City Council conducted a Public Hearing on a Request for a Conditional Use Permit to establish a “Gasoline Service Station/Convenience Store” at 2626 E. Bayport Blvd, Seabrook, TX 77586, as per the Seabrook City Code, Appendix A, Comprehensive Zoning, Article 4, “Special Use Regulations,” Section 4.11, “Conditional use permit criteria and procedures”. 


ORDINANCES

Ordinance 2020-27 – Canvass November 3, 2020 Special Charter Amendment Election Results
City Council unanimously approved Ordinance 2020-27 on first and final reading to count and approve the final vote tally for the Charter Amendment Election, which resulted in the passages of all nineteen (19) proposed amendments to the Seabrook City Charter.   DOWNLOAD FINAL TABULATION RESULTS
  
Ordinance 2020-26 – Conditional Use Permit for a Gasoline Service Station/Convenience Store
By a vote of 3-3, the City Council denied the passage of Ordinance 2020-26 to allow a Conditional Use Permit for a Gasoline Service Station / Convenience Store at 2626 E. Bayport Blvd.  Some of the concerns expressed during the discussion on this item included the number of gas stations along SH146, another taco shop in a gas station in Seabrook, and a prime location with no sales tax received from gas purchases and only a small sales tax collected from food and drink purchases.   Council expressed that the City has an opportunity to market to the higher end establishments at this prime real estate area, with a quick service restaurant a better option for this site, like Chick-Fil-A, and a higher retail establishment does not want to look at the back of a gas station.  


ADDITIONAL ITEMS

Rejection of Bids for Smart Water Meter Installation Proposal.
By unanimous vote, the City Council approved the rejection of bids for Project 2020-05-326 for Smart Water Meter Installation.  City Manager, Gayle Cook, explained that the City received 5 bidders; however, State law allows a performance contracting methodology for this project and City Council has previously workshopped and approved a study with a performance contracting methodology vendor.   
 
Bay Area Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau Appointment
The City Council unanimously approved the appointment of Rushi Patel with Springhill Suites to the Bay Area Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors to fill a vacant Seabrook hotelier position left vacant by Leo Silva formerly with the Holiday Inn Express. 
 
Seabrook Christmas Tree Lighting Event 2020
The City Council discussed options for a live tree lighting event and for a virtual tree lighting event, in keeping with COVID regulations and requirements.  By consensus, Council approved a live event to light the tree with remarks by the Mayor and Council. The live event will be filmed via Facebook live for those who are unable to attend (understanding that video quality may be impacted by the lack of light). Christmas music will be streamed on the PA system. Cookies and hot cocoa will be provided by Public Works and Santa will be escorted around the block on a SVFD fire truck. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, school groups will not perform, children will not be allowed to sit in Santa’s lap and vendors will not be invited. 


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 regular City Council meeting will be held by teleconference on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 6:00pm.
 
The City Council agreed to hold only one (1) meeting in December.  The next regular Council meeting after December 1 will take place on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

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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