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Posted on: November 4, 2021

November 2 Council Recap

City Council Recap


National Veterans’ Day
Mayor Kolupski read the Proclamation to recognize the millions of patriotic Americans who have served their country through military service. Mayor Kolupski asked members of Council who are military veterans to join him at the podium to be recognized. Mayor Pro Tem Buddy Hammann, Councilmember Rob Hefner, Councilmember Joe Machol, and Council Sergeant At Arms, James Hill were paid tribute for their service. Proclamation can be seen here:

100th Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Mayor Kolupski read the Proclamation to proclaim November 11, 2021 as Centennial of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier which represents all missing and unknown service members who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms and also serves as a place of mourning and a site for reflection on military service. Proclamation can be seen here:

National Animal Shelter Week
Mayor Kolupski read the Proclamation to recognize November 7-13, 2021 as National Animal Shelter Week and to formally recognize and reflect upon the importance of animal shelters and the many people who make the shelters work so efficiently. Dwayne Vanselous, Lead Animal Control Officer, was present to accept the proclamation on behalf of Seabrook’s Shelter. Proclamation can be seen here:

National Election Hero Day
Mayor Kolupski read the Proclamation to recognize the immense importance and work of our friends and neighbors who are election administration teams and poll workers who give a great deal of time to the democratic process in the city. Robin Lenio, City Secretary, accepted the proclamation and gave recognition to the City’s Public Works, Communications, and Police Departments for their help in making elections in Seabrook successful. Proclamation can be seen here:

Update to the Texas Open Meetings Act and the Public Information Act
City Manager, Gayle Cook, and City Secretary, Robin Lenio, gave a brief update on the Open Government Legislative requirements for City Council, City Staff, and City Boards and Commission Members. Changes made by the 2019 Texas Legislature to both the Open Meetings Act and the Public Information Act were included in the presentation. Presentation can be seen here:


Ordinance 2021-21 Stormwater Regulation
By unanimous vote, the City Council approved Ordinance 2021-21 on second 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.   


Coastal Lease No. CL930003 with the State of Texas 
By unanimous vote, the City Council approved the renewal of an existing lease agreement with the General Land Office for the boat ramp area that expired January 1, 2019. The GLO was in communications during the demolition of the structures under the lease and acknowledges that the city, in cooperation with TxDOT consultants, is working on a new potential rebuild that will modify and/or expand the existing area in the lease. The GLO is seeking a renewal of the lease pending further information on the rebuild. 


Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) Funding Sponsorships for FY2021-2022
The City Council unanimously approved the funding agreements for Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theater; Gulf Coast Film Festival; Keels & Wheels; Seabrook Lucky Trail Marathon; Texas Outlaw Challenge; and Yachty Gras.  The funding allocations for these organizations were approved by Council on August 17, 2021.


Clear Lake Area Chamber Christmas Boat Lane Parade
By unanimous vote, the Council approved sponsorship of the Christmas Boat Lane Parade in the amount of $2,000.


Public Infrastructure – Elam Road
The City Council unanimously approved the acceptance of public infrastructure for the Elam Road Project, consisting of improvement from asphalt road to wider concrete pavement, addition of 8" waterline, and addition of 8" sanitary sewer line. The construction conforms to the City of Seabrook’s specifications and standards.


City Manager Update
Gayle Cook, City Manager, gave the attached updates on the SH 146 Expansion Project, City of Seabrook CIP Projects, and City of Seabrook Grant Administration:   


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.


The following regular Council meeting will be held on December 7, at 6:00pm.


By consensus, the City Council agreed that the second meeting in December will not be held.  There will be no City Council meeting on Tuesday, December 21, 2021.

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