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Posted on: May 3, 2023

May 2 Council Recap



Gold Star Award – Open Space and Trails Committee
Mayor Kolupski read and presented a Certificate to the Open Space and Trails Committee recognize their work with City staff to earn the Keep Texas Beautiful Gold Star Award for 2023 by going above and beyond to educate and engage the community, to manage volunteers, and to host Seabrook cleanup and beautification events. 

Governor’s Achievement Award – Open Space and Trails Committee
Mayor Kolupski read and presented a Certificate to the Open Space and Trails Committee to honor their work with City staff to receive 2nd place recognition in the Governor's Community Achievement Award program for 2023. Keep Texas Beautiful, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), awards Texas communities for their outstanding overall efforts to keep their communities beautiful, and in 2017, the City of Seabrook, with the outstanding help of the Open Space and Trails Committee, won the Governor's Achievement Award and will use the $160,000.00 prize for a landscaping project along SH146 upon the completion of the highway expansion. Even though there is no money associated with a 2nd place win, it is encouraging that Seabrook continues to be recognized amongst the leaders in the State of Texas for their efforts in Keeping Seabrook Beautiful.   

Small Business Week
Mayor Kolupski read and presented a Proclamation to Recognize April 30 - May 6, 2023, as Small Business Week. Paul Chavez, Director of Economic Development, thanked City Council, residents, and the Economic Development Corporation for helping to make and grow small businesses in Seabrook. The Evelyn Meador Library has been holding workshops for small businesses and will hold one on May 1 from 6p-8p on website development. Beginning in 2022, the library met with 17 small businesses that have the 77586 zip code to assist those businesses with getting off the ground and moving toward growth. The Library reports that eight (8) of the 17 businesses have achieved the purpose for which they sought assistance.
View the Proclamation Here.

Professional Municipal Clerks Week
Mayor Kolupski read and presented a Proclamation to City Secretary, Robin Lenio, to recognize April 30 - May 6, 2023, as Professional Municipal Clerks Week.
View the Proclamation Here.

National Travel and Tourism Week
Mayor Kolupski read and presented a Proclamation to Director of Public Affairs, LeaAnn Petersen, to recognize May 7-13, 2023 as National Travel and Tourism Week. Ms. Petersen reminded everyone that the kickoff of Travel and Tourism Week starts with the State of the Bay on Wednesday, May 3, at 5:30pm at Okie’s Yard House.
View the Proclamation Here.

National Public Service Week
Mayor Kolupski read and presented a Proclamation to Deputy City Manager, Sean Landis, to recognize May 7-13, 2023, as National Public Service Recognition Week.
View the Proclamation Here.


Please mark your calendar for these upcoming events and happenings.

  • State of the Bay – May 3 – 5:30pm – Okie’s Yard House
  • Keels & Wheels – May 5-6 – Lakewood Yacht Club
  • Remembering Our Fallen – May 29 – 9:00am-10:00am – Bay Area Veterans Memorial


Ordinance 2023-12 Adding UTV and ROV to Golf Cart Ordinance
By a 5-1 vote, with Councilmember Tollett voting in opposition, the City Council approved Ordinance 2023-12 on first reading to amend the regulation of Golf Carts to include Utility Vehicles (UTV) and Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROV) on public streets or highways within the City limits.


Resolution 2023-04 Denial of CenterPoint Distribution Rate Change
By unanimous vote, the City Council approved Resolution 2023-04 to deny CenterPoint’s application to increase distribution rates within the City.

Resolution 2023-06  Opposing House Bill 2127 and companion Senate Bill 814
The City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution 2023-06 to oppose House Bill 2127 and Senate Bill 814 and any similar or substitute legislation that would preempt the local regulation of businesses, agriculture, finance, insurance, labor, natural resources, and occupation to the State by prohibiting local governments from imposing or adopting certain rules, regulation, licenses, permits or requirements, and any associated fees that would remove existing local regulations or that would limit local governments in modifying or imposing regulations that best fit the City.


Strategic Plan
After hearing a presentation by consultant, Ron Cox, the City Council unanimously approved the FY2023-2024 City of Seabrook Strategic Plan.

EDC Incentives Policy and Incentive Application
By unanimous decision, the City Council approved EDC Resolution 2023-1 to ratify the Economic Development Corporation’s approval of an updated Incentives Policy and Application.

EDC Incentive Agreement with Seabrook Marina
By unanimous decision, the City Council ratified the Economic Development Corporation’s approval of an EDC Business Development Incentive Agreement with Seabrook Marina, located at 1900 Seabrook Shipyard, for the installation of a natural gas line in an amount not to exceed $8,520.00. 

Update to Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) Allocation Program
The City Council approved the appointment of Councilmember Mike Giangrosso and Councilmember Tom Tollett to assist Director of Public Affairs with an update to the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) Allocation Program.


City Manager Update
Gayle Cook, City Manager, updated and reported to the City Council on various items that require no action, including Recap for Seabrook Boards and Commissions, SH 146 Expansion Projects, Red Bluff Expansion Project, Port of Houston Rail Spur, Gulf Coast Protection District, Public Meeting Livestreaming Project, City of Seabrook CIP Projects, and any City of Seabrook Grant Administration.
View the Update Here.


  • The next regular City Council meeting will be held on May 16 in Council Chamber at 6:00pm. 

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