Carothers Coastal Gardens Task Force II Update
Rhonda Thompson, Chair of the Carothers Coastal Gardens Task Force II, provided an update to the City Council on vision of the task force and recommendations for the Carothers House pursuant to an insurance claim for mold accumulation after Winter Storm Uri caused water lines and pipes to burst. Ms. Thompson presented Council with four (4) options for the structure: 1) demolish the structure with no rebuild; 2) elevate and rebuild the existing structure; 3) modified rebuild of the existing structure; and 4) demolish and build a new facility. After much discussion, the City Council unanimously voted to move forward with demolition of the Carothers House with no rebuild.
Required Cybersecurity Training
George Szakacs, Director of Information Technology for the City of Seabrook, explained to the City Council that in 2019 the State Legislature passed a bill that requires elected officials and local government employees to receive cybersecurity training to help cut down on hacking attacks to critical cyber infrastructure. The City of Seabrook has instituted a monthly training program that addresses ways to identify potential scams or hacking attempts before action is taken that would compromise the City’s digital network and environment. The 2021 State Legislature updated the cybersecurity training requirement to mandate that if local governments do not participate in the required training, those entities will no longer have the ability to make submissions for State funded grant opportunities. Mr. Szakacs encouraged the City Council to take the monthly training that is provided to them and stated that he would work on an allowed option that requires elected officials to take one training per year that covers all required material.
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PROGRAM (CIP)
Sean Landis, Deputy City Manager; Kevin Padgett, Director of Public Works, and Brian Craig, City Engineer and Assistant Director of Public Works presented a list of the proposed Capital Improvements Projects for FY 2021-2022 and a list of project success for FY 2020-2021. Mr. Landis explained that the CIP is a tool for planning and visualizing the capital budget. Capital Assets are made up of potable water, wastewater, drainage and street projects; replacement of equipment; IT Network Improvements; park improvements; facility improvements and additions; and EDC projects. A summary of the City’s Capital Improvements Program (CIP) can be found here:
Resolution 2021-10 – Designation of Official Newspaper
The City Council unanimously approved Resolution 2021-10 to designate the Bay Area Observer for another 24 month period as the City’s Official Newspaper until December 31, 2023.
Rules and Procedures – Board of Adjustment and Building Standards Commission
By unanimous vote, the City Council approved the Rules and Procedures of the Seabrook Board of Adjustment and Seabrook Building Standards Commission, which are reviewed annually and updated according to need. This year both boards made minor clerical updates to their Rules and Procedures.
FY2021-2022 Drought Contingency Plan
Because the City’s water capacity has increased from 3 million gallons to 5 million gallons daily, the conditions for instituting the drought contingency plan have changed to meet the standards set by TCEQ; therefore, the City Council unanimously approved the FY2021-2022 Drought Contingency Plan. A drought contingency plan describes both the city’s long-term commitment to conserving water resources for future generations and the need to manage water demands during short-term conditions when water supplies are limited. It is a comprehensive set of strategies and regulations on the delivery and consumption of water to conserve the available water supply and to protect the integrity of water supply infrastructure, particularly facilities critical for domestic water supply, sanitation, and fire protection, and to protect and preserve public health, welfare, and safety.
By unanimous vote the City Council approved the renewal of the Employee Assistance Program with Alliance Work Partners, at no additional cost to the City, for the plan year beginning August 1, 2021.
Litigation – Barge 295 and Yard at Barge 295
After discussion and no action in closed executive session, the City Council, in open session, unanimously approved authorizing the City’s attorneys to file suit against Barge 295 and the Yard at Barge 295 to enforce compliance with the City’s building, floodplain, and zoning ordinances.
City Manager Update
Gayle Cook, City Manager, gave Council 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 special joint City Council / Economic Development Corporation / Planning & Zoning Commission meeting will be held in person on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at 6:00 pm.
A special City Council Strategic Planning session will be held on Friday, June 25, 2021, at 8:00 am.
The next regular City Council meeting will be held in person on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at 6:00 pm.
Special Workshop Sessions will be held on July 28 and July 29, 2021, at 6:00 p.m.