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Posted on: September 8, 2022

September 6 Council Recap

2022-Council

The following is a recap of a City of Seabrook City Council meeting. City Council Meeting agendas are posted to seabrooktx.gov prior to each meeting and the recap will be distributed and posted to the website within three to five business days following the meeting. 


PRESENTATIONS

National Read a Book Day
Mayor Kolupski read a Proclamation to proclaim September 6, 2022 as National Read a Book Day in Seabrook. First Responders participated by reading to children at the Evelyn Meador Library on September 6.

Pelican Bay Swimming Pool Lifeguards and Staff
Councilmember Joe Machol recognized pool lifeguards and staff for helping to provide safe and positive community recreational experiences for Seabrook residents.

Eagle Scout Pelican Restoration Project
Eagle Scout, Doug Gonzalez, presented a proposal to City Council for the restoration of Pelicans Pharoah and Penelope, as well as paint touchups and minor restoration to Pelicans Seabrook Coastline, Dr. Art Matters, Le Jardinier and Puzzled.
DOWNLOAD PROPOSAL HERE


EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS

  • September 17 - Seabrook Trail Tour on the new trail extension - 9am to 11am
  • September 16-18 - Gulf Coast Film Festival
  • September 24 - Seabrook Saltwater Derby
  • September 30 - Last day of Monroe Field Splash Pad Season
  • October 8 - Celebration Seabrook - 11:00am to 7:30pm

SPECIAL EVENT PERMITS

  • September 3 - Casey Donahue at the Barge - Conditional Approved
  • September 4 - Bag of Doughnuts at the Barge - Conditional Approved
  • September 18 - Toughest 10k - Approved by Seabrook, pending Kemah and TxDOT
  • October 4 - National Night Out
  • October 14 - Wade Bowen at the Barge - In Review
  • October 15 - CrossFit Asteria - In Review
  • October 28 - Pat Green at the Barge - In Review


ORDINANCES

Ordinance 2022-13  Master Landscaping Plan – Miramar Shopping Center
By unanimous consent the City Council approved Ordinance 2022-13 on second reading to allow an applicant, subject to approval of the city council, the option of designating an area that will define unique characteristics in all landscape elements including type, design, and location based upon specific performance criteria. The goal of a Master Landscape Plan is to promote consistency among landscape elements within a development thus creating visual harmony between the landscape, buildings, and other components of the property; and enhance the compatibility of the landscape elements with the architectural and site design features within a development; and encourage landscaping that is in character with planned and existing uses thus creating a unique sense of place; encourage multi-tenant commercial uses to develop a unique set of landscape regulations in conjunction with development standards.

Ordinance 2022-14 Master Fee Schedule Update
The City Council unanimously approved Ordinance 2022-14 on first reading to update the City’s Master Fee Schedule to include updates and amendments to Emergency Medical Services Fees, Contractor Registration Fees, Base Permit Fees, Impact Fees, Building Dept. Admin Fees, Bay Area Veterans Memorial Fees, Permanent Sign Permit Fees, Short Term Rental Fees, and Seabrook Pelicans Fees.


CONTRACTS & AGREEMENTS

Waste Management
City Council approved a one (1) year extension to the agreement with Waste Management for collection and disposal of residential and commercial trash and recycling, with a rate increase for those services, by a 5 to 1 vote, with Mayor Kolupski voting in opposition.  Council also directed staff to prepare to go out for bid for these services after the extension is completed.

CIP W16 – Old SH146 Water line Interconnect
By unanimous vote, the City Council approved an agreement with Cobb Fendley for engineering and surveying services for the Old SH146 Water line Interconnect for CIP Project W16, in an amount not to exceed $130,475.00.


ADDITIONAL ITEMS

Texas Municipal League Insurance Risk Pool
The City Council unanimously approved the City Manager’s recommendation on a ballot vote for the Board of Directors of the TMLIRP. Council approved the election of Place 6 – Kimberly Meismer; Place 7 – Mary Dennis (incumbent); Place 8 – Louis Rigby; and Place 9 – Opal Mauldlin-Jones
 
2022 Compensation Study
By unanimous vote, the City Council approved the results of the 2022 Compensation Study, conducted by Evergreen Solutions, LLC.  With approval, the City Council raised the employee entry-level pay to $15/hour; implemented a new pay structure that aligns with the City’s established compensation philosophy and meets the City’s available financial resources; and brought salaries for various positions up to market for recruitment and retention purposes.
 
Salute to Heroes Event
City Council unanimously approved each Councilmember’s use of his/her expense stipend to purchase a ticket for the Salute to Heroes Event on April 14, 2023. City Council will not purchase an entire table or provide direct sponsorship funding for this event in 2023.
 
Proposed FY2022-2023 CIP Project List, Budget, and Tax Rate
The City Council voted unanimously to approve the proposed CIP Project List and FY2022-2023 Budget and set a Public Hearing for September 27, 2022 at 6:00pm to consider and discuss approval of a tax rate in the amount of $0.469096.


UPDATES

2022 Celebration Seabrook Festival
LeaAnn Petersen, Director of Public Affairs, updated the City Council on progress of the preparation for the 2022 Celebration Seabrook Festival to take place on October 8, 2022 at Meador Park.
DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION HERE
 
City Manager Update
Gayle Cook, City Manager, updated and reported to the City Council on various items that require no action, including Recap of Seabrook Boards and Commissions, SH146 Expansion Projects, Red Bluff Expansion Project, Port of Houston Rail Spur, Gulf Coast Protection District, CenterPoint Substation and Industrial Area, City of Seabrook CIP Projects, and any City of Seabrook Grant Administration. 


FUTURE MEETING DATES AND AGENDA ITEMS
The next regular City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 20, at 5:00pm. 
 
A special City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 27, at 6:00pm at Seabrook City Hall.
 
City Council meeting will begin at 5:00pm on October 4, to allow Councilmembers to participate in National Night Out, and the 2nd Council meeting in December (on December 20) will be cancelled.

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