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Racial profiling, new animal shelter on Council agenda

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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Deer Park City Council’s next regularly scheduled workshop an meeting are Tuesday night at City Hall, 710 E. San Augustine. The workshop begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. 
During Tuesday’s Deer Park City Council workshop, the Deer Park Police Department is scheduled to unveil its annual Comparative Analysis for Bias Base/Racial Profiling for 2016. The workshop begins at 6:30 p.m. with the regular meeting to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Chief Greg Grigg is expected to report to council that there were no complaints of racial profiling made against DPPD during the 2016 calendar year and there were no internal affairs investigations or disciplinary actions taken toward any officer related to racial profiling, according to a memo from the city manager’s office. Each year, State law and the General Orders of DPPD require the presentation of an annual report on racial profiling.

During the workshop, council is also scheduled to discuss the proposed design for the Deer Park Community Development Corporation Maxwell Center renovation and expansion project; and space-naming and donation opportunities for the Deer Park Animal Shelter and Adoption Center.

Earlier this month the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee met and discussed a proposed donation policy for the space naming of rooms and assets housed within the Shelter. To date, several businesses and individuals have expressed an interest in donating to the new Shelter. The Committee studied similar policies at shelters throughout the country, with a particular interest in policies based in Texas and the greater Houston area. Committee members then voted to recommend Council adopt these proposed amounts for space naming within the new Shelter. Council will take action on this item during its regular meeting.

Council will also discuss colors and finishes for the new city hall.

During the regular meeting, council is scheduled to take action on purchasing a garbage truck for the sanitation department from the Houston-Galveston Area Council Cooperative Purchasing Program; an agreement with Halff Associates, Inc. for architectural services for the Deer Park Community Development Corporation for the development of hike and bike trails; and agreements with Deer Park ISD and San Jacinto College for the provision of a polling location at the Deer Park Community Center on May 6.

Council will also take action on the appointment of Eric Ripley to the Parks and Recreation Commission. Ripley will complete the remainder of the term left by Gary Baggett who recently resigned.

In other business, council will also take action on an ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget for the additional cost necessary to complete the purchase of a Skid Steer Loader for the Sanitation Department; an ordinance correcting the ending effective date approving certain industrial district agreements.