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Council approves all items on busy agenda

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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Deer Park City Council unanimously passed all items on its busy agenda Tuesday night. Among the items was approval of the city budget; the appointment of a new medical director; and applications for FEMA reimbursement grants for emergency protective measures an debris removal during and in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Tuesday’s busy Deer Park City Council meeting was highlighted by the city honoring groups and individuals.

Mayor Jerry Mouton and council recognized the Deer Park Spikes baseball team. The team competed at the 11U World Series in Gulf Shores, Ala. The tournament featured 43 teams, of which the Spikes came out as undefeated champions.

Also honored was Dr. Donald Metz, who has served as the Medical Director for the City of Deer Park since 1975. He did this at no cost, serving out of love for his community for 42 years. Dr. Metz recently notified City officials he needed to step away from the role due to other commitments.

During the meeting, the Deer Park Fire Department presented its check to the Muscular Dystrophy Association in the amount of $6,572.34. The funds were provided by Deer Park citizens during DPVFD’s Fill the Boot campaign. Each year, the fire department joins with other departments across the country, collecting loose change from drivers and shoppers in their jurisdictions with all proceeds going to the MDA. The MDA uses these funds to fight neuromuscular diseases.

Council also approved all items on its regular agenda. These items were a contract between the City of Deer Park and PGAL for architectural services for the pre-design, programming and planning phases of the Deer Park EMS Annex and a contract with the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston for medical director services. After Metz informed the city other obligations prevented him from continuing in that capacity. Council then authorized staff to seek professional Medical Director services, ultimately selecting Dr. Richard Bradley with the Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Bradley serves as Chief of Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Medicine at the UT Health Science Center medical school and as Medical Director for the City of Pearland. The fee for his services is $24,000 annually, and the proposed contract runs from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2020.

Also, council approved the ratification of a public assistance grant application through FEMA. Following Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey, President Donald Trump declared a major disaster in Harris County. This allows the City of Deer Park eligibility to seek certain categories of public assistance reimbursement funds from FEMA. With this action, Council is ratifying the City of Deer Park’s Public Assistance Grant Application through FEMA. The city anticipates receiving 100 percent reimbursement in the category of Emergency Protective Measures, and 90 percent reimbursement in the category of Emergency Debris Removal.

During the meeting, council also approved amending the Water & Sewer Fund Budget in the amount of $7,250 for emergency repairs to a turbine pump; adopting the fiscal year 2017-18 budget; salary classification scales; the reappointment of Associate Judges Cari Brownlee and John Morgan to additional two-year terms and the appointment of David Froneberger to Associate Judge for a two year term; calling a joint public hearing to allow the use of external shipping containers under certain conditions for Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m.; adopting the Standards of Care for the All Star Activity Program for 2017-18 DPISD school year; and to award a bid for the Sidewalk Improvement Project to J.A. Costanza & Associates in the amount of $288,233.75.

Notable areas includes Pasadena Boulevard, with smaller sections of 8th Street, 13th Street, and Spencer Highway.

In other business, council also approved restricting a portion of unrestricted net assets in the Series 2002-Texsas Water Development Board Fund. The city has two private placement bonds held by the TWDB. Each year, the city is obligated to restrict a portion of its Interest and Sinking Fund to assure its ability to service the year’s debt, which will be $146,541.64. Also, council passed a resolution to transfer $5.35 million from the 2016-17 unassigned fund balance of the general fund to the capital improvements fund. For the past several years, the city has set aside monies for future capital needs by transferring unassigned fund balance from the General Fund to the Capital Improvements Fund.