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Storage containers, drainage fee on Tuesday's council agenda

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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Deer Park City Council has set its agenda for Tuesday’s workshop and regular council meeting. The workshop opens at 6:30 p.m. inside council chambers at City Hall, followed by the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. City Hall is located at 710 E. San Augustine.

Tuesday’s Deer Park City Council workshop begins at 6:30 p.m. and opens with an executive session regarding potential litigation. When council reconvenes into the open meeting, it will hear a presentation from Morgan’s Point Mayor Michel Bechtel regarding an update on the Ike Dike Coastal Barrier system.

Last December, Bechtel, on behalf of the Bay Area Coastal Protection Alliance (BACPA), asked Deer Park City Council to consider offering financial participation in the creation of a new video detailing the advantages of the proposed Ike Dike storm surge suppression barrier. The intent of the video is to provide stakeholders with the valuable information on the value of creating the dike. City Council subsequently voted to provide $15,000 for this project, which recently was completed.

Also during the workshop, council will hear a presentation from Parks & Recreation Director Charlie Sandberg on the conceptual ideas of Phase I of the Deer Park Nature. This phase is to include walking trails, parking, lighting, and an outdoor classroom. The project is funded through a $400,000 Texas Parks & Wildlife grant, and with $500,000 of Proposition 2 Bond Funds. Council is scheduled to take action on this item during the regular meeting later in the evening.

The workshop agenda also includes a presentation of the quarterly financial report from Finance Director Donna Todd.

During the regular meeting, council will hold a joint public hearing with the Planning and Zoning Commission on a zoning amendment to allow the use of external shipping containers under certain conditions in the General Commercial Zoning District. This amendment would allow for the temporary use of outdoor storage containers in the General Commercial Zoning District with a Special Use Permit under certain qualifying conditions, including:

a. The commercial use must be a minimum of 25 acres in size;
b. Shipping containers must be located behind the primary structure;
c. Shipping containers must be fenced and screened from public view along public rights-of-way by an opaque fence that is a minimum of eight feet in height, measured from the ground;
d. Shipping containers shall not be placed in required loading zones, parking areas, easements, internal street lanes, or fire lanes;
e. Shipping containers shall be placed only on cast in place concrete or asphalt surface;
f. Shipping containers shall not exceed 40 in number at any time;
g. Shipping containers shall not be stacked;
h. Shipping containers will be allowed for no more than 100 consecutive days, once a year, which time shall include mobilization and demobilization. The 100 days begins on delivery of first container and ends on removal of the last container.
i. Shipping container placement must meet all applicable permanent construction setback requirements of city codes.

The regular agenda lists action on this item following the hearing.

Council will also take action on amendments to agreements with the Crime Control and Prevention and Fire Control and Emergency Medical Services districts. Each year, city council and both districts call for an adding an additional year to the agreements, calling for the city to provide for personnel, vehicles, facilities, equipment and investments.

Council will also take action on a resolution to enter an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for the construction, maintenance, and operation of safety lighting systems along Highway 225.

In other business, council will also take action on an ordinance amending Appendix B for the monthly drainage utility fee. With this item, Council is increasing the monthly storm water fee from $1.45 per Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) to $1.60. This new rate will become effective Nov. 1, 2017, and collections of the new rate will begin with the December 2017 water bills.