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Council approves soccer, girls softball complex bids

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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Deer Park City Council held its regular workshop and agenda meeting Tuesday evening at City Hall. During the meeting, the city presented and received several awards and proclamations on behalf of the municipal court and public works.

MCweek2017During Tuesday's Deer Park City Council meeting, Mayor Jerry Mouton presented the municipal courts employees with a proclamation for Municipal Courts Week. Photo provided by the City of Deer Park.At its Tuesday meeting, Deer Park City Council unanimously approved almost all items on its regular agenda.

During the meeting, council voted to table an item approving the completion and retainage release for the Erin Glen Ct. Storm Sewer Upsizing project.

Council unanimously approved an ordinance amending the city’s commercial solid waste fees. Council member Thane Harrison abstained from voting on this measure.

The city’s contract for commercial garbage services allows contractor Waste Management to increase rates annually to reflect changes in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index for the Houston area. Any such changes become effective on Dec. 1 of each year. Waste Management recently informed staff they will exercise that right this year, at an increase of 2.327 percent. With this action, Council is setting the city’s commercial garbage rates to reflect this change, effective with the December 2017 billing cycle.

This item does not affect residential garbage services provided by the city.

Also, council unanimously approved the awarding of bids for the Girls Softball and Soccer Complex projects under the Deer Park Community Development Corporation funding.

For the softball facility project, the apparent low bidder is Tandem Services in the amount of $2,635,392.45. The low bidder with the soccer complex is IKLO in the amount of $3,127,049.45. However, staff recommends the bid not be awarded to IKLO due to performance issues the city experienced during the firm’s work on the Police Firing Range project. The next low bidder for the soccer complex then is Tandem Services in the amount of $3,325,655.65.

The city manager’s memos state both projects have additional items such as lights, shades and bleachers to be purchased by the city which are not part of the contractor’s bid. The city also must pay Halff Associates for architectural fees associated with both projects. The cost of these two projects exceed DPCDC funding by a total of $556,827.10 ($449,630.45 for girls softball and $107,196.65 for soccer).

Council also passed a budget amendment to fund all costs of these projects which exceed available DPCDC funding, rather than re-bidding the projects and/or reducing the projects’ scopes and then rebidding them.
BC 2017State Rep. Briscoe Cain honored Deer Park Public Works employees who helped keep the city operational during this summer's Hurricane Harvey. The employees were recognized during Tuesday's City Council meeting. Photo provided by the City of Deer Park.
In other business, council approved the sale of Certificates of Obligation, Series 2017-A; the purchase of services from SKE Construction to perform the Water/Sewer Building driveway project; a referral to the planning and zoning commission for a specific use permit request from Sandwood Investment to construct a warehouse at 4600 Underwood; the purchase of equipment for the fire department’s new ladder truck; amending the city’s personnel manual; casting a ballot for Mike Sullivan as the city’s vote to the Board of Directors for the Harris County Appraisal District; amending the park maintenance budget; amending the water and sewer budget; the library budget; and awarding the bid for the South Lift Station-Discharge Header Modification project.

At the beginning of the meeting, Mayor Jerry Mouton and council presented a proclamation to staff in recognition of Municipal Courts Week.

The evening’s awards concluded with State Rep. Briscoe Cain honoring key public works employees for their work during Hurricane Harvey.