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City council agenda set for Tuesday's workshop, meeting

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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Deer Park City Council will hold its next regular workshop and meeting Tuesday Dec. 5 at City Hall in Council Chambers. The workshop begins at 6:15 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. During the meeting, council will discuss a review of the City Charter.

Tuesday’s regularly scheduled Deer Park City Council workshop begins at 6:15 p.m., with an executive session regarding possible litigation. The City Manager’s memos indicate the discussion regards possibly terminating a contract with South Pools for construction of the Dow Park Pavilions project.

In February, the city entered into a contract with South Pools Inc., for the Deer Park Community Development Corporation Project for $617,737.50. In June, council approved a change order for $80,484.60.

During the fall, the city sent a notice of default to contractor as the city claims it has breached its contract. The city states the contractor has refused to complete required electrical work.

If the work is not completed by Dec. 4, the city and DPCDC could take action to terminate the contract.

During the workshop, council will also discuss conducting a review of the City Charter, as outlined in the city’s strategic plan. No action will be taken on this item Tuesday evening.

Council will also discuss a donation of a museum display from Shell Deer Park. The donation consists of The Shell Wall, which was on display in the Shell Experience at the city’s 125th anniversary celebration last month. The wall depicts the longstanding relationship between the city and Shell. Should the city accept the donation, it will be placed inside the Courts and Theater Building. Council will take action on this item during the regular meeting.

During the regular meeting, council will take action on a proposed agreement with Midtown Engineers for a raised concrete right-turn only island on Railroad Avenue at Center Street. The Y-shaped island would channel eastbound traffic from Railroad into a forced right-turn on to Center. The project comes on the heels of damage to city property at that intersection caused by vehicles illegally turning on to Center Street. The cost for design, bud and construction phase services is $19,152.

Council will also take action on manhole rehabilitation, which is the second phase of improvement work. The cost is $229,912 and encompasses 32 manhole locations in Deer Park.

Also on the agenda is action scheduling a joint public hearing on Jan. 2 regarding an amendment to the code of ordinances to allow a helipad or helistop in a highway zoning district. Last month, planning and zoning recommended the change to be allowed. The joint public hearing will be at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers.

In other business, council will take action to perform a waterline rehabilitation project on the Dow Park waterline system, which runs through the park from P Street to City Hall. Upsizing the line will improve fire protection and allow for improved water flow at the swimming pool and splash pad. Additionally, the new City Hall then will be on a looped system that may be turned off from either the north or south. The total cost of this project is $105,811.12. Council will also take action on a budget amendment to adopt this item.

Also on the agenda is action on renewing the permit request of Pasadena Taxi to operate a taxi service in the city; emergency repairs at the Water Treatment Plant; and amending the water and sewer budget for the replacement of a 10-inch force main at a Harris County Flood Control District crossing.