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Agenda set for 2017's final regular council workshop, meeting

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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Deer Park City Council’s final regularly scheduled workshop and agenda meeting of the year is set for Tuesday evening at City Hall. Prior to the meeting, council will dedicate the Simeon H. West marker at Heritage Park at 5 p.m. The workshop begins at 6:15 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m.

The agenda has been set for the final regularly scheduled city council workshop and meeting of 2017 at City Hall. The workshop, which begins at 6:15 p.m., will open with an executive session.

When council reconvenes, it will hear a presentation from city directors regarding an update to the city’s strategic plan implementation. The plan, which was established in March of 2014, has five areas of emphasis – leadership/governance, quality of life/image, comprehensive planning, economic development, and public safety.

Council will also hear an update on Hurricane Harvey damage, recovery, and the FEMA process, including an update on community flooding issues and plans. City Emergency Services Director Robert Hemminger and Public Works Director Bill Pedersen will lead a joint presentation covering the damages sustained in Deer Park during Hurricane Harvey, debris collections, the ongoing status of seeking damage reimbursements from FEMA, and potential drainage projects to alleviate flooding in the future.

Also on the agenda is discussion on acceptance of the Fiscal Year 2019 STEP traffic enforcement grant. Each year, the Police Department seeks a STEP funding from the Texas Department of Transportation. For 2019, the Department is requesting a grant of $44,999.60. This will be matched in-kind by City funding which totals $47,670.11. The combination of these funds will be used to pay the overtime salary cost of having Police Officers increase traffic patrol in areas of Deer Park known for a history of excessive speeding. Council will take action on this item during the regular meeting.

Council will also discuss the purchase of furniture for the new City Hall building, (which is also on the action agenda) and see the Deer Park Fire Department’s recently purchased ladder truck.

During the regular meeting, council will take action on the acceptance of a grant application to Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for a Polaris Ranger Medical Transport all-terrain vehicle. If funded, the grant would purchase a new Polaris Ranger Medical Transport ATV for our use. The City presently does not have a similar unit, which could be used in a variety of situations where medical attention is needed away from a public roadway. The cost of this vehicle is $21,936.04 and will be funded entirely by the grant, should the city be selected.

Council will also take action on a grant application of $5,000 with Volunteer Firemen’s Insurance Services of Texas and Texas Mutual Insurance Company. If awarded, the grant will fund applicant physicals for the Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department. These cost $295 per physical, and are funded by the City of Deer Park.

Also on the agenda is action on a referral to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a Specific Use Permit from the request of Chi/Acquisitions, L.P. to construct a bulk warehouse. Chi/Acquisitions, L.P. seeks a Specific Use Permit to construct a 349,050 sq. ft. cross-dock Class A tilt-wall dock high bulk warehouse at 2851 East Pasadena Boulevard. The development conforms with the requirements of the city’s M1 Industrial District zoning, and a bulk warehouse classification requires a Specific Use Permit.

During the meeting, council is also expected to vote on a memorandum of understanding between Deer Park, La Porte, and Pasadena to provide assistance during periods of civil unrest. This document allows for Deer Park to provide and/or receive public safety assistance from La Porte and Pasadena in the event of an incident of civil unrest such as riots or protests.

In other business, council will take action on extending the 2017 sport organization utilization agreements for an additional six months; roof replacement at Fire Station No. 1; re-appointing Trustees Jo Elaine Key and Paulette Lawther, and adding Linda McHone to the Library Board of Trustees; appointing Thane Harrison as the city’s representative and Bill Patterson as alternate to the to Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) General Assembly and Board of Directors; and amending the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Budget for the playground equipment and pavilion for the new park adjacent to the Spencerview Complex.