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Council expresses gratitude to citizens, staff after eventful 2017

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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City Council held its final regularly scheduled meeting of 2017 Tuesday. During the meeting, council unanimously passed all items on the regular agenda, but tabled a STEP grant until January. At the end of the meeting, each council member and the mayor expressed their gratitude to citizens, city staff and directors for uniting during an eventful year.

Deer Park City Council tabled the acceptance of the Fiscal Year 2019 STEP traffic enforcement grant, but unanimously passed all other items on its Tuesday agenda. The grant was tabled until January because the item needed only a resolution by council.

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 approved 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.

Also, council approved 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 agreed to extend 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.

As the evening marked the final regularly scheduled meeting for 2017, council and the mayor expressed gratitude to the city’s residents and employees for their unity and support in an eventful year.

In a year where the city celebrated its 125th anniversary, residents and employees dealt with a hurricane that brought historic rainfall to the city. Although Deer Park was largely spared, citizens and city leaders quickly mobilized to assist neighboring communities and citizens in need.

Each council member praised city employees for keeping the city operational during Hurricane Harvey and through their efforts, restored city services quickly in the days after the storm and its floods. All the while, the city either broke ground on or completed projects and infrastruture improvements throughout the year. 

Also, they thanked the citizens for their faith and trust to lead the city through both the good and difficult times and said they looked forward to a busy 2018.