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Long agenda set for Tuesday's council meeting

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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Deer Park City Council’s agenda is set for its Tuesday meeting. The agenda will include workshop and action items that were originally scheduled for a Jan. 16 meeting, which was cancelled. The workshop begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s Deer Park City Council workshop will open at 6:30 p.m. with an executive session. When council reconvenes, the workshop agenda continues with a presentation of the police department’s annual Comparative Analysis for Bias Base/Racial Profiling, as well as the associated documents. For 2017, DPPD received no complaints of racial profiling, and there is no indication racial profiling is occurring in the department, according to the city manager’s memos to council.

Also, council will hear a presentation regarding the city’s communications plan update and the new calendar of events.

During the workshop, council will also discuss change orders and contingency modifications to the Maxwell Adult Center. During the renovations, the contractor found several issues which must be addressed, including mold removal, needed foundation repairs, an improved electrical service connection, and sheetrock replacement. This item will be on the evening’s regular agenda.

Council will also discuss furniture purchases and a possible move-in date for the new city hall facility.

During the regular meeting, there will be a joint public hearing and a proposed ordinance on the request of City of Deer Park to amend the Code of Ordinance to allow Heliports or Helistops as an accessory use for medical facilities in the Highway Zoning District and requiring a specific use permit. The Planning & Zoning Commission previously held a public hearing on this matter in November of last year and recommended its approval.

Council will take action on the results of that public hearing during the regular agenda.

Also, council will take action on a purchase from Vaught Services to perform Sanitary Rehabilitation of Deer Meadows Section 3, Green Way Plaza, and Meadows Village Subdivisions.

The agenda also includes an ordinance calling for the May 5 general election for three council members. At the May 5 election, Council Positions 3, 4 and 5 will be on the ballot. Those seats are held by Bill Patterson, Ron Martin and Rae Sinor, respectively.

Council will also take action on a request from Healing Ministries of the Lord Jesus Christ to refer to planning and zoning a specific use permit for a church to be located at 5014 Luella Ave.

Also on the agenda is the purchase of bleachers for the Girls Softball complex project.

Council will also take action on an ordinance school zone signs on Luella Avenue near Deer Park Elementary. According to a memo from the city manager’s office, the flashing school zone sign for southbound traffic on Luella rests 50 feet away from its prescribed placement within city code. The new ordinance will state for the sign to be located at its present location.

Also, council will take action on appointing a member to the board of Crime Control and Prevention District. Former board member Shannon Burke moved out of the city, creating a vacancy. This vacancy is to be filled by the appointee of Councilman Ron Martin, who recommends Smokey Mather to fill the remainder of the term expiring Aug. 31 of this year.

The agenda also includes the second reading granting a pipeline franchise to FLST LLC for a 16-inch Ethane pipeline; and an ordinance amendment regarding stop signs. According to the memo regarding this item from the city manager’s office, a staff committee led by the Police Department worked throughout 2017 to clean up various formatting and verbiage inconsistencies in City Code. This first ordinance, which addresses the correct placement of all stop signs within the City, now is ready for council approval.

In other business, council will take action on a resolution authorizing the city’s participation in NPPGov, the government division of National Purchasing Partners, a national cooperative procurement organization; awarding the bid to Vortex USA for a fiberglass waterslide at Dow Park; and a budget amendment for the Bayou Bend/Claude Burgess Center restroom addition.