From the City of Bellaire:
Below is an overview from the October 7, 2019, Bellaire City Council meeting. These are not the official minutes of the meeting.
PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
The week of October 6 – 12, 2019, was proclaimed Fire Prevention Week in Bellaire, recognizing the 2019 theme, “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape!”
REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS
The Monthly Financial Report for August 2019 was presented by Chief Financial Officer Terrence Beaman.
An update regarding the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Transportation Policy Council recommendation to create a Project Prioritization and Development Workgroup to review the guidelines and processes for evaluating and ranking submitted projects prior to the next Call for Projects was given by Council Member Pollard.
REGULAR SESSION ACTION ITEMS
Approved a request by the PATRONS for Bellaire Parks to waive alcohol and curfew restrictions in Bellaire Town Square for up to ten events hosted between October 1, 2019, and September 30, 2020.
Authorized the City Manager to execute an agreement with BBG Consulting, Inc. for services necessary for the enforcement of the City’s building codes, including construction plan review and on-site inspections for an estimated annual amount of $125,000.00.
Accepted a donation in the amount of $110,000.00 from the PATRONS for Bellaire Parks, for the purchase and installation of playground equipment at six parks: Lafayette Park, Mulberry Park, Officer Lucy Dog Park, Feld Park, Evergreen Park, and Loftin Park, in the City of Bellaire.
Adopted the property tax rate and tax levy for Tax Year 2019 at a rate of $0.4473, which represents a 1.64% increase over the effective tax rate, and will provide an additional $684,810.00 in additional property tax revenues.
Authorized the City Manager to execute an agreement with Dude Solutions, Inc. for the purchase of SmartGov Subscriptions (permitting software) and implementation/configuration services of the software for an amount not to exceed $118,727.68.
Adopted a resolution supporting the decision of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Transit Authority to seek voter approval for (1) the issuance of bonds, notes and other obligations in an amount not to exceed $3.5 billion for implementation of the MetroNext Program with no increase in Metro’s sales and use tax, and (2) the extension of the mobility payments to the multi-cities as provided in Metro Resolution 2019-71 paragraph 16(B).
Appointed Council Member Pollard as the Representative and Mayor Pro Tem Pappas as the Official Alternate to the General Assembly of the Houston-Galveston Area Council for the year 2020.