At its regular meeting on Feb 27, Houston City Council voted unanimously to approve the 4.4 million contract with BODE TECHNOLOGY GROUP, INC and SORENSON FORENSICS, LLC for
DNA Analysis l abs to process the 6600 previously untested rape kits and other DNA evidence. The contract was presented and debated last week, and tagged by Council Member Helena Brown. The public has been commented since then, including speakers who appeared the day before to present their questions about the project.
An ordinance on a proposed special parking zones (item 13) was tagged by several members, along with an amendment by Council Member Melissa Noriega.
Less controversial matters included:
approval, at the recommendation from City Attorney and Director Office of Business Opportunity of the City of Houston Title VI Program Plan for Federal Fiscal Years 2012 through 2014 , including a detailed complaint procedure for those claiming civil rights abbuses, (Item 1 on the agenda);
an ordinance appropriating $396,000.00 out of Water & Sewer System Consolidated Construction Fund as an additional appropriation to contract between the City of Houston and PEPPER LAWSON WATERWORKS, LLC for East Water Purification Plant: Replacement of Filter Media at Plants 1, 2, and 3 and Rehabilitation of Pilot Plant (Approved by Ordinance No. 2012-0447) , (item 2 on the agenda);
and designation of 2 houses as historical (items 11 and 12): the MONTGOMERY-REYNOLDS HOUSE located at 2111 Del Monte Drive within the City of Houston was designated a historic landmark, and the OTTO PECH HOUSE located at 1810 Summer Street within the City of Houston was designated as a landmark and protected landmark. The designations offer property tax incentives that offset the costs of maintaining and restoring the properties.