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Houston City Council annexes 460,000 acres, spends 12M in 5 minutes

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Mayor Parker fields questions from media Feb 12 2014
Mayor Parker fields questions from media Feb 12 2014
Marc Pembroke
Council Members Galegos, Stardig, Kubosh, and Nguyen Feb 12 2014
photo by Marc Pembroke

At an what may have been a record-setting 5-minute regular City Council meeting Wednesday February 12, Houston City Council voted unanimously to annex about 460,000 acres in Municipal Utility Districts and authorized over $12 million in street and drainage contracts, all on unanimous votes without debate.

All of the 33 items on the Consent agenda were routine matters that had been duly, scheduled, and reviewed in due course, so none were controversial, and only one item, dealing with technical issues of municipal bonds, was tagged, and item 15 was pulled from the agenda prior to the meeting.

As Mayor Parker, explained in her press conference following the City Council Meeting, there are many small residential areas outside the city limits, called Municipal Utility Districts, that develop over time, and eventually seek services from the City of, Houston, which may include water and sewer, or animal control. This week, the Council added:

  • 5,658.3 acres to the Morton Road Municipal District (item 18)

  • 123,768 acres to the East Montgomery County MUD 6 (item 19)

  • 235, 953 acre to East Montgomery County MUD 7 (item 20)

  • 1,208 acres to Harris County MUD 205

The Council also approved several large infrastructure projects:

  • $1,000,0000 from the Water and Sewer Consolidated Construction Fund and

    $500,000 from the Street and Traffic Control Storm Drainage Fund for projects approved in 2008. (Item 25)

  • $600,000 from the Metro Projects Construction Fund for engineering services from AIA Engineers, Ltd. (item 26)

  • $3,779,652. from the Water and Sewer Drainage Fund awarding a contract to PM Construction and Rehab, LLC. (item 27)

  • $4,296,651 from the Water and Sewer System Consolidated Fund awarding a contract to Repipe Construction LLC dba IPR South Central LLC for Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation (item 28)

  • $3,404,000 from the Water and Sewer System Consolidated Construction Fund awarding a contract to McKinney Construction, Inc. for water line replacement. (item 29)

In other matters, the Council appointed Troi Taylor and Nicole West to the Office of Business Opportunity Advisory Board (item 1). The Mayor appointed or reappointed four members of the Fire Code Board of Appeals: (Rey de la Reza, Margia M. Blankenship, Bruce J. Malcom, and Leonardo Camargo (item 2). Abe Goren was reappointed to the Position 6 of the Board of Directors of the Midtown Redevelopment Authority (also known as reinvestment Zone 2) (items 3 and 4).

None of the appointees was present or available for photographs.

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