Houston City Council approves more than $20 million in infrastructure projects

Jun. 6, 2013Examiner.com

The regular Wednesday morning meeting June 5 was postponed until 2:00 PM.

Mayor Parker and all City Council members attended the memorial service for 4 fallen Fire department officers at Reliant Stadium at 10:00 AM June 5, the time normally scheduled for City Council meetings.

Scheduled appointments to the Board of Directors East Downtown Development Authority and the Board of Directors of the Houston Downtown Park Corporation’s Board of Directors were postponed until next week so that the appointees could attend and be recognized.

The 35 matters on the consent agenda and 5 matters held were non-controversial expenditures, tabulations of bids, or matters held. Most were approved unanimously, and two were tagged, so the meeting lasted less than 30 minutes. Nevertheless, the combined expenditures of more than $20 million will fund important infrastructure projects, including:

  • Accepting work and final contract payments of 4 sanitary sewer projects totaling over $12 million
  • Over $800,000 in airport improvements from the Enterprise Fund
  • Nearly 1 million for an aerial tower firefighting truck

The council also resorted to a rarely-used procedure to select one of two identical bidders. See item 35 on the docket concerning bids to purchase reflective and non-reflective materials from various departments. Avery Dennison and Nippon Carbide submitted identical bids. In these cases, the selection is made by drawing lots. Council Member Rodriguez drew Nippon Carbide.

Understandably, the Mayor’s press conference centered more on the Memorial Service and questions concerning the ongoing investigation of the tragic accident on May 31 that caused the death of 4 firefighters attempting to secure the Southwest Inn.