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2:00 P.M. – INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


Council Member Peck


Due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, this meeting will be conducted virtually via Microsoft Teams, a web-conferencing platform and streamed as usual on the City’s website (https://www.houstontx.gov/htv/index.html), Facebook site (https://www.facebook.com/pg/HoustonTelevision/videos/) and the municipal channel on public television. The Council Members will be participating by videoconference in accordance with the provisions of Section 551.127 of the Texas Government Code that have not been suspended by order of the Governor. Public comment will be allowed on Tuesday via teleconference at (936) 755-1521; Conference ID# 601 614 087# and details for signing up and participating are posted at https://www.houstontx.gov/council/meetingsinfo.html. Members of the public may call in Wednesday via teleconference at (936) 755-1521; Conference ID# 928 713 220#, however no public comment will be allowed


ROLL CALL AND ADOPT THE MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING

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SP01-12-2021


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Mayor's Report

MAYOR'S REPORT

Consent Agenda »

CONSENT AGENDA

CONSENT AGENDA NUMBERS 1 through 34


MISCELLANEOUS - NUMBERING


MISCELLANEOUS - NUMBERS 1 through 3


MISCELLANEOUS


1.  RECOMMENDATION from the Director of the Houston Health Department for approval to extend Unpaid Leave of Absence for TERESITA LADRILLO, Bureau Chief, DDS, Bureau of Oral Health, for the period January 3, 2021 to July 1, 2021


2.  RECOMMENDATION from the Chief of Police, Houston Police Department for approval of Extension of Injury on Duty Leave (Salary Continuation) for Police Officer JARVIS ROBINS, for the period September 21, 2020 to December 19, 2020


3.  RECOMMENDATION from the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs for approval of Houston Art’s Alliance Calendar Year 2021 Allocated HOT Revenues Budget


ACCEPT WORK - NUMBERING


ACCEPT WORK - NUMBER 4


ACCEPT WORK


4.  RECOMMENDATION from Director General Services Department for approval of final contract amount of $1,920,397.81 and acceptance of work on contract with DRYMALLA CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, INC for HFD Training Academy Burn Building Renovation - 5.56% over the original Guaranteed Maximum Price - DISTRICT D - EVANS-SHABAZZ


PURCHASING AND TABULATION OF BIDS - NUMBERING


PURCHASING AND TABULATION OF BIDS - NUMBER 5


PURCHASING AND TABULATION OF BIDS


5.  GLOBE ELECTRIC SUPPLY, INC for Purchase of Lab Total Organic Carbon Analyzers - $36,250.00 - Enterprise Fund - DISTRICT E - MARTIN


ORDINANCES - NUMBERING


ORDINANCES - NUMBER 6 through 34


ORDINANCES


6.  ORDINANCE ratifying, confirming and extending delegated authority under Ordinance No. 2020-0075 pertaining to Airports System Inferior Lien Revenue Bonds; ratifying and confirming related agreements; making certain findings and other declarations necessary and incidental to such matter; and declaring an emergency


11.  ORDINANCE approving and authorizing the submission of a grant application to the TEXAS DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT for a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Building Resilience Infrastructure in Communities (BRIC) Grant to support infrastructure improvements in the Market Square Area Drainage System for flood risk reduction; declaring the City’s eligibility for such grants; authorizing the Director of the City of Houston Public Works (“Director”) to act as the City’s representative in the grant application process, to accept such grant funds, if awarded, and to apply for and accept all subsequent awards, if any pertaining to the program - DISTRICT B - JACKSON


13.  ORDINANCE approving and authorizing first amendment to the amended and restated Interlocal Agreement between Housing and Community Development Department and HARRIS COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT for CDBG-DR15 Flood Events Voluntary Housing Buyout Program - DISTRICTS A - PECK; H - CISNEROS and J - POLLARD


14.   ORDINANCE approving and authorizing second amendment to contract between City of Houston and CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF GALVESTON-HOUSTON to extend the term of the contract and provide additional Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS ("HOPWA") Funds for the continuing administration and operation of a Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program, Short-Term Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Assistance Program, along with other Supportive Services - 10 Months - DISTRICT C - KAMIN


15.  ORDINANCE approving and authorizing second amendment to contract between City of Houston and HOUSTON SRO HOUSING CORPORATION, to extend the term of the contract and provide additional Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS ("HOPWA") Funds for the continuing administration and operation of a Community Residence along with the provision of Supportive Services - DISTRICT D - EVANS-SHABAZZ


16.  ORDINANCE approving and authorizing second amendment to contract between City of Houston and HOUSTON AREA COMMUNITY SERVICES, INC dba AVENUE 360 to extend the term of the contract and provide additional Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS Funds for the continuing administration of a Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program, Short Term Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program, along with Permanent Housing Placement Services and other Supportive Services, and the operation of a Transitional Medical Respite Facility


18.   ORDINANCE appropriating $936,479.06 out of HAS Airports Improvement Fund as an additional appropriation to the Professional Engineering Services Contract between City of Houston and REYNOLDS, SMITH AND HILLS, INC for Construction Administration Services for the reconstruction of Taxiway WB at George Bush Intercontinental Airport/Houston (Approved by Ordinance No’s. 2014-0522 and 2018-657) (Project No. 651) - DISTRICT B - JACKSON


19.   ORDINANCE appropriating $7,000,000.00 out of HAS Consolidated ITRP AMT Construction Fund as an additional appropriation and approving and authorizing Amendment No. 2 to the Professional Services Agreement between City of Houston and TURNER & TOWNSEND, INC for Executive Program Management Services at George Bush Intercontinental Airport/Houston for the Houston Airport System, (Project No. 800) (as approved by Ordinance No. 2015-0167, as amended) - DISTRICT B - JACKSON


20.  ORDINANCE approving and authorizing fourth amendment to Lease Agreement between WAYSIDE BUSINESS CENTER, LTD, as Landlord, and City of Houston, Texas, as Tenant, for space at 4300 South Wayside, Houston, Harris County, Texas, for use by the Engineering and Construction Division of the Houston Public Works Department - 2 Years - $82,447.20 - Project Cost Recovery Fund - DISTRICT I - GALLEGOS


21.  ORDINANCE approving and authorizing Ground Lease between City of Houston, Texas, as Landlord, and 3919 SCOTT STREET, INC., as Tenant, covering 4500 square feet of unimproved land located adjacent to 3624 Scott Street, Houston, Harris County, Texas, for use as a surface parking lot - Revenue - DISTRICT D - EVANS-SHABAZZ


22.  ORDINANCE amending Ordinance No. 2016-0116, as amended, to increase maximum contract amount for contract between City of Houston and WAGEWORKS, INC for Professional Services related to Flexible Spending Accounts Program administration services for Health and Dependent Care, and Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) Administration Services for City employees - $86,000.00 - Health Benefits Fund


24.  ORDINANCE amending Ordinance No. 2014-007, as amended by Ordinance Nos. 2016-0322 and 2018-0814, approving and authorizing second amendment to agreement between City of Houston and AT&T CORP to extend the contract term for Central Office-Based Communications Systems Services (Plexar) for Houston Information Technology Services, and extend the maximum contract amount


25.  ORDINANCE approving and authorizing contract between City of Houston and INTERISE, INC for purchase of Licenses for Curriculum and Supporting Materials for the Office of Business; providing a maximum contract amount - 3 Years - $38,000 - Enterprise Fund


26.  ORDINANCE appropriating $470,262.04 out of Reimbursement of Equipment/Projects Fund to purchase new Dispatch Consoles for the Emergency Communication Division of the Houston Police Department; the appropriated funds will be reimbursed by the Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency Network


27.  ORDINANCE consenting to the addition of 5.00 acres of land to HARRIS COUNTY MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT NO. 183, for inclusion in the district 


28.  ORDINANCE consenting to the addition of 0.1452 acres of land to PORTER MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT, for inclusion in the District 


29.  ORDINANCE consenting to the addition of 7.46 acres of land to HARRIS COUNTY MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT NO. 127, for inclusion in the District


30.  ORDINANCE consenting to the addition of 0.6504 acres of land to NORTHWEST HARRIS COUNTY MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT NO. 12, for inclusion in the District


33.  ORDINANCE appropriating $50,000.00 out of Dedicated Drainage and Street Renewal Capital Fund-Ad Valorem Tax; approving and authorizing an Advanced Funding Agreement between City of Houston and TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (TxDOT) for the replacement or rehabilitation of ten (10) structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridges - DISTRICTS B - JACKSON; D - EVANS-SHABAZZ; E - MARTIN; F - THOMAS; I - GALLEGOS and K - CASTEX-TATUM


34.  ORDINANCE appropriating $1,417,681.29 out of Dedicated Drainage and Street Renewal Capital Fund – Ad Valorem Tax;  approving and authorizing first amendment to the Professional Engineering Services Contract between City of Houston and FCM ENGINEERS, P.C. for Antoine Paving and Drainage from Victory to West Gulf Bank (Approved by Ordinance No. 2017-0652); providing funding for CIP Cost Recovery relating to construction of facilities financed by the Dedicated Drainage and Street Renewal Capital Fund – Ad Valorem Tax - DISTRICT A - PECK

Consideration of Matters Removed From Consent Agenda »

CONSIDERATION OF MATTERS REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA

7.  ORDINANCE approving and authorizing agreement between City of Houston and BRACEWELL LLP for Bond Counsel Services for Various City Departments; providing a maximum contract amount  Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 2254.1036, the following written notice is given to the public: The City desires to sell bonds for public purposes as authorized by State law and as further set forth in the ordinance to finance or refinance various public projects. The proposed bond counsel, Bracewell LLP (“Bracewell”), is a full service firm that includes a national public finance practice and has the necessary competence, qualification and experience to serve as bond counsel for the City. Bracewell has previously represented the City in connection with the issuance of various bonds and other obligations since 2012, and prior to such time the same attorneys represented the City in connection with the issuance of bonds at a prior firm. The engagement of Bracewell is in the best interest of the City, since the legal services requested require specialized experience in municipal finance, federal tax, and state securities law and therefore cannot be adequately performed by the attorneys and supporting personnel of the City. Furthermore, such legal services cannot be reasonably obtained from attorneys in private practice for the payment of hourly fees without contingency because the City will not be obligated to pay any legal fees unless the transaction successfully closes.


8.  ORDINANCE approving and authorizing agreement between City of Houston and MCCALL, PARKHURST & HORTON LLP for Bond Counsel Services for Various Departments; providing a maximum contract amount Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 2254.1036, the following written notice is given to the public: The City desires to sell bonds for public purposes as authorized by State law and as further set forth in the ordinance to finance various public projects. The proposed bond counsel, McCall, Parkhurst & Horton, LLP ("McCall"), is a nationally recognized public finance law firm and has the necessary competence, qualification and experience to serve as bond counsel for the City. McCall has represented the City and various issuers in connection with the issuance of various bonds and other obligations. The engagement of McCall is in the best interest of the City, since the legal services requested require specialized experience in municipal finance, federal tax, and state securities law and therefore cannot be adequately performed by the attorneys and supporting personnel of the City. Furthermore, such legal services cannot be reasonably obtained from attorneys in private practice for the payment of hourly fees without contingency because the City will not be obligated to pay any legal fees unless the transaction successfully closes.




9.  ORDINANCE approving agreement between City of Houston and NORTON, ROSE FULBRIGHT US LLP for Disclosure Counsel Services for Various Departments; providing a maximum contract amount Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 2254.1036, the following written notice is given to the public: The City desires to issue bonds for public purposes as authorized by State law, in accordance with federal securities law, and as further set forth in the ordinance to finance or refinance various public projects.  The proposed disclosure counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (“Norton Rose Fulbright”), is a full service firm that includes a national public finance practice and has the necessary competence, qualification and experience to serve as disclosure counsel for the City.  Norton Rose Fulbright has previously represented the City in connection with the issuance of various bonds and other obligations for several years. The engagement of Norton Rose Fulbright is in the best interest of the residents of the City, since the legal services requested require specialized experience in municipal finance, federal tax, and state securities law and therefore cannot be adequately performed by the attorneys and supporting personnel of the City. Furthermore, such legal services cannot be reasonably obtained from attorneys in private practice for the payment of hourly fees without contingency because the City will not be obligated to pay any legal fees unless the transaction successfully closes.




10.  ORDINANCE approving and authorizing the submission of a grant application to the TEXAS DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT for a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Building Resilience Infrastructure in Communities (BRIC) Grant to support evaluation of the risks of flooding in areas outside of the regulatory floodplain; declaring the City’s eligibility for such grants; authorizing the Director of the City of Houston Public Works (“Director”) to act as the City’s representative in the grant application process, to accept such grant funds, if awarded, and to apply for and accept all subsequent awards, if any pertaining to the program


12.  ORDINANCE approving and authorizing the submission of an application for grant assistance to the TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD for Community Flood Mitigation Assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program; declaring the City’s eligibility for such assistance; authorizing the Director of the City of Houston Public Works (“Director”) to act as the City’s representative in the application process, to accept such grant funds, if awarded, and to apply for and accept all subsequent awards, if any, pertaining to the program - DISTRICTS A - PECK and C - KAMIN


17.  ORDINANCE approving and authorizing Surface Lease Agreement between City of Houston, Texas, as Landlord, and SUNNYSIDE ENERGY LLC, as Tenant for property located at 3502 Bellfort Avenue in Houston, Harris County, Texas - DISTRICT D - EVANS-SHABAZZ


23.  ORDINANCE approving and authorizing second amendment to agreement between City and VIRTUO GROUP CORPORATION for Professional Information Technology Cyber Security Consulting Services for Various Departments, to extend the term of the agreement and modify the scope of the original agreement (Approved by Ordinance Nos. 2014-0056 & 2019-0034


31.  ORDINANCE finding and determining the public convenience and necessity for the acquisition of real property interests in connection with the Public Improvement Project known as the ANTOINE DRIVE PAVING and DRAINAGE PROJECT (from Hammerly Boulevard to Hempstead Highway): authorizing the acquisition of fee simple or easement interest to twenty-five parcels of land required for the project and situated in the John Flowers Survey, Abstract No. 269, in Harris County, Texas, said parcels of land being located along Hammerly Boulevard, Hempstead Highway, and Antoine Drive in Houston, Harris County, Texas, by gift, dedication, purchase and the use of eminent domain and further authorizing payment of the costs of such purchases and/or eminent domain proceedings and associated costs for relocation assistance, appraisal fees, title policies/services, recording fees, court costs, and expert witness fees in connection with the acquisition of fee simple or easement interest to twenty-five parcels of land required for the project - DISTRICT A - PECK

Non Consent - Matters To Be Presented By Council Members »

NON CONSENT - MATTERS TO BE PRESENTED BY COUNCIL MEMBERS

MATTERS TO BE PRESENTED BY COUNCIL - Council Member Castex-Tatum first


NON CONSENT AGENDA - NUMBERING


NON CONSENT AGENDA - NUMBERS 35 and 36


NON-CONSENT - MISCELLANEOUS


35.  MOTION TO SET A DATE not less than seven days from January 13, 2021, to receive nominations for Position One of the PORT OF HOUSTON AUTHORITY OF HARRIS COUNTY, for a two year term


36.  MOTION TO SET A DATE not less than seven days from January 13, 2021, to receive nominations for Positions One and Two and Two Alternate At-Large Positions of the HOUSTON-GALVESTON AREA COUNCIL BOARD OF DIRECTORS, for a one year term to expire December 31, 2021

Matters Held »

MATTERS HELD

37.  ORDINANCE amending Ordinance Number 2019-830 to increase the maximum contract amount for contracts between City of Houston and A-1 PERSONNEL OF HOUSTON, INC, EXECUTEAM STAFFING L.P., SMITH & DEAN, INC D/B/A DEAN’S PROFESSIONAL SERVICES, and LANESTAFFING, INC, for Contingent Workforce Services for the Human Resources Department - 3 Years with two one-year options - $6,000,000.00 - Central Service Revolving Fund TAGGED BY COUNCIL MEMBER THOMAS This was Item 23 on Agenda of January 6, 2021


MATTERS HELD - NUMBERING


MATTERS HELD - NUMBER 37
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