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Reading of City Council Agenda

Descriptions or captions of Agenda items read by the City Secretary prior to commencement of city council.

Item 1

PUBLIC HEARING relative to proposed amendment of the Project Plan and Reinvestment Zone Financing Plan for Reinvestment Zone Number 15, City of Houston, Texas.

Item 1a

ORDINANCE approving an amended Project Plan and Reinvestment Zone Financing Plan for Reinvestment Zone Number Fifteen, City of Houston, Texas (East Downtown Zone); authorizing the City Secretary to distribute such plans; determining the portion of tax increment the City will pay from the area annexed into the zone.

Mayor's Report

Mayor's Report on February 27, 2008

Consent Agenda

Consent Agenda Items: Miscellaneous -Item 2, Accept Work - Items 3 through 11, Purchasing and Tabulation of Bids - Items 12 through 13a, Ordinances - Items 14 through 29.

Items 6, 7, 8

(6.) RECOMMENDATION from Director Department of Public Works & Engineering for approval of final contract amount of $2,074,401.12 and acceptance of work on contract with GARVER CONSTRUCTION, LTD. (7.) RECOMMENDATION from Director Department of Public Works & Engineering for approval of final contract amount of $2,020,469.00 and acceptance of work on contract with GARVER CONSTRUCTION, LTD. (8.) RECOMMENDATION from Director Department of Public Works & Engineering for approval of final contract amount of $2,981,110.73 and acceptance of work on contract with PM CONSTRUCTION & REHAB, L.P.

Item 9

RECOMMENDATION from Director Department of Public Works & Engineering for approval of final contract amount of $1,420,675.88 and acceptance of work on contract with REYTEC CONSTRUCTION RESOURCES, INC for Bertner Bridge and Paving from Holcombe to S. Braeswood, Package 1, Holcombe to Brays Bayou, WBS N-000722-0001-4 - 1.61% over the original contract amount.

Items 10, 11 and 14

(10.) RECOMMENDATION from Director Department of Public Works & Engineering for approval of final contract amount of $5,173,607.59 and acceptance of work on contract with INSITUFORM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (11.) RECOMMENDATION from Director Department of Public Works & Engineering for approval of final contract amount of $3,370,503.98 and acceptance of work on contract with RAMOS INDUSTRIES, INC for 24-Inch Water Line. (14.) ORDINANCE amending Exhibit “A” of City of Houston Ordinance No. 2007-1425 by adding eight (8) Lieutenant positions, six (6) Sergeant positions and one hundred (100) Senior Police Officer positions and by deleting one hundred (100) Police Officer positions; to increase the number of eligible recipients for the Bomb Squad Assignment pay by eight (8) and to extend S.W.A.T. Assignment pay to responders as needed; substituting the amended exhibit as part of the current Police Department Classified Personnel Ordinance.

Items 15 and 15a

(15.) ORDINANCE appropriating a total of $15,942,042.00 from the reimbursement of Equipment/Projects Fund (Fund 1850), approving and authorizing the purchase of land known as Blocks 203, 204, 205, 218 and 219, SSBB, Harris County, Texas. (15a.) ORDINANCE approving and authorizing the conveyance of land known as Block 193, SSBB, Harris County, Texas and the improvements thereon in exchange for (1) $250,000.00, (2) the acquisition of land known as Block 220, SSBB, Harris County, Texas.

Item 19

ORDINANCE approving and authorizing contract between the City of Houston and INTERNATIONAL FORENSIC SCIENCE LABORATORY & TRAINING CENTRE for Consulting Services for the Houston Police Department; providing a maximum contract amount - $64,000.00.

Items 20 and 21

(20.) ORDINANCE appropriating $202,406.00 out of Water & Sewer System Consolidated Construction Fund and $240,000.00 out of Homeless and Housing Consolidated Fund. (21.) ORDINANCE appropriating $322,349.00 out of Water & Sewer System Consolidated Construction Fund and $363,000.00 out of Homeless and Housing Consolidated Fund.

Items 30, 30a, 30b and 30c

WRITTEN Motion by Council Member Clutterbuck to amend Item 30C below: I move to amend Item 30C, revisions to Chapter 45 in section 45-163 to strike the existing number 1 and in lieu of add a new number 1 that reads: "Would require a number of off-street parking spaces pursuant to Article VIII of Chapter 26 of this Code that is greater by 100 percent or more than the number of off street parking spaces provided under the current use of the parcel;" (30a.) WRITTEN Motion by Council Member Lawrence to amend Item 30C below: Replace multi family residential development in Sec. 45-163 with residential development and to add the definition of Residential to Sec. 45-162 as follows: Residential shall mean pertaining to the use of land for premises that contain habitable rooms for nontransient occupancy and that are designed primarily for living, sleeping, cooking and eating therein. A premises that is designed primarily for living, sleeping, cooking and eating therein will be deemed to be residential in character unless it is actually occupied and used exclusively for other purposes. Hotels, suites hotels, motels and day care centers shall not be considered to be residential. (30b.) WRITTEN Motion by Council Member Garcia to amend Item 30C below: I move to modify section 45-163(3) by omitting the words "with two-way traffic." (30c.) ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 45 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES, HOUSTON, TEXAS.

Item 31

ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 40 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES, HOUSTON, TEXAS, relating to the acceptance of existing alleys by the City.

Items 32, 33, 34, 35 and 36

(32.) RECOMMENDATION from Purchasing Agent to award to MUSTANG MACHINERY COMPANY, LTD. dba MUSTANG CAT for Equipment, Caterpillar Engine Parts and Service for Various Departments. (33.) ORDINANCE amending Exhibit “A” of City of Houston Ordinance No. 2007-1281 by adding two (2) Inspector positions and deleting one (1) Communications Senior Captain Position. (34.) ORDINANCE amending City of Houston Ordinance No. 91-392. (35.) ORDINANCE approving and authorizing prepositioned contracts between the City of Houston and COYTRECAN PROPERTIES, INC and GMC CONSULTANTS, LLC for Emergency Relocation Services. (36.) ORDINANCE authorizing the City of Houston to release and relinquish the City’s right, title and interest in and to a 25-foot building setback line on Garretson Lane between South Post Oak Boulevard and San Felipe Road, located in the William White One-Third League, A-836, Harris County, Texas.

Item 37

ORDINANCE approving Compromise and Settlement Agreement to facilitate payment to vendors with outstanding purchase orders and approving and authorizing a third amendment to the Master Agreement (C#51399) between the City of Houston and TEXAS PROCUREMENT CENTER, L.L.C., for Professional Consulting Services.

Council Comments

Matters to be Presented by Council Members.
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