NOTICE OF MEETING
CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GALVESTON
THURSDAY - SEPTEMBER 9, 2021 - 5:00 P.M.
COUNCIL CHAMBERS - CITY HALL
823 ROSENBERG, GALVESTON, TEXAS
TELEPHONE: (409) 797-3510
 
Due to the increase in infections with variants of COVID-19 the wearing of masks is highly recommended if you are attending the meetings 

 Members of the public may participate in the meeting in the following ways:
1. Attend the Zoom meeting by registering in advance at the following web address: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JuXK9eckQTmRjH8ws1z9sQ
2. Submit public comment in advance of the meeting: https://forms.galvestontx.gov/Forms/PublicComment
3. Attend the meeting in person at the above address.  

REGULAR MEETING AGENDA

1.

DECLARATION OF A QUORUM AND CALL MEETING TO ORDER

2.

ROLL CALL

3.

INVOCATION

4.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

American Flag

Texas Flag - Honor the Texas Flag.  I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state, under God, one, and indivisible.

5.

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

6.

PRESENTATIONS/REPORTS OF COUNCIL, OFFICER BOARDS, AND CITY MANAGER

6.A.

Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.0415, the City Council may report on any of the following items:

1. Expressions of thanks, gratitude, and condolences 

2. Information regarding holiday schedules

   3. Recognition of individuals

     a.   Constitution Week Proclamation

4. Reminders regarding City Council events

5. Reminders regarding community events

6. Health and safety announcement

7.

COMMUNICATIONS AND PETITIONS

Claims:  21-057 - Michelle Lawson; 21-058 - Mike Saracco; 21-059 - Joseph Kelso; 21-060 - Marcellus Ivey; 21-061 - Warren Hoffman; 21-062 - Texas Gas Service; 21-063 - Richard King; 21-064 - Julianna Lizama.

8.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

8.A.

Conduct a public hearing on September 9, 2021 on the FY 2022 Proposed Budget as required by State law.

8.A.1.

Consider for action an ordinance of the City of Galveston, Texas, adopting the annual governmental and proprietary funds budget for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2021 and ending September 30, 2022; Making appropriations for city operations and capital projects for such fiscal year as reflected in such budget; Authorizing various other transfers; Approving and adopting the FY 2022 Capital Budget; Approving and adopting the FY 2022-2026 Capital Improvement Plan; and making various findings and provisions related to the subject and providing for an effective date.

8.A.2.

Consider for action a motion ratifying the property tax increase reflected in the FY 2022 Budget

8.B.

Conduct a public hearing on the proposed property tax rate of $0.4985 per $100 of taxable value for tax year 2021 to receive public comment on the rate.

8.B.1.

Consider for approval an ordinance of the City of Galveston, Texas levying ad valorem taxes for tax year 2021 in the amount of 49 cents and 8.500 mills ($0.498500) upon each one hundred dollars ($100.00) of property valuation for the tax year 2021; Making various findings and provisions related to the subject.

9.

PUBLIC COMMENT

A.  Agenda Items
B.  Non-Agenda Items
10.

ORDINANCES (NOT REQUIRING PUBLIC HEARINGS)

10.A.

Consider For Approval An Ordinance Of The City Of Galveston, Texas, Amending "The Code Of The City Of Galveston 1982, As Amended”, Chapter 19, “Licenses, Permits And Business Regulations”, Article VI, “Short Term Rentals” By Clarifying Section 19-113 “Short Term Rentals” To Require Registration Of A Dwelling Prior To Its Use As A Short Term Rental And Section 19-114, “Registration” To Provide For An Annual Registration Fee And Yearly Registration Expiring In December Of Each Calendar Year; Making Various Findings And Provisions Related To The Subject; Providing For An Immediate Effective Date. (Robb/Brown)

11.

CONSENT ITEMS - The following items shall be considered for action as a whole, unless one or more Council Members objects. The City Manager is authorized to execute all necessary documents upon final approval by the City Attorney.

11.A.

Consider For Approval Authorizing The City Manager To Enter Into A Contract With Each Of The Public Art Grant Winners, As Recommended By The City Of Galveston's Cultural Arts Commission, For A Total Amount Of $10,000.00. (B. Sanderson)

11.B.

Consider approval of Change Order #1 to the contract with Main Lane Industries, Ltd. for the Downtown Pedestrian Transit Improvements project decreasing the contract by $33,452.90 from the amount of $897,240.00 to the amount of $863,787.10. Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents upon final approval by the City Attorney. (D. Anderson)

11.C.

Consider approval of Change Order #4 to the contract with Lucas Construction for the Market Street from 25th – 33rd Street Sidewalks project decreasing the contract by $40,634.00 from the amount of $1,174,383.00 to the final total amount of $1,133,749.00. Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents upon final approval by the City Attorney. (T. Pedraza)

11.D.

Consider for approval, authorizing the City Manager to execute the 2022 Texas Department of Transportation, Routine Airport Maintenance Program (RAMP) Grant, which allows the Airport to be reimbursed up to $50,000.00 in eligible airport maintenance expenses upon final approval of the City Attorney (M. Shahan).

11.E.

Consider for the approval of the payment totaling $35,750 for access to the Remix Software platform which will be funded by an ARP Technology grant for Island Transit, and authorize the City Manager to execute the contract upon final approval by the City Attorney. (D. Smith / J. Oliver)

11.F.

Consider for approval Ratification of the Department of Transportation FTA Drug Free Workplace Program for Covered Employees in Accordance with 49 CFR Part 655, as Amended and 49 CFR Part 40, as Amended (K. Etienne).

11.G.

Consider for Approval Ratification of the Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug Free Workplace Program for Drivers of Commercial Motor Vehicles and Other Specified Safety Sensitive Employees of the City (K. Etienne).

11.H.

Consider for approval Minutes of the July 22, 2021 Workshop and Regular Meeting and the August 12, 2021 Workshop and Regular Meeting. (J. Williams)

11.I.

Receive and file the following documents:

  1. Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce - letter to Governor Abbott - Property Tax Reform
12.

ACTION ITEMS

12.A.

Consider For Approval A Resolution Of The City Council Of The City Of Galveston, Texas, Submitting The Names Of Five (5) Nominees Or Less For Election To The Galveston Central Appraisal District Board Of Directors; Directing The City Secretary To Send A Certified Copy Of This Resolution To The Galveston Central Appraisal District; Providing For Findings Of Fact And Providing For An Effective Date. (Brown)

12.B.

Discuss and consider approving the establishment of a joint committee with the Park Board to research and present to Council recommendations concerning software management systems and other best practices concerning Short Term Rentals. (Brown)

12.C.

Discuss and consider an addition to the City Board Application. (Quiroga/Robb)

In the interest of screening candidates for the many board appointments by the Council, the addition to the application questionnaire for the purpose of candidates background the following question: 

Have you ever been a party to a civil lawsuit (aside from family law matters) and if so please state:

A.    The nature of the case.

B.    The reason for your involvement.

C.    The case number and where filed.

D.    Whether the case is ongoing or is still pending.

12.D.

Discuss And Consider For Action Alternate Times For City Council Meetings. (Quiroga/Brown)

13.

ADJOURNMENT

I certify that the above Notice of Meeting was posted in a place convenient to the public in compliance with Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code on September 3, 2021 at 12:10 P.M.

Janelle Williams

Janelle Williams, City Secretary

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