A regular roundup of local-authority activities by Trishna Buch
A DEVELOPER could be about to build a retail center on FM 2004 in Hitchcock after city councilmembers voted to rezone the land
Conrad Kerr applied for a change in the land’s zoning class from agricultural residential to general commercial during Monday evening’s council meeting.
He said the site, on the corner of FM 2004 and Jack Brooks Park Road, could become a “multifaceted development” but that he was not yet certain what exactly it will be.
He also said he would be paying for all of the work and drainage that goes along with the zoning change.
“We think it’s very suitable for commercial development, although we have not decided what type of development”, he said.
Kerr said he would consider putting in a multifaceted development and that he had spoken to the Galveston county commissioners to have a roadside gate removed.
“I could not lease any retail space that someone couldn’t access 24 hours a day”,
The councilmembers unanimously approved the application.
Hair and not now
TRAINEE haircutters were in luck in one city on Tuesday but anyone wanting to clean their vehicles will have to leave town after the city council voted in favor of a barber college and against a wash station.
Dickinson city councilmembers unanimously approved a request from Corsair Investments for a specific-use permit to place a barber school – K&G barber college – in a neighborhood commercial zone at 618 FM 517 West.
But they denied Mainland Bank a similar permit to operate a “car, truck and RV washing facility” on land next to its building south of FM 517 and west of Pabst Road after six citizens spoke against the request, which was submitted on the bank’s behalf by JJ Stanford and Joe Wilburn.
Traffic, noise and the risk of falling property values were cited as the main objections to their proposal, although the land is in a general commercial district.
Two people spoke in favor of the request during its public hearing but it was denied after the councilmembers split 3-3 on the issue.
Louis Decker, Bruce Henderson and Charles Suderman voted for the facility, with Wally Deats, William King and Walter Wilson against it, requiring mayor Julie Masters to cast a tiebreaker. She voted against, resulting in the denial.
No one spoke for or against the barber-college request during its public hearing before the council vote.
Citizens, you may speak now
THE PUBLIC is to be allowed to comment during
a city’s boards and commissions meetings after city councilmembers voted this week to let residents have their say on governmental issues.
To the delight of League City’s position-two councilmember Hank Dugie, his peers unanimously approved
a change of ordinance that will allow the inclusion of a public-comments section in the meeting agendas.
Afterwards, Dugie said: “I think good government is accessible to the people and, if a citizen comes in and wants to speak at any one of our meetings and functions, they should have the ability to do so.
“Some of our boards and commissions have already implemented something like this and have seen success in having a comments section for citizens – similar to city council meetings – on their agendas.”
It’s hurricane Katrina!
A WOMAN whose whirlwind ideas have earned her city $75,000 has been named east Texas’ recreation professional of the year.
Recreation specialist Katrina Beecher was recognized by League City councilmembers on Tuesday after winning the accolade from Texas Recreation & Park Society.
The parks-and-recreation-department employee provides recreational opportunities to residents all over the city, including year-round homeschool physical education, school day-out programs and several special-needs programs.
The money generated by her efforts has enabled the department to add more programs to its services, including an outdoor education project and a bird-watching group.
Interim city manager John Baumgartner said: “Katrina is a model public servant who tirelessly serves our community.
“Our goal is to provide outstanding customer service while enhancing the lives of our residents and its programs and initiatives like this enables us to meet those goals.
“We are very fortunate to have Katrina on our team and appreciate everything she does for our community.”
Carry on, McCumber
JUDGE Kathleen McCumber was reappointed to preside over League City’s municipal court in a unanimous decision by councilmembers on Tuesday
The motion to reappoint her was put forward by position-six councilmember Keith Gross and seconded by position-two member Hank Dugie.
Old maid’s Moody gift accepted
A DILAPIDATED former Dairy Queen outlet looks set for a new lease of life after philanthropists offered a city $500,000 to help pay for its purchase.
Galveston councilmembers unanimously approved accepting the grant from Moody Foundation on Thursday.
The city wants to demolish the 2528 Broadway property and relocate Oleander Park – which is at 27th Street and Sealy Avenue – to the location.
The councilmembers are due to discuss the purchase of the property at next month’s meeting.
Significant tax cut
A DOWNTOWN dwelling is to have its city taxes frozen for 10 years after being accepted as a historically or archeologically significant site on Thursday.
City councilmembers unanimously approved a request by domestic limited partnership Honea Egypt Venture to redesignate the property, at 1414 Avenue C in Galveston,
According to meeting documents, the change in designation “freezes the city’s portion of the property tax at the pre-improvement value of the property, which is currently at $74,870”.
Janitor job is Julie’s now …
A CITY has shopped local to appoint its third cleaning company within a year following dissatisfaction with the work provided by the service’s two out-of-town predecessors.
Santa Fe councilmembers voted unanimously on Thursday to award the city’s janitorial-services contract to local company Julie’s Custom Floors And Cleaning Service after two Houston outfits failed to sparkle.
In July, after the city was displeased with the work being provided by C&S Janitorial, it turned to CML Commercial Cleaning, which started work on November 1. But the city is also displeased with that company’s service and its contract will be terminated on February 4.
Julie’s will begin work on February 6 in a 23-month contract ending on December 31 next year.
… and city job is still Joe’s
COUNCILMEMBERS unanimously approved an extension to Joe Dickson’s post as Santa Fe city manager on Thursday.
The extension, approved as an addendum to his employment contract, will keep Dickson in charge of the city staff until December 31 next year.