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Agenda set for Tuesday's council meeting

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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Deer Park City Council will meet Tuesday for its regular workshop and agenda meeting. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with a joint meeting with the parks and recreation commission. The workshop begins at 6:45 p.m., followed by the regular council meeting at 7:30 p.m. During the regular meeting, council will honor the state champion Deer baseball team.

Tuesday’s council workshop features presentations on the city’s services with the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region and a special request from Deer Park ISD.

The evening begins with a joint meeting at 5 p.m. with the parks and recreation commission. During this meeting, council and the commission will focus on Quest Youth Soccer and the request of a new soccer club Deer Park FC to be recognized as a recreational league in the city.

During the workshop, which begins at 6:45 p.m., council will hear a presentation from the Chad Burke, president and CEO of the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region covering the organization’s services and activities over the past year.

Council will also hear a presentation from Public Works regarding the services of Vaught Services LLC to perform the Erin Glen Court Storm Sewer Upsizing Project. According to memos from the city manager’s office, Erin Glen Court has a history of poor storm water drainage due to undersized piping. With this item, the city will we upsize the outfall pipe to increase capacity and improve drainage for this neighborhood. Funding will come from two sources: Series 2007 Drainage Bond Funds ($112,966.50) and the Capital Improvement Fund ($129,594.00). Council will take action on this item during its regular meeting later in the evening.

Also during the workshop, council will discuss a request with Deer Park ISD regarding its proposed request to operate an outdoor warning siren system. This siren would be used as part of a lightning detection warning system to be used by coaches at various DPISD facilities within city limits.

The system would provide visual and auditory warning of lightning strikes which occur within a set perimeter of an athletic event or practice. This would allow coaches and referees to suspend play/practice until sufficient time has passed since a lightning strike.

The city expressed concern with the use of a warning siren, citing possible complaints from adjoining neighborhoods, and the likelihood of confusion caused when residents do not distinguish DPISD’s lightning detection sirens from the city’s existing emergency sirens used for Shelter in Place chemical release events.

Because of these concerns, the district amended its request to allow for the use of sirens only at the South Campus and Clyde Abshier Stadium for a pilot program during the 2017-18 school year.

After discussion with Deer Park ISD at Tuesday’s meeting, council could agree to declare the school district as an authorized entity to operate the siren at its July 18 meeting.

During the regular meeting, council will take action on ratifying the application submission and approving the acceptance of a grant through the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act. . Each year our Police Department receives grant funding from the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act, a program which funds half of the costs of new bulletproof vests. Our anticipated funding for the upcoming fiscal year totals $5,362.50, which will cover half the cost of acquiring 13 new vests.

Council will also take action on the purchase of services from SKE Inc. to perform the relocation of sanitary and water utilities on Ivy Street. According to the city manager’s memos, these became necessary when the contractor reconstructing Ivy Street found unknown sanitary and water utility conflicts. Rather than allow these conflicts to halt progress on Ivy Street, all parties agreed the best course of action would be hiring a separate contractor to relocate these utilities.