Council agrees to pursue contracts at home

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Pearland city leaders’ made it clear Monday that they want to first consider local contracts when possible.

After Councilman Tony Carbone pulled it from the consent agenda, City Council unanimously voted down a measure to contract for medical exams for firefighters with a firm from outside the city.

In the past, the city used a local physician, then switched to a mobile services company with which it was not totally satisfied, staff said, before getting a recommendation to use a Sugar Land based firm.

Councilmen didn’t buy it.

“We just had the grand opening for HCA and Memorial Hermann is coming through,” Carbone said. “I just hate to see a contract of this size go to somebody out of the city when we’ve got a booming medical community on the west side. It would not only be good business locally but we wouldn’t have our firefighters commuting all the way to Sugar Land to have the exams done.”

“I don’t often say this, but I agree with Council member Carbone,” Councilman Scott Sherman said, jokingly referring to past discussions. “It does seem like there are options within the city that could meet or exceed the services provided.”

City Manager Clay Pearson thanked the council for the feedback, and said staff could put together a request for proposals that may result in a provider closer to home.

In other action Monday, Council approved the final reading of an ordinance granting a requested zone change needed for a residential development near County Road 48 and Broadway. The 32-acre site will be developed with deed restrictions to match neighboring Southern Trails, though the new community will have its own HOA.

Also gaining final approval Monday was a zone change that will allow a nursing home facility at Business Center Drive and State Highway 288. Plans call for 5,400 square foot care facility.

Council awarded a $10.8 million design build contract for a “temporary package plant” to buy the city two years during the Reflection Bay Water Reclamation Facility Expansion. Council also approved an application to the Texas Water Development Board Funding for construction costs related to the planned expansion.

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