The unanimous rejection of a contract pulled from city council’s consent agenda last week drew praise from the local chamber of commerce.
Representing an amount just under $100,000, a medical screenings contract with a Sugar Land-based firm was set to be approved without discussion when Councilman Tony Carbone pulled it from the agenda, pointing out the newly established medical facilities on Pearland’s 288 corridor.
In what seemed a rare moment for the council, all appeared in total agreement that the city should give local businesses a chance to compete for the contract. All council members voted “no.” The city continues to seek a firm to outsource medical exams for its firefighters.
The Chamber later issued an announcement about the council’s actions.
“The Pearland Chamber of Commerce is always urging our members, elected officials, city staff, county, school and citizens to Shop Pearland,” said Carol Artz-Bucek, Pearland Chamber President and CEO. “City Council recognized the importance of keeping dollars local which stabilizes the workforce in Pearland and the multitude of medical providers in the area that could be considered for the medical screenings.”
In the last two years, the city has welcomed medical facilities such as First Choice Emergency Room, Houston Methodist, Kelsey-Seybold, Memorial Hermann, Neighbors Emergency Center and the Pearland Medical Center.