City Council looking for more from MEDC

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Manvel City Council received an update from Manvel EDC at Monday evenings council workshop. President Karen Kinlaw and Melody Hanson of the MEDC board informed council of recent events that occurred with Retail Coach and their attendance at the International Council of Retailers conference in Dallas last month. Mrs. Kinlaw and Mrs. Hanson felt as though there had been some great progress in reaching out to attract retail business for the City of Manvel. Council is excited to see the MEDC reaching out to get new retail business for the city, but question why more has not been done. It was a concern of some members of council; such as councilman Gaspar that the MEDC was not keeping city council up to date on and could be working more diligently to attract business to the area. Mrs. Hanson and Mrs. Kinlaw were not in agreement with the opinion of councilman Gaspar. There was clearly some friction between them.

Debra Davidson of the Charter Review Commission spoke to council in a brief statement stating that it may be a good thing to have the local papers publish an article as had been done in the past to explain what Home Rule is and how it can benefit a city.
Three Manvel citizens came forth to speak about the proposed apartment or loft idea being included in the future development on the Westside of 288 at Hwy 6. The comments were all against any apartment or loft type dwellings in the city due to what they may become in 20 to 30 years.

Jodan Furnans updated council on the water level monitoring of the Sandpit on Cr 59 and water supply issues for Manvel. There was a censor placed in the sandpit back in April 2013, showing water level at 27.7 ft., the total depth of the sandpit is 50 ft. The suggestion to work on getting water from Chocolate Bayou to meet the growing water demand. There were several steps needed for the process and it would take time.

Discussion of $4,500,000 combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 2016 was tabled and moved to next council meeting, due to reports not being finalized from outside sources. The city proposed two amendments to the budget; one of the general fund and one of the enterprise fund for a full-time utility worker to avoid costly fees from independent contractors. The monthly pay would be much less than the 6500.00 proposed cost received from the current I.T. company. Bids from other I.T. companies are being sought.

Story by Terry Ruiz

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