By KAROLYN GEPHART
The City of Pearland City Council held a special meeting and a regularly scheduled city council meeting Monday, Feb. 11, at City Hall.
The special meeting at 6:15 p.m. was held as a first step in the eminent domain process for the right of way required to construct the McHard Road Expansion Project. The city has been involved in ongoing negotiations for ROW for 6,460 acres in Part 1 and 13,702 acres with an appraisal of $801,294.
As required by law, the city obtained an appraisal for the property to be acquired and then provided a copy of the appraisal, along with a copy of their Land Owner Bill of Rights, for their consideration. The amount of the city’s appraisal represents the city’s initial offer and then the property owner can submit a counteroffer for the city’s consideration.
Because the Project is TxDot funded, any agreed upon settlement must be approved by TxDot. If a settlement cannot be reached, the property owner is provided a final offer and informed that refusal of the offer will result in the city’s acquisition of the property by way of eminent domain.
A resolution that was presented at the council meeting, declaring a public necessity for the ROW, is the first step in the eminent domain process; however, the city will continue to honor good faith negotiations even after an eminent domain case is filed, according to city officials.
During the regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 p.m., the first reading of Ordinance No. 2000M-180 was given regarding the changing of the classification of certain property. The council was asked to approve amendments to the regulations of the Midtown at Magnolia Planned Development regarding the townhome development tract on approximately 7.443 acres of land.
Also in council business, Antonio A. Caro was appointed to Position No. 3 to an unexpired term expiring Nov. 1, 2021 to serve on the Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board.