Manvel Council cancels election

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By KAROLYN GEPHART

Manvel City Council members cancelled their May 4 general election and declared the two incumbents running unopposed to be elected by acclamation. This took place at a city council special called meeting Feb. 27 at City Hall.

Incumbents for office include Daniel William Davis Jr. in Council Position 4 and Jerome Hudson in Council Position 6.

In other council news, an ordinance amending the code ordinances by adopting the 2015 International Fire Code was passed at the meeting. The update happens every three years, according to Mayor Debra Davison.

Several people approached council before the meeting or by phone earlier to get more information after reading misinformation on social media and council and the mayor discussed the code and explained about being updated periodically. This adoption occurs in other cities in the nation and internationally and is not just at Manvel.

Internationally, code officials recognize the need for a modern, up-to-date fire code addressing conditions hazardous to life and property from fire, explosion, handling or use of hazardous materials and the use and occupancy of buildings and premises.

The International Fire Code is designed to meet these needs through model code regulations that safeguard the public health and safety in all communities, large and small.

Manvel has used the International Fire Code since 2007.

Council also amended the Zoning Classification of preliminary plats for Meridiana Unit 7 Open Space, Unit 29 Open Space, and Observation Way North.

The Manvel City Council will soon be addressing its ability to help those with hardship cases, according to city officials.

During the recent federal government partial shutdown, the city realized that the utility rate ordinance did not contain a plan, or provision, for hardship cases.

The city staff and council are currently creating one.

Council members hope to vote on it soon.

Hardship ordinances outline the deferment of fees or payments in certain cases.

For more information on this and how it is progressing, follow the City of Manvel on Facebook.

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