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Feb. 17, 2017


City Manager's Update for Feb. 17, 2017 includes:

  • City Council updates
  • Staff updates
  • Helen Hall Library 45th Celebration
  • CCISD and City Joint Workshop
  • IH-45/FM 518 southbound ramp closed
  • North Kansas public meeting
  • Potential Dog Park in Newport Park Public Meeting
  • CIP status report
  • 2017 Great Texas Warrant Round Up begins Feb. 25
  • Dog Park under construction
  • Utility and drainage repairs update
  • Work on East Walker Street and Reynolds Avenue 
  • Current League City Job Postings
  • League City News First
  • League City happenings
  • Parks Public Survey

 City Council updates: City Council met for a work session and council meeting during the week of Feb. 13.

Council discussed the city’s regulations regarding property maintenance, City Council’s governance policy and rules of procedure, and firefighter pension fund.

City Council approved, with an 8-0-0 vote, the following items: action item for a special use permit for Joe Hudson Collision Center by first and final; purchase of a Spartan ERV Pumper and Chassis for the fire department; development and construction of a dog park at Lynn Gripon Park at Countryside; professional service agreement for the Claremont Connector Hike and Bike Trail Project; contract with D. Wagner Construction Co. for urgent repair of the 42-inch sanitary gravity sewer along Butler Rd.; accepting highest bids on two surplus properties owned by the city; and reduce posted speed along IH-45 and frontage roads during future construction (first reading). 

Action item for a special use permit for John Eagle Honda of Clear Lake was approved 6-0-0 with 2 absent. This item will require a second reading and will return on Feb. 28.

The City Council’s governance policy and rules of procedure was repealed in its entirety and the motion required Council to create a subcommittee to rebuild the document. This item passed with a 6-2-0 vote.

City Council also approved expressing support for the application of DWR Primrose Manor L.P. to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for 2017 competitive nine-percent housing tax credits with an 5-3-0 vote.

City Council agendas and supporting documents are available for viewing. Citizens may also view the meeting at http://leaguecitytx.swagit.com/city-council/ or on Comcast Ch. 16.

Staff updates: John Baumgartner was recently selected to serve as City Manager. Baumgartner has been serving as the interim city manager since his appointment on Dec. 20, 2016.  Prior to this appointment, he served as League City’s deputy city manager since 2012 and has more than 29 years of public sector experience with emphasis on operations, engineering, capital improvement programming, land and economic development, and strategic planning and staff development.  

The city’s initiatives and helping City Council to define the vision for the future is one of the main priorities Baumgartner will focus on as he assumes the role of city manager.  

A City Council subcommittee consisting of Councilmembers Keith Gross, Hank Dugie, Larry Millican, and Todd Kinsey will work out the terms of Baumgartner’s contract by the next regularly scheduled meeting.

More on John’s background is available at: www.leaguecity.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1841

Helen Hall Library 45th Celebration: Helen Hall Library will celebrate their 45th birthday on Feb. 18! The library opened in 1972, so the librarians have planned several 1970s-themed activities including crafts, fashions, and a photo booth.  The festivities start at 11:30 a.m. with a used book sidewalk sale, followed by a library history presentation at 12:30 p.m., an art exhibition at 1:30 p.m., and a screening of the film My Girl, set in 1972, at 2:30 p.m. 

Visit www.leaguecitylibrary.org or call (281) 554-1111 for more information.

CCISD and City Joint Workshop: Clear Creek Independent School District and the City of League City Council will participate in a joint workshop on Monday, Feb. 20, 5:30 p.m., at the Johnnie Arolfo Civic Center (400 W. Walker St., League City, TX 77573).  During the workshop, CCISD will present its latest enrollment projections along with opportunities the district has to maintain the standard of excellence that League City residents expect within their public schools for the nearly 42,000 students.  

IH-45/FM 518 southbound ramp closed: The southbound exit ramp to FM 518 will be closed Feb.17 at 9 p.m. to Feb. 20, 3 a.m. The detour is planned for the exit at S.H. 96, U turn; travel the northbound frontage road back to FM 518.

Find additional information on major TxDOT road closures/construction at http://ow.ly/Y8jR307np18. 

North Kansas public meeting: The City of League City is seeking public input on the North Kansas Avenue reconstruction project.

A public meeting is set for Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m., at the Johnnie Arolfo Civic Center (400 W. Walker St., League City, Texas 77573). 

The League City community is invited to participate in the design process through the public meeting.  City representatives and Jones and Carter, the city’s design professionals, will be on-hand to answer questions, address concerns and gather feedback on various aspects of the project to better assist officials in furthering design plans. 

Public input may also be submitted to the City’s Engineering Department at or (281) 554-1451. Additional information is available at www.leaguecity.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1838.   

Potential Dog Park in Newport Park Public Meeting: City of League City will host a public meeting to receive input from residents of Newport and Ellis Landing regarding the possibility of adding a dog park at Newport Park in the future.  The meeting is scheduled for Feb. 22, 2017, 6 p.m. at Creekside Intermediate School, Commons/Cafeteria, at 4320 W. Main Street (FM 518).

CIP status report: The CIP Status Report for the month of January is available for viewing on the City’s website at: http://leaguecity.com/DocumentCenter/View/14812.        

2017 Great Texas Warrant Round Up begins Feb. 25: The City of League City is teaming up with law enforcement agencies and courts from more than 300 jurisdictions across Texas to host the 2017 Great Texas Warrant Round Up beginning Feb. 25, 2017.  

The warrant round up is designed to target thousands of defendants with traffic, parking, city ordinance, penal code and higher charge warrants from participating jurisdictions.  As the largest joint operation of its kind, the focus of the round up is to bring individuals into compliance with court orders.  

Notices for outstanding warrants were recently mailed to individuals who have open warrants with the City of League City.  

Individuals may make payments online at
https://www.municipalrecordsearch.com/leaguecitytx/Cases. Contact the Municipal Court (281) 554-1060 for additional information.  

More on the Great Texas Warrant Round Up is available at: www.leaguecity.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1840.

Dog Park under construction: City staff in partnership with the League City Dog Park Association have been working for the last 6 months to identify a location and design for a new dog park in League City. City Council approved the project during their Feb. 14 meeting. Staff has begun work at the future dog park site which is 3.5 acres located at the former Countryside Wastewater Treatment Plant on Bay Area Boulevard adjacent to Lynn Gripon Park at Countryside.  Underbrush clearing within the area along with the removal of invasive trees and trees in decline, affected by disease, and those showing signs of significant decay are part of the initial process.  The city will act as its own general contractor during the construction process to stay within the approved budget.  Construction will consist of fencing, connecting trails, gates, bull pens, wash down stations, site drainage, and grading. 

Utility and drainage repairs update: 42” Gravity Sewer on Butler Road:  City staff responded to a report of a large diameter sinkhole along Butler Road, near the YMCA facility, north of League City Parkway on Jan. 13, 2017.  This sewer line was constructed in the early eighties and provides service to most Bay Colony, Brittany Lakes, and Dove Meadows subdivisions.  Due to the urgency and complexity of the repair, the City of League City contacted three reputable contractors, David Wight Construction Company, Wagner, and Base Construction for repair estimates. 

D. Wagner Construction completed line and manhole work on Feb. 15. Site restoration activity and contractor demobilization will be completed by early next week.

Harbourside Stormwater manhole failure: In the Waterford Harbour development, a 22-foot deep sinkhole formed next to the residence at 413 Harbourside Drive. David Wight Construction mobilized their barge and excavator through the marine harbor to the backside of the property at 413 Harbourside Drive on Feb. 7. This will allow them to insert the sliplined HDPE pipe into the failed corrugated stormline. D. Wight Construction successfully installed the HDPE slipliner on Feb. 14. The grouting of the annular space, manhole rehabilitation, and site restoration will continue throughout next week.

Grand Shore Court Stormwater manhole failure: City crews were mobilized to repair a sinking storm water manhole in the middle of the cul-de-sac located at the end of Grand Shores Court on Jan. 25, 2017.  After excavating the area, further evaluation identified that severe wet sand conditions caused the elevation drop of the manhole and associated storm sewer RCP piping.   The need for well-point dewatering required staff to solicit quotes from multiple contractors.  Base Construction mobilized on Feb. 2 to begin repair activities. Well-points were set and excavation activities began early this week. Base Construction completed the repair activity on Feb. 13. Teamwork mobilized the following day and was completed on Feb. 16.

Work on East Walker Street and Reynolds Avenue:  Texas New Mexico Power has begun rerouting a primary power distribution line from Park avenue along East Walker Street and Reynolds Avenue.  This will help facilitate the undergrounding of power lines along Park Avenue and ultimately Main Street.  Estimated completion for the project is in the Spring.  Contact (281) 554-1451 or email for more information.

Current League City Job Postings: Interested in working for League City? The City currently has openings for an accountant, assistant camp director (seasonal), camp counselor (seasonal), detention officer, lab supervisor/pretreatment coordinator, lifeguard (seasonal), pool manager (seasonal), recreation aide (seasonal), telecommunicator (part-time), and utility maintenance worker. Apply today at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/leaguecity.

League City News First: Looking for current information on issues, events, activities, construction, and community stories?  Catch LC News First every week for the latest information at www.leaguecity.com on the Videos Tab or www.youtube.com/cityofleaguecitytx.   

League City happenings: Find out the latest in League City happenings by visiting: www.leaguecity.com/calendar.aspx and www.visitleaguecity.com/calendar.aspx.

Parks Public Survey: The City of League City is seeking public input on the Parks and Open Space Master Plan.

League City has seen tremendous growth since the plans were last updated.  The current Parks and Open Space Master Plan was completed in 2005, and the Trails Master Plan in 2010.  Each plan was developed and implemented to reflect the communities' needs, opinions and trends along with the standards for provisions of parks at the time.  City officials plan to update and combine both the Parks and Open Space Master Plan and Trails Master Plan into one.  The plan will then reflect a detailed approach and vision for the City’s parks and trail systems.

Citizens interested in providing input can participate via the public survey at www.research.net/r/LCParks2016.

The City Manager's Update for Feb. 17, 2017 is also available here.