Tonight is the first meeting of the newly-elected West University Place Mayor and City Council.
The Mayor and City Council are expected to select Kevin Trautner to the job of mayor pro-tem. Traditionally the mayor pro-tem honor goes to the city council candidate who receives the most votes on election day. The mayor pro-tem serves as a replacement when the mayor is absent or unavailable and serves as the mayor at city council meetings and is the city’s representative at public events.
The group is expected to adopt a resolution acknowledging their lack of support for the current design for planned improvements of Poor Farm Ditch by the Harris County Flood Control District.
They are considering an ordinance that will suspend the monthly stipend the City Charter authorizes for the mayor and city council. Currently, the Mayor receives $400 a month, and $200 monthly for each Councilmember.
Also being considered at tonight’s meeting is an alcohol variance permit to allow beer and wine sales at Pizza Motus located at 6119 Edloe. This is the location of the former Edloe Deli. This variance is necessary because of the restaurant’s proximity to West University Elementary School.
In order to get an alcohol variance in the city of West University Place, the applicant is required to hold a public meeting to discuss their request. Notices of the meeting were mailed to all owners of property located within 300 feet of the site and additionally, Pizza Motus posted a notice on the window of the restaurant.
The public meeting was held on April and eight residents attended. All eight voiced their support for the variance request. Will Gruy, the owner of Pizza Motus, explained at the meeting that sales have been below expectations and it without an upward trend in revenue the restaurant would have a hard time remaining open.
The regular meeting is expected to begin at 6:30 pm at West University Place City Hall, 3800 University Blvd.