West University City Council is tackling several contracts at its regular meeting Monday (Jan. 28), including one to snap up a residential property near the Community Center for future use and another for about $1.25 million that would design drainage improvements as part of the Buffalo Speedway project.
A workshop and executive session will begin at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Building 3801 University Blvd., with the regular meeting starting at 6:30 p.m.
City staff has negotiated a $665,000 sales price for the 5,000-square-foot property at 3807 Rice Blvd., and with closing costs and real estate commission, the total could go up to $680,000 under the terms of the contract. The money would come from the city’s fund balance reserve.
The Harris County Appraisal District shows the 2019 value of the property as “pending,” but in 2018, its appraised and market values were each $610,000.
Also on the agenda is consideration of a $1,246,348 contract with HDR Engineering to design drainage improvements that would meet requirements to handle a two-year storm, as part of the project that will replace the surface of Buffalo Speedway. West U has applied for grants to recover some of its expenditures for the drainage work, and it followed a proscribed process in selecting HDR that city officials believe will strengthen their chances to receive grant funding.
Other contracts up for consideration are the purchase of a solid waste collection truck, a five-year agreement to provide pest control for city buildings and mosquito control spraying for the community, and hiring Kimley-Horn, a design engineering firm to provide a review of and capital improvement master plan for the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The plant, constructed in 1982, is outside the city along Brays Bayou at 2801 N. Braeswood Blvd. It has the capacity to process and treat 2 million gallons of sludge each day.
City Council will have the first of two readings and votes on a measure approving details for the May 4 general election of the mayor and all four councilmembers.
The ordinance will establish one polling place for all five West U precincts in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, with early voting being conducted during business hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., weekdays from April 22-30, and balloting on Election Day from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
A second reading on the ordinance will take place at the council’s Feb. 11 meeting.
The full City Council agenda and background materials are available here.