New Braunfels City Council will close the book on May elections by honoring the committee that shaped the city’s successful $120 million bond and swear in Shane Hines for his first full council term when it meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers in city hall, 550 Landa Street in New Braunfels.
The lengthy agenda begins with a proclamation saluting the 2019 Bond Advisory Committee.
Chaired by Ray Still, the 23-member board held public meetings in early 2018 and again last fall to draft and prioritize projects totaling $235 million. Voters on May 4 overwhelmingly approved four propositions for infrastructure, parks, public safety and library improvements.
Hines, who in 2018 won a special election to fill George Green’s unexpired term representing District 1, was unopposed after candidate filings ended Feb. 15 and will be sworn for his first three-year term on Tuesday.
District 2 Council Member Justin Meadows, who defeated two challengers in his reelection bid four weeks ago, is out of town and will be sworn at a future meeting. Council will then select a mayor pro tem, a position held by District 5 Council Member Wayne Peters since 2016.
Several spending items are on the agenda, including annual vehicle purchases and contracts for materials and professional services; council will appoint individuals to four city committees.
Several presentations are also on Tuesday’s agenda, including one on managing floating aquatic vegetation in the Comal River. Dozens of Lake Dunlap residents attended council’s March 25 meeting to ask the city to help develop a plan to remove weed beds from Landa Lake into the Comal River and then into Guadalupe, where it winds up in the lake.
The Protect Lake Dunlap Association asked the city to help fund removals of the weed mats manned teams and mechanical harvesting machines beginning this summer. That, of course, was before the May 14 spill way collapse that has since dropped lake water levels by 12 feet.
Other presentations will address results from the 2019 New Braunfels Citizen Survey, an update on the Airport Master Plan, and details involved with forming a Complete Count Committee, which will assist the U.S. Census Bureau in developing an outreach campaign ahead of the 2020 decennial census.
Council will also consider approving a five-year renewal of the city’s Hotel Occupancy Tax agreement with the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, which would extend the current agreement from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2024.
Also Tuesday, council will discuss and consider approving:
A resolution naming Council Members Justin Meadows as representative and Leah Garcia as alternate to Alamo Area Council of Government’s Board of Directors.
Authorizing a purchasing agreement through Harris County Department of Education’s Choice Partners Cooperative.
Acquisition of a 1.5-acre temporary construction easement on private property at 370 W. Lincoln Street for Texas Department of Transportation’s reconstruction of the Comal River Bridge on San Antonio Street.
The submission of revised Storm Water Management Plans to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
First readings of ordinances amending city code revising methods of fishing and release of non-native aquatic species into any body of water within city limits; installation of a an all-way stop sign at the intersection of Oak Run Parkway and Westpointe Drive.
An amended plan revising parkland space and street routes in Sector Plan 1A of the Veramendi subdivision.
The second and final readings of ordinances granting five-year rehabilitation tax relief for historical properties addressed at 564 and 565 S. Hill Avenue; authorizing city development fees rounded to the nearest dollar; and authorizing revised Landa Park miniature golf and paddle boat fees.
Public hearings and first readings of ordinances on proposed rezoning and Special Use Permits for a short-term property at 343 E. Mill Street; utility sheds for properties in the 400 block of N. Market Avenue; redefining several city zoning designations.
Tuesday’s council session will be televised live on Spectrum government access channel 21, AT&T access channel 99, and streamed at the city website, www.nbtexas.org.