The city of Bellaire held a nearly four-hour telephonic city council meeting on Monday night which resulted in the approval of nearly $2 million for infrastructure improvements and the adoption of an ordinance that allows the city of Houston to tow vehicles from the I-610 highway segment that cuts through Bellaire.
The improvements are split between three different ordinances with the majority of the funding, $1.8 million, coming from the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County- sales tax revenues which are collected by Bellaire from Metro.
The council also deliberated several items submitted to the meeting’s agenda, following in line with Mayor Andrew Friedburg’s comment at council’s May 4 meeting where he suggested the council not inadvertently slide into deliberation of topics, not on the agenda.
Therefore, Monday’s agenda consisted of discussions regarding the return to parallel parking on South Rice Avenue, videos produced by or for the city of Bellaire and the cost of such videos, an update on the Master Drainage Concept Plan, the disposal of contaminated and excess water from a local cooling tower, issues with the Bellaire Town Center parking garage, and local budgetary priorities.
Bellaire City Manager Paul Hofmann also gave his report which reported that the city will hold a procession by Bellaire first responders to honor graduating seniors at 7 p.m. Friday, May 29. The procession’s route will begin at Bellaire City Hall toward Bellaire High School, take a right turn on Maple Street, another right on Ferris Street to Jessamine Street, and ending back at City Hall.
The city’s municipal court is targeting June 1 to begin court proceedings again with safety guidelines established by the office of court administration. Participants in the court will be screened and there are plans for live streaming of court proceedings, according to the city manager’s report.
Additionally, the city is taking registrations, hiring staff, and proceeding with plans to conduct Camp Paseo beginning in June with significant programmatic adjustments.
“We are limiting it to 80 kids, about half our normal size,” said Hofmann. “I think the team has done a great job of administering the guidelines and thinking through how to have a safe and fun camp. It’s my impression that many parents are trying to figure out their summers and I’m glad we can be an option for them.”
Some of the changes will include abandoning pool time for the campers, closing the rec center during camp hours, setting up a curbside drop off and pick up for children, take temperatures of the participating children and staff prior to entering the camp, keep campers organized by age group to limit interactions between campers, have staff wear face covers and more.
“Seems like there’s a lot of turmoil these days,” said Council Member Nathan Wesley, “but the one thing that really makes me feel good is all the people on the street that will wave at you when you go by so keep it up.”
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