The City of South Padre Island held its Regular Called Council Meeting Wednesday, December 20, 2013. The Council approved the Consent Agenda that included the approval of the minutes of December 4, 2013 Regular Meeting, invoices for payment, and Amendment No. 2 of the Texas Department of Transportation Project Grant Agreement RPT 1304 extending the current contract to May 31, 2014 and authorize the City Manager to sign.
Mayor Pro-Tem JoAnn Evans presented a report to the Council on the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) regarding the Birding and Nature Center (BNC) operations. Evans detailed the meetings and discussions held to address concerns about the long-term financial viability and sustainability of the BNC. She said the EDC would continue to monitor the BNC financials, adding that recent changes in the Center’s management have resulted in improvements that cause them to be optimistic for its success.
The Council also approved the development of a five-member ad hoc committee with two alternates to review and make recommendations regarding possible revisions and/or repeal of ordinances in the City’s Code of Ordinances. Ordinances will be reviewed based on assessed need rather than in the order in which they appear in the Code of Ordinances.
The Convention Centre repairs, maintenance and renovation project is moving forward with the Council’s approval; Councilmen Barry Patel and Alex Avalos voted nay on this item. The project’s approved cost is $15 million less the SPI reimbursement of $431,600.
A budget amendment of $15,250 was approved by the Council to pay for the structural inspection/report/cost estimate of the Convention Centre boardwalks to be completed by Green, Rubiano & Associates. The budget amendment of $250,000 for the marketing plan for the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for 2013/2014 was tabled and will be placed in the January 15, 2014 Regular Council Meeting.
A public hearing was held to discuss the application for a Specific Use Permit requested by Hernandez O’Quinn, Ltd., owner of the Subway building complex, for off-site parking on Lot 3, Block 20, Padre Beach Subdivision, Section II (102 E. Pompano). There were no public comments in favor or against the Permit. The Council, then, approved the Specific Use Permit requested by Hernandez O’Quinn, Ltd. in Item 12 of the agenda.
The Council approved to appoint members to vacant and/or expiring terms of the City’s committees, boards, commissions and task force for the Board of Adjustments and Appeals, Board of Ethics, Convention & Visitors Transition Board, Development Standards Review Task Force, Historical Preservation Committee, Keep SPI Beautiful Committee, Planning and Zoning Commission, and Shoreline Task Force. The Economic Development Corporation has two appointment seats available that have ended in a tie vote that will be broken by Mayor Pinkerton at the January 15, 2014 Regular Council Meeting.
A budget amendment to allocate the remaining funds from fiscal year 2012-2013 in the amount of $22,575 associated with park located at 6100 Padre Boulevard near the Travelodge site was approved, as well as Item 15 awarding the contract to engineering firm Mejia & Rose Inc. to assist with the design of the park.
The Council voted to approve the contract with Valley View Consulting, LLC in the amount of $15,000 to provide investment advisory services to the City of South Padre Island as mandated by the Public Funds Investment Act; and authorize the Interim City Manager to sign the contract.
The final item approved was the selection and nomination of Guy Blatnik to be the recipient of the 2014 Rio Grande Valley Walk of Fame.
For a complete board agenda or to view meetings online, visit www.myspi.org. City of South Padre Island Regular Called Council Meetings are held on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, 4601 Padre Boulevard.