Houston City Council Agenda – November 19, 2019

The City will consider the following agenda items at the Houston City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 19, 2019, in the City Hall Chamber at 1:30 PM (public comment) and at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.  The agenda includes recommendations seeking contracts for the transportation of solid and industrial waste in the City of Houston, to improve the equipment of Wastewater Collection System Rehabilitation and Renewal, and emergency payment to Set Environmental, Inc due to a hazardous chemical spill. The agenda also includes multiple ordinances pertaining to the City of Houston’s Wastewater Systems and the 2019 Water Conservation Plan.

Agenda Item 5 is a recommendation for final contract payment of $2,614,073.41 to T Construction, LLC., for rehabilitation and renewal of portions of the wastewater collection system.

Agenda Item 9 is a recommendation for the approval of a payment of $75,922.90 to SET Environmental, Inc., for the hazardous chemical spill clean-up service at the East Purification Plant. 

Agenda Item 23 is an ordinance to amend a contract with Boyer, Inc., for Electrical Maintenance, Repair, Automation Support and Technical Services for the City’s Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities. The increased amount is to account for additional work required as a result of Harvey.

Agenda Item 29 is an amendment to increase the maximum contract amount for an agreement for purchase of Electronic Recyclable Material between the City of Houston and Compucycle, Inc. 

Agenda Item 43 is an ordinance to approve additions to the 2019 Water Conservation Plan for Municipal Uses and the 2019 Drought Contingency Plan for the City of Houston, as required by state law.

Agenda Item 52 and Item 53 are first readings of ordinances that would grant two companies–Access Data Supply INC, and Rapid Waste Solutions of Texas LLC–the right, privilege, and franchise to collect, haul, and transport solid and industrial waste from commercial properties located within the City of Houston.

Agenda Items 54, 55, 56, 57, and 58 are second readings of ordinances that, if passed, would grant five companies the right, privilege, and franchise to collect, haul, and transport solid and industrial waste from commercial properties located within the City of Houston. These five companies are Blackwood Portable Restrooms, LLC, Blue Water Grease Service Inc, Environmental Earth-Wise, Inc. Environmental Remediation & Construction, LEL Environmental LTD., and Millennial Trucking, LLC. 

Agenda Items 59, 60, 61 and 62 third and final readings of ordinances that, if passed, would grant four companies the right, privilege, and franchise to collect, haul, and transport solid and industrial waste from commercial properties located within the City of Houston. These five companies are Ameritex Rentals, LLC, K7 Construction, LLC, Manuel ANaya Trucking, and Marathon Waste Service LLC.

86th Texas Legislature Review

May 27, 2019, marked the end of the 86th Texas Legislative Session, which began in January. A plethora of environmental disasters–including multiple floods; the March fires at the ExxonMobil refinery in Baytown and the ITC petrochemical storage facility in Deer Park; and the April chemical fire and deadly explosion at the KMCO warehouse in Crosby–have plagued Houston in recent years. These horrific events raised expectations that environmental-related issues would be a substantial focus of the 86th session. (The subsequent fire and explosion at a second ExxonMobil Baytown plant in July reinforced the need for such a focus.)

And the legislative session, the first since Hurricane Harvey, did indeed put forth some environmental legislation, including increased funds to support flood mitigation. We asked some of our member organizations to give us their feedback on the legislature’s environmental activities.

The following information summarizes reports shared by six of those groups, listed below. For more information and in-depth analyses, please visit their websites. 

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Environmental Headlines for the Houston Region: September 16, 2019

Harris County sues Houston refinery over recent toxic gas release

(Houston Chronicle, Perla Trevizo, Updated 09/13/19. Photo by Michael Ciaglo.)

“A Houston refinery is facing its second environmental lawsuit in as many years after releasing more than 320,000 pounds of toxic gases last week …

Short-term exposure to sulfur dioxide can harm the respiratory system, making it difficult to breathe, especially for vulnerable populations such as children or people with asthma. And hydrogen sulfide is an extremely hazardous gas that could be deadly in large concentrations. And although 300,000 pounds, the amount of last week’s release, is considered a large one, it is not the company’s biggest.”

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Houston Botanic Garden’s edible ‘rooms’ will lead visitors around the world in an acre

(Houston Chronicle, Molly Glentzer, Updated 09/12/19. Photo by Jon Shapley.)

“Construction is underway to create an entrance from Park Place and transform the heart of the 132-acre site … Several feature areas, each a different kind of living laboratory, will fill the curvy island.

While the 3-acre Global Garden highlights an array of plants from around the world, with a focus on conservation, the 1-acre Edible Garden will celebrate Houston’s cultural diversity in ways that inspire local vegetable, fruit and herb growers — even those who have less than an acre to play with and are blessed (or cursed, depending on one’s point of view) with shade.”

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Trump administration rolls back clean-water rule for streams and wetlands

(Houston Chronicle, Perla Trevizo, Updated 09/16/19. Photo by Brandon Thibodeaux.)

“The Trump administration on Thursday rolled back an Obama-era clean water rule, a move that won’t directly affect major waterways like the Houston Ship Channel but that some environmentalists contend will put wetlands in the region’s coastal prairies and more than 140,000 miles of streams at risk.

“It is unconscionable that we’re jeopardizing the drinking water of one in three Americans — not to mention damaging the waters where we swim and fish and that wildlife calls home,” said Anna Farrell-Sherman with Environment Texas.”

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