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Monday, May 4, 2020


Telephonic Meeting

Regular Session

7:00 PM






Meeting ID:

980 5159 3009














Andrew S. Friedberg





Mayor Pro Tem


Gus E. Pappas


Council Member


Neil Verma


Council Member


Catherine Lewis




Council Member


Nathan Wesely

Council Member


Michael Fife

Council Member


Jim Hotze














Pursuant to Section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, on March 16, 2020, the Governor of the State of Texas granted the Office of the Attorney General's request for the temporary suspension of certain provisions of the Texas Open Meetings Act to allow for telephonic or videoconference meetings of governmental bodies that are accessible to the public in an effort to reduce in-person meetings that assemble large groups of people, as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19.


Accordingly, this Regular Session of the City Council of the City of Bellaire, Texas, will be conducted telephonically in furtherance of this important and necessary objective to protect the public health and welfare in our community.


Members of the public will be entitled to participate and address the City Council in the telephonic meeting, at the time for personal/audience comments.  Any person desiring to address the City Council must submit their request via e-mail to City Clerk Tracy L. Dutton at [email protected].  The request must be received prior to the start of the meeting and include the speaker's full name and the phone number from which they will be calling in to participate in the meeting.


Speakers will be recognized during personal/audience comments in the order their requests are received.


Members of the public may view a live broadcast of the meeting by visiting the City's website:  /Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Org=Cal&Id=1038, U-Verse Channel 99, Comcast Channel 16, and the City's Facebook page at


The toll-free dial-in number to participate remotely in the telephonic meeting is 1-888-475-4499, Meeting ID: 980 5159 3009.  An electronic copy of the agenda packet for this Regular Session is posted online at /document/19771.

A recording of the telephonic meeting will be made and will be posted online at /Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Org=Cal&Id=1038.





Call to Order - Andrew S. Friedberg, Mayor.




Announcement of a Quorum - Andrew S. Friedberg, Mayor.




Inspirational Reading and/or Invocation - Gus E. Pappas, Mayor Pro Tem.




Pledges to the Flags - Gus E. Pappas, Mayor Pro Tem.



1. U.S. Pledge of Allegiance:


I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.



2. Pledge to the Texas Flag:


Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible.




Recognition of Proclamations:




Issuance of a proclamation by Andrew S. Friedberg, Mayor, proclaiming the month of May 2020 as Older Americans Month in the City of Bellaire, Texas, in recognition of older adults and the people who support them as essential and valuable members of our community - Requested by Ryan Smith, Recreation Superintendent of Parks, Recreation and Facilities.

Older Americans Month Proclamation - Pdf




Issuance of a proclamation by Andrew S. Friedberg, Mayor, proclaiming the week of May 10-16, 2020, as Police Week in the City of Bellaire, Texas, as we proudly salute the service of law enforcement officers in our community and in communities across the nation - Requested by Onesimo Lopez, Assistant Chief of Police.

Police Week Proclamation - Pdf




Approval of Minutes.



Consideration of and possible action on the adoption of the minutes of the Regular and Special Sessions of the City Council of the City of Bellaire, Texas, held on Monday, March 16, 2020, Monday, March 23, 2020, and Monday, April 6, 2020 - Submitted by Tracy L. Dutton, City Clerk.




City Council - Mar 16 2020 - Draft Minutes

City Council - Mar 23 2020 - Draft Minutes

City Council - Apr 06 2020 - Draft Minutes




Personal/Audience Comments.



Any person desiring to address the City Council must sign up, prior to the posted start time of the meeting, by e-mail to City Clerk Tracy L. Dutton, [email protected].  When signing up, all speakers shall provide their full name and the phone number from which they will be calling (for the call moderator to be able to identify them).


Each speaker shall have a time limit of up to five (5) minutes, with no extension, and with notice after four (4) minutes that one (1) minute is left. In the event of pressing business before the City Council or matters requiring its immediate attention or action, the City Council may, prior to the opening of audience comments, set a different maximum time limit for each speaker by a vote of four (4) members of the City Council.


The purpose of this item is to allow the residents of Bellaire and other interested persons an opportunity to address the City Council on agenda issues and on non-agenda issues that are a matter of the jurisdiction of the City Council (i.e., City policy and legislative issues). Non-agenda issues regarding daily operational or administrative matters should be first dealt with at the administrative level by calling City Hall at (713) 662-8222 during business hours.


[Note: The Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code, Chapter 551, prohibits the City Council from fully discussing, debating, or considering subjects for which public notice has not been given on the agenda. Issues that cannot be referred to the City Staff for action may be placed on the agenda of a future City Council Session.]




Reports and Presentations:




City Manager's Report regarding communication, field and personnel updates, calendar reminders, and notes of appreciation - Submitted by Paul A. Hofmann, City Manager.

City Manager's Report - Pdf




FY 2020 Second Quarter Report for the City of Bellaire, Texas - Submitted by Terrence Beaman, Chief Financial Officer.

FY 2020 First Quarter Report - Pdf




New Business.




Item for Individual Consideration:




Discussion regarding how the City Council could return to in-person meetings - Submitted by Jim Hotze, Council Member.

Agenda Statement Report - Pdf




Community Interest Items from the Mayor and Council.



It is the intent of this item to provide members of the City Council the opportunity to make a report about items of community interest, which may include expressions of thanks, congratulations, or condolence; information regarding holiday schedules; honorary recognition of City officials, employees, or other citizens or entities; reminders of upcoming events sponsored by the City or another entity that is scheduled to be attended by a City official or City employee; and announcements involving an imminent threat to the public health and safety of people in Bellaire that has arisen after the posting of the agenda.


No action may be taken on a reported item of community interest, and no possible action discussed except a proposal to place the subject on the agenda for a subsequent meeting.


See Texas Government Code, Chapter 551, Open Meetings, Section 551.0415.









For persons with disabilities needing accommodations or interpretive services, contact the City of Bellaire's ADA Coordinator, Lori Remington, at (713) 662-8271, or FAX (713) 662-8212, or email [email protected].  Requests for accommodations or interpretive services must be made 48 hours prior to this meeting.




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