Updates on brush collection efforts, the pending rail-supported warehouse development and a call to formalize the way El Campo elects its mayor tops the city agenda Monday night.
The hotly-debated Unified Development Code, with a change in state law prohibiting the city from specifying what materials can be used in a building’s facade, falls to a consent agenda.
Also up for consideration Monday is the annual list of appointments for everything from the City Development Corporation board to Parks & Recreation and Building Standards boards.
The El Campo City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday in chambers, 315 E. Jackson. The meeting is open to the public with time specifically designated for citizen comments.
Waste Connections District Manager Abel Moreno is expected to appear before council to address municipal concerns that are growing at the same level as brush piles throughout the city. Moreno is expected to provide information on the collection service’s plan as well as what the public can do to assist.
Efforts continue in the development of the Southwest Gateway International Business park, the rail-supported warehouse project which should being a host of jobs and businesses to the city. David Burch, the development’s general counsel, will be providing an update.
State legislative action last month authorized the development to charge assessments within the boundary of the park only to help pay for the development of infrastructure like roads, water lines and the rail itself.
Councilman Chris Barbee is proposing an amendment to City Charter which would formalize a council custom of naming the at-large representative collecting the most votes as mayor. Should council agree, the issue could be placed on the next ballot.
The UDC, which for the most part simply unites city building standards in existence for years, became a major public concern earlier this year when a Corridor Overlay Proposal was added. That proposal specified that the facades of new construction on Jackson and Mechanic streets as well as the West Loop be brick, glass or concrete particle.
The proposal will have to be dropped, City Manager Courtney Sladek said.
“The house bill was signed by the governor prohibiting us from requiring a certain facade anywhere. It has to meet the minimum standards of the International Building Code, but we can’t say no metal buildings,” Sladek said.