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TIMELINE FOR THE STREET IMPROVEMENT PLAN
NOTE: City Council Agenda Items are indicated in the list below and link to video of discussions, presentations and actions at City Council meetings. Most of the links go directly to the agenda item in the video. You may need to forward the video to get to the agenda item on a few links. Video archives of City Council meetings, as well as agendas and minutes, are viewable on the City Council Media Center web page.
March 30, 2010 – (Item 27) Staff gave a presentation to City Council regarding the status of the Street Maintenance Plan in response to the Council’s Goal of improving the condition of City streets through development of a Street Improvement Plan. The presentation addresses the street system, street maintenance and street maintenance funding.
August 31, 2010 – (Item 24.1) In discussions regarding establishment of the FY10-11 property tax rate, City Council passed a motion directing staff to come back with an agenda item to establish a five (5) member ad hoc committee to be appointed by the Mayor. The committee would look at options to put in place a permanent mechanism for street maintenance and would report back to the Council with recommendations.
November 16, 2010 – (Item 20) City Council passed a Resolution approving the formation of a Street Maintenance Finance Ad Hoc advisory Committee. The purpose of this committee was to develop a street maintenance funding plan.
December 2010 –Mayor Joe Adame selected five members of the community to serve on the Street Maintenance Finance Ad Hoc Advisory Committee. The Committee consisted of: the owner of a local engineering firm, an owner of an asphalt company, a member from the financial community, a president emeritus of Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and a world-renowned architect.
January 2011 – January 2012 – The Street Maintenance Finance Ad Hoc Advisory Committee met for a thirteen month period to develop recommendations for funding improvements to the City’s street system. The group gave several updates to City Council regarding their work.
October 25, 2011 – (Item 29) First report to Council by Committee in which a Street User Fee was recommended.
January 31, 2012 – (Item 18) Final report of Committee to Council recommending adoption of Street User Fee and examination of alternative / additional funding mechanisms, policy changes and a recommended funding level of $55M per year
March 20, 2012 – (1st on video) City Council Work Shop to discuss funding amounts and revenue options for the Street Improvement Plan.
March 27, 2012 – (1st on video) City Council Work Shop responding to questions / directions from Council from the first Work Shop.
April 10, 2012 –City Council Work Shop regarding legislative actions, resource considerations, etc.
April 24, 2012 – (1st on video) City Council Work Shop regarding policy considerations, community outreach, timing considerations, financing option review
July 17, 2012 – (Item 35) Presentation to Council on Street Improvement Funding Recommendation
July 24, 2012 – (1st on video) City Council Work Session regarding Bond 2012 including Street projects
August 28, 2012 – (Item 30) City staff presented a Resolution to City Council which addressed many parts of the Street Maintenance Fee policy. Council requested staff return with several changes to the Resolution.
September 18, 2012 – (Item 18) City staff returned to City Council with a revised Resolution declaring the intent to establish a street user fee and approving design concepts and policies relative to a street user fee.
December 18, 2012 – (Item 36) City staff brought to City Council as Future Agenda Items a Resolution establishing policy regarding a Street User Fee and an Ordinance creating the street user fee.
January 15, 2013 – (Item 10) At a City Council Work Session, City Staff presented their recommended rate design for the Street Maintenance Fee and provided information on the Street Maintenance Work Plan.
February 26, 2013 – City Council passes First Reading of an Ordinance establishing a Street Maintenance Fee (Item 29) and an Ordinance amending the Unified Development Code relating to street design standards (Item 28).
March 19, 2013 – City Council passes the Second Reading of the Ordinance amending the Unified Development Code regarding street design standards (Item 21) and the First Reading of an Ordinance establishing rates, policies and methodologies of a Street Maintenance Fee (Item 28). Additionally, Council discussed a Resolution amending financial policies regarding the percentage of property tax revenue allocated to street operations and maintenance.
March 26, 2013 – (Item 34) Staff brought to City Council a motion to approve a contract with a third party to perform the land survey that would be used to assign each non-residential property its land use specific trip factor. The motion failed to pass on a tie vote.
April 9, 2013 – (Item 20) City Council approved a revised contract for a land use survey to be completed in approximately 30 days. View results of the survey. The results of the survey are also incorporated into the Online Estimator. Additionally, the Mayor appointed a task force of four Council Members (Rudy Garza, Colleen McIntyre, Chad Magill, and David Leob) to determine how survey data would be used.
April 16, 2013 – (Item 20) During a City Council Workshop Session, the Mayor and Council members discussed the responsibilities of the City Council Street Maintenance Fee Task Force which had been created by the Mayor on April 9, 2013.
April 22, 2013 – The City Council Street Maintenance Fee Task Force met in Council Chambers to broadly discuss elements of the Street Maintenance Fee including non-profits, trip factors and land uses, changes to the proposed Fee over its 10-year life, an appeals process and alternative funding options.
April 23, 2013 – (Item 30) City Council approved a Resolution encouraging the 83rd Texas Legislature to enact legislation authorizing municipalities to generate revenue to fund street repair, and maintenance through local option vehicle registration fees, gasoline taxes or other mechanisms.
May 13, 2013 – The City Council Street Maintenance Fee Task Force met. Topics of discussion included preliminary considerations of the appeals process as well as status of the land survey.
May 14, 2013 – (Item 36) An Interlocal Agreement with the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) was presented to Council as a Future Agenda Item. This Agreement, if approved, would increase the contribution towards street maintenance from the RTA.
May 28, 2013 – (Item 17) An Interlocal Agreement with the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) which increases the contribution towards street maintenance from the RTA, was approved by Council.
June 18, 2013 – (Item 1) During a City Council Work Session, staff presented several options for the Street Maintenance Fee rate design for consideration. Council directed staff to return on June 25, 2013 with an amended ordinance incorporating the staff-recommended rate design. View Presentation.
June 25, 2013 – (Item 13) Council approved on their second readings as amended, the ordinance establishing the street maintenance fee and the ordinance establishing policy and rates for the fee. The amended approved street maintenance fee has a rate of $5.38, a square footage cap of 118,000 per meter on Non-Residential properties, and a trip factor cap of 5.78.
July 9, 2013 – (Item 13) Council approved on their First Readings, an Ordinance approving and adopting an appeals process for the Street Maintenance Fee. View Appeals Process and Decision Tree. Council also approved an Ordinance establishing a Street Maintenance Fee Board of Appeals. View Presentation.
July 16, 2013 – (Item 25 & 26) Council approved on their Second Readings, an Ordinance approving and adopting an appeals process for the Street Maintenance Fee as well as an Ordinance establishing a Street Maintenance Fee Board of Appeals.
July 23, 2013 – (Item 17) Council approved a Motion authorizing the execution of a contract for development of the Citywide Street Overlay and Sealcoat Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity Program – Pilot Program. This contract develops the initial bidding and construction documents for the Street Maintenance Work Plan.
November 12, 2013 (Item 22) – City Council approved on its First Reading an Ordinance amending the Street Maintenance Fee Appeals Process previously approved by Council to more accurately reflect refinements of the corrections and appeals process. These refinements to the Appeals Process primarily incorporate additional account corrections elements and changes how applications for the Low Income Discount are processed.
November 19, 2013 (Item 14) – City Council approved on its Second Reading an Ordinance amending the Street Maintenance Fee Appeals Process.
November 19, 2013 (Item 40) – Engineering Services gave a presentation to Council regarding Year 1 of the Street Preventative Maintenance Program (SPMP). Engineering Services also gave a presentation to Council regarding proposed amendments to the City’s Street Cut and Sidewalk Ordinance.
December 10, 2013 – (Items 27, 51, 52) City Council awarded construction contracts for Year 1 of the SPMP. They also reviewed a Resolution approving the Year 1 Work Plan and passed on its First Reading the Ordinance changing the Street Cut Policy.
January, 2014 – The Street Maintenance Fee appeared on utility bills for the first time.
February 10, 2014 – Prep work began on the first construction delivery order for Year 1 of the SPMP.