Council to consider sidewalk parking, real estate purchase, and more…

August 8, 2016

Tonight’s meeting of the City Council of West University Place starts at 6:00 p.m. in the Municipal Building at 3800 University Boulevard.

Parking over sidewalks – Deja Vu’ all over again

Returning to the council agenda (for the umpteenth time) is what to do when people park on the sidewalks. More specifically – Should our police officers enforce this law? Currently, the law is enforced by the code enforcement officer, not the police. Parking on the sidewalk, and what to do about it, has been a political ping-pong ball in West University Place since before the turn of the century.

Require pier and beam foundations

The council will also discuss requiring all new home construction to have pier and beam foundations. Most new construction homes have concrete slab foundations. If the elected body want to make the change, it will refer the idea to the Building and Standards Commission to make rules and the item would return to the city council for final approval.

Increase minimum foundation heights for new home construction

Also being considered is the recommendation from the Building and Standards Commission to increase minimum foundation heights for new home construction. The BSC unanimously voted to require 15 inches above the standard base elevation for all new homes. The intent of this proposed ordinance change is to reduce the likelihood of flooding in newly constructed homes.

Buy more real estate

The councilors will also meet in private to discuss the potential purchase of real estate. The location or purpose of the possible purpose has not been disclosed. Private meetings to discuss real estate matters is permitted by Chapter 551 of the Texas Open Meetings Act.  

If you have questions about the meeting or the meeting’s agenda, contact City Secretary Thelma Gilliam at 713.662.5813.

George Boehme

George Boehme is the publisher of and West University Essentials magazine.

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