Council holds off on assessing municipal facilities building — for now

The West University City Council elected not to vote Monday on a firm that was expected to do a comprehensive building assessment of the municipal facilities building. The council chose to see more samples before making a final decision.

The work that was expected to be done by the firm would have encompassed three phases, according to city documents. Phase I will encompass assessing the condition of the facility. Phase II involves the planning while phase III is the asset management plan.

According to city documents, the work will take between 90-120 days to complete and the total cost to finish the base service is $63,700.

Dave Beach, the city’s public works director, and city staff recommended the firm Huitt Zollars, based on their proposal and previous work experience conducting building assessments on similar buildings.

The company’s previous work includes assessments for Sugar Land, Huntsville, Houston, Harris County Flood Control, Harris County and Fort Bend Independent School District.

The move to hold off on a vote was spearheaded by Mayor Susan Sample.

“I wouldn’t mind seeing what one of these looks like for another city and to see if it has any value,” said Sample. “Before I make an uneducated assessment.”

Council member Mardi Turner agreed with the mayor’s sentiments.

The same couldn’t be said for council member Bob Kelly, who was ready to vote on the issue.

“I don’t know what we’re going to learn [from the samples],” said Kelly. “I understand what he’s [Beach] saying, is they know right now what in what conditions those buildings are.”

In other agenda items, the council did vote unanimously to amend the 2015 budget. In preparing the 2015 audit, it was determined that some expenses for the remainder of the year were underestimated.

“This is our annual amendment to the previous year’s budget that is under audit,” said Rhonda Daugherty, the city’s finance director, at the meeting.. “It is a housekeep, housecleaning thing to make sure that we have all our our budgets in the correct department.”

Daugherty added that there was, “no additional money that was added to any total fund.”

The council also voted unanimously to accept the 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), for the period that ended December 31, 2015.  The CAFR is a detailed presentation of the city’s financial condition at a certain point in time.

The report includes the city’s activities and balances for each fiscal year.