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Bellaire honors city staff, police, older Americans

May 9, 2019

Bellaire’s city council took time to recognize city employees, law enforcement and older Americans and also adopted two new ordinances at a brief meeting on Monday, May 6.

Mayor Andrew Friedberg proclaimed May 5-11 as Public Service Recognition Week to recognize the hard work of the city’s workers. Then, he proclaimed May 12-18 as Police Week to appreciate the efforts of law enforcement officers as well as those who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Finally, May was named Older Americans Month in Bellaire, as Friedberg recognized how older adults benefit the city.

The first ordinance adopted focused on amending the city’s budget to allow for two new appropriations: $27,030 for the special revenue fund and $300,000 for the capital bond fund. The $27,030 came from donations from the Estate of Edward Houston Wilson, Jr., and from The Jerry and Maury Rubenstein Foundation. The funds will be used for an acknowledgement bearing Wilson’s name and for exercise equipment for the Bellaire Police Department. Since the funds were unanticipated and therefore unbudgeted, they were moved into the special revenue fund. Additionally, the ordinance approved appropriating $300,000 from accruals on the city’s municipal facilities bond that will now to go toward the municipal facilities project.

The second ordinance authorized the city manager to enter into a contract of no more than $30,000 with Horizon|Christensen for services related to construction and construction management services for the municipal facitlities project.

Both ordinances were adopted unanimously by the council.

The next scheduled council meeting is slated for Monday, May 20, at 7 p.m. at city hall, located at 7008 S. Rice Avenue.

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