The South Padre Island City Council on Wednesday accepted more than $2 million in grant funding to develop a multi-modal transit facility at the entrance to the Island. TxDOT awarded the City five separate grants through federal, rural transportation programs, the transit facility, upon completion, will serve as headquarters for the WAVE bus system, carpool “rideshare” services will also be made available at the new facility.
In other business, the Council:
Approved a $417,013 budget amendment to go toward Gulf Boulevard Improvement Project.
Approved a lease agreement with Cameron County Elections Administration for the lease of one AutoMark election machine to be used for the General and Special Election Nov 4.
Approved contracting with AEP Texas Central Company for a temporary staging area at the northern parking lot of the Convention Centre to provide electric delivery service during emergency conditions.
Held public hearings to discuss the proposed 2014-15 Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan for the City of SPI; the proposed FY2014-15 budget; and for the first reading of the proposed amendments to the Planned Development District Standards, Specifications and Zoning for The Shores; no one spoke either for or against.
Approved a payment of an invoice from Gignac & Associates Architects for the Convention Centre Renovation Project.
Approved payment of the invoices to Broadduss and Associates for services rendered in January and February.
Considered accepting assistance – in goods and services – to the SpaceX launch facility on Boca Chica Beach.
Adopted a budget amendment for $5,008 for insurance proceeds associated with the center median repairs.
Authorized City Manager William DiLibero to execute an interlocal cooperation contract with the University of Texas-Brownsville to fund the graduate position during the 2014-15 fiscal year.
Approved executing an interlocal agreement with the Laguna Madre Water District to clean city water drains.