On January 28, 2019, a petition for amendments to the Bellaire City Charter was submitted to City Council.
On February 10, 2020, an ordinance of the City Council of the City of Bellaire, Texas, was adopted calling a special election within the City of Bellaire, Texas, for the purpose of submitting to the voters three (3) propositions to amend the Charter of the City of Bellaire, Texas. The special election will be held on the uniform election date designated by the State of Texas as the first Saturday in May or May 2, 2020.
Bellaire resident Mike Jacobs, citing the City’s lack of transparency, Bellaire residents’ lack of control over the decisions of Council members, and concerns over flooding issues, submitted a Petition with more than enough signatures to call for a referendum on three (3) amendments to the City Charter regarding sidewalks.
Most residents who voted for Proposition 1 of the 2016 Bonds for Better Bellaire had no idea they were voting for $4 million dollars of stand-alone sidewalks. They were never promoted or included in the 2016 election for the bonds. See the flyer at left, distributed prior to the election.
It will be up to the City Clerk and the City Attorney to verify the signatures, and once verified the amendments will go to the voters for their approval. Find more information on this petition at www.sidewalkchoice.com. Numerous Bellaire residents spoke in support of the petition.
Note: On August 15, 2016, City Council approved a motion to call a bond election for November 8, 2016, for $53,980,000. Four propositions were initially discussed: 1) street and drainage facility improvements for $20 million); the construction of new municipal buildings for $5.9 million (City Hall/Civic Center and Police/Courts Building), 3) water line improvements, for $20.38 million and 4) sidewalk improvements for $4 million.
However Council member Pollard proposed that Prop 4 for sidewalks be included in Prop 1, and that proposition be changed to 1) streets, drainage, and sidewalk improvements for $24 million, effectively removing the opportunity for Bellaire residents to approve funding for stand-alone sidewalks. Mayor Friedberg objected to this change. In addition, the $12.8 million Siemens no-bid contract was included in Prop 3, not listed as a separate proposition.
Find the full video of the 1/28/2019 Council meeting here: https://bellairetx.new.swagit.com/videos/23789