GALVESTON — Today’s special city council meeting about a proposed contract with the GLO for a housing development study might have been scheduled prematurely.
The council is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. today to discuss the contract, which was amended by the council last week to give the city more control over the scope and methods of the study. The data collected from the study will be used to help determine the location of the scattered-site affordable housing units that will be built to replace homes damaged by Hurricane Ike.
According to a spokesperson for the General Land Office, the amended contract was still in the hands of the department’s Disaster Recovery staff as of 2 p.m. and may not be sent back to the city in time for the special meeting.
GLO spokesman Jim Suydam said that the GLO received the revised contract on Friday, but it did not include a request for comment or deadline. The city reached out to the GLO again on Tuesday morning informing them of today’s 4 p.m. meeting and requesting comment as soon as possible.
Last September, the city agreed to give control of a $500,000 grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to the land office to conduct the study. That agreement did not specify the terms of that agreement, which the council is now insisting on negotiating.
Some at city hall worry that delaying an agreement on the contract will also delay infrastructure projects that are awaiting GLO funding.
The special meeting is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. today. The council is slated to enter a closed-door executive session before meeting publically.