A mayoral tie-breaking vote Monday at a Houston City Council meeting will bring beer sales to a privately promoted event downtown later this month.
Local resident David Klotz asked the council for permission to sell alcohol for an event he is organizing that is tentatively set for Thursday, June 19, in downtown Houston.
Klotz said it will run 6-9 p.m. and he planned to donate a portion of the proceeds to aid The Animal Shelter of Texas County, which is undertaking a major construction project at its East Highway 17 facility.
Council members Mary Barnes, Don Romines and Chalky Wells voted ‘yes.’ Casting ‘no’ votes were Joe Honeycutt, David Arthur and Sheila Walker. Mayor Don Tottingham made the final decision to approve the beer sales for the June event.
Klotz expressed appreciation to the council Monday night in a post on a social media website.
“Big thanks to the Houston City Council for their trust in us to approve a beer garden for our next upcoming event. We will do this with style and dignity to insure that our family-oriented events remain that way. This keeps us in business and was necessary at this time,” he wrote.
Klotz has privately promoted street dances downtown and assists with the TV show Downtown Houston After Hours.
It was a busy session for the council, which adjourned after nearly a three-hour meeting.
In other matters, members:
—Heard from a delegation exploring the establishment of a not-for-profit recovery home for women who are released after incarceration. Those involved are in an exploratory stage and sought the city’s input on zoning issues. Among those attending were: Debbie Shook, Norma and Juanita Epperson and Sondra Snyder.
—Opted to place on the November ballot a quarter-cent sales tax transportation renewal issue. Slated originally for August, the council did not want any confusion with a statewide issue that will appear then. The current tax expires June 30, 2015. It must be renewed every five years.
—Continue to consider appointments to a Houston visionary committee that is working with Drury University and University Extension to develop a plan to guide Houston’s future.
—Approved a lease agreement with the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce for use of the Houston Visitors Center. The chamber will pay the city $400 monthly for rent, utilities and insurance under the three-year deal. The city will mow and maintain the exterior. The chamber is responsible for interior improvements. Tyler Romines represented the chamber.
—Decided to allow managers to hire family members for seasonal part-time help. That comes after difficulty in hiring certified lifeguards at the Houston Municipal Swimming Pool. The city’s hiring policy will be formally changed.
—Authorized the mayor to sign paperwork that gives the property owner of a house at 715 Second St. 30 days to either clean up or destroy it. The city would complete the task and extend a lien if it does the work.
—Heard installation of new lighting and poles on North U.S. 63 will start soon.
—Learned that about six property owners have been notified to correct eyesores or face further action by the city.