Members of the Houston City Council on Monday rescinded one ordinance and indicated it would not pass another measure that recently had a first reading.
The council rolled back a measure involving “Leads on Line,” that linked pawn shops to an electronic database that could be reviewed by police during investigations. Implementation proved difficult because of unique individual property issues. One cited Monday was a coin book that included individual items: Do all require logging?
The measure had drawn some criticism. Appearing at recent meetings were George Sholtz and Gary Parish.
Another issue — reworking the hangar leases at the Houston Memorial Airport — had received a first reading earlier. That version is not expected to be considered further.
In other matters, members:
• Heard a report of a recent work session of the Houston Planning and Zoning Commission that focused on growth of the city. (A detailed story about the commission’s recommendations and the city’s review of future growth is slated for next week’s Herald. Public input also will be sought by the council).
• Learned that a review of the city’s electrical rates for large commercial and industrial users has been completed. The survey shows rates are significantly less than other communities, said City Administrator Larry Sutton. Thirty-five customers in Houston fall in that category. At its Nov. 15 meeting, the council will consider a rate increase. Other than cost-of-living adjustments, there has not been a rate increase in eight years, Sutton reported.
• Updated the city’s employee manual.