City Council in November: HISD Ball Fields, Bellaire Blvd Parking Lot, Debt Reduction, And A Search For A City Manager

HISD Application – Former Gordon Elementary Campus

11/4/2020 UPDATE:  No decision.  Council wants more information on the size of replacement trees.  Listen to the recorded meeting here.
Find the list of conditions and field layout here.

On November 2, 2020, City Council will consider the HISD application for the construction of two baseball fields on the grounds of the old Gordon Elementary School, located at 6300 Avenue B.  Many of the area residents’ concerns have been addressed in the final document presented to Council, including preservation of as many on-site trees as possible. 

Find more information on this proposal here.  Development Services has recommended the adoption of the revised application.  The 11-2-2020 City Council agenda can be downloaded here.  Find the HISD Statement Report under Agenda item H, Unfinished Business. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 PM.

Public Hearing for 4300 Bellaire Blvd – November 16. 2020

The Evelyn’s Park Conservancy applications for an amendment and a special use permit regarding the parking lot at 4300 Bellaire Blvd were rejected by the Planning and Zoning commission on a 0-6 vote  on October 8, 2020.  Now those applications will be heard by Bellaire City Council in a Public Hearing on Monday, November 16, 2020, at 6 PM.

The hearing will provide an opportunity for comments from Bellaire residents and City staff concerning the illegal parking lot, located in a residentially zoned district on CenterPoint land at 4300 Bellaire Blvd, at the entrance to the City of Bellaire.  Public comments concerning the application may be emailed to the City Clerk at To speak during the Hearing via telephonic participation, please contact the City Clerk by e-mail or telephone (713-662-8275).

Find background in this earlier article: No Logo, No Welcome Sign.   

Debt Reduction Plan

Council Member Wesely has suggested that the development of a Debt Reduction Plan for the City should be a priority. The response from Bellaire’s Chief Financial Officer, Terrence Beaman, and the Interim City Manager, Brant Gary, can be viewed here.

The City of Bellaire has one of the highest debts per capita in the state, while another bond issue has been an item of discussion for the past several years.

City Manager Search

At the request of the City Council, a workshop has been scheduled to allow for a discussion regarding the development of a search process to be used by the City Council for hiring a new City Manager.  No date for the workshop was provided.

Email the Mayor and City Council via our City Clerk, Tracy Dutton, at and request that your email be forwarded to them.

Total outstanding bond debt on 9/30/2020 stands at $116.4 million.
$6 million in bonds remain unissued.

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