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House Bill 2840 Public Comment on Agenda Items: House Bill 2840 amends the Texas Open Meetings Act to provide that "a governmental body shall allow each member of the public who desires to address the body regarding an item on an agenda for an open meeting of the body to address the body regarding the item at the meeting before OR during the body's consideration of the item." Before the passage of the bill, the public had only the right to observe, rather than speak at, an open meeting of a governmental body. The City of Jamaica Beach allows for public comment on agenda items and/or non-agenda items at the beginning of every open meeting, therefore, the city's existing policy meets the requirements of H.B. 2840. To clarify, H.B. 2840 only requires a government body to allow the public the right to speak on items on the agenda "either" at the "beginning of the meeting" OR "during the meeting when the agenda item is being considered" by the governmental body. The city is not required to allow the public to speak before and during consideration of the item. That being said, each time the Mayor gives a member of the public an additional opportunity to speak/comment on an agenda item, he is exceeding the requirements of the bill. Please feel free to contact the City Secretary if you have any questions concerning H.B. 2840. (H.B. 2840 Q&A)

 

Short Term Rental Advisory Committee Meeting: The City of Jamaica Beach Short Term Advisory Committee will be conducting a meeting on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 6:00PM in the Council Chambers. Members of the public are welcome to attend. (Agenda)

 

Heavy Trash Cleanup: The City of Jamaica Beach will have dumpster behind City Hall for the Fall Heavy Trash Cleanup on Saturday, October 26, 2019 between 9:00AM - Noon. If you are unable to drop off your heavy items, please contact City Hall at (409) 737-1142 to get on the pickup list (deadline to sign up is October 23rd). (Notice)

 

Halloween & National Night Out: The City of Jamaica Beach will be celebrating Halloween and National Night Out as a joint event on Thursday, October 31, 2019 between 6:00PM-8:00PM at the City Park. Please contact City Hall if you would like to volunteer to help decorate on Tuesday, October 29th starting at 5:30PM and/or during the event. For more details, please click on the flyer. (Flyer)

 

FY 2019-2020 Budget: The City of Jamaica Beach Council adopted the FY 2019-2020 Budget during the Regular Called Meeting on Monday, September 16, 2019. To view a copy of approved budget click on the following: Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Budget.

 

2019 Tax Year Property Tax Rate: A tax rate of $0.193253 per $100 of property valuation was adopted by the City of Jamaica Beach Council on Monday, September 16, 2019.

     Adopted Tax Rate $0.193253 per $100 of value

     Preceding Year's Tax Rate $0.197135 per $100 of value

     Effective Tax Rate $0.193253 per $100 of value

    Rollback Tax Rate: $0.208713 per $100 of value

 

The effective tax rate is the total tax rate needed to raise the same amount of property tax revenue for the City of Jamaica Beach from the same properties in both the 2018 tax year and the 2019 tax year. Click here to view a copy of the Tax Rate Ordinance levying Ad Valorem Taxes for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2019.

 

General Maintenance Laborer:  The City of Jamaica Beach is accepting applications for a Full-Time General Maintenance Laborer. This position performs a variety of manual labor tasks associated with the construction, maintenance, repair, and improvement of City streets, rights-of-way, drainage systems, buildings, facilities, parks, marina, beach and water/wastewater utility systems. Applicant must have a valid TX driver’s license; ability to work in extreme weather conditions; work a flexible schedule that may include night, weekend, holiday and emergency hours; and experience operating hand and power tools, equipment and machinery necessary to perform the assigned duties. To apply, please mail a completed Employment Application or resume to: City Administrator, 5264 Jamaica Beach, Jamaica Beach TX 77554; drop off in-person: 16628 San Luis Pass Rd, Jamaica Beach TX 77554; or email: shutchison@ci.jamaicabeach.tx.us. (Job Description)

Starting Pay: $12.00/hr plus paid Medical & Dental Benefits and Retirement

 

Notice to Bidders: The City of Jamaica Beach is accepting bids for Operation & Management of Municipal Water and Wastewater System and Wastewater Treatment Plant. Sealed bids must be received by 10:00 AM on October 23, 2019. Inquiries should be directed to the City Administrator Sean Hutchison at (409) 737-1142 or shutchison@ci.jamaicabeach.tx.us (subject line must read: RFQ 2019-7.1).

 

Notice to Bidders: The City of Jamaica Beach is accepting proposals for a two year Depository Services contract from qualified banking institutions. Sealed bids must be received by 11:00 AM on October 29, 2019. (RFP 2019-6: Depository Services)

 

FM 3005 Construction Project Notice: Please consider this notification that the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) will begin their FM 3005 Construction Project on August 19, 2019 and it is projected to end on March 2022. Click here to view a copy of the presentation presented to City Council regarding the construction.

 

Coastal Texas Study Update Information: Coastal Study Differences handout as of October 2019: Study Differences. Coastal Study Misconceptions as of August 30, 2019: Nothing But the Facts Sheet. Galveston Ring Barrier Update as of August 15, 2019: USACE Study Update Presentation and Coastal Texas Study Fact Sheet.

Coastal Texas Study Update as of August 7, 2019: Coastal Study Update Summer 2019 and Coastal Texas Study Community Work Group Fact Sheet. Questions regarding the provided information may be sent to the Coastal Texas Study Team Contacts:

US Army Corps of Engineers, Kelly Burks-Copes, Kelly.A.Burks-Copes@usace.army.mil

Texas General Land Office, Tony Williams, Tony.Williams@glo.texas.gov

 

Water Aerobics: The City of Jamaica Beach will be offering Water Aerobic Classes at the pool for $10.00 per class or $5.00 per class if you have a water aerobics pass (an 8 class water aerobic pass may be purchased from the W.A. Instructor for $50.00). Reminder: pool season passes cannot be used for water aerobic classes. To be fair to all participants, water aerobic classes will not be conducted during pool operating hours. Water Aerobic classes will be offered 3 times a week: Wednesday (afternoon), Saturday and Sunday (morning). Below is the Tentative Water Aerobic Schedule:

Saturday & Sunday, September 2019: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Wednesday, September 2019: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

 

Private Pool Party Rentals: During the month of September, the City of Jamaica Beach will be offering private pool party rentals. Please click on the rental agreement for fees and rules.(Private Pool Party Rental Agreement)

 

Flood Insurance Discount: Great News – FEMA has recognized the floodplain management activities implemented by our community, which qualifies for a 5% discount in the premium cost of flood insurance for NFIP policies issued on or after October 1, 2018. This savings is a tangible result of the flood mitigation activities our community implemented to protect lives and reduce property damage.

 

FY 2018-2019 Budget: The City of Jamaica Beach Council adopted the FY 2018-2019 Budgets during the Regular Called Meeting on Monday, September 17, 2018. To view a copy of budgets click on the following: General Fund Budget or Municipal Services Budget.

 

2018 Tax Year Property Tax Rate: A tax rate of $0.197135 per $100 of property valuation was adopted by the City of Jamaica Beach Council on Monday, September 17, 2018.

     Proposed Tax Rate $0.197135 per $100

     Preceding Year's Tax Rate $0.193754 per $100

     Effective Tax Rate $0.197135 per $100

The effective tax rate is the total tax rate needed to raise the same amount of property tax revenue for the City of Jamaica Beach from the same properties in both the 2017 tax year and the 2018 tax year. Click here to view a copy of the Tax Rate Ordinance levying Ad Valorem Taxes for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2018.

 

Go Green - Paperless Billing: Water Customers can now sign-up for Paperless Billing! Please visit the City of Jamaica Beach Online Services link to register.

 

Official Facebook Page: The City of Jamaica Beach has created an Official Facebook Page for posting announcements of City Council meetings, events, committee and/or board notices; matters appearing on the Council Agendas; specific factual information concerning the city and/or policies; and city department notifications. Important Notice regarding the City's Facebook Page: The City of Jamaica Beach is not responsible for the content nor endorses any site which has a link from our FB page. All content, comments and replies posted are subject to the Freedom of Information Act and all Texas Open Records laws; the City of Jamaica Beach reserves the right to remove any messages or postings.  The City of Jamaica Beach reserves the right to restrict or remove any content that is deemed in violation of its policies or any applicable laws.  Social Networking content or comments containing any of the following will not be allowed for posting: comments or material not topically related to the site or article being commented upon; profane, vulgar, offensive language or obscene content; content that promotes, fosters or perpetuates discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation; personal attacks, insults or threatening or harassing language; political or religious advocacy or commentary. Comments cannot serve electoral campaign purposes. Political messages will not be published except for announcements of city elections or voter encouragement campaigns; support or opposition for any ballot issue or candidate for office; and promotion or advertisement of any businesses or commercial enterprises, unless they are providing support to city services.

Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) is imposed on the rental of a room or space costing $15.00 or more each day for State reporting and $2.00 or more each day for Local reporting. Any person leasing their house(s), or room in their house, as a Short Term Rental must collect the tax from their customers in the same way a hotel or motel collects the tax from their guests. The HOT rate in Jamaica Beach is 15% (6% to State and 9% to Local) of the cost of the room.  Please visit the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts website for more information and/or State reporting. Download the city's Hotel Occupancy Tax Form for Local reporting and remitting. Please file reports, even if no tax was collected, by due date to avoid State and Local penalties.

For Sale: The City of Jamaica Beach has "New" JB Flags, T-Shirts & 40th Anniversary Koozie for sale benefitting the Jamaica Beach City Park!! Golf Cart Flags: 1-$20, 2-$35 or 3-$45; Flags: $35; T-shirts: $15 each or 2-$25; Koozies: 1-$3, 2-$5 or 5-$10; 40th Anniversary Koozies: $1 each!!  Items for sale at City Hall, City Park Events, or City Pool (during operating Season). 

 

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