City council will spend nearly $80,000 to fully update and remodel the Rosenberg Civic Center’s audio and visual system which were “long due” for an upgrade.

Director of Information Services Shelton Besson spoke to council Tuesday evening detailing the need for upgrading the council’s alternative meeting place during the pandemic.

“The equipment is incompatible and outdated with today’s technology,” Besson said. “The sound system does not adequately fill a room and the video projection routinely fails during presentations. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been a great number of requests for services which require technology that the Civic Center is not properly equipped to provide, such as virtual meetings and training.”

The total bid from Audio-Visual Technologies Group, Inc. of $79,330.06 was previously budgeted by city staff, Mayor Kevin Raines said.

The one-time purchase will modernize the video presentation as well as the sound system throughout the building, Besson said.

Council also approved spending nearly $50,000 on right-of-way mowing services by Texas Ranch Maintenance for nearly 50 acres of roadways.

Some of the largest areas to be remedied will be Bryan Road from FM 2218 to Dry Creek, Louise Street from I-69 to Avenue N and Reading Road from South of I-69 to Bendon Road.

The two-year contract has an option for renewal by the city for a third.

Council also approved an amendment permitting hats to be worn in the council chamber and allowing citizens to speak up to three times during a meeting or workshop.

The resolution originally allowed residents to speak for up to three minutes on each agenda item or once in general comments, City Manager John Maresh said.

District 1 Councilor Isaac Davila was one of many who wished to avoid the potential scenario of residents abusing the amendment.

“I don’t remember it being abused and items were usually spoken on by one person,” Davila said. “I would like to allow them to speak on more than one item and up to three items. That way they can’t come in here and say ‘I want to talk on all 11 items.’ I feel that’s a good compromise.”

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