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City of Nederland Don Albanese, Mayor
Billy Neal, Mayor Pro Tem
Talmadge Austin, Councilmember
Emmett Hollier, Councilmember
Sylvia Root, Councilmember
Christopher Duque, City Manager

P.O. Box 967 * Nederland, Texas 77627 * 409.723.1503 * Fax 409.723.1550
 

Meeting Minutes from Monday, March 14, 2005

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

3:00 p.m. March 14, 2005
  1. MEETING

    The meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Mayor R. A. Nugent at the Nederland City Office Building, 1400 Boston Avenue, Nederland, Texas. See attached for quorum.

  2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve the minutes of the February 28, 2005 meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  3. PUBLIC HEARING

    The regular meeting was recessed and a Public Hearing was called to order at 3:02 p.m. by Mayor Nugent for the purpose of receiving questions and/or comments regarding rehabilitation or condemnation and demolition of abandoned and dilapidated structures at the following addresses: 3415 Nashville Avenue; 304 Nederland Avenue; and, 819 Chicago Avenue.

    Rod Hatch, Building Official, gave a brief report on each structure. He stated that all would require more than 50% of the fair market value to rebuild or make habitable. Mr. Hatch added that all structures meet the demolition requirements of Ordinance No. 2001-07. He reported that all three last known property owners were mailed notification letters and all three were returned to the City.

    Mr. Hatch stated that Sidney Daigle, 3415 Nashville Avenue, is apparently living in a nursing home and his family does not wish to take responsibility for the property. Mr. Hatch is recommending that the structure be demolished.

    Mr. Hatch reported that Jo-Ann Randall purchased the property at 304 Nederland Avenue at a Sheriff's auction on May 6, 2003. This commercial structure is in disrepair and unfit for human habitation. He added that it presents a danger to public health, safety and welfare. Demolition is also recommended for this structure.

    The structure at 819 Chicago Avenue was damaged by fire over a year ago and the owner, Ella Mae Hebert, has since died. At the time of the fire the structure was not covered by insurance and is now considered a danger to the public health, safety and welfare. Mr. Hatch recommends demolition.

    There being no questions and/or comments Mayor Nugent adjourned the Public Hearing and reconvened the regular meeting at 3:06 p.m.

  4. BUILDING AND BUILDING REGULATIONS

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to set a 30-day time period for Sidney Daigle to comply with the demolition and removal of the structure located at 3415 Nashville Avenue, and in the event that the structure is not removed within the 30 days the City will proceed with the demolition and cause a lien to be placed on the property. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Radcliff and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to set a 30-day time period for Jo-Ann Randall to comply with the demolition and removal of the structure located at 504 Nederland Avenue, and in the event that the structure is not removed within the 30 days the City will proceed with the demolition and cause a lien to be placed on the property. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Nugent to set a 30-day time period for Ella Mae Hebert to comply with the demolition and removal of the structure located at 819 Chicago Avenue, and in the event that the structure is not removed within the 30 days the City will proceed with the demolition and cause a lien to be placed on the property. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  5. CONTRACTS/AGREEMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Councilmember Radcliff to appoint Edgar, Kiker & Cross, PC to perform the FY 2004-2005 audit in the amount of $26,000 if Single Audit Act requirements are not necessary and $28,500 if Single Audit Act requirements are necessary. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve an agreement with Tower Medical Center of Nederland for drug and alcohol testing in accordance with the Substance Abuse Policy and State and Federal regulations. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Radcliff and seconded by Mayor Nugent to approve a contract with Soutex Surveyors, Inc., in the amount of $8,000.00, for surveying services. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  6. BIDS/PROPOSALS

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to award bids received for janitorial services to American Building Maintenance Company, Houston, TX, in the amount of $18,414.16 for the period April 1, 2005 through March 31, 2006. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Radcliff and seconded by Councilmember Neal to authorize the advertisement of bids for employee health insurance, dental insurance, and long term disability insurance. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  7. PAYMENTS

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer and seconded by Councilmember Radcliff to approve a payment to Brystar Contracting, Inc. in the amount of $125,802.42, wastewater collection system rehabilitation FY 2005. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Mayor Nugent to approve a payment to d.p. Consulting Engineers, Inc. in the amount of $1,225.00, upper Main "C" drainage improvements. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer to approve payment of the bills for the month of February. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  8. EXECUTIVE SESSION

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Mayor Nugent to postpone the Executive Session. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  9. OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    Andre Wimer, City Manager, reported that the library received notification from the Seawell Elam Foundation that our grant request in the amount of $5,000 was approved. He also reported that plans for the Boston Avenue sidewalk replacement project are currently being reviewed in Austin and although he is unable to determine a possible start date the local TxDOT office is very supportive of initiating construction as soon as possible. Mr. Wimer also reminded Council that the Nederland Heritage Festival begins tomorrow, March 15th.

    Councilmember Rogers asked if Council could begin receiving reports on the Nederland Economic Development Corporation potential projects. Mayor Nugent gave a brief report stating that the old WalMart building has been sold and final closing papers should be signed soon. He added that the developers of the potential shopping complex are still interested in locating in Nederland. Finally, Mayor Nugent stated that the hotel project should begin any day.

  10. ADJOURN

    There being no further business a motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Neal to adjourn the meeting at 3:38 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, March 14, 2005


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