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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, January 12, 2004

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

3:00 p.m. January 12, 2004
  1. MEETING

    The meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Mayor Homer E. Nagel 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 Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Radcliff to approve the minutes of the December 15, 2003 meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Nugent.
    Noes: None.

  3. REQUEST

    Andre Wimer, City Manager, stated that the City had received correspondence from Linda Nicholas, Nederland Girls Softball Treasurer, requesting reimbursement of their electric bills for 2002 and 2003. He added that since both FY 2001-2002 and FY 2002-2003 have been closed, staff was unable to approve the request. The other leagues normally request their reimbursement in late summer or early fall. If Council approves the payment it will be necessary to also prepare and approve a budget amendment at the next meeting.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Radcliff and seconded by Mayor Nagel to approve the request from the Nederland Girls Softball League for reimbursement of electric bills for the 2002 and 2003 seasons. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Nugent.
    Noes: None.

  4. GRANT

    Andre Wimer, City Manager, stated that the South East Texas Regional Planning Commission receives funding from the State for distribution to governmental entities; this year, $126,164 is available for disbursement in the area. In the past, the cities of Nederland, Port Neches, and Groves have jointly submitted a grant application and utilized the funding to purchase composting bins and mail solid waste instructions/informational literature to citizens. Staff has recommended that this year the City of Nederland submit the grant application to purchase and install an electric gate with coded access for the old landfill site. The City continues to experience illegal dumping on this property which often creates problems for the green waste incinerator. The anticipated cost for the gate and installation is approximately $35,000.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Councilmember Sawyer to approve the submission of a grant application to the South East Texas Regional Planning Commission for a Solid Waste project. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Nugent.
    Noes: None.

  5. BUDGET

    A motion was made by Mayor Nagel and seconded by Councilmember Sawyer to approve an amendment to the 2003-2004 budget, Library Special Fund, to allow for reallocation of Hebert Foundation funds in the amount of $20,300 to the Books and Publications line item. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Nugent.
    Noes: None.

  6. BIDS/PURCHASES

    A motion was made by Councilmember sawyer and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Nugent to authorize the purchase of a DiscChek system for the Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library in the amount of $6,170.00. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Nugent.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Radcliff and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Nugent to authorize advertisement of bids for a SCBA filling station/breathing air compression system for the Fire Department. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Nugent.
    Noes: None.

  7. CHANGE ORDERS

    A motion was made by Mayor Nagel and seconded by Councilmember Radcliff to approve Change Order No. 1 with DMS Painting, Inc., Canal Avenue elevated storage tank project, in the amount of +$1,400.00. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Nugent.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Mayor Nagel and seconded by Councilmember Sawyer to accept the Wastewater Treatment Plant improvements construction by ALLCO, Inc. and authorize release of retainage, except that portion which amounts to the value of any outstanding items. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Nugent.
    Noes: None.

  8. PAYMENTS

    A motion was made by Mayor Nagel and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Nugent to approve payments to Schaumburg & Polk, Inc. as follows: $3,375.76, wastewater system improvements (Treatment Plant); $1,880.76, wastewater system improvements (Treatment Plant); $5,263.78, 2002-2003 collection system rehabilitation (Year 5); $5,892.14, 2002-2003 collection system rehabilitation (Year 5); $1,872.00, smoke testing; $9,580.00, smoke testing; and $1,065.88, South 5th Street sewer line rehabilitation. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Nugent.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sawyer and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve payments to d.p. Consulting Engineers, Inc. as follows: $1,906.00, upper Main "C" drainage improvements; and, $1,75.00, Boston Avenue pavement rehabilitation and beautification project. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Nugent.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Radcliff and seconded by Mayor Nagel to approve payment to Don S. Reichle & Associates, Inc. in the amount of $1,300.00, Canal Avenue elevated storage tank, Phase III, inspection services. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Nugent.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Councilmember Sawyer to approve payment to DMS Painting, Inc. in the amount of $1,985.00, Canal Avenue elevated storage tank painting, final. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Nugent.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sawyer and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve payments to Brystar Contracting, Inc. as follows: $70,261.77, wastewater collection system improvements (Year 4 & 5); and, $95,597.68, wastewater collection system improvements (Year 4 & 5). MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Nugent.
    Noes: None.

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

  9. EXECUTIVE SESSION

    The regular meeting was recessed at 3:50 p.m. by Mayor Nagel for the purpose of conducting an Executive Session as authorized by Texas Government Code, Chapter 551.072, discuss acquisition, exchange, sale, and/or release of property; Chapter 551.071, City of Nederland v. Entergy Gulf States, Entergy, Inc. and Entergy Services, Inc., litigation against KSA Engineers, Inc. and ALLCO, Inc. regarding Water Treatment Plant; and, consultation with City Attorney.

  10. RECONVENE

    The regular meeting was reconvened at 4:00 p.m. by Mayor Nagel. He announced that the Executive Session was held for informational purposes only.

  11. OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    Andre Wimer, City Manager, reported that Charles Lankford was re-elected to the Jefferson County Appraisal District Board of Directors. He also reported that staff attended a meeting with TxDOT concerning the frontage road project along Hwy. 69 and work should be started in the near future.

  12. ADJOURN

    There being no further business a motion was made by Mayor Nagel and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Nugent to adjourn the meeting at 4:02 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Nugent.
    Noes: None.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, January 12, 2004


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