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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, June 13, 2005

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

3:00 p.m. June 13, 2005
  1. MEETING

    The regular 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 Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to approve the minutes of the May 23, 2005 meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  3. NEDERLAND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

    Rick Williams, Nederland Economic Development Corporation, gave a report on proposed NEDC projects. He reported that they continue to negotiate with potential businesses and currently have a fund balance of approximately $2.2 million. Mr. Williams stated that the sell of the old WalMart building to Ritter Group has been finalized and will be named Heritage Town Center. Ritter Lumber Company will occupy 43,000 square feet of the interior of the building and the remainder will be made available to additional retail business. Ritter Group has hired Arnold Associates, who will work with the NEDC, to encourage businesses to locate in the building. Ritter Lumber hopes to occupy the building by the middle of October. The Candlewood Suites Hotel project has been complete with respect to financing. Final plans have been submitted to the City's Building Official and construction is expected to begin in July. Mr. Williams added that the apartment complex project to be built on Nederland Avenue is waiting on government financing and is anticipated to begin construction by the end of summer. The largest proposed project, Sunset Village, is proceeding with respect to obtaining commitments from various retailers. Mr. Williams stated that the entertainment venue has been confirmed. The developer has received a letter of intent from one large retailer as well. This total project cost will be approximately $40 - $50 million. The developer is hoping to have at least the entertainment venue and one large retailer completed by September 2006.

    Councilmember Rogers asked Mr. Williams why the property on Hwy. 69 is never completely mowed. Mr. Williams responded that bids were taken to have the property routinely mowed and the low bidder does the mowing one section at a time. He added that it was strictly a cost saving issue, but he would bring this item to the NEDC Board of Directors for consideration.

    Mr. Williams added that Candlewood Suites Hotel does not have a restaurant, however, they have made contact with Sanderson's Restaurant to place a menu in each room and provide room service.

  4. RESOLUTIONS

    A motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to approve Resolution No. 2005-04, authorizing participation with other Entergy service area cities in matters by Entergy at the Public Utility Commission of Texas in 2005. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Neal and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to approve Resolution 2005-05, authorizing the submission of various street projects for the FY 2007 JOHRTS Metropolitan Transportation Plan-2030 Update. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  5. BIDS/PURCHASES

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to authorize the award of bids for relocation of a force main near the Southeast Texas Regional Airport to Excavators & Constructors, Inc., Port Arthur, TX, in the amount of $71,350.90. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  6. GRANT

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Neal and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to authorize the submission of an application to the State Comptroller for a Tobacco Compliance Grant. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  7. PAYMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to approve a payment to Don S. Reichle & Associates, Inc. in the amount of $1,950.00, South 5th Street elevated water storage tank. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve a payment to d.p. Consulting Engineers, Inc. in the amount of $1,425.00, Boston Avenue landscaping project. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Nugent to approve a payment to Brystar Contracting, Inc. in the amount of $102,620.44, FY 2005 wastewater system rehabilitation. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Neal and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve payments to Schaumburg & Polk, Inc., as follows: $3,651.76, Beauxart Garden Road improvements; and, $900.00, FY 2005 wastewater system rehabilitation. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

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

  8. EXECUTIVE SESSION

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

  9. OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    Andre' Wimer, City Manager, responded to a statement made on the local television stations by Jefferson County Judge Carl Griffith regarding the possibility of the City of Nederland or the City of Port Arthur annexing the airport fire station. Mr. Wimer stated that this was proposed several years ago and City staff researched the pros and cons of annexing any portion of the airport property. It was learned that FAA regulations require airport firefighters to be on the premises at all times, therefore, it would not be feasible for the City to annex it. They would not be allowed to provide fire service throughout the City. The property is not taxable, therefore, we would be assuming a $500,000 to $600,000 expense and placing that burden on the taxpayers. Mayor Pro Tem Neal stated that he feels the City should at least consider doing something at or near the airport property. Mr. Wimer replied that he will place at item on the next agenda for further discussion.

    Mayor Pro Tem Neal asked about the investigation of the fires at Parkway Village Mobile Home Park. Assistant Fire Chief Collins responded that they are continuing their investigation and are trying to obtain permission to question the woman that has been arrested for several arson related fires in Orange and Jefferson Counties. The woman remains in jail and they are required to speak with her attorney prior to questioning.

  10. ADJOURN

    There being no further business, a motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to adjourn the meeting at 3:47 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, June 13, 2005


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