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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, July 11, 2005

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

3:00 p.m. July 11, 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 Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve the minutes of the June 27, 2005 meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  3. BIDS/PROPOSALS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to accept a proposal from Thomason Enterprises for the demolition of structures located at 3415 Nashville Avenue; 304 Nederland Avenue (to the slab only); and, 819 Chicago Avenue in the amount of $9,145.00. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  4. CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT

    Robert Sangster, Water Treatment Plant Supervisor, reviewed the 2004 Drinking Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report) which was recently mailed to all customers. In accordance with EPA regulations all water suppliers are required to issue the CCR to all its customers on an annual basis. He added that the report shows that Nederland's water quality does not exceed maximum allowable levels for any contaminates.

  5. REQUEST

    Andre' Wimer, City Manager, stated that representatives from Sunoco Partners Marketing & Terminals L..P. are requesting an ad valorem tax abatement on a new 660,000 barrel storage tank that will be constructed at their Nederland terminal. The estimated cost is $5,800,000 and it is anticipated that construction will begin in July and be completed in early 2006. The Industrial District Agreement between the City and Sunoco allows for requesting a tax abatement for new plant facilities and improvements.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Griffin and seconded by Mayor Nugent to approve the request from Sunoco Partners Marketing & Terminals L.P. for an ad valorem tax abatement. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  6. RESOLUTIONS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve Resolution No. 2005-06, authorizing the submission of a Fiscal Year 2005 Port Security Grant to the U. S. Department of Homeland Security. 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 Resolution No. 2005-07, approving a Master Advance Funding Agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve Resolution No. 2005-08, approving a Funding Transportation Project Advance Funding Agreement for a Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality Project for traffic signal pre-emption. 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 No. 2005-09, supporting additional Federal funding for maintenance dredging of the Sabine-Neches Waterway. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  7. PAYMENTS

    A motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve payment to d.p. Consulting Engineers, Inc. in the amount of $1,286.00, Boston Avenue landscaping project. 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 payments to Excavators & Constructors, Inc. as follows: $67,336.00, Hwy. 69/Airport area force main relocation; and, $3,544.00, Hwy. 69/Airport area force main relocation, final. 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 payment of the bills for the month of June. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  8. BUDGET

    Andre' Wimer, City Manager gave a brief overview of the proposed 2005-2006 budget and announced that the Public Hearing will be held at 3:00 p.m., August 8th. The General Fund proposed budget includes projected revenues of $6,561,993 and anticipated expenditures of $6,961,773. Fund balance in the amount of $399,780 will be utilized to offset this difference. Of this amount $250,000 is allocated to the Equipment Replacement Fund-General Fund in order to provide monies for future expenditures. The remaining amount, $149,780, will be utilized to offset the operational deficit.

    Mr. Wimer reviewed the significant changes in the remaining funds. In the Water and Sewer Fund a proposed increase in sewer rates in the amount of $.25/1,000 gallons of consumption has been included. The budget includes the addition of a Maintenance Worker position in the Water Distribution and Sewer Collection Department at a cost of $37,864. The Meter Reader position will be reclassified from pay grade 103 to 105. The proposed budget also reflects the anticipated change to radio-read water meters with only one month of meter reading services budgeted. Mr. Wimer added that $20,000 has been budgeted for the periodic inspection and routine maintenance of the Avenue G water tower.

    The Solid Waste Fund proposed budget includes a $.75/month increase in sanitation rates. This amount is anticipated to generate approximately $56,000 in additional revenues. The proposed budget includes a transfer to the Equipment Replacement Fund in the amount of $200,000 due to the significant increase in cost for both garbage and trash trucks.

    Mr. Wimer added that contributions from the cities of Nederland, Port Neches, and Groves for the MCML Central Dispatch are based upon $1.00 per capita; the current year rate is $.91 per capita. This expenditure for Nederland reflects an increase in the amount of $18,816 over the previous year.

    Total debt service requirements for FY 05-06 total $2,178,484.

    With regard to personnel issues Mr. Wimer added that the budget includes a two percent (2%) cost of living increase for employees. Mr. Wimer stated that the proposed budget attempts to maintain sufficient levels of reserve funds, while allocating estimated revenues for operational expenses.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to approve Resolution No. 2005-10, submitting the City of Nederland Annual Budget for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2005 and ending September 30, 2006, and calling for a Public Hearing to be held at 3:00 p.m., August 8, 2005 for the purpose of discussing the proposed budget as per Article VII of the City Charter.

    MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  9. CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

    Andre' Wimer, City Manager, reviewed the proposed Five Year Capital Improvement Program for the years 2006-2010 which identifies capital expenditures/projects totaling $3,312,000. He added that the CIP is intended to act as a guide for future capital expenditures and provide a framework for identifying capital requirements, scheduling projects, coordinating selected projects, and identifying fiscal impacts. He reviewed each category of the CIP, which includes Water Treatment and Storage, Water Distribution System, Wastewater Treatment, Wastewater Collection System, Street Improvements, and Facility Improvements.

  10. EXECUTIVE SESSION

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

  11. OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    Andre' Wimer, City Manager, informed the Council that the Drainage District No. 7 project on Avenue H has been delayed. He added that approximately 1,500 meters have been changed and during a training session last week one route consisting of 305 meters was read within five minutes.

    Chief Darrell Bush announced that effective today Tom Hicklin has been named the Assistant Police Chief, and Nicky Matt the Administrative Assistant.

  12. ADJOURN

    There being no further business a motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Neal and seconded by Mayor Nugent to adjourn the meeting at 4:17 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, July 11, 2005


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