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City of Nederland R. A. "Dick" Nugent, Mayor
Billy Neal, Mayor Pro Tem
Talmadge Austin, Councilmember
Craig J. Belaire, Councilmember
Vacant, Councilmember
Christopher Duque, City Manager

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

Meeting Minutes from Monday, July 25, 2005

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

6:00 p.m. July 25, 2005
  1. MEETING

    The meeting was called to order at 6:00 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 July 11, 2005 meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Pro Tem Neal.

  3. PRESENTATION

    Mayor Nugent recognized Sonya Willis for her 13 years of service to the City and its citizens and wished her well on her retirement. He presented her with a gift as appreciation for an outstanding job. Mrs. Willis thanked the Council and the City for giving her the opportunity to work for the City of Nederland.

  4. COMMENTS

    Carolyn Guidry, Jefferson County Clerk, and Theresa Goodness, Deputy Clerk, addressed the Council regarding the proposed election system. Ms. Guidry stated that due to federal regulations all polling places are required to have at least one (1) Direct Recording Electronic Voting System (DRE). This system allows for all persons to vote a ballot without the assistance of others. She added that the County is in negotiations with ES&S to purchase the necessary equipment in order to comply with federal regulations that require that all punch card systems be replaced by January 1, 2006. Early voting will be done with the DRE's and optical scan paper ballots will be used on conjunction with the DRE's on election day. Mrs. Guidry stated that they will be conducting voter training and awareness prior to the first election on the new system. Jefferson County is hoping to have the system in place for the November election.

  5. STREETS AND SIDEWALKS

    Andre' Wimer, City Manager, stated that the item to discuss the placement of stop signs on South 29th Street was placed on the agenda as a result of Councilmember Sheffield's recent inquiry regarding speeders in this area. He reported that Chief Bush conducted a survey on South 29th Street from July 15-18. Assistant Police Chief Tom Hicklin reported that the survey did indicate a problem with speeders just like so many other areas in town. He added that there are no intersections to place a 4-way stop and it is normally not a good idea to have 3-way stop signs. Chief Hicklin suggested that additional patrol could ease the situation.

    Mr. Wimer indicated that the Council does have the authority to place stop signs where they feel they are warranted. Councilmember Sheffield stated that he will contact the citizen who had the complaint and explain the situation to them. He feels like the additional patrol will suffice for now.

  6. LICENSE TO ENCROACH

    A motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to approve Resolution No. 2005-11, authorizing a License to Encroach at 1524 Hamiton Court; and Resolution No. 2005-12, authorizing a License to Encroach at 1204 North 23rd Street; and authorize the City Manager to sign both documents. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.
    Absent: Mayor Pro Tem Neal.

  7. INVESTMENT REPORT

    Cheryl Dowden, Director of Finance, reviewed the Quarterly Investment Report for the quarter ending June 30, 2005.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to accept the Quarterly Investment Report as presented. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.
    Absent: Mayor Pro Tem Neal.

  8. RESOLUTION

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Nugent to approve Resolution No. 2005-13, suspending the proposed rate schedule change by CenterPoint Energy, and to join and participate in a Steering Committee. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: Councilmember Sheffield.
    Absent: Mayor Pro Tem Neal.

  9. GRANT

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to authorize the submission of a grant to the Hebert Foundation for the Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.
    Absent: Mayor Pro Tem Neal.

  10. PAYMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to approve a payment to Schaumburg & Polk, Inc. in the amount of $5,512.54, Beauxart Garden Road improvements. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.
    Absent: Mayor Pro Tem Neal.

  11. EXECUTIVE SESSION

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

  12. OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    Andre' Wimer, City Manager, reported that the Jefferson County Drainage District No. 7 project on Avenue H began last week.

  13. ADJOURN

    There being no further business a motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to adjourn the meeting at 7:00 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.
    Absent: Mayor Pro Tem Neal.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, July 25, 2005


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