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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, September 12, 2005

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

3:00 p.m. September 12, 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 Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of August 22, 2005, and the special meetings of September 1, 2005 and September 6, 2005 as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, 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 discussing and receiving comments regarding the proposed tax rate of $.646438/$100 assessed valuation for FY 05-06.

    Andre' Wimer, City Manager, stated that this is the second of two required Public Hearings required by SB 18 regarding adoption of tax rates. The various tax rates discussed during the first Public Hearing were reviewed again. Due to increases in fuel costs the Council is of the consensus that $.652456/$100 valuation will allow for City services to continue at the current level. The vote on the tax rate is scheduled for the September 26, 2005 City Council meeting which begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Nederland City Hall.

    There being no further questions and/or comments the Public Hearing was adjourned and the regular meeting was reconvened at 3:10 p.m. by Mayor Nugent.

  4. COMMENTS

    Vera LeBlanc, 1517 Franklin, addressed the Council relative to the City's animal control ordinance. Mrs. LeBlanc feels that the ordinance is not being enforced. She stated that she has witnessed two loose dogs killing a neighbor's cat and people in her neighborhood are fearful for themselves as well as their pets. Mrs. LeBlanc suggested a notice be placed on the water bills informing residents of the leash law and the penalties associated with allowing animals to run loose. She thanked the Council for their time and consideration in this matter.

    Police Chief Bush stated that the ordinance does allow for charges to be filed on individuals who allow their dogs to run loose. He added that residents could also file charges on individuals for having loose dogs.

    Andre' Wimer, City Manager, stated that the City will place a notice on the water bills sometime in the near future.

  5. STREET CLOSURES

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Neal and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to authorize the closure of 14th Street from Boston Avenue to Chicago Avenue on October 11, 2005, from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. for Fire Prevention Week activities. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to authorize the closure of 13th Street from Atlanta Avenue to Nederland Avenue on October 1, 2005 from 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. for First United Methodist Church Harvest Festival activities. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  6. TEXAS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve the selection of David J. Waxman, Inc. to provide the Administrative/Grant Management Services of the TCDP Water & Sewer Improvements Project awarded in the 2005-2006 funding cycle, contingent upon final approval of the contract by the City Attorney. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  7. BIDS/PROPOSALS

    A motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to authorize the advertisement of bids for the repair/replacement of sewer lines, 2004 Smoke Test-Years 2 & 3 project. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  8. POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to approve the Policies and Procedures Manual for the Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  9. RESOLUTION

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to approve Resolution No. 2005-14, nominating Charles Lankford as a candidate for the Board of Directors of the Jefferson County Appraisal District. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  10. NEDERLAND ECONOMIC DEVELOMENT CORPORATION

    A motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to reappoint R. A. Nugent, Larry Ducharme, and Mike Guidry to the Nederland Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors; and, to appoint Bert Rogers to the NEDC Board of Directors, all being two-year terms. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  11. PAYMENTS

    A motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to approve a payment to Brystar Contracting, Inc. in the amount of $4,440.75, South 5th Street trunk line replacement. 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 ALLCO, Inc. as follows: $2,831.19, west annexation water and sewer improvements, Phase 2; and, $42,000.60, west annexation water and sewer improvements, Phase 2, final. 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 payment of the bills for the month of August. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  12. ORDINANCES

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Nugent to approve Ordinance No. 2005-13, establishing the Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Griffin and seconded by Mayor Nugent to approve Ordinance No. 2005-14, making it illegal to intentionally or knowingly fail to return library materials to the Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library. 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 Mayor Nugent to approve Ordinance No. 2005-15, establishing a fee schedule for the Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  13. EXECUTIVIE 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.

  14. OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    Andre' Wimer, City Manager, reported that he and Chief Bush had an opportunity to tour the facilities at Ford Park that are being used to house evacuees from Louisiana who were affected by Hurricane Katrina. Mayor Nugent added that as mayor of a Jefferson County city he was asked to serve as Incident Commander of the facility during the absence of Jefferson County Judge Carl Griffin. He added that the temporary residents of Ford Park were very grateful for the services provided by the area. Mayor Nugent stated that they are hopeful that most of the evacuees will be able to find housing by the end of the week.

  15. ADJOURN

    There being no further business a motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to adjourn the meeting at 4:05 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, September 12, 2005


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