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

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

Meeting Minutes from Monday, October 10, 2005

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

3:00 p.m. October 10, 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 Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of September 26, 2005, and the emergency meeting of September 30, 2005 as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  3. STREETS AND SIDEWALKS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to authorize the closure of the 1100 block of Boston Avenue on October 31, 2005, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for Boston Avenue Merchants' Association Halloween activities. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to authorize the closure of Franklin Avenue, between 12th and 13th Streets, on October 27, 2005 from 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. for Langham Elementary School's Annual Fall Carnival. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  4. RESOLUTIONS

    A motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve the first reading of Resolution No. 2005-15, ratifying the action of the Nederland Economic Development Corporation related to the incentive offered to Golden Triangle Specialty Medical Center dba Promise Specialty Hospital of Southeast Texas. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  5. CENTERPOINT ENERGY

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to approve Resolution No. 2005-17, suspending the effective date indefinitely for CenterPoint Energy Entex's request to increase rates and requiring prompt responses to discovery requests. 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 the first reading of Resolution No. 2005-16, ratifying the action of the Nederland Economic Development Corporation related to the incentive offered to A & J Ladies, L.L.C. dba Bath Junkie-Mid County. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  6. HURRICANE RITA

    A motion was made by Councilmember Griffin and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to waive permit fees as a result of the declared state of disaster for the City of Nederland resulting from Hurricane Rita. 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 waive permits, permit fees, and inspections associated with repairs to residential electrical meter cans and risers as a result of the declared state of disaster for the City of Nederland resulting from Hurricane Rita. 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 adopt a one time variance to the Code of Ordinances, parking of travel trailers as a result of the declared state of disaster for the City of Nederland resulting from Hurricane Rita. 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 waive penalties and cut-offs for late payment of water, sewer, and sanitation bills, as a result of the declared state of disaster for the City of Nederland resulting from Hurricane Rita. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  7. EXECUTIVIE SESSION

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

  8. OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    Andre' Wimer, City Manager, thanked all City employees for their hard work in the aftermath of Hurricane Rita. Work conditions were extremely difficult with no water, sewer, or electricity and everyone pulled together and worked as a team to restore City services in preparation for residents to return to Nederland. He reported that the boil water notice was lifted Thursday, October 6th and full water and wastewater services were restored once the plants had electrical power. Mr. Wimer added that most City facilities suffered some structural damage. The roof above the dorm/office area of the Fire Station was severely damaged; roof damage to foyer area of City Hall; Recreation Center severely damaged and parks are closed until a thorough inspection can be made on the playground equipment. The library also sustained damage and is temporarily closed. The D. Bob Henson Office Building received water damage. All City departments, other than Public Works, are temporarily being housed at City Hall. Mr. Wimer stated that Jefferson County hired a debris removal company that will be picking up debris throughout the entire County and this will ultimately be paid for by FEMA. Normal garbage collection began Monday, October 3rd, and roll off containers were placed at Highland Park, Helena, and Hillcrest Elementary Schools for residents use, but these will be removed today due to necessary clean-up prior to resumption of classes next week. He also reported that we have contracted with a firm to provide temporary inspectors to assist with the anticipated high number of permits and inspections. All cities within Jefferson County lifted the curfew effective today. Mr. Wimer also commended the five area mayors for their joint efforts in making important decisions to insure the safe return of all residents.

    Mayor Nugent also thanked the City employees for such a great job they have done under such adverse conditions. He added that many worked from daylight to dark with no complaints from anyone. Mayor Nugent also commended the City Manager for his hard work.

    Councilmember Rogers stated that the leadership of Nederland should be commended. He added that he is very pleased with the tremendous amount of progress made.

    Councilmember Griffin also commended City staff and noted how well organized all the work appears to be.

    Councilmember Sheffield stated that he returned to Nederland the day after the storm and was impressed with the work done by City staff. He added that they were clearing roadways in order to make way for utility crews to restore power to the city. He also suggested that FEMA or the City try to assist all employees with their cellular telephone bills due to the fact that cell phones were practically operating the City during the first week of recovery.

    Mayor Pro Tem Neal commended the City Manager and staff for an excellent job in getting so much completed in such a relatively short period of time.

    Mr. Wimer added that he would like to thank Nederland Independent School District for their cooperation and for their efforts in providing much needed fuel in the first few days after the hurricane.

    Steve Hamilton, Director of Public Works, also took the opportunity to thank all the City employees for their hard work. He then reported on the debris removal process stating that the main problem is trash being placed in the streets and ditches. He added that he meets with the debris removal contractor daily to receive updates regarding their progress in the City. The contractor is trying to obtain additional trucks for Nederland.

  9. ADJOURN

    There being no further business a motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to adjourn the meeting at 4:00 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, October 10, 2005


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