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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, November 28, 2005

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

6:00 p.m. November 28, 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 Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to approve the minutes of the November 14, 2005 meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  3. HURRICANE RITA

    Mike Bransford, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, gave an update on the Hurricane Rita debris removal process. He stated that they are continuing the daily removal of construction and debris, adding that to date 26,000 c.y. has been removed. Mr. Bransford said that they believe that the majority of debris has been placed in front of homes, therefore, they can begin to make a more direct clean. The Corps will close the project out by doing one final street-by-street assessment. He added that they remain hopeful of more trucks being added to Nederland.

  4. REQUESTS

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Neal and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to approve the following for an exception to the City of Nederland water billing policy due to circumstances associated with Hurricane Rita by allowing a six month average for water and sewer: JoAnn Franks, 2319 Avenue A, revised billing amount from $155.72 to $37.27. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  5. INVESTMENT REPORTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to accept the Quarterly Investment Report as presented by Cheryl Dowden, Director of Finance (see attached). MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to accept the Annual Investment Report as presented by Cheryl Dowden, Director of Finance (see attached). MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  6. POLICIES/PROCEDURES

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Nugent to continue the existing Investment Policy. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  7. BIDS/PURCHASES

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to approve an amendment to the cost of the communications tower to be installed by Galveston Wireless in the amount of +$8,250.00. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  8. CONTRACTS/AGREEMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Nugent to approve a contract with Neches Engineers for engineering services associated with Hurricane Rita building repairs to City facilities. 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 a contract with LaBiche Architectural Group for architectural services associated with Hurricane Rita building repairs to City facilities contingent upon the word "defend", or other acceptable wording as approved by Richard Hughes, City Attorney, being added to the indemnification clause, approval of the overall contract by Mr. Hughes, and if there is a change in the contract amount it shall be resubmitted to the City Council for approval. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to approve a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Nederland Police Officers' Association contingent upon final approval by the Association. 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 a Collective Bargaining Contract with the International Association of Firefighters Local 3339 contingent upon final approval by the Association. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  9. EXECUTIVIE 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, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  10. OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    Andre' Wimer, City Manager, reported that the City received a new rate increase request from Texas Gas Service. He added that the area City Managers will be meeting with representatives of Texas Gas Service to get a better understanding of the request. Mr. Wimer added that he feels the City will ultimately approve an ordinance to delay the rate request for an additional 90 days.

  11. ADJOURN

    There being no further business a motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to adjourn the meeting at 7:34 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, November 28, 2005


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