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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, December 12, 2005

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

3:00 p.m. December 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 Griffin and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to approve the minutes of the November 28, 2005 meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent: Councilmember Rogers

  3. REQUESTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Mayor Nugent 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: Summer Ozio, 406 - 10th Street, revised billing amount from $245.48 to $64.24. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent: Councilmember Rogers

  4. BIDS/PURCHASES

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Neal and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to authorize the award of bids for water and sewer inventory items to Golden Triangle Pipe, Beaumont, TX, in the amount of $97,705.50. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent: Councilmember Rogers

  5. CONTRACTS/AGREEMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Griffin and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to renew a lease agreement with the Mid-County Radio Control Club for a five (5) year term. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent: Councilmember Rogers

  6. ORDINANCES

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Mayor Nugent to approve Ordinance No. 2005-20, suspending the proposed rate increase request submitted by Texas Gas Service and authorizing a review of the filing. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent: Councilmember Rogers

    A motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to approve Ordinance No. 2005-21, requiring CenterPoint Energy Entex to cease and desist from charging illegal and unlawful rates and requiring refunds. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent: Councilmember Rogers

  7. PAYMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to approve payment of the bills for the month of November. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent: Councilmember Rogers

  8. DISCUSSION

    Richard Hughes, City Attorney, reported that he has visited with a city attorney with a different city who is also researching the possibility of adopting an ordinance to regulate where registered sex offenders may live in conjunction to where children gather. He stated that he is still unsure if even a home rule city may use their power to control private property. Mr. Hughes added that this type of ordinance is gaining popularity with cities. He informed the Council that he will continue to research and review the proposed ordinance and report back to them in January.

  9. HURRICANE RITA

    Mike Bransford, U. S. Army Corp of Engineers, informed the Council that his tour of duty has been completed and he will be turning over the operation to Bob Smiley. Mr. Smiley reported that they are averaging over 1,200 c.y. per day of debris removal and have an average of 10-12 crews working in Nederland. They have set January 2nd as the deadline for residents to have all debris to the curb for removal. After that time they will begin the street by street final pass and hope to close the project for all of Jefferson County by the middle of February. Mr. Smiley stated that during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day they may have less number of crews working in order to allow them to spend time with their families during the holidays.

  10. 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, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent: Councilmember Rogers

  11. OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    None.

  12. ADJOURN

    There being no further business a motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to adjourn the meeting at 3:35 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent: Councilmember Rogers

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, December 12, 2005


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