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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, December 19, 2005

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

6:00 p.m. December 19, 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 Mayor Pro Tem Neal and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to approve the minutes of the December 12, 2005 meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  3. HURRICANE RITA

    A motion was made by Councilmember Griffin and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to approve Ordinance No. 2005-22, waiving various permit fee provisions, inspection requirements, and zoning restrictions regarding travel trailers as related to Hurricane Rita. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  4. BIDS/PURCHASES

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to authorize the award of bids received for metal building re-sheeting and repairs at the Nederland Sewer Plant Complex, B. A. Ritter Senior Center, Tex Ritter Park, Utilities Building at Doornbos Park, and Nederland Recreation Center to Mike Barnett Construction, Port Neches, TX, in the amount of $110,890.00. 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 authorize the award of bids received for composition roof repairs and re-roofing at Nederland Sewer Plant Complex, Tex Ritter Park, Doornbos Park, Swimming Pool Complex, and Nederland Water Plant to Mike Barnett Construction, Port Neches, TX, in the amount of $24,980.00. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Mayor Nugent to authorize the award of bids received for re-roofing and roof repairs to the Nederland City Hall Complex to Mike Barnett Construction, Port Neches, TX, in the amount of $23,880.00. 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 Griffin to authorize the award of bids received for the pre-engineered awnings for the Library, Wastewater Treatment Plant, and Fire Station to Mc-o Construction, Port Arthur, TX, in the amount of $9,541.00. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to authorize the award of bids for the Fire Station carport to Mc-o Construction, Port Arthur, TX, in the amount of $8,344.00. 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 purchase of telephone equipment for the D. Bob Henson Office Building from Southwestern Bell in the amount of $6,890.95. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  5. PAYMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to approve payments to LaBiche Architectural Group as follows: $3,363.75, hurricane survey of City facilities; and, $21,769.86, design services for renovations to the Recreation Building, Library and Fire Station. 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 approve a payment to Coleman & Associates in the amount of $14,610.85, repairs to the D. Bob Henson Office Building, it is anticipated that insurance and/or FEMA funds will cover this cost, and if not reimbursement will be provided by the Nederland Economic Development Corporation. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Mayor Nugent to approve a payments to Neches Engineering as follows: $382.04, hurricane survey of City facilities; and, $5,617.51, hurricane roof repairs. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  6. REQUESTS

    A motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Rogers 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: Christopher Boone, 3115 Callaway, revised billing amount from $433.82 to $37.27. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  7. ORDINANCE

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to approve an Amendment to Ordinance No. 2005-21, requiring CenterPoint Energy Entex to cease and desist from charging illegal and unlawful rates and requiring refunds, and to allow the inclusion of penalties and injunctive relief. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  8. EXECUTIVE 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.

  9. OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    Andre Wimer, City Manager, reported that the Hebert Foundation has awarded a grant to the Library in the amount of $33,100. Victoria Klehn, Library Director, will use these funds to continue the library's collection development program, expand the Book-on-CD and the DVD collections, performance fees for children's programs, summer reading program and/or exhibit loans, equipment such as dies for the letter cutting machine and supplies associated with programming, and equipment associated with the HALAN wireless project. Mr. Wimer added that he has received some calls from campaign managers for the upcoming March primaries regarding the City's sign ordinance. It states that yard signs may not be erected before 60 days prior to the date of the election. Mr. Wimer asked that the Council let him know if they would like to strictly enforce the ordinance or perhaps increase the time period. The City of Beaumont currently allows for a 90-day time frame.

    Mayor Nugent stated that rumors have been circulating that the Mayor of Port Arthur has indicated that the mid-county cities and Port Arthur should work together to have a joint civic center. He added that he would not be in favor of this proposal.

  10. ADJOURN

    There being no further business a motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to adjourn the meeting at 6:43 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, December 19, 2005


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