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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, March 13, 2006

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

3:00 p.m. March 13, 2006
  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 Councilmember Sheffield to approve the minutes of the February 27, 2006 meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  3. DISCUSSION

    Andre' Wimer, City Manager, explained that since the last discussion regarding the proposed registered sex offender ordinance the map was updated to include those facilities that provide a Mother's Day Out Day Care service. This was the only change made to the ordinance.

    Councilmember Sheffield asked if the violation would be a misdemeanor. Mr. Hughes, City Attorney, responded that it would be a misdemeanor and would also be a probation violation if the offender were still on probation. The probation guidelines are more strict than the proposed ordinance in that they prohibit an offender from even going to those locations, whereas, the ordinance only prohibits them from residing within 1,000 feet.

    Mr. Wimer asked if there are any suggestions for the ordinance, if not, it will be placed on the next agenda for final approval.

  4. ELECTION

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to approve Resolution No. 2006-06, appointing Jeff Ortiz, Presiding Judge, and John Ortiz, Alternate Presiding Judge for the May 13, 2006 General Election. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  5. RESOLUTION

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to approve Resolution No. 2006-07, suspending the effective date of the proposed Texas Gas Service rate increase for an additional 30 days. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  6. CHANGE ORDER

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to approve Change Order No. 1 with N & T Construction Co., Inc., renovations to the Nederland Recreation Center and Hughes Public Library, in the amount of +$9,604.00. 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 approve Change Order No. 1 with Mike Barnett Construction, Fire Station roof repairs, in the amount of +$2,180.00. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  7. STREETS AND SIDEWALKS

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Neal and seconded by Mayor Nugent to approve Ordinance No. 2006-01, designating "no parking" areas. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  8. STREET LIGHTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to authorize the installation of a street light at 8136 Beauxart Garden Road and 148 Detroit Avenue. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  9. POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to approve Request for Proposal procedures for engineering services associated with Texas Department of Transportation. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  10. HEALTH INSURANCE

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Neal and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to approve a contract with City-County Benefits Services to assist with the preparation and evaluation of bids for employee health insurance. 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 appointing Terry Hale of City-County Benefits Services as the agent of record for the purpose of managing the competitive bid process for employee group benefits. 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 Sheffield to authorize the advertisement of bids for employee health insurance. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  11. CONTRACTS/AGREEMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Mayor Nugent to approve an agreement with Tower Medical Center of Nederland. 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 approve a contract with Schaumburg & Polk, Inc. for engineering services related to evaluating the requirements for standby generators for City buildings in the amount of $4,900.00. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to approve a contract with Carroll & Blackman, Inc. for surveying and engineering services associated with sewer relocation and replacement projects along 12th Street and Ditch B5 and Avenue H. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  12. HURRICANE RITA

    A motion was made by Councilmember Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve Ordinance No. 2006-02, waiving various permit fee provisions and zoning restrictions regarding travel trailers related to Hurricane Rita. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  13. 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 February. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  14. EXECUTIVE SESSION

    The regular meeting was recessed at 3:40 p.m. by Mayor Nugent for the purpose of conducting an Executive Session as authorized by Texas Government Code, Chapter 551.072, discuss acquisition, exchange, sale, and/or release of property; Chapter 551.071, City of Nederland v. Entergy Gulf States, Entergy, Inc. and Entergy Services, Inc.; appeal of Texas Gas Service Company from ratesetting actions of the Cities of Nederland, Port Neches, and Groves; appeal of CenterPoint Energy Entex from ratesetting actions of the City of Nederland; and, consultation with City Attorney; and, Chapter 551.087, economic development negotiations.

  15. RECONVENE

    The regular meeting was reconvened at 3:56 p.m. by Mayor Nugent. He announced that the Executive Session was held for informational purposes only.

  16. OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    Andre' Wimer, City Manager, reported that we may join with the Cities of Port Neches and Groves to conduct an auction of surplus equipment. It is anticipated that the auction will be held at the City of Nederland Warehouse. He also reported that repair work at the Library is tentatively scheduled to begin April 3rd, therefore, it may be necessary to close the Library during that week due for carpet installation.

  17. OPEN RECORDS TRAINING

    To satisfy the requirements of Senate Bill 286 the Mayor, City Council, City Manager, City Attorney, City Clerk, and Executive Secretary viewed the Texas Attorney General's Open Records Training video. Also in attendance was Homer Nagel, member of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

  18. ADJOURN

    There being no further business a motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to adjourn the meeting at 5:00 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, March 13, 2006


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