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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, March 27, 2006

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

6:00 p.m. March 27, 2006
  1. MEETING

    The regular 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 Sheffield and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to approve the minutes of the March 13, 2006 meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  3. PRESENTATIONS

    Mayor Nugent recognized Richard McKeever on his retirement and thanked him for his 32 years of service to the City of Nederland and the Nederland Police Department. The Council also thanked Mr. McKeever for his dedicated service to the City and citizens of the community. At this time Mayor Nugent asked former Mayor Homer Nagel to make the presentation.

    On behalf of the Mayor and Council Mr. Nagel presented Officer McKeever with a ring and certificate as appreciation for his many years of service to Nederland.

    Officer McKeever thanked the Mayor, Council, City staff, and Mr. Nagel for the opportunity he was given in serving the citizens of the City of Nederland.

    Mayor Nugent then recognized Lois Coco on her retirement and thanked her for her more than 24 years of service. He and the members of the Council each praised Mrs. Coco for her outstanding performance over the years. Mr. Wimer, City Manager, added that she will be greatly missed and thanked her for the many years she served as his Executive Secretary.

    Mrs. Coco thanked the Mayor, City Council, and City staff for the confidence shown to her over the years and will always think of the City as family.

  4. FINANCE - AUDIT

    Brad Brown, Edgar, Kiker and Cross, PC, reviewed the FY 2003-2004 audit. Mr. Brown stated that they issued an "unqualified opinion" which is the highest possible. He commended Cheryl Dowden, Director of Finance, and City staff for their assistance in conducting the audit.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to accept the FY 2004-2005 audit as prepared by Edgar, Kiker & Cross P.C. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  5. PUBLIC HEARING

    The regular meeting was recessed and a Public Hearing was called to order at 6:31 p.m. by Mayor Nugent for the purpose of receiving questions and/or comments regarding rehabilitation or condemnation and demolition of abandoned and dilapidated structures at the following addresses:

    1911 Queens Avenue
    719 - 10th Street
    2223 Nederland Avenue
    1515 Nederland Avenue
    2424 Avenue H
    1011 Chicago Avenue
    3707 Avenue H, Sp. 19
    3707 Avenue H, Sp. 31
    3707 Avenue H, Sp. 32
    3707 Avenue H, Sp. 36
    3707 Avenue H, Sp. 43

    Rod Hatch, Building Official, gave a brief report on each structure. He stated that all would require more than 50% of the fair market value to rebuild or make habitable. Mr. Hatch added that all structures meet the demolition requirements of Ordinance No. 2001-07. He recommended that if any of the structures are not repaired or removed by the deadline imposed by the Council that they be demolished.

    Christopher Erickson, 719 - 10th Street, addressed the Council relative to this structure. He stated that the property became his responsibility after the death of his mother and he has been having difficulty putting the property in his name. He wants to sell the property but until he can actually get his name on the deed he will not be able to sell it. He realizes the structure is in need of repairs but at this time does not have the resources to proceed with the work. He asked the Council to grant him as much time as possible before they proceed with demolition.

    Mark LeGrande, 1515 Nederland Avenue, informed the Council that he had a structural engineer perform a thorough inspection on this structure and the report showed no major damage and the inspector was impressed with the soundness of the building. Mr. LeGrande added that he has already started making some repairs and would like to request that the Council grant him additional time before a demolition order is given.

    Carl Parker, attorney for Mr. Darrell McCoy who is the owner of the mobile home park located at 3707 Avenue H, stated that his client is aware that these structures are in need of demolition. He added that Mr. McCoy has replaced the privacy fence surrounding the park and would like to request additional time to have the damaged mobile homes removed.

    There being no further questions and/or comments the Public Hearing was adjourned and the regular meeting was reconvened at 7:21 p.m. by Mayor Nugent.

  6. ABANDONED AND DILAPIDATED STRUCTURES

    A motion was made by Councilmember Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to set a 30-day time period for the Estate of Elzer Bradley to comply with the demolition and removal of the structure located at 1919 Queens Avenue, and in the event that the structure is not removed within the 30 days the City will proceed with the demolition and cause a lien to be placed on the property. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Nugent to set a 90-day time period for the Estate of Kathleen Erickson to comply with the repairs or demolition and removal of the structure located at 719 - 10th Street, and in the event that the structure is not repaired or demolished within the 90 days the City will proceed with the demolition and cause a lien to be placed on the property. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Griffin and seconded by Mayor Nugent to set a 30-day time period for Prince Texas Group, Inc. to comply with the demolition and removal of the structure located at 2223 Nederland Avenue, and in the event that the structure is not removed within the 30 days the City will proceed with the demolition and cause a lien to be placed on the property. 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 set a 90-day time period for Mark LeGrande to repair the structure located at 1515 Nederland Avenue to meet minimum standards, and in the event that the structure is not repaired within the 90 days the City will proceed with the demolition and cause a lien to be placed on the property. 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 set a 90-day time period for Mrs. Ruth Taylor to comply with the demolition and removal of the storage building located at 2424 Avenue H, and in the event that the structure is not removed within the 90 days the City will proceed with the demolition and cause a lien to be placed on the property. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to set a 90-day time period for Mrs. Jimmie Sanderson to comply with the demolition and removal of the structure located at 1011 Chicago Avenue, and in the event that the structure is not removed within the 90 days the City will proceed with the demolition and cause a lien to be placed on the property. 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 set a 90-day time period for Darrell McCoy to comply with the demolition and removal of the structures located at 3707 Avenue H, Spaces 19, 31, 32, 36, and 43, and in the event that the structure is not removed within the 90 days the City will proceed with the demolition and cause a lien to be placed on the property. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  7. ORDINANCE

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Mayor Nugent to approve Ordinance No. 2006-03, regulating sex offenders. 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 Councilmember Griffin to approve an interlocal agreement with Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office regarding participation in the Jefferson County Narcotics Task Force. 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 a Memorandum of Agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency regarding the development of revised flood plain maps for Jefferson County. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  9. BIDS/PROPOSALS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Nugent to authorize advertisement of Request for Proposals for Debris Management Services. 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 approve the purchase of a pick-up truck for the Fire Department through HGAC in the amount of $28,963.00. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  10. POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to approve a revised Essential Services Policy for the City 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 Mayor Pro Tem Neal to approve a Retired Computer Disposal Policy. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  11. APPOINTMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Nugent to appoint Corrie Zepeda as acting City Clerk. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  12. SURPLUS

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Neal and seconded by Mayor Nugent to declare certain City property as surplus and authorize its disposal. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  13. PAYMENTS

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Neal and seconded by Mayor Nugent to approve a payment to N & T Construction in the amount of $40,840.97, Hurricane Rita renovations of the Recreation Center and Hughes Library. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to approve a payment to The LaBiche Architectural Group, Inc. in the amount of $7,035.06, Hurricane Rita renovations of the Recreation Center, Hughes Library, and Fire Station. 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 approve a payment to Neches Engineers in the amount of $1,415.70, Hurricane Rita roof repairs to City buildings. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  14. EXECUTIVE SESSION

    The regular meeting was recessed at 8:12 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 8:32 p.m. by Mayor Nugent. He announced that the Executive Session was held for informational purposes only.

  16. PUBLIC OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    None.

  17. ADJOURN

    There being no further business a motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to adjourn the meeting at 8:33 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, March 27, 2006


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