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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, April 24, 2006

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

6:00 p.m. April 24, 2006
  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 Rogers to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of April 10, 2006, and the special meeting of April 11, 2006. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  3. PROCLAMATION

    Mayor Nugent presented a proclamation declaring May 2006 as "Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month". Those present to accept the proclamation thanked the City for their continued support and stressed the importance of motorcycle awareness.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to approve a Proclamation declaring May 2006 as "Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month" in Nederland, Texas. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  4. UTILITY RATE CASES

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to approve Ordinance No. 2006-04, regarding TGS rate increase settlement. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to approve Ordinance No. 2006-05, regarding CenterPoint rate increase settlement. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  5. CONTRACTS/AGREEMENTS

    A motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve a contract with Brystar Contracting, Inc. for sewer line replacement in the area bounded by Avenue A, Avenue B, South 32nd Street, and Hardy Avenue in the amount of $43,500.00; and declaring an emergency. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to approve renewal of a contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas for employee health insurance. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  6. ORDINANCES

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to approve an Amendment to Ordinance No. 164, setting regular dates for Council meetings. 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 Ordinance No. 2006-06, regarding abandonment of a utility easement. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  7. BIDS/PURCHASES

    A motion was made by Councilmember Griffin and seconded by Mayor Nugent to approve an agreement to mutually terminate the contract between the City and Daniels Building & Construction, Inc. for repairs to the Fire Station. 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 award bid for repairs to the Fire Station to N & T Construction in the amount of $162,000. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  8. PAYMENTS

    A motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to approve a payment to N & T Construction in the amount of $91,415.15, 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 Councilmember Griffin to approve a payment to Neches Engineers in the amount of $2,376.98, Hurricane Rita roof repairs to City buildings. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  9. EXECUTIVE SESSION

    The regular meeting was recessed at 6:30 p.m. by Mayor Nugent for the purpose of conducting an Executive Session as authorized by Texas Government Code, Chapter 551.072, grievance of Sgt. Bill Bridges, and annual evaluation of City Manager Andre' Wimer; 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; consider potential litigation against Galveston Wireless, L.L.C.; and, consultation with City Attorney; and, Chapter 551.087, economic development negotiations.

  10. RECONVENE

    The regular meeting was reconvened at 8:25 p.m. by Mayor Nugent.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Nugent to deny the grievance of Sgt. Bill Bridges. 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 City Attorney to proceed with filing a suit against Galveston Wireless, L.L.C. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  11. OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    Andre' Wimer, City Manager, reported that the library should re-open later this week. He added that work is continuing at the swimming pool and has been tentatively scheduled to open June 2nd. The Cities of Nederland, Groves, and Port Neches will have a joint auction Saturday, April 29th, at 10:00 a.m. at the Nederland Service Center.

  12. ADJOURN

    There being no further business a motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to adjourn the meeting at 8:35 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, April 24, 2006


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