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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, May 8, 2006

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

3:00 p.m. May 8, 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 Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve the minutes of the April 24, 2006 as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  3. PROCLAMATION

    Mayor Nugent presented a Proclamation to Roy Martinez, owner of LaSuprema Restaurant, Small Business Person of the Year in Nederland. Mr. and Mrs. Martinez both thanked the Mayor and Council for this honor and added that they enjoy doing business in Nederland.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to approve a Proclamation declaring Roy Martinez, LaSuprema Restaurant, as the Small Business Person of the Year in Nederland, Texas. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  4. PRESENTATION

    Carolyn Motl, Entergy, Inc., introduced members of the Teen Team City from Nederland High School. She added that these are the future leaders of the community and the purpose of the group is designed to teach skills that lead to successful projects. Each year the Teen Team City members select a community project to be completed during the school year, however, this year the students chose nine different projects. The President and Vice-President reviewed the projects that they were involved in during this academic year. They added that they would be donating some of the funds raised for the Windmill Museum. Ms. Motl praised the efforts of their teacher sponsor, April Petersburger, for her dedication to the group. She also thanked the Mayor and Council for their continued support of Teen Team City.

    On behalf of the Council, Mayor Nugent thanked the students for their involvement in the community.

  5. REQUEST

    Carl Hicks, 1315 Navasota, is requesting to have the $75.00 fee associated with a License to Encroach waived due to Hurricane Rita. He added that the City has already waived permit fees, therefore, he would like to see these fees waived also.

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Neal and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to deny the request from Carl Hicks, 1315 Navasota, to waive the fees associated with a License to Encroach. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  6. INVESTMENT REPORT

    Cheryl Dowden, Director of Finance, reviewed the Quarterly Investment Report for the quarter ending March 31, 2006.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to accept the Quarterly Investment Report as presented by the Finance Department. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  7. CONTRACTS/AGREEMENTS

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Neal and seconded by Mayor Nugent to approve a contract with Garner Environmental Services, Inc. for emergency and disaster response services contingent upon approval by the City Attorney. 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 an Interlocal Agreement with Jefferson County for electronic voting equipment. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  8. CHANGE ORDER

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neal to approve Change Order No. 2 in the amount of +$597.00 with N & T Construction Co., Inc., renovations to the Nederland Recreation Center and Hughes Public Library. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  9. PAYMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to approve a payment to The LaBiche Architectural Group, Inc. in the amount of $249.17, 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 Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve a payment to Don S. Reichle & Associates in the amount of $1,950.00, Hurricane Rita repairs to the Hardy Avenue water tower. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

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

  10. EXECUTIVE SESSION

    The regular meeting was recessed at 3:34 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; consider potential litigation against Galveston Wireless, L.L.C.; and, consultation with City Attorney; and, Chapter 551.087, economic development negotiations.

  11. RECONVENE

    The regular meeting was reconvened at 3:48 p.m. by Mayor Nugent. He announced the Executive Session was held for informational purposes only.

  12. OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    Andre' Wimer, City Manager, reported that five bids were received for the debris removal during emergencies and Staff from the Cities of Nederland, Port Neches, and Groves are currently reviewing the documents. A supplemental questionnaire was mailed to all bidders in order to get a better understanding of the bid amounts. The Fire Station repairs contract has been signed and work should begin soon. Mr. Wimer added that the Street Program is approximately one-third complete and progressing. Finally, he reported that the pool should open June 2 or 3.

  13. ADJOURN

    There being no further business a motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to adjourn the meeting at 3:55 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, May 8, 2006


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