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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 22, 2006

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

6:00 p.m. May 22, 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 Councilmember Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve the minutes of the May 8, 2006 meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  3. ELECTION

    Jeff Ortiz, Presiding Judge, read the results of the May 13, 2006 General Election. There were a total of 1,108 ballots cast. Each candidate received the following number of votes:

    Mayor Early Voting Election Day Total
    R. A. Nugent 478 253 731
    Mike Lovelady 161 188 349
    Michael Bordelon 11 12 23
    Council, Ward II
    Billy Neal 484 302 786
    Council, Ward IV
    Bert Rogers 430 281 711

    A motion was made by Councilmember Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to accept the returns of the election as read. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    LaDonna Floyd, City Clerk, administered the Oath of Office to R. A. Nugent, Mayor; Billy Neal, Councilmember Ward II; and, Bert Rogers, Councilmember Ward IV.

    Cheryl Dowden, Director of Finance, presented the Mayor and Councilmembers with their $1.00 annual salary.

    A motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to authorize the payment of the election officials in accordance with the Texas Election Code in the total amount of $928.00. 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 elect Councilmember Debby Griffin as the Mayor pro tempore in accordance with Section 3.06 of the City Charter. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  4. REQUEST

    Bucky Crisp, Sunoco, Inc., addressed the Council relative to requesting an ad valorem tax abatement. He stated that Sunoco intends to construct four new tanks that will be capable of storing crude oil and natural gas condensate. There will be three (3) 660,000 barrel tanks and one (1) 475,000 barrel tank. In addition, one (1) pump station will also be constructed. Mr. Crisp added that the additional facilities would facilitate their growing customer base as well as new customers. Construction is expected to begin in mid-2006, with completion and placement into service in mid to late 2007. Sunoco's contract specifications with the primary contractors will encourage use of local subcontractors and materials suppliers to the greatest extent possible. The estimated cost of the project is $26,700,000.

    André Wimer, City Manager, explained that, based upon the estimated value of $26,700,000, Sunoco would recognize the following savings in accordance with the terms of the agreement between the City and Sunoco: 2008 estimated tax savings of $130,663; 2009 savings of $81,664; and, 2010 savings of $57,165 for a total of $269,492.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to approve the request from Sunoco Partners Marketing & Terminals L.P. for an ad valorem tax abatement. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  5. CONTRACTS/AGREEMENTS

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve a contract with d.p. Consulting Engineers, Inc. for engineering services related to the FY 2006 Water and Sewer Improvements Project, Texas Community Development Program. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve an agreement with Interface EAP for the Employee Assistance Program. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  6. ORDINANCE

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve Ordinance No. 2006-07, Recreation Center and swimming pool hours of operation, fees, and policies. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  7. WATER AND WASTEWATER

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Mayor Nugent to approve Change Order No. 2 with Brystar Contracting, 2004 Smoke Test - Year 1 Project in the amount of +$16,551.03. 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 postpone accepting improvements regarding the 2004 Smoke Test - Year 1 Project. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  8. STREET LIGHT REQUEST

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Neal to authorize the installation of a street light at 3215 Seattle Avenue. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  9. PAYMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve a payment to N&T Construction in the amount of $131,784.49, 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 Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve a payment to Neches Engineers in the amount of $2,229.15, Hurricane Rita roof repairs. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve a payment to The LaBiche Architectural Group, Inc. in the amount of $6,196.60, 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 Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve a payment to Brystar Contracting, Inc. in the amount of $45,575.00, emergency sewer line repair. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  10. EXECUTIVE SESSION

    A motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Neal to postpone the Executive Session. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  11. OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    André Wimer, City Manager, announced that the State Hurricane Conference begins tomorrow in Beaumont. He also reported that work began on the Fire Station today.

    Councilmember Neal asked about the City's policy regarding charging a fee for fire truck standby. After a brief discussion Mr. Wimer stated that staff will talk to other cities regarding their practice.

  12. ADJOURN

    There being no further business a motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to adjourn the meeting at 6:49 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, May 22, 2006


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