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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, June 26, 2006

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

6:00 p.m. June 26, 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 Neal and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve the minutes of the June 12, 2006 meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Abstained: Councilmember Sheffield due to his absence of the previous meeting.

  3. WELCOME

    Mayor Nugent welcomed Randy Leger, Troop 232, and their members. Mr. Leger introduced the members of his troop and stated that they were attending the Council meeting as a requirement to obtain their communications badge.

  4. REQUESTS

    Nikki Brackin, 8214 Ford Street, addressed the Council relative to the condition of the property located at 8214 Airline Drive. Ms. Brackin stated that the property has not been maintained since the hurricane last September. The structure is dilapidated and in need of repairs or demolition. She added that the only time the grass is mowed is when she files a complaint with the Fire Department. Ms. Brackin also stated that the property is causing a health hazard because it has become a breeding ground for snakes and large rats. She asked the Council to consider condemnation proceedings.

    André Wimer, City Manager, stated that Rod Hatch, Building Official, is aware of the condition of the property and has attempted to send a certified notice to the owner, Joe Rodriguez, informing him of the repairs and maintenance required by the City's ordinance. Mr. Wimer added that Mr. Hatch is out of the office on medical leave for several weeks, but that he will continue the notification process when he returns.

    Mr. Wimer reported that the City received a request from the Recovery Coalition of Southeast Texas, L.L.C. asking the City to consider contributing funds to pay for costs incurred in utilizing Bracewell & Giuliani, L.L.P. and the Ben Barnes Group as lobbyists. Specifically, these two (2) firms worked on behalf of Southeast Texas to secure disaster relief funding related to Hurricane Rita. These lobbyists were instrumental in obtaining Federal assistance for our area which otherwise would not have been made available. The requested contribution amount is $0.43 per capita, which equates to $7,491.46.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve the request from the Recovery Coalition of Southeast Texas, L.L.C. for a financial commitment ($0.43 per capita) to compensate Bracewell & Giuliani, L.L.P. and the Ben Barnes Group for their effort on behalf of the hurricane recovery cause for Southeast Texas, contingent upon the understanding that the City is not obligated for any future expenditures unless expressly approved in advance by the City Council. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  5. CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT

    Robert Sangster, Water Treatment Plant Supervisor, reviewed the 2005 Drinking Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report) that was recently mailed to all customers. In accordance with EPA regulations all water suppliers are required to issue the CCR to all its customers on an annual basis. He added that the report shows that Nederland's water quality does not exceed maximum allowable levels for any contaminates.

  6. CONTRACTS/AGREEMENTS

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to approve an agreement with DRC Emergency Services, L.L.C. for debris removal services. 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 an agreement with Beck Disaster Recovery, Inc. for debris removal management services. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  7. APPOINTMENTS

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve the following appointments to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a two (2) year term beginning July 1, 2006 and ending June 30, 2008: C. J. Schexnaider, Jack Porter, Mark Griffin, Homer Nagel, and Robert Sawyer. 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 approve the following appointments to the Construction Board of Appeals: Jackie Miller, Bob Smith, Mike Spell, and Bill Wills to a two (2) year term beginning July 1, 2006 and ending June 30, 2008; and Danny Delahoussaye to a one (1) year term beginning July 1, 2006 and ending June 20, 2007. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to approve the appointment of Jerry McNeill to the Firefighters' Civil Service Commission for a three (3) year term beginning July 1, 2006 and ending June 20, 2009. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  8. PAYMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve a payment to The LaBiche Architectural Group, Inc. in the amount of $1,761.00, architectural services through May 31, 2006. 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 payments to Schaumburg & Polk, Inc. as follows: $4,895.00, generator study, and, $1,350.00, 2005 collection system rehabilitation. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  9. EXECUTIVE SESSION

    The regular meeting was recessed at 6:42 p.m. by Mayor Nugent for the purpose of conducting an Executive Session as authorized by Texas Government Code, Chapter 551.074, discuss personnel appointments: City Clerk, Director of Finance, Police Chief, City Judge, and City Attorney; 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.

  10. RECONVENE

    The regular meeting was reconvened at 6:55 p.m. by Mayor Nugent.

  11. PUBLIC OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to authorize the appointment of LaDonna Floyd, City Clerk; Cheryl Dowden, Director of Finance; Darrell Bush, Police Chief; John Borne, City Judge; and Richard Hughes, City Attorney. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  12. OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    André Wimer, City Manager, reported that the preliminary budget for the Jefferson County Appraisal District was received. He added that LaDonna Floyd, City Clerk, attended a meeting of the Southeast Texas Regional Airport Master Plan Advisory Committee. This was the second meeting of the MPAC which was established to create a Master Plan for the airport. Some consideration is being give to development of the land along Hwy. 69. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

  13. ADJOURN

    There being no further business a motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to adjourn the meeting at 7:00 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, June 26, 2006


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