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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, July 10, 2006

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

3:00 p.m. July 10, 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 Neal to approve the minutes of the June 26, 2006 meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, and Rogers.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Pro Tem Griffin

  3. LICENSE TO ENCROACH

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to approve Resolution No. 2006-09, authorizing a License to Encroach at 2601 Windmill Lane and authorizing the City Manager to sign the document. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, and Rogers.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Pro Tem Griffin

  4. APPOINTMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Nugent to appoint Charlana Russell, Lay Representative, and Sonya Willis, Alternate Lay Representative, to the Houston Area Library System (HALS) beginning September 1, 2006 and ending August 31, 2008. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, and Rogers.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Pro Tem Griffin

  5. CHANGE ORDER

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve Change Order No. 4 in the amount of +$1,989.00, with N & T Construction Co., Inc., renovations to the Nederland Recreation Center and Hughes Public Library. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, and Rogers.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Pro Tem Griffin

  6. PAYMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to approve a payment to Carroll & Blackman in the amount of $12,103.00, 12th Street and Avenue H sewer line invoices. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, and Rogers.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Pro Tem Griffin

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

    Mayor Pro Tem Griffin arrived at 3:20 p.m.

  7. BUDGET

    André Wimer, City Manager, gave a brief overview of the proposed 2006-2007 budget and announced that the Public Hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m., July 24th. The proposed budget for all funds totals $17,523,700. The budget includes projected revenues of $6,889,035 and anticipated expenditures of $7,139,035. Fund balance, as a result of a temporary increase in sales tax collections, in the amount of $250,000 will be utilized to offset this difference which reflects a transfer to the Equipment Replacement Fund-General Fund.

    Mr. Wimer stated a proposed tax rate for the proposed budget if $.665000 per $100 assessed valuation. This amount reflects an increase over the current fiscal year. The tax roll information is very preliminary at this time such that the proposed tax rate may ultimately need to be modified once final calculations have been completed by the Jefferson County Appraisal District.

    The City Manager reviewed the significant changes in the remaining funds. In the Water and Sewer Fund an increase in the base water rate of $1.00/month from $6.50 to $7.50 was proposed; and, an increase in the base sewer rate of $.50/month from $7.70 to $8.20 was proposed. The budget for Water Treatment reflects significant increases for chemicals, $29,500, and electricity, $18,000, both of which are due to current market conditions. Mr. Wimer added that $20,000 has been included for the periodic inspection and routine maintenance of the Canal Avenue water tower.

    The Solid Waste Fund includes a transfer to the Equipment Replacement Fund-Solid Waste Fund in the amount of $210,000 due to the significant increase in cost for both garbage and trash trucks. Also included is $7,000 for the purchase of GPS hardware and software for Solid Waste Department vehicles, and video equipment to monitor unauthorized trash dumping.

    The Equipment Replacement Fund- General Fund includes $167,000 for the purchase of a pickup truck and a bucket truck for the Street Department, and two (2) police cars and one (1) Expedition for the Police Department. The Equipment Replacement Fund-Water and Sewer Fund includes $42,500 for a mini-excavator and trailer, and the Solid Waste Fund includes $182,000 for a garbage truck.

    The budget for Central Dispatch includes the creation of one (1) additional Telecommunications Operator position at an approximate cost of $40,000; a Contingency amount of $25,000 as a means of attempting to increase the available fund balance; and a $10,000 transfer to General Fund to reimburse the City for administrative costs incurred in the operation and oversight of Central Dispatch. In order to fund these proposed expenditures the contribution to Central Dispatch will be based upon $1.12 per capita, which will increase Nederland's portion by $25,256.

    Total debt service requirements for FY 06-07 total $2,274,080.

    With regard to personnel issues Mr. Wimer added that the budget includes a three and one half percent (3.5%) cost of living increase for employees. He added that the proposed budget attempts to maintain sufficient levels of reserve funds, while allocating estimated revenues for operational expenses.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve Resolution No. 2006-10, submitting the City of Nederland Annual Budget for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2006 and ending September 30, 2007, and calling for a Public Hearing to be held at 6:00 p.m., July 24, 2006, for the purpose of discussing the proposed budget as per Article VII of the City Charter. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  8. CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

    André Wimer, City Manager, reviewed the proposed Five Year Capital Improvement Program for the years 2007-2011 which identifies capital expenditures/projects totaling $3,469,000. He added that the CIP is intended to act as a guide for future capital expenditures and provide a framework for identifying capital requirements, scheduling projects, coordinating selected projects, and identifying fiscal impacts. He reviewed each category of the CIP, which includes Water Treatment and Storage, Water Distribution System, Wastewater Treatment, Wastewater Collection System, Street Improvements, and Facility Improvements.

  9. EXECUTIVE SESSION

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

  10. PUBLIC OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    After a question relative to dilapidated structures by Councilmember Sheffield, Mr. Wimer informed the Council that a Public Hearing will be conducted on August 28th to review several structures within the City. He added that if they would like to see a particular location placed on the list to please let him know as soon as possible.

  11. ADJOURN

    There being no further business a motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to adjourn the meeting at 3:45 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, July 10, 2006


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