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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, August 14, 2006

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

3:00 p.m. August 14, 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 Mayor Pro Tem Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve the minutes of the July 24, 2006 meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  3. CITY SERVICES

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to authorize the Nederland Police Department to escort Nederland High School buses to out of town football games. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  4. BIDS/PURCHASES

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Griffin to approve the Library Technology Plan. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to authorize the submission of a grant to the Hebert Foundation for the Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  5. MUTUAL AID AGREEMENTS

    A motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to postpone approving a Mutual Aid Agreements with the City of Mineola, Texas, and with Wood County, Texas. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  6. BIDS/PURCHASES

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Mayor Nugent to authorize the advertisement of bids for repairs to water towers. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  7. BUDGET

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to approve Ordinance No. 2006-08, an appropriation ordinance adopting a budget in accordance with Article VII in the Charter of the City of Nederland. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  8. ORDINANCES

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve Ordinance No. 2006-09, adopting a tax rate of $.416421 for Maintenance and Operations for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2006 and ending September 30, 2007. 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 approve Ordinance No. 2006-09, adopting a tax rate of $.268579 for Debt Service for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2006 and ending September 30, 2007. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Mayor Nugent to approve Ordinance No. 2006-10, water and sewer rates and tap fees. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  9. CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Griffin to approve the Five year Capital Improvement Program. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  10. PAYMENTS

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve a payment to Kieschnick Industries, Inc. in the amount of $42,636.00 for work done on UV Troughs at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. 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 The LaBiche Architectural Group, Inc. in the amount of $1,174.00, Hurricane Rita restoration of City buildings. 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 payments to N & T Construction Co., Inc. as follows: $26,820.42, Hurricane Rita renovations to the Recreation Center and Hughes Library; and, $21,810.01, Hurricane Rita renovations to the Fire Station. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve a payment to Mike Barnett Construction in the amount of $166,628.00, Hurricane Rita roof repairs. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

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

  11. EXECUTIVE SESSION

    The regular meeting was recessed at 3:30 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.

  12. RECONVENE

    The regular meeting was reconvened at 3:47 p.m. by Mayor Nugent. He announced that the Executive Session was held for informational purposes only.

  13. PUBLIC OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    André Wimer, City Manager, reported that the City's windstorm insurance company, XL Lloyds, has indicated that it will no longer provide coverage to Nederland and other similar size municipalities. The policy has been provided through the TML Intergovernmental Risk Pool, which has utilized XL Lloyds to provide windstorm protection. TML also offers coverage by TWIA (Texas Windstorm Insurance Association), however, the rates are typically much higher than charged by XL Lloyds. He added that it would probably not be beneficial for the City of solicit bids for windstorm coverage at this time. Mr. Wimer stated that the CDBG non-housing grant being awarded through the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for reimbursement for Hurricane Rita related damages are not progressing. It appears that TDHCA is being reluctant to use the funds for non-housing matters. They have scheduled another meeting for August 30th in Austin to review all applications from this area. A final decision should be made after that meeting. Finally, Mr. Wimer said that the item to expand the City's ETJ should be on the next agenda for approval by the Council.

  14. ADJOURN

    There being no further business a motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to adjourn the meeting at 4:00 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, August 14, 2006


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