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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 28, 2006

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

6:00 p.m. August 28, 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 Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve the minutes of the August 14, 2006 meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  3. PUBLIC HEARING

    The regular meeting was recessed and a Public Hearing was called to order at 6:02 p.m. by Mayor Nugent for the purpose of receiving questions and/or comments regarding rehabilitation or condemnation and demolition of abandoned and dilapidated structures at the following addresses:

    719 - 10th Street
    8213 Airline Drive
    1715 Atlanta Avenue
    1035 Boston Avenue 5043 Bourque Road
    1111 Canal Avenue
    207 Chicago Avenue
    2424 Avenue H
    307 Hill Terrace Drive
    1515 Nederland Avenue
    2223 Nederland Avenue
    1911 Queens Avenue
    1220 South Twin City Hwy.
    1027 N. Twin City Hwy.

    Rod Hatch, Building Official, gave a brief report on each structure. He stated that all would require more than 50% of the fair market value to rebuild or make habitable. Mr. Hatch added that all structures meet the demolition requirements of Ordinance No. 2001-07. He recommended that if any of the structures are not repaired or removed by the deadline imposed by the Council that they be demolished.

    Andre' Wimer, City Manager, reported that the South East Texas Regional Planning Commission has received funding to assist homeowners in the area with demolition. The funds are being distributed on a first come-first served basis. The program was designed to assist with demolition of homes that cannot be repaired as a result of Hurricane Rita.

    Irby Basco, P. O. Box 1025, Nederland, addressed the Council regarding the storage buildings at 1715 Atlanta Avenue. He stated that he is in the process of purchasing the property and would like to request that he be given at least six months to make the necessary repairs.

    Jeff Pope, 205 - 9th Avenue, Nederland, addressed the Council regarding property he owns at 307 Hill Terrace. Mr. Pope indicated that he has obtained bids to have the structure demolished, however, the contractor is unable to begin the demolition immediately. He believes the structure will be removed within 60 days.

    Dalton Green, P. O. Box 2115, Nederland, stated that he purchased the property at 1220 S. Twin City Hwy. just days before Hurricane Rita hit. He has been dealing with his insurance company and they would not allow him to demolish the structure. He indicated that he did receive approval from them last week to proceed with demolition.

    Joe Rodriguez, 216 - 36th Street, stated that he had his property at 8213 Airline Drive appraised recently at $40,000. He added that the repairs would be less than 50% of that value. He asked the Council to allow him to begin the necessary repairs by November 1st.

    Nicki Bracken, 8214 Ford, resides next door to 8213 Airline Drive and asked the Council for assurance that something will be done to clean up this property.

    Irby Basco, P. O. Box 1025, Nederland, informed the Council that he is currently in negotiations to purchase the storage buildings at 1035 Boston Avenue and asked the Council to consider waiting to issue a demolition order until he learns if he is successful in buying the property.

    Theron Tate, 8837 - 5th Street, Beaumont, stated that he is in the process of purchasing the property at 1111 Canal and would like to request at least 90 days to have the structure demolished.

    Ruth Taylor, 416 - 23 Street, addressed the Council as the owner of 2424 Avenue H. Mrs. Taylor stated that she has a prospective buyer for the property. She added that she has been trying to remove the contents of the structure but due to the extreme heat she is asking for an additional 5-6 months or until such time as the sale is complete.

    Randy Robin, 311 Hunter Ridge, informed the Council that he will be demolishing the structure at 1027 N. Twin City Hwy., but would like to request additional time to complete the demolition.

    There being no further questions and/or comments the Public Hearing was adjourned and the regular meeting was reconvened at 6:27 p.m. by Mayor Nugent.

  4. ABANDONED AND DILAPIDATED STRUCTURES

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to set a 90-day time period for the Estate of Kathleen Erickson to comply with the demolition and removal of the structure located at 719 - 10th Street, and in the event that the structure is not demolished within the 90 days the City will proceed with the demolition and cause a lien to be placed on the property. 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 postpone action regarding the rehabilitation or condemnation of abandoned and dilapidated structure at 1715 Atlanta Avenue. 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 set a 90-day time period for Chance Ventures, LTD to comply with the demolition and removal of the structure located at 5043 Bourque Road, and in the event that the structure is not demolished within the 90 days the City will proceed with the demolition and cause a lien to be placed on the property. 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 set a 60-day time period for Leslie C. Johnson to comply with the demolition and removal of the structure located at 207 Chicago, and in the event that the structure is not demolished within the 60 days the City will proceed with the demolition and cause a lien to be placed on the property. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Griffin to set a 90-day time period for Jeff Pope to comply with the demolition and removal of the structure located at 307 Hill Terrace, and in the event that the structure is not demolished within the 90 days the City will proceed with the demolition and cause a lien to be placed on the property. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Mayor Nugent to set a 90-day time period for Hamani Imran to comply with the demolition and removal of the structure located at 2223 Nederland Avenue, and in the event that the structure is not demolished within the 90 days the City will proceed with the demolition and cause a lien to be placed on the property. 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 Rogers to set a 90-day time period for Buddy Green to comply with the demolition and removal of the structure located at 1220 S. Twin City Hwy., and in the event that the structure is not demolished within the 90 days the City will proceed with the demolition and cause a lien to be placed on the property. 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 set a 90-day time period for Joe Rodriguez to comply with the demolition and removal of the structure located at 8213 Airline Drive, and in the event that the structure is not demolished within the 90 days the City will proceed with the demolition and cause a lien to be placed on the property. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Griffin to set a 90-day time period for Russell N. McDonald to comply with the demolition and removal of the structure located at 1035 Boston, and in the event that the structure is not demolished within the 90 days the City will proceed with the demolition and cause a lien to be placed on the property. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: Councilmember Sheffield.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to set a 90-day time period for Harriel Whitehead to comply with the demolition and removal of the structure located at 1111 Canal, and in the event that the structure is not demolished within the 90 days the City will proceed with the demolition and cause a lien to be placed on the property. 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 set a 90-day time period for Ruth Taylor to comply with the demolition and removal of the structure located at 2424 Avenue H, and in the event that the structure is not demolished within the 90 days the City will proceed with the demolition and cause a lien to be placed on the property. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    Mark LeGrande, 1515 Nederland Avenue, addressed the Council relative to the building he owns at this address. He is requesting additional time to make the necessary repairs. He also would like to see the building be classified as a warehouse so that he will not have to have plumbing and electricity installed.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to set a 90-day time period for Mark LeGrande to comply with the demolition and removal of the structure located at 1515 Nederland Avenue, and in the event that the structure is not demolished within the 90 days the City will proceed with the demolition and cause a lien to be placed on the property. 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 set a 90-day time period for Elzer Bradley Estate to comply with the demolition and removal of the structure located at 1911 Queen, and in the event that the structure is not demolished within the 90 days the City will proceed with the demolition and cause a lien to be placed on the property. 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 Sheffield to set a 90-day time period for Randy Robin to comply with the demolition and removal of the structure located at 1027 N. Twin City Hwy., and in the event that the structure is not demolished within the 90 days the City will proceed with the demolition and cause a lien to be placed on the property. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  5. EXTRATERRITORIAL JURISDICTION

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Griffin to approve Resolution No. 2006-11, an amendment to the extraterritorial jurisdiction apportionment agreement between the Cities of Nederland, Port Arthur, and Beaumont dated July 20, 1965. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  6. ORDINANCES

    A motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to postpone approving an Amendment to Ordinance No. 2000-17, waiving the $75.00 administrative fee associated with the Trailer Park Board of Appeals for Hurricane Rita related variance requests; and an Amendment to Ordinance No. 259, allowing the Trailer Park Board of Appeals to grant Hurricane Rita related variances for a period not to exceed one (1) year. Action was not necessary as staff determined that existing ordinances already addressed these situations. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  7. CONTRACTS/AGREEMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to approve an Interlocal Agreement with Tarrant County, cooperative purchasing program. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to approve a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the International Association of Firefighters Local 3339. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  8. PAYMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve a payment to Brystar Contracting, Inc. in the amount of $22,848.93, Wastewater Collection System Rehabilitation FY 2005. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Mayor Nugent to approve a payment to The LaBiche Architectural Group, Inc. in the amount of $2,389.23, 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 a payment to Carroll & Blackman, Inc. in the amount of $2,220.00, Sanitary Sewer Relocation and Sanitary Sewer Replacement. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  9. EXECUTIVE SESSION

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

  10. PUBLIC OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    None.

  11. ADJOURN

    There being no further business a motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Griffin to adjourn the meeting at 8:03 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, August 28, 2006


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