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City of Nederland Don Albanese, Mayor
Billy Neal, Mayor Pro Tem
Talmadge Austin, Councilmember
Emmett Hollier, Councilmember
Sylvia Root, Councilmember
Christopher Duque, City Manager

P.O. Box 967 * Nederland, Texas 77627 * 409.723.1503 * Fax 409.723.1550
 

Meeting Minutes from Monday, September 11, 2006

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

3:00 p.m. September 11, 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 August 28, 2006 as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  3. COMMENTS

    Mayor Nugent announced that Jimmy McKinney, 1412 Avenue K, had asked to speak to Council regarding taxes, however, he called today to be rescheduled.

  4. BIDS/PURCHASES

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to award bids received for repairs to water towers to S & L Painting, Inc., Pearland, TX, in the amount of $35,000.00. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  5. STREET LIGHTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Mayor Nugent to authorize the installation of a street light at 7934 Viterbo Road and 520 Avenue D. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  6. NEDERLAND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to reappoint Councilmember Billy Neal, Paul Baker, and Nicholas Phillips to the Nederland Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  7. PAYMENTS

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

  8. 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.

  9. PUBLIC OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    Cheryl Dowden, Assistant City Manager, reported that the intersection projects at 21st Street and Nederland Avenue; 14th Street and Nederland Avenue; and, 14th Street and Boston Avenue that were submitted to the Texas Department of Transportation were to receive 100% funding, however, TxDOT has indicated that 100% funding is not authorized for these types of projects. It appears that the improvements can be made at a significantly lower cost if the City does not work with TxDOT, therefore, it is economically feasible to utilize the TxDOT program.

    Mrs. Dowden also reported on the Beauxart Garden Road improvement project. The cost for the improvements, developed approximately four years ago, was $750,000, however, due to increases in construction costs the revised estimate is now $1.8 million. The City retained Schaumburg & Polk, Inc. to provide engineering services associated with this project and the engineering fees have also increased from $139,600 to $246,600. Staff is attempting to determine the reason and justification for this increase and pending this determination Mr. Wimer has instructed Schaumburg & Polk, Inc. to stop any work associated with this project.

    She also reminded Council that it has been anticipated for the last three (3) years that new storm water regulations would be implemented by the State. It now appears that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is prepared to approve the guidelines in October. Once this occurs, it is believed that the City will be afforded six (6) months in which to submit a storm water monitoring and enforcement program to the TCEQ. The City is a member of coalition consisting of Nederland, Port Neches, Groves, Jefferson County, and Drainage District No. 7 and a significant amount of the background work necessary for development of the program has been completed. It is anticipated that the program will cost the City $50,000 - $75,000 per year. She added that Mr. Wimer will advise the City Council as action is taken by the TCEQ.

    Finally, it appears that a tentative agreement has been negotiated between the City and the Police Officers Association.

  10. ADJOURN

    There being no further business a motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to adjourn the meeting at 3:15 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, September 11, 2006


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