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City of Nederland R. A. "Dick" Nugent, Mayor
Don Albanese, Mayor Pro Tem
Talmadge Austin, Councilmember
Billy Neal, Councilmember
Craig J. Belaire, Councilmember
Christopher Duque, City Manager

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

Meeting Minutes from Monday, October 9, 2006

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

3:00 p.m. October 9, 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 Rogers to approve the minutes of the September 25, 2006 meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  3. STREET CLOSURE

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Griffin to authorize the closure of the 1100 and 1200 blocks of Boston Avenue on October 31, 2006, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for Boston Avenue Merchants' Association Halloween activities.

  4. ANNEXATION

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Neal to grant approval of a petition submitted by Triangle Acquisitions, Inc. requesting that a 91.9 acre tract be annexed by the City. 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. 2006-13, annexing a portion of the City's extraterritorial jurisdiction and adopting a Service Plan. 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 an Amendment to Ordinance No. 154, amending the ward boundary lines. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  5. GRANTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve the acceptance of a 2006 Homeland Security Grant and authorize the Mayor to act on behalf of the City in matters pertaining to the grant. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  6. BIDS/PROPOSALS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Neal to award bids received for water and sewer inventory to Golden Triangle Pipe, Beaumont, TX, in the amount of $132,195.70. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  7. CONTRACTS/AGREEMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Nugent to approve an agreement with Schaumburg & Polk, Inc. for services associated with the submission of the City's wastewater discharge permit renewal documentation. 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 an agreement with Stanley G. Newsome, Jr., P.E. for surveying services associated with a sewer line that extends from the Entergy right-of-way from 22nd Street between Helena Avenue and Canal Avenue in an amount not to exceed $6,068.00. 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 Neal to approve a payment to The LaBiche Architectural Group, Inc. in the amount of $843.52, 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 Neal and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve a payment to Schaumburg & Polk, Inc. in the amount of $2,243.69, Beauxart Gardens Road improvement projects. 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 payments to Don S. Reichle & Associates, Inc. as follows: $200.00, Inspections/Storm Survey Reports on Hardy Avenue, Canal Avenue, and South 5th Street water tanks; and, $5,575.00, storm damage repair to South 5th Street and Canal Avenue water tanks and repair and painting of Hardy Avenue Avenue water tank. 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 Griffin to approve payment of the bills for the month of September. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  9. COMMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Mayor Nugent to postpone receiving comments from Jimmy McKinney, 1412 Avenue E, regarding taxes.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  10. 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.; consider potential litigation against Galveston Wireless, L.L.C.; and, consultation with City Attorney.

  11. RECONVENE

    The regular meeting was reconvened at 4:08 p.m. by Mayor Nugent.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Griffin to authorize the City's legal counsel for the City of Nederland v. Entergy Gulf States, Entergy, Inc. and Entergy Services, Inc. to proceed with the best action they deem necessary and to pursue the independent action rather than class action if they feel that would be more appropriate for the City. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  12. PUBLIC OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    André Wimer, City Manager, reported that 6 out of the 14 demolition orders have either completed or initiated the order. He added that he is awaiting a response from TxDOT regarding his recent correspondence to them asking for justification regarding their decision to not fully fund intersection projects. Mr. Wimer also reported that the cities of Nederland, Port Neches, and Groves submitted a grant application to the Port Security Grant program in the amount to $7,188,544; (Port Arthur was also included in order to facilitate the regional objective for emergency communications). Although the cities requested 100% funding, only 75% was approved which totals $5,391,408. Consequently, the cities will be required to fund a 25% match which equates to $1,797,136. Based upon preliminary projections, the amount for Nederland would be $338,008. Although efforts are being made through Texas' Congressional delegation to allow for 100% funding, it appears that there have been no other projects funded at this level. Consequently, the City should plan for paying the 25% amount. He has asked Chief Collins for additional costs, such as maintenance, etc. This information should be available at the Mid-County Municipal League Meeting to be held on November 7th. Mr. Wimer also informed Council that recently the City has received requests from property owners for water service on a short term basis in order to receive garbage and trash service at a minimum monthly bill that could ultimately end up costing the City hundreds of dollars to dispose of. A recommendation will be made to the Council on how to make sure that all customers are treated the same.

  13. ADJOURN

    There being no further business a motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Mayor Nugent to adjourn the meeting at 4:25 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, October 9, 2006


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