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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, December 11, 2006

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

3:00 p.m. December 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 November 27, 2006 meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  3. PRESENTATION

    Wanda Hollier, on behalf of the Nederland Chamber of Commerce, the Nederland Economic Development Corporation, and the Nederland Heritage Festival, presented André Wimer, City Manager, with a plaque thanking the City of Nederland Officials and Staff for the work done during the aftermath of Hurricane Rita.

  4. PUBLIC HEARING

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to authorize a Joint Public Hearing to be held on January 22, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. between the City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission regarding the establishment of a zoning classification for the area annexed on October 9, 2006. 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 authorize a Joint Public Hearing to be held on January 22, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. between the City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission regarding the rezoning of the property describ4ed as Lots 11-12, Tracts 1-4; Lot 13, Tracts 2-9, Pleasant Home Addition; and, Lots 40-43, Tract 2; Lots 44-45, Tracts 1-3; Lots 46-48; Lots 52-55, Lot 56, Tracts 1-2; and Lots 57-67, Pleasant Home Replat Addition from Single Family Zoning to Multi-Family Zoning. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  5. POLICIES/PROCEDURES

    A motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to continue the existing Investment Policy. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  6. BIDS/PROPOSALS

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to award proposals received for repairs to the City Council Chambers to Coleman & Associates, Nederland, TX, in the amount of $23,040.89. 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 authorize the receipt of proposals for demolition of structures previously approved for removal by the City Council. 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 Sheffield to approve the payment of the bills for the month of November. 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 Neal to postpone the Executive Session. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  9. OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    André Wimer, City Manager, reported that he and Steve Hamilton, Director of Public Works, met with representatives of TxDOT regarding funds that may be available for beautification. Two projects that may be considered for Nederland would be a welcome sign located at the entrance to the city limits along Twin City Highway, and possibly some type of pavers placed in the medians along South Twin City Highway. Mr. Wimer added that he would report further information as it becomes available regarding this new program. He also reminded Council that last year the City received notice to apply for mitigation grant funds, however, as it turns out the engineering analysis required far exceeds the actual cost of potential projects. He would recommend that we decline to submit an application for these grant funds. Lastly, Mr. Wimer reported that staff met with the contractor and the State regarding the CCN on the newly annexed area and the City will begin the process of attempting to obtain dual certification for water, if approved, the property owner would choose the water provider. Aqua Texas currently holds the CCN for the area. The City will also submit a request to acquire a sewer CCN for this area; there is no current service provider.

    Councilmember Rogers reported that on a recent trip to the Kemah, Texas area his wife noticed ornamental carvings placed in various locations throughout that city and she thought that something similar could benefit the downtown area of Nederland. He added that perhaps this would be a project that a civic organization would consider.

    Councilmember Sheffield asked about the City's dangerous dog ordinance relative to an after hours attack. Chief Bush stated that there is an officer on duty at all times to handle emergencies. Mr. Wimer added that a citizen has requested that a section be added to our animal ordinance to require pet owners to be responsible for their pets when they are allowed to defecate on private property. Rick Hughes, City Attorney, reported that he is reviewing the animal control ordinance at this time and will report back to Council in the near future.

  10. ADJOURN

    There being no further business a motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to adjourn the meeting at 3:51 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, December 11, 2006


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