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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, December 18, 2006

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

6:00 p.m. December 18, 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 Neal and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve the minutes of the December 11, 2006 meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  3. REQUEST

    Brian Grant, 1416 Avenue E, addressed the Council to request that they consider amending the animal control ordinance. He stated that there is a vacant house near him that the owners are allowing their cats to live in. The property owner comes by the house each week to feed the cats and does not take any further responsibility. Mr. Grant would like for the City to prohibit property owners from allowing animals to live in vacant houses. These cats are responsible for causing damage to area yards by being allowed to roam the neighborhood.

    A motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to instruct the City Manager and staff to research the City's current animal control ordinance and make a recommendation to Council. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  4. PAYMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Griffin to approve a payment to d.p. Consulting Engineers, Inc. in the amount of $5,000.00, TCDP water/sewer improvements project. 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 Schaumburg & Polk, Inc. in the amount of $11,740.58, Beauxart Garden Road improvements. 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 Neal to postpone a payment to N & T Construction Co., Inc. in the amount of $9,622.30, renovations to the Fire Station, pending clarification on items included in the bill. 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 approve a payment to N & T Construction Co., Inc. in the amount of $44,116.10, release of retainage for renovations to the Recreation Center and Marion and Ed Hughes Public Library. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  5. 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.

  6. OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    André Wimer, City Manager, reported that the library received a grant from the Hebert Foundation for approximately $38,000.00. He also reported that City staff has been in talks with Severn Trent regarding their contract to operate the Wastewater Treatment Plant. City staff is currently studying the feasibility of the City retaining operations. If the City could operate the plant with the same level of personnel as Severn Trent then it may be possible to operate the plant with fewer funds. The contract, which expires on March 1, 2007, has a 60-day termination notice requirement for both parties. Mr. Wimer added that he would report staff's recommendation in the near future.

  7. 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 6:35 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, December 18, 2006


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