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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, April 12, 2004

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

3:00 p.m. April 12, 2004
  1. CALL MEETING TO ORDER

    The regular meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Mayor Homer E. Nagel at the Nederland City Office Building, 1400 Boston Avenue, Nederland, Texas. See attached for quorum.

  2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve the minutes of the March 22, 2004 as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

  3. PROCLAMATION

    A motion was made by Mayor Nagel and seconded by Councilmember Radcliff to approve a Proclamation declaring April 2004 as "Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month" in Nederland, Texas. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

  4. FINANCE - INVESTMENT REPORT

    Cheryl Dowden, Director of Finance, reviewed the Quarterly Investment Report.

    A motion was made by Mayor Nagel and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer to accept the Quarterly Investment Report as presented by the Finance Department. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

  5. BIDS/PURCHASES

    A motion was made by Councilmember Radcliff and seconded by Mayor Nagel to approve the purchase of rescue air lifting bags for the Fire Department, Department of Homeland Security Grant, 2003. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Mayor Nagel and seconded by Councilmember Radcliff to approve the purchase of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus cylinders for the Fire Department, FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant, 2003. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer and seconded by Councilmember Neal to authorize the advertisement of bids for Allan Meadows drainage improvements to be received May 6, 2004, at 2:00 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

  6. STREETS AND SIDEWALKS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Councilmember Phillips to authorize the installation of a street light near 2115 Avenue D. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

  7. STREETS AND SIDEWALKS

    Andre Wimer, City Manager, reviewed the proposed 2004 Street Program. He reminded Council that the City and Jefferson County work together on the street programs each year. Jefferson County will be opening bids for street materials soon and once those costs are determined a more accurate cost estimate can be provided. Mr. Wimer stated that the cost for this year's street program should be between $225,000 and $250,000.

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer and seconded by Mayor Nagel to approve the 2004 Street Program as presented. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

  8. ZONING ORDINANCE

    Andre Wimer, City Manager, explained that this item to discuss potential amendments to Zoning Ordinance No. 2001-17, Section 18, requirements governing lot size, was due to the recent issue arising concerning private driveways on certain zoned property. After the denial of a zoning change request by Mr. Gillespie the Council had instructed City staff to review the policies of other cities regarding private driveways. Our current ordinance only allows for private driveways in certain zoned areas, for example on property zoned for apartments. However, they are not allowed in residential and multi-family zoning designations. Mr. Wimer suggested that if the ordinance is changed that it should set strict standards.

    Mayor Nagel stated that he felt City staff should continue to research this issue. He is of the opinion that we do need additional designations to address the problems that have arisen lately. He added that there are several areas in town that will not be able to be developed if changes are not made. It was the consensus of the Council that staff further study this issue and report back to them with a recommendation.

  9. PAYMENTS

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer and seconded by Mayor Nagel to approve payment to Neches Engineers in the amount of $2,522.55, Fire Station structural investigation. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Councilmember Radcliff to approve payments to d.p. Consulting Engineers, Inc. as follows: $1,281.00, Boston Avenue rehabilitation project; $1,930.80, Allan Meadows drainage study; and, $1,428.00, upper Main "C" drainage improvements. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Radcliff and seconded by Councilmember Phillips to approve payments to Schaumburg & Polk, Inc. as follows: $4,971.96, 2002-2003 wastewater collection system improvements (Year 5); $846.80, South 5th Street sewer rehabilitation; and, $11,265.00, smoke testing. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer and seconded by Mayor Nagel to approve payment to Brystar Contracting, Inc. in the amount of $108,651.14, South 5th Street sewer rehabilitation. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Mayor Nagel and seconded by Councilmember Radcliff to approve payment of the bills for the month of March. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

  10. EXECUTIVE SESSION

    A motion was made by Mayor Nagel and seconded by Councilmember Radcliff to postpone the Executive Session. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

  11. OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    Andre Wimer, City Manager, reminded Council that beginning next Saturday the Cities of Nederland, Port Neches, and Groves will once again offer its citizens the opportunity to dispose of green waste once a month through the summer at the old landfill site.

    Councilmember Neal commended the Police Chief and Fire Chief for an excellent job on their annual reports.

  12. ADJOURN

    There being no further business, a motion was made by Mayor Nagel and seconded by Councilmember Phillips to adjourn the meeting at 3:50 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, April 12, 2004


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