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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, February 12, 2007

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

6:00 p.m. January 22, 2007
  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 Neal and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve the minutes of the January 22, 2007 meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  3. REQUEST

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve a request from Marty Byrd, Little League Red Sox, to utilize the softball field at Doornbos Park.

    MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    REPORT

    Darrell Bush, Chief of Police, reviewed the racial profiling report as required by Senate Bill 1074. A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to accept the report from the Police Department as required by Senate Bill 1074. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    DEMOLITION A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Nugent to rescind the demolition order for 2223 Nederland Avenue as it has been brought up to code. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  4. ORDINANCE

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve Ordinance No. 2007-01, establishing prohibitions against dogs at large, establishing restrictions on dangerous dogs, and prohibiting public nuisances involving animals. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  5. HEALTH AND DENTAL INSURANCE

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve a contract with City-County Benefits Services to assist with the preparation and evaluation of bids for employee health and dental insurance; and appoint Terry Hale of City-County Benefits Services as the agent of record for the purpose of managing the competitive bid process for employee group benefits.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Neal to authorize the advertisement of bids for employee health and dental insurance.

    MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  6. CONTRACT/AGREEMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to approve a contract with Severn Trent Environmental Services, Inc. for operation and maintenance of the Wastewater Treatment Plant. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  7. PERMITS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve an EMS Provider permit for Acadian Ambulance. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  8. BIDS/PROPOSALS

    André Wimer, City Manager, reported that K. H. Dugas was the low bidder for the demolition of those properties previously authorized by the City Council. Rod Hatch, Building Official, has inspected the structure located at 2223 Nederland Avenue and reports that is has been brought up to code, therefore, that property has been removed from the demolition list.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to award bids received for demolition of structures previously approved for removal by the City Council to K. H. Dugas, Nederland, TX, in the amount of $22,000.00. 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 award bids received for the water and sewer line replacement CDBG project to Jerry Wally, Inc., Lumberton, TX, in the amount of $313,091.50. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  9. ELECTION

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve Resolution No. 2007-01, calling for an election to be held May 12, 2007 for the purpose of election two (2) Councilmembers - one from Ward I and one from Ward III, and appointing LaDonna Floyd, Clerk for Early Voting and Presiding Judge of the Central Counting Station. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  10. WAIVER

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to authorize the Jefferson County Mosquito Control District to fly at low altitudes as required for the application of pesticides for the control of mosquitoes within the City limits of Nederland. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  11. RESOLUTION

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Mayor Nugent to approve Resolution No. 2007-03, requesting the grant period for Social Services Block Grant funding be extended. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve Resolution No. 2007-04, authorizing participation in a joint coalition of cities to address common concerns regarding natural gas service issues. 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 Sheffield to approve Resolution No. 2007-05, establishing a Neighborhood Empowerment Zone under Chapter 378 of the Texas Local Government Code and approving an agreement with Warren Holding, Inc. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  12. BIDS/PURCHASES

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Neal to authorize the advertisement of bids for pipe bursting associated with the replacement of sanitary sewer lines. 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 the purchase of a pool filter for the swimming pool from Neptune-Benson, Inc., Coventry, RI, in the amount of $24,200.00. 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 the construction of a fence at Ritter Park by Barnett Fence Co., Port Neches, TX, in the amount of $10,909.00. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  13. CONTRACTS/AGREEMENTS A motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to postpone approving a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Bureau of Investigations regarding participation in the Safe Streets Task Force. 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 an agreement with Warren Holdings, Inc. concerning projects within the Neighborhood Empowerment Zone. 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 Texas Aquatic Supply for installation of a pool filter for the swimming pool. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  14. PAYMENTS

    A motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve a payment to Neches Engineers in the amount of $7,076.78, windstorm certifications. 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 The LaBiche Architectural Group, Inc. in the amount of $1,183.73, Hurricane Rita restoration to City buildings. 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 d.p. Consulting Engineers, Inc. in the amount of $2,500.00, FY 2006 Water/Sewer Improvements Project. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

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

  15. EXECUTIVE SESSION

    The regular meeting was recessed at 4:00 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; and Chapter 551.071, City of Nederland v. Entergy Gulf States, Entergy, Inc. and Entergy Services, Inc.; potential litigation against Galveston Wireless, L.L.C.; and consultation with City Attorney.

  16. RECONVENE

    The regular meeting was reconvened at 4:28 p.m. by Mayor Nugent. He announced that the Executive Session was held for informational purposes only and no action is necessary.

  17. OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    Andre' Wimer, City Manager, stated that N.I.S.D. has agreed to have a joint election with the City in May. He reminded Council of the workshop to be held at Beaumont City Hall at 11:00 on Tuesday, February 13th, to discuss the potential impact of electric deregulation.Councilmember Neal asked about the procedure to increase Council pay. Mr. Wimer stated that it would require a Charter change election and would probably be too late to include on the May 12th ballot.

  18. 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 4:41 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, Griffin, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, February 12, 2007


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