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City of Nederland Don Albanese, Mayor
Billy Neal, Mayor Pro Tem
Talmadge Austin, Councilmember
Emmett Hollier, Councilmember
Sylvia Root, Councilmember
Christopher Duque, City Manager

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

Meeting Minutes from Monday, April 9, 2007

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

3:00 p.m. April 9, 2007
  1. MEETING

    The meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Mayor Pro Tem Debby Griffin 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 Sheffield to approve the minutes of the March 26, 2007 meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Griffin, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal and Rogers.
    Noes: None.
    Absent: Mayor Nugent.

  3. PROCLAMATION

    Mayor Pro Tem Griffin presented a Proclamation to Cindy Fertitta, Rape and Suicide Crisis of Southeast Texas, Inc., declaring April 2007 as "Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month" in Nederland. Ms. Fertitta thanked the Council for their continued support.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve a Proclamation declaring April 2007 as "Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month" in Nederland, Texas. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Griffin, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal and Rogers.
    Noes: None.
    Absent: Mayor Nugent.

  4. COMMENTS

    Jahn Echols, 3212 Avenue A, addressed the Council relative to the existing designation of Nederland Avenue as a truck route. Mr. Echols asked that the Council consider removing Nederland Avenue as a thru truck route because it appears that construction trucks are passing through Nederland to refineries on Twin City Hwy. He added that these trucks pay no type of fee to Nederland for road and street maintenance; therefore, the burden of repairs is put on local taxpayers. Councilmember Rogers suggested that the City Attorney review the legalities involved in eliminating through truck routes and report back to Council with a recommendation.

  5. REQUESTS Andre' Wimer, City Manager, explained that during the 2001 Legislative Session, HB 1689 was approved which granted tax exempt status to organizations that are primarily involved in charitable activities. In April 2002, the City Council approved a request from the Masonic Lodge for such an exemption. This initial exemption expires after the fifth tax year after the exemption is granted and, as such, a new request has been received. He added that if approved by the City Council, the property tax exemption will apply to all organizations which are able to obtain a verification letter from the State Comptroller, not just the Masonic Lodge.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve the request from Nederland Masonic Lodge regarding tax exempt status. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Griffin, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal and Rogers.
    Noes: None.
    Absent: Mayor Nugent.

  6. WATER AND SEWER A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve the list of sewer lines to be scheduled for pipe bursting.

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

  7. PARK AND RECREATION A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve the purchase of blades for the Windmill Museum at Tex Ritter Park from Kieschnick Industries, Inc. in the amount of $12,148.00. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Griffin, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal and Rogers.
    Noes: None.
    Absent Mayor Nugent.

  8. PAYMENTS

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

  9. EXECUTIVE SESSION

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Neal to postpone the Executive Session. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Griffin, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal and Rogers.
    Noes: None.
    Absent Mayor Nugent

  10. OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    Andre' Wimer, City Manager, reported that the regional scores were received for the 2007 CDBG and the City was ranked 12 out of 16, however, the ultimate determination will be made on the State level. He added that the Library received a grant in the amount of $8,000.00 from Praxair Foundation. Mr. Wimer also reported that it appears that the TCEQ will soon adopt the long anticipated storm water regulations for municipalities. Such rules will require various actions by the City, which are estimated to cost $50,000 - $70,000 per year. Lastly, he reported that staff is continuing to research the feasibility of the City accepting credit card payments for utility bills, police fines, and permit fees. Several alternatives, of varying costs, are available which would allow for payment through the City's web site in addition to City Hall, the Police Station, and the Inspections Department. Staff has indicated that numerous requests for this service continue to be received and many municipalities currently have this payment option available.

  11. ADJOURN

    There being no further business a motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to adjourn the meeting at 3:30 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Griffin, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal and Rogers.
    Noes: None.
    Absent Mayor Nugent

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, April 9, 2007


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