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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, May 7, 2007

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

3:00 p.m. May 7, 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 Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to approve the minutes of the April 23, 2007 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 David Die declaring May 2007 as "Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month" in Nederland. Mr. Die thanked the City for their continued support. A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve a Proclamation declaring May 2007 as "Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month" in Nederland, Texas.

  4. COMMENTS

    Jeff Ortiz, 1003 Avenue B #16, addressed the Council relative to restaurants in Nederland posting their health scores. He stated that he has had several discussions regarding this matter and some people have expressed a desire to see the scores posted. He does understand the pros and cons of requiring scores to be posted. Mr. Ortiz realizes that the scores may not necessarily be a true indicator of a restaurants actual health issues due to inspections only being made on an annual basis. If an establishment receives an unfavorable score and immediately remedies the situation they must wait a full year to have a new score to post. He suggested that perhaps this issue could be addressed again and invite local restaurant owners to attend to voice their concerns.Andre' Wimer, City Manager, added that he has discussed this same issue with Mike Melancon, Jefferson County Environmental Control, and he was also of the opinion that posting scores was not a good indicator of how well the establishments may or may not adhere to the regulations governing health issues in restaurants. Mr. Melancon informed Mr. Wimer that they do make additional inspections when they receive complaints from the public. Mr. Wimer stated that he would check with other area cities to see which ones require the posting of inspection scores. Councilmember Sheffield also asked Mr. Wimer to obtain the County's scoring criteria.

    MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Griffin, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.
    Absent: Mayor Nugent.
  5. ORDINANCE A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve Ordinance No. 2007-02, truck routes. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Griffin, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.
    Absent: Mayor Nugent.

  6. INVESTMENT REPORT

    Cheryl Dowden, Director of Finance, presented the Quarterly Investment Report for the first quarter of 2007. A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to accept the Quarterly Investment Report as presented (see attached). MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Griffin, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.
    Absent: Mayor Nugent.

  7. CONTRACTS/AGREEMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve a contract with TriStem, Ltd. For utility auditing services. 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 to Carroll & Blackman, Inc. in the amount of $888.00, sanitary sewer relocation. 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 Mayor Pro Tem Griffin 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 2007 Street Program began last week. He also reported that the remaining blades on the Windmill Museum were removed and the new ones should be installed soon. The new filters received for the Doornbos Park swimming pool may have been damaged during shipping and representatives from the company will be here to inspect them prior to installation. Councilmember Rogers asked how Mayor Nugent is progressing with his health treatments. Mr. Wimer stated that he began chemotherapy and everything is going according to the doctors' schedules.

  11. ADJOURN

    There being no further business a motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to adjourn the meeting at 3:40 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Griffin, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.
    Absent: Mayor Nugent.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, May 7, 2007


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