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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, May 21, 2007

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

6:00 p.m. May 21, 2007
  1. MEETING

    The meeting was called to order at 6:00 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 May 7, 2007 meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Griffin, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, and Rogers.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent.

  3. ELECTION

    André Wimer, City Manager, read the results of the May 12, 2007 General Election. There were a total of 747 ballots cast. Each candidate received the following number of votes:

    Council, Ward I Early Voting Election Day Total
     
    Tim Sheffield 284 127 411
    Darrin Dykes 113 78 191
    Jeff Oritz 96 49 145
     
    Council, Ward III
     
    Debby Griffin 415 216 631

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to accept the returns of the election as read. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Griffin, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, and Rogers.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent.

    LaDonna Floyd, City Clerk, administered the Oath of Office to Tim Sheffield, Councilmember Ward I, and Debby Griffin, Councilmember Ward III.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to elect Councilmember Bert Rogers as the Mayor pro tempore in accordance with Section 3.06 of the City Charter. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Griffin, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, and Rogers.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent.

    Mayor Pro Tem Rogers will now preside over the remainder of the meeting.

  4. RECOGNITION

    Tom Riley, Parks and Recreation Supervisor, recognized William Sanderson for his volunteer work at Tex Ritter Park. As an Eagle Scout candidate, Mr. Sanderson constructed a shed to cover the antique wagon in the park. Hurricane Rita damaged the original structure. William thanked the City, Mr. Riley, and his troop for their support during the project.

    Mayor Pro Tem Rogers read a plaque honoring William Sanderson for his work on the project. William's Scoutmaster read a plaque that will be placed on the structure.

    Mr. Lemaire and Mr. Cormer, on behalf of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, also presented a plaque to Boy Scout Troop 232 for their participation and assistance during the recent Relay for Life.

  5. STREETS AND SIDEWALKS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to authorize the installation of street lights at the following locations: 504 Avenue D, 217 Hill Terrace Drive, and, 1815 Elgin Avenue. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent.

  6. CONTRACTS/AGREEMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve an agreement with Interface EAP for the Employee Assistance Program. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent.

  7. RECESS

    Mayor Pro Tem Rogers recessed the regular meeting at 6:20 p.m. for the purpose of conducting a meeting of the City of Nederland Employee Benefits Trust to establish operations of the Trust and to award bids for health insurance and dental insurance for City employees. See attached minutes.

  8. RECONVENE

    The regular meeting was reconvened at 6:44 p.m. by Mayor Pro Tem Rogers.

  9. INSURANCE

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Neal to authorize the transfer of funds from the City of Nederland to the City of Nederland Employee Benefits Trust to pay for employee-related benefits. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent.

  10. PAYMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to approve a payment to Schaumburg & Polk, Inc. in the amount of $1,518.01, Beauxart Garden Road improvements. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent.

  11. EXECUTIVE SESSION

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

  12. OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    André Wimer, City Manager, stated that he had received information regarding restaurant inspections and if Council would like to address the issue at a later date to let him know. He added that the new filters for the pool were inspected and appeared to have no damage and they have been installed. Mr. Wimer reported that ALLCO, Inc. began work on the pipebursting project. He also reported that the City's Bo-Mag equipment repairs were estimated at $14,000 and will take approximately 16 weeks to complete. City staff has recommended that the equipment be repaired rather than replaced, however, the length of time it will take to make the repairs will put the street program behind.

    Mayor Pro Tem Rogers asked for an update on Mayor Nugent's condition. Mr. Wimer stated that he was able to come home for the weekend but had to return to Houston in order to begin his second round of chemotherapy. He appears to be in good spirits.

  13. ADJOURN

    There being no further business a motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to adjourn the meeting at 6:58 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sheffield, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, May 21, 2007


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