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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, June 25, 2007

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

6:00 p.m. June 25, 2007
  1. MEETING

    The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Pro Tem Bert Rogers 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 Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve the minutes of the June 22, 2007 meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sheffield, and Neal.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent and Councilmember Griffin.

  3. PROCLAMATION

    Mayor Pro Tem Rogers presented a proclamation to Dennis Isaacs, Leadership Southeast Texas, congratulating them on 15 years of the LSET programs that examine the strengths, weaknesses, obstacles and opportunities for economic development, regional unity and quality of life.

    Mr. Isaacs thanked the City Council for their continued support of LSET.

  4. CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REPORT

    Robert Sangster, Water Treatment Plant Supervisor, reviewed the 2006 Drinking Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report) that was recently mailed to all customers. In accordance with EPA regulations all water suppliers are required to issue the CCR to all its customers on an annual basis. He added that the report shows that Nederland's water quality does not exceed maximum allowable levels for any contaminates.

  5. APPOINTMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Rogers to approve the appointment of Kenneth Whigham to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a four-year term beginning July 1, 2007 and ending June 30, 2011. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sheffield, and Neal.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent and Councilmember Griffin.

    A motion was made Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve the following appointments to the Construction Board of Appeals: Boyd Meier, Steve Gentile, and Ron Minaldi to a two-year term beginning July 1, 2007 and ending June 30, 2009; and, Danny Delahoussaye to a one-year term beginning July 1, 2007 and ending June 30, 2008. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sheffield, and Neal.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent and Councilmember Griffin.

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to approve the appointment of George Spalding to the Firefighters' Civil Service Commission to a three-year term beginning July 1, 2007 and ending June 20, 2010. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sheffield, and Neal.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent and Councilmember Griffin.

  6. LIFE INSURANCE

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Sheffield to authorize the advertisement of bids for employee Life Insurance/Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sheffield, and Neal.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent and Councilmember Griffin.

  7. PAYMENTS

    André Wimer, City Manager, reviewed the invoice submitted to the City from Jefferson County for the May 12th General Election in the amount of $15,722.41. He stated that this amount is approximately four times the amount of a normal election. Mr. Wimer reminded the Council that this year the State called for a Special Election, therefore, the City was required to enter into a joint election with Jefferson County. He added that the City received a letter from Carolyn Guidry, County Clerk, indicating that she will no longer be involved in any local elections in the County. They will lease equipment and the Central County Station, if available, but will provide no support. This decision could potentially impact the City's election budget significantly.

    Councilmember Sheffield stated that he did not think that the City should be reimbursing the County for the hours that their staff performed election duties during regular business hours. He feels that their salary is already budgeted by the County and they should not expect the political subdivisions to reimburse those funds.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Rogers to approve a payment to Jefferson County in the amount of $15,722.41, joint election costs, and, under protest, to notify Jefferson County, in writing, of the concerns of the Council relative to the excessive amount and various fees. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sheffield, and Neal.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent and Councilmember Griffin.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Councilmember Sheffield to approve a payment to N&T Construction Co., Inc. in the amount of $17,468.50, release of retainage for renovations to the Fire Station. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sheffield, and Neal.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent and Councilmember Griffin.

  8. 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, and Neal.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent and Councilmember Griffin.

  9. PUBLIC OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Rogers to authorize the appointment of LaDonna Floyd, City Clerk; Cheryl Dowden, Director of Finance; Darrell Bush, Police Chief; John Borne, City Judge; and Richard Hughes, City Attorney. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sheffield, and Neal.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent and Councilmember Griffin.

  10. PUBLIC OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    André Wimer, City Manager, reported that the Windmill Museum blades have been replaced; and, the CDBG project in the Gage Avenue area is approximately 75% complete. He announced that the "Stephen Jackson Basketball Camp" will be held at the Recreation Center July 9-13. This is an National Basketball Association endorsed event and will feature Stephen Jackson along with several other NBA players, past and present.

    Councilmember Sheffield reported that the guardrail on South 3rd Street between Avenue D and Avenue E is still in need of repairs.

    Councilmember Neal also reported that he has tried to contact Jefferson County Drainage District No. 7 regarding some repairs that are needed near his home.

  11. ADJOURN

    There being no further business a motion was made by Councilmember Sheffield and seconded by Councilmember Neal to adjourn the meeting at 6:45 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sheffield, and Neal.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent and Councilmember Griffin.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, June 25, 2007


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