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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, July 23, 2007

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

6:00 p.m. July 23, 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 Neal and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to approve the minutes of the July 9, 2007 meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent.

  3. PUBLIC OFFICIALS

    Mayor Pro Tem Rogers explained the process to appoint someone to fill the unexpired term for a vacant council position. The City's Home Rule Charter requires that the remaining members of the Council appoint someone from the vacant Ward I position. The City received a letter of interest from five citizens in Ward I - John Bernard, Mark Byars, Darrin Dykes, Jeff Ortize, and Robert Sawyer. He nominated Robert Sawyer to fill the unexpired term for the Council Ward I position. Mayor Pro Tem Rogers stated that Mr. Sawyer has 29 years experience with the City, having served on various boards and commissions, as well as representing Ward I on the Council for many years. Mr. Sawyer has indicated that he will not seek re-election at the next election. Mayor Pro Tem Rogers also stated that due to his not running in the next election and incumbent would not have an advantage over anyone desiring to seek this seat.

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Neal to appoint Robert Sawyer to fill the unexpired term of the Council Ward I position until May 2009. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent.

    LaDonna Floyd, City Clerk, administered the Oath of Office to Robert Sawyer for the Council Ward I position.

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

  4. ABANDONED AND DILAPIDATED STRUCTURES

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Rogers to set a 60-day time period for Sol Arkeen Enterprises to comply with the demolition and removal of the structure located at 804 South Twin City Hwy., and in the event that the structure is not demolished within the 60 days the City will proceed with the demolition and cause a lien to be placed on the property. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent.

  5. SUBDIVISIONS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sawyer and seconded by Councilmember griffin to postpone approval of the final plat for the Lakes of Nederland subdivision. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent.

  6. UTILITIES

    Danny White, Texas Gas Service, gave a presentation concerning their Statement of Intent to Increase Rates within the Cities of Port Arthur, Port Neches, Nederland, and Groves, Texas dated July 10, 2007. Mr. White reported the rate request is in the amount of $574,130, which would increase the average customer's bill by $1.26 per month.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sawyer and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to approve Ordinance No. 2007-05, suspending the proposed rate increase request submitted by Texas Gas Service and authorizing a review of the filing. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent.

  7. RESOLUTION

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Councilmember Sawyer to approve Resolution No. 2007-12, ratifying the action of the Nederland Economic Development Corporation related to the incentive offered to Jazz Etc., Inc. dba Rad Graphics. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent.

  8. INVESTMENT REPORT

    Cheryl Dowden, Director of Finance, presented the Quarterly Investment Report for the Quarter ending June 2007.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Griffin and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Rogers to accept the Quarterly Investment Report as presented. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent.

  9. PUBLIC HEARING

    The regular meeting recessed and a Public Hearing was called to order at 6:44 p.m. by Mayor Pro Tem Rogers for the purpose of receiving comments regarding the proposed City of Nederland Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Annual Budget.

    André Wimer, City Manager, stated that in accordance with the City Charter a Public Hearing must be conducted prior to August 15th of each year on the proposed annual budget. The Public Hearing gives interested persons the opportunity to comment on the budget. The City Council retains the authority to modify the proposed budget as deemed necessary. The certified tax roll and the effective tax rate should be available sometime this week.

    There being no questions and/or comments the Public Hearing was adjourned and the regular meeting was reconvened at 6:46 p.m.

  10. CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

    André Wimer, City Manager, briefly reviewed the Five Year Capital Improvement Plan, adding that it totals approximately $3.8million.

  11. PAYMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Sawyer to approve a payment to Carroll & Blackman, Inc. in the amount of $1,655.00, 12th Street and Avenue H sanitary sewer replacement. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent.

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Sawyer to approve a payment to Compliance EnviroSytems, LLC in the amount of $7,052.82, CCTV inspection of sanitary sewer lines. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent.

  12. EXECUTIVE SESSION

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

  13. PUBLIC OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    None.

  14. ADJOURN

    There being no further business a motion was made by Councilmember Sawyer and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to adjourn the meeting at 6:53 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent: Mayor Nugent.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, July 23, 2007


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