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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 10, 2004

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

3:00 p.m. May 10, 2004
  1. MEETING

    The meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Mayor Homer E. Nagel at the Nederland City Office Building, 1400 Boston Avenue, Nederland, Texas. See attached for quorum.

  2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer and seconded by Councilmember Phillips to approve the minutes of the April 26, 2004 meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

  3. PRESENTATION

    Carolyn Motl, Entergy, Inc., addressed Council relative to the City of Nederland being redesignated as a Team City. She introduced Eric Shaw, Chair of Team City Nederland. Mr. Shaw reviewed the goals obtained during the last two years. They held a business appreciation dinner with over 100 business people in attendance, as well as honor a small business person of the year - last year was Rita Renkema and this year is Jimmy Braud. Mr. Shaw added that with the help of the Nederland Economic Development Corporation the website has been kept up to date for potential business interest to obtain information about our community. Ms. Motl briefly reviewed the goals for the next two years and asked that the Council continue to support their efforts and goals. She then presented a plaque to Mayor Nagel with the redesignation status.

    Ms. Motl introduced the teacher sponsor, Buffy Spell, for the Teen Team City. Stefan Rice, Nederland High School student and member of the Teen Team City informed the Council that through the junior achievement program they attend secondary schools and teach the younger citizens of the community on how services are provided and the importance of small businesses. Amber Fontenot, NHS and Teen Team City member presented a check in the amount of $1,000 to the Chamber of Commerce to be used for the Christmas Lighting Committee. The funds were from their recent fund raiser.

    Mayor Nagel called for a recess at 3:11 p.m.

  4. RECONVENE

    The regular meeting was reconvened at 3:23 p.m. by Mayor Nagel.

  5. PROCLAMATION

    Mayor Nagel presented a proclamation to Rick Williams, Chamber of Commerce President, declaring May 10-15, 2004 as "National Tourism Week" in Nederland.

    A motion was made by Mayor Nagel and seconded by Councilmember Radcliff to approve a proclamation declaring May 10-15, 2004 as "National Tourism Week" in Nederland, Texas. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

  6. RESOLUTION

    A motion was made by Councilmember Phillips and seconded by Councilmember Radcliff to approve Resolution 2004-04, endorsing the 10-year initiative to end chronic homelessness. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

  7. PERSONNEL - INSURANCE

    Andre Wimer, City Manager, explained that bids were received last week for group health benefits and that this item was placed on the agenda for discussion only, with award of bids to be at the next meeting. The bids indicated there will be a significant increase. He presented Council with a spreadsheet showing all aspects of the bids, as well as the level of benefits. Mr. Wimer added that currently the City pays for employee coverage and seventy-four percent (74%) for dependents, with the employee contributing the remaining twenty-six percent (26%). He also provided a comparison of benefits with the Cities of Port Neches and Groves. Terry Hale, the City's consultant, will be at the next meeting to provide further details of the bids received.

  8. ORDINANCE

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve Ordinance No. 2004-02, animal control ordinance. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

  9. BIDS/PROPOSALS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Radcliff and seconded by Mayor Nagel to award bids received for Allan Meadows drainage improvements to Jerry Walley Construction, L.P., Lumberton, TX, in the amount of $14,322.50. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Phillips and seconded by Councilmember Radcliff to authorize the purchase of a cargo trailer for the Fire Department, Department of Homeland Security Grant, from Industrial Trailer Company, Ltd., Houston, TX, in the amount of $24,998.43. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

  10. GRANTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer to authorize the submission of a Tobacco Compliance Grant. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

  11. CONTRACTS/AGREEMENTS

    A motion was made by Mayor Nagel and seconded by Councilmember Phillips to approve an amendment to the Jefferson County Rural Fire Prevention District #1 Agreement. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve an assignment of right-of-way for Conoco Phillips Company. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

  12. EASEMENT

    A motion was made by Councilmember Radcliff and seconded by Mayor Nagel to approve an Easement Agreement with the Bell Family Limited Partnership. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

  13. STREETS AND SIDEWALKS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Councilmember Phillips to authorize the installation of a street light at 215 South 1 1/2 Street. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

  14. PAYMENTS

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer and seconded by Mayor Nagel to approve payments to d.p. Consulting Engineers, Inc. as follows: $1,045,00, upper Main "C" drainage improvements; and, $1,140.00, Boston Avenue rehabilitation project. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Radcliff and seconded by Mayor Nagel to approve payment to ALLCO, Inc. in the amount of $45,606.24, Wastewater Treatment Plant improvements. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer and seconded by Mayor Nagel to approve payments to Neches Engineers as follows: $1,320.00, Fire Station structural investigation; and, $697.32, Water Treatment Plant roof design. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Phillips and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer to approve payment of the bills for the month of April, 2004. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

  15. EXECUTIVE SESSION

    The regular meeting was recessed at 6:05 p.m. by Mayor Nagel for the purpose of conducting an Executive Session as authorized by Texas Government Code, Chapter 551.074, discuss personnel - City Manager; Chapter 551.072, discuss acquisition, exchange, sale, and/or release of property; and Chapter 551.071, City of Nederland v. Entergy Gulf States, Entergy, Inc. and Entergy Services, Inc.; litigation against KSA Engineers, Inc. and ALLCO, Inc. regarding Water Treatment Plant; appeal of Texas Gas Service Company from ratesetting actions of the Cities of Nederland, Port Neches, and Groves; and, consultation with City Attorney.

  16. RECONVENE

    The regular meeting was reconvened at 4:17 by Mayor Nagel. He announced that the Executive Session was held for informational purposes only.

  17. OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    Andre Wimer, City Manager, reported that Chief Bush received grant funding to be used for handheld radios that will insure that all three cities will be able to communicate with each other. He added that next Saturday the citizens of Nederland will once again have the opportunity to dispose of green waste at the old landfill site. Mr. Wimer advised Council that very preliminary discussions are underway regarding the possibility of a youth sports facility be built on a portion of the old landfill site.

    Councilmember Phillips wanted to take this opportunity to thank the Council for their confidence to allow him to serve the unexpired term vacated by Mr. Nugent.

  18. ADJOURN

    There being no further business, a motion was made by Mayor Nagel and seconded by Councilmember Phillips to adjourn the meeting at 4:24 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Phillips.
    Noes: None.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, May 10, 2004


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