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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, October 8, 2007

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

3:00 p.m. October 8, 2007
  1. MEETING

    The meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Mayor Pro Tem Bert E. 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 Sawyer to approve the minutes of the September 24, 2007 meeting as written.
    MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent Mayor Nugent

  3. PRESENTATION

    Mayor Pro Tem Rogers recognized James Alexis on his retirement and thanked him for his 30 years of service to the City of Nederland. The Council also thanked Mr. Alexis for his dedicated service to the City and citizens of the community.

  4. PROCLAMATION

    Mayor Pro Tem Rogers presented a proclamation to Misty Cravens, Family Services of Southeast Texas, declaring October 2007 as "Domestic Violence Awareness Month" in Nederland. Ms. Cravens thanked the Council and City for their continued support.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sawyer and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve a proclamation declaring October 2007 as "Domestic Violence Awareness Month" in Nederland, Texas.
    MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent Mayor Nugent

  5. STREETS AND SIDEWALKS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to authorize the closure of the 1100 and 1200 blocks of Boston Avenue on October 31, 2007, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for Boston Avenue Merchants Association Halloween activities.
    MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent Mayor Nugent

  6. REQUESTS

    Andre' Wimer, City Manager, explained that the City received a request from Chad Harris and Justin Youngblood to rescind the City Council's demolition order for the structure located at 311 South 3rd Street. They stated that they recently purchased this property and were unaware of the City Council's existing demolition order. This residence has been vacant for approximately three (3) years and had deteriorated such that it was a hazard to the surrounding area.

    Mr. Harris stated that they intend to renovate the property and then sell it; he estimated that it would take 90-120 days to complete the work.

    Rod Hatch, Building Official, stated that he is agreeable to the proposed work recognizing that all construction must be in accordance with applicable building codes. As this house is apparently salvageable, and Mr. Youngblood and Mr. Harris appear capable of performing this work, adding that it would be advantageous to allow for renovation, thereby, allowing the house to remain on the tax roll.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Sawyer to rescind the previous decision of the City Council to order demolition of the structure at 311 South 3rd Street.
    MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent Mayor Nugent

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sawyer and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Rogers to approve a request from Nehemiah's Vision to waive permit fees for homes damaged during Hurricane Rita, for a period not to exceed six (6) months.
    MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent Mayor Nugent

  7. RESOLUTION

    A motion was made by Council member Neal and seconded by Council member Griffin to approve Resolution No. 2007-19, first reading, ratifying the action of the Nederland Economic Development Corporation related to the incentive offered to The Candle Cottage.
    MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent Mayor Nugent

  8. BIDS/PROPOSALS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Sawyer to authorize the receipt of bids for site preparation and installation of a generator, Hurricane Rita Disaster Recovery.
    MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent Mayor Nugent

  9. CONTRACTS/AGREEMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Councilmember Sawyer to approve a contract with Compliance EnviroSystems, L.L.C. in the amount of $34,195, sewer system smoke testing.
    MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent Mayor Nugent

  10. NEDERLAND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sawyer and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to reappoint Mike Guidry and Bert Rogers to the Nederland Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors for two-year terms.
    MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent Mayor Nugent

  11. PAYMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Griffin and seconded by Councilmember Sawyer to approve payment of the bills for the month of September.
    MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent Mayor Nugent

  12. EXECUTIVE SESSION

    The regular meeting was recessed at 3:33 p.m .by Mayor Pro Tem Rogers for the purpose of conducting an Executive Session as authorized by Texas Government Code, 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., and consultation with City Attorney.

  13. RECONVENE

    The regular meeting was reconvened at 4:39 p.m. by Mayor Pro Tem Rogers. He announced that the Executive Session was held for informational purposes only.

  14. ELECTION

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sawyer and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to approve Resolution No. 2007-18, appointing a Presiding Judge and an Alternate Presiding Judge for the November 6, 2007 Special Election.
    MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent Mayor Nugent

  15. OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    Andre' Wimer, City Manager, reported that the South East Texas Regional Planning Commission has planned a press conference to be held at Nederland City Hall at 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 12, 2007 regarding the preemption devices on traffic signals that are being installed throughout the area.

    Councilmember Sawyer thanked the City staff and contractors for their efforts in cleaning up the City during the aftermath of Hurricane Humberto.

  16. ADJOURN

    There being no further business a motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Griffin to adjourn the meeting at 4:49 p.m.
    MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Pro Tem Rogers, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, and Griffin.
    Noes: None. Absent Mayor Nugent

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, October 8, 2007


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