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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, December 8, 2003

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

3:00 p.m. December 8, 2003
  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 Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Radcliff to approve the minutes of the November 24, 2003 meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Nugent.
    Noes: None.

  3. COMMENTS

    Don Pumphrey, Customer Service Manager with Entergy, gave a presentation to Council of improvements Entergy has performed to increase reliability and thereby reduce outages of their customers. Mr. Pumphrey stated that, over the past 12 months, Entergy has spent approximately $4.3 million in the Port Arthur network, which includes Nederland, on substation improvements, tree trimming, distribution improvements, and transmission improvements.

    The Council and City Manager expressed their appreciation for the work that Entergy has done during the past few years to improve reliability and customer service in the area.

    Jeff Darby, 1515 26th Street, addressed the Council regarding the 20' utility easement in the rear of his property. Mr. Darby stated that he had approached the Zoning Board of Appeals for a variance which would allow him to place pool decking in this easement, but his request was denied. Mr. Darby further stated that there were no utilities in the 10' of easement closest to his home and would like to request that the 20' easement be reduced to 10'.

    Following discussion, Mr. Wimer stated that the City Council does not have the authority under State Statute to grant a variance. If, however, the City Council was agreeable to reducing the width of the easement, Mr. Wimer indicated that Mr. Darby would need to obtain signatures from all property owners involved agreeing to the reduction of the easement through their properties, have each property surveyed and replatted showing the reduction to 10 feet; and receive written documentation from all utilities stating that reducing the easement would not affect the placement of current or future utilities. Once this documentation was obtained, Mr. Wimer stated that the City could then approve a replat of the various properties involved. Mr. Wimer further stated that any costs incurred for this process would be borne by the property owners.

  4. BIDS/PROPOSALS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Radcliff and seconded by Mayor Nagel to award bids received for reconstruction of manhole frames to Brystar Contracting, Inc. in the amount of $38,750.00. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Nugent.
    Noes: None.

  5. PAYMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sawyer and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve payment to ALLCO, Inc. in the amount of $23,654.68, wastewater plant improvements. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Nugent.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Radcliff to approve payments to d.p. Consulting Engineers, Inc. as follows: $1,412.00, Boston Avenue Pavement Rehabilitation and Beautification, and $2,318.70, upper Main C drainage improvements. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Nugent.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sawyer and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve the bills for the month of November. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Nugent.
    Noes: None.

  6. EXECUTIVE SESSION

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

  7. ADJOURN

    There being no further business, a motion was made by Mayor Nagel and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Nugent to adjourn the meeting at 3:55 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nagel, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Nugent.
    Noes: None.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, December 8, 2003


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