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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, June 14, 2004

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

3:00 p.m. June 14, 2004
  1. MEETING

    The meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Mayor Richard A. Nugent 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 Radcliff and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve the minutes of the May 24, 2004 meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  3. PRESENTATION

    Gary Monnin, G. P. Monnin Consulting, Inc., presented an overview of the Post Retirement Benefits Analysis for the City of Nederland. He stated that new regulations by Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) will require that post retirement benefits be budgeted as a liability. Mr. Monnin went into detail on how and why these regulations are being implemented. He added that prior to GASB regulations these benefits could budgeted as a "pay as you go" item, but now must be a "liability" as far as accounting practices are concerned. He then reviewed the results of the City's request to have him analyze the impact on our finances if any type of post retirement benefit is offered to the employees. Mr. Monnin compared Nederland's current plan to that offered by the City of Port Neches and Jefferson County. Finally, Mr. Monnin stated that the total annual cost under our present plan is $285,000, if we were to adopt the plan of Port Neches that figure would increase to $732,000, and to implement that of Jefferson County would require $805,000 per year. Additionally, Mr. Monnin presented calculations indicating the anticipated insurance costs associated with employees who retire; examples of retirement at ages 40, 45, 50, and 60 were noted.

    Andre Wimer, City Manager, explained that this item was for informational purposes only. He wanted the Council to be aware of the new requirements for budgeting post retirement benefits.

  4. WATER AND WASTEWATER

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve sewer line repair/replacement projects as presented by staff pursuant to the May 2004 Smoke Test Report prepared by Schaumburg & Polk, Inc. (see attached). MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Radcliff to approve an agreement with Schaumburg & Polk, Inc. for engineering services associated with the repair/replacement of sewer line, 2004 Smoke Test-Year 1 project, and authorize the advertisement of bids for the repair/replacement of sewer lines, 2004 Smoke Test-Year 1 project. MOTION CARRIED.

    Mr. Elias Villarreal, 204 - 32nd Street, addressed the Council to ask when he could expect some repairs to the lines in his neighborhood. Mr. Wimer stated that after the bid process is completed the project should begin by the end of the year.

  5. ORDINANCE

    A motion was made by Councilmember Sawyer and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve Ordinance No. 2004-03, adopting the 2003 International Building Code. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  6. EASEMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Mayor Nugent to approve the following Easement Agreements from the property owners on the south side of the 1100 block of Boston: Calvin J. and Jennie L. Breaux; Dale A. Breaux and Calvin J. Breaux; George C. and Marian K. Peterman; Anthony P. and Shanna L. Ferro; Blair Investments, L.P.; Kenneth E. and Nancy L. Wines; and, Texas State Bank. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  7. WATER TREATMENT PLANT

    A motion was made by Councilmember Radcliff and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve submission of a Vulnerability Assessment, and an Emergency Response Plan for the water distribution system to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  8. CONTRACTS/AGREEMENTS

    A motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Radcliff to approve an agreement with Interface EAP for the Employee Assistance Program. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  9. STREET LIGHT REQUEST

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer and seconded by Councilmember Neal to authorize the installation of a street light at 7889 Green Avenue. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  10. PAYMENTS

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer and seconded by Mayor Nugent to approve payments to Schaumburg & Polk, Inc. as follows: $5,600.00, smoke testing; $3,044.92, 2002-2003 collection system rehabilitation (Year 5); and, $1,213.62, South 5th Street sewer rehabilitation. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Radcliff and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer to approve payment to d.p. Consulting Engineers, Inc. in the amount of $1,425.00, Boston Avenue rehabilitation project. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer to approve payment to Brystar Contracting, Inc. in the amount of $156,159.58, wastewater collection system improvements (Years 4 & 5). MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    A motion was made by Councilmember Radcliff and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve payment to Mc-O Construction in the amount of $6,608.00, Fire Station repairs. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

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

  11. EXECUTIVE SESSION

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

  12. OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    Andre Wimer, City Manager, reported that the Nederland Volunteer Fire Department will not be able to sponsor the fireworks display on the 4th of July this year. He reminded Council that on Saturday, June 19th, citizens of Nederland, Port Neches, and Groves will be allowed to dispose of green waste at the old landfill site. Mr. Wimer also reported that the Allan Meadows drainage improvement project is progressing. He added that the Area 3 drainage project, as well as the Helena Avenue @ 27th Street intersection project have begun.

  13. ADJOURN

    There being no further business, a motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer to adjourn the meeting at 4:28 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, June 14, 2004


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