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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, July 26, 2004

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE

CITY OF NEDERLAND

6:00 p.m. July 26, 2004
  1. MEETING

    The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor R. 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 Neal and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer to approve the minutes of the July 12, 2004 meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  3. FINANCE - INVESTMENT REPORT

    Cheryl Dowden, Director of Finance, reviewed the Quarterly Investment Report for the quarter ending June 30, 2004.

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

  4. CONTRACTS/AGREEMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Radcliff and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer to approve a Memorandum of Understanding with the Texas Department of Transportation for the 2003 Beaumont Regional ITS Architecture and ITS Deployment Plan. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  5. BIDS/PURCHASES

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer and seconded by Mayor Nugent to authorize the award of bid to Excavators & Constructors, Inc., Port Arthur, TX, for storm sewer system improvements, Area 3, Phase II, in the amount of $380,311.80. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

    Andre Wimer, City Manager, reminded the Council that the City previously received tentative approval for the purchase of a controlled gate to be installed at the old landfill/green waste site. The cities of Nederland, Port Neches, and Groves jointly submitted a solid waste grant request for this agreement to control illegal dumping at this location. Upon additional review by the State, however, funding was denied for the gate. Instead, the State indicated that funding would be provided for a camera system to monitor the site. As such, staff has researched various types of camera equipment and submitted documentation to the State for the purchase of an eight (8) channel digital video recorder. The solar powered camera will be mounted at the site and will transmit to a remote location for monitoring and/or recording; additionally, the features of this equipment allow for it to zoom, pan, and tilt as controlled from the remote location. Staff obtained a proposal from Patriot Security for the camera, all related components, and installation in the amount of $15,340. The grant will provide $12,272 (80%) while the remaining amount of $3,068 (20%) will be paid by the three (3) cities.

    A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer and seconded by Councilmember Neal to approve the purchase of video camera equipment (solid waste grant) from Patriot Security, Port Neches, TX, in the amount of $15,340. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  6. CHANGE ORDER

    A motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Radcliff to approve Change Order No. 1 with Excavators & Constructors, Inc. for storm sewer system improvements, Area 3, Phase II, in the amount of +$33, 819.80. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  7. ORDINANCE

    A motion was made by Councilmember Neal and seconded by Mayor Nugent to approve Ordinance No. 2004-06, amending the 2003-2004 budget. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  8. WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT

    A motion was made by Councilmember Rogers and seconded by Councilmember Radcliff to accept the Wastewater Treatment Plant improvements constructed by ALLCO, Inc. and to authorize the release of retainage in the amount of $72,047.83. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  9. BUDGET

    Andre Wimer, City Manager, explained that this item was placed on the agenda in the event that any Councilmembers had any questions relative to the budget. No questions and/or comments were made at this time.

  10. CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

    Andre Wimer, City Manager, explained that this item was placed on the agenda in the event that any Councilmembers had any questions relative to the Capital Improvement Program. No questions and/or comments were made at this time.

  11. PAYMENTS

    A motion was made by Councilmember Radcliff and seconded by Councilmember Rogers to approve payment to Jefferson County Drainage District No. 7 in the amount of $2,928.75, storm water permitting. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Neal, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None.

  12. EXECUTIVE SESSION

    The regular meeting was recessed at 6:25 p.m. by Mayor Nugent 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.; appeal of Texas Gas Service Company from ratesetting actions of the Cities of Nederland, Port Neches, and Groves; and, consultation with City Attorney.

  13. RECONVENE

    The regular meeting was reconvened at 7:05 p.m. by Mayor Nugent. He announced that the Executive Session was held for informational purposes only.

  14. OFFICIALS' COMMENTS

    Andre Wimer, City Manager, announced that the Planning and Zoning Commission will be conducting a Workshop on August 2nd to discuss the portion of the Subdivision Ordinance that regulates private streets and private subdivision development.

    Councilmember Rogers complimented Mayor Nugent on his presentation to the Texas Railroad Commission last week during the appeal of the Texas Gas Service Company's rate case. Mayor Pro Tem Sawyer added that some customers may be under the impression that the cities lost on all issues, but this was not the case.

  15. ADJOURN

    There being no further business, a motion was made by Mayor Nugent and seconded by Councilmember Neal to adjourn the meeting at 7:12 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
    Ayes: Mayor Nugent, Councilmembers Sawyer, Radcliff, and Rogers.
    Noes: None. Absent: Councilmember Neal.

END Meeting Minutes from Monday, July 26, 2004


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