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Attendance: Present: Mayor Ritch Wheeler, Mayor Pro Tem Charlie Bradt, Mike McLeod, Dean Gristy, Ted Fletcher and Ron Raymaker
ITEM 7: Appointment of Shenandoah Chief of Police - Interim Police Chief Troye Dunlap was apprenticed as Chief of Police in a pinning ceremony with Wendy Dunlap. Council voted 5-0 to approve the appointment of Troye Dunlap as the Shenandoah Police Chief.
ITEM 8: DAR Constitution Week Proclamation- September 17, 2020 marks the two hundred and thirty-third anniversary of the framing of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention. The Twin Creeks chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, located in the City of Shenandoah, has requested a proclamation designating September 17 through 23 as Constitution Week. Public Law 915 guarantees the issuing of a proclamation each year by the President of the United States of America designating September 17 through 23 as Constitution Week, In conjunction, Mayor Wheeler proclaimed the week of September 17 through 23 as Constitution Week in Shenandoah and urges residents to reaffirm the ideals by vigilantly protecting the freedoms guaranteed to us through this guardian of our liberties. Photo: DAR members Betty Byrd and Dawn Derr join Mayor Ritch Wheeler and DAR member Megan Williamson in proclaiming the week of September 17-23 as Constitution Week. No action required by Council.
ITEM 9: November and December Council Holiday Meeting Dates- The City meets one time in the months of November and December because of Thanksgiving and Christmas, respectively. Council voted 5-0 to hold meetings on November 11 and December 9.
ITEM 10: Future City Events - COVID19 has impacted the city event calendar since March. During the remainder of 2020, the city has several activities scheduled: National Night Out (10/5), Halloween Safe Streets (10/31), Lighting of the Angels (12/1) and the Luminary Workday (12/12)/ Lighting of the Luminaries (12/24). Trash Bash(10/24) and the Fall Garage Sale(10/17) will go on as planned. Council voted 5-0 on the following action of activities: National Night Out (Chief’s discretion), hold modified Halloween Safe Streets, hold Lighting of the Angels, and Luminary workday (staff’s discretion).
ITEMS 11: Investment Report- The State of Texas requires the City to review/adopt an investment policy annually. The current policy was revised approximately 10 years ago to be very restrictive in authorized investments. In addition to stipulating authorized investments, the policy outlines objectives, strategies, delegation of authority and diversification, among other things. Council voted 5-0 to approve the Investment Report.
ITEM 12: New Tree Plantings- This project will use the Tree Replacement fund to replace five trees that have died at the Maplewood Park and add an additional four trees to the park. The five trees that have died were planted during the park reforestation project of 2016 and tree planting project of 2019. The project will also replace seven trees that have died in the greenbelt off of Wellman Road between the Sunningdale apartments and Wellman Manor. All dead trees are outside of their warranty period. Council approved the low bid of $19,80 by Yellowstone Landscaping by a 5-0 vote.
ITEM 13: Texas Water Development Board Bond Application Resolutions - The City is seeking a loan from the TWDB through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to complete improvements to the WWTP amounting to $6,000,000. The TWDB is able to offer low-interest loans for projects that will help maintain and improve water quality in the state of Texas. This project will improve the WWTP to meet increasing demands on the system and allow us to continue to treat our wastewater to the strict requirements of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). These two resolutions are a requirement of the loan. Council approved both the resolutions by a vote of 5-0.
ITEM 14: Project Ranking System- Councilman Raymaker has proposed a refined project ranking process to help prioritize and track capital projects/purchases. Discussion only.
According to the Texas Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551 of Government Code as follows:
The open session was adjourned to executive session at 8:16 pm. Council returned to open session at 8:30 pm.
No action was taken in executive session.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:31 pm.
September 15: Planning and Zoning (P&Z), 6 pm
September 23: Municipal Development District (MDD), 6 pm
September 23: City Council. 7 pm
October 5: National Night Out, 6-8 pm