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Posted on: October 29, 2020

Shenandoah City Council Meeting October 28, 2020 Update

Supporting Documents for Agenda Items can be found HERE. 

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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: New Employee Introduction: The new Fire Marshal, Nathan Green, was introduced . Green recently joined the city staff after a long search. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position from backgrounds in fire services and law enforcement.

ITEM 8: Monthly MDD Report-  Presentation only; no Council action required

ITEM 9: Civic Club Resolution on COVID19 Attendance Waiver  - Many of our club members continue to socially distance for the safety of their family members and themselves. The bylaws have attendance requirements for voting membership. Upon discussion with the City Attorney, the Civic Club was urged to request a temporary waiver until the need for socially distancing is no longer required. The request is that members in good standing effective March 1 will continue to be able to vote on items regardless of whether or not they are physically attending meetings through December 31, 2020.  In addition, when new members have attended three meetings, they, too, will have voting membership that will not be impacted by attendance requirements during that same period. Council approved the waiver by a vote of 5-0.

ITEMS 10:  Daktronics Contract Reimbursement - Daktronics Contract Reimbursement - At the 2020-2021 budget workshop Councilman Raymaker asked staff and the City Attorney to research the eligibility of the CVB funding part of the MDD’s current Daktronics agreement with the Conroe Independent School District. Staff has confirmed that this is an eligible CVB expenditure. This contract was approved in 2018 for a yearly payment of $20,000 for 5 years. This year’s payment will be the fourth payment installment. Earlier tonight in the MDD meeting, MDD agree to a 50/50 split on funding.   Mayor Wheeler asked the City Attorney if the CVB payments could be retro and it was confirmed.    Council voted 4-0-1 for CVB to make the final two payments as their contribution rather than reimbursement of MDD; McLeod abstained. 

ITEM 11: Impact Fee Public Hearing-   According to legal requirements, Council must hold a public hearing to consider recommendations from the Impact Fee Committee to adopt water and wastewater impact fees and set the rates. The public hearing opened at 7:15 pm. There were no public comments.  The public hearing closed at 7:16 pm. 

ITEM 12: Adoption of the Impact Fee -   Following the public hearing in the previous agenda item, Council had the options to adopt, reject, or modify the recommendation of the Impact Fee Committee, based on the Impact Fee Study.  Council voted 5-0 to approve the Impact Fee Ordinance as recommended by the committee.

ITEMS 13-15:  Zoning Amendment Change from Retail to Planned Development  - Final report, public hearing and possible action by Council regarding a proposed zoning amendment of the Woodlofts Shenandoah, Eastwood Village Replat from Retain to Planned Development.  The prior applicant has expanded their partnership to include Juniper Investment Group and propose a revised project for the property that they are easily able to finance. The proposed rezoning provides for an independent retail reserve along IH 45 and a multifamily reserve with a parking structure along David Vetter Blvd. and David Memorial Dr.  The public hearing opened at 7:40 pm and closed at 7:41 pm receiving no public comments.  Council voted 4-1 to approve the amendment contingent on a point of sale. a one-year construction term and a possible PILOT.  McLeod voted nay.

ITEM 16:  IH45/Research Forest  Dedicated Merge Lane - At Councilmember Fletcher’s request, the City Engineer recently presented cost estimates for an extended acceleration lane on the southbound service road from Research Forest for approximately $400,000. The local TxDOT office is in favor of the project and we are awaiting approval from the district office. We also approached Precinct 3 Commissioner Noack about funding half of the project ($200,000). Commissioner Noack agreed in principle to participate in the cost, once the merge lane is approved by TXDOT’s district office. Staff is requesting approval for funding half the estimated cost for the merge lane ($200,000) subject to project approval by TXDOT. The City has received verbal commitments from all County Commissioners with jurisdiction over the I-45/Research Forest major intersection improvements, as follows: Precinct 2, $250,000; Precinct 3, $250,000; and Precinct 4, $500,000.  Council voted 5-0 to go forward with the project and entering into an interlocal agreement with the county.

ITEM 17: Ratification of Accounts Payable for September 2020-  Council ratified the September Accounts Payable by a 5-0 vote.

ITEM 17:  Non-Action Items -    The following budgeted items were authorized by the City Administrator per Council approval. 

  • City Administrator Authorizations
    • Public Works Building Platform, $16,083

City Administrator Updates

  • Fall Trash Bash 2020 was one of the most successful, possibly due to the cancellation of the March one because of COVID19 restrictions. Five dumpsters were filled during the four-hour event.
  • The Halloween Parade will be Saturday and several Council and staff will be involved in the night's activity.

Executive Session

No Executive Session scheduled.

 The meeting was adjourned at 8:06 pm.

Upcoming Events/Meeting

October 31: Halloween Parade, 5-8 pm (estimated end time)  Map

November 3:  Pct. 31 Polling Site for General Election, 7 am - 7 pm

November 4:  Shenandoah Turkey Blood Drive, 9 am - 3 pm

November  10: Civic Club, 6 pm

November 11:  City Council. 7 pm

November 25:  Municipal Development District, canceled for the Thanksgiving holiday

November 25:  City Council, canceled for the Thanksgiving holiday

November 26-27: City Offices Closed for Thanksgiving

December 1: Lighting of the Angels, 6 pm

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