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Posted on: March 25, 2021

Shenandoah City Council Meeting March 24, 2021 Update

Supporting Documents for Agenda Items 

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Attendance: Present:  Mayor Ritch Wheeler, Mayor Pro Tem Charlie Bradt (Position 4), Mike McLeod (Position 5), Dean Gristy (Position 3), Ted Fletcher (Position 2) and Ron Raymaker (Position 1)

ITEM  7Municipal Development District (MDD) Monthly Report  - No action required; report only.

ITEMS  8-10: Special Use Permit to Allow Tourist Accommodations -  Preliminary report, public hearing and possible action on a SUP for property located at the intersection of County Lane and I45 southbound.  An application has been submitted to build a five-story Hampton  Inn and Suites.  Council voted 3-2 to approve the SUP. (Nay: McLeod, Raymaker)

ITEM 11:  CenterPoint Proposed Rate Increase  -   This proposed ordinance deals with the natural gas grid increase application for CenterPoint and would suspend the effective start date by 45 days.  Council voted 5-0 to suspend approval for the grid increase to allow the cities covered to review compliance of the request.

ITEM 12:  Interlocal Agreement with Montgomery County-Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management in association with St. Luke's Hospital will continue to hold vaccine clinics at the Woodforest Stadium. They are requesting additional law enforcement support for traffic control until July 30  at the latest.    Council voted 5-0 to approve the request.

ITEM 13: Surplus Equipment-    Staff requested permission to declare a 2007 Odom gooseneck trailer as surplus equipment so that it can be listed and sold. The trailer was originally purchased to transport the city's backhoe but staff has found it easier to just drive to needed locations due to the size of the city.  Council voted 5-0 to approve the surplus equipment designation.

ITEM 14: Amendments to the City's Comprehensive Plan- Planning and Zoning Commission has been working for months on updates to the city's Comprehensive Plan. P&Z met with real estate and restaurant developers, the City Engineer and city staff. Council has reviewed the document and made suggestions for changes and the changes have been presented in two public hearings through P&Z and will be in a City Council public hearing on April 14.  Discussion; no action taken.

ITEM 15: Minutes of February 10 and February 24 Council meetings -  Council approved the minutes by a vote of 5-0.

City Administrator Updates

  • Chief Dunlap will be in Austin on March 25 to testify before the House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee regarding HB 323 which deals with a law enforcement agency accreditation grant program.  Dunlap serves on a Texas Police Chiefs Association (TCPA) committee on accreditation.
  • SPD recently arrested three at Home Depot for multiple thefts. The FBI is now working on a bigger investigation on Home Depot thefts.
  • The city recently had two organized burglaries at local hotel parking lots.  SPD is increasing the patrols at local hotels.
  • The recent Easter Egg Hunt was a huge success and well attended. State Representative Steve Toth also attended the event. Thanks to all who volunteered and attended.
  • The next city event will be Trash Bash this Saturday, March 27, from 8 am to noon at the Public Works Bay.

Executive Session: Not Scheduled

 The meeting was adjourned at 8:03 pm.

Upcoming Events/Meetings

March 27: Spring Trash Bash, Public Works Bays, 8 am to noon

April 2: City Offices Closed for Good Friday, will reopen at 8 am April 5

April 13: Civic Club, 6 pm

April 14: City Council, 7 pm

April 19- 24: Early Voting General and Municipal Election, 8 am - 5 pm

April 20- Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 pm

April 26-27: Early Voting General and Municipal Election, 7 am - 7 pm

April 28: Municipal Development District, 6 pm

April 28: City Council, 7 pm

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