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Posted on: May 12, 2021

Shenandoah City Council Meeting May 12, 2021 Update

Christy, Dunlap, Reuvers reciving reaccreditation plaque

Supporting Documents for Agenda Items can be found HERE.

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

ITEM  7Texas Police Chiefs Association Accreditation - Conroe Chief of Police Jeff Christy, representing the Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA),  presented the Shenandoah Police Department and Chief Dunlap their accreditation documentation for their recent re-accreditation audit. Shenandoah Police Department is one of 108 departments in Texas that has been successfully completed re-accreditation.  Congratulation on a great report. The featured photo is Chief Christy with SHPD Chief Troye Dunlap and Lt. Jake Reuvers.  No action required; presentation only.

ITEMS  8: Canvassing the May Election -  As part of the post-election process, the certified election returns must be canvassed and the results declared by the City Council. The final reports from Montgomery County Elections Administration are included in backup documentation at the above link. The certified reports from the county confirmed the following:    in uncontested races, Councilmembers Bradt and Fletcher were re-elected; in a contested race, John Escoto won the election with approximately 77% of the votes cast. Escoto will be seated at the May 26 meeting. Council voted 4-0 to approve the ordinance canvassing of the election. 

ITEM 9: Council Check Signing Authorization - These resolutions authorize newly elected council member, John G. Escoto,  as a signer on designatedTexPool and Wells Fargo accounts. He will replace former council member Dean Gristy.  Council voted 4-0 to approve the resolution. 

ITEM 10:  Planning and Zoning Commission Appointment- John  Escoto will be moving to  City  Council and his term as  Planning and  Zoning  Commissioner,  Place  2 is unexpired.  Mayor  Wheeler would like to appoint  Stephen  Seay to fill the unexpired term,  effective immediately.  Mr.  Seay has submitted the necessary application to serve on P&Z   Council voted 4-0 to approve the appointment.

ITEM 11:Capital Projects Plan 2021-2022-    This is the third discussion on upcoming projects per the Capital Improvement Plan that was approved last year.   This item is to get enough discussion and information to help both  Council and  MDD  decide which projects will be completed in the upcoming year and how they will be funded.  Discussion; no action needed.

ITEM 12: American Rescue Plan Act- As a result of the American Rescue Plan Act, the City is estimated to receive $651,282. Half of the funds will be distributed by June 2021 from the state and the second half will be distributed in June 2022. All funds will need to be spent by the end of the calendar year 2024. Staff will be seeking recommendations in order to create a plan for the spending of these funds.    Discussion only.

City Administrator Updates

  • The TMobile antennae previously approved has now been mounted on the city's water tower.  Although approved earlier, the mounting was postponed to allow the renovation of the tower.
  • Plans for the Hampton Inn property on Country Lane have been submitted. One of the contingencies is proof of the change in ownership.
  • The combined MDD/Council meeting will be held at 6 pm May 26.

Executive Session:  Started 7:31 pm; ended 8:28 pm

 According to the Texas Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551 of Government Code as follows:

  • Government Code  § 551.087: Deliberation regarding economic development negotiations;
    • Tamina Road Utilities and Improvements
    • Research Forest/IH-45 Expansion
    • PILOT Agreements
  • Government Code  § 551.072: Deliberation regarding real property;
    • Right of Way Acquisition
  • Government Code  § 551.0871: Consultation with attorney; Pending litigation
    • Tachus, LLC

Consideration and, if determined appropriate, take action resulting from the item(s) listed under Executive Session. 

No action was taken in the meeting.

 The meeting was adjourned at 8:29 pm.


Upcoming Events/Meetings

May 18Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 pm

May 26Municipal Development District/Council Joint Meeting, 6 pm

May 26: City Council, 7 pm

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