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Posted on: June 9, 2021

Shenandoah City Council Meeting June 9, 2021 Update

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),  Mike McLeod (Position 5),  John Escoto (Position 3), Ted Fletcher (Position 2) and Ron Raymaker (Position 1)                

ITEM 7: CVB Destination Analysis Plan  - David Holder with Clarity of Place began a destination analysis plan for the CVB earlier this year, holding multiple focus group meetings with a variety of participants from hotels, medical, retail, dining, sports, residents and city officials and staff. His presentation was a high-level overview that summarized the work they’ve done and their recommendations for shaping the direction of the CVB going forward.  No action required; presentation only.

ITEMS  8: East Storm Water Outfall Proposal-  The city purchased property along the east outfall to improve drainage of the east pond, located on the east side of David Memorial Dr. at Shenandoah Park Dr. This project is Phase One of a two-phase project. Staff recommended awarding the construction of the siphon and improvements to the drainage ditch to Solid Bridge Construction for $192,925.00. Council voted 5-0 to accept the bid. 

ITEM 9: 2021-2022 Budget Calendar Adoption-  - Staff needs to finalize workshop dates and certain tax rate dates for the 2021-2022 Budget Workshop. Staff must also provide the Tax Assessor with these dates before July 1 for public notices.  Council voted 5-0 to approve the budget calendar.

  • August 11: Council meeting where Council will vote on whether to adopt a tax rate lower or higher than the no new revenue rate provided by the Tax Assessor
  • August 12: Budget workshop with August 19 as follow-up date (if needed)
  • August 25: first public hearing should Council choose to go higher than the no new revenue rate (if needed)

ITEM 10:  Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD)  Proposed Desired Future Conditions (DFCs)- The voting groundwater districts in General Management Area (GMA) 14 are currently considering DFCs, long-term planning goals, for the aquifers within GMA 14. These goals are adopted on a five-year cycle. GMA 14 has proposed two DFCs for all applicable GMA 14 counties including Montgomery County: The City Engineer recommended the city support the first goal (no less than 70 percent median available drawdown remaining in 2080) and not support the second goal (no more than an average of 1.0 additional foot of subsidence between 2009 and 2080).  Council voted 5-0 to approve the resolution.

ITEM 11:Montgomery County Thoroughfare Plan Discussion-    Discussion to gain City Council input to the proposed Montgomery County Thoroughfare Plan in general and/or the roadways listed below that affect Shenandoah.  Roads affected in Shenandoah include David Memorial  Drive,  Atkinson Lane to SH 242,  Tamina extending east,   Vision Park crossing IH-45,   Shenandoah Park Drive extending east, Lake Woodlands east to the railroad,  and Hanna/Richards Road to Tamina. Discussion; no action needed.

ITEM 12: Montgomery County Thoroughfare Plan Resolution- Following discussion about the proposed 2021 Montgomery County Thoroughfare Plan, Council will determine the City’s position on specific projects, if any. A Resolution will be prepared that reflects: the following.   Council voted 5-0 to approve a resolution.

  • Oppose: overpass at Vision Park and overpass at Research Forest/Grogan's Mill; extension of Atkinson Lane to SH 242
  • Favor: extension of David Memorial Drive to SH 242improvement of Tamina Road east
  • Request: Reclassification of Grogan's Mill as a minor arterial road instead of thoroughfare; add no underpass or overpass option to both Vision Park and  to Research Forest/Grogan's Mill

ITEM 13: Integrated Development Code (IDC) Revision- Planning and Zoning continues to work on revisions to the Integrated Development Code. At the last meeting, P & Z discussed eliminating some zones that have never been used and are not likely to be used in the future. At the next meeting, P & Z will continue its discussion of these districts and whether they should be eliminated and then move on to discussions of the Retail/Commercial District.  Discussion; no action needed.

City Administrator Updates

  • The Park Beautification Fund has been expended to replace damage in the park from the February freeze.

Executive Session:  Started 8:13 pm; ended 9:01 pm 

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

  • Government Code  § 551.074: Personnel Matters
    • City Administrator Evaluation

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

No action was taken in the meeting.

After calling the Council meeting back to order, Council voted 5-0 to increase the salary of the City Administrator 7% as a result of her annual evaluation. She was praised for her handling of the city during a year of pandemic and severe winter freeze.

 The meeting was adjourned at 9:02  pm.


Upcoming Events/Meetings

June  15: Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 pm (includes first public hearing on 3 final plats)

June 23Municipal Development District Meeting, 6 pm

June 23: City Council, 7 pm (Includes second public hearings on 3 final plats and variance to Shenandoah Vegetation Ordinance )

June 26: Independence Celebration, 10 am-noon, City Park

July 5: City offices closed for Independence Day

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