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Posted on: July 14, 2021

Shenandoah City Council Meeting July 14, 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),  John Escoto (Position 3), Ted Fletcher (Position 2) and Ron Raymaker (Position 1)    Absent: Mike McLeod (Position 5)            

ITEM 7: Equipment Replace Fund Purchase  - A. Police staff is requesting one vest replacement. B. Public Works requested funds to convert the Mary Pat Case Pool from the current salt system to a liquid bleach system. There is money that has been allocated and contributed to the equipment replacement fund to cover each expenditure.  Council voted 4-0 to approve the expenditures.

ITEMS  8: Temporary Outside Sales-  Council adopted an amended ordinance for outside sales in February to allow a farmer’s market to operate at MetroPark for a period of four months. The July 10 market was the last in the market test period. The revised ordinance would allow a market every 14 days within each calendar month through December 31, 2021, for a total of two markets per month. The markets have accomplished the goal of adding interest and bringing people into the development. The extended time period will allow them to raise awareness since the market is not visible from the street.
Council voted 4-0 to approve additional markets through December 2021.

ITEM 9: Hospital Signage  -Memorial Hermann Hospital has requested additions to the hospital sign ordinance to include a wall sign on the east building elevation and the south building elevation of the new tower currently under construction. Proposed with the sign additions is a wall sign on the east elevation of the existing parking garage to include the logo of the City of Shenandoah per PILOT Amended Agreement dated January 29, 2020.   Council voted 4-0 to approve the additions.

ITEM 10:  Montgomery County Emergency Communications District (MCECD) Board of Managers- The Montgomery County Emergency Communication District Board consists of five members who serve staggered terms of two years. Two are appointed by a majority vote of cities within the county.  Conroe City Manager Paul Virgadamo’s term expires on September 30 and he is willing to serve another term as a city appointee. Council voted 4-0 to approve the nomination of Virgadamo.

ITEM 11:Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) Loan Application-    The City is seeking a low-interest loan from the TWDB through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to complete improvements to the wastewater treatment plant which will enable 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). The original amount of the loan was $6,000,000, as approved by Council in September 2020. Following a pre-application meeting with the TWDB, staff is requesting to increase that loan amount to $6,500,000 due to increasing construction costs. Council voted 4-0  to approve the application filing, the authorized representative resolution and the application resolution. 

ITEM 12: Budget Discussion- Second meeting discussion on the upcoming budget workshop with discussion on:

  • Updates from first discussion
  • General discussion
  • Individual budgets

 No action needed; discussion only.

City Administrator Updates

  • The ACP water line replacement at Memorial Hermann Hospital is moving forward with the hospital's approval to fund the design fee. We should be able to start construction in the near future.
  • The David Memorial project advanced with the notification that the wetlands permit process has moved forward and hopefully will enter the public comment stage in August.

Executive Session:  Started 7:53  pm; ended 8:32 pm 

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

  • Government Code  § 551.071: Consultation with Attorney; Pending litigation
    • Tachus, LLC
  • Government Code  § 551.0871: Deliberation regarding economic development negotiations
    • PILOT Agreements
    • Point of Sale Agreement
    • PDD #11

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 8:33  pm.


Upcoming Events/Meetings

July 20: Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 pm

July 22: July Blood Drive, 9 am - 3 pm ;

July 28Municipal Development District Meeting, 6 pm

July 28: City Council, 7 pm

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