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Posted on: September 8, 2021

Shenandoah City Council Meeting September 8, 2021 Update

Chief, Nabors

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: New Employee -     Shenandoah Police Chief Troye Dunlap introduced his newest officer who had a familiar face.  Officer Danny Nabors returns to Shenandoah after having left in 2016.  Dunlap and Nabors originally began careers in law enforcement around the same time and hope to end careers at the same place in the future. No action needed.

ITEMS  8-10: Partial Replat of Restricted  Reserve A, Block 1, Willowpark Office Subdivision at Vision Park-  Application of the property owner to identify current property lines and vacate an existing access easement to accommodate plans for future development. The replat includes one unrestricted commercial reserve.  A public hearing was held to receive comments; none were received. Started:  7:11 pm     Ended: 7:12 pm  Council voted 5-0 to accept the replat.

ITEMS 11-13: Zoning Amendment for Special Use Permit (SUP) for Medical Services  - The Woodlands Land Development Company(owner) and Memorial Hermann Hospital(leasee) have requested a SUP to allow for medical services (general or restricted) at 1890  Research Forest. General services are primarily engaged in the provision of personal health services including medical offices, dental offices and laboratories and health maintenance facilities. Restricted services primarily engage in personal services including prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation services.  A public hearing was held; no comments.   Started: 7:15 pm    Ended: 7:16 pm   Discussion with representatives clarified that this would be a facility with set hours and no overnight services. Council voted 5-0 to approve the ordinance. with specified times of Monday- Friday from 7 am - 6 pm and Saturday from 8 am-1 pm.

ITEM 14:  MCAD Board of Directors Nomination- Each jurisdiction in the Montgomery County Appraisal District may nominate a candidate for each of the positions on the board.  Council voted 5-0 to nominate  Councilmember Ron Raymaker.

ITEM 15:  MCAD Board of Directors Nomination- The mayor of each city in the county submits a name for membership on the Emergency Communications District. Conroe City Manager Paul Virgadamo was nominated by the Shenandoah City Council and has the support of the other cities.   Council voted 5-0 to support Virgadamo.

ITEM 16:  Ordinance Regulating Junk Vehicles- A proposed ordinance was presented at the last Council meeting and Council requested staff and City attorney to better define "disabled" vehicles and add timelines on public and private properties.  Council voted 3-2 to approve the ordinance. (Opposed: Councilmembers Bradt, Raymaker)

ITEM 17:  Water Conservation Plan- The city is currently seeking a $6.5 million Texas Water Development Board loan through their Clean Water state revolving fund.  The fund requires the city have a water conservation plan adopted by ordinance.  The city currently has water conservation measures in place including a water conservation rebate program, drought contingency plan, tiered water rate system, meter inspection and replacement program, and several other measures. This is one of the final steps for the eligibility of the loan. Council voted 5-0 to approve the ordinance.

ITEM 18:  American Rescue Plan Act Accounting Fund- As a result of the American Rescue Act, the city will receive $740,136.64.  It is recommended a separate fund be created to record all transactions. Council voted 5-0 to approve the creation of an accounting fund.

ITEM 19:  General Fund Surplus- Staff brought back amounts to be designated into a general fund reserve to maintain 180 days of operating funds.  Council voted 5-0 to approve the general fund surplus.

ITEM 20:  Public Hearing of the 2021-2022 Fiscal Year Proposed Budget- The budget must be approved before the tax rate can be approved. No comments were received.

ITEM 21:  Adoption of 2021-2022 Operating Budget Ordinance-  Council voted 5-0 to approve the 2021-2022 operating budget.

ITEM 22:  Public Hearing for the 2021-2022 Tax Rate- The City proposed a tax rate of $0.1799/$100 valuation, higher than the no new revenue rate of $0.1737. The proposed rate is the same rate that was adopted in 2018, 2019 and 2020.  No comments were received.

ITEM 23:  2021 Ad Valorem Tax Rate for Maintenance and Operations (M&O)- The M&O Tax Rate of $0.0810 will raise more taxes for maintenance and operations than last year's tax rate.  Due to increased property assessments, the tax rate will result in a 3.57% increase in tax funds raised over last year. Council voted 4-1 to approve the 2021-2-22 Tax Rate for M&O. (Opposed: Councilmember Fletcher)

ITEM 24:  2021 Ad Valorem Tax Rate for Debt Services - The Debt Services  Tax Rate of $0.0989 will raise more taxes for maintenance and operations than last year's tax rate.  Council voted 4-1 to approve the Debt Services tax rate. (Opposed: Councilmember Fletcher) 

City Administrator Updates

  • City activities will begin gearing up in October with National Night Out (Oct. 4), Trash Bash (Oct. 23) and Halloween Safe Streets (Oct. 31).

Executive Session

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

  • Government Code  § 551.087: Deliberation regarding economic development negotiations
    • David Memorial Drive

The open session was adjourned to executive session at 7:48 pm. Council returned to open session at 8:14 pm. 

No action was taken in executive session.

 The meeting was adjourned at 8:14  pm.


Upcoming Events/Meetings

September 11Shenandoah Farmer's Market, Metropark Square, 10 am - 1 pm

September 14:  Civic Club, 6 pm

September 21: Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission, 6 pm

September 22:  Municipal Development District (MDD), 6 pm

September 22:  City Council, 7 pm

September 23: Shenandoah Blood Drive, 9 am - 3 pm; Donor link for appointment

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