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Posted on: September 23, 2021

Shenandoah City Council Meeting September 22, 2021 Update

Supporting Documents for Agenda Items can be found HERE.

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

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

ITEM  8: Investment Policy - The State of Texas requires the City to review/adopt an investment policy annually. The current policy was revised approximately 11 years ago to be very restrictive in authorized investments. Investments are limited to: Money Market accounts in the City’s main depository bank; Certificates of Deposits from Council-approved public depositories domiciled within Texas; and Local Government Investment Pools as allowed by the Public Funds Investment Act (PFIA).   No changes were made since the adoption of the policy last year.    Council voted  5-0 to approve the investment policy.

ITEM 9:  Purchase of Police Tahoes - The Police Department has budgeted for the purchase of three new Tahoes for the patrol fleet. Due to production shortages and inflation, the anticipated cost of vehicles has increased.  Staff used a purchasing board to secure a vehicle at the existing and lower price for a police 2021 Tahoe through Siddons Martin, our vendor for installing equipment and graphics on Police Tahoes. They have one 2021 model available at existing pricing and will hold it for us to purchase after October 1, if we sign a letter of intent, which they are providing. The City Attorney will review the letter when it is received. This is the same procedure we had with Siddons Martin last year to secure Tahoes due to the police package shortage.   Council voted 5-0 to approve signing the purchasing agreement.

ITEM 10: Additional Funding Request for Holly Hill Park - The City is constructing a new walking trail park at the north end of Holly Hill Dr. Staff has been working with Bleyl Engineering and Landology to finalize design for the park which is proposed to consist of a 1/3 mile concrete pathway winding around the perimeter of the property. Drainage work is needed to prevent the park from regular flooding and
standing water. Rising costs of construction materials has played a factor in the increased cost estimate. The total cost of the park is $373,265.80; $250,000 is currently budgeted for the park. Council voted 5-0  to return the proposal back to the Municipal Development District (MDD) for consideration of funding the increased costs.

ITEM 11: Entergy Rate Increase - Entergy Texas Inc. recently filed an application to amend its Distribution Cost Recovery Factor with Cities in its service area and with the Public Utility Commission of Texas. The purpose of the DCRF tariff is to allow a utility to recover increased distribution investment expenses incurred since the last base rate case. This rate increase would represent a $1.34 increase, or 52 percent, over the current DCRF charge of about $2.57 per month for the average residential customer. Lawton Law Firm, representing Cities in the Entergy service area, recommends that Cities deny Entergy’s application by October 30 by adopting the Ordinance.  Council voted 5-0  to deny Entergy's application.

ITEM 12: Houston-Galveston Area Council General Assemble Representation - The HGAC bylaws provide that each general law member city is entitled to designate one representative and one alternate to the H-GAC General Assembly. The designees must be elected officials. .  The current representative is  Councilmember Charlie Bradt and the alternate is Councilmember Ron Raymaker.     Council voted 5-0  to appoint additional terms of Bradt as representative and Raymaker as alternate.

ITEM 13:  Tennis Court Usage-   The tennis courts at the  City  Park have been dominated for some time by a  person conducting tennis lessons and tournaments for a fee. As a result, many residents have been unable to use the tennis courts. The individual  tells other people that he has the courts “reserved.” The City does not reserve tennis courts.  City Attorney told Council staff will post new signage at the courts stating that courts are not reserved and that paid training/classes were not allowed. If this does not solve the issue,  he will return to Council with proposed changes.  Discussion;  no formal Council action needed.  

ITEM 14:  Ratification of August Accounts Payable-  Council voted 5-0 to approve the accounts payable.

City Administrator Updates

In the absence of the City Administrator, Public Works Director Joseph Peart presented the CA Updates.

  • The MCC replacement at water well #2 is in process and almost completed. Any old parts that can be utilized will be kept for future replacement needs.
  • The conversion of the city pool from saltwater to chlorine is in process and expected to be completed as early as Friday, September 24.
  • Impact fees will go into effect on October 1.
  • The city will host a blood drive Thursday, September 23.
  • National Night Out is set for Monday, October 4, at the City Park.

Executive Session:  Started 7:39 pm; ended 8:03 pm 

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

  • Government Code  § 551.0871: Deliberation regarding economic development negotiations
    • PILOT Agreements

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 8:03  pm.

Upcoming Events/Meetings

October 4: National Night Out, City Park, 6-8 pm

October 9Shenandoah Farmer's Market, Metropark Square, 10 am - 1 pm

October 12: Civic Club, 6 pm

October 13: City Council, 7 pm

October 15: Community Garage Sale, 8 am - 1 pm

October 19: Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission, 6 pm

October 23: Fall Trash Bash, 8 am - noon

October 27 Municipal Development District( MDD), 6 pm

October 27: City Council, 7 pm

October 29Shenandoah Stadium Night: ORHS vs. CPHS

October 31Halloween Safe Street, details coming soon

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