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Posted on: October 13, 2021

Shenandoah City Council Meeting October 13, 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: American Rescue Plan Act Funding -     Staff asked Council to explore using these funds for an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project, replacing the incomplete automatic meter reading (AMR) system we currently have. AMI is a consumer-friendly, information-driven system that will allow all water customers to control their water usage through real-time
updates. This project would help the City pinpoint water loss as it occurs and save a significant amount of time for the public works staff and the utility billing clerk. Water revenues will also increase because much of the water loss is due to old, inaccurate meters. This project would also help the City meet conservation requirements by state and federal regulatory entities. Council asked staff to continue to research the project but to also look at upgrading from our current AMR system. Discussion only.

ITEM  8: November and December Council Dates-  Due to the holidays,  City  Council meets once in  November and  December, typically on the second  Wednesday of the month, but Council has the option to choose alternative dates. . Council voted 5-0 to meet on November 17 and December 15, third Wednesdays of the month

ITEM 9: Official Newspaper Designation - The  Local  Government  Code requires cities to contract with a  public newspaper to be the official newspaper for publishing ordinances, notices or other matters required by law.   The  Courier’s publication schedule provides ample opportunities to publish notices within our required timeframes. Council voted 3-1 to designate The Courier as the official newspaper. (Councilmember Fletcher voted no; Councilmember McLeod was not at the dais for the vote.)

ITEM 10:  Redistricting Support Resolution- Following completion of the Census, the state legislature is required to redraw district boundaries of elected members of  Congress,  the  Texas  Legislature,  and the  State  Board of  Education to proportion the population more between districts.  Proposed redistricting maps divide  Montgomery  County into districts dominated by residents of  Harris County which would dilute Montgomery County’s representation and conservative base.  The Resolution supports the creation of at least one congressional district and one state senate district made up of a majority of Montgomery County residents.    Council voted 5-0 to support the Resolution.

ITEM 11:  Third and Fourth Quarter Budget Amendments- The proposed budget amendments show an increase to a  particular line item within the budget to account for any unexpected expenditures or unexpected increase or decrease in costs on budgeted items. This is just to confirm that we are to perform the amendment to expense towards the surplus in the budget and record the expenses in the budget.    Council voted 5-0 to approve the amendments.

ITEM 12:  July 14 and July 28 Minutes Approval-  Council voted 5-0 to approve the minutes.

City Administrator Updates

  • Received information from the Texas Water Development Board (TWBD) that the city's application had been approved and that funding would occur in March.
  • AT&T is doing utility work on Research Forest.
  • Our Fire Marshal has now met with all the businesses in the city and will be reaching out to residents to meet their safety needs.

Executive Session (Not Scheduled)


 The meeting was adjourned at  7:55  pm.


Upcoming Events/Meetings

October 16: Community Garage Sale, 8 am - 1 pm (Register with

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

October 27:  Municipal Development District (MDD), 6 pm

October 27:  City Council, 7 pm

October 29: Shenandoah Stadium Night, ORHS vs. CPHS

October 31: Halloween Parade, 5 - 8 pm

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