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Posted on: January 26, 2022

Shenandoah City Council Meeting January 26, 2022 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: New Employee Introduction -     No Council action required; pinning ceremony only.

ITEM 8:  Arbor Day Proclamation - Each year the city recognizes the date of Arbor Day, the last Friday of April. However, the city holds its Arbor Day activity the first Saturday in March to better meet the planting season in the area.  Joining forces with the Civic Club, the city hosts an Arbor Day event that meets the requirements of our Tree City membership as well as Arbor Day. The proclamation is one of the Tree City requirements.  This year's Arbor Day event is scheduled for March 5 from 9 am - noon. Mayor Wheeler signed the proclamation.

ITEM 9: 2021 Annual Financial Report  - Presentation of the annual financial audit by Louis Breedlove of BrooksWatson & Company.     Presentation only. 

ITEM 10:   Adoption of the 2021 Annual Financial Report -   Council voted 5-0  to adopt the annual audit report.

ITEM 11: New Banking Institution - TABLED.  Council voted 5-0  to table.

ITEM 12: Cities Steering Committee- Each year the city has the opportunity to participate on the Cities Steering Committee as it relates to Entergy's utility fees.  The ordinance authorizes the city to continue to participate which has helped keep rates lower for our residents. Council voted 5-0  to approve the ordinance.

ITEM 13:  Cantilevered Coverage for Police Vehicles-  Staff received bids for the cantilevered cover and associated lighting in the city hall parking lot.  Staff budgeted $40,000 for the construction but need an additional $18,000 to fully conver construction, lighting and demolition of the old lot. . Council voted 5-0 to the additional funding.

ITEM 14:  Calling the 2022 General Municipal Election- - Every year, the city must pass an ordinance that calls for the general election in May. This call gives the information of the election including date, location and offices up for election.  Council voted 5-0 to call an election for May 7 for Mayor and Positions 1 and 5. 

ITEM 15:  Election Agreement with Montgomery County Elections - The city enters an agreement with Montgomery County to staff and conduct the municipal election for the city. This includes an election services agreement that stipulates the services provided by the county and the joint election agreement which allows the city to join other entities and share the expenses.  Council voted 5-0 to approve both agreements. 

ITEM 16: First Quarter 2022 Budget Amendment-  Staff is requesting approval of the first quarter budget amendment which is an increase or a decrease to a particular line item in the annual budget for unexpected increases or decreases.   Council voted 5-0 to approve the budget amendment.

ITEM 17: Adoption of Minutes for October 27, 2021 Regular Meeting-  Council voted 5-0 to approve the minutes as presented. 

ITEM 18: Ratification of the Accounts Payable for December-  Council voted 5-0 to ratify the accounts payable.

City Administrator Updates

  • The Holly Hill Trails Park groundbreaking photo op will take place at 10:30 am Saturday, January 29.

Executive Session:  Started7:49  pm; ended  8:37 pm 

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

  • Government Code  § 551.071: Consultation with Attorney
    • Township Fire Services Agreement
  • Government Code  § 551.087: Deliberation Regarding Economic Development Negotiations
    • Use of ARPA Funds
  • Government Code  § 551.071: Consultation with Attorney, Pending Litigation
    • Former Building Official

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 8:38  pm.

Upcoming Events/Meetings

January 29: Holly Hill Trails Park Groundbreaking, 10:30 am

February 3:  SHPD Citizens Police Academy, 7-9 pm  (Registration required, 9 weeks)

February 8: Civic Club, 6 pm

February 9:  City Council, 7 pm

February 10:  City of Shenandoah Blood Drive, 9 am - 1:30 pm

February 10:  SHPD Citizens Police Academy, 7-9 pm  (Registration required, 9 weeks)

February 12: Shenandoah Farmers Market, 10 am - 1 pm

February 14- 18: Early Voting,  8 am - 5 pm   (NOTE: The City is not an Early Voting  polling place.)

February 15: Planning and Zoning (P&Z), 6 pm

February 17:  SHPD Citizens Police Academy, 7-9 pm  (Registration required, 9 weeks)

February 18: Council Filing Closes, 5 pm

February 19: Early Voting, 7 am - 7 pm  ((NOTE: The City is not an Early Voting  polling place.) 

February 20: Early Voting: 11 am - 6 pm  (NOTE: The City is not an Early Voting  polling place.) 

February 22- 25: Early Voting, 7 am - 7 pm  (NOTE: The City is not an Early Voting  polling place.)

February 23: Municipal Development District (MDD), 6 pm

February 23: City Council, 7 pm

February 24:   SHPD Citizens Police Academy, 7-9 pm  (Registration required, 9 weeks)

March 1: Primary Election, 7 am - 7 pm   (NOTE: The City IS  an Election Day  polling place for Pct. 31.)

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