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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 Banking Institution -The city performed a request for applications (RFA) in November and received four applications from Allegiance Bank, Frost Bank, Plains Capital Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. as the city’s primary depository services Staff recommended that Council approve a banking contract with Allegiance Bank. Council voted 5-0 to approve Alliance as the primary banking depository.
ITEM 8: ACP Water Line Replacement - Bids were received on February 2 for ACP replacement projects. Seven bids were submitted with proposals ranging from $580,011 to $1,573,860. G&A Boring Directional submitted the lowest base bid with allowances at $580,011.20. Council voted 5-0 to accept the G&A Boring Directional bid.
ITEM 9: Research Forest Lift Station Rehabilitation - Bids were received on February 1 for the Research Forest Lift Station Rehabilitation Phase 2 project. Nine bids were submitted with proposals ranging from $288,700 to $654,500. Solid Bridge Construction submitted the lowest base bid with alternates A.6 & A.8 at $288,700. Council voted 5-0 to award the bid to Solid Bridge Construction.
ITEM 10: Pine Croft Loft Station Force Main - The existing force main needs to be upsized to handle the increased inflow from the new tower being constructed by Memorial Hermann and future expansion. Boring is required under Pinecroft, Research Forest and several driveways. This was recommended in the 2020 collection system modeling report. Installation of an 8” force main will guarantee capacity for the future expansion of the hospital and other developments that feed into the Pinecroft lift station. Council voted 5-0 to fund $575,000 for the design and construction of this project.
ITEM 11: Entergy Texas Rate Increase- Entergy Texas, Inc. filed its statement of intent and application for approval of two voluntary renewable option tariffs on January 31 to support green initiatives. The Ordinance declines any and all changes in rates requested by Entergy Texas, Inc. The Lawton Law Firm is reviewing the application. Council voted 5-0 to approve the ordinance against a rate increase.
ITEM 12: Sick Pool Committee Membership- The Committee is composed of eight regular full-time employees from the city departments. Committee Members are appointed by Council for positions one through eight which expire in even years for even seat numbers and odd years for odd seat numbers. Council voted 5-0 to approve the reappointment of Position 2 – Jeremy Thompson, Police Department; Position 4 – John Mayner, CVB; Position 6 – Tammy Daley, Finance; and Position 8 – Leslie Stevens, Public Works.
ITEM 13:Vehicles in Driveways Extending into Public Street - A problem has surfaced where automobiles and trailers have been parked in driveways with part of the vehicle extending into a public street. This presents a potential safety hazard, especially at night, to persons legally driving on the public street. This proposed Ordinance would add a new subsection (15) to the City’s existing ordinance that deals with vehicles that are stopped, standing or parking in places that create a safety hazard and includes automobiles, boats and trailers. Council voted 5-0 to approve the ordinance.
ITEM 14: Toddler Park Parking - Four parking spaces could be added as perpendicular parking with one space being designated for ADA compliant van access. The shoulder of Shenandoah Dr. could be extended to provide two 6’ wide parallel parking spaces, allowing the vehicles to be parked completely off the travel lane. However, unloading would still take place in eastbound travel lane of Shenandoah Dr. This would provide 6 total parking spaces. Discussion only; no Council action.
ITEM 15: Political Signage at City Hall - A council member received a request from Betty Anderson to allow more than one political sign per candidate on Election Day when city hall is a polling location. Our current sign ordinance allows only one sign per candidate. Discussion only; no Council action.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm.
February 10: SHPD Citizens Police Academy, 7-9 pm (registration required)
February 12: Shenandoah Farmers Market, 10 am - 1 pm
February 15: Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), 6 pm
February 17: SHPD Citizens Police Academy, 7-9 pm (registration required)
February 18, 5 pm Deadline: Candidate Filing Dates for Council Place 1, Council Place 5 and Mayor Positions
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)
March 5: Arbor Day, 9 am-noon