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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: Resolution on Research Forest/Grogan's Mill Intersection - Commissioner Riley announced that he would begin construction on an at-grade solution at theGrogan's Mill and Research Forest intersection this year. Council then requested that a Resolution be presented stating the City’s position on this project. The resolution opposes an overpass or other grade separation and supports at-grade solutions to improve traffic flow at the intersection. Council voted 5-0 to support this resolution.
ITEM 8: Political Sign Ordinance - After receiving Council feedback on proposed changes to political sign regulations, this ordinance provides an amended time frame for these signs to be placed and picked up. The amended chapter allows for the following: If located at a polling place on City-owned property, one political sign will be allowed per candidate, no larger than 18 inches tall and 25 inches wide, placed in the ground, beginning at 1:00 p.m. on the day before Election Day and remaining in place until 5:00 p.m. on the day after Election Day. Council voted 5-0 to approve the change to the political sign ordinance.
ITEM 9: Second Quarter Budget Amendment - A budget amendment is either an increase or a decrease 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 towardsthe surplus in the budget and record the following expenses in the budget. Change to the General Fund is $11,947.56; change to Capital Projects Fund is $575,000; change to Water and Sewer Fund is ($261,876.00) . Council voted 5-0 to approve the budget amendment.
ITEM 10: Purchase of Patrol Tahoes - Staff is seeking a recommendation from the Council on what type of patrol vehicles to purchase between Dodge Chargers and Chevrolet Tahoes. Due to production shortages and supply chain issues, there is a major delay in all vehicle production including Tahoes. There is also significant inflation driving continually increasing the costs of these vehicles. Staff asked to issue a purchase order which would place the city on a waiting list. Council voted 5-0 to table action on vehicles at this time.
ITEM 11: Fire Services Agreement - The agreement with The Woodlands Township for fire services is up for renewal for a five-year period. During that time, the cost will gradually increase each year to arrive at the $.10/$100 valuation. The valuation will be based on the most recent year’s certified tax roll of the City. Council voted 4-1 to approve the contract. (McLeod nay)
ITEM 12: Resolution of Solidarity with Ukraine- At the request of Councilmember McLeod and on consent of the Mayor, a resolution has been placed on the agenda to express the City’s support of the people of Ukraine. Council voted 5-0 to approve the resolution.
ITEM 13: Parking on Grass- Councilmembers have expressed concerns about vehicles that have been parked on grass, either partially off a driveway or partially off the street. Vehicles parked on grass diminish neighborhood aesthetics and can create safety hazards. The IDC currently requires that developers put in driveways at homes to allow for parking, but there are no regulations that prevent residents from parking on the grass Discussion only.
ITEM 14: Police Programming- At Councilman Raymaker’s request, Chief Dunlap provided an update on new police department programs and a summary of long-term planning. Discussion only; no Council action required.
ITEM 15: IDC- Planning and Zoning is continuing to work on revisions to the Integrated Development Code. The City Attorney reported on progress and the remaining areas to be reviewed and considered for update Discussion only; no Council action required.
ITEM 16: Minutes of November 17 and December 15 Regular Meeting Minutes- Council approved the minutes 5-0.
According to the Texas Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551 of Government Code as follows:
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 8:23 pm.
March 15: Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 pm
March 19: Spring Community Garage Sale, 8 am - 1 pm
March 23: Municipal Development District, 6 pm
March 23: City Council, 7 pm
March 26: Spring Trash Bash and Drug Take Back, 8 am - noon