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Posted on: March 24, 2022

Shenandoah City Council Meeting March 23, 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)- presiding,  Mike McLeod (Position 5),  John Escoto (Position 3)   Ted Fletcher (Position 2) and Ron Raymaker (Position 1) 

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

ITEM 8: Civilian Payment Adjustment- To keep up with current inflation and to keep competitive, staff reviewed the current pay scales for all civilian employees,
including hourly staff, department heads, directors, and the City Administrator’s pay. Staff found that the scales that were approved in 2018 were below current inflation trends and certain positions were also below industry trends.  Council voted 3-2 in favor of the adjustment.  (Nay: Bradt, McLeod)

ITEM 9: ARPA Funds - Staff recommends approval to use the funds to pay for two (2) water and sewer infrastructure projects that satisfy the approved uses of the funds as set forth by the United States Treasury Department. The first project will be to extend utilities on Tamina Road to the railroad tracks and the second project will be to add a redundancy sewer line to the City’s wastewater treatment plant.    Council 5-0 to accept the ARPA funding. 

ITEM 10:   Tennis Court Usage Following discussion at the last meeting, the City Attorney prepared a list of points to consider for preparing an Ordinance regulating use of the tennis courts at the City park.   No action required; discussion only.

ITEM 11: Pinecroft Life Station Pump-  Upsizing the pump and replacement of the control panel were recommendations from the 2020 sewer modeling report provided by Bleyl Engineering to handle the anticipated flows from the new hospital tower. The existing panel is original to the lift station and is in bad condition from the constant exposure to sewer gases and modifications over many years. Council voted 5-0  to approve the purchase of the 20 hp pump and electrical panel.

ITEM 12: Resolution Approving  Resolution for Publication- Staff has received notice that the application for a loan has been approved by the Texas Water Development Board through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund in the amount of $6,500,000 for improvements at the city’s wastewater treatment plant. Council is required to approve this resolution to allow for publication of the letter of intention to issue certificates of obligation. The TWDB will be the purchaser of these certificates of obligation with the low-interest rate guarantee by them.  Council voted 5-0 to approve the resolution.

ITEMS 13-14:  Authorizing Signers for Bank and TexPool-  Staff recommended the authorization of the signers for the appropriate Texpool/Texpool Prime and Allegiance Bank Account.  Council approved the authorization by a 5-0 vote. 

ITEM 15:  Centerpoint Energy Price Increase-  CenterPoint Energy has submitted its annual 2022 gas reliability infrastructure program (GRIP) rate adjustment filing for the company’s Houston division and requests that the City take action to approve, suspend, or reject the adjustment. The proposed Ordinance suspends the effective date of the proposed rate increase for 45 days Council voted 5-0 to approve the Ordinance suspending the effective date.

ITEM 16:  Vision Park Expansion-   The Vision Park detention pond expansion and amenity project is currently under re-design to expand the capacity of the pond and to create an amenity. This additional capacity will provide the city the opportunity to encourage redevelopment along the south IH-45 corridor by offering off-site detention.  No Council action; discussion only.

ITEM 17: Ratification of the Accounts Payable for February-  Council voted 5-0 to ratify the accounts payable.

City Administrator Updates

  • TWDB has set a closing date on the loan of June 22.
  • John Mayner coordinated a visit of UK/ Singapore Air tour guides to the Houston area for a Shenandoah visit which included a visit to Picket Fences and dinner at Goode Company Cantina.
  • A girls' softball tournament recently resulted in 300 room nights for our local hotels.
  • A bid opening for the police cantilevered garage coverings has been scheduled March 30 , moving that project closer to a start date.
  • Trash Bash is set for Saturday, March 26, with beautiful weather expected for this popular city event.  Last meeting before the Easter Egg Hunt on April 9.

Executive Session:  Started 8:30 pm; ended 8:51  pm 

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

  •  Government Code Sec. §551.071. Consultation with Attorney; Pending Litigation.
    •  Retain Counsel for pending litigation 

Consideration and, if determined appropriate, take action resulting from the item(s) listed under Executive Session. 

No action was taken in the meeting.

After returning to the regular meeting, Councilmember McLeod made a motion to authorize City Attorney Bill Ferebee to obtain outside counsel in  conjunction with Texas Municipal League. Council passed the motion 5-0. 

 The meeting was adjourned at  8:53  pm.

Upcoming Events/Meetings

March 26: Spring Trash Bash and Drug Take Back, 8 am - noon

April 8:  Shenandoah  Resident Scholarship for Seniors application due, 5 pm

April 9: Easter Egg Hunt for Shenandoah Residents

April 12: Civic Club,  6 pm

April 13:  City Council, 7pm

April 15:  Good Friday: City offices closed

April 19:  P & Z Meeting, 6 pm

April 21: Candidate Forum (TBD)

April 25--30:  Early Voting, 8 am - 5 pm

April 29: Blood Drive, 9 am - 1:30 pm

April 30: Montgomery County Safety Expo, 11 am - 2 pm, Woodforest  Stadium

May  2-3,  Early Voting 7 am - 7 pm

May 7: Election Day, 7 am - 7 pm (City Hall is Pct 31 voting place)

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