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Posted on: April 27, 2022

Shenandoah City Council Meeting April 27, 2022 Update

Ritch Wheeler and John Bleyl  presentation

Supporting Documents for Agenda Items can be found HERE.

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NOTE:  Many items in this meeting were taken out of the agenda order to accommodate presenters who traveled to our city.  The update will reflect agenda order and not actual meeting order. 

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  -   Public Works introduced Andres Rodriquez,  our new field service representative.   No action required.

ITEM 8: Presentation to Bleyl Engineering  - Bleyl Engineering recently celebrated its 25th anniversary and the City of Shenandoah presented owner John Bleyl with a plaque commemorating the city's almost 20-year partnership with them as city engineers.  No action required; presentation only.

ITEM 9: Municipal Development District (MDD) Monthly Report  - No action required; report only.

ITEM 10: City Finance Update- A number of residents had questions about the city’s finances, including city debt, bonds, the Metropark Square Public Improvement District (PID) and the operating budget. This agenda item is designed to answer those questions and will be featured on the city's financial transparency page. .     No action required.

ITEM 11:   City Street Closure - Residents of the Silverwood Ranch neighborhood want to hold a block party on May 1 and they would like to close the entry to Silverwood Ranch Drive closest to Grogan’s Mill Road from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  Council authorization is required for street closures. .   Council voted 5-0 to approve the closure.

ITEM 12: Use of City Tennis/Pickleball Courts-  At the March 23 regular meeting, Council provided feedback to staff to draft an ordinance regulating the use of tennis and pickleball courts at the main park. The City Attorney prepared an ordinance for Council review and adoption if appropriate. Council voted 5-0  to approve the ordinance.

ITEM 13: 2022-23 Budget Calendar- Staff needs to finalize workshop dates and certain tax rate dates for the 2022-2023 Budget Workshop. Staff must also provide the Tax Assessor with these dates before July 1 for public notices. Dates proposed for these items are as follows: 

  • August 5: Workshop meeting item to vote if the city will be adopting a tax rate higher or lower than the no new revenue rate provided by the Tax Assessor for the 2022 Tax Rate 
  • August 5-6: 2022-2023 Budget workshop dates 
  • August 24: First tax rate public hearing should Council adopt a rate higher than the no new revenue rate or approval of 2022-2023 Budge  

Council voted 5-0 to approve the budget calendar as presented.

ITEMS 14-16:  Zoning Ordinance Variance for Encroachment-  A property owner submitted a request for a variance to allow for the encroachment of a generator and equipment within a 5’ side building setback. The proposed variance would permit the placement of the generator and the equipment within the left side building setback. A public hearing was held with no comments.  Council approved the variance by a 5-0 vote. 

ITEMS 17-19:  Zoning Ordinance Variance for Encroachment-  A submitted request for a variance to allow for the encroachment of pool equipment within a 5’ side building setback line. The proposed variance would permit the placement of pool equipment within the left side building setback.  A public hearing was held and one resident spoke. Council voted 5-0 to approve the variance.

ITEM 20:  Memorial Hermann Sign Ordinance-   Memorial Hermann Hospital has requested three additions and a relocation of a monument sign to the hospital sign ordinance.  Council voted 5-0 to approve the sign additions and relocation.

ITEM 21: Donation of a K9 to the Shenandoah Police Department-  On April 19, 2022, SHPD was contacted by Integrity K9 that we were awarded a free Police K9. Integrity K9 stated that they were awarding two K9s to a specific police agency that met certain criteria. They decided that SHPD would benefit the most from having a K9 due to the increased activity from Houston, access to IH-45, increased growth in the area, and the department’s proactive approach to law enforcement. Council voted 5-0 to accept the donation and training of both the K9 and its handler. 

ITEM 22: Approval of Minutes for the January 12 and January 26 Meetings-  Council voted 5-0 to approve the minutes as written.

ITEM 23: Ratification of the Accounts Payable for March-  Council voted 5-0 to ratify the accounts payable.

City Attorney Updates

The City Attorney presented updates related to the lawsuit filed by Frank Powell, including information about the plaintiff’s history.

City Administrator Updates

  • Montgomery County Expo will follow the David's Dream Run at 11 am - 2 pm, April 30, at the Woodforest Bank Stadium.

Executive Session:  Started 8:12 pm; ended 8:51  pm 

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

  •  Government Code Sec. §551.087. Deliberation Regarding Economic Development
    •  Mill Creek Apartments, Life Time Fitness
  •  Government Code Sec. §551.071. Consultation with Attorney; Pending Litigation.
    •  Frank Powell Lawsuit

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  10:00  pm.


Upcoming Events/Meetings

April 25-30: Early Voting for Municipal Election, 8 am = 5 pm

April 29: City of Shenandoah Blood Drive, 8 am - 1:30 pm

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

May 2-3: Early Voting for Municipal Election, 7 am - 7 pm

May 7: Municipal Election, 7 am - 7 pm (City Hall will be the Pct. 31 voting site)









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