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Posted on: May 11, 2022

Shenandoah City Council Meeting May 11, 2022 Update

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Supporting Documents for Agenda Items can be found HERE.   

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Attendance: Present:   Mayor Ritch WheelerMayor; 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: Shenandoah Resident Scholarship -  This year the Civic Club scoring team, under the direction of chair Dixie McLeod, read and scored applications that were received. The following applicants are being awarded scholarships to their respective choices of post-high school education. Civic Club Scholarship Committee member Charley Ballmer presented the awards. In alphabetic order:  Micah Parks, graduate of College Park High School and son of Justin and Rachel Parks, plans to attend the  University of Texas (UT).  Sophie Randall, graduate of College Park High School and daughter of Natasha and Kris Randall,  plans to attend Louisiana State University (LSU).   No Council action required; presentation only.

ITEM 8: Toddler Park Parking Lot-  The MDD board fully funded this project at the April 27 MDD Board meeting with the stipulation that funding is only available if the section of curbed shoulder from the westmost pathway to the new parking lot is designated as “no parking.  Council voted 5-0 to approve the no parking signage.

ITEM 9: ACP Replacement Project Change Order #1- Change order No. 1 includes the addition of an approximate 200’ section of waterline along Southwood Dr. and the relocation and replacement of an existing waterline crossing that was discovered in a different location. Council voted 5-0 to approve the change order.

ITEM 10: ARPA Funded Project RFQ- A RFQ is required for engineering services to design the proposed ARPA funded projects of (1) adding a sanitary sewer collection line underneath I-45 and (2) extension of water and sanitary sewer utilities along Tamina Rd. No Council action required; status update only.

ITEM 11: e Over 65 and Disabled Ad Valorem Tax Exemption - The over 65 and disabled exemption is currently set by ordinance at $75,000 from appraised value. There is no maximum amount a city can adopt for this exemption, there is only a minimum amount requirement of $3,000. Staff is seeking what amount Council would want to increase the over 65 and disabled exemption to and to approve the ordinance with that amount at this meeting. This will give staff ample time to submit to the Montgomery County Appraisal District and the Montgomery County Tax Assessor for the 2022 tax values. Council voted 5-0 to table the item pending financial impact information.

ITEM 12: Mill Creek/Lifetime Fitness PILOT- The existing PILOT agreement allows for a six-month grace period after a certificate of occupancy is issued before the payments are due to the City. Because of delays in construction related to COVID, the developer is asking for an extension of time before those payments start. The revised agreement will add six more months to the start date for payments, for a total of one year. Council removed the item from the agenda as the attorneys had not been able to meet in the preceding weeks.

ITEM 13: Election Canvassing Special Meeting- The County produces the certified election reports after the May 11 meeting and before the May 25 meeting, and the City has to act on them within a certain time frame. This agenda item is to designate a date for a special meeting during the week between the two regular meetings in order to canvass the returns. Council voted 5-0 to approve a May 18, 6 pm, special meeting for canvassing the votes.

City Administrator Updates

  • The covering for the police vehicles was deemed too small for contractors to bid, so it will be rolled into the parking lot improvements for a larger project. It will be discussed in upcoming budget sessions.

Executive Session:  Started 7:56 pm; ended 8:33  pm 

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

  •  Government Code Sec. §551.087. Deliberation Regarding Economic Development Negotiations
    •  Tamina Road Development
    • Area Detention

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 8:34 pm.

Upcoming Events/Meetings

May 14: Shenandoah Farmers Market, 10 am - 1 pm

May 17: Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), 6 pm

May 18: Special Meeting to Canvass Election, 6 pm

May 24: H-GAC Public Hearing on the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan, 6 pm

May 25: Municipal Development District, 6 pm

May 25:  City Council, 7 pm

May 30: Memorial Day, city offices closed

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