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Posted on: August 11, 2022

Shenandoah City Council Meeting August 10, 2022 Update

Supporting Documents for Agenda Items can be found HERE.  

2022 – 2023 Proposed Operating Budget 

Notice of 2022 Tax Rates

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Attendance: Present:   Mayor John Escoto Mayor Pro Tem Charlie Bradt (Position 4), Mike McLeod (Position 5) Jim Pollard (Position 3)   Ted Fletcher (Position 2) and Ron Raymaker (Position 1)

ITEM 6: New employees-  New employees Kara Castanon and Kevin Kirk were introduced to Council.  Castanon joins the Shenandoah Police Department as the administrative assistant to the Chief.  Kirk, a new Texas resident, has taken the position of Building Inspector, bringing a strong history of experience as a certified building inspector.

ITEM 7: Property Tax Rate -  There must be a recorded vote if the council wants to allow an option to approve a tax rate above the no new revenue (NNR) tax rate or no higher than the no new revenue tax rate. The 2022 certified appraised taxable value and rate information were provided by the Tax Assessor and disbursed to Council as soon as was received, and backup added to the agenda pack Due to truth in taxation rules and approved postings, Council needed to vote on a tax rate during this meeting because a public hearing would be required if they considered adopting a rate that exceeds the no-new-revenue of 0.1477/ $100.    Council voted 5-0 to not go above the NNR of $0.1477/$100.

ITEM 8: Sam Moon Agreement-  Staff has drafted an agreement with a local developer, Sam Moon Group, regarding the use of dirt spoils from the Vision Park excavation project. The agreement proposes a cost share for the dirt spoils that will save the City significantly on hauling and disposal costs. .  Council voted 5-0 to approve the agreement.

ITEM 9: Purchases from Equipment Replacement Fund - The police department has requested approval for the replacement of 12 vests. The police department previously requested two replacement vests in April 2022 with a new type of vest. The new vests eliminate the need for two separate vests (regular and heavy vest) and provide better protection. The police department is replacing the current vests based on expiration timelines   Council voted 5-0 to approve the purchase of 12 vests.

ITEM 10: Planning and Zoning Commission Appointment- The appointment of Jim Pollard to City Council left a vacancy on the Planning and Zoning Commission. The City received two applications to fill that unexpired term. Per Ordinance, the Mayor appoints members to the Planning and Zoning Commission and Council confirms that appointment. Council voted 5-0 to approve the Mayor's nomination and appoint Colin Caffey to the Place 1 Commissioner position.

ITEM 11:  Recycling Rates - The ordinance presented adjusts the recycling rate for single-family residential users in the City of Shenandoah. It reflects the 4% increase in the cost of recycling collection per the contract with Republic Services. This will increase the rate from $7.39 to $7.69 per month beginning October 1, 2022  Council voted 5-0  to approve the increase.

ITEM 12: Minutes of the May 25 Regular and June 8 Regular Meeting  - Council voted 5-0 to approve the minutes as presented. 

ITEM 13:  City Attorney Update: none

City Administrator Updates

  • Successful Back to School Pool Party held on August 6.

Executive Session:  None Scheduled

 The meeting was adjourned at 7:25  pm.

Upcoming Events/Meetings

August 16: Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 pm

August 24: Municipal Development District, 6 pm

August 24: City Council, 7 pm

September 5: Labor Day, offices closed

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