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Posted on: August 29, 2019

Shenandoah City Council Meeting August 28, 2019

Supporting Documents for Agenda Items can be found HERE.                  

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Attendance: Present:  Mayor Ritch Wheeler, Mayor Pro Tim Charlie Bradt, Dean Gristy, Ron RaymakerTed Fletcher and Mike McLeod 

ITEM 7: Entergy Presentation - An Entergy representative attended the meeting to update Council on Entergy-related issues and to answer questions. They shared plans to enhance problem areas city wide and took questions from residents.  Presentation.

ITEMS 8:  National Night Out Proclamation) - National Night Out is a program that reinforces the Shenandoah Police Department's relationships with our the community. We are now enrolling in the national registry for event recognition so  we can share what we are doing in Shenandoah with other communities.  The Mayor asked the City Secretary to issue invitations to our state, county and local representatives. Council voted 5-0 to approve the proclamation Council voted 5-0 to approve the proclamation

ITEM  9: Budget Workshop Proposed Changes Update -    This item proposed a chance to discuss changes to the proposed budget discussed at the budget workshop held on August 9 -10 and to provide follow up information and questions.   Information will be brought back to the next Council meeting regarding questions asked,  Some of the discussion included:

  • tax rate - maintaining  a tax rate of $0.1799
  • capital projects  - remodel of the front desk system, water tower rehab project
  • general budget 
  • the Holly Hill project -   Council discussed postponing the project to next budget year and setting a town hall to get additional resident feedback.
  • Discussion only.

ITEM 10:  Sign Ordinance Variance for 28727 I-45 (South) -  The Sign Committee (Planning and Zoning Commission) denied the request for exceptions based on Section 11.7.7 of the Shenandoah Sign Ordinance and asked the  City Council to consider allowing the canopy signs to be attached as stated in the request by the applicant,   Council voted 3-2 to approve the requested variance to the sign ordinance regarding canopies.

 ITEM 11:  Sign Ordinance Variance for 28727 I-45 (East) -  The Sign Committee (Planning and Zoning Commission) denied the request for exceptions based on Section 11.7.7 of the Shenandoah Sign Ordinance and asked the  City Council to consider allowing the canopy signs to be attached as stated in the request by the applicant,   Council voted 4-1  to approve  the requested variance to the sign ordinance regarding canopies.

 ITEM 12:  Sign Ordinance Variance for 28727 I-45 (North) -  The Sign Committee (Planning and Zoning Commission) denied the request for exceptions based on Section 11.7.7 of the Shenandoah Sign Ordinance and asked the  City Council to consider allowing the canopy signs to be attached as stated in the request by the applicant,   Council voted 4-1  to approve  the requested variance to the sign ordinance regarding canopies.

ITEM 13: Proposed Water Rate Changes -  On August 13, the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District  (LSGCD) adopted a fee of $.085 effective Jan 1, 2020, a  decrease from the $.105 fee in 2019. Historically, the City has adjusted the water rates for Shenandoah water users to match the fee established by LSGCD. The groundwater reduction fee is to remain unchanged at $.55. All fees are assessed per 1,000 gallons of water use.   Council approved the new water rate by a vote of 5-0.

ITEM 14: Senior Management Positions - This resolution defines the City of Shenandoah senior management positions. The Director of Capital Projects and Infrastructure title is being removed from the list of senior management positions and the role is being retitled to more accurately reflect the reporting structure.  Council approved the senior management position update by a vote of 5-0.

ITEM 15:  Mobile Vendors - Councilmember Fletcher recently recommended amending the ordinance regulating mobile food vendors to allow residents to hire them for private parties. This item was tabled at the last meeting after receiving additional comments from Council.   Council approved the mobile food vendor ordinance by a 5-0 vote.

ITEM 16: Municipal Development District Bylaw Changes - The City Attorney found some errors and outdated information in the MDD Bylaws that required revision.  Revisions include: The Board is comprised of up to a maximum of two (2) Shenandoah City Council members and a minimum of three (3) City of Shenandoah residents or and/or City of Shenandoah ETJ residents;  meetings will occur at a minimum on the fourth Wednesday of each calendar quarter at 6:00 pm; and removal of the Treasurer officer designation as it  is not required.   Council voted 4-1  to approve the MDD bylaw changes.

 ITEM 17- Water Model and Future Needs-  City Council and MDD approved funding of updating and calibrating the model. This agenda item is to advise City Council and MDD that the project is completed.  Derek Wind of Bleyl Engineering presented an update,  Pressure monitors were used to measure pressure and adjust the model to reflect current usage. Looked at future usage projections and pressures were greater than required by TCEQ.      Discussion only.

 ITEM 18 - Sign Ordinance Proposed Changes-  As part of the multiple code evaluation project, the City Attorney has reviewed the City’s Sign Ordinance and suggested revisions. In addition to the review by City Council, the proposed revisions have been distributed to the Planning and Zoning Commission (Sign Committee) for  review  their meeting  September 17.   Tabled to allow P & Z Commission opportunity to discuss by 5-0 vote.

ITEM 19-Ratification of Accounts Payable - Council ratified the July accounts payable by a vote of 5-0.

City Administrator Update 

  • Ed English sewer/waterline  upsizing  project  is completed.
  • Three-way stop signs at Wellman and Grogans Mill were installed.
  • Pickleball striping completed at the park and courts are ready for use.
  • SPD has started a Courteous Driver program rewarding positive driving.

Upcoming Events


September 2 - Labor Day. City offices will be closed.

September 10:  Civic Club, 6 pm

September 11: City Council, 7 pm

September 17: Planning and Zoning Commission, 7 pm

September 25:  Municipal Development District, 6 pm

September 25: City Council, 7 pm

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