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Posted on: September 11, 2019

Shenandoah City Council Meeting September 11, 2019 Update

Proclamation DAR Proclamation photo with Mayor Wheeler

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: Proclamation Commemorating the 232nd Anniversary of the Drafting of the Constitution - September 17, 2019 marks the 232nd  anniversary of the framing of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention. The Twin Creeks chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, located in the City of Shenandoah, requested a proclamation designating September 17 through 23 as Constitution Week.   Council voted 5-0 to proclaim the week of  September 17 through 23 as Constitution Week.  (Photo: from left: Twin Creeks Chapter Regent Cherry Calender, Mayor Ritch Wheeler, and Twin Creeks Chapter Vice Regent Dawn Derr.)

ITEMS 8:  First October Meeting Date - The Texas Municipal League annual conference is on October 9 -11, and a majority of department heads and Council members will be attending. This schedule conflicts with the date for the first meeting in October, which is 10/9/19. After discussion. Council decided to reschedule both of the October meetings to the third and fifth Wednesdays.  The regularly scheduled October 9 meeting will be held on October 16; the regularly scheduled meeting on October 23 will be held October 30.  Council voted 5-0 to reschedule the October meetings to the third and fifth Wednesdays. 

ITEM  9: Montgomery County Emergency Communication District Board Candidate -    Paul Virgadamo’s service on the Board of Managers of the Montgomery County Emergency Communication District expires on September 30.  The Mayor of each city in the county submits a name to be considered for placement on the ballot. Council then takes action as a body by casting a vote for the candidate of their choice.  Virgadamo is the only person nominated for the position. Council voted 5-0 to support Virgadamo. 

ITEM 10:  Right Turn Lane from Grogans Mill to Research Forest -  Bleyl Engineering presented an update on the status of the designated right turn lane project from Grogans Mill southbound to Research Forest westbound.  Montgomery Commissioner Charlie Riley is funding the turn lane in his county budget. There is no timeline for the project at this time.  Presentation and discussion only.

 ITEM 11:  Amended Agreement with The Woodlands Township-  Due to the excessive number of real estate and other temporary signs in areas that fall under The Woodlands jurisdiction, Mayor Wheeler asked Council to consider revising the shared area services agreement between the City and The Woodlands Township to allow Shenandoah to enforce our sign ordinance prohibiting these signs along Grogans Mill Road. Such enforcement would allow for a consistent appearance that is free of signs that are prohibited by both the City and The Woodlands. The City would not be fully responsible but would support the enforcement efforts of The Woodlands.  Council voted 5-0  to approve the agreement with The Woodlands Township.

 ITEM 12:  Recycling Rates -  The ordinance presented adjusts the recycling rate to the single-family residential users in the City of Shenandoah to reflect the 4% increase in cost to recycling collection per the contract with Republic Services. This is a "pass-through" cost for users and will increase the rate from $6.58 to $6.84 per month beginning October 1, 2019. Council voted 5-0 to approve the recycling rate increase.

ITEM 13: Public Hearing on the 2019-20 Proposed Budget -  The 2019-2020 Proposed Budget includes: 

  • A proposed tax rate of $0.1799/$100 valuation, which is lower than the effective tax rate of $0.1828/$100 valuation.   
  • General Fund Revenue - $9,755,603.00
  •  General Fund Expenses - $8,667,411.00
  •   General Fund Surplus - $325,761.00
  •  Hotel/Motel Revenue - $1,714,467.00 
  •  Hotel/Motel Expenses - $1,338,308.00 ($100,000.00 Strategic Destination Study – Paid from Reserves for previous Special Events Center Study) 
  • Hotel Motel Surplus - $476,159.00
  •  Water & Sewer Revenue - $2,772,574.00
  •   Water & Sewer Expenses - $2,543,075.00 ($100,000.00 Elevated Storage Tank Rehab Design – Paid from Reserves) 
  • Water & Sewer Surplus - $229,499.00 
  • Capital Project Budget - $799,622.00  
    •  General Fund Projects - $411,922
    • Water & Sewer Projects - $387,700.00 (Several Projects partially reimbursed from MDD   

Comments only.

ITEM 14: Adoption of the 2019-20  Operating Budgets - The latest version of the 2019-2020 Proposed Budget with all proposed all changes and a $0.1799 tax rate is attached to this agenda item.  The budget must be approved before the vote of the 2019 tax rate.   Council approved the 2019-20  Operating Budget by a vote of 5-0.

ITEM 15:  2019-20 Ad Valorem Tax Rate for M&O - Per the Truth in Taxation law the Council must adopt, by resolution, the annual Ad Valorem Tax Rate (property taxes).  The tax rate consists of two components: Maintenance and Operations (M&O) and Debt Service.  The Maintenance and Operations tax rate of $0.0810/$100 valuation provides the same amount of tax dollars as last year and is based on the total tax rate of $0.1799/$100 as proposed by Council.  These funds can be used for Maintenance and Operations or to fulfill debt service obligations.  This year’s proposed tax rate does not exceed the effective tax rate.   Council approved the ad valorem tax rate for maintenance and operations by a 5-0 vote.

ITEM 16:  2019-20 Ad Valorem Tax Rate for Debt Service - Per the Truth in Taxation law the Council must adopt, by resolution, the annual Ad Valorem Tax Rate (property taxes).  The tax rate consists of two components: Maintenance and Operations (M&O) and Debt Service; which must be adopted as separate items. This agenda form is for the Debt Service portion. The Debt Service tax rate of $0.0989/$100 valuation is also based on the total tax rate of $0.1799/$100 as proposed by Council.  These funds can only be used toward debt service obligations. This year’s proposed tax rate does not exceed the effective tax rate.  Council approved the ad valorem tax rate for debt service by a 5-0 vote.

ITEM 17- Approval of Minutes off August 9 and August 10 special meetings.  - Council approved the minutes by a vote of 5-0.

City Administrator Update 

  • Twelve solar lights (eight commercial/4 residential) on Vision Park are now operational and on the Entergy circuit. These lights were replaced at no cost to the city through the warranty bond.
  • There was a sewer line break on Enchanted caused by a Tachus crew. It is being repaired.
  • The Montgomery County Public Service Expo has been set for March 28, 2020 from 10 am - 1 pm. The event was moved to the spring to provide a cooler venue for participants and attendees.

Upcoming Events


September 17: Planning and Zoning Commission, 7 pm

September 25:  Municipal Development District, 6 pm

September 25: City Council, 7 pm

October 7: National Night Out, 6-9 pm

October 16:  Rescheduled City Council meeting from October 9

October 30Rescheduled City Council meeting from October 23

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