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Posted on: October 16, 2019

Shenandoah City Council Meeting October 16, 2019 Update

Supporting Documents for Agenda Items can be found HERE.                  

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Attendance: Present:  Mayor Ritch Wheeler, Dean Gristy, Ron Raymaker Ted Fletcher and Mike McLeod   Absent:  Mayor Pro Tem Charlie Bradt,

 ITEM S 7-8:  Variance  To The Minimum Lot FrontageProperty owner of the referenced 2.203 acres of land at 17835 IH 45, has requested a variance to the required minimum lot frontage. The property is located within the Commercial Corridor Zoning District which requires a minimum lot frontage of 200’ and the property only provides frontage distance of 159.74’. The site is currently in review for platting and development.   This item was removed from the agenda; no action taken.

 ITEMS 9-11:  Final Plat of Metro Development -  Property owner has submitted for the final plat for the development of an office building. The plat has been reviewed by staff and Bleyl & Associates who recommend approval of the final plat with conditions.  A public hearing was held; no comments received.  Council voted 4-0 to table action until receipt of the signed contract from the property owner.

ITEM 12: Pinecroft/Savanah Water Line Project  - This project is to replace existing 12” ACP (asbestos cement pipe) water line with new PVC pipe  along Pinecroft Dr. from Research Forest Dr. to Medical Plaza Dr. and a section of 6” pipe connecting I-45 to Savanah Dr.   Council voted 4-0 to award the contract to Eastex Utility Construction for the amount of  $229,011.00.

TEMS 13: Municipal Development District (MDD) Appointments -By ordinance, the presiding officer of the MDD Board shall appoint members to fill vacancies on the board. The MDD President has appointed the following to serve on the board:  Ron Raymaker and Ted Fletcher.  David Hoover was reappointed to serve a second term. These appointments become official upon approval by City Council.   Council voted 4-0 to approve the appointments of Raymaker and Fletcher and the reappointment of Hoover. 

ITEM 14:  Employee Policy Manual -  The proposed revisions to the personnel policy manual include a number of updates, corrections and additions. These changes are the product of a series of meetings with department heads and input from staff over the last several months.  Recommendations from Council given at the September 25 meeting have also been completed.  Council voted 4-0  to approve the manual.

ITEM  15:  Official Newspaper -     The City is required by Section 52.004 of the Local Government Code to contract annually with a public newspaper to be the official newspaper for publishing ordinances, notices or other matters required by law. The Courier is a daily publication that accommodates the City’s legal requirements. Council voted 3-0-1 to designate the Conroe Courier as the city's official newspaper. 

ITEM 16- Minutes of September 11  Meeting-   Council approved the minutes by a vote of 4-0.

ITEM17 - Non-Action Items - The following budgeted items were authorized by the City Administrator per Council approval. -  No action needed.

  • TravelClick Digital Advertising - $60,000
  • Live Nation Digital - $40,000
  • Expedia Travel Ads - $95,000
  • Conroe ISD Agreement - $25,000

City Administrator Update 

  • Trash Bash will be Saturday, October 19, from 8 am to noon at the Public Works bays.
  • The Municipal Development bylaws provide for a reporting to Council by an MDD designee. MDD Director Raymaker will present the reports following monthly meetings.
  • Staff received great feedback for  National Night Out. Great weather made the event even more enjoyable.

Executive Session

According to the Texas Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code, the following items will be discussed in executive session

  • Government Code 551.071: Consultation with city  attorney, pending litigation 
    • PHSH v City of Shenandoah
    • OHAH, Ltd, dba Oak Haven Apartment Homes v LNG Builders, LLC, Odom Texas Development LLC
  • Council entered at 7:29 pm and exited at 8:11 pm. Council took no action in executive session. 

Upcoming Events

October 19: Trash Bash, 8 am-noon

October 30Rescheduled City Council meeting from October 23

October 31: Halloween Safe Streets, community event for Shenandoah residents and their guests

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