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Posted on: May 23, 2019

Shenandoah City Council Meeting May 22, 2019

Supporting Documents for Agenda Items can be found HERE.                                       

Missed the Council meeting? Check out our YouTube channel and watch at your convenience. 

Attendance: All present except Councilmember Ted Fletcher.  Council meeting started with Position 3 Councilmember Byron Bevers on the dais; he was replaced after the first Council Inquiry by newly elected Councilmember Dean Gristy.

ITEM 7: General Obligation Refunding Bonds- the City’s financial advisor, John Martin with Hilltop Securities, proposed an option to refund the Series 2011 General Improvement Bonds in order to achieve debt service savings for the City. It is currently anticipated that the City will save approximately $21,250 a year through the proposed refunding, with a total savings of approximately $255,000. Council voted 4-0 to approve Ordinance 19-014  authorizing the issuance of City of Shenandoah General Obligation Refunding Bonds.

ITEM 8: PILOT Agreement with MCRT Investments LLC and LTF Real Estate Company Inc.-  The proposed PILOT agreement with MCRT Investments LLC and LTF Real Estate Company, Inc. will apply to the Lifetime project. The Lifetime project will include one building with multi-family and one building with fitness, wellness services, dining and retail. In the event the fitness building ever closes for business, the agreement would provide for payment in lieu of taxes based on a percentage of the multi-family building square footage.  Council voted 3-1 to approve the PILOT agreement.

ITEMS 9 - 11: SUP for Beer Retail Dealer's Permit Off-Premises and Wine Only Package Store Permit - Sam’s Club has requested a Special Use Permit for a Beer Retail Dealer’s Permit Off-Premise and a Wine Only Package Store Permit. The store currently has a BQ (beer and wine permit). The requested SUP for a BF and Q Permit would allow the store to sell a higher alcohol content with the Q (wine) permit and allow the store to make deliveries of the beer and wine sold at the site. 

Public hearing for resident comment was held. No one spoke.

Council voted 5-0 to approve the proposed zoning amendment for a special use permit for a Beer Retail Dealer’s Permit Off-Premise and a Wine Only Package Store Permit.

ITEMS 12 -14: Final Plat of Six Pines Reserve -  Presentation of the  Final Plat of Six Pines Reserve, being 11.323 acres situated in the Montgomery County School Land Survey, Abstract 350 in Montgomery County, Texas and being more particularly described by Special Warranty Deed dated September 30, 2010 as recorded under Clerk’s File No. 20100087585 of the Montgomery County Official Public Records of Real Property.   (Lifetime Fitness)

Public hearing for resident comment was held. No one spoke.

Council approved the final plat of Six Pines Reserve by a vote of 4-0.

ITEM 15: Purchase of a new Ground Storage Tank (GST) for water plant #2 -  On April 24, 2019 staff received bids to install a new GST from four vendors. The lowest bidder was Commonwealth Dynamics at $155,074.00. This price is greater than the budgeted amount by $25,074.00.  Staff determined that the price came in higher than anticipated due to the increasing cost of steel and labor. Municipal Development District (MDD) approved funding of 70% of this project at their meeting earlier tonight. Council approved the construction bid by a vote of 4-0. 

ITEM 16: City Park Bid and Planning Process - The results of the recent park survey was presented at the May 15 Town Hall. The top location was Holly Hill; top type of park was a walking path; and top budget was $50,000-100,00.  Staff asked for guidance from city council regarding park type, park location, and estimated budget. Staff will now contact a landscape architect and begin preliminary design to collect cost estimates for the upcoming August budget workshop. Council voted 4-0 to begin preliminary design.

ITEM 17: Relocation of Planning and Zoning Commission Meetings -   Council has discussed relocation of the P&Z Commission meetings to the Council Chambers enabling them to be live streamed on the city's YouTube channel. Council voted 4-0 to table the relocation to Council Chambers.

ITEM 18: Ratification of Accounts Payable - Council approved the April Accounts Payable by a vote of 4-0.

City Administrator Update (Presented by Joseph Peart in City Administrator absence)

  • June 1: opening day of the summer pool season; 2 Cool 4 School Pool Party, 11 am - 1 pm; Montgomery County Summer Safety Exhibit, 9 am - 2 pm.
  • Shenandoah Police Department is working on a warrant  for the burglaries at the Portofino Shopping Center. SHPD recently had lunch with students at Christ Community School during National Police Appreciation Week.
  • Public Works continues to work on the Tamina Road leak. A leak detection company has located the source of the leak and staff is getting bids ready for fixing the situation. The repair will also include TxDOT scheduling .
  • TxDOT's delineation  project at I45 and Tamina Road is in process. The striping is being done before the signage and delineators are added. The project is ahead of schedule. This will provide a protected lane from the southbound u-turn to the northbound lane of traffic.
  • FTTH update:  all Tachus conduit has now been installed; fiber is still needed to be completed in Malaga Forest.

Upcoming Events

May 27: Memorial Day, city offices closed

June 1: Inaugural Montgomery County Summer Safety Exhibit, 9 am - 2 pm, Woodforest Bank Stadium

June 1: Opening day of the pool summer schedule, 11 am

June 1: 2 Cool 4 School Pool Party, 11 am - 1 pm, for residents and their guests

June 29: Independence Celebration and Parade, 10 am - 12 pm, City Pool and Park. 

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