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Posted on: July 2, 2019

Shenandoah City Council Meeting June 26, 2019

Supporting Documents for Agenda Items can be found HERE.                        

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Attendance: All present except Dean Gristy

ITEMS  7-9:  Special Use Permit (SUP) fora Mixed Beverage Permit (On-Premise) -  Final Report regarding the proposed zoning amendment for a special use permit for a Mixed Beverage (On-Premise) Permit for First Watch Restaurant, 160 Research Forest, Ste. 100.  A public hearing was held to receive public comments.; no one spoke.    Council voted 4-0 to approve the SUP for First Watch.

ITEM 10:  Appointment of City Attorney-    City Attorney William Ferebee has accepted employment at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. To correctly reflect the proper name of the City Attorney an ordinance was required naming William C. Ferebee of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC as the new City Attorney. Council voted 4-0 to approve Ferebee and Steptoe & Johnson. PPLC.

ITEM 11: Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool (TMLIRP) Rerate Exposure -   TMLIRP is the City’s insurance company and each year the City must review the coverage limits and inform TMLIRP of any requested changes. The limits are provided to Council annually for approval. Council voted 4-0 to approve the limits and deductibles.

ITEM 12:  Delinquent Water Write-Offs -  Outstanding utility accounts from 2016-2018 total $12,396.54 with an average annual loss of less than 1%. Of the outstanding accounts, 26 are residential accounts totaling $3,500.34 and two accounts are commercial accounts totaling $8,896.20. In the past the City Council has written off outstanding utility accounts that are uncollectible, the most recent occurrence in 2016.  Council t voted 3-1 to approve the write-offs.

ITEM 13: Residential Permit Fee Schedule -   House Bill 852 prohibits municipalities from determining the amount of a building permit for construction or improvements of a residential dwelling based on the value of the dwelling or the cost of constructing or improving the dwelling.  The current fee schedule for residential remodels provides for a fee based on a valuation of the construction or improvements over $100,000.  Council approved 4-0 the new residential permit fee schedule.

ITEM 14:- Council Budget Requests for 2019/20 Budget - Council has the ability to request items to be considered for the upcoming budget.  This item is an opportunity for council to present information to the residents. Topics presented  by councilmembers during discussion included: Shenandoah Fun Card which would allow all households to receive equal benefits issued by the city and used by the residents to pay for their trash service, water bill  or at  local businesses;  Wellman Road underground utility loop; drainage at the pool; and local promotions in the city that would not qualify for CVB funding but which would bring people in to the city. These items are preliminary . Discussion only.

ITEM 15: Christ Community School Easement - To construct an additional storm sewer line which flows to the Vision Park Detention Pond, the City requires an easement
from Christ Community School. The easement dedicates 15’ along the north side of the school's property for the installation and maintenance of the new storm line in exchange for permission to use the storm sewer to drain the parcel of land currently owned by the school. Council voted 4-0 to approve the easement agreement. 

ITEM 16: Park Design on Holly Hill - Landology has provided a proposal for professional landscape architectural design services for the City property located at the north end of Holly Hill. Landology will also provide project management services for a total of $43,000. Staff has already authorized $7,390 in order to have conceptual design completed with construction cost estimates available for council review prior to the budget workshop in August. Council approved the park design project by vote of 4-0.

ITEM 17: Ed English Sewer Upsizing Project Change Order 002 - Due to the extent of utilities and locations, additional time, work and equipment were needed to connect to the manhole nearest the wastewater treatment plant. Staff and Bleyl Engineering reviewed the cost estimates for this change at a price of  $19,500 with MDD funding of $13,650 and city funding of $5,850. Council approved the change order by a vote of 4-0.

 ITEM 18: Pickleball Striping at Tennis Courts - A Shenandoah resident, requested the City allow pickleball markings to be added to the existing tennis courts at the main park. A pickleball court is 20’ x 44’ and can be played on one side of a full sized tennis court. Council approved the action by 4-0 vote.

 ITEM 19: Entergy Rate Increase Ordinance - CenterPoint Energy has submitted its annual 2019 gas reliability infrastructure program (GRIP) rate adjustment filing for
the company’s Houston division. Council accepted the Entergy rates for 2019 by a vote of 4-0.

 ITEM 20: Approval of June 12 Minutes - Council approved the minutes as written by a vote of 4-0.

ITEM 21 - Ratification of May Accounts Payable - Council ratified the accounts payable by 4-0 vote.

City Administrator Update 

  • CenterPoint has completed the Wellman Road repairs.
  • Pct. 3 has informed us that signal light construction at Pinecroft / Medical Plaza near the hospital is expected to take about a month.
  • Twelve solar lights on Vision Park are now connected to the grid.
  • The splash pad at the City Park was damaged during the recent storms and will be out of service until replacement components can be received.
  • The police department had a recent audit and was found to be compliant in  its procedures.
  • SPD detectives continue to assist with the criminal investigation of a prescription fraud ring on Vision Park.
  • Jackie Thompson, Lisa Wasner and Kathie Reyer recently completed the TML Leadership Academy.

Upcoming Events

July 4: Independence Day, City offices closed

July 9: Civic Club, 6 pm

July 10: City Council, 7 pm

July 16: Planning & Zoning Commission, 7 pm

July 20: Adult Swim Night, 8 pm - 10:30 pm, for residents and their guests

July 24:  Municipal Development District, 6 pm

July 24: City Council. 7 pm

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