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Posted on: November 13, 2019

Shenandoah City Council Meeting November 13, 2019 Update

Supporting Documents for Agenda Items can be found HERE.          

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

 ITEMS 7:  Board of Adjustment Appeal -  City Council, sitting as the Board of Adjustments, heard the appeal of PHSH Construction, LLC. The appeal asked the Board of Adjustments to reverse the decision of the City’s building official to deny five residential new home permits.  Council voted 0-5 to deny the appeal.   THIS ITEM WAS MOVED DURING THE MEETING AND HEARD AFTER ITEM 17 AND THE EXECUTIVE SESSION.

ITEM 8: Presentation of the Annual Pool Report - The Pool Director presented the annual pool report to Council. There were no questions.  Presentation only.

ITEM 9: Sign Ordinance Revisions - After receiving input from Council at the October 30 meeting, the City Attorney made additional revisions to the sign ordinance.   Council voted 5-0 to approve the Sign Ordinance as presented and striking a sign face size limitation on construction and real estate signs.

ITEM 10:  Home Depot Driveway Extension/EB Turn Lane at Research Forest-  Two construction projects that the city staff recommends completing are the driveway swap at Home Depot and the right-hand turn lane from Research Forest to the southbound service road. The first project closes the driveway onto David Memorial and adds an exit driveway onto westbound Tamina. The second project extends the right turn lane from Research Forest eastbound to the I-45 southbound service road.  MDD has funded the studies and the planning portions of these projects, and staff is requesting funds for the design portion of the projects at this time.  Council voted 5-0 to table action pending MDD action in January.

ITEM 11:  2019 Stagg Bowl Expenditures -   The following planned expenses are for the 2019 Stagg Bowl and are over $15,000. Per the purchasing policy,  the City Administrator has authority to approve purchases up to $15,000 for events. Staff decided to also include a purchase that is close to $15,000.00 to be approved in case it comes in over the limit as well.  

  • Conroe Independent School District Rental of Stadium $80,000 (estimate)
  • Main Event NCAA Banquet $24,000 (estimate)
  •  Pending Vendor Rental of Generator $13,000 (estimate)

      Council voted 4-0-1 to approve the expenditures.

ITEM 12- Purchase of Vests and Tasers -   Staff is seeking approval for purchase of several items from the equipment replacement fund. Per policy, Council must approve any purchases from the equipment replacement fund due to the restrictive nature of the funds.

  • Body Armor - Bullet Proof Vests,  5  for  $4,150.00                       
  • Tasers, 9 for $ 15,084.00

    Council approved the purchase by a vote of 5-0.

ITEM 13- Montgomery County Appraisal District Board of Directors Election - At the August 14 meeting, Council nominated Ron Raymaker to be on the ballot for election to the Montgomery County Appraisal District Board of Directors. We have the official ballot and Council must cast our eight votes for the candidate(s) of their choice. Council cast eight votes for Ron Raymaker as MCAD Board Director.

ITEM 14- Ratification of September Accounts Payables-   Council approved the accounts payable by a vote of 5-0.

ITEM15 - Non-Action Items - The following budgeted items were authorized by the City Administrator per Council approval. -  No action needed.

• Water System Leak Testing, $15,200

City Administrator Update 

  • Research Forest and I45 service road is the site of some TxDOT sidewalk and curb repairs including handicap-access ramps.
  • Traffic signal at Pinecroft and Medical Plaza is operational and the County is constructing crosswalks.
  • Savanah water line project is starting,
  • Lighting of the Angels will be Tuesday, December 3, from 6 -8 pm.
  • Halloween Safe Streets had great weather and was a great success.

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 551.074: Personnel Matters
    • City Administrator
  • Council entered at 7:30 pm and exited at 8:25 pm. Council took no action in executive session.        

Upcoming Events

November 28 - 29: Thanksgiving holidays. City offices closed.

December 3: Lighting of the Angels, 6 pm

December 7: Luminary Workday, 9 am-noon

December 7: Santa on the Fire Truck, 6 pm

December 11: Municipal Development District (MDD), rescheduled from December 25, 6 pm

December 11: City Council, 7 pm

December 20: NCAA D3 Championship Stagg Bowl, 7 pm

December 24 - 25: Christmas holidays; City offices will be closed.

December 24 - Lighting of the Luminaries, 6 pm

December 25: City Council, canceled for holidays

January 1: New Year's Day; City offices closed.


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