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Posted on: January 8, 2020

Shenandoah City Council Meeting January 8, 2020 Update

Supporting Documents for Agenda Items can be found HERE.  

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

 ITEM 7: Curb Address Painting-  Councilmembers McLeod and Bradt requested staff to gather cost estimates and consider fa city project. The project would consist of the city painting address numbers on the curb in front of resident homes after payment by the resident. Some homes in the city do not have their address number on the home or it is obscured and difficult to locate and read from the roadway. This presents problems with packages getting delivered to the wrong home and makes it more difficult for emergency services to locate the correct home during an emergency response. Council asked staff to do a short resident survey.  Discussion only.

ITEM 8: Pathway Lighting at Toddler Park-    The Toddler Park currently has one security light at the far southern end of the pathway. The light is controlled by a photocell and turns on at dusk and off at dawn. This project would add two 40 Watt motion sensor-controlled LED lights to the pathway.  The motion sensor lights have the ability to turn off or dim after the park closes and activate  when motion is detected. The project will also include replacing the existing security light with a brighter light which would continue to be controlled by a photocell.    Information only; no action required by Council.

ITEM 9: Camping Prohibitions - A draft ordinance was presented that designates two acres of undeveloped City-owned property located east of I-45 as the proposed location where camping would be allowed. Such a designated area would protect the City parks and other facilities from camping, which could damage the property over time and create potential health and safety concerns. The designated area allows police to remove anyone found camping in city parks or on other city-owned properties.  Council voted 3-1 to approve the ordinance.

ITEM 10:  Sick Pool Committee -   The Committee is composed of eight (8) regular full-time employees appointed by Council.  Council voted 4-0 to approve the recommended appointments.

ITEM 11:  H-GAC Officer Election - As a General Assembly representative City, we are asked to cast votes for 2020 H-GAC Officers. The Election Committee nominated three individuals, who are listed on the ballot. Council voted 4-0 to vote for the slate of officers as presented by H-GAC.

ITEM 12- December 11, 2019 Minutes -  Council voted 4-0 to approve the minutes of the meeting.

ITEM 13 - Non-Action Items - The following budgeted items were authorized by the City Administrator per Council approval. No action needed.

  • Police Tahoe Purchase, $33,475.0
  • Police Tahoe  Emergency Equipment, $14,462.92
  • Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, $16,795.68
  • Police Units (3) In-car Video Systems, $17,000.00
  • Park Greenspace Improvements, $20,700.00
  • Main Park Drainage, $24,500.00

City Administrator Update 

  • Park and drainage improvement projects are ongoing at the city park at this time.
  • The Polar Bear Plunge is Saturday, January 11, at 10 am.
  • The Pinecroft replacement water line project is about half finished at this time and continues making progress.
  • There have been some questions about the Entergy pole-replacement project on Holly Hill.  The cul-de-sac was the staging area and there has been mud and residue at the site. Staff has already contacted Entergy about clean up .
  • Joel Gordon will be honored on January 9 for his work in loss prevention with Home Depot.  The honor reflects not only on Joel's commitment but also on the work of the Shenandoah Police Department. We congratulate Joel and SPD on this recognition.
  • The Stagg Bowl was a great event. We are very proud of the two years it was hosted in Shenandoah and of the team effort in presenting a quality event for the visiting teams and their fans.
  • Councilmembers Ted Fletcher and Ron Raymaker are celebrating January birthdays and were presented with cake during their executive meeting.

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 551.087: Deliberation Regarding Economic Development Negotiations
    • PILOT Agreement with Memorial Hermann
  • Council entered at 7:48  pm and exited at 8:15  pm. Council took no action in executive session.         

Upcoming Events

January  14:  Civic Club, 6 pm

January 21:  P&Z Commission, 7 pm

January 22:  MDD Meeting, 6 pm

January 22:  City Council, 7 pm


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