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Attendance: Present: Mayor Ritch Wheeler, Mayor Pro Tem Charlie Bradt, Mike McLeod, Dean Gristy, Ted Fletcher and Ron Raymaker
ITEM 7:Clothing Recycling- Clothes recycling is going curbside in more US towns as global prices rise for used apparel, shoes and lines that are often tossed in the trash. The purpose of this presentation is to introduce a clothing recycling service to the residents of Shenandoah. The scheduled presentation was postponed as the Simply Recycling representative was unable to attend.
ITEM 8: Employee Policy Manual Revisions - Staff found some needed changes to the Employee Policy Manual and sought Council approval. Changes included the voluntary sick pool, allowances to the meal reimbursements when traveling and training, and a mandatory time commitment requirement for employees receiving educational loan assistance. Council voted 4-1 to accept the changes but requested staff return at a later date with an update to the educational loan assistance policy.
ITEM 9: Water Tower Rehabilitation - The tower’s exterior, interior, and storage tank will be prepped before painting. Updated city logos will be painted onto the tower. A protective coating will be applied to the interior and will allow for less expensive maintenance in the future by removing the need to sandblast. At the 2019 budget workshop City Council funded $100,000 for the design, bid, and construction administration. Bids were received for the project on March 3. The bids and bidders were reviewed and Tank Pro was selected as the qualified low bidder for $619,853.00. Funding for the project will need to be determined before execution of the contract and establishment of a start date. Council voted 5-0 to approve funding from the water/sewer enterprise fund.
ITEM 10: 2020-21 Budget Calendar- There are timelines outlined by state law regarding posting of notices and hearings related to the tax rate and the budget. The budget must be adopted before the tax rate and the tax rate must be adopted by September 11 in order for the City to be included in the tax rolls. This includes discussing different departments at the Council meetings on July 8 and July 22. This will allow staff and Council more time to review capital projects and the tax rate at the budget workshop. Staff recommends that Council choose July 31 – Aug 1 for the 2021 Budget Workshop. Council voted 5-0 to approve the calendar but will finalize the budget workshop date at a later Council meeting.
According to the Texas Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551 of Government Code as follows:
The open session was adjourned to executive session at 7:43 pm. Council returned to open session at 8:18 pm. No action was taken in executive session.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:19 pm.
March 17: Planning and Zoning Commission, 7 pm
March 21: Spring Garage Sale - CANCELED
March 25: Municipal Development District, 6 pm
March 25: City Council, 7 pm
March 28: Trash Bash - CANCELED
March 28: Montgomery County Safety Expo - CANCELED