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Posted on: March 11, 2020

Shenandoah City Council Meeting March 11, 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,  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.

City Administrator Update 

  • A water leak on David Memorial last week impacted Portofino but was resolved quickly.
  • A tie-in on Pinecroft will result in some water shut-offs for businesses in the areas. Those businesses contacted the city asking the shut-offs be on the weekend and they will pay for the additional expenses.
  • A leak on Pinecroft resulted from a valve blowout and necessitated some water shut-offs but was quickly resolved.
  • Staff has been involved in several COVID-19 activities. The website now features a section with information on the status in the area, safety information, travel-related information as it applies. Staff attended two Montgomery County meeting/press conference and are on distribution lists for the most current information available.  Staff will have a meeting March 12 on contingency service plans for city government.  The city is planning an outreach to ensure our senior residents are getting the information and assistance they need during this period.  Plans include the printing and distribution of information currently on the website. Finally, we are increasing the availability of hand sanitizer by the addition of hands-free sanitizers which will be located in heavy traffic areas in city facilities.

Executive Session

 According to the Texas Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551 of Government Code as follows:

  • Government Code § 551.071. Contemplated litigation to bring certain hotels into compliance with City Ordinances and State Law
  • Government Code § 551.072.  Deliberation regarding the purchase and value of real property

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.

Upcoming Events/Meetings

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


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