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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: April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month -Mayor Wheeler signed a proclamation urging all citizens to recognize this month by dedicating ourselves to the task of improving the quality of life for all children and families. No Council action required.
ITEM 8: Amending P&Z Bylaws -The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended amending the P&Z Bylaws to allow the Commission to meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm instead of 7:00 pm. Council voted 5-0 to change the meeting time of P&Z.
ITEM 9: Research Forest Lift Station Pump Replacement -The Research Forest lift station has a pump that experienced a critical failure and required complete pump replacement. Since the City is under a declaration of emergency by the Mayor, time-sensitive purchases over the City Administrator’s approval limit can be authorized by the Mayor and ratified by Council. The Mayor authorized this purchase. Council voted 5-0 to ratify the expenditure of $16,785 for the replacement.
ITEM 10: Advertising Campaign for Local Businesses - Councilmember McLeod requested this item to support our local retailers and restaurants when they reopen. The cost of developing the campaign and paying for ad space can come from the general fund under public relations. Council discussed using primarily digital platforms to drive the campaign. An initial monetary amount was also discussed. Council voted 4-1 to commit $17,000 from the general fund for the design and implementation of the ad campaign.
ITEM 11: Hotel Guest Incentives - In the March 23 meeting, the Mayor asked staff to research whether hotel occupancy tax (HOT) funds could be used to pay for restaurant discounts for Shenandoah hotel guests. This incentive would provide a certain dollar amount that could be redeemed at Shenandoah restaurants by guests in our hotels. Staff was directed to research a virtual credit card as a possible mechanism for this program and to come back at the April 22 meeting with details. Discussion only.
ITEM 12: Approval of Minutes- Council voted 5-0 to approve the minutes of the February 12 and February 26 meetings.
ITEM 13: Ratification of February Accounts Payable - Council voted 5-0 to ratify the Accounts Payable.
No executive session at this meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:56 pm.
April 14: Civic Club meeting - CANCELED
April 21: P&Z Commission - CANCELED
April 22: Municipal Development District, 6 pm, CLOSED TO PUBLIC*
April 22: City Council, 7 pm, CLOSED TO PUBLIC*
*Due to "stay home" orders and limitations to congregation, these meetings will be closed to the public. The public can, however, watch on the city’s YouTube and make comments through a dial-in process.