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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: Ordinance Declining To Approve Proposed Entergy Rate increase - Entergy notified the City of filing a statement of intent to offer a new optional rate related to back-up electric service for commercial and industrial customers; Entergy Texas, Inc. is recommending that the City deny the request for a rate increase at this time to allow the matter to be appealed to the Public Utility Commission of Texas. Council voted 5-0 to deny the rate increase for back-up electric service.
ITEMS 8: Memorial Hermann ACP Replacement Projects - Staff recommends authorization to design and construct all budgeted waterline replacement projects and request additional funding to expand the scope of waterline replacements around the Memorial Hermann Hospital Campus from the Municipal Development District (MDD). Council voted 5-0 to approve the design of the expanded project and to ask MDD to fund the difference in the budgeted amount and the new projected cost.
ITEM 9: Amendment of Policies and Procedures for City Council - This item was presented for discussion at the December 9, 2020 meeting, and no further changes were recommended by Council members. Since that time, some comments have been received and the City Attorney addressed those in the meeting. Council voted 5-0 to update the policies and Procedures of City Council.
ITEM 10: Approval of Payment for a Non-Budgeted Emergency Expenditure Over $15,000-. Staff authorized an emergency repair on a water line break located at 120 Vision Park. Due to the difficult nature of the break, including the cost of repair to the line which was under concrete, the cost rose higher than anticipated and higher than the City Administrator’s regular authorization. Council voted 5-0 to approve the emergency expenditure.
ITEM 11: Extension of Civic Club Resolution Regarding Attendance/Voting- Many of our club members continue to socially distance for the safety of their family members and themselves. The bylaws have attendance requirements for voting membership that were modified by resolution in October, 2020 to waive temporarily until the need for socially distancing is no longer required; the date at that time was set as December 31, 2020. Civic Club asked Council to extend the waiver through June 30, 2021. Council voted 5-0 to extend the waiver.
ITEM 12: Calling of the May 1 General Election- The Ordinance calling the election is a necessary part of the election process and provides details such as which positions are up, times and dates of the filing period, early voting schedule, and other basic information about how the election is to be conducted. The Ordinance is provided to the election administrator, along with an Order of Election signed by each member of City Council. The election date is May 1 for Positions 2, 3 and 4. Council approved the election call by a vote of 5-0.
ITEM 13: Election Services Agreement and Joint Election Agreement with Montgomery County/participating entities for the May 1, 2021 City General Election - Each year, the City contracts with the Montgomery County Elections Office to provide election services and personnel to conduct the general election. The Joint Election is part of these services and allows multiple entities to share equipment, personnel and costs of elections taking place on the same date. Council approved the election service agreement by a vote of 5-0.
ITEM 14: Update on the Comprehensive Plan - Planning and Zoning is close to completing its update of the Comprehensive Plan. City Council was updated on the changes suggested by Planning and Zoning and had the opportunity to make comments. City Attorney Bill Ferebee led the discussion with Council during the meeting. Council thanked P&Z for their work to make a good solid plan that can lead the city into the next 10 years. Discussion only.
ITEM 15: Minutes of October 28 and November 11 Regular Meetings - Council approved the minutes of these meetings by a vote of 5-0.
According to the Texas Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551 of Government Code as follows:
The open session was adjourned to executive session at 8:36 pm. Council returned to open session at 9:24 pm.
No action was taken in executive session.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:25 pm.
January 19: Planning and Zoning, 6 pm
January 27: Municipal Development District, 6 pm
January 27: City Council, 7 pm
February 10: City Council, 7 pm