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Posted on: May 27, 2021

Shenandoah City Council Meeting May 26, 2021 Update

John Escoto and Ritch Wheeler swearing in

Supporting Documents for Agenda Items   

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NOTE:  Due to the length of the preceding meeting, the Council meeting did not start until 7:29 pm.

Attendance: Present:  Mayor Ritch Wheeler, Mayor Pro Tem Charlie Bradt (Position 4), Mike McLeod (Position 5), Dean Gristy (Position 3), Ted Fletcher (Position 2) and Ron Raymaker (Position 1). Following the pledges and prayer, Councilmember Gristy stepped down and Councilmember John Escoto took his seat.

ITEM  7Shenandoah Resident Scholarship Recipients  -  Civic Club was asked to judge this year's applications. Four scholarships are being awarded this year to:  Kyah  Gonzalez, Jillian Parks, Alexander Randolph and Brailyn  Hendricks. Congratulations to the four as they start a new chapter in their lives.   No action required; report only.

Civic Club and scholarship recipients



Civic Club members are shown with three of the recipients of the 2021 Shenandoah Resident Scholarships. The recipients are, from left, Jillian Parks, daughter of Rachel and Justin Parks; Alexander Randolph, son of Jeffrey Randolph and Tiffany Nguen; and Brailyn Hendricks, daughter of Sayer and Kimberly Hendricks.  Not shown was Kyah Gonzalez, daughter of Joanna and Larry Gonzalez.



ITEM 8: Woodlands Garden Club Presentation - Mary Barnes and President Bitsy Crisom of The Woodlands Garden Club presented a bench to the city in honor of Betty Lahiri on her two terms of presidency of the club.   Presentation only. 

Group picture



Mayor Ritch Wheeler accepted The Woodlands Garden Club's donation of a bench in honor of Betty Lahiri's service to the club as present the past two years.  Shown with the Mayor are, from left, Mary Barnes, Betty Lahiri and Bitsy  Crisom.



ITEMS 9-11: Special Use Permit (SUP) for Mixed Beverage (On-Premises) -  Presentation of the final report regarding the proposed zoning amendment for a  SUP  for a  Mixed  Beverage  (On-Premise) Permit for the Even Hotel,  18850 David Memorial Drive  A  public hearing started at 7:44 pm and ended at 7:45 pm with no comments.  Council voted 5-0 to approve Ordinance  O-21-013.

ITEM 12: Minutes of March 24 Council meetings -  Council approved the minutes by a vote of 5-0.

ITEM 13: Ratification of April Accounts Payable-  Council approved the minutes by a vote of 5-0.

ITEM 14: Non-Action Items- The following budgeted items were authorized by the City Administrator per Council approval:

  •  Budgeted Purchase Orders  over $15,000:
    • Unit 21-01 Police Tahoe and equipment     $65,788.00
    • Unit 21-02 Police Tahoe and equipment     $65,788.00
    • City Road Striping                                                     $25,390.51  

City Administrator Updates

  • Reminded residents that the pool opens for the regular season on June 2 and would be open on Memorial Day.
  • Baymont Inn is scheduled to undergo demolition beginning the week of June 1.
  • The Hyatt House at Metropark Square held an open house and ribbon-cutting earlier in the day. CVB Director John Mayner was involved in the event as well as Mayor Pro Tem Charlie Bradt who presented the city's welcoming remarks.

Executive Session:  Scheduled but canceled

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

  • Government Code  § 551.087: Deliberation regarding economic development negotiations;
    • PILOT Agreements
  • Government Code  § 551.072: Deliberation regarding real property;
    • Right of Way Acquisition

 The meeting was adjourned at 7:53 pm.

Upcoming Events/Meetings


June 2: Pool Opens for Regular Season

June 8: Civic Club, 6 pm

June 9: City Council, 7 pm

June 12: Shenandoah Farmer's Market, Metropark Square, 9 am - 1 pm NEW TIME!

June 15: Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 pm

June 23: Municipal Development District, 6 pm

June 23: City Council, 7 pm

June 26: Independence Celebration, 10 am - noon












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