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Posted on: March 22, 2023

Shenandoah City Council March 22, 2023 Update

Supporting Documents for Agenda Items can be found HERE.

2022 Annual Financial Report Draft can be found HERE.

Missed the Council meeting? Check out our YouTube channel and watch at your convenience. 

Attendance: Present:   Mayor John Escoto, Mayor Pro Tem Charlie Bradt (Position 4), Mike McLeod (Position 5), Jim Pollard (Position 3), Ted Fletcher (Position 2)    and Ron Raymaker (Position 1)    

ITEM 6: Monthly MDD Report - No Council action needed; report included in supporting document link.

ITEMS  7-8: 2022 Annual Audit Report- Section 103 of the Local Government Code requires an annual audit of records and accounts and an annual financial statement to be prepared based on the audit. The audit is required to be complete within 180 days from the last day of the fiscal year. BrooksWatson, PLLC, conducted an audit of the City’s financial activities for the fiscal year 2021-2022. The city received an unmodified opinion, the highest level of assurance. There are no material deficiencies or weaknesses as reported by the auditing firm. The audit findings, and timeliness of submission, are pivotal components of the City’s bond rating.   Council voted 5-0 to approve the 2022 Annual Audit Report.

ITEM 9:  CenterPoint Proposed Rate Increase   CenterPoint Energy has submitted its annual 2023 gas reliability infrastructure program (GRIP) rate adjustment filing for the company’s Houston division and requests that the City take action to approve, suspend, or reject the adjustment. The proposed Ordinance suspends the effective date of the proposed rate increase for 45 days.  Council voted 5-0 to suspend the adjustment request for 45 days.

ITEM 10: Minutes from February 22, 2023 Meetings - Council voted 5-0 to approve the minutes as written. 

ITEM 11: Ratification of February Accounts Payable - Council voted 5-0 to ratify the accounts payable. 

Civic Club Update: 

  • A reminder of the upcoming city events starting with this weekend's Trash Bash (March 25), Easter Egg Hunt (April 1) and the Montgomery County Safety Expo (April 8).  
  • The scholarship applications are due Friday, March 24, at 5 p.m. 
  • Charley Ballmer reminded residents that Neighbors Helping Neighbors would be available at Trash Bash to help with items not easily handled.  
  • Civic Club will begin putting together Easter Egg bags Monday, March 27, at 9 a.m. in the Community Room if volunteers would like to help.

City Attorney Updates :  


City Administrator Updates

  • Monthly department reports are available in the agenda packet.
  • The new parking lot a the Toddler Park is now completed and being used.

Executive Session:  Started 7:49 p.m.; ended 8:27  p.m.

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

  • Government Code Sec. §551.072  Deliberation Regarding Real Property
    • Sale of 1.0 acre of city-owned property identified as tract R47283 on the Montgomery County Appraisal District map
  • Government Code Sec. §551.087 Deliberation Regarding Economic Development 
    • Proposed legislation regarding ETJ and disannexation
  • Government Code Sec. §551.0871  Deliberation Regarding Economic Development
    • Wetlands Credits - David Memorial

Consideration and, if determined appropriate, take action resulting from the item(s) listed under Executive Session. 

No action was taken in the Executive Session.

After reconvening the open session, Councilmember Mike McLeod made the motion to authorize the sale of a 1 acre tract, R47283 , for a minimum of $283,140.  Councilmember Ted Fletcher seconded the motion. Council voted 5-0 to approve the authorization and potential sale. 

The meeting adjourned at 8:28 p.m.

Upcoming Events/Meetings

March 25: Trash Bash, 8 a.m. - noon

April 1: Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. - noon

April 5: Candidate Forum, Position 2, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

April 8: Montgomery County Safety Expo, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

April 11: Civic Club, 6 p.m.

 April 12:  Council, 7 p.m.

April 18Planning and Zoning (P&Z), 6 p.m.

April 24-29: Early Voting for the May 6 General Election/ City of Shenandoah Municipal Election, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

April 26 Municipal Development District (MDD), 6 p.m.

April 26: City Council, 7 p.m.

May 1-2: Early Voting for the May 6 General Election, 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.  (Voting places available)

May 6:  General Election/City of Shenandoah Municipal Election, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.  (City will be the Election Day site for Pct. 31)

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