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Posted on: April 12, 2023

Shenandoah City Council Meeting April 12, 2023 Update

Supporting Documents for Agenda Items can be found HERE.

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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: Shenandoah Civic Club Appreciation Week Proclamation President George H.W. Bush established April as National Volunteer Month, recognizing all those who give their time and energy to their communities. Shenandoah has a special group of volunteers called the Civic Club who give their time, talents, and love at many events during the year. We would like to specifically recognize the group during National Volunteer Month for all they do to make Shenandoah a great place to live by proclaiming April 23-29 as Shenandoah Civic Club Appreciation Month. No Council action required.   

ITEM 7: Introduction of New Employee  - Welcome to Billy Adams, the new Marketing Communications Specialist at the Convention and Visitor BureauHe comes to us after 14 years as the Creative Director at Woodlands Online. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in graphic and web design and has hit the ground running publicizing our local businesses.  No Council action required. 

ITEM 8: Introduction of K9 Officer  -SHPD Officer Danny Nabors,  a 25-year law enforcement veteran,  officially introduced his K9 officer, Diesel, to Council. A German-Dutch shepherd mix,  Diesel is a 20-month-old narcotics K9 who also provides protection for his handler. Diesel and Nabors have completed a 360-hour course in narcotics detection and patrol and are certified by two agencies.   No Council action required. 

ITEM 9: Introduction of Shenandoah Police Honor Guard  - The honor guard was created to represent the Shenandoah Police Department at events such as ceremonies for fallen officers and opening ceremonies where the presentation of our state and national flags is recognized. The honor guard is made up of volunteers who spend countless hours training to represent Shenandoah in a professional manner.  They recently shared the stage with the Oak Ridge High School Junior ROTC at the Montgomery County Safety Expo. Serving the first three-year term on the Honor Guard are Sgt. Cedric McDuffie and Officers Jermaine Langston, James Abair, Patrick Reade and David Swetnam.  No Council action required. 

ITEM 10: Research Forest Lift Station Change Order-  The Research Forest Lift Station Rehabilitation project has been on hold for a year as the contractor, Solid Bridge Construction, awaited an electrical panel for the project. There are still significant delays for electrical equipment worldwide. At a March 8 meeting to review construction plans due to significant delay to this project, staff determined it would be beneficial to upsize a section of the above-ground piping from a 6” to an 8”. This will provide a better product for the city. The upsizing will reduce the flow velocities currently experienced and reduce the wear on pumps and valves. Council voted 5-0 to approve the upsizing change order.

ITEM 11: Design Proposal for Tamina ARPA Water and Sewer Project-   Bleyl Engineering, selected as the design engineer, provided a proposal to complete the design services for the Tamina Community Water and Sewer project. The project will provide a new water distribution system and wastewater collection system for the Tamina community. The estimated construction cost is $18,363,000.00 with completion by October 2026.  The total funding is  $ 21,000,000 through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).  Council voted 5-0 to accept the design proposal. 

ITEM 12: Adoption of Minutes from March 8 and March 22, 2023-   Council voted 5-0 to approve the minutes as read.

City Attorney Updates   

  • None

City Administrator Updates

  • The recent Montgomery County Safety Expo was well attended on April 8.
  • The Spring Trash Bash had 133 participants who brought in 170 yards of trash.
  • Shenandoah residents in Grogan's Forest should have received information on the new streamlined permitting process. The Woodlands Township and the city began working on this before COVID and recently completed the process that should make permitting for these residents much easier and done through the Shenandoah offices.

Executive Session:  Started 7:49 p.m.; ended 8:39  p.m.

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

  • Government Code Sec. §551.087 Deliberation Regarding Economic Development 
    • Tamina

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

No action was taken in the Executive Session.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:39 p.m.

Upcoming Events/Meetings

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

April 24 - -29: Early Voting for the May 6 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 Municipal Election, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.*

May 6: Municipal Election, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.*

* Election Note: The South County Community Center (next to the Library)  on Lake Robbins is NOT an early voting/ election day polling place in this election. The closest early voting polling site is The Woodlands Emergency Training Center, 16135 IH-45, on the service road just north of SH 242. Shenandoah Municipal Complex WILL BE the election day polling place for precinct 31. 

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