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Posted on: June 28, 2023

Shenandoah City Council Meeting Update and Emergency Meeting Update June 28, 2023

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Supporting Documents for Agenda Items can be found HERE.

Agenda for the Emergency Meeting can be found HERE.

Proposed Capital Projects - 06.28.23

 The 2023-2024 Proposed Operating Budget

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) 

ITEMS 6-8: Pool Variance-   A submitted request for a variance to allow for the encroachment of pool equipment within a 4’ side building setback. The proposed variance would permit the placement of pool equipment within the side building setback. The property is in the Planned Development District #7 Zoning District and is located at 115 Allene Ridge, A public hearing was held with no comments.  Council voted 5-0 to approve the variance.

ITEMS 9-11: Minimum Setback Variance - The property owner of the referenced 2.203 acres of land, located at 17825 IH45 service road has requested a variance to the required minimum building setback along the north side property line. Shenandoah Zoning Ordinance requires a 15’ building setback line along commercial property lines. Based on the constructed site width and the property line being the city's northern limits,  it is requested the building setback line along the north property line be 10’. The property was previously granted a variance to reduce the vegetation buffer along the northern property line to 15’.  This property is the site of the Adriatic Cafe. A public hearing was held with no comments. Council voted 5-0 to approve the setback variance.

ITEM 12: Final Plat of the Adriatic Cafe - Adriatic Café has submitted for final plat. The site is under construction for the new 6,000-square-foot restaurant. The plat is recommended for approval as shown within the agenda packet if the approval of the variance to the northern building line (also for consideration by the Council) is approved. Council voted 5-0 to approve the final plat.

ITEM 13: First Budget Discussion -Tonight's discussion included an MDD budget update,   general questions and individual budgets for the following departments: Administration, Finance, Community Outreach, Non-Department,  Municipal Court, Community Development, and Trash/Recycling. Discussion only.

ITEM 14: Metropark PID- The Metropark Public Improvement District (PID) was created and adopted by the City Council on March 22, 2017. A service and assessment plan (SAP) was subsequently prepared at the direction of the City Council identifying the authorized Improvements and their estimated costs, the manner of assessing the property in the PID for the costs of the Authorized Improvements, and the indebtedness to be incurred. This update of the service and assessment plan (SAP) includes an update to the service plan, an update to the assessment plan, and an updated 2023 assessment roll identifying the assessments on each assessed lot, based on the method of assessment set forth in the service and assessment plan and pursuant to this annual service and assessment plan update. As of September 2021, the SAP must be adopted by ordinance, notarized, and filed with the County Clerk’s office and not adopted by resolution as it previously was.  Council voted 5-0 to approve the annual PID update.

ITEM 15 : Adoption of May 10, 2023 Regular and May 17, 2023 Special Meetings Minutes-  Council voted 5-0 to approve the minutes as presented. 

ITEM 16: Ratification of the May 2023 Accounts Payable - Council voted 5-0 to approve the accounts payable.

Civic Club Updates

  • Independence Celebration on June 26 was very well attended and great fun for all there. The estimated attendance for the event was 300.
  • The next event will be the Back to School Pool Party on Saturday, August 5, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Mary Pat Case pool.
  • We invite all people interested in volunteering for events to join the fun.  Civic Club meets the second Tuesday of the month at City Hall at 6 p.m. Attendance at the monthly meeting is not required but provides an opportunity for input into the events. Volunteers can donate whatever amount of time they have and generally get to choose the area of volunteering.  For more information, email  or call Debbie Pilcher at 832.585.8109.

City Attorney Updates


City Administrator Updates

  • Trash service will run as usual on July 4.
  • The ACP replacement project on David Vetter has been completed.
  • A recent toilet vandalization in the park restroom brought a father to contact city hall regarding his son's participation in the destruction as well as a letter from the son.  The father made restitution for the damage.

Executive Session:  Started   8:08 p.m.    Ended  9:14 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 
    • Future Economic Development
    • City Facilities
  • Government Code Sec. §551.071 Consultation with Attorney 
    • Enforcement of IDC Restrictions

Emergency Meeting

  • Government Code Sec. 551.045 and 551.074
    • Personnel

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

No action was taken in the Executive Session.

Upon return to the general session, Councilmember Ron Rayment made a motion and Councilmember Mike McLeod made a second to name Joseph Peart as Interim City Administrator pending City Administrator  Kathie Reyer's return from a medical leave. Council voted 5-0 to approve the appointment.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:15  p.m.

Upcoming Events/Meetings

July 3: City offices close at 3 p.m.

July 4: Independence Day; City offices closed

July 11: Civic Club, 6 p.m.

July 12: City Council, 7 p.m. 

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

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

July 26: City Council, 3rd Proposed Budget Discussion—Operating Budget (Subject to Change), 7 p.m.

August 8: Civic Club, 6 p.m.

August 9:  Budget Workshop - Budget and Tax Rate Discussion, 6 p.m.

August 16: Council Meeting, 7 p.m. (Tentative)

August 23: Municipal Development District (MDD), 6 p.m. 

August 23: City Council, Possible Adoption/Possible Tax Rate Hearing, 7 p.m.

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