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Posted on: July 26, 2023

Shenandoah City Council Meeting Update July 26, 2023

Frantz, Dunlap, Reuvers and Lanie at swearing in (JPG

Supporting Documents for Agenda Items can be found HERE.

 The 2023 – 2024 Proposed Operating Budget 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: Monthly Capital Project Report-   No Council action required; discussion only.

ITEM 7-   Shenandoah Police Department Promotion Ceremony-  Police staff recognized the promotion of Officer Kevin Frantz to Sergeant.  Frantz began his law enforcement career in 2010 with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department and came to Shenandoah Police Department in 2014.  In 2016 he was named SHPD Officer of the Year.  Frantz was supported by his family, friends and police family as his wife Lanie pinned him. Congratulations to Sgt. Frantz.   No Council action needed. 

ITEM 8 : Vision Park Pond Excavation Project, Phase II, Change Order - In lieu of excavating and installing 24’’ of clay liner, the Contractor will reduce the amount of the clay liner to 15’’ and place it on top of existing natural ground. The Contractor will also install a concrete weir box at the pond’s outfall to allow the bottom to be raised without raising the existing outfalls. This change will result in the savings of $244,780 on the project. Council voted 5-0 to approve the change order.

ITEM 9: David Memorial Extension Interlocal Amendment - Staff met with Montgomery County Precinct 4 and they are favorable to funding half of the additional amount needed for the projected cost over the original bid.  The shortfall is $950,000 and will be shared by Montgomery County and Shenandoah at $475,000 each. MDD agreed to fund the amount at their meeting earlier July 26. Council voted 5-0 to approve the interlocal agreement.

ITEMS 10-12: Special Use Permit for a Mixed Beverage Permit (On-Premise) Permit - Crawfish Café requested a Special Use Permit (SUP) at 8850 Metropark Drive to allow the sale of Mixed Beverages (On-Premise) without late hours. The SUP will allow for the following permits to be issued to the property: Mixed Beverage (On-Premise) (MB) - Permit Authorizes the sale of distilled spirits, wine and malt beverages for on-premise consumption. A public hearing was held with no comments received.  Council voted 5-0 to approve the issuance of the SUP. 

ITEM 13: Excess Debt Collections for 2022 and Certification for Debt Service Collection Rate for 2023-2024 - The collection rate is determined by estimating the City’s debt collections July 1 through June 30 of the next year. The estimate includes ALL tax dollars collected including delinquent taxes. The exact amount will not be known until the collection period closes; however, the Truth-in-Taxation laws require an estimate to be provided to, and approved by, the Council. The collection rate is calculated by dividing the estimated collections by the required debt payments. If the estimated collection rate is less than 100%, the debt levy will be higher. If the collection rate exceeds 100% (caused by delinquent taxes from previous years) the Tax Assessor/Collector uses 100%.  Council voted 5-0 to accept the excess debt collections for 2022 and certify the debt service collection rate for 2023.

ITEM 14: Discussion of the 2023 – 2024 Proposed Budget - The third discussion focused on updates from the second budget discussion,  general questions and discussion on department budgets for Public Works,  Pool, Parks,  Water & Sewer Fund, and Utility Billing. Council discussion only; no action required.

ITEM 15: Adoption of May 24 Regular and June 14, 2023 Regular Meetings Minutes-  Council voted 5-0 to approve the minutes as presented. 

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

Civic Club Updates

  • Civic Club will host the Back to School Pool Party to be held Saturday, August 5, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Hotdogs ad Kona Ice will be available for attendees at the event. The party is open to registered members of the Mary Pat Case Pool.  The regular season ends on August 8 and returns to weekends only through September 17.  For information and to register for membership, contact the pool at 281-292-7607.

City Attorney Updates

  • None

City Administrator Updates

  • None

Executive Session:  Not scheduled

The meeting was adjourned at 7:59  p.m.

Upcoming Events/Meetings;'

August 5: Back to School Pool Party, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

August 8: Civic Club, 6 p.m.

August 9:  Budget Workshop - Budget and Tax Rate Discussion, 5:30 p.m.

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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