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REGULAR CALLED CITY COMMISSION MEETING

M I N U T E S 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2017 – 5:00 P.M.
KENNETH T. NUNN COUNCIL ROOM – CITY HALL

 
A Regular Called Meeting of the City Commission was held on Wednesday, DECEMBER 6, 2017, at 5:00 P.M. in the Kenneth T. Nunn Council Room in City Hall, Texas City, Texas. A quorum having been met, the meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. by Mayor Matthew T. Doyle.
             
1. ROLL CALL
Present: Matthew T. Doyle, Mayor  
  Phil Roberts, Mayor Pro Tem, Commissioner District 2  
  Bruce Clawson, Commissioner At Large  
  Dee Ann Haney, Commissioner At Large  
  Thelma Bowie, Commissioner District 1  
  Dorthea Jones, Commissioner District 3  
  Jami Clark, Commissioner District 4  
             
2. INVOCATION

Led by Pastor Tim Franklin of The Connection Church.
             
3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Led by Commissioner Clawson.
             
4. REPORTS
             
a. Emergency Management Annual Report (Homeland Security)

Thomas Munoz, Homeland Security Director, presented a PowerPoint with updates on everything their department has accomplished this year. After Hurricane Harvey, the City was selected by FEMA to host the Washington Delegation tour. The Emergency Management Department took attendees to view the City's pump and levee systems. Also, due to Hurricane Harvey the sign-up rate for Blackboard and the emergency Facebook page has significantly increased.
             
b. Utilities Customer Service (Water)

Irene Fattig, Water Billing Supervisor, gave a PowerPoint presentation on the growth in their department due to new residential developments.
             
5. PUBLIC HEARING
             
a. Public hearing to receive public comments on an amendment to the “Texas City Gulf Coast Reinvestment Zone No. 1” for purposes of commercial-industrial tax abatement to more particularly define the boundaries of the reinvestment zone by legal description pursuant to Texas Tax Code Section 312.201(d)

Nicholas Finan, Director of Management Services, stated that in May a Resolution was signed to create this Reinvestment Zone based off an aerial picture. It is recommended that a metes and bounds description is used to more clearly define the property.

Commissioner Jones asked if a Chapter 380 and Chapter 312 can be explained for those that may not understand. Nicholas Finan answered.
  Vote: 7 - 0 CARRIED
  Motion byCommissioner At Large Dee Ann Haney, Seconded byCommissioner District 4 Jami Clark 
  Vote: 7 - 0 CARRIED
             
6. CONSENT AGENDA

Mayor Doyle pulled items b and c.

Motion by Commissioner Haney, Seconded by Commissioner Bowie to approve consent items a, d, and e.
             
a. Approve City Commission Minutes for November 15, 2017 meeting. (City Secretary)
  Vote: 7 - 0 CARRIED
             
b. Consider and take action on Resolution 17-083, to approve a Chapter 312 Tax Abatement Agreement Between the City of Texas City, Texas, Gulf Coast Ammonia, LLC, and Eastman Chemical Texas City, Inc. for Property Located in the Texas City Gulf Coast Reinvestment Zone No. 1. (Management Services)

Item pulled by Mayor Doyle.

Nicholas Finan, Director of Managemnet Services, asked Chris Nichols, contracted attorney, to explain the process of the Chapter 380 and Chapter 312 agreements. Commissioner Jones asked if this was contingent upon other taxing entities? Chris Nichols answered yes, the school district must also sign an agreement for the City's to take effect.

Mayor Doyle explained how this agreement will benefit the City and the school district.
  Motion byCommissioner At Large Dee Ann Haney, Seconded byCommissioner District 4 Jami Clark 
  Vote: 7 - 0 CARRIED
  Motion byCommissioner At Large Bruce Clawson, Seconded byCommissioner District 3 Dorthea Jones 
  Vote: 7 - 0 CARRIED
             
c. Consider and take action on Resolution 17-084, to approve a Chapter 380 Economic Development and Performance Agreement for Property Located in the Texas City Gulf Coast Reinvestment Zone No. 1. (Management Services)

Item pulled by Mayor Doyle.

Discussed in conjunction with item 6 (b). 
  Motion byCommissioner At Large Bruce Clawson, Seconded byCommissioner District 3 Dorthea Jones 
  Vote: 7 - 0 CARRIED
             
d. Consider and take action on Resolution No. 17-085, to approve the purchase of a camera through CDW Government, LLC using a grant provided by the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC). (Homeland Security)
  Vote: 7 - 0 CARRIED
             
e. Consider and take action on Resolution No. 17-086, to approve and award Bid #2018-038 for the Janitorial Services Annual Contract. (Purchasing)
  Vote: 7 - 0 CARRIED
             
7. REGULAR ITEMS
             
a. Consider and take action on Ordinance No. 17-31, to amend the City of Texas City fiscal budget to create an additional dispatcher position. (Finance)

Laura Boyd, Finance Director, stated that this budget amendment is to create an additional police dispatcher position and appropriate funding for the position.
  Motion byCommissioner At Large Dee Ann Haney, Seconded byCommissioner District 4 Jami Clark 
  Vote: 7 - 0 CARRIED
             
b. Consider and take action on Ordinance 17-32, amending “Texas City Gulf Coast Reinvestment Zone No. 1” to more particularly define its boundaries by legal description for commercial-industrial tax abatement purposes and making certain findings of fact in accordance with Texas Tax Code Section 312.201. (Management Services)

Commissioner Roberts asked if the legal description was surveyed by a professional to set metes and bounds for the property?

Russell F. Plackemeier, City Attorney, answered yes. 
  Motion byCommissioner At Large Dee Ann Haney, Seconded byCommissioner At Large Bruce Clawson 
  Vote: 7 - 0 CARRIED
             
8. PUBLIC COMMENTS

Evelyn Robinson, Home Owner, requested action be taken in helping her resolve her water bill. Mayor Doyle requested that Corbin Ballast, Director of Utilities Management, visit with Ms. Robinson after the Commission meeting to help resolve the situation.

STAFF COMMENTS

Joseph Byrd, Director of I.T., informed that he will be disconnecting all T-Mobile lines by January. Any City employee who still has T-Mobile needs to contact him.

Nicholas Finan, Director of Management Services, thanked Ernest Robles for his hard work at the Sanders/ Vincent Community Center during Hurricane Harvey.

Chief Robert Burby, Police Department, introduced 3 new S.W.A.T. trainees, Brandon Shives, Manda Serenil and Michael Kelmen. Manda Serenil is making history by becoming the first female S.W.A.T Officer in Texas City.

Chief David Zacherl, Fire Department, reminded everyone to use precautions with heaters and space heaters.

Dennis J. Harris, Director of Recreation & Tourism, stated how great the turnout was for the Senior Serve event.

Joe Stanton, Assistant Chief of Police, stated that the Townhall Security Meeting went great. Almost 100 churches attended as well as the FBI.

Russell F. Plackemeier, City Attorney, thanked everyone for the support and kind gestures he and his family received after the passing of his father. 
             
9. MAYOR'S COMMENTS

Mayor Doyle congratulated Rhomari Jackson on becoming a regular full-time employee with the City.
             
10. COMMISSIONERS' COMMENTS

Commissioner Roberts congratulated Officer Shives on training to become a member of the S.W.A.T Division.

Commissioner Bowie stated how much she enjoyed the Christmas Parade put on by the Recreation & Tourism Department.

Commissioner Jones wished everyone a "Merry Christmas!"

Commissioner Clark inquired about the portable FEMA trailers she's noticed around town. Mayor Doyle informed her that they were to be used as portable classrooms for TCISD.

Commissioner Clark then asked the status on recycling and why it has been suspended. Mike Stump, Public Works, informed everyone that recycling will need to be taken to the Biosphere pending negotiation of the new solid waste contract.
             
11. ADJOURNMENT
Having no further business, Commissioner Jones made a MOTION to ADJOURN at 5:45 p.m.; the motion was SECONDED by Commissioner Clark. All present voted AYE. MOTION CARRIED.
 
  ______________________________
  MATTHEW T. DOYLE, MAYOR

ATTEST:

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James Hartshorn, City Secretary
Date Approved:

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