2019 Stagg Bowl, traffic study: 5 takeaways from Shenandoah City Council’s Nov. 8 meeting

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The 2019 NCAA Division III football championships and a traffic study at the intersection of Wellman and Grogan’s Mill roads were just a couple of items discussed during the Nov. 8 Shenandoah City Council meeting.

All members of council were present during the meeting. To view the entire agenda, click here.

1. The council unanimously approved a contract to host the 2019 NCAA Division III football championships.

Shenandoah will also host the 2018 NCAA Division III football championships, also known as the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, as the contract was approved a during the Oct. 25 meeting.

For the 2019 Stagg Bowl, the city will assume financial responsibility for the Woodforest Stadium buyout, artificial turf field painting and cleaning, the Gagliardi Banquet, the Championship banquet, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes breakfast, internet service, tailgating, hospitality, security, ticketing, promotional items and advertising, with a total financial liability capped at $170,000.

The event is expected to have an economic impact of $221,750.

2. Montgomery County Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley presented a traffic study conducted at the intersection of Wellman and Grogan’s Mill roads.

The study looked into whether the intersection met the necessary criteria to warrant a three-way stop sign. The study revealed that based on traffic conditions and sight distance, no change was recommended. However, the study lacked crash data so Riley said his office would revisit the intersection within the next couple of months, taking the additional data into consideration.

3. The council approved the sales and purchase of vehicles for the police department.

In a 4-1 vote, council approved the sale of two 2013 Chevrolet Tahoes to the Angleton Independent School District for $17,000, as outlined in a previously approved interlocal agreement. Council Member Byron Bevers voted against the item.

The council unanimously approved the purchase of a 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe from Caldwell Country Chevrolet for $31,875, for the Shenandoah Police Department.

Both sales and the purchase are part of the SPD’s vehicle replacement plan, as outlined in the city’s 2017-18 budget.

4. The council discussed expiring terms and process to appoint new directors to the Municipal Development District.

Members of the MDD board serve two-year terms and may serve up to three consecutive terms before the must step down, as directed by city ordinance.

Director John Blalock’s term recently expired Sept. 30, however he has only served two consecutive terms and is able to serve one more before he is required to step down.

Council discussed what the process should be for addressing expired terms and who should recommend new appointments to the board. Although no decisions were made, council suggested Mayor Ritch Wheeler bring recommendations to the council to be voted upon. The item will be revisited at the Dec. 13 meeting.

5. The council unanimously appointed Council Member Ron Raymaker to represent the city on The Montgomery Central Appraisal District board of directors.

The MCAD board of Directors consists of five members elected from each taxing jurisdiction. The current board of directors includes Ed Chance, Bruce Tough, Mike Meador, Charlie Riley, Tom Cox and Tammy McRae.

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Hannah Zedaker

Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a full-time reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. She covers business, transportation, health care and other local news, specializing in Shenandoah City Council and Montgomery County nonprofit organizations.

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