In executive session, the council also discussed the city administrator job opening as well as a variety of economic development negotiations. The council did not discuss the fiber-to-home project as stated in the Dec. 13. agenda.
All council members were present for the meeting.
1. In a 3-2 vote, the council reappointed Director John Blalock to the Shenandoah Municipal Development District.
MDD directors serve two-year terms and may serve up to three consecutive terms before they must step down. Blalock has served two consecutive terms, with his most recent term expiring on Sept. 30. By ordinance, the mayor recommends MDD board appointments to the council for final approval in Shenandoah.
Council discussed whether each council member should be allowed to choose their own recommended appointments, if others who may have applied should be considered before making a decision and whether or not MDD should be a reflection of council.
The recommendation to reappoint Blalock came from Mayor Ritch Wheeler and was voted against by council members Ted Fletcher and Ron Raymaker.
2. The council unanimously approved the purchase of six handheld radios for the Shenandoah Police Department for $47,625.
The purchase is a part of the SPD’s radio replacement plan and was included in the FY 2017-18 SPD budget. The current radios are 11 years old and will reach “end of life” at the end of 2018, according to the Montgomery County Sherriff’s Department, which serves as SPD’s communications supplier.
3. The council directed staff to make amendments to the draft RFP for human resources consulting services and will revisit the item at a future meeting.
Council initially expressed interest in contracting a human resource consultant during the budget workshop meetings in August. The proposed scope of work for the HR consulting services includes complaint investigation, performance appraisal and benefits assessment.
Council discussed specific qualifications they would like to see in a consultant, other areas they would like to be included in the scope of work and whether an initial HR audit could be conducted to determine whether ongoing services would be needed for the city.
Staff will make the discussed adjustments and bring a second draft RHP back to council at a future meeting.
4. The council unanimously voted to renew the memorandum of understanding with The Woodlands Township.
The MOU originated in January 2012 because some areas that are subject to the covenants of The Woodlands Township are located with Shenandoah city limits, meaning two jurisdictions have dual authority and responsibility for services.
The memorandum states that in the shared area, The Township provides the administration and enforcement of covenants, provides streetscape maintenance services, including irrigation water for the portion of Grogan’s Mill Road, and provides streetscape maintenance services, excluding irrigation water, for the portion of Research Forest Drive.
In contrast, within the shared area, Shenandoah provides street lighting services, irrigation water necessary to maintain landscaping on Research Forest Drive, provides landscape maintenance and irrigation water along the I-45 southbound feeder road and provides garbage and solid waste disposal services to residential properties, including apartment properties.
The Woodlands Township board approved the renewal during its Dec. 6 meeting and Shenandoah approved the renewal Dec. 13.
5. The council unanimously approved an easement agreement with Entergy at water plant No. 4.
6. The council unanimously authorized the city to continue participation in the Cities Steering Committee, which addresses matters related to Entergy Texas, Inc.
7. The council discussed renewing the trash service contract with Republic Services and also discussed bids for grounds maintenance services.
Both items will be further discussed at a future meeting.