2014 01 09 Minutes

Meeting Minutes


The Town of Anderson, Texas

January 9, 2014

Members Present: Gail Sowell, Mayor; Erna Freeman, Mayor Pro-Tem; Alderwomen: Carol DeBose, Karen Melton; Aldermen: Joe Boudreaux, E. Tom Johanson

Anderson Attorney Present: Angela Collier Seager

Visitors Present: Chester Finke, Cindy Bell, David Lilly, Pam Beard

There was a quorum thus a public open meeting was called to order at 7:00 P.M. by Mayor Gail Sowell. The Pledge of Allegiance and the Texas Allegiance were recited.

Remarks of visitors:

Cindy Bell updated the council on her property/trailer issue. No action by the board is needed.

Minutes of previous meeting held on December 12, 2013 were read by each board member present. A motion was made by Erna Freeman to approve the minutes as written with the correction that Anderson Attorney, Angela Collier-Seager was not present at the meeting. The motion was seconded by Joe Boudreaux. All approved, motion carried.

Mr. David Lilly, EMC for Grimes County presented the Hazard Mitigation Plan for the Town. He stated that by adopting this Hazard Mitigation Plan it allows EMC to apply for grant money to help find ways to make Grimes County safer. The Emergency Operation Plan coincides with the Hazardous Mitigation Plan. A motion was made by Joe Boudreaux to adopt the Grimes County Hazard Mitigation Plan (Resolution # 55-14) for the Town of Anderson. The motion was seconded by Erna Freeman. All approved, motion passed.

Mr. David Lilly also informed the Board that the Local Emergency Planning Committee, LEPC, received a grant and are planning on doing a Commodity Flow Study. This study will help to determine how much Hazardous Waste Material is being transported thru Grimes County. They are looking for volunteers to gather data. There will be a meeting Thursday, January 17th to learn more of how this study is to be implemented. The study will run February thru May.

A motion was made by Erna Freeman to accept the bid proposal of $1,200.00 by Analogy Media Production for the building of the Town of Anderson Website along with the cost of $337.61 for the Domain Name, Hosting Site, and Website Back-ups. Joe Boudreaux seconded the motion. All approved, motion carried.

Mary Bostelman explained that the office printer is in need of repair, noting several things that are not working properly. The Board would prefer to replace the failing printer with a new one. They requested that Mary Bostelman look for a printer that performs on low ink usage.

A motion was made by Tom Johanson to pay bills as presented. Joe Boudreaux seconded the motion. All approved, motion carried.

Pam Beard, Executive Director of the Grimes County Chamber of Commerce discussed the upcoming Chamber Banquet being held February 1, 2014 at the Expo Center in Navasota. A check was presented to Pam Beard for reservation of one table of ten for the Board of Alderman, Mayor and spouses.

Mayor Gail Sowell informed the board that Anderson Water Company called to tell her that the Sewer Pump is not working. Gail presented two quotes to the board with one quote of $5,151.23 being a re-built pump with labor, and the other quote of $7,124.47 is a brand new pump with labor. A motion was made by Erna Freeman to proceed with getting a new pump under the emergency motion for the Sewer Plant with a $7124.47 maximum. Joe Boudreaux seconded the motion. All approved, motion carried.

Angela Collier Seager stated that Judge Peavy’s check is in the mail for the mowing of his property. It was stated that the Nuisance Ordinance is on hold for now. However, the board informed Angela Collier Seager that they would like to amend the Mowing Ordinance to include stagnant water which includes swimming pools.

Mayor Gail Sowell mentioned she would like to use the inmate’s labor to clean up the trees and debris off of Hill Street. Mayor Gail Sowell mentioned that TXDOT is contacting Master Gardeners to see what is going on with the town’s project.

Angela Collier Seager informed the board that we have a warrant to begin demolition of Billy Beans place.

Open session adjourned: 8:06 p.m.

Closed session opened: 8:08

Closed session adjourned: 8:16 p.m.

Open session re-opened: 8:17 p.m.

A motion was made by Erna Freeman to accept the bid from Mr. Pat Siegel for the demolition and/or clean-up of Billy Bean’s property located on Main Street, Anderson, Texas. Carol DeBose seconded the motion. All approved, motion carried.

Next regular session town meeting is scheduled for February 13, 2014.

Meeting adjourned: 8:18 p.m.

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Anderson, TX 77830

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