MINUTES OF MEETING
BOARD OF ALDERMEN
THE TOWN OF ANDERSON, TEXAS
January 13, 2011
State of Texas
County of Grimes
The Board of Aldermen of the Town of Anderson met in regular open session in the American Legion Building in Anderson, Texas, at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 13, 2011. Mayor Gail Sowell, Aldermen Daryl Alford and Joe Boudreaux, Alderwomen Erna Freeman and Carol DeBose, City Attorney John DeMille and his assistant Angela Davis were present. Alderman Tom Johanson was absent.
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.
Guests in attendance included Cindy Bell, Ronnie Hale of Entergy, Chester Finke and CPA V. L. Snider.
Ms. V. L. Snider, CPA, presented the independent audit of the city’s financial records for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. She reviewed the report with the council and indicated that the city had a clean audit. All information required was provided.
Dana Wagner, RE Director at St. Stanislaus Church, discussed a potentially serious situation on Johnson St. She advised council members that the children are required to cross Johnson St. from the church grounds to reach the parish hall on Wednesday evenings. This street is open to traffic and there is no type of warning to alert motorists. She is requesting a marked crosswalk and possibly a sign or two to indicate pedestrian crossing. Alderman Alford made a motion to approve the Mayor to look into ways to slow motorists down such as a crosswalk and signs marking the area in question; Alderman Boudreaux seconded the motion. All members present voted in favor of the motion.
Mayor Sowell asked members to read and approve the minutes of the meeting held on Thursday, December 9, 2010. Alderman Boudreaux made a motion to accept the minutes as presented; Alderman Alford seconded the motion. All members present voted in favor of the motion.
Mayor Sowell advised that Rickey Wehmeyer of Anderson Water Co. and our engineer were unable to attend the meeting to discuss continuing problems. Wehmeyer advised the Mayor not to pay the bills concerning the new lift station until something was resolved.
Mayor Sowell asked members to approve the annual principal and interest statement to the USDA Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development. The payment, due Feb. 1 is for $10,545.00. Alderwoman Freeman made a motion to approve the payment; Alderman Alford seconded. All members present were in favor of the motion.
Mayor Sowell asked Mr. DeMille, the city attorney, to provide members with progress of condemnation procedures on the Billy Bean and J. W. Peavy properties. Mayor advised that Mr. Bean sent her an e-mail in which he advised he had spoken with Mr. DeMille and Alderman Joe Boudreaux. He provided a schedule of his plan for work on the property in question. Mayor Sowell advised the aldermen that Hershel Perry, a member of the appointed board of inspectors, placed the condemned property signs upon both properties on January 13, 2011. Angela Davis, the attorney working with John DeMille, said that the Order of Condemnation had been sent previously to Mr. Peavy and had one prepared for the Mayor to sign for the Bean property. After much discussion, Aldermen decided to go forward with the next step toward the condemnation of both properties. Alderman Boudreaux made a motion to proceed without delay in going forward with the process and getting all the legal forms needed; Alderman Alford seconded the motion. All members present voted in favor of the motion.
Mayor asked members to approve payment of all accounts currently due and payable. Alderwoman Freeman made a motion to pay the bills; Alderman Alford seconded the motion. All members present voted in favor of the motion.
Meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.