2012 06 14 Minutes





June 14, 2012 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. on Thursday, June 14, 2012. Present were Mayor Gail Sowell, Aldermen Erna Freeman, Carol DeBose, Karen McDuffie-Melton, Tom Johanson, Joe Boudreaux and City Attorney Angela Collier.

Visitors present were Cindy Bell, Chester Finke, Gail Cox, Ken Sanders and Billy Bean.

Mayor Sowell asked for remarks from visitors. Cindy Bell, representing Historic Anderson, mentioned that an Historical Marker had been granted to the bridge now housed in Anderson’s Park.

Mayor Sowell asked members present to read and consider approval of the minutes of the regular meeting held on Thursday, May 10, and the special meeting held on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. Alderman Freeman made a motion to accept the minutes as presented; Alderman Joe Boudreaux seconded the motion, all members present voted in favor of the motion.

Mayor Sowell asked members to consider and approve Ordinance No. 89-12 covering speed limits and stop signs within the town of Anderson. Alderman Johanson made a motion to accept Ordinance 89-12 as presented; Alderman Freeman seconded the motion, all members present voted in favor of the motion.

Mayor Sowell was approached by Sam Nobles of Grimes Co. Road & Bridge concerning culverts in the city. She provided information to the council on this subject. After some discussion, it was decided that the city needs to update our permit to cover new requirements. The question of an ordinance was raised – the decision was made that no ordinance was required – simply an inter-local agreement by the town indicating it would require the same compliance as required by the county. This agreement would cover building permits, culverts, etc. The town will handle requests for homes, sub-divisions, etc. Requests must be processed through the town; completed, approved requests will be passed along to the county. Attorney Collier will prepare a draft.

Mayor Sowell discussed the possibility of the town not receiving additional RAP material for road work in the future. At this time the state has indicated there will be no more, even for the county. The city has 500 cubic yards stockpiled. Mayor Sowell was advised that we can have oil put on this RAP this fall by Cleveland Asphalt at the same time the county is served. With the oil applied the material will last 2-4 years. Motion was made by Alderman Boudreaux that this RAP be used in the areas most needed. Alderman Freeman seconded the motion; all members present voted in favor of the motion.

Mayor Sowell asked members to discuss and approve calling in bonds to pay off the sewer system. Alderman Freeman has looked into this matter and advised members that as of May 16th the balance was $193,000 with a $6,000 payment due in August. The original note was at 4 ½% interest. Alderman Freeman advised that the city could transfer funds to keep the account open and continue to make entries in preparation for future needs. She is to call USDA prior to the August payment date for a payoff figure.

Mayor Sowell asked members to consider/approve payment of invoices currently due and payable. Alderman Boudreaux made a motion to pay all bills as presented on the monthly invoice. Alderman DeBose seconded the motion; all members present voted in favor of the motion.

Other issues discussed: Mayor Sowell advised the members that it was time to renew the Wastewater Permit Application. She will contact Steve Duncan with Jones & Carter to handle this for us, as he has done in the past.

Janice Southworth, of Kerbow & Associates, advised Mayor Sowell that an extension moved to August has been approved to complete the reimbursement issues on the SECO project.

Steve Duncan advised Mayor Sowell that the emergency generator applications had been finished. All counties were to get generators. Mayor Sowell will advise Steve Duncan about annexation of Gail Cox’s property. He has handled the annexation in the past.

City Attorney Collier discussed the Bean/Peavy hearing set for July 12, 2012.

This hearing is with the council.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

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