2013 07 11 Minutes





July 11, 2013

State of Texas

County of Grimes

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

Anderson Attorney Present: Angela Collier Seager

Visitors Present: Chester Finke, Cindy Bell, Margie Powell

There was a quorum thus a public open meeting was called to order at 7:07 P.M. by Mayor Gail Sowell. The Pledge of Allegiance and the Texas Allegiance were recited.

Remarks of visitors: Cindy Bell suggested that the Town of Anderson consider purchasing and selling, for advertising purposes, bags with Historic Anderson pictured on one side. She will look into the cost of such bags and report back to the board as to the cost of each bag.

Minutes of previous meeting held on June 13, 2013 were read by each board member present. A motion was made to approve the minutes as written by Joe Boudreaux. The motion was seconded by Tom Johanson. All approved, motion carried.

Discussion of the resignation letter submitted by Alderman Tom Johanson was held. Tom explained the reason why he submitted his letter of resignation in haste and requested that the letter be disregarded and told the aldermen he would like to continue serving. A motion was made by Joe Boudreaux to not accept the resignation letter written by Tom Johanson. Erna Freeman seconded the motion. All approved. Motion passed.

Trevor Royal from Pro Star Waste was scheduled on the agenda to present his company to the Board of Aldermen, however, he was not present. Mayor Gail Sowell read an e-mail from Pro Star requesting to be removed from the July 11, 2013 agenda. The letter basically stated that Pro Star’s expected expansion to the west has been postponed until further notice.

In the June meeting, the aldermen approved the proposed amendment to the Inter-local agreement that the county sent. The amended agreement was sent to the county and passed at Commissioner’s Court on July 9, 2013. Mayor Sowell asked the aldermen to officially accept the agreement as a whole since the county approved it. Joe Boudreaux made a motion to accept the official Inter-local agreement with Grimes County. Erna seconded the motion. All approved. Motion carried.

Blake Vezurk, representing Anderson-Shiro CISD, was on hand to furnish an explanation and request permission for the school district to bore under Hill St. at the corner of the elementary parking lot to the volunteer fire department (or wherever works best in that area) for fiber-optic installation; the line will run parallel to the water line. The school district still has to get approval from the Anderson Fire Department and Grimes County Commissioner’s Court. The county will furnish the city a legal document once it is approved by the county. Joe Boudreaux made a motion to grant permission for the school district to bore under Hill. St. Carol DeBose seconded the motion. All approved. Motion carried.

Discussion of the Mowing Ordinance has been tabled for the re-working and re-naming of the ordinance by attorney Angela Collier-Seager.

Upon discussing the need of consideration to approve bids to spray and /or mow weeds, etc, in town, it was decided to send a letter to residents addressing the issues of overgrowth as well as safety hazards on personal properties, along with the Nuisance Ordinance, when finalized and approved by the Board.

A motion was made by Tom Johanson topay bills with the addition of Frank Matejicek’s late bill for mowing. Erna Freeman seconded the motion. All approved, Motion carried

Erna Freeman requested on behalf of the Sunshine Center that the city consider helping with the cost of upgrading the Senior Center, aka, Sunshine Center Building. It has needed repairs and they have been applying for grants as well searching for assistance. This request will be added to the next agenda.

There was no need for a closed session.

Next regular session meeting is scheduled for August 8, 2013.

Meeting adjourned: 7:51 P.M.

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