MINUTES OF MEETING
BOARD OF ALDERMEN
THE TOWN OF ANDERSON, TEXAS
October 11, 2012
State of Texas
County of Grimes
CONDEMNATION PUBLIC HEARING
The Board of Aldermen of the Town of Anderson met in public open session at 7:00 p.m. regarding the condemnation of the Alexander Terrell property located on the corner of Main St. and FM 1774. Visitors present included Don Hooker, Margie Powell, Michelle Kimich, Hershel Perry, Paul Malek, Cindy Bell and Chester Finke. City Attorney Angela Collier Seager addressed all present regarding the process she had handled for the City of Anderson leading up to this proceeding. Mr. Malek and Mr. Perry, members of the Town of Anderson Building & Inspection Board, answered questions regarding the initial inspection and subsequent inspections of property. Attorney Seager stated that the city needs to allow Alexander Terrell’s heirs 30 days in which to address the situation. The city can then publish bids for clearing the property. The public hearing adjourned at 7:10 p.m.
The Board of Aldermen of the Town of Anderson met in regular open session at 7:11 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, 2012 in the American Legion Building in Anderson, Texas. Members present included Mayor Sowell, Aldermen Tom Johanson, Joe Boudreaux, Carol Debose, Erna Freeman, Karen McDuffie-Melton and City Attorney Angela Collier Seager.
Guests present at this meeting included Michelle Kimich, Paul Malek, Hershel Perry, Cindy Bell, Chester Finke, Don Hooker and Margie Powell.
Mayor Sowell asked that minutes from the regular meeting held on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 be reviewed and approved. Alderwoman Erna 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.
Alderman Erna Freeman gave a report on the status of the USDA sewer plant loan in the present amount of $191,517.85. At a previous meeting it was decided to pay off the loan since the money was available. The loan was paid off at that amount on October 4, 2012. The original loan schedule was to have been completed in the year 2037.
The planned city cleanup day for October 20, 2012 was discussed at length. Alderman Karen McDuffie-Melton has been gathering information as to how to go about setting up the logistics of the day. After the discussion, Alderman Freeman made a motion to let Karen McDuffie-Melton handle the details and head up the project. Motion was seconded by Joe Boudreaux. Motion approved by all members present.
Alderman Joe Boudreaux made a motion to approve “Trunk or Treat” Night for Saturday, October 27th from 6 to 8 p.m. Alderman Carol DeBose seconded the motion, All members present approved the motion.
Mayor Sowell asked members to review and approve payment of bills due and payable.
Alderman Johanson made the motion to pay the bills; Alderman Boudreaux seconded the motion. All members present voted in favor of the motion.
Open session closed at 7:34 p.m.
Open Session meeting was re-opened at 7:51 p.m.
Attorney Seager presented the status of the Terrell property condemnation. After a lengthy discussion, Alderman Freeman made a motion to move forward with the condemnation. Alderman Joe Boudreaux seconded the motion. All members present were in agreement.
Mayor Sowell discussed activities and projects with the members:
Meeting was adjourned at 7:57 p.m.
The Board of Aldermen of the Town of Anderson met in closed session at 7:35.m. on Thursday, October 11, 2012 in the American Legion Building in Anderson, Texas. Members present included Mayor Sowell, Aldermen Tom Johanson, Joe Boudreaux, Carol Debose, Erna Freeman, Karen McDuffie-Melton and City Attorney Angela Collier Seager.
Attorney Angela Seager’s final meeting as the City Attorney.
Angela advised that Billy Bean had been unresponsive-never available. Members were very vocal about his situation.
Alderman Johanson was worried about car sales on the Peavy property. Who would be responsible for towing vehicles.
Reliant Land Trust – letter received ; majority said ignore it. Tom Johanson mentioned that the city property needed to have something done—possibly a grant?
Regarding B. Bean property – a suggestion was made that the city hold off until a new attorney was employed and then go forward.
Erna Freeman questioned whether B. Bean was considered a legal resident, based on by-laws.
Attorney advised that we finish with the Peavy Condemnation first, and then return to B. Bean. After a lengthy discussion it was decided to move forward with the condemnation on Peavy property. All members were in agreement.
Closed meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.