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MIN JUNE 03 2003 M I N U T E S - CITY OF BEAUMONT Lulu L. Smith EVELYN M. LORD, MAYOR Nancy A. Beaulieu Andrew P. Cokinos CITY COUNCIL MEETING Becky Ames, Mayor ProTem Bobbie J. Patterson June 3,2003 Audwin Samuel Lane Nichols, City Attorney Kyle Hayes, City Manager Susan Henderson, City Clerk The City Council of the City of Beaumont, Texas, met in a regular session on June 3,2003, at the City Hall Council Chambers, 801 Main Street, Beaumont, Texas, at 1:30 p.m. to consider the following: OPENING Invocation Pledge of Allegiance Roll Call Presentations, Recognition and Proclamations Public Comment: Persons may speak on scheduled agenda items Consent Agenda Mayor Evelyn Lord called the meeting to order at 1:33 p.m. The invocation was said by Rev. Bill Peterson, Port of Beaumont Seafarer's Association. Councilmember Beaulieu led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was made by Susan Henderson, City Clerk. Present at the meeting was Mayor Lord,Mayor Pro Tern Ames,Councilmembers Smith, Beaulieu, Cokinos, and Samuel. Councilmember Patterson was absent. Also, present was Kyle Hayes, City Manager; Lane Nichols, City Attorney; Susan Henderson, City Clerk and Tina Broussard, Administrative Assistant 1. Proclamations, Presentations and Recognitions • Mayor Lord read a Proclamation recognizing June 1, 2003 through June 7,2003 as Management Week. Michael Murphy, President of American Valve and Hydrant Chapter of the National Manager's Association received the Proclamation. Public Comment: Persons may speak on items listed on the Consent Agenda or on General Business Items No. 1 through No. 3. None CONSENT AGENDA Approval of minutes - Minutes of May 20, 2003 Confirmation of committee appointments - Resolution 03-111 Sam Bethea would be appointed to the Keep Beaumont Beautiful Commission. The term would commence June 3, 2003 and expire June 2, 2005. (Councilmember Becky Ames) Karen Thomas would be reappointed to the Civil Service Commission. The current term will expire February 14, 2005. (City Manager Kyle Hayes) Mary Jowers would be reappointed to the Civil Service Commission. The current term will expire January 31, 2005. (City Manager Kyle Hayes) Paul L. Jones would be appointed as an alternate to the Planning Commission. The term would commence June 3, 2003 and expire June 2, 2006. (Mayor Evelyn M. Lord) Ted Moor III would be appointed as an alternate to the Planning Commission. The term would commence June 3, 2003 and expire June 2, 2006. (Mayor Evelyn M. Lord) Virginia M. Hurley would be appointed as an alternate to the Planning Commission. The term would commence June 3, 2003 and expire June 2, 2006. (Mayor Evelyn M. Lord) Jeffrey Bell would be appointed to the Drug Free Beaumont Commission. The term would commence June 3, 2003 and expire June 2, 2005. (Councilmember Bobbie J. Patterson) Darla Bell would be appointed to the Community Development Advisory Committee. The term would commence June 3, 2003 and expire June 2, 2005. (Councilmember Bobbie J. Patterson) Anita Berry would be appointed to the Community Development Advisory Committee. The term would commence June 3, 2003 and expire June 2, 2005. (Councilmember Bobbie J. Patterson) Jim Yarbrough would be appointed to the Community Development Advisory Committee. The term would commence June 3, 2003 and expire June 2, 2005. (Councilmember Nancy Beaulieu) Kathleen Leaf would be reappointed to the Library Commission. The current term would expire February 15, 2005. (Councilmember Nancy Beaulieu) A) Authorize the City Manager and/or the Clean Community Director to seek an Amendment to the City's landfill Permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to allow for the expansion of the Beaumont Municipal Landfill- RESOLUTION No. 03-112 B) Authorize the execution of a License to Encroach Agreement with the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) for the installation of one (1) groundwater monitoring well - RESOLUTION 03-113 C) Authorize the acceptance of a water line easement providing access for fire prevention services - RESOLUTION 03-114 Minutes-June 3,2003 Page 2 Councilmember Cokinos moved to approve the Consent Agenda. Mayor Pro Tern Ames seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR LORD, MAYOR PRO TEM AMES, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, BEAULIEU, COKINOS,AND SAMUEL NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED. EXECUTIVE SESSION Mayor Lord announced that immediately following the regular scheduled meeting Council would reconvene to consider the following: • Consider matters related to contemplated or pending litigation in accordance with Section 551.071 of the Government Code: Youth Rescue Mission 1930 Franklin Street Beaumont, Texas GENERAL BUSINESS 1. Consider a request to amend a contract with the Southeast Texas Community Development Corporation (SETCDC) Councilmember Smith moved to approve RESOLUTION 03-115 AMENDING A CONTRACT WITH THE SOUTHEAST TEXAS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (SETCDC) IN THE AMOUNT OF $345,000.00 TO REFLECT AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF AUGUST 15, 2003, AND TO FUND THIS CONTRACT FROM THE 2003 HOME CHDO RESERVE ALLOCATION. Councilmember Beaulieu seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR LORD,MAYOR PRO TEM AMES,COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH,BEAULIEU, COKINOS,AND SAMUEL NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED. Minutes-June 3,2003 Page 3 2. Consider approving a contract for the construction of two signs to be placed at Texas Energy Museum and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. Councilmember Cokinos moved to approve RESOLUTION 03-116 AWARDING A BID TO CLEVECO CONSTRUCTION, INC. IN THE AMOUNT OF $30,304.00 FOR FURNISHING ALL LABOR, MATERIALS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES NECESSARY TO CONSTRUCT SIGNS FOR THE TEXAS ENERGY MUSEUM AND THE ART MUSEUM OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS. Mayor Pro Tern Ames seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR LORD,MAYOR PRO TEM AMES,COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH,BEAULIEU, COKINOS,AND SAMUEL NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED. 3. Consider approving a contract for the purchase of sodium hydroxide. Councilmember Smith moved to approve RESOLUTION 03-117 AWARDING A SIX(6) MONTH CONTRACT FOR PURCHASING SODIUM HYDROXIDE TO UNIVAR USA AT THE UNIT COST OF$230.00 PER DRY TON. Mayor Pro Tern Ames seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR LORD,MAYOR PRO TEM AMES,COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH,BEAULIEU, COKINOS,AND SAMUEL NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED. WORK SESSION City Councilmembers met in the workshop to review Articles I through III of the City Charter to propose possible Charter Amendments that would be voted on by the registered voters of Beaumont. A general consensus was made with all Councilmembers to hold a special election on September 13, 2003. The discussions on Article I and II resulted in no significant changes to be proposed. The review of Article III, which deals with City Elections, resulted in Councilmembers agreeing to the following proposed changes: 1) Eliminate staggering terms by having all Council seats up for election at the same time 2) Lengthen Councilmember terms from two (2) years to three (3) years By lengthening terms, the At-Large Councilmembers would be separated into Place I and Place 2. The change would also invoke State Law that would require officeholders to be elected by a majority ratherthan by plurality. Candidates running forAt-Large seats would choose to run as a contender for Place 1 or Place 2. Minutes-June 3,2003 Page 4 COUNCILMEMBER COMMENTS: COUNCILMEMBER SMITH - NONE COUNCILMEMBER BEAULIEU stated the Amelia Neighborhood association meeting held during the past week was quite productive. She thanked Beaumont Police Officer Prichard for a presentation made to the residents about being alert on national and international terroism issues. COUNCILMEMBER COKINOS - NONE MAYOR PRO TEM AMES - NONE COUNCILMEMBER SAMUEL stated he had received various inquiries concerning the Beaumont Police Department that warranted him to request a report detailing the number of complaints made to Internal Affairs, the number of investigations, hearings, and disciplinary actions resulting from those complaints lodged. Councilmember Samuel asked that the report entail such activity for 2000, 2001, 2002 and year to date for 2003. He also asked that the report is categorized by the various police districts and that the report reflects the requested information by Wards. Mayor Lord stated she had attended the Hurricane School held in Galveston, Texas that was also attended by other local coastal emergency management teams. Mayor Lord stated that the evacuation process our City uses has become model for other cities to emulate. She also stated she attended a seminar in Lake Charles, Louisiana with the Emergency Management Director Mickey Bertrand to learn how to determine when an evacuation is warranted. Public Comments (Persons are limited to three minutes) Benny Mendoza 5655 S. Kenneth Beaumont, TX Mr. Mendoza thanked Councilmember Cokinos for attending all but one of the Council meetings held in the past seventeen (17) years that he has been elected to City Council. LeRoy Lewis 7866 Gladys Beaumont, TX Mr. Lewis reported various concerns to Council. He reported high weeds and a need for the grass to be cut at 495 Major. He asked the residents of Beaumont to pray for a citizen, Mrs. Wanda Bell, who is very sick. Mr. Lewis asked Councilmember Beaulieu to review his request for the need to have utility pole lights to be erected from Major Drive to Tram Road. He also encouraged citizens to report known crime activity to Crime Stoppers. Minutes-June 3,2003 Page 5 Jude Peredez 10620 Gage Road Beaumont, TX Mr. Peredez thanked those citizens and Councilmembers who devote their time to improve the City of Beaumont. He also expressed his disappointment with the cancellation of City Council meeting on May 27, 2003. Roberto Flores 2424 Buchannan Beaumont, TX Mr. Flores expressed his concern to Council about citizens who disregard various Ordinances issued by the City Council. He was especially concerned about 18-wheelers and other heavy trucks parked in residential areas against City Ordinance. Audio and video tapes are available upon request in the City Clerk's Office. There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:05 p.m. i Mayor Pro Te Becky Ames way. W Susan Henderson, City Clerk