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MIN FEB 18 1992 REGULAR SESSION CITY COUNCIL - CITY OF BEAUMONT HELD FEBRUARY 18, 1992 - 1:30 P.M. BE IT REMEMBERED that the City Council of the City of Beaumont, Texas, met in regular session this the 18th day of February, 1992, with the following present: HONORABLE: Evelyn M. Lord Mayor Lulu L. Smith Mayor Pro Tem Councilman, Ward I Andrew P. Cokinos Councilman At Large Guy N. Goodson Councilman, Ward II David W. Moore Councilman, Ward IV Absent: Brian R. Alter Councilman At Large Audwin Samuel Councilman, Ward III Ray A. Riley City Manager Lane Nichols City Attorney Rosemarie Chiappetta City Clerk -000- The Invocation was given by Lieutenant Kent Davis of the Salvation Army. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Beau Butler, president of the Future Farmers of America at Westbrook High School and Melanie Yarberry, president of the Future Farmers of America at Central High School. -000- Three Proclamations were issued: "National Engineers Week, " February 16- 22 , 1992 ; "National Future Farmers of America Week, " February 15-22 , 1992 ; and United States Presidents Week, " February 16-22, 1992 . -000- Citizen comment was invited on the Consent and Main Agenda items. No one wished to address these subjects. -000- The following Consent Agenda items were considered: Approval of the Minutes of the regular City Council meeting held February 11, 1992 ; Resolution No. 92-49 authorizing acquisition of a runway avigation -47- February 18, 1992 easement, Parcel N-02 , described as 14,454 square feet out of the A. Savery Survey, Abstract 46, to comply with Runway Protection Regulations at the Municipal Airport from Billy J. Chanley for the appraised price of $400. 00; and Resolution No. 92-50 authorizing full and final settlement of the claim of Darnell Pinell, II in the amount of $75, 000. 00, plus costs not to exceed $2,500. 00. The Consent Agenda was approved on a motion made by Councilman Cokinos and seconded by Councilman Goodson. Question: Ayes: All Nayes: None -000- Mayor Lord announced that an Executive Session will be conducted following Workshop Session in accordance with Section 2 (e) of the Texas Open Meetings Act to discuss pending or contemplated litigation: a review of the claim of Municipal Administrative Services, Linda Robbins VS. the City of Beaumont Et Al , Jeannie Cecile Prejean vs. the City of Beaumont, et al, and Baytown Construction Company, Inc vs the City of Beaumont and in accordance with Section 2 (g) for discussion of personnel matters: evaluation of appointed officials. -000- Ordinance No. 92-17 approving the Official Statement and Notice of Sale for $13.3 million in public improvement bonds ($11. 3 million for storm and drainage improvements and $2 million in general improvements) on March 3, 1992, was considered: ORDINANCE NO. 92-17 ORDINANCE APPROVING NOTICE OF SALE AND PRELIMINARY OFFICIAL STATEMENT AND AUTHORIZING DISTRIBUTION THEREOF Ordinance No. 92-17 was approved on a motion made by Mayor Pro Tem Smith and seconded by Councilman Cokinos. Question: Ayes: All Nayes: None -000- Resolution No. 92-51 authorizing a contract with Cornerstone Computer, Inc. for approximately twenty-five (25) personal computers (386 CPU, with 80 Megabyte hard drive running at 20 Megahertz and VGA color monitor at $1,295. 00 each, 386 CPU, with 124 Megabyte hard drive running at 33 Megahertz and VGA color monitor at $1, 695. 00 each, and 486 CPU, with 124 Megabyte hard drive running at 33 Megahertz and VGA color monitor at $2,045. 00 each) for an estimated total cost of $40, 130. 00 -48- February 18, 1992 including maintenance and guaranteed firm price for one year was considered. Councilman Moore questioned availability of parts and maintenance for the computers after the one-year warranty period. Resolution No. 92-51 was approved on a motion made by Councilman Goodson and seconded by Councilman Cokinos. Question: Ayes: All Nayes: None -000- Resolution No. 92-52 authorizing an annual contract with BFI Service Group, Inc. of Houston to furnish street sweeping services for the Central Business District (30.72 curb miles once a week at $18.50/curb mile--$29, 552 . 64) and arterial streets (169 . 66 curb miles once a month at $29. 15/curb mile--$59, 347. 07) for an estimated annual cost of $88, 899.71, provide other scheduled sweeping, with advance notice, at $90. 00 per hour and unscheduled sweeping at $109 . 00 per hour was approved on a motion made by Councilman Cokinos and seconded by Councilman Moore. Question: Ayes: All Nayes: None -000- Councilman Cokinos questioned the flat grates used on the sewer inlets and flooding in the area or North Circuit. Public Works Director Tom Warner said if an exact location is given, Staff will investigate to see if there are any improvements that can be made to the inlet. Councilman Goodson expressed regrets that because of illness he was unable to attend Councilman Moore's roast (for the L. L. Melton Family YMCA minority achievers scholarship program to help minority youths with their education and career goals) , but he enjoyed reading about the event in the newspaper. Councilman Moore thanked Council for their support and attendance at the roast, said it was all for a good cause, and was an enjoyable evening at his expense. Mayor Pro Tem Smith added her regrets in not attending the roast for Councilman Moore, but explained that unfortunately, she was skiing in Aspen. However, she said she has been told it was a grand party. Mayor Lord said she was pleased to receive Staff reports on a Police patrol car take-home program, asked for statistics on number of officers residing outside Beaumont, stated she supports the take-home program for only those officers residing in Beaumont so that police presence is more visible in Beaumont. She said she also supports the possibility of a police bicycle patrol in the downtown area during shift change for an -49- February 18, 1992 added sense of security, questioned the status of consideration for a mounted patrol and installation of cameras at directional lights to monitor offenders who disregard the red light. Councilman Cokinos said he supports a motorcycle patrol for high visibility and quick response to emergencies. Councilman Moore congratulated the success of the K-9 Unit recently in assisting police in apprehending suspects of narcotic offenses and uncovering a large sum of illegal drug money. -000- Dr. Jerry Reed, 2900 North Street, a Beaumont pediatrician addressed Council with a concern for the growing number of children using emergency room services instead of private physicians. Dr. Reed said this creates an overload on the emergency rooms and submitted for Council consideration other information that included possible solutions and proposals and a suggestion for formation of a task force to study the problem. Mr. Henry Dannenbaum, 1567 Wall Street, addressed Council in support of motorcycle and bicycle police patrol. -000- There being no other business, the Regular Session of City Council was recessed to reconvene in Workshop Session. -000- I, Rosemarie Chiappetta, City Clerk of the City of Beaumont, Texas, certify that the above is a true copy of the Minutes of the Regular City Council Session held February 18, 1992. Rosemarie Chiappetta City Clerk -50- February 18, 1992