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MIN NOV 10 1992 e REGULAR SESSION CITY COUNCIL - CITY OF BEAUMONT HELD NOVEMBER 10, 1992 - 1:30 P.M. BE IT REMEMBERED that the City Council of the City of Beaumont, Texas, met in regular session the 10th day of November, 1992, with the following present: HONORABLE: Brian R. Alter Mayor Pro Tem Councilman At Large Andrew P. Cokinos Councilman At Large Lulu L. Smith Councilman, Ward I Guy N. Goodson Councilman, Ward II Audwin Samuel Councilman, Ward III David W. Moore Councilman, Ward IV Absent: Evelyn M. Lord Mayor Ray A. Riley City Manager Lane Nichols City Attorney Rosemarie Chiappetta City Clerk -000- The Invocation was given by the Reverend Richard Elwood, Saint Mark's Episcopal Church. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Smith. -000- Mayor Pro Tem Alter reported that Mayor Lord is in Atlanta, Georgia working with the U. S. Conference of Mayors on a presentation to be made to President-Elect Clinton. -000- Mayor Pro Tem Alter announced that seven employees with the Solid Waste Department recently won first, second and third place honors in the ROAD- E-0 contest sponsored by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) . The state competition, held during SWANA's recent Lone Star Chapter Annual Seminar in Beaumont, included maneuvering tests and mechanical analysis for all types of solid waste equipment. Mayor Pro Tem Alter introduced: Carl Guillory, first place winner for rearloader and overall Truck Road-E-O Grand Champion; Ricky Wilridge, first place for roll-off; Edison Govea, first place for mechanics; Reginald Londo, second place for sideloader; Carlton Johnson, Sr. , second place for transfer trailer; James Harris, second place for dozer; and Winston Pinkston, third place for scrapers. He said that winners received -248- November 10, 1992 k monetary awards of $100, $50 and $25 for first, second and third places, respectively, and that first place winners will be invited to compete in the international competition next June in Tampa Bay, Florida. He presented each of them with a remembrance from the City of Beaumont in recognition of their accomplishments. Mr. John LaBrie, Director of Solid Waste, explained the competition process that included a departmental competition on the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend with the local winners advancing as representatives for Beaumont at the state competition, said there were twenty-two cities represented and eight events in the Road-E-contest and that City of Beaumont employees placed in seven, and presented Council with caps as a souvenir from the Road-E-O. Mayor Pro Tem Alter recognized Mr. LaBrie as a newly elected member of the State Chapter's Board of Directors and said that the Chapter is recognized by the Texas Water Commission as having expertise in the solid waste industry and is allowed input into formulation of new rules and regulations. City Manager Ray Riley said the City of Beaumont believes our Solid Waste Department to be the best in the state for delivery of services to citizens and that their success in winning so many honors state-wide with their peers is further indication of their level of competency. -000- Mayor Pro Tem Alter announced that an Executive Session will be held following the Workshop Session in accordance with Section 2 (e) of the Texas Open Meetings Act to discuss contemplated or pending litigation: Paul Van Slyke v. the City of Beaumont. -000- Citizen comment was invited on the Consent and Main Agendas. No one wished to address these items. -000- The following Consent Agenda items were considered: Approval of the Minutes of the regular City Council session held October 27, 1992 ; Resolution No. 92-309 appointing Randy White to the Airport Advisory Commission for a term expiring May 31, 1994 and Jeanne Mitchell to the Convention and Tourism Advisory Committee for a term expiring September 30, 1994 ; and reappointing Sally Stokes to the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee for a term expiring September 30, 1994 and Ann B. Heidtke to the Library Commission for a term expiring October 31, 1994 ; -249- November 10, 1992 V Resolution No. 92-310 authorizing purchase and delivery of 1, 170, 000 printed envelopes for use by the Water Utilities Department/Customer Service Division from Westvaco of Houston, Texas, in the amount of $11, 688.40; Resolution No. 92-311 authorizing purchase of four (4) copiers through the state Cooperative Purchasing Program from Texas Copy systems, Inc. of Austin for a total cost of $19,704. 00 for Water Production ($2,541. 00) , the Civic Center ($4, 192 . 00) , the Recycling Division ($4, 648.00) , and the Purchasing Division ($8,479. 00) ; Resolution No. 92-312 authorizing acceptance of a 12' water line easement, approximately 520 feet south of Bluebonnet Street on the east side of Major Drive, out of the Hezekiah Williams League from Howard G. Nichols, Sr. for construction of newly acquired right-of-way of FM 364/Major Drive due to proposed street improvements and to better serve Gladys West Subdivision; Resolution No. 92-313 rescinding action of Resolution No. 92-301 and authorizing acceptance of a 16' water line easement out of Lots 2 and 3, Block 4 of the French Subdivision from All Saints Episcopal School; Resolution No. 92-314 declining dedication of the western part of Lot 1, Block 10 of the Caldwood Addition for public park purposes from Tyrrell- Combest Realty Company as offered by a document dated July 28, 1932, but never formally accepted; and Resolution No. 92-315 authorizing settlement of the lawsuit styled Brenda Galles vs. the City of Beaumont in the amount of Nine Thousand Six Hundred and no/100 Dollars ($9, 600. 00) . The Consent Agenda was approved on a motion made by Councilman Cokinos and seconded by Councilman Samuel. Question: Ayes: All Nayes: None -000- Ordinance No. 92-78 approving the 1992 Jefferson County Certified Tax Roll showing Beaumont's gross value of property to be $3, 332,956, 130. 00 after various exemptions and reductions, the net taxable property value to be $2,986, 049. 120. 00 for an anticipated tax revenue to the City of Beaumont in the amount of $18, 513, 505. 35 after applying the ad valorem tax rate of $0. 62 per $100 assessed property value (apportioned at $0. 35- -General Fund and $0. 27--Debt Service, about 24% of the overall tax rate of all taxing agencies totaling $2. 54) , was considered: -250- November 10, 1992 e ORDINANCE NO. 92-78 ENTITLED AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING AND APPROVING THE APPRAISAL ROLL INCLUDING THE AMOUNT OF TAX AS SUBMITTED BY THE TAX ASSESSOR- COLLECTOR OF THE CITY OF BEAUMONT FOR THE TAX YEAR 1992 ; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR REPEAL. Ordinance No. 92-78 was approved on a motion made by Councilman Smith and seconded by Councilman Moore. Question: Ayes: All Nayes: None -000- Resolution No. 92-316 authorizing purchase of computer equipment from IBM Corporation of Beaumont in the amount of $44, 151. 00: six (6) IBM color display units to be used by the Police Department's 911 dispatch office at $911. 00 each for a total of $5,466. 00 -- eleven (11) IBM color display units at $911.00 each, four (4) 9600 baud modems at $3, 007.50 each, four (4) DSU/CSU modems at $1,597.50 each and four (4) port controllers at $2,561. 00 each, to be used for installation of the Fire Department's recently purchased communication system and fire records management software that will allow access to the AS/400 mainframe computer, for an expenditure of $38, 685. 00 for the Fire Department, was approved on a motion made by Councilman Moore and seconded by Councilman Goodson. Question: Ayes: All Nayes: None -000- Resolution No. 92-317 authorizing, on behalf of the people of the City of Beaumont, Texas, an invitation to the government and people of the City of Tartu, Estonia to participate with the City of Beaumont as its Sister City for the purposes of broadening our cultural and societal knowledge, creating greater mutual understanding and cultural and economic exchange programs between the peoples of these two great cities and nations was approved on a motion made by Councilman Smith and seconded by Councilman Samuel. Question: Ayes: All Nayes: None Councilman Smith added that Dr. Blanchard at Lamar University has already established a relationship with the University of Tartu and that Lamar students will be going to Tartu during the Spring semester. -000- - Resolution authorizing a ten-year contract, effective December 31, -251- November 10, 1992 4 1992 through December 31, 2002, with Coca-Cola Bottling Company for exclusive beverage advertising privileges on the message center of the Main Street marquee, on signs located at the Beaumont Civic Center, Julie Rogers Theatre, Jefferson Theatre, Fairpark Coliseum, and the Harvest Club with equal payments of $11, 000. 00 for five years beginning December 31, 1992, was considered. Councilmembers questioned the right of other beverage companies to advertise and/or participate in food and drink events such as the Taste of the Triangle or Neches River Festival, length of the contract, and suggested that Staff survey and report back with the number of events that might be impacted. Council unanimously agreed to defer action on this item for additional information on a motion made by Councilman Moore and seconded by Councilman Goodson. The City Manager said the requested supplementary information could be obtained for Council, and no vote was taken. -000- Resolution No. 92-318 authorizing submission of a grant application in the amount of $50, 000. 00 and, as a recipient, execution of an interlocal agreement with the Texas Water Commission for the development of a Do-it-Yourself Used Oil Recycling Program, an option recommended in the Clean Cities 2000 proposal, was approved on a motion made by Councilman Smith and seconded by Councilman Goodson. Question: Ayes: All Nayes: None -000- Resolution No. 92-319 authorizing Change Order No. 1 to the contract with Crain Brothers, Inc. for construction of a 900 acre Artificial Wetlands Wastewater Treatment system to modify five (5) items of work to fit existing conditions on the site, add four (4) items of work that were overlooked during design and have become necessary to complete the project, and delete three (3) items of work because of changes in site conditions, for a net reduction of $39,829 .22 and revised contract amount of $8,821, 332 .78, was approved on a motion made by Councilman Smith and seconded by Councilman Goodson. Question: Ayes: All Nayes: None -000- Councilman Smith reported that the problem with dump trucks traveling from the sand pit has been resolved. After meetings with the Board of the Beaumont Foundation, part of the United Way organization, they have agreed to close the sand pit. Councilman Goodson said that "Sunday in the Park, " sponsored by the Best Years Center and the Southeast Texas Arts Council was very enjoyable and -252- November 10, 1992 that Mayor Pro Tem Alter's very talented daughter played the violin. Councilman Moore commented on the outstanding voter turnout last week in our area for the national election, expressed a desire that the interest will carry over to local elections, complimented City Staff for their role in preparing the very exciting 1992 Babe Zaharias Female Amateur Athlete Award Banquet at the Civic Center last night. Mayor Pro Tem. Alter echoed Councilman Moore's comments, said his precinct reported a 40% turnout for early voting and a strong turnout on election day, said he thought last night's banquet was outstanding and complimented Staff, particularly Jef Russell, Laura Hayes, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Advisory Committee, and encouraged everyone to stop by and look at a program to see the number of prominent people from all over the country serving on the nominating and selection committee for this very unique award. -000- Mrs. James "Annie L. " Sanders, 2765 Edmonds Street, addressed Council to complain about ditches in her neighborhood being dug too deeply in order to alleviate drainage problems on Fourth Street. She said they would not only be unsightly, but dangerous, and asked for consideration with the problem if the City should decide to install drainage pipes. Mr. Henry Dannenbaum, 1567 Wall Street, addressed Council to congratulate Mr. Jimmy Cokinos for his election as County Commissioner. -000- Mayor Pro Tem. Alter reported that Riverfront Park II was dedicated at 11:30 a.m. today with Councilman Cokinos, the City Manager, Parks and Recreation Director Luke Jackson, Bill Miranda from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, Walter Umphrey from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission and the challenge classes from the second grade at Fletcher Elementary and Dunbar Elementary in attendance and extended an invitation to visit the completed project. -000- There being no further 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 November 10, 1992. Rosemarie Chiappetta City Clerk -253- November 10, 1992