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MIN JAN 25 2005 M I N U T E S - CITY OF BEAUMONT Lulu L. Smith,Ward I EVELYN M. LORD, MAYOR Nancy Beaulieu,Ward II Andrew P. Cokinos,At-Large CITY COUNCIL MEETING Becky Ames, Mayor Pro Tern Bobbie J. Patterson,Ward III January 25,2005 Audwin Samuel,Ward IV Tyrone E. Cooper, City Attorney Kyle Hayes, City Manager Rose Ann Jones, City Clerk The City Council of the City of Beaumont, Texas, met in a regular session on January 25,2005,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 and Recognition Public Comment: Persons may speak on scheduled agenda items 1-10/Consent Agenda Consent Agenda Mayor Lord called the council meeting to order at 1:30 p.m. Item B has been removed from the Consent Agenda and will be voted on separately. Item 1 on the Agenda has been deferred until a later time. Pastor FrankAlegria of the First United Methodist Church gave the invocation. City Attorney,Tyrone Cooper, led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was made by Rose Ann Jones, City Clerk. Present at the meeting were Mayor Lord,Mayor Pro Tem Ames,Councilmembers Smith, Beaulieu, Cokinos, Patterson and Samuel. Also present were Kyle Hayes,City Manager;Tyrone Cooper,City Attorney; Rose Ann Jones, City Clerk. Proclamations, Presentations, Recognitions None Public Comment: Persons may speak on scheduled agenda items 2-10/Consent Agenda. None CONSENT AGENDA Approval of minutes - Minutes of January 11, 2005 Confirmation of committee appointments - Resolution 05-017 Glenn Bodwin would be reappointed to the Planning Commission. The current term would expire August 31, 2006. (Councilman Audwin Samuel) - Resolution 05-016 Minutes-January 25,2005 Miriam Johnson would be reappointed to the Convention and Tourism Advisory Committee. The current term would expire December 2,2006. (Mayor Pro-Tem Becky Ames)-Resolution 05-016 George Crawford would be reappointed to the Convention and Tourism Advisory Committee. The current term would expire October 14, 2006. (Councilmember Nancy Beaulieu) Greg Wall,Architect,would be appointed to the Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals. The term would commence January 25, 2005 and expire January 24, 2010. (Mayor Evelyn M. Lord) Sina Nejad, Engineer,would be appointed to the Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals. The term would commence January 25,2005 and expire January 24,2009. (Mayor Evelyn M. Lord) Raymond Noak, Plumbing and Heating,would be appointed to the Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals. The term would commence January 25,2005 and expire January 24,2008. (Mayor Evelyn M. Lord) Lee Acevedo,Electrician,would be appointed to the Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals. The term would commence January 25,2005 and expire January 24,2007. (Mayor Evelyn M. Lord) Gene Van Meter-Electrician, would be appointed as an alternate to the Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals. The term would commence January 25,2005 and expire January 24,2010. (Mayor Evelyn M. Lord) Tom Neild-General Contractor,would be appointed as an alternate to the Board of Adjustment and Appeals. The term would commence January 25,2005 and expire January 24,2010. (Mayor Evelyn M. Lord) R. D. Carrington would be appointed to the Martin Luther King,Jr. Parkway Commission. The term would commence January 25, 2005 and expire January 24, 2007. (Councilmember Lulu Smith) Rachel Hebert would be appointed to the Community Development Advisory Committee. The term would commence January 25, 2005 and expire January 24, 2007. (Mayor Evelyn M. Lord) Raymond Ambres would be reappointed to the Community Development Advisory Committee. The current term would expire December 18, 2006. (Mayor Evelyn M. Lord) Tracy Richardson, County Historical Commission,would be reappointed to the Historic Landmark Commission. The current term would expire January 15, 2006. (Mayor Evelyn M. Lord) Phillip Long, Architect, would be reappointed to the Historic Landmark Commission. The current term would expire August 31, 2006. (Mayor Evelyn M. Lord) Pat Avery would be reappointed to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. The current term would expire January 6, 2007. (Mayor Evelyn M. Lord) Reverend Frank Alegria would be appointed to the Community Development Advisory Committee. The term would commence January 25,2005 and expire January 24,2007. (Mayor Evelyn M.Lord) Page 2 of 12 Minutes-January 25,2005 Justin Howard would be reappointed as an alternate to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. The current term would expire January 6, 2007. (Mayor Evelyn M. Lord) Sam Pullig would be reappointed as an alternate to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. The current term would expire January 13, 2007. (Mayor Evelyn M. Lord) Shaheen Farah would be appointed as Chairman of the Historic Landmark Commission. The term would commence January 25, 2005 and expire January 24, 2006. (Mayor Evelyn M. Lord) Bill Yoes,Attorney,would be reappointed to the Historic Landmark Commission. The current term would expire December 30, 2006. (Mayor Evelyn M. Lord) Bill Yoes would be appointed as Vice-Chairman of the Historic Landmark Commission. The term would commence January 25, 2005 and expire January 24, 2006. (Mayor Evelyn M. Lord) Frank Messina would be appointed as Chairman of the Convention and Tourism Advisory Committee. The term would commence January 25, 2005 and expire January 24, 2006. (Mayor Evelyn M. Lord) George Crawford would be appointed as Vice-Chairman of the Convention and Tourism Advisory Committee. The term would commence January 25, 2005 and expire January 24, 2006. (Mayor Evelyn M. Lord) Reverend David Robinson would be reappointed to the Martin Luther King,Jr. Parkway Commission. The current term would expire November 27, 2006. (Mayor Evelyn M. Lord) Brooks Goodhue would be appointed as Vice-Chairman of the Community Development Advisory Committee. The term would commence January 25, 2005 and expire January 24, 2006. (Mayor Evelyn M. Lord) A) Amend Resolution No. 04-282 changing compensation salary to$250 per session- Resolution 05-018 B) Amend Section 16-9 and 16-14 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Beaumont related to the Beaumont Public Library System -[Removed from consent agenda; voted on separately] C) Approve the sale of City-owned surplus property - Resolution 05-019 D) Authorize the City Manager to execute a subordination agreement on a deferred payment loan for rehabilitation performed on a home located at 2355 San Jacinto Street - Resolution 05-020 E) Authorize the granting of a Pipeline License Agreement with Mission Resources Corporation to cross Helbig Road and Piney Point Lane - Resolution 05-021 F) Approve a resolution to allow Hibernia National Bankto pledge a securityas collateral for City accounts - Resolution 05-022 Page 3 of 12 Minutes-January 25,2005 G) Authorize the execution of a License to Encroach Agreement with Ohmstede Ltd.,on the City's right-of-way on North Pearl, Hazel and North Streets for the installation of three (3) groundwater monitoring wells - Resolution 05-023 H) Authorize the acceptance of three(3)general utility easements and three(3)exclusive water line easements in the area of Fourteenth Street and Harrison Avenue - Resolution 05-024 Councilmember Smith moved to approve the Consent Agenda with the exclusion of Item B. Mayor Pro Tern Ames seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR LORD, MAYOR PRO TEM AMES, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, BEAULIEU, COKINOS, PATTERSON AND SAMUEL NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED B) Amend Section 16-9 and 16-14 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Beaumont related to the Beaumont Public Library System - Ordinance 05-011 Councilmember Beaulieu made a motion to ADOPT ORDINANCE 05-011 AMENDING CHAPTER 16 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES TO AMEND SECTION 16-9 DEALING WITH NONRESIDENT FEES AND A PROCESSING FEE AND SECTION 16-14 TO DELETE FILMS AND FILMSTRIPS NO LONGER CIRCULATED AND CHANGE THE LOAN PERIOD FOR COMPACT DISCS AND ADD AUDIO BOOKS; PROVIDING FOR A PENALTY; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Councilmember Smith seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR LORD, MAYOR PRO TEM AMES, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, BEAULIEU, COKINOS, PATTERSON AND SAMUEL NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED GENERAL BUSINESS 1. Consider approving a request to change the name of Fletcher Mini Park to Cesar E. Chavez Park Item was deferred. 2. Consider approving a resolution to accept the Downtown Improvements Orleans Street (Crockettto Wall Street)Interlocking Concrete Brick Pavers Project,approve Change Order No. 3 and authorize final payment - Resolution 05-025 Page 4 of 12 Minutes-January 25,2005 Administration recommended acceptance of the Project,approval of Change Order No. 3 in the amount of($112,751.71), and authorize final payment to ALLCO, Ltd. in the amount of$87,637.67. On May 5,2003,the City Council awarded ALLCO,Ltd.the contract forthe Downtown Improvements Orleans Street (Crockett to Wall Street) Interlocking Concrete Brick Pavers Project for an amount of$929,258.71. Change Orders No. 1 and 2 were issued decreasing the contract amount by $6,684.70. Due to a decrease in the construction item quantities, Change Order No. 3 in the amount of($112,751.71) is required to adjust the estimated quantities during the performance of the project, decreasing the contract amount to $809,822.30. The MBE participation in the performance of the contract totals $156,547.14, representing 19.33% of the final contract amount. Councilmember Smith made a motion to APPROVE RESOLUTION 05-025THATTHE CITY MANAGER BE,AND HE IS HEREBYAUTHORIZED,TO EXECUTE CHANGE ORDER NO. 3 TO THE DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENTS ORLEANS STREET (CROCKETT TO WALL STREET) INTERLOCKING CONCRETE BRICK PAVERS PROJECT IN THE AMOUNT OF ($112,751.71) WHICH IS REQUIRED TO ADJUST THE ESTIMATED QUANTITIES DURING THE PERFORMANCE OF THE PROJECT DECREASING THE CONTRACT AMOUNT TO$809,822.30. THE PROJECT, AS STATED, BE AND THE SAME IS HEREBY ACCEPTED AND THE CITY MANAGER BE AND IS HEREBYAUTHORIZED TO MAKE FINAL PAYMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF$87,637.67 TO ALLCO LTD. Mayor Pro Tern Ames seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR LORD, MAYOR PRO TEM AMES, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, BEAULIEU, COKINOS, PATTERSON AND SAMUEL NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED 3. Consider amending Section 21-75 of the Code of Ordinances related to positions in the Police Department - Ordinance 05-012 Administration recommended an amendment to Municipal Ordinance 99-45,Section 21-75 increasing Grade I positions from 195 to 198 and reducing the Grade II positions from 47 to 44. As of December 31, 2004, Grade 11 Sergeants Michael Sheffield, Jerry Hecht, and Edward McDonald retired. In keeping with the reorganization within the Police Department that began with the October 1997 collective bargaining agreement, a reduction of the Grade II position is needed. By reducing this position and increasing the Grade I position,this will accurately reflect the current organization of the Police Department as well as allow the utilization of the police specialist positions. The annual pay forthree Grade II Sergeants is$171,612. The current annual pay for three Grade I Patrolmen is $111,060 which reflects a positive impact of$60,552. Page 5 of 12 Minutes-January 25,2005 Councilmember Smith made a motion tO ADOPT ORDINANCE 05-012 AMENDING SECTION 21-75 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES TO AMEND THE GRADE I AND GRADE II POSITIONS IN THE BEAUMONT POLICE DEPARTMENT;PROVIDING FORSEVERABILITYAND PROVIDING FOR REPEAL. Councilmember Beaulieu seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR LORD, MAYOR PRO TEM AMES, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, BEAULIEU, COKINOS, PATTERSON AND SAMUEL NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED 4. Consider approving the purchase of two (2) cab and chassis trucks with a refuse collection body and a knuckle boom loader for use in the Public Works Department- Resolution 05-026 Administration recommended the purchase of two(2)cab and chassis equipped with a refuse collection body and a knuckle boom loaderforthe Public Works Department, Clean Community Division through the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) cooperative purchasing program. The tracks will be used forthe residential collection of heavy trash and yard waste. The H-GAC contracted vendor is Lone Star Truck Center of Houston. The cost of both vehicles including the H-GAC administrative fee of$600 is $300,170. Units 3227 and 3229, 1992 GMC grappler trucks,will be replaced. The units will be disposed of according to the City's surplus property disposal policies. The newtrucks will be delivered in 19-120 days. Funds are available for this purchase in the Solid Waste Fund. Councilmember Cokinos made a motion to APPROVE RESOLUTION 05-026 FOR THE PURCHASE OF TWO(2)CAB AND CHASSIS TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH A REFUSE COLLECTION BODY AND A KNUCKLE BOOM LOADER FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, CLEAN COMMUNITY DIVISION, THROUGH THE HOUSTON-GALVESTON AREA COUNCIL (H-GAC) COOPERATIVE PURCHASING PROGRAM IN THE AMOUNT OF$300,170. Councilmember Smith seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR LORD, MAYOR PRO TEM AMES, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, BEAULIEU, COKINOS, PATTERSON AND SAMUEL NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED 5. Consider approving the purchase of one(1)54,000 lb.track hoe for use in the Public Works Department - Resolution 05-027 Page 6 of 12 Minutes-January 25,2005 Administration recommended the purchase of one (1) 54,000 lb. track hoe with a Helac power tilt attachment from Waukesha-Pearce Industries, Inc. of Port Arthur, Texas in the amount of$171,327. The track hoe will be used by the Streets and Drainage Division in the maintenance of outfall ditches. The track hoe can be driven off road for excavating, digging and installing large diameter pipe or concrete boxes in underground drainage systems. The three (3) bids received are as follow: Four Seasons Equipment Houston, TX $154,619 Waukesha-Pearce Industries Port Arthur, TX $171,327 Mustang Tractor& Equipment Beaumont, TX $191,899 The apparent low bid submitted by Four Seasons Equipment does not meet specifications. The Hyundai unit bid does not meet the minimum horsepower(HP)or the digging depth requirements. Waukesha-Pearce Industries submitted the lowest bid meeting specifications. Delivery of the unit will be in 30-45 days. The new unit will replace unit 5102,a 1990 Linkbelt excavator,which will be disposed of according to the City's surplus property disposal policies. Funds are budgeted in the Capital Reserve Fund for this expenditure. Councilmember Beaulieu made a motion to APPROVE RESOLUTION 05-027 THAT THE BID IN THE AMOUNT OF$171,327 SUBMITTED BY WAUKESHA-PEARCE INDUSTRIES,PORT ARTHUR,TEXAS,FOR THE PURCHASE OF ONE(1)54,000 LB. TRACK HOE FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, STREETS AND DRAINAGE DIVISION BE ACCEPTED BY THE CITY OF BEAUMONT. Councilmember Smith seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR LORD, MAYOR PRO TEM AMES, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, BEAULIEU, COKINOS, PATTERSON AND SAMUEL NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED 6. Consider authorizing the City Managerto execute a professional services contract with Smith,Jackson, Boyer&Bovard to conduct a forensic examination of the Southeast Texas Community Development Corporation - Resolution 05-028 Administration recommended that City Council authorize the City Managerto execute a professional services contract with Smith, Jackson, Boyer & Bovard of Dallas, Texas, to conduct a forensic examination of the Southeast Texas Community Development Corporation, Inc. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development("HUD")has requested the cityto conduct a formal review of HOME compliance forall SETCDC contracts with the Page 7 of 12 city. A similar request was made by HUD to the City of Port Arthur. In order to be Minutes-January 25,2005 more cost effective, HUD has also suggested that the cities consider a joint review. A preliminary proposal by the auditing firm limits the total cost to$6,000,which will be proportionately charged to each city. Funding is available from 2003 HOME Administration funds. Councilmember Smith made a motion to APPROVE RESOLUTION 05-028 THAT THE CITY MANAGER BE AND IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO SIGN AN AGREEMENT FOR FORENSIC AUDIT OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (SETCDC)TO BE CONDUCTED BY SMITH, JACKSON, BOYER&BOYARD AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT THE COSTS FOR THE AUDIT ARE TO BE SHARED AS ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE CITIES OF BEAUMONT AND PORTARTHUR,TEXAS. Mayor Pro Tern Ames seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR LORD, MAYOR PRO TEM AMES, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, BEAULIEU, COKINOS, PATTERSON AND SAMUEL NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED 7. Consider amending Section 21-6(a)(1)of the Code of Ordinance to provide a change in vacation schedule for full-time civilian employees - Ordinance 05-013 Administration recommended Council consider amending Section 21-6(a)(1)of the Code of Ordinances to provide a change in vacation accruals for full-time civilian employees effective January 31, 2005. The Administration requests approval of amending Section 21-6 (a) (1) to allow a change in vacation accruals for regular full-time civilian employees as follows: Full Years of Service Hrs Per Pay Period Hrs Per Year Wks Per Yr. 0 through 4 3.08 80 2 5 through 14 4.62 120 3 15 through 23 6.15 160 4 24+ 7.69 200 5 Currently,vacation leave begins to accrue upon employment but may not be taken until completion of one year of service. The Administration also proposes changing the 12- month requirement to six-months which will provide employees with six to twelve months'service the opportunityto take vacation without a loss of salary. At six months, employees will have accrued approximately 40 hours vacation. The City of Beaumont's vacation accrual schedule currently has 10 steps. When comparing the vacation schedule to that of similar size cities such as Abilene, Pasadena, Waco and Carrollton, it is apparent that our existing schedule is more complicated and requires a much longer period for Beaumont employees to receive increased vacation. At the present time, civilian employees receive three weeks of vacation after 12 years of service,fourweeks after 21 years of service and five weeks Page S of 12 Minutes-January 25,2005 after 30 years of service. While all cities have differing vacation schedules, the Administration believes the current schedule is confusing and should be simplified and amended to allow employees to receive more vacation days earlier in their career. Employees cannot carry over more than 240 hours into a new calendar year.After 12 months of consecutive service,employees are paid for all vacation hours accumulated at the time of termination. Mayor Pro Tern Ames made a motion to ADOPT ORDINANCE 05-013 AMENDING CHAPTER 21,SECTIONS 21-6(a)(1)AND 21-6(a) (3) (d) OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF BEAUMONT TO AMEND THE NUMBER OF FULL-TIME CIVILIAN CITY EMPLOYEE VACATION DAYS AND THE AVAILABILITY OF VACATION DAYS EFFECTIVE JANUARY 31, 2005; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL; AND PROVIDING A PENALTY. Councilmember Smith seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR LORD, MAYOR PRO TEM AMES, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, BEAULIEU, COKINOS, PATTERSON AND SAMUEL NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED 8. Consider amending Section 21-6(a)(2)of the Code of Ordinance to provide a change in personal leave for newly hired full-time civilian employees - Ordinance 05-014 Administration recommended approval of amending Section 21-6 (a) (2)to allow a change in personal leave for regular full-time civilian employees that will provide two days personal leave to be available upon employment with the City. Providing employees two personal leave days upon employment will allow their salary to continue in the event they become ill or need to take off workforpersonal business.Otherwise, they would be off without pay. This would result in loss of salary and loss of vacation and personal leave accrual. Policy requires employees to be paid f6r80 hours in order to earn leave for that pay period. Councilmember Beaulieu made a motion to ADOPT ORDINANCE 05-014 AMENDING CHAPTER 21, SECTION 21-6 (a) (2) OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BEAUMONT TO PROVIDE FOR THE AVAILABILITY OF PERSONAL LEAVE FOR NEWLY HIRED REGULAR FULL-TIME CIVILIAN CITY EMPLOYEES EFFECTIVE JANUARY 31, 2005; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL; AND PROVIDING A PENALTY. Councilmember Smith seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR LORD, MAYOR PRO TEM AMES, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, BEAULIEU, COKINOS, PATTERSON AND SAMUEL NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED Page 9 of 12 Minutes-January 25,2005 9. Consider approving a request to abandon part of Bowie Street between Avenue C, Kansas City Southern Railroad right-of-way and Blocks 51 and 60, Van Wormer Addition and the 20'alleyway in Block 51,Van WormerAddition-Ordinance 05-015 Administration recommended approval of the request to abandon part of Bowie Street between Avenue C,Kansas City Southern Railroad right-of-way and Blocks 51 and 60, Van WormerAddition and the 20'alleyway in Block 51,Van WormerAddition,subject to the retention of an easement or moving any utilities at the applicant's expense. Oilquip, Inc. is leasing the properties on both sides of this section of Bowie and the alley. Due to the planned future growth and development of the company in Beaumont, they are requesting the abandonment of these two rights-of-way. Both this section of Bowie and the alley are unimproved. This item was sent to all interested parties. No negative responses were received. At a Regular Meeting held October 18,2004,the Planning Commission voted 9:0 to approve the request to abandon part of Bowie Street between Avenue C,Kansas City Southern Railroad right-of-way and Blocks 51 and 60,Van WormerAddition and the 20'alleyway in Block 51,Van WormerAddition,subject to an agreement between the applicant and Entergy concerning the moving of the pole. Councilmember Smith made a motion to ADOPT ORDINANCE 05-015 ABANDONING PART OF BOWIE STREET BETWEEN AVENUE C, KANSAS CITY SOUTHERN RAILROAD RIGHT-OF- WAY AND BLOCKS 51 AND 60,VAN WORMER ADDITION AND THE 20'ALLEYWAY IN BLOCK 51, VAN WORMER ADDITION IN THE CITY OF BEAUMONT. Councilmember Beaulieu seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR LORD, MAYOR PRO TEM AMES, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, BEAULIEU, COKINOS, PATTERSON AND SAMUEL NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED 10. Consider approving the purchase of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus(SCBA)and air cylinders for the Fire Department - Resolution 05-029 Administration recommended the purchase of twelve(12)SCBA units and air cylinders from Dooley Tackaberry, Inc. of Deer Park, TX for $48,065.40. The SCBA breathing mask and aircylinders are used to provide a safe supply of fresh airto firefighters while working in hazardous environments. The air cylinders provide forty-five(45)minutes of compressed breathing airwhich flows into the firefighter's full- face SCBA breathing mask. Councilmember Cokinos made a motion to APPROVE RESOLUTION 05-029 THAT THE BID SUBMITTED IN THE AMOUNT OF$48,065.40 BY DOOLEY TACKABERRY, INC OF DEER PARK,TEXAS FOR THE PURCHASE OF SELF CONTAINED BREATHING APPARATUS(SCBA) ANDAIR CYLINDERS FORTHE FIRE DEPARTMENT BE ACCEPTED BYTHE CITY OF BEAUMONT. Councilmember Beaulieu seconded the motion. Page 10 of 12 Minutes-January 25,2005 AYES: MAYOR LORD, MAYOR PRO TEM AMES, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, BEAULIEU, COKINOS, PATTERSON AND SAMUEL NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED WORKSESSION Review and discuss proposed changes to the Code of Ordinances related to Dangerous Structures and the condemnation process Postponed until next meeting. Discuss the future plans for MLK Park - Start: 1:50 p.m. End: 1:55 p.m. City Manager,Kyle Hayes conducted the workshop. Discussion was held among the Councilmembers regarding the location and future needs of the MLK Park. TxDOT and the City of Beaumont are currently working on a joint agreement forthe use of the land owned by the State. Future plans for the park included design development to include a parking lot, sidewalks, park benches and landscaping. COUNCILMEMBER COMMENTS COUNCILMEMBER COKINOS - NONE COUNCILMEMBER BEAULIEU - NONE COUNCILMEMBER SMITH - NONE CITY MANAGER HAYES - NONE CITY ATTORNEY COOPER - NONE COUNCILMEMBER PATTERSON - NONE COUNCILMEMBER SAMUEL - WAS IMPRESSED WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND THEIR ADVISORY ABOUT THE PROPER WAY AND AMOUNT OF TIME TO WASH YOUR HANDS TO HELP PREVENT THE SPREADING OF GERMS MAYOR PRO TEM AMES - CONGRATULATED MAYOR LORD ON RECEIVING THE FRANCIS MONK AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP AT THE SOUTHEAST TEXAS REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION ANNUAL BANQUET MAYOR LORD - STATED THAT IT WAS VERY NICE TO RECEIVE SUCH AN AWARD ESPECIALLY NAMED AFTER A VERY FINE WOMAN WHOM SHE ADMIRED; FRANCIS MONK IS NOW DECEASED AND WAS A FORMER MAYOR OF PORT NECHES Page 11 of 12 Minutes-January 25,2005 Public Comments (Persons are limited to three minutes) LeRoy Lewis III 7866 Gladys Beaumont TX Ideas for City Council included a thank you to Ms. Delores Davis of the Youth Rescue Mission, the continued need for better street drainage,more police patrols,care for homeless citizens, need for more jobs for City residents as well as other related matters Dr. Frank Alegria 701 Calder Street Beaumont TX Feels that if each person would try their best and reach out to be a contributor to our community,encourage and pray for one another,work hard,support our leaders as decisions are made, Beaumont would become a richer and better place to live Roberto C. Flores 2425 Buchanan Beaumont TX Feels that the request for renaming of Fletcher Mini-Park has received unfair treatment John Guidry 2830 St. James Beaumont TX Questions about the red tagging of houses while work is being completed Allen Lee 5095 Maddox Street Beaumont TX Feels that the renaming of Fletcher Mini-Park should be given proper consideration and that the Beaumont Civic Center should be promoted and not destroyed for future expansion EXECUTIVE SESSION Consider matters related to contemplated or pending litigation in accordance with Section 551.071 of the Government Code: City Magistrate Craig Lively There being no action taken in Executive Session, Council adjourned. Audio tapes are available upon request in the City Clerk's Office. Evelyn M. L rd, Mayor M 41 s i& ( � e low Rose Ann Jones, MC City Clerk Page 12 of 12 Minutes-January 25,2005