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MIN MAY 29 2007 M I N U T E S - CITY OF BEAUMONT W.L. Pate,Jr.At-Large BECKY AMES, MAYOR Gethrel Williams-Wright,At-Large Lulu L. Smith,Ward I CITY COUNCIL MEETING Nancy Beaulieu, Mayor Pro Tern,Ward II Audwin Samuel,Ward III May 29,2007 Bobbie J. Patterson,Ward IV Tyrone E. Cooper, City Attorney Kyle Hayes, City Manager Tina Broussard, Interim City Clerk The City Council of the City of Beaumont, Texas, met in a regular session on May 29, 2007, 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 1-8/Consent Agenda Consent Agenda Mayor Ames called the council meeting to order at 1:30 p.m. Mayor Pro Tern Beaulieu gave the invocation. Mayor Ames led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was made by Angela Thomas, Administrative Assistant to the City Manager. Present at the meeting were Mayor Ames, Mayor Pro Tern Beaulieu, Councilmembers Smith, Wright, and Pate. Absent: Councilmember Samuel (arrived at 2:02p.m.), Councilmember Patterson (arrived at 2:19 p.m), Interim City Clerk, Tina Broussard. Also present were Kyle Hayes, City Manager, Tyrone Cooper, City Attorney,Angela Thomas,Administrative Assistant to the City Manager. Proclamations, Presentations, Recognitions None Announcement: Everyone is invited to attend a reception honoring the outgoing Elected Officials of the Beaumont City Council, at the newly renovated Julie Rogers Theatre, Thursday, May 31, 2007 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Mayor Ames read the announcement regarding the Executive Session to be held at the conclusion of the General Business portion of the meeting. Public Comment: Persons may speak on scheduled agenda items 1-8/Consent Agenda. None CONSENT AGENDA Approval of minutes - May 22, 2007 Minutes-May 29,2007 Confirmation of committee appointments - None A) Authorize the City Manager to apply for and receive funding through the Target 2007 National Night Out Grant - Resolution 07-145 B) Authorize the City Manager to maintain and/or update memorandums of agreement with St. Elizabeth Hospital, Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital, Sabine Tabernacle,American Legion and Beaumont Preservation Partners who are providing shelter and support facilities for City of Beaumont personnel and equipment during emergency operations - Resolution 07-146 C) Authorize the City Manager to sign a memorandum of agreement with the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) which is assisting with transportation, manpower, facility and communications support during emergency operations - Resolution 07-147 D) Authorize the City Manager to apply for and receive a portable Video Surveillance system through the Department of Homeland Security Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP) - Resolution 07-148 E) Authorize the City Manager to maintain a memorandum of agreement with the Port of Beaumont for communications support and tactical response during emergency operations - Resolution 07-149 F) Authorize the City Manager to sign a memorandum of agreement with the Federal Bureau of Prisons to provide canine support during prison escapes and other canine assistance if necessary - Resolution 07-150 G) Authorize the City Manager to sign a memorandum of agreement with Southwestern Bell Telephone, L.P. (AT&T Texas) for the use of 220 Main Street building for the City of Beaumont as an alternate Emergency Operations Center (EOC) - Resolution 07-151 H) Authorize the City Manager to execute a Lease Agreement with C. Sherman S. Parker, LLC (Landlord) - Resolution 07-152 1) Approve a request to acquire additional Public Safety software modules for the Police Department from their current software vendor, SunGard HTE OSSI, Inc.-Resolution 07- 153 Councilmember Smith made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. Mayor Pro Tern Beaulieu seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR AMES, MAYOR PRO TEM BEAULIEU, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, WRIGHT,AND PATE NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED Page 2 of 12 Minutes-May 29,2007 GENERAL BUSINESS 1. Consider approving a resolution naming Dr. Lulu Smith as the Ambassador to the Arts for the City of Beaumont- Resolution 07-154 The Administration recommended approval of the City Council adopting the resolution. Dr. Lulu Smith has served as the Ward I Councilmember for more than 20 years. She has been instrumental in countless projects over the years and too many to list; however, she has had a special passion for the Arts and ensuring they remain a vibrant part of this community. As Ambassador to the Arts, Dr. Smith would represent the City on the boards of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Texas Energy Museum and Jefferson Theatre Preservation Society. Dr. Smith would report periodically, as needed, to the City Council relating to the progress of these organizations and their needs. Dr. Smith would serve as Ambassador to the Arts on a voluntary bases for a one-year term and to be renewed at the discretion of the Mayor on an annual basis. This item was placed on the agenda at the request of Mayor Becky Ames and Councilmember Nancy Beaulieu. Mayor Pro Tern Beaulieu moved to APPROVE RESOLUTION 07-154 THAT THE CITY COUNCIL HEREBY APPROVES NAMING DR.LULU SMITH AS THE AMBASSADOR TO THE ARTS FOR THE CITY OF BEAUMONT. DR. SMITH WOULD REPRESENT THE CITY ON BOARDS OF THE ARTS MUSEUM OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS,TEXAS ENERGY MUSEUM AND JEFFERSON THEATRE PRESERVATION SOCIETY FOR AN INITIAL TERM OF ONE YEAR,RENEWABLE ON AN ANNUAL BASIS ATTHE DISCRETION OF THE MAYOR. Councilmember Pate seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR AMES, MAYOR PRO TEM BEAULIEU, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, WRIGHT AND PATE NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED 2. Consider authorizing the City Manager to increase the Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation of Small Diameter Mains Contract-XII Project for"extra work"on Roberts Avenue and Fourth Street - Resolution 07-155 Administration recommended approval of increasing the Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation of Small Diameter Mains Contract-XI I Project amount by$92,925. The proposed changes to the contract will rehabilitate approximately 1640 linear feet of 10-inch sanitary sewer lines, remove and replace seven manholes in the street, televise 1640 linear feet of damaged lines, replace five service connections and increase the contract time by 60 calendar days. The additional days increases the total contract time to 375 calendar days. The existing sewer lines built in the 1950's have deteriorated and require major rehabilitation. The primary goals of the project are to restore the integrity of the sanitary sewer lines, restore the carrying capacity, provide customers with uninterrupted and adequate service. Funds for the project are available in the Capital Program. Page 3 of 12 Minutes-May 29,2007 Councilmember Smith made a motion to APPROVE RESOLUTION 07-155 THAT THE CITY MANAGER BE AND HE IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO EXECUTE CHANGE ORDER No.2 REQUIRED TO REHABILITATE APPROXIMATELY 1640 LINEAR FEET OF 10-INCH SANITARY SEWER LINES,REMOVE AND REPLACE SEVEN MACHINES IN THE STREET,TELEVISE 1640 LINEAR FEET OF DAMAGED LINES, POST TELEVISE 1640 LINEAR FEET OF REHABILITATED LINES,PERFORM CONSTRUCTION FLAGGING ON ROBERTS AVENUE AND FOURTH STREET,REPLACE FIVE SERVICE CONNECTIONS AND INCREASE THE CONTRACT TIME BY 60 CALENDAR DAYS THEREBY INCREASING THE TOTAL CONTRACT TIME TO 375 CALENDAR DAYS AND INCREASING THE CONTRACT AMOUNT BY $92,925 FOR A TOTAL AMOUNT OF$1,615,790 FOR THE SANITARY SEWER REHABILITATION OF SMALL DIAMETER MAINS CONTRACT-XII PROJECT. Mayor Pro Tern Beaulieu seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR AMES, MAYOR PRO TEM BEAULIEU, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, WRIGHT AND PATE NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED 3. Consider authorizing the City Manager to decrease the Rehabilitation of the Northwest Elevated Water Storage Tank at Lucas Street Project amount for adjustment of the scope of work and contract time - Resolution 07-156 Administration recommended approval of decreasing the Rehabilitation of the Northwest Elevated Water Storage Tank at Lucas Street Project amount by$38,680. The proposed changes to the contract will delete Additive Bid Item No. 1 (to pressure wash tank if soluble salt content is above 100 parts per million), delete 8,721 square feet of sodding and adjust contract time. The proposed deleted work and contract time adjustment will represent an overall decrease of 6.82% of the original contract amount. The primary goals of the project are to restore the integrity of the tank and meet State and Federal requirements. Funds for the project are available in the Capital Program. Councilmember Smith made a motion to APPROVE RESOLUTION 07-156 THAT THE CITY MANAGER BE AND HE IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO EXECUTE CHANGE ORDER No.4 IN THE AMOUNT OF ($38,680 DECREASING THE CONTRACT TO $538,645 FOR THE REHABILITATION OF THE NORTHWEST WATER STORAGE TANK AT THE LUCAS STREET PROJECT. Mayor Pro Tern Beaulieu seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR AMES, MAYOR PRO TEM BEAULIEU, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, WRIGHT AND PATE NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED 4. Consider authorizing the City Manager to increase the Water and Sanitary Sewer System Improvements IH-10 Frontage Road East Walden Road to Brooks Road Project amount for "extra work" - Resolution 07-157 Page 4 of 12 Minutes-May 29,2007 Administration recommended Administration recommends approval of increasing the Water and Sanitary Sewer System Improvements IH-10 Frontage Road East Walden Road to Brooks Road Project amount by$37,814.80. The proposed changes to the contract will install 10 linear feet of casing, perform additional saw cutting, remove and replace a manhole ring and cover with related appurtenances, install two 2-inch water services, install a 20x6 tee and 6-inch gate valve, install additional 12-inch fittings, remove and replace a 4-inch water service, delete the removal and replacement of manhole at Station 0+00. In addition, the following "extra work"will be added to the original contract: remove and replace 80 linearfeet of 20-inch water line with casing including trench backfilling, road patching, and traffic control at Brooks Road. The "extra work" will increase the contract time by 60 calendar days. The Water and Sanitary Sewer System Improvements IH-10 Frontage Road East Walden Road to Brooks Road Project will loop the water system serving Ford Park and properties on Major Drive, and provide water and sanitary sewer services to planned developments in the area. Funds for the project are available in the Capital Program. Councilmember Pate made a motion to APPROVE RESOLUTION 07-157 THAT THE CITY MANAGER BE AND HE IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO EXECUTE CHANGE ORDER NO. 1 IN THE AMOUNT OF $37,814.80 THEREBY INCREASING THE CONTRACT TO $1,325,442.80 FOR THE WATER AND SANITARY SEWER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS IH-10 FRONTAGE ROAD EAST WALDEN ROAD TO BROOKS ROAD PROJECT. Councilmember Smith seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR AMES, MAYOR PRO TEM BEAULIEU, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, WRIGHT AND PATE NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED 5. Consider authorizing the Beaumont Convention&Visitor's Bureau to receive grant monies from the Jefferson County Tourism Council for printing of the 2007-2008 regional visitor's guide - Resolution 07-158 Administration recommended approval to receive grant monies from the Jefferson County Tourism Council through the Jefferson County Hotel Occupancy tax in the amount of $90,000 to be used for production and printing costs of the 2007-2008 regional visitor's guide. The Convention&Visitor's Bureaus of Beaumont, PortArthur, Nederland, Port Neches and Groves, along with the Beaumont Enterprise, have collaborated together to promote tourism in the area, by developing the regional visitor's guide. The magazine is distributed throughout the state, region and cities, in an effort to promote tourism in Jefferson County. The 88 page visitor's guide is a free publication, consisting of information on museums, attractions, lodging,dining,shopping,and annual events in our area.The Jefferson County Tourism Council has agreed to provide grant monies in the sum of $90,000, to offset production costs for 150,000 magazines. Page 5 of 12 Minutes-May 29,2007 Mayor Pro Tern Beaulieu made a motion to APPROVE RESOLUTION 07-158 THAT DEAN CONWELL,EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE BEAUMONT CONVENTION 8&VISITORS BUREAU(CVB),BE AND IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO RECEIVE GRANT MONIES IN THE AMOUNT OF$90,000 FROM THE JEFFERSON COUNTY TOURISM COUNCIL FOR THE PRODUCTION AND PRINTING OF THE 2007-2008 REGIONAL VISITOR'S GUIDE. Councilmember Smith seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR AMES, MAYOR PRO TEM BEAULIEU, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, WRIGHT AND PATE NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED 6. Consider approving the purchase of four (4) excavators for use in the Water Utilities Department - Resolution 07-159 Administration recommends the award of a bid to United Rentals of Beaumont in the amount of$150,192 for the purchase of four (4) compact rubber track excavators for the Water Utilities Department. The small excavators, used daily in the repair and maintenance of sewer lines, are narrow in design for use in limited space conditions, such as alleys and rights-of-way in residential areas. The new excavators will be delivered within twenty-one (21) days of the order. United Rentals in Beaumont will perform all warranty work for the one (1) year warranty period. The replaced units will be disposed of according to the City's surplus property policies. Funds for this expenditure are available in the Water Utilities Fund in the amount of $150,192. Councilmember Smith made a motion to APPROVE RESOLUTION 07-159 THAT THE BID SUBMITTED BY UNITED RENTALS,BEAUMONT,TEXAS,FOR THE PURCHASE OF FOUR(4)TAJEUCHI TB135C,FOR THE WATER UTILITIES DEPARTMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF$37,548 EACH FOR A TOTAL AMOUNT OF $150,192 BY THE CITY OF BEAUMONT. Councilmember Wright seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR AMES, MAYOR PRO TEM BEAULIEU, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, WRIGHT AND PATE NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED 7. Consider approving the purchase of seven (7)mowers for use in the Parks and Recreation Department and Water Utilities Department - Resolution 07-160 Administration recommended the purchase of seven (7) Exmark M/N LAS28KA604 mowers for$7,106.94 each from Oil City Tractors of Beaumont. Page 6 of 12 Minutes-May 29,2007 Bids were solicited for the purchase of seven (7) 28 HP zero turning radius mowers, five (5) for Parks and Recreation Department, and two (2) for the Water Utilities Department. The 60"cut mowers will be used by these Departments to maintain turf areas in City parks and on Water Reclamation grounds. The lowest bid that meets minimum specifications was submitted by Oil City Tractors of Beaumont for $7,106.94 each for the Exmark M/N LAS28KA604 zero turning radius 60" cut mowers with 28 HP engines. While there were bids for three (3) mowers with apparent lower prices, these mowers failed to meet minimum specification and the bids were therefore rejected. The engines of the three ranged from 25 to 27 HP while the specifications required a minimum of 28 HP. The Exmark mowers carry a two(2)year parts and labor warranty including the engine and frame. Service work shall be provided by Oil City Tractors. Delivery is expected within two (2) weeks. Funding for the seven (7) mowers costing $7,106.94 each is available as follows: DEPARTMENT FUND AMOUNT Parks and Recreation, 5 mowers Capital Reserve Fund $35,534.70 Water Utilities, 2 mowers Water Fund $14,213.88 TOTAL: $49,748.58 Councilmember Pate made a motion to APPROVE RESOLUTION 07-160 THAT THE BID SUBMITTED BY OIL TRACTORS,BEAUMONT,TEXAS,FOR THE PURCHASE OF SEVEN(7)EXMARK MIN LAS28KA604,28 HP, FOR THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT AND THE WATER UTILITIES DEPARTMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF$7,106.94 EACH FOR A TOTAL AMOUNT OF$49,748.58 BY THE CITY OF BEAUMONT. Councilmember Wright seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR AMES, MAYOR PRO TEM BEAULIEU, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, WRIGHT AND PATE NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED 8. Consider approving a bid for a security access system for the Municipal Court Building including the new 911 Operations Center- Resolution 07-161 Administration recommends award of a bid to SecureNet, Inc. of Houston for furnishing and installing a new security access system in the amount of$67,753.96. The apparent low bidder, Metroplex Control Systems, is not an authorized distributor of the Open Options Access Control System. The software system requested cannot be installed nor supported by an unauthorized distributer. Request for Proposals clearly stated that the proposed system must integrate with the Police Department's security system. Page 7 of 12 Minutes-May 29,2007 The card access security system will be installed on the parking lot gate, at entrances to the building and at entrances to 1St and 2nd floor levels and office areas. All employees in the Municipal Court offices and the 911 Operations Center will be given various levels of access to the building with this new system. The system includes video cameras,fire and motion detection alarms, recorders, door locks and reader pedestals for parking lot gates. The system will be integrated with the current security system at the Police Department. Video monitoring will be onsite at the 911 Operations Center with backup monitoring at the Police Department. Funding is available in the Capital Program. Councilmember Smith made a motion to APPROVE RESOLUTION 07-161 THAT THE BID SUBMITTED BY SECURENET, INC., HOUSTON, TEXAS, FOR FURNISHING AND INSTALLING A NEW SECURITY CARD ACCESS SYSTEM FOR THE MUNICIPAL COURT BUILDING INCLUDING THE NEW 911 OPERATIONS CENTER LOCATED AT 700 ORLEANS IN THE AMOUNT OF$67,753.96 BE ACCEPTED BY THE CITY OF BEAUMONT. Mayor Pro Tern Beaulieu seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR AMES, MAYOR PRO TEM BEAULIEU, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, WRIGHT AND PATE NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED 9. PUBLIC HEARING: Dangerous Structures Public Hearing Open: 1:51 p.m. Public comments were made by the following people who personally appeared and requested additional arrangements for their property. Ben and Linda Collins P.O. Box 224 Sour Lake TX Item #5 - 2250 Angelina Mary Spikes 2250 Angelina Beaumont TX Item #5 - 2250 Angelina Ray Winfield 3340 Lompassas Beaumont TX Item #54 - 3340 Lampassas Betty L. Briscoe 2250 Harrison St. Beaumont TX Item #64 - 2250 Harrison Ron Clark 1940 Broadway Beaumont TX Item #13 - 1940 Broadway (Garage Apartment) Marvin Gage 3945 Cypress St. Beaumont TX Item #16 - 1920 Cartwright (Garage) Page 8 of 12 Minutes-May 29,2007 Charlie Goehringer 550 Fannin St. #400 Beaumont TX Item #31 - 4430 Dowlen Rd. (Commercial) Zeloton J. Beall Jr. 1400 West Walton Rd. Lumberton TX Item #49 - 7990 Helbig Rd. Brian Ellis 3000 W. Cedar Beaumont TX Item #51 - 30 Interstate 10 N (Commercial) Illya Coleman 185 Vestal Beaumont TX Item #86 - 185 Vestal Kim Lien Nguyen 2985 Avenue C Beaumont TX Item #10 - 2985 Avenue C Chris D. Karaff P.O. Box 1402 Mauriceville TX Item #15 - 2705 Cable St. Bob Whitman 2355 Rusk St. Beaumont TX Item #14 - 2127 Broadway John Duggins 690 Cuchia Beaumont TX Item #62 - 4995 Mallett Charlene Guidry 3045 Hebert Beaumont TX Item #48 - 3045 Hebert Ricky Ruffin 634 Fulton Ave. Beaumont TX Item #39 - 634 Fulton Ave. Larry Bass 7355 Click Dr. Beaumont TX Item #23 - 7355 Click Dr. Gustavia Turner 1110 Alabama Beaumont TX Item #3 - 1110 Alabama (Front House) Public Hearing Closed at 3:29 p.m. Public Hearing Reopened at 3:30 p.m: Due to a citizen wanting to speak on a dilapidated structure Alfonso Estrada 4395 Grandbury Beaumont TX Item #81 - 1308 South (Commercial) Public Hearing Closed at 3:33 p.m. Consider approval of an ordinance declaring certain structures to be dangerous structures and ordering their removal within 10 days or authorizing the property owner to enroll the dangerous structure in a work program - Ordinance 07-058 Page 9 of 12 Minutes-May 29,2007 Administration recommended City Council condemn these eighty-eight(88)structures and order the owner to raze within ten (10) days. Additionally, if the property owner of a structure requests and is authorized by City Council to enroll in a work program, all delinquent taxes shall be paid in full or a payment plan has been established prior to the enrollment in the work program. Enrollment in the work program shall occur within ten days after the effective date of this ordinance. These structures have been inspected by the Building Codes Division and found to be dangerous structures as defined by the City of Beaumont's Code of Ordinances,Article III. Dangerous Structures, Section 14-50. Additionally, these structures have deteriorated to a condition that they are no longer considered suitable for repair. City may incur the cost of demolition. Mayor Pro Tern Beaulieu made a motion TO ALLOW PROPERTY OWNERS OF ITEMS#5,10, 13, 14, 15, 16,23,31,39,46,48,49,54,62,81 AND 86 TO BE ALLOWED TO ENTER INTO A 150 DAY WORK PROGRAM. Councilmember Smith seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR AMES, MAYOR PRO TEM BEAULIEU, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, WRIGHT, PATE, SAMUEL AND PATTERSON NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED Mayor Pro Tern Beaulieu made a motion to ADOPT ORDINANCE 07-058 ENTITLED AN ORDINANCE FINDING CERTAIN STRUCTURES TO BE PUBLIC NUISANCES AND ORDERING THEIR DEMOLITION AND REMOVAL; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY AND PROVIDING FOR A PENALTY. Councilmember Smith seconded the motion. AYES: MAYOR AMES, MAYOR PRO TEM BEAULIEU, COUNCILMEMBERS SMITH, WRIGHT, PATE, SAMUEL AND PATTERSON NAYS: NONE MOTION PASSED COUNCILMEMBER COMMENTS COUNCILMEMBER SMITH - NONE MAYOR PRO TEM BEAULIEU - COMMENTED ON THE BASEBALL THAT SHE SIGNED THAT WILL GO TO ALL CITIES THAT HAD TEXAS LEAGUES AT ONE TIME. IT WILL BE THE FIRST BASEBALL PITCHED AT THE ALL- STAR GAME IN THE TEXAS LEAGUE TO BE HELD IN CORPUS CHRISTI Page 10 of 12 Minutes-May 29,2007 COUNCILMEMBER WRIGHT- ENJOYED THE BEAUTIFUL SPEECH GIVEN ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF BEAUMONT BY COUNCILMEMBER PATE AT THE MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE AT FOREST LAWN CEMETERY,ALSO STATED THAT EVEN THOUGH THE SERVICE WAS REGARDING THE SERVICEMEN THAT WERE KILLED IN ACTION, WE STILL HAVE SERVICEMEN THAT CAME HOME AND THEY HAVE GREAT STORIES TO TELL ABOUT WORLD WAR II COUNCILMEMBER PATE- THE MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY DOES HONOR THOSE THAT HAVE PASSED AWAY,WE HAVE HAD 1.1 MILLION PASS AWAY SINCE THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, 620,000 WERE LOST IN THE CIVIL WAR, WE ALSO LOSE VETERANS FROM WORLD WAR II EVERYDAY COUNCILMEMBER SAMUEL - NONE COUNCILMEMBER PATTERSON - COMMENTED THAT THE RECOUNT FOR WARD IV, THE RECOUNT WAS STILL IN PROGRESS; ALSO EXPRESSED TO THE CITIZENS OF BEAUMONT AND WARD IV, THAT SHE WAS DISMAYED THAT ANY GROUP OR ANY PERCENTAGE OF ANY GROUP CAN TELL CITIZENS HOW TO VOTE, SPECIFICALLY FIREFIGHTERS. 61%OF THE FIREFIGHTERS DO NOT LIVE IN THE CITY OF BEAUMONT AND THEY DO NOT PAY TAXES OR SPEND THEIR MONEY IN THE CITY, NOR CAN THEY VOTE IN ANY ELECTION. THE CITIZENS OF BEAUMONT ARE THEN LEFT WITH PAYING THE TAXES THAT WILL INCREASE,ALONG WITH DECREASED SERVICES AND POSSIBLY THE CLOSING OF FIRE STATIONS, AND NOT BEING ABLE TO HIRE MORE PEOPLE THAT MAY BE NEEDED IN OTHER AREAS BECAUSE FUNDS WILL PROBABLY NOT BE AVAILABLE, IN THE EVENT THE FIREMEN GET THE 27% RAISE CITY ATTORNEY COOPER- NONE CITY MANAGER HAYES - NONE MAYOR AMES - ANNOUNCED THE RECEPTION HONORING THE OUTGOING COUNCILMEMBERS ON THURSDAY MAY 31, 2007 AT 5:00 P.M. Public Comments (Persons are limited to three minutes) None Open session of meeting recessed at 3:47 p.m. Page 11 of 12 Minutes-May 29,2007 EXECUTIVE SESSION Consider matters related to contemplated or pending litigation in accordance with Section 551.071 of the Government Code: Claim of Beaumont Independent School District There being no action taken in Executive Session, Council adjourned. Audio recordings are available upon request in the City Clerk's Office. 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