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Steve Presley, Mayor
Larissa R. Loveless, Council District #1
Mitchell Jordan, Council District #2 
Vickey L. Chivers, Council District #3
Joe Baxter, Council District #4 
Dana Goolsby, Council District #5
Ann Connor, Council District #6 
Leslie Cloer, City Manager
Teresa Herrera, City Secretary
Gary Landers, City Attorney
 
NOTICE OF TELECONFERENCE MEETING 
CITY COUNCIL AGENDA
August 10, 2020
 Work Session 
3:00 p.m., Work Session
5:30 p.m., Regular Meeting
City Council Chambers
504 N. Queen Street
Palestine, Texas
 
Notice is hereby given in accordance with Order of the Governor issued March 16, 2020, the Palestine City Council will conduct its meeting by telephone/video conference in order to advance the public health goal of limiting face-to-face meetings (also called "social distancing") to slow the spread of the COVID-19. There will be public access to the location described above. All attendees are required to wear a face covering.

Zoom Link Work Session 3:00 p.m.:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83887844269?pwd=UHZEQlc1amNvYWV4RmM4YWFZZ3htQT09

Meeting ID: 838 8784 4269
Passcode: 193010

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Zoom Link Regular Meeting 5:30 p.m.:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85367438736?pwd=OVZwMWZkbHA4azVKYmJKN25WVTlXZz09

Meeting ID: 853 6743 8736
Passcode: 612532

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The public will be permitted to submit public comments electronically as provided by the agenda and as permitted by the presiding officer during the meeting.
 
             
WORK SESSION
 
1.   Discussion and update on proposed Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2020 - 2021. Edena Atmore, Assistant City Manager/CFO and Leslie Cloer, City Manager Click to View
2.   Discuss Effective and Rollback Rates for Fiscal Year 2020-2021.  Edena Atmore, Assistant City Manager/CFO Click to View
3.   Discussion and update on Strategic Plan 2020 - 2025. Leslie Cloer, City Manager
 
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REGULAR MEETING
 
A.  
CALL TO ORDER
 
B.  
INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
 
C.  
PROPOSED CHANGES OF AGENDA ITEMS
 
D.   PUBLIC COMMENTS, PUBLIC RECOGNITION, AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Members of the public may submit their comments by completing the required Request to Speak form by using the web-link below. All comments submitted by 4:30 p.m., the day of the meeting will be read during the meeting. All comments must be no more than five minutes in length.
http://cityofpalestinetx.com/government/city-secretary/policies-forms/request-to-speak/

It is not the intention of the City of Palestine to provide a public forum for the embarrassment or demeaning of an individual or group. Neither is it the intention of the Council to allow a member of the public to slur the performance, honesty and/or integrity of any person or threaten any person. Accordingly, profane, insulting, or threatening language will not be read aloud at the meeting.
 
E.   CONFLICT OF INTEREST DISCLOSURES
 
F.   MAYOR'S REPORT
 
G.   ITEMS FROM COUNCIL
 
H.   CITY MANAGER'S REPORT
 
1.   City Manager's Report Click to View
2.   Public Library July 2020 Narrative and Statistical Reports Click to View
3.   Financial Report for June 2020 Click to View
4.   Public Works Project Updates and Monthly Reports
 
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I.   OPEN BIDS
 
1.   Open Sealed Bids 2020-010 - Janitorial Services
 
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J.   CONSENT AGENDA
The following items may be acted upon in one motion. No separate discussion or action is necessary unless requested by the Mayor or a Council Member, in which event those items will be pulled for separate consideration. Approval of the consent agenda authorizes the City Manager to implement each item in accordance with staff recommendations.
 
1.   Consider approval of minutes of the Work Session and Regular Meeting of July 13, 2020. Teresa Herrera, City Secretary Click to View
2.   Consider approval of minutes of the Special Meeting of July 20, 2020. Teresa Herrera, City Secretary Click to View
3.   Consider approval of invoices over $25,000. Edena Atmore, Assistant City Manager/CFO
 
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K.   REGULAR AGENDA
 
1.   Consider and take action on the request from NET Health to provide temporary and immediate contact tracing support needed due to the increasing COVID emergency. Steve Presley, Mayor
2.   Discuss and take action regarding the approval to submit Hancher Foundation grant on behalf of Palestine Public Library for digitization of Palestine Daily Herald for 48 rolls of microfilm for years January 1, 1921-December 31, 1929. Ana Sanchez, Interim Library Director Click to View
3.   Consider authorizing City Manager to seek Requests for Proposals for Wayfinding Sign Design, System Plan, Fabrication, and Installation. Mary Raum, Tourism Marketing Manager Click to View
4.   Discuss and take action regarding the Hotel Occupancy Grant Program. Mary Raum, Tourism Marketing Manager Click to View
5.   Discuss and take action regarding HOT Application for Palestine YMCA - Palestine Toyota Fall Classic Soccer Tournament in the amount of $10,000.00. Mary Raum, Tourism Marketing Manager Click to View
6.   Discuss and take action on a resolution authorizing the City Manager to contract with Anderson County Elections Office to conduct the City's Election, including runoffs. Teresa Herrera, City Secretary Click to View
7.   Consider action to amend the call for a special election to include other ballot propositions including possibly increasing the locations where liquor could be sold and considering implementing term limits. Joe Baxter, Mayor Pro Tem Click to View
8.   Discuss Effective and Rollback Rates for Fiscal Year 2020-2021, adopt the proposed tax rate for Fiscal Year 2020-2021, and schedule two public hearings for proposed tax rate. Edena Atmore, Assistant City Manager/CFO Click to View
9.   Discussion and update on proposed Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2020 - 2021.  Edena Atmore, Assistant City Manager/CFO Click to View
10.   Discussion and update on Strategic Plan 2020 - 2025.  Leslie Cloer, City Manager
 
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L.   CLOSED SESSION
Council will go into Closed Session pursuant to Texas Government Code, Chapter 551, Subchapter D.
1.   Section 551.071 consultation with attorney: pending or contemplated litigation or a settlement offer
a.   Discussion and update regarding City of Palestine v. Jerry Laza, Cause No. DCCV 16-359-349, 349th District Court, Anderson County; and Jerry Laza v. City of Palestine, Cause No. 6:17-CV-00533-RWS in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas.
 
M.   RECONVENE IN REGULAR SESSION
 
1.   Take any action necessary regarding City of Palestine v. Jerry Laza, Cause No. DCCV 16-359-349, 349th District Court, Anderson County; and Jerry Laza v. City of Palestine, Cause No. 6:17-CV-00533-RWS in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas.
 
N.   ADJOURNMENT
 
I certify that the above Notice of Meeting was posted on the outdoor bulletin board at the main entrance to City Hall, 504 N. Queen Street, Palestine, Texas, in compliance with Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code on  Friday, August 7, 2020, at 1:30 p.m.

Teresa Herrera, City Secretary

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) PERSONS IN NEED OF SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCEEDING SHALL, CONTACT THE CITY SECRETARY'S OFFICE VIA EMAIL AT therrera@palestine-tx.org or 903-731-8414.

    

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