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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 24, 2020
 Work Session at 2:00 p.m.
 Regular Meeting at 5:30 p.m. 
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 2:00 p.m.:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81175630064?pwd=ZmRlNmkyUFcxczFWK2xPVTJaYUorQT09

Meeting ID: 811 7563 0064
Passcode: 196824

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Zoom Link Regular Meeting 5:30 p.m.:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89534787315?pwd=eXlZSWJxaFdGTGNqUWtUNno5eWRRZz09

Meeting ID: 895 3478 7315
Passcode: 575873

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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 medical and supplemental insurance. Leslie Cloer, City Manager and Rachel Means, President/CEO of Employee Benefits Consulting Click to View
2.   Discussion of Palestine ISD request for Coronavirus Relief Funds. Leslie Cloer, City Manager Click to View
3.   Discussion of Westwood ISD request for Coronavirus Relief Funds.  Leslie Cloer, City Manager Click to View
4.   Discussion and update on proposed Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2020 - 2021.  Leslie Cloer, City Manager and Department Directors
 
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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 weblink below. All comments submitted by 5:00 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.   OPEN BIDS
 
1.   Open Sealed Bids for RFP 2020-011 for water line replacement parts between Wolf Creek and Lower Lake extending to Palestine Municipal Airport. Click to View
2.   Open Sealed Bids for RFP 2020-012 for water line replacement on Summit Drive between Inwood and Beverly Drive. Click to View
3.   Open Sealed Bids for RFP 2020-013 for water line replacement on Camden Street (between North Queen Street and North Sycamore Street).
 
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I.   CITY MANAGER'S REPORT
 
1.   City Manager's Report Click to View
2.   Parks and Recreation July 2020 Report Click to View
3.   Municipal Court July 2020 Report Click to View
4.   Fire Department July 2020 Report Click to View
a.   Cost Recovery Report Click to View
5.   Development Services July 2020 Report Click to View
6.   Police Department July 2020 Report Click to View
7.   P.L.A.C.E. Team July 2020 Report Click to View
8.   Economic Development Department July 2020 Report
 
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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 invoices over $25,000.00. Edena Atmore, Assistant City Manager/CFO
 
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K.   REGULAR AGENDA
 
1.   Discuss and take action on RFP 2020-1001 Insurance Benefits. Leslie Cloer, City Manager Click to View
2.   Discuss and take action on Request for Proposal 2020-1002 Ancillary Benefits. Leslie Cloer, City Manager and Rachel Means, President/CEO of Employee Benefits Consulting Click to View
3.   Discuss and take action on PISD request for Coronavirus Relief Funds.  Steve Presley, Mayor Click to View
4.   Discuss and take action on Westwood ISD request for Coronavirus Relief Funds.  Steve Presley, Mayor Click to View
5.   Discuss and take action on Coronavirus Relief Funds.  Steve Presley, Mayor Click to View
6.   Consider and take action regarding PEDC park improvement grant, in the amount of $5,820, to the City of Palestine for fall protection materials to be installed at Greens Park.  Lisa Denton, EDC Director Click to View
7.   Discuss and take action regarding PEDC temporary access easement to Sanderson Farms for Lot 1R-3A in Willow Creek Business Park for the repair of erosion on the property. Lisa Denton, EDC Director Click to View
8.   Discuss and take action regarding PEDC Downtown Grant Program. Lisa Denton, EDC Director Click to View
9.   Discuss and take action regarding PEDC Community Development Grant Program. Lisa Denton, EDC Director Click to View
10.   Consider skydiving event by Skydive Tandem Greenville, LLC from an airplane at Palestine Municipal Airport.  Click to View
11.   Consider authorizing City Manager to seek Requests for Proposals for Farmers Market Management. Leslie Cloer, City Manager Click to View
12.   First reading of a resolution regarding Palestine Economic Development Corporation infrastructure grant, in the amount of $200,000, to the City of Palestine to assist with costs associated with construction of lift station improvements. Lisa Denton, EDC Director Click to View
13.   Discussion and take any necessary action on proposed Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2020 - 2021.  Leslie Cloer, City Manager and Department Directors
 
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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.   Consultation with city attorney regarding pending or contemplated litigation or a settlement offer Click to View
2.   Section 551.087 deliberation regarding Economic Development negotiations
a.   Discussion regarding Prospect 1001 Click to View
b.   Discussion regarding Prospect 1006 Click to View
3.   Section 551.072 deliberation regarding real property: the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property
a.   Discussion and update on City-owned properties including:  Palestine Mall, Palestine Public Library, Civic Center, and Palestine Athletic Complex Click to View
4.   Section 551.074 personnel matters: to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee;
a.   Discussion of personnel matters: to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee
 
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M.   RECONVENE IN REGULAR SESSION
 
1.   Take any action necessary regarding pending or contemplated litigation or a settlement offer. Click to View
2.   Take any action necessary regarding Prospect 1001 Click to View
3.   Take any action necessary regarding Prospect 1006 Click to View
4.   Take any action necessary regarding City-owned properties including:  Palestine Mall, Palestine Public Library, Civic Center, and Palestine Athletic Complex Click to View
5.   Take any action regarding personnel matters: to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee
 
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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 21, 2020, at 1:55 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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