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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 
Teresa Herrera, Interim
City Manager/City Secretary
Gary Landers, City Attorney
 
NOTICE OF TELECONFERENCE MEETING 
CITY COUNCIL AGENDA

September 14, 2020
 Work Session 
3:30 p.m.
 Regular Meeting
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 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:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84251832137?pwd=TklCOFkxOU9Gd1E4T0tFS3ZlSWlWZz09

Meeting ID: 842 5183 2137
Passcode: 243990

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Zoom Link Regular Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86087654320?pwd=cWpxM0lDZHkxeUxOUEZoSUNaczlLQT09

Meeting ID: 860 8765 4320
Passcode: 543480

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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.   Discuss the proposed amendments to the Palestine Code of Ordinance. Mark Miears, Development Services Director and Shai Roos, Municipal Planning Manager with Stantec Click to View
2.   Discuss current issues with city-owned dams and consider applying for a grant through Texas Water Development Board. Patsy Smith, Parks and Rec. Director and Mendi Chambers, Interim Emergency Management Coordinator Click to View
3.   Discuss the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021. Teresa Herrera, Interim City Manager/City Secretary and Andy Sibai, Interim Finance Director
 
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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.   PUBLIC HEARINGS
 
1.   Public hearing regarding amendments to the Palestine Code of Ordinances as follows: amend Chapter 2, Administration by adding additional Boards and Commissions related to zoning and subdivision matters including detailed information regarding roles, responsibilities, and duties as needed; amendments to Chapter 40, Development by removing zoning related regulations and naming it Chapter 40, Subdivision amend Appendix A – Zoning by removing the entire Appendix A and creating a new Chapter 39, Zoning by combining existing and adding new zoning and development regulations; amendments to the Official Zoning Map for the City of Palestine to reflect the new Zoning Districts created in Chapter 39, Zoning. Mark Miears, Development Services Director
 
G.   MAYOR'S REPORT
 
H.   ITEMS FROM COUNCIL
 
I.   CITY MANAGER'S REPORT
 
1.   Economic Development-Tahwahkaro Distilling Presentation Click to View
2.   Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) Click to View
3.   Parks and Recreation August 2020 Report Click to View
4.   Fire Department August 2020 Report Click to View
5.   Municipal Court August 2020 Report Click to View
6.   Utility Billing Report Click to View
7.   Financial July 2020 Report Click to View
8.   Library August 2020 Report
 
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J.   BOARD APPOINTMENTS
 
1.   Consider the appointment with term to expire on December 31, 2021: Chuck Eldridge to Place 3 replacing Will Brule to Palestine Economic Development Corporation.
 
K.   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 authorizing City Manager to seek sealed bids for Link Street Waterline Replacement between Loop 256 and Country Club Road. Felipe Garcia, Utilities Director Click to View
2.   Consider authorizing City Manager to seek sealed bids for labor only to replace the waterline and sewer-line on Highland Drive. Felipe Garcia, Utilities Director Click to View
3.   Consider authorizing City Manager to seek sealed bids for sewer-line replacement on Lamar Street from Church Street to Dowling Street. Felipe Garcia, Utilities Director Click to View
4.   Consider authorizing City Manager to seek sealed bids for new water main installation on Variah Street between Martin Luther King Boulevard to Palestine Avenue. Felipe Garcia, Utilities Director Click to View
5.   Consider authorizing City Manager to seek sealed bids for parts only to replace the waterline on Link Street from Loop 256 to Country Club Road. Felipe Garcia, Utilities Director Click to View
6.   Consider authorizing City Manager to seek sealed bids for parts only on the waterline and sewer-line replacement on Highland Drive. Felipe Garcia, Utilities Director Click to View
7.   Consider authorizing City Manager to seek sealed bids for parts only to replace the sewer-line on Lamar Street from Church Street to Dowling Street. Felipe Garcia, Utilities Director Click to View
8.   Consider authorizing City Manager to seek sealed bids for parts only to install a new water main on Variah Street from Martin Luther King Boulevard to Palestine Avenue. Felipe Garcia, Utilities Director Click to View
9.   Consider approval of Contract Extensions for Water Treatment Plant and Wastewater Treatment plant as follows: Water Treatment Plant: Ammonia from AirgasFluorosilicic acid (fluoride) from PenccoPolyphosphate from Shannon Chemical, Chlorine & Copper Sulfate from BrenntagLiquid Permanganate from Carus, and Powered activated carbon from CarbPure Technologies; Wastewater Treatment Plant: Chlorine from Brenntag, Sodium Bisulfite from Purify, and Polymer from Fort Bend Services, Inc.  Click to View
10.   Consider awarding Bid No. B2020 001 City-Owned property 9.5 Acre Tract located near Water Treatment Plant in the amount of $18,000.00 and the buyer is responsible for all re-platting, title work, and recording expenses to Burnett Trucking. Mark Miears, Development Services Director Click to View
11.   Consider approval of invoices over $25,000.00. Andy Sibai, Interim Finance Director
 
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L.   REGULAR AGENDA
 
1.   Discussion and possible take action on benefit-cost and Request for Proposal 2020-1002 Ancillary Benefits. Lisa Cariker, HR Director and Rachel Means, President/CEO of Employee Benefits Consulting Click to View
2.   Consider an ordinance amending the Palestine Code of Ordinances as follows: amend Chapter 2, Administration by adding additional Boards and Commissions related to zoning and subdivision matters including detailed information regarding roles, responsibilities, and duties as needed; amendments to Chapter 40, Development by removing zoning related regulations and naming it Chapter 40, Subdivision amend Appendix A  Zoning by removing the entire Appendix A and creating a new Chapter 39, Zoning by combining existing and adding new zoning and development regulations; amendments to the Official Zoning Map for the City of Palestine to reflect the new Zoning Districts created in Chapter 39, Zoning. Mark Miears, Development Services Director Click to View
3.   Consider approval of the Manufactured Home Overlay District and Procedures. Mark Miears, Development Services Director Click to View
4.   Discussion and possible action regarding the advantages and disadvantages of pulling or rehabilitating Well 3A located on Sycamore Street and Well 4 located on N. Jackson Street. Felipe Garcia, Utilities Director and Advanced Water Well Technologies Click to View
5.   Discussion and possible action to approve Resolution No. R-28-20 approving an amendment to a previously approved tax abatement agreement between the City of Palestine, Texas and Fikes Wholesale, Inc. as presented and authorizing the Mayor to execute same. Lisa Denton, EDC Director Click to View
6.   Discussion and possible action to apply for a grant through Texas Water Development Board to address current issues with city-owned dams. Patsy Smith, Parks and Rec. Director and Mendi Chambers, Interim Emergency Management Coordinator
7.   Second reading and possible action 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 the construction of lift station improvements. Lisa Denton, EDC Director Click to View
8.   Discussion and possible action to adopt COVID-19 Guidelines to be included in the City of Palestine Employee Handbook to Section 6 - Leave; 6.13 - COVID-19 Guidelines. Teresa Herrera, Interim City Manager and Lisa Cariker, HR Director Click to View
9.   Discussion and possible action for the City to participate in the Payroll Tax Deferral Program of the employee's portion of the Social Security Tax.Teresa Herrera, Interim City Manager, and Lisa Cariker, HR Director Click to View
10.   Discussion and possible action on Coronavirus Relief Funds. Steve Presley, Mayor
 
M.   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 including but limited to the G. Cooper v. City & PEDC, Baze Chemical, L & S, Laza, UPRR, Kennedy, Steven, Ivy lawsuits, and other pending claims.
2.   Section 551.074 personnel matters: to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee including city manager.
 
N.   RECONVENE IN REGULAR SESSION
 
1.   Take any action necessary regarding pending or contemplated litigation or a settlement offer including but limited to the G. Cooper v. City & PEDC, Baze Chemical, L & S, Laza, UPRR, Kennedy, Steven, Ivy lawsuits, and other pending claims.
2.   Take any action necessary regarding the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee including the city manager.
 
O.   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, September 10, 2020, at 2:50 p.m.

Teresa Herrera, Interim City Manager/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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