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

August 31, 2020
 4:00 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:
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Meeting ID: 872 0131 8278
Passcode: 275389

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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.
 
             
SPECIAL MEETING
 
A.  
CALL TO ORDER
 
B.  
PROPOSED CHANGES OF AGENDA ITEMS
 
C.   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 3:30 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.
 
D.   CONFLICT OF INTEREST DISCLOSURES
 
E.   OPEN BIDS
 
1.   Open Bid No. B2020 001 City Owned Property 9.5 Acre Portion.
 
F.   REGULAR AGENDA
 
1.   Discuss and take action on RFP 2020-1001 Insurance Benefits. Lisa Cariker, HR Director Click to View
2.   Discuss and take action on Request for Proposal 2020-1002 Ancillary Benefits. Lisa Cariker, HR Director and Rachel Means, President/CEO of Employee Benefits Consulting Click to View
3.   Consider awarding Bid RFP 2020-011 for Parts for Waterline Replacement  to APSCO in the amount of $71,302.30. Felipe Garcia, Utilities Director Click to View
4.   Consider awarding Bid RFP 2020-012 for Summit Drive Waterline Replacement to Athens Contractors in the amount of $38,480.00. Felipe Garcia, Utilities Director Click to View
5.   Consider awarding Bid RFP 2020-013 for Camden Street Waterline Replacement  to Athens Contractors in the amount of $37,420.00. Felipe Garcia, Utilities Director Click to View
6.   Discussion and update regarding Wells 3A and 4. Felipe Garcia, Utilites Director Click to View
7.   Consider authorization for the City Manager to seek RFP's for Alum Chemical for Water Treatment Plant. Felipe Garcia, Utilites Director Click to View
8.   Consider and approve the Series 2020 Refinancing Plan of Finance and directs Staff and Financial Advisor to execute Plan and approve any documents needed. Jim Sabonis, Managing Director, Hilltop Securities Inc. Click to View
9.   Consider action on Acknowledgement and Consent to continued representation by the Bojorquez Law firm and specifically attorney Gary Landers to provide city attorney services. Gary Landers, City Attorney
10.   Discuss and take action on PISD request for Coronavirus Relief Funds.  Steve Presley, Mayor Click to View
11.   Discuss and take action on Westwood ISD request for Coronavirus Relief Funds.  Steve Presley, Mayor Click to View
12.   Discuss and take action on Coronavirus Relief Funds.  Steve Presley, Mayor Click to View
13.   Discussion and take any necessary action on proposed Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021.
 
G.   CLOSED SESSION
Council will go into Closed Session pursuant to Texas Government Code, Chapter 551, Subchapter D.
1.   Section 551.087 deliberation regarding Economic Development negotiations: Prospect 1001 and Prospect 1006.
2.   Section 551.074 personnel matters: to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee including the city manager.
 
H.   RECONVENE IN REGULAR SESSION
 
1.   Take any action necessary regarding Prospect 1001. Click to View
2.   Take any action necessary regarding Prospect 1006. Click to View
3.   Take any action necessary regarding the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee including the city manager.
 
I.   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 28, 2020,  at 3:15 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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