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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 28, 2020
 Work Session at 3:30 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:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82419494514?pwd=eWkyU3VGS04vaXFZWmpHRU1Ca0txZz09

Meeting ID: 824 1949 4514
Passcode: 001695

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Zoom Link Regular Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83507378529?pwd=L3RMY2lxc1VNQWluVGM5aGd4ZEg5Zz09

Meeting ID: 835 0737 8529
Passcode: 584406

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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.   First Reading of a Resolution regarding Palestine Economic Development Corporation infrastructure grant, in the amount of $70,000, to The Overlook Lifestyle Apt Homes LLC. Lisa Denton, EDC Director Click to View
2.   Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) Presentation with Travis James of TXP. Click to View
3.   Discuss the proposed Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Annual Budget. Teresa Herrera, Interim 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 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.   CITY MANAGER'S REPORT
 
1.   August 2020 Development Services Department Report Click to View
2.   August 2020 Economic Development Department Report Click to View
3.   August 2020 Tourism Report Click to View
4.   August 2020 Police Department Reports: Stats, CID, and PLACE Team
 
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I.   BOARD APPOINTMENTS
 
1.   Consider the reappointment with term to expire on September 30, 2021: Kurt Herrington to Place 4 to Building and Standards Commission.
2.   Consider the reappointment with term to expire on September 30, 2022: Isaac Wynn to Place 5, James Smith to Place 6, and Sean Conner to Place 6 to Building and Standards Commission.
3.   Consider the appointment with term to expire September 30, 2022: John Pyle to Place 4 replacing Drew Wommack III to Historic Landmarks Commission. Click to View
4.   Consider the reappointment with term to expire on September 30, 2022: Mark D. McEachran to Place 2 and Linda Williams to Place 6 to Historic Landmarks Commission.
5.   Consider the appointment with term to expire on September 30, 2021: Jacob Wheeler to Place 3 replacing Jessica Jones to the Parks Advisory Board. Click to View
6.   Consider the reappointment with term to expire on September 30, 2022: Tish Shade to Place 6 and Tara M. Farris to Place 7 to the Main Street Advisory Board.
7.   Consider the reappointment with term to expire September 30, 2022: Ernesto Hernandez to Place 5, Diane Davis to Place 6, and Billy Joe Miller I to Place 7 to the Parks Advisory Board.
8.   Consider the reappointment with term to expire September 30, 2022: Patty Smith to Place 6 and Frances Ann Lindsey to Place 7 to the Tourism Advisory Board.
9.   Consider the reappointment with term to expire September 30, 2022: Grizelda Castillo to Place 5, Dan Davis to Place 6, and Alex Nemer II to Place 7 to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
 
J.   OPEN BIDS
 
1.   Open sealed bids RFP 2020-014 Chemicals (Water Treatment Plant Aluminum Sulfate (Alum)) Click to View
2.   Open Bid 001-Palestine Paving & ADA Athletic Complex & Texas State Railroad Bid Document.

 
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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 adopting a resolution approving a negotiated settlement between the Atmos Cities Steering Committee (“ACSC”) and Atmos Energy Corp., Mid-Tex Division regarding the company’s 2020 rate review mechanism filing; declaring existing rates to be unreasonable; adopting tariffs that reflect rate adjustments consistent with the negotiated settlement. Teresa Herrera, Interim City Manager/City Secretary Click to View
2.   Consider approval of invoices over $25,000. Andy Sibai, Interim Finance Director Click to View
3.   Consider approval of the proposed Hunting Lease Agreement. Patsy Smith, Parks & Rec. Director Click to View
4.   Consider authorizing the city manager to seek sealed bids for parts only on Ben Milam Street waterline replacement. Felipe Garcia, Utilities Director
 
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L.   REGULAR AGENDA
 
1.   Discussion and possible action on an Ordinance adopting the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Annual Budget. Teresa Herrera, Interim City Manager/City Secretary Click to View
2.   Discussion and possible action on an Ordinance provided for the assessment, levy, and collection of Ad Valorem Taxes for 2020-2021. Teresa Herrera, Interim City Manager/City Secretary
a) For the maintenance and support of general government (General Fund)
b) For the payment of accruing interest and providing for debt service of bonded indebtedness
c) To adopt a maintenance and operation rate of $0.555678/$100
d) To adopt a debt service rate of $0.128096/$100
e) To adopt the proposed tax rate of $0.683774/$100 (record vote)
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3.   Discuss and take action regarding the establishment of Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ). Lisa Denton, EDC Director Click to View
4.   Discussion and possible action of the proposed Airport Land Lease for the construction of a new private hangar at Palestine Municipal Airport for Gleason Romans. Mark Fletcher, Streets Director Click to View
5.   Discussion and possible action regarding awarding bid RFP 2020-010 Janitorial Services to Unicare Building Maintenance, Inc. (UCBM) in the amount of $92,046.46. Mark Fletcher, Streets Director Click to View
6.   Consider authorizing the Mayor to execute a Chapter 380 Agreement with The Overlook Lifestyle Apt Homes LLC. Lisa Denton, EDC Director Click to View
7.   Second Reading and possible action of a Resolution regarding Palestine Economic Development Corporation infrastructure grant, in the amount of $70,000, to The Overlook Lifestyle Apt Homes LLC. Lisa Denton, EDC Director
 
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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, Lone Star Equipment, Laza, UPRR, Kennedy, Steven, Ivy lawsuits, and other pending claims.
2.   Section 551.087 deliberation regarding Economic Development negotiations: Prospect #1006.
 
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, Lone Star Equipment, Laza, UPRR, Kennedy, Steven, Ivy lawsuits, and other pending claims.
2.   Take any action necessary regarding Prospect #1006.
3.   Discussion and possible action regarding awarding 001-Palestine Paving & ADA Athletic Complex and Paving Texas State Railroad. Patsy Smith, Parks & Rec. Director and Steve Presley, Mayor
 
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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 25, 2020, at 3:00 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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