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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

November 23, 2020
 Work Session at 4:00 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:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82518535650?pwd=U2YzZUlHaCtaaDYvYnF1UGJOQS9RUT09
Meeting ID: 825 1853 5650
Passcode: 301284
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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.   IDEA Committee update by Jonathan Cary
2.   Discussion regarding the proposal to move Safety Town to Reagan Park in the parking lot above tennis courts. Patsy Smith, Parks & Rec. Director Click to View
3.   Discuss development of Action Plan in conjunction with PEDC. Lisa Denton, EDC Director and 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.   October 2020 Parks & Recreation Report Click to View
2.   October 2020 Development Services and Health Inspector's Reports Click to View
3.   October 2020 Police Department: CID, PLACE Team, and Departmental Stats Click to View
4.   October 2020 Financials Click to View
5.   October 2020 Economic Development Department Report Click to View
6.   October 2020 Municipal Court Report
 
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I.   BOARD APPOINTMENTS
 
1.   Consider the appointment of Dr. William Stewart replacing Tom Calhoun and Cheli Zavala replacing Ami Camp to the IDEA Committee.
2.   Consider the reappointment with term to expire on September 30, 2023: Lynette Jackson to Place 1, Breck Quarles to Place 2, and Portia Rodgers to Place 3 to the Library Advisory Board.
3.   Consider the appointment with term to expire on September 30, 2022, of John Elliott to Place 6 replacing Tish Shade; and appointment with term to expire on September 30, 2021, of Joe Fife to Place 3 replacing Martha Hunt to the Main Street Advisory Board.
 
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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 authorizing City Manager to seek sealed bids for Ben Milam Road Waterline Replacement between Loop 256 and Benbrook Drive. Felipe Garcia, Utilities Director Click to View
2.   Consider approval of invoices over $25,000. Andy Sibai, Interim Finance Director
 
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K.   REGULAR AGENDA
 
1.   Discussion and possible action on the proposal to move Safety Town to Reagan Park in the parking lot above tennis courts. Patsy Smith, Parks & Rec. Director Click to View
2.   Discussion and possible action of the development of Action Plan in conjunction with PEDC. Lisa Denton, EDC Director and Teresa Herrera, Interim City Manager Click to View
3.   Discussion and possible action of a Resolution regarding PEDC roadway infrastructure expenditure of up to $55,000.00. Lisa Denton, EDC Director
 
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L.   CLOSED SESSION
Council will go into Closed Session pursuant to Texas Government Code, Chapter 551, Subchapter D.
1.   Section 551.087 deliberation regarding Economic Development negotiations:
a. Discussion regarding Prospect #1015
b. Discussion regarding Prospect #1016
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2.   Section 551.072 deliberation regarding real property: the purchase sale, exchange, lease or value of real property: possible lease or sale of city-owned property. Click to View
3.   Section 551.071 consultation with attorney: pending or contemplated litigation or a settlement offer including but limited to the Baze Chemical, Lone Star Equipment, Laza, UPRR, Kennedy, Steven, Ivy lawsuits, and other pending claims.
4.   Section 551.074 personnel matters: to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee
 
M.   RECONVENE IN REGULAR SESSION
 
1.   Take any action necessary regarding Prospects:
a. Prospect #1015
b. Prospect #1016
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2.   Take any action necessary regarding real property: Possible sale or lease of city-owned property Click to View
3.   Take any action regarding pending or contemplated litigation or a settlement offer including but limited to the Baze Chemical, Lone Star Equipment, Laza, UPRR, Kennedy, Steven, Ivy lawsuits, and other pending claims.
 
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, November 20, 2020, at 3:06 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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