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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

July 13, 2020
 Work Session 
3:30 p.m., City Hall Conference Room
 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 the COVID-19. There will be public access to the location described above. All attendees are required to wear a mask or face covering.

Zoom Link Work Session:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83775311592?pwd=MUNFOENlU1pBV2JOVmVYTXNHVW4zZz09

Meeting ID: 837 7531 1592
Password: 732538

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Zoom Link Regular Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85293787679?pwd=ZldYSHB3ck0wa3h6YTZZdVhYMXYydz09

Meeting ID: 852 9378 7679
Password: 500036

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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 health reimbursement accounts. Leslie Cloer, City Manager and Rachel Means, CEO of Employee Benefits Consulting Click to View
2.   Discussion and update on current year medical claims. Leslie Cloer, City Manager and Rachel Means, CEO of Employee Benefits Consulting Click to View
3.   Discussion and update regarding RFP 2020-1001 Insurance Benefits. Leslie Cloer, City Manager and Rachel Means, CEO of Employee Benefits Consulting Click to View
4.   Discussion and update on elimination of employee loans and provide an allowance of $400 per year for required footwear for certain positions. Edena Atmore, Assistant City Manger/CFO Click to View
5.   Discussion and update on Wayfinding Signage Project. Mary Raum, Tourism Marketing Manager Click to View
6.   Discussion and update on hotel occupancy tax (HOT) grant program.  Mary Raum, Tourism Marketing Manager Click to View
7.   Discussion and update on Code Enforcement. Sgt. Jeremy Jenkins
 
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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 web-link 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/
  1. Agenda Items
  2. Non-Agenda Items

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.   City Manager's Office Click to View
2.   Fire Department June Monthly Report Click to View
a.   Fire Department Accident Cost Recovery Report Click to View
3.   Parks and Recreation June Monthly Report Click to View
4.   Public Works Department June Monthly Report Click to View
5.   Municipal Court April, May, and June Monthly Reports Click to View
6.   Criminal Investigations Division June Monthly Report Click to View
7.   P.L.A.C.E Team June Monthly Report Click to View
8.   Financial Department May Monthly Report Click to View
9.   Palestine Public Library June Monthly Report
 
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I.   OPEN BIDS
 
1.   Open RFP 2020-009 AWOS Replacement Installation Project.
 
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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 minutes of the Work Session and Regular Meeting of June 22, 2020. Teresa Herrera, City Secretary Click to View
2.   Consider approval of invoices over $25,000.00. Edena Atmore, Assistant City Manager/CFO
 
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K.   REGULAR AGENDA
 
0.   Discuss and take any action necessary regarding the IDEA Committee.  City Council Click to View
1.   Discuss and take any action necessary regarding health reimbursement accounts.  Leslie Cloer, City Manager and Rachel Means, CEO of Employee Benefits Consulting Click to View
2.   Discussion and take any action necessary regarding Request for Proposal RFP 2020-1001 for insurance benefits. Leslie Cloer, City Manager and Rachel Means, CEO of Employee Benefits Consulting Click to View
3.   Discuss and take action on a Resolution appointing McCall, Parkhurst & Horton as Bond Counsel for the City of Palestine and authorize the City Manager to approve the attached Engagement Letter. Edena Atmore, Assistant City Manager/CFO Click to View
4.   Discuss and take action on proposed budget calendar.  Edena Atmore, Assistant City Manager/CFO Click to View
5.   Discuss and take any action necessary regarding elimination of employee loans and provide an allowance of $400 per year for required footwear for certain positions. Edena Atmore, Assistant City Manger/CFO Click to View
6.   Consider awarding RFP 2020-008, Water Line Replacement at Wolf Creek and Lower Lakes extending to Palestine Municipal Airport to Athens Contractors in the amount of $261,490.00. Felipe Garcia, Utilities Director Click to View
7.   Discuss and take action regarding the placement of ADA portable toilets at City-owned parks by Depend-A-Can Co. Patsy Smith, Parks and Recreation Director Click to View
8.   Update on status of Humane Society and consider approval of revised 2020 contract and new Fiscal Year 2020-2021 contract. Gary Landers, City Attorney Click to View
9.   Discuss and take any action necessary regarding the Chamber's request to manage the Hot Pepper Festival. Click to View
10.   Update and discussion regarding the tracking and processing of the Substandard Structures. Mark Miers, Development Services Director  Click to View
11.   Consider authorizing the Mayor to execute a performance agreement with Palestine Economic Development Corporation and New Urban Development Palestine, TX, LLC.  Leslie Cloer, City Manager and Lisa Denton, Economic Development Director Click to View
12.   Consider authorizing the Mayor to execute a 380 performance agreement with New Urban Development Palestine, TX LLC.  Leslie Cloer, City Manager and Lisa Denton, Economic Development Director Click to View
13.   Consider authorizing the City Manager to accept bids for the sale of 9.5 acres of City-owned property adjacent to the Water Treatment Plant. Mark Miears, Development Services Director Click to View
14.   Discuss and take any action necessary on City-owned properties.  Steve Presley, Mayor Click to View
15.   Discuss and take any action necessary regarding the IDEA Committee.  City Council Click to View
16.   Discuss and take any action necessary regarding TML Annual Conference to be held in Grapevine, Texas from October 14-16. Leslie Cloer, City Manager
 
L.   CLOSED SESSION
Council will go into Closed Session pursuant to Texas Government Code, Chapter 551, Subchapter D.
0.   Discussion and update regarding Project Mash. Click to View
0.   Discussion and update on 380 agreement for The Overlook Lifestyle Apartment Homes, LLC.
 
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1.   Section 551.071 consultation with attorney: pending or contemplated litigation or a settlement offer.
a.   Discussion and update regarding Carey McKinney as President of Anderson County Football League v. City of Palestine Cause No. 13613, Anderson County Court of Law. Click to View
2.   Section 551.087 deliberation regarding Economic Development negotiations.
a.   Discussion and update regarding Project Mash. Click to View
b.   Discussion and update on 380 agreement for The Overlook Lifestyle Apartment Homes, LLC.
 
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M.   RECONVENE IN REGULAR SESSION
 
0.   Discussion and take any action regarding Project Mash Click to View
0.   Discuss and take action on a 380 agreement for The Overlook Lifestyle Apartment Homes, LLC.
 
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1.   Take any action necessary regarding Carey McKinney as President of Anderson County Football League v. City of Palestine. Click to View
2.   Discussion and take any action regarding Project Mash Click to View
3.   Discuss and take action on a 380 agreement for The Overlook Lifestyle Apartment Homes, LLC.
 
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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  Thursday, July 9, 2020, at 5:00 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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