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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
Jeff Herrington, Interim City Attorney
 
NOTICE OF MEETING 
CITY COUNCIL AGENDA

March 9, 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

 
 
The City Council may meet in Closed Session regarding any item on this agenda if necessary, as permitted by Subchapter D of Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code. 
 
             
WORK SESSION
 
1.   Discuss proposals received for RFP 2020-005 for City Attorney Services. City Manager, Leslie Cloer Click to View
2.   Discuss the potential need for Narcan/Naloxone for drug overdose reversal in Palestine. Mayor, Steve Presley Click to View
3.   Update on pool renovations. City Manager, Leslie Cloer Click to View
4.   Consider approval of Purchase Order for VOIP phone system data switches. City Manager, Leslie Cloer Click to View
5.   Discuss Assistant City Manager/Chief Financial Officer Position. City Manager, Leslie Cloer
 
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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
Any citizen wishing to speak during public comments regarding an item on or off the agenda may do so after completing the required Request to Speak form. All comments must be no more than five minutes in length. Any comments regarding items not on the posted agenda may not be discussed or responded to by City Council.
 
E.   CONFLICT OF INTEREST DISCLOSURES
 
F.   PUBLIC HEARINGS
 
1.   Public hearing to receive public comments on the adoption of Tax Abatement Guidelines and Criteria for the purpose of granting commercial-industrial tax abatement pursuant to Texas Tax Code Section 312.002(c-1). City Manager, Leslie Cloer Click to View
2.   Public hearing to receive public comments on the request to re-zone 101 Trail Hollow Lane, McFarlane Estates Addition (McFarlane Estates #1 Lot 2) from from R-1 Residential to C-3 Retail Commercial contingent upon the property closing with SCC Development Corporation. Applicant: Kathy Westbrook. Planner/HPO Greg Laudadio
 
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G.   MAYOR'S REPORT
 
H.   ITEMS FROM COUNCIL
 
I.   CITY MANAGER'S REPORT
 
1.   City Manager's Office Click to View
2.   Public Works February Monthly Report
 
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J.   BOARD APPOINTMENTS
 
1.   Consider the appointment with term to expire on September 30, 2020, Ernesto Hernandez to Place 5 replacing Richard Bishop on Parks Advisory Board. Click to View
2.   Consider the appointment with term to expire on September 30, 2021, Martha Hunt to Place 3 replacing John Lamb on Main Street Advisory Board.
 
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K.   OPEN BIDS
 
1.   Open Sealed Bids for RFP 2020-007 Commercial Real Estate Broker Services.
 
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L.   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 Special Meeting and Work Session of December 17, 2019. Click to View
2.   Consider a resolution to amend the Authorized Signers on the TexStar Investment Pool Account. Interim Finance Director, Andrew Sibai Click to View
3.   Consider a resolution amending TexPool Authorized Representatives. Interim Finance Director, Andrew Sibai Click to View
4.   Consider approval of invoice over $25,000. Interim Finance Director, Andrew Sibai Click to View
5.   Consider approval of a rear covered porch addition to the existing Animal Shelter building located at 335 Armory Road. Development Services Director, Mark Miears Click to View
6.   Consider approval of a resolution for the Palestine Police Department on submission of a grant application for the Safety and Accessories Project to the Office of the DJ-Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Division. Click to View
7.   Consider approval of Edena Atmore as Assistant City Manager/Chief Financial Officer. City Manager, Leslie Cloer
 
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M.   REGULAR AGENDA
 
1.   Consider awarding RFP 2020-006 Tree Removal to Felipe's Yard & Tree Service in the amount of $18,200.00 for the tree removal at the Water Treatment Plant. Utilities Director, Felipe Garcia Click to View
2.   Consider and take action on the replacement of the Palestine Municipal Airport Automated Airport Weather Station (AWOS) with TXDOT RAMP Grant funding. Streets Director, Mark Fletcher Click to View
3.   Consider and if deemed appropriate approve a resolution ratifying the prior establishment and adoption of guidelines and criteria for granting tax abatement relief by Resolution R-23-19 on November 25, 2019, and ratifying the prior approval of a tax abatement agreement by Resolution R-05-20 on February 10, 2020, pursuant to Chapter 312 and the Texas Tax Code. City Manager, Leslie Cloer Click to View
4.   Discuss and take action on proposals received for RFP 2020-005 for City Attorney Services. City Manager, Leslie Cloer Click to View
5.   Discuss and take action on the potential need for Narcan/Naloxone for drug overdose reversal in Palestine. Mayor Steve Presley
 
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N.   CLOSED SESSION
Council will go into Closed Session pursuant to Section 551.071 consultation with attorney: pending or contemplated litigation or a settlement offer and Section 551.074 personnel matters.
1.   Discussion and update regarding City of Palestine v. LS Equipment Company, Inc. - Case Number DCCV17-003-3. Click to View
2.   Discussion and update regarding Baze Chemical, Inc. v. City of Palestine, Texas, Case No. DCCV20-1523-3. Click to View
3.   Discussion and update regarding Union Pacific Railroad Company v. City of Palestine, Texas, Case 6:19-cv-00574-JDK. Click to View
4.   Discussion and update regarding City of Palestine v. Jerry Laza, Cause No. DCCV 16-359-349, 349th District Court, Anderson County; and Jerry Laza v. City of Palestine, Cause No. 6:17-CV-00533-RWS in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas. Click to View
5.   Discuss the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of the City Manager.
 
O.   RECONVENE IN REGULAR SESSION
 
1.   Take any action regarding City of Palestine v. LS Equipment Company, Inc. - Case Number DCCV17-003-3. Click to View
2.   Take any action necessary regarding Baze Chemical, Inc. v. City of Palestine, Texas, Case No. DCCV20-1523-3. Click to View
3.   Take any action necessary regarding Union Pacific Railroad Company v. City of Palestine, Texas, Case 6:19-cv-00574-JDK. Click to View
4.   Take any action necessary regarding City of Palestine v. Jerry Laza, Cause No. DCCV 16-359-349, 349th District Court, Anderson County; and Jerry Laza v. City of Palestine, Cause No. 6:17-CV-00533-RWS in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas. Click to View
5.   Take any action regarding the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of the City Manager.
 
P.   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, March 5, 2020, before 5:30 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, WITHIN THREE DAYS PRIOR TO ANY PROCEEDING, CONTACT THE CITY SECRETARY'S OFFICE 504 N. QUEEN STREET, PALESTINE, TEXAS 75801 (903-731-8414).

    

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