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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

May 26, 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 no public access to the location described above.

Zoom Link Work Session 3:30 p.m.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81968449572?pwd=cy9LRnp2NDNlN3JuU0JDa0tVODNEUT09

Meeting ID: 819 6844 9572
Password: 729939

You can also dial in using your phone. One tap mobile
+13462487799,,81968449572#,,1#,729939# US


Zoom Link Regular Meeting 5:30 p.m.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81965830641?pwd=bzNCWFhTZlRaUVJYYnFnWG5NcU40UT09

Meeting ID: 819 6583 0641
Password: 795829


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+13462487799,,81965830641#,,1#,795829# US

Note: when you are joining a Zoom meeting by phone, you can use your phone’s dial pad to enter the commands *6 for toggling mute/unmute and *9 to “raise your hand.” Learn more here.

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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 regarding employee benefits.  Rachel Means, CEO of Employee Benefits Consulting Click to View
2.   Discussion of Financial Oversight Committee and Future Projects.  Edena Atmore, Assistant City Manager/CFO Click to View
3.   Discuss RFQ 2020-001 Engineering Services. Parks and Rec. Director Patsy Smith Click to View
4.   Update regarding the demolition or repair of dilapidated, substandard, or hazardous buildings. Development Services Director Mark Miears
 
REGULAR MEETING
 
A.  
CALL TO ORDER
 
B.  
INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
 
C.   CLOSED SESSION
Council will go into Closed Session pursuant to Texas Government Code, Chapter 551, Subchapter D.
1.   Pursuant to Section 551.071:  including consultation regarding pending or contemplated litigation or a settlement offer: 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
2.   Pursuant to Section 551.072, deliberation regarding real property: the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property.including:  Palestine Mall, Civic Center, and Palestine Athletic Complex.
 
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D.   RECONVENE IN REGULAR SESSION
 
1.   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
2.   Take any action necessary regarding real property including:  Palestine Mall, Civic Center, and Palestine Athletic Complex.
 
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E.  
PROPOSED CHANGES OF AGENDA ITEMS
 
F.   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/
  1. Agenda Items
  2. Non-Agenda Items
 
G.   CONFLICT OF INTEREST DISCLOSURES
 
H.   MAYOR'S REPORT
 
I.   ITEMS FROM COUNCIL
 
J.   CITY MANAGER'S REPORT
 
1.   City Manager's Report Click to View
2.   Library Monthly Report Click to View
3.   Police Support Services P.L.A.C.E. Team Report Click to View
4.   Police Monthly Stats Click to View
5.   Municipal Court Monthly Report Click to View
6.   Financial Monthly Report Click to View
7.   Public Works Project Updates
 
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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 approval of minutes of the Work Session and Regular Meeting of April 13, 2020. City Secretary Teresa Herrera Click to View
2.   Consider approval of minutes of the Special Meeting of April 16, 2020. City Secretary Teresa Herrera Click to View
3.   Consider approval of minutes of the Special Meeting of April 20, 2020. City Secretary Teresa Herrera Click to View
4.   Consider approval of minutes of the Regular Meeting of April 27, 2020. City Secretary Teresa Herrera Click to View
5.   Consider approval of minutes of the Special Meeting of May 4, 2020. City Secretary Teresa Herrera Click to View
6.   Consider approval of minutes of the Regular Meeting of May 11, 2020. City Secretary Teresa Herrera Click to View
7.   Consider approval of invoices over $25,000. Assistant City Manager/CFO Edena Atmore Click to View
8.   Consider a resolution for a grant for generator, telescope lighting, and flashlights for the Mobile Command Center. Interim Emergency Management Coordinator Mendi Chambers
 
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L.   REGULAR AGENDA
 
1.   Consider authorizing City Manager to seek sealed bids for the Palestine Municipal Airport Automated Weather Observation System. City Manager Leslie Cloer Click to View
2.   Consider and take action on establishing health reimbursement accounts for Medicare eligible employees as a cost savings strategy for our health insurance plan. City Manager Leslie Cloer and Human Resources Director Lisa Cariker Click to View
3.   Discuss and take action on the proposed Anderson County Humane Society Agreement. City Manager Leslie Cloer Click to View
4.   Discuss and take action on FEMA flood mitigation funding. City Manager Leslie Cloer Click to View
5.   Discuss and take action on Texas Water Development Board flood mitigation funding. City Manager Leslie Cloer Click to View
6.   Discuss and take action on fireworks for the Fourth of July to be held on July 3, 2020. City Manager Leslie Cloer Click to View
7.   Consider authorizing the City Manager to seek proposals for janitorial services for City buildings. City Manager Leslie Cloer Click to View
8.   Discuss and take action for response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). City Manager Leslie Cloer
 
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M.   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, May 22, 2020, at 1:30 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, CONTACT THE CITY SECRETARY'S OFFICE VIA EMAIL AT therrera@palestine-tx.org or 903-731-8414.

    

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