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THE WOODLANDS TOWNSHIP

Board of Directors Meeting

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

June 17, 2021

MINUTES

THE STATE OF TEXAS   §

COUNTIES OF HARRIS & MONTGOMERY   §


             The Board of Directors of The Woodlands Township met in regular session, open to the public, on June 17, 2021, posted to begin at 6:00 p.m. The meeting was held in the Board Chambers at the office of The Woodlands Township, 2801 Technology Forest Boulevard, The Woodlands, Texas, within the boundaries of The Woodlands Township.



             
STANDARD ITEMS
             
   1. Invocation / Pledge of Allegiance;

Mr. Bart Jealous, representative of First Church of Christ, Scientist, The Woodlands, provided the invocation. Chairman Gordy Bunch then led the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag and the Texas State flag.
             
   2. Call meeting to order;

Chairman Gordy Bunch called the meeting to order at 6:14 p.m. and declared that notice of this meeting was posted 72 hours in advance inside the boundaries of The Woodlands Township at the office building located at 2801 Technology Forest Boulevard, The Woodlands, Texas, and posted online at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov. The roll was then called of the duly elected members, with two members being absent.
Present: Chairman Gordy Bunch; Vice Chairman Bruce Rieser; Secretary Shelley Sekula-Gibbs; Treasurer John Anthony Brown; Director Ann Snyder
Absent: Director Bob Milner; Director Jason J. Nelson
Staff Present: Jeff Jones, Monique Sharp, John Powers, Karen Dempsey, Robin Cross, Todd Stephens, Nick Wolda, Palmer Buck
             
   3. Receive, consider and act upon adoption of the meeting agenda;
             
  Motion by: Vice Chairman Bruce Rieser moved to adopt the agenda.
  Second by: Director Ann Snyder 




Passed: Chairman Gordy Bunch YES
Vice Chairman Bruce Rieser YES
Secretary Shelley Sekula-Gibbs YES
Treasurer John Anthony Brown YES
Director Bob Milner ABSENT
Director Jason J. Nelson ABSENT
Director Ann Snyder YES
 
             
   4. Recognize public officials;

There were no public officials in attendance.
             
   5. Public comment;

The following indivdiuals provided public comment:
  • Simon Boddison - Director of Soccer Operations for Dynamo Dash Youth Soccer Club; Provided an update on recent and upcoming tournaments and programs.
  • Stuart Schroeder - South County 4th of July Parade Committee President; Announced that the South County 4th of July Parade will be held on Saturday, July 3rd. He recognized committee members for their hard work on organizing the parade and asked for volunteers on parade day.
  • Kent Maggert - Grogan's Mill resident; Complimented former Township President/General Manager Don Norrell on his presentation at the planning session meeting regarding Township Municipal Utility Districts (MUDS) and shared his thoughts on MUD operations, should the Township choose to incorporate.
             
PROCLAMATIONS
             
   6. Receive, consider and act upon proclamations;
             
   a. Receive, consider and act upon a proclamation declaring July as Parks and Recreation Month in The Woodlands;

Chairman Gordy Bunch read the proclamation declaring July as Parks and Recreation Month in The Woodlands.
             
CONSENT AGENDA
             
   7. Receive, consider and act upon the Consent Agenda;
(This agenda consists of non-controversial or "housekeeping" items required by law. One motion with modifications, if applicable, approves for action, all items contained within the Consent Agenda. Items may be moved from the Consent Agenda to the Regular Agenda by any Board Member making such request prior to a motion and vote.)
             
  Motion by: Vice Chairman Bruce Rieser moved to approve the consent agenda.
  Second by: Secretary Shelley Sekula-Gibbs 












Passed: Chairman Gordy Bunch YES
Vice Chairman Bruce Rieser YES
Secretary Shelley Sekula-Gibbs YES
Treasurer John Anthony Brown YES
Director Bob Milner ABSENT
Director Jason J. Nelson ABSENT
Director Ann Snyder YES
 
             
   a. Receive, consider and act upon approval of the minutes of the May 20, 2021 Regular Meeting, and the May 26, 2021 Regular Meeting for the Board of Directors for The Woodlands Township;
             
   b. Receive, consider and act upon Administrative Reports for Community Services;
             
   c. Receive, consider and act upon Administrative Reports for Law Enforcement and Community Policing;
             
   d. Receive, consider and act upon Administrative Reports for Transportation (Park and Ride and Trolley System);
             
   e. Receive, consider and act upon Administrative Reports for The Woodlands Fire Department; 
             
   f. Receive, consider and act upon an agreement for Trolley Heavy-Duty Towing Services (C-2021-0131);
             
   g. Receive, consider and act upon Federal Transit Authority required annual review and approval of The Woodlands Township's Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan;
             
   h. Receive, consider and act upon adoption of Resolution No. 012-21, nomination to the Montgomery Central Appraisal District Board election;
             
REGULAR AGENDA
             
   8. Receive, consider and act upon Incorporation Planning Study matters (as requested by Chairman Bunch); 

Note: This agenda item was deferred.  No action was taken.
             
   9. Receive, consider and act upon an emergency preparedness briefing;

The Woodlands Fire Chief, Palmer Buck, provided a brief overview of emergency preparedness during hurricane season, including steps to be taken before, during and after a storm. Chief Buck detailed the steps that residents can take, the Fire Department's process for monitoring storms, special equipment to address flooding emergencies, such as highwater vehicles and evacuation boats, and important communications channels.
             
  Motion by: Director Ann Snyder moved to accept the report as presented.
  Second by: Secretary Shelley Sekula-Gibbs 



Passed: Chairman Gordy Bunch YES
Vice Chairman Bruce Rieser YES
Secretary Shelley Sekula-Gibbs YES
Treasurer John Anthony Brown YES
Director Bob Milner ABSENT
Director Jason J. Nelson ABSENT
Director Ann Snyder YES
 
             
CLOSED MEETING (if applicable)
             
   10. Recessed to Executive Session at 6:36 p.m. to discuss matters relating to real property pursuant to §551.072, Texas Government Code; deliberation of economic development negotiations pursuant to §551.087, Texas Government Code; discuss personnel matters pursuant to §551.074, Texas Government Code; discuss IT network or critical infrastructure security pursuant to §551.089, Texas Government Code; and to consult with The Woodlands Township’s attorney pursuant to §551.071, Texas Government Code;

Chairman Bunch informed the Board that it would be necessary to recess to executive session.
             
   11. Reconvened in public session at 7:13 p.m.;

Chairman Bunch shared that it would not be necessary to take action on matters discussed in executive session.
             
DISCUSS FUTURE AGENDA /ANNOUNCEMENTS
             
   12. Consideration of items to be placed on the agenda for next month's meeting;

There were no items requested to be placed on next month's agenda.
             
   13. Board announcements; and

Secretary Shelley Sekula-Gibbs announced that the South County 4th of July parade will be held on Saturday, July 3rd, followed by a free patriotic concert at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. She then announced that the Township's annual Red, Hot & Blue Festival will be held on Sunday, July 4th.
             
   14. Adjournment.
             
  Motion by: Vice Chairman Bruce Rieser moved to adjourn the Bord Meeting at 7:14 p.m.
  Second by: Secretary Shelley Sekula-Gibbs 

Passed: Chairman Gordy Bunch YES
Vice Chairman Bruce Rieser YES
Secretary Shelley Sekula-Gibbs YES
Treasurer John Anthony Brown YES
Director Bob Milner ABSENT
Director Jason J. Nelson ABSENT
Director Ann Snyder YES
 
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Shelley Sekula-Gibbs
Secretary, Board of Directors

    

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