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THE WOODLANDS TOWNSHIP

Board of Directors Meeting

SPECIAL BOARD MEETING

August 17, 2020

MINUTES

THE STATE OF TEXAS   §

COUNTIES OF HARRIS & MONTGOMERY   §


             The Board of Directors of The Woodlands Township met in special session, open to the public, on Monday, August 17, 2020, posted to begin at 9:00 a.m. The meeting was held via video conference within the boundaries of The Woodlands Township, The Woodlands, Texas.
             
STANDARD ITEMS
             
1. Invocation / Pledge of Allegiance;

Chairman Gordy Bunch provided the invocation. He then led the Pledge to the United States flag and the Texas State flag.
             
2. Call meeting to order;

Chairman Gordy Bunch called the meeting to order at 6:02 p.m. and declared that notice of this meeting was posted 72 hours in advance inside the boundaries of The Woodlands Township at Town Hall located at 2801 Technology Forest Blvd., The Woodlands, Texas, and posted online at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov, and is being held via video conference in accordance with the declaration made by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, which temporarily suspends certain requirements within the Texas Open Meetings Act to help reduce the potential transmission of the COVID-19 public health pandemic emergency. The roll was then called of the duly elected members with one member absent at the time roll was called.
Present: Chairman Gordy Bunch; Vice Chairman Bruce Rieser; Secretary Ann Snyder; Treasurer John Anthony Brown; Director Bob Milner; Director Jason J. Nelson; Director Shelley Sekula-Gibbs
Staff Present: Don Norrell, Nick Wolda, Monique Sharp, John Powers, Karen Dempsey, Palmer Buck, Susan Welbes, Robin Cross, Todd Stephens
             
3. Receive, consider and act upon adoption of the meeting agenda;
  Motion by: Secretary Ann Snyder moved to adopt the meeting agenda.
  Second by: Director Bob Milner 
Passed: Chairman Gordy Bunch YES
Vice Chairman Bruce Rieser YES
Secretary Ann Snyder YES
Treasurer John Anthony Brown YES
YES
Director Jason J. Nelson YES
Director Bob Milner YES
Director Shelley Sekula-Gibbs YES
 
             
4. Public comment;* 

The following individuals provided public comment:
  • Steve Leakey - Alden Bridge; Expressed concerns about the Township's law enforcement agreement with Montgomery County, as well as concerns of calling an Incorporation election.
  • Carey Yeager - Alden Bridge; Expressed concerns about calling an Incorporation election.
  • Ted Stanley - College Park; Expressed concerns about calling an Incorporation election.
  • Walter Cooke - Expressed concerns about calling an Incorporation election.
  • Rob Johnson; Expressed concerns about calling an Incorporation election.
  • Amy Lecocq; Expressed concerns about calling an Incorporation election.
             
REGULAR AGENDA
             
5. Receive, consider and act upon setting a Special Board meeting to adopt the 2021 budget and 2020 tax rate;

Assistant General Manager of Finance Monique Sharp explained that the taxable values provided during the budget workshop meetings were estimated due to the fact that more than 5% of the properties in the Township are under review.  Mrs. Sharp shared that Harris County anticipates having the certified numbers by August 21, 2020. Montgomery County anticipates having their certified numbers by August 26, 2020.  As a result, Ms. Sharp suggested setting the meeting to adopt the 2021 budget and the 2020 tax rate for some time during the week of September 8 in the event that the tax rolls are late and also to allow staff to work through any changes in the original numbers that may be received.
  Motion by: Chairman Gordy Bunch moved to approve September 10, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. for a Special Board Meeting to adopt the 2021 budget and 2020 tax rate.
  Second by: Secretary Ann Snyder 
Passed: Chairman Gordy Bunch YES
Vice Chairman Bruce Rieser YES
Secretary Ann Snyder YES
Treasurer John Anthony Brown YES
YES
Director Jason J. Nelson YES
Director Bob Milner YES
Director Shelley Sekula-Gibbs YES
 
             
CLOSED MEETING (if applicable)
             
6. Recess to Executive Session at 9:32 a.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 Gordy Bunch shared that it would be necessary to recess to executive session.
             
7. Reconvene in public session at 1:10 p.m.;

Chairman Bunch shared that it would be necessary to take action on matters discussed in executive session.
             
8. Receive, consider and act upon actions taken by the Montgomery County Commissioners on August 11, 2020, which rescinded the County's Third Amendment to the Law Enforcement Agreement between Montgomery County and The Woodlands Township;

President/General Manager Don Norrell provided a background of the recent action taken by the Montgomery County Commissioners Court regarding the Third Amendment to the Law Enforcement Agreement between Montgomery County and The Woodlands Township.  Board discussion followed.  The Township Attorney Robin Cross then shared a draft of a Third Amended and Restated Interlocal Agreement for Law Enforcement Services between Montgomery County and The Woodlands Township.  Ms. Cross shared that this amended and restated Interlocal Agreement was prepared after Chairman Bunch, President/General Manager Don Norrell and other Township staff met with Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson to address the Sheriff's concerns with the previous law enforcement agreement.
  Motion by: Director Bob Milner moved to approve the presented Third Amended and Restated Interlocal Agreement for Law Enforcement Services in final form as approved by the Township Attorney.
  Second by: Director Shelley Sekula-Gibbs 
Passed: Chairman Gordy Bunch YES
Vice Chairman Bruce Rieser YES
Secretary Ann Snyder YES
Treasurer John Anthony Brown YES
YES
Director Jason J. Nelson YES
Director Bob Milner YES
Director Shelley Sekula-Gibbs YES
 
             
9. Receive, consider and act upon the adoption of Amended Order Calling Directors, Incorporation, and Maximum Initial Municipal Property Tax Rate Election, and determination of procedure for giving notice of same;

Note: No separate discussion was held on this agenda item. Without objection, this agenda item was tabled.
  Motion by: Vice Chairman Bruce Rieser moved to table this agenda item.
  Second by: Director Shelley Sekula-Gibbs 
Chairman Gordy Bunch
Vice Chairman Bruce Rieser
Secretary Ann Snyder
Treasurer John Anthony Brown
YES
Director Jason J. Nelson
Director Bob Milner
Director Shelley Sekula-Gibbs
 
             
DISCUSS FUTURE AGENDA /ANNOUNCEMENTS
             
10. Consideration of items to be placed on the agenda for next month's meeting;

Chairman Gordy Bunch requested that an active agenda item pertaining to the Interlocal Agreement with Montgomery County for Law Enforcement Services remain on future Board meeting agendas until an agreement has been signed by all parties.
             
11. Board announcements; and

There were no Board announcements.
             
12. Adjournment.
  Motion by: Director Bob Milner moved to adjourn the meeting at 1:56 p.m.
  Second by: Director Shelley Sekula-Gibbs 
Passed: Chairman Gordy Bunch YES
Vice Chairman Bruce Rieser YES
Secretary Ann Snyder YES
Treasurer John Anthony Brown YES
YES
Director Jason J. Nelson YES
Director Bob Milner YES
Director Shelley Sekula-Gibbs YES
 
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Ann Snyder
Secretary, Board of Directors

    

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