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 
Teresa Herrera, Interim
City Manager/City Secretary
Gary Landers, City Attorney
 
NOTICE OF MEETING
CITY COUNCIL AGENDA

October 26, 2020
Work Session at 3:30 p.m.
Regular Meeting at 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 face covering.

Zoom Link Work Session 3:30 PM:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89653768064?pwd=TnNlUEpxTCtHNzNRWVlkRmxtQU9Cdz09

Meeting ID: 896 5376 8064
Passcode: 225095
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 Zoom Link Regular Meeting 5:30 PM:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86592865448?pwd=UjJtQWpNaXVlRnR3QVVmbmF1L1VPQT09

Meeting ID: 865 9286 5448
Passcode: 446605
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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.   First Reading of a Resolution-SCC Development Palestine Partners, LLC. Lisa Denton, EDC Director
2.   Discuss operation of Farmer's Market. Lisa Denton, EDC Director
3. Discuss Coronavirus Relief Funds. City Council
 
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 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/

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 of Palestine - Report on Delinquent Property Tax Collections. Robert Meyers, MVBA
2.   September 2020 Development Services Report
3.   September 2020 Police Department Stats, CID, and PLACE Team
4.   September 2020 Financial Report
5.   September 2020 Economic Development Department Report
 
I. 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 invoices over $25,000. Andy Sibai, Interim Finance Director
2.   Consider approval of the Third Quarter Investment Report. Andy Sibai, Interim Finance Director
3.   Consider awarding Bid RFP 2020-017 Highland Drive Sewer line replacement to Duplichain Contractors for $88,320.00. Felipe Garcia, Utilities Director
4.   Consider awarding Bid RFP 2020-016 Highland Drive Waterline Replacement to Duplichain Contractors for $91,230.00. Felipe Garcia, Utilities Director
5.   Consider awarding Bid RFP 2020-018 Link Street waterline replacement to Duplichain Contractors for $174,800.00.Felipe Garcia, Utilities Director
6.   Consider awarding Bid RFP 2020-021 Parts only -  Lamar Street sewer line replacement to Core & Main for $19,780.45. Felipe Garcia, Utilities Director
7.   Consider awarding Bid RFP 2020-025 Lamar Street sewer line replacement to Duplichain Contractors for $119,850.00. Felipe Garcia, Utilities Director
8.   Consider awarding Bid RFP 2020-020 Parts only - Link Street waterline replacement to Ferguson Waterworks in the amount of $82,441.16. Felipe Garcia, Utilities Director
9.   Consider awarding Bid RFP 2020-027 Parts only Lamar Street waterline replacement to Ferguson Waterworks in the amount of $50,252.41. Felipe Garcia, Utilities Director
10.   Consider awarding Bid RFP 2020-026 to Lamar Street waterline replacement to Duplichain Contractors for $115,796.00. Felipe Garcia, Utilities Director
11.   Consider awarding Bid RFP 2020-023 Parts Only - Highland Drive Sewer line replacement to Johnson Lab and Supply, Inc. in the amount of $10,625.61. Felipe Garcia, Utilities Director
12.   Consider awarding Bid RFP 2020-022 Parts Only - Highland Drive Waterline Replacement to Ferguson Waterworks for $30,909.64. Felipe Garcia, Utilities Director
13.   Consider approval of an ordinance amending the budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021: $351,300.74 from Fund Balance to Legal Settlements. Andy Sibai, Interim Finance Director
 
J. REGULAR AGENDA
 
1.   Discussion and possible action of disposal of city-owned property, metal bleachers located at Palestine Athletic Complex. Teresa Herrera, Interim City Manager
2.   Discussion and possible action of the water, sewer, and trash account for Anderson County Veterans Benefits located at 2000 S. Loop 256 Unit 36. Teresa Herrera, Interim City Manager
3.   Second Reading and possible action of a Resolution-SCC Palestine Partners, LLC. Lisa Denton, EDC Director
4. Discussion and possible action on Coronavirus Releif Funds. City Council
 
K. CLOSED SESSION
Council will go into Closed Session pursuant to Texas Government Code, Chapter 551, Subchapter D.
1. Section 551.071 consultation with attorney: pending or contemplated litigation or a settlement offer including but limited to the Baze Chemical, Lone Star Equipment, Laza, UPRR, Kennedy, Steven, Ivy lawsuits, and other pending claims.
2. Section 551.074 personnel matters: to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee including the city manager.
 
L. RECONVENE IN REGULAR SESSION
 
1. Take any action necessary regarding pending or contemplated litigation or a settlement offer including but limited to the Baze Chemical, Lone Star Equipment, Laza, UPRR, Kennedy, Steven, Ivy lawsuits, and other pending claims.
2. Take any action necessary regarding the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee including the city manager.
3. Discussion and possible action on the organizational structure of Municipal Court. Mitchell Jordan, Council Member
 
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, October 23, 2020, at 2:15 p.m.

Teresa Herrera, Interim City Manager/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.