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 TELECONFERENCE MEETING 
CITY COUNCIL AGENDA

November 9, 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 and Regular Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81464809199?pwd=WXY3YUpoSzRMRmNYRGFPM0xKUWFOZz09

Meeting ID: 814 6480 9199
Passcode: 955015
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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.   Discuss future locations for the Palestine Public Library. Teresa Herrera, Interim City Manager/City Secretary
2.   Discuss applying for grants through the Texas Water Development Board for the four dams. Mendi Chambers, Interim EMC
3.   Discuss Five Year Capital Improvements Projects Plan for Public Works and Parks & Recreation. Mendi Chambers, Interim EMC and KSA Engineers
4.   Discuss Employee Handbook, Section 5 - Compensation and Section 6 - Leave. Steve Presley, Mayor 
 
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.   October 2020 Utility Billing Report
2.   October 2020 Fire Department Report
3.   October 2020 Palestine Public Library Report
4.   October 2020 Public Works Report
5.   Public Works Projects
 
I. BOARD APPOINTMENTS
 
1.   Consider the appointments of Amanda Hofmann to Place 5 replacing Rafael Hernandez and Kasey Crutcher to Place 7 replacing Fran Lindsey with term to expire September 30, 2022, to the Tourism Advisory Board.
2.   Consider the appointment of Jodi Trout to Place 5 replacing Tracy Torma with term to expire on September 30, 2022, to the Main Street Advisory Board.
 
J. OPEN BIDS
 
1.   Open RFP 2020-028 Water Line Replacement Parts
 
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 authorizing the City Manager to enter into a five-year agreement with Pitney Bowes to provide metered postage services at Palestine Public Library. Ana Sanchez, Interim Library Director
2.   Consider approval of invoices over $25,000. Andy Sibai, Interim Finance Director
3.   Consider approval of a two-year agreement with Midwest Tape's Hoopla, digital media service. Ana Sanchez, Interim Library Director
 
L. REGULAR AGENDA
 
1.   Discussion and possible action of an Ordinance Authorizing The Issuance And Sale Of General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Taxable Series 2020; Awarding The Sale Thereof; Levying A Tax In Payment Thereof; Authorizing The Execution And Delivery Of A Paying Agent/Registrar Agreement, An Escrow Agreement, A Bond Counsel Engagement Letter And A Disclosure Counsel Engagement Letter; Approving The Official Statement; And Enacting Other Provisions Relating Thereto.
2. Discussion and possible action of an Ordinance Authorizing The Issuance And Sale Of City Of Palestine, Texas Combination Tax And Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2020; Awarding The Sale Thereof; Levying A Tax In Payment Thereof; Prescribing The Form Of Said Bonds; Authorizing The Execution And Delivery Of A Paying Agent/Registrar Agreement, An Escrow Agreement, A Bond Counsel Engagement Letter And A Disclosure Counsel Engagement Letter; Approving The Official Statement; And Enacting Other Provisions Relating Thereto.
3.   Discussion and possible action regarding Employee Handbook, Section 5 - Compensation and Section 6 - Leave. Steve Presley, Mayor 
4.   Discussion and possible action regarding Five Year Capital Improvements Project Plan for Public Works and Parks & Recreation. Mendi Chambers, Interim EMC and KSA Engineers
5.   Discussion and possible action regarding applying for grants through the Texas Water Development Board for the four dams. Mendi Chambers, Interim EMC
6. Discussion and possible action on Coronavirus Relief Funds. City Council
7.   Consider setting City Council meeting dates for the month of December 2020. Teresa Herrera, Interim City Manager/City Secretary
 
M. 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; and discussion regarding Prospect 1011.
2. Section 551.072 deliberation regarding real property: the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property. Discussion regarding potential lease of city properties.
3. Section 551.074 personnel matters: to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee
4. Section 551.087 deliberation regarding Economic Development negotiations. Discussion regarding Prospect 1011 and Prospect 1013.
 
N. RECONVENE IN REGULAR SESSION
 
1. Take any action necessary regarding Prospect 1011.
2. Take any action necessary regarding potential lease of city properties.
3. Take any action necessary regarding Prospect 1013.
4. Take any action 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; and discussion regarding Prospect 1011.
 
O. 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, November 6, 2020, at 3:00 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.