CITY OF GONZALES, TEXAS
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
GONZALES MUNICIPAL BUILDING 820 ST. JOSEPH STREET VIA TELEPHONE CONFERENCE
LIMITED IN PERSON ATTENDANCE AVAILABLE AGENDA –JUNE 10, 2021 6:00 P.M.
This meeting notice, agenda and agenda packet are posted online at www.gonzales.texas.gov.
On March 16, 2020, Governor Abbott suspended several provisions of the Texas Open Meetings Act for the duration of his statewide declaration of disaster, including the new requirement (added by H.B. 2840 last legislative session) that the public has a right to speak on agenda items. This DOES NOT apply to statutorily-mandated public hearings, such as zoning and similar hearings. The Governor has since clarified his intent and stated that citizens should be allowed to offer comments by other means.
A temporary suspension of certain provisions of the Open Meetings Act to allow telephone or videoconference public meetings has been granted by Governor Greg Abbott. These actions are being taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by avoiding meetings that bring people into a group setting and in accordance with Section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code.
Citizens wishing to offer comments on the posted agenda items may email their comments at least two hours prior to the start of the meeting and the comments will be read into the record during the time allocated for citizen comments. Emails may be sent to email@example.com and must include the name of the citizen.
NOTICE is hereby given that, pursuant to Section 551.045 of the Texas Government
Code and the
March 16, 2020 order by the Governor of the State of Texas, the City Council will hold its regular
meeting on Thursday, June 10, 2021
at 6:00 p.m., via teleconference in accordance with Governor
The public toll-free dial in number to participate in the telephone conference is hosted through
Toll-free call-in number: 1-844-854-2222
When asked for an access code enter 348787#
It is not necessary to announce yourself when you join the teleconference.
A recording of the telephone conference will be made and will be available to the public in
accordance with the Open Meetings Act upon written request.
CALL TO ORDER, INVOCATION, AND PLEDGES OF ALLEGIANCE
CITY EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
• Announcements of upcoming City Events
• Announcements and recognitions by the City Manager • Announcements and recognitions by the Mayor
• Recognition of actions by City employees
• Recognition of actions by community volunteers
HEARING OF RESIDENTS
This time is set aside for any person who wishes to address the City Council. Each person should fill out the speaker’s register prior to the meeting. Presentations should be limited to no more than 3 minutes. Individuals not able to attend due to space limitations may email the City Secretary at least two (2) hours prior to the meeting.
1.1 Discuss, Consider & Possible Action on Resolution #2021-43 Canvassing the Returns and
Officially declaring the results of the June 1, 2021 City of Gonzales District 2 Runoff Election
1.2 Issuance of the Certificate of Election and Swearing in of City Council Member District 2: Sherry Tumlinson-Koepp
1.3 Discuss, Consider & Possible Action on Resolution #2021-44 Appointing a Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Gonzales
CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS
The Consent Agenda is considered self-explanatory and will be enacted by the Council with one motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless they are removed from the Consent Agenda upon the request of the Mayor or a Councilmember.
2.1 Minutes - Approval of the minutes for the May 13, 2021 Regular Meeting
3.1 Discuss, Consider & Possible Action on Resolution #2021-45 Authorizing the Edwards
Association the use of Independence Square and designated street closures for the Juneteenth Freedom March on June 19, 2021
3.2 Discuss, Consider & Possible Action on Resolution #2021-46 Authorizing the Purchase of a 2021 John Deere Backhoe for the Water Department from RDO Equipment Company in the amount of $104,950.00
3.3 Discuss, Consider & Possible Action on Resolution #2021-47 Authorizing the Purchase of a Trojan UV disinfection system replacement for the Wastewater Department in the amount of $228,700.00
3.4 Discuss, Consider & Possible Action on Resolution #2021-48 Approving A Type B Economic Development Agreement by and between the Gonzales Economic Development Corporation and Laurel Ridge Designs, Inc., a Texas Corporation, Authorized Pursuant to Section 505.158 Of The Texas Local Government Code
3.5 Discuss, Consider & Possible Action on Resolution #2021-49 Authorizing an amendment to the Fiscal and Budgetary Policy Statement for the City of Gonzales
3.6 Discuss, Consider & Possible Action on Resolution #2021-50 Authorizing City Staff to Solicit Proposals from Reputable and Experienced Vendors for a Feasibility Study and Market Analysis for the Potential Improvement and Enhancement of Municipally-owned Softball and Baseball Fields and/or the Potential Creation of a New Sports Complex
3.7 Discuss, Consider & Possible Action on Resolution #2021-51 Approving the use of the practice field located on North Avenue between the 400 block of Williams Street and 400 block of Tate Street and authorizing designated street closures for the First Responder Appreciation Night on June 25, 2021 and authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with Austin Aeronauts, LLC.
3.8 Discuss, Consider & Possible Action on Resolution #2021-52 Approving A Type B Economic Development Project and Performance Agreement, by and between the Gonzales Economic Development Corporation and First United Methodist Church Regarding Improvements authorized pursuant to Section 505.152 of the Texas Local Government Code
4.1 Discuss, Consider & Possible Action on Ordinance #2021-18 Approving a Budget
Amendment to the Operating Budget for the Fiscal Year October 1, 2020 and Ending September 30, 2021 in the amount of $127,430.00
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Financial Report for the month of May 2021
City Manager, Tim Patek will update the City Council on the following: Grant funding projects
Preliminary budget and rate study
Electric AMI Metering update
6.1 (1) Pursuant to Section 551.071 of the Texas Government Code, the City of Gonzales will consult in closed session with its attorney to receive legal advice regarding pending or contemplated litigation, a settlement offer, or matter in which the duty of the attorney to the governmental body under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of Texas clearly conflicts with this chapter”, to include the following matters:
a) In Re Estate of J. B. Wells litigation
(2) Pursuant to Section 551.072 of the Texas Government Code, the City of Gonzales will consult in closed session to deliberate the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property if deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person:
a) Victoria College billboard
RETURN TO OPEN SESSION
7.1 Discuss and Consider any Action Resulting from Closed Session as Necessary
CITY COUNCIL REQUESTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
• Requests by Mayor and Councilmembers for items on a future City Council agenda • Announcements by Mayor and Councilmembers
• City and community events attended and to be attended
• Continuing education events attended and to be attended
EXECUTIVE SESSION: The City Council reserves the right to discuss any of the above items in Executive Closed Session if they meet the qualifications in Sections 551.071, 551.072, 551.073, 551.074, 551.076, 551.087, of Chapter 551 of the Government Code of the State of Texas.