CITY OF SCHULENBURG SCHULENBURG, TEXAS FEBRUARY 18, 2008 The City Council of the City of Schulenburg met in regular session on Monday, February 18, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Room. Mayor Roger Moellen- berndt, Alderman Ernest Kutac, Alderman Douglas Behlen, Alderman Johnny Fowlkes, Alderman Audrey Wick and Alderman Leo Kopecky were present. Also present was City Administrator, Ronald Brossmann. City staff present were Candace Berger, Tami Walker, Marvin Wick, Arnold Stoever, Willie Thomas, Eugene Schrader, Ronald Bohac, Sharon Kuester and Chief Randy Mican. Visit- ors included Darryl Vyvjala, Rachel Bolfik, Emil Roeder, Jeanne Mican, Allison Mican, Clint Mican and Arlen Berger. Alderman Behlen made a motion to accept the minutes as received. Alderman Kutac seconded it, which was adopted unanimously. Under presentations by citizens, Emil Roeder addressed the meeting with three questions. First, he questioned whether the rezoning of residential property to commercial ever reverts back to residential zoning. Alderman Fowlkes address- ed it by answering that in the specific case at the last meeting, it was stated that the property will revert back to residential if the business venture ceases to exist or the property is sold. He also questioned the use of lights at the Sports Complex and whether some- one is paying for the field lights. It was explained that the City has an agreement with SISD for the baseball and softball teams to use the lights. There is also a team that pays for lights each week to practice on the fields. Mr. Roeder’s final question concerned an agenda item that he requested Alder- man Kutac to put on the current agenda relating to the department heads being present to discuss departmental activities. Mayor Moellenberndt explained that the department heads were present; however, the discussions will be held in ex- ecutive session. Mr. Roeder cited a 1999 ruling that he believed required depart- ment operations be discussed in open session. Council clarified the issue by saying that the department heads could require the discussion in closed session. Also under presentations, Mayor Moellenberndt read a letter from Sheriff Keith Korenek thanking the City for their participation in the Deputy Santa program. Mayor Moellenberndt also announced that he and Ronald Brossmann met with the American Cancer Society – Relay for Life Chairman on Friday regarding the possible use of the south and east sides of Wolters Park. The event would take place on April 26th and 27th. Council requested an agenda item for a formal vote. City Administrator, Ronald Brossmann reported on several items. They are as follows: 1. Mayor Moellenberndt, Alderman Kopecky and I attended a memorial service on Saturday for Judge Paul Huser. Judge Huser was the City’s legal counsel for almost forty years. 2. The four major roads coming through town now have jake brake signage installed. 3. The larger No Truck Traffic signs have been installed by the City Cemetery. 4. At the BBQ pits in Wolters Park the iron framing is up and has been painted. We still need to install the metal for the roof. 5. At the Sports Complex the girls softball field now has a new outfield fence. The Little League Association donated the materials. The labor for the project was furnished by SISD employees, Little League volunteers and city employees. Also, at the softball field, a new scoreboard was donated by Prosperity Bank. A picture honoring this presentation will be forthcoming. 6. In the past couple of weeks our crews have replaced three sewer services to local residents. 7. We extended the water line along the west side of the Expo Center and added several water faucets. 8. There was more curbing poured along August Street in front of the apartment complex. We have street reconstruction cur- rently in progress along Avenue A and new culvert pipes were installed along Highway 90 off of Avenue A & B. 9. An update on the Well #10 rehabilitation stated the following: “J & S Water Wells has completed mechanical removal of the deposits on the inside of the liner and screen using a drill bit and they have jetted the debris from the well. They have run a video survey confirming that at least 98% of the built up material has been removed. There is some very hard mater- ial that could not be jetted from the last few feet of screen section, but the acidizing process may dissolve this material. J & S is working to schedule delivery of the hydrochloric acid one day next week and will proceed with the acidizing pro- cess as soon as they can get the materials on site.” 10. Council has also received a colored photo of signage being painted on the wall of the downtown restrooms. The project will cost $375.00 for labor and $85.98 for materials. Chamber of Commerce Representative Rachel Bolfik presented their quarterly report. She wanted it understood that the February payment to the churches will complete their 2007 obligation of payments. She reported on events attended and ones currently scheduled. They are anticipating a busy spring. Alderman Wick made a motion to increase the pay scale of the election workers from $6.50 an hour to $7.50 an hour, the alternate judge’s pay from $7.00 an hour to $8.00 an hour and the election judge’s pay from $10.00 an hour to $11.00 an hour. Alderman Kopecky seconded it, which was adopted unanimously. Alderman Fowlkes made a motion to raise the salary of the Chief of Police, Randy Mican, by 3%. Alderman Kutac seconded it, which was adopted unanimously. Alderman Wick addressed the council regarding the evaluation and compensation of the police officers and personnel. Alderman Wick left a previous executive session early where the item was discussed and was disappointed to find that the council did not accept the proposed pay scale suggested by Chief Mican. She also addressed consideration for longevity and certificate pay. Alderman Behlen stated that the police officers received a much greater increase in pay than the rest of the city employees and that after comparing the raises granted to the police department and that of other like departments on TML’s website, we are very much in line for pay scales. Alderman Behlen then made a motion to accept the previously agreed upon pay scale, but shortly withdrew a motion because it was not appropriate to vote on the item. The raises had already been received on the last pay check. Alderman Wick again addressed the consideration of longevity and certificate pay. Alderman Fowlkes reminded her that employees already received longevity pay and that all city employees should be considered for the same amount. Al- derman Wick proposed for consideration the Chief’s proposal of a $600.00 an- nual raise for certificate pay. Many council members were uncomfortable discus- sing information they were not familiar with and requested that the TECLOSE TIERS be sent in their next packet for review and consideration. Alderman Behlen recommended that this be discussed closer to budget planning since city employees also earn certificates and should be considered under this plan. Mayor Moellenberndt announced that no action will be taken on this item, but an agenda item should be on the next agenda for discussion. Alderman Wick made a motion to pay the bills. Alderman Kopecky seconded it, which was adopted unanimously. In accordance with V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 551.074, the City Coun- cil of the City of Schulenburg adjourned at 7:40 p.m. into an executive session to deliberate the assignments, duties and employment of Marvin Wick, Electric Su- perintendent of the electric department. In accordance with V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 551.074, the City Coun- cil of the City of Schulenburg adjourned at 7:40 p.m. into an executive session to deliberate the assignments, duties and employment of Eugene Schrader, Depart- ment Head of the Water Department. In accordance with V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 551.074, the City Coun- cil of the City of Schulenburg adjourned at 7:40 p.m. into an executive session to deliberate the assignments, duties and employment of Arnold Stoever, Depart- ment Head of the Sewer Department. In accordance with V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 551.074, the City Coun- cil of the City of Schulenburg adjourned at 7:40 p.m. into an executive session to deliberate the assignments, duties and employment of Willie D. Thomas, Depart- ment Head of the Garbage Department. In accordance with V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 551.074, the City Coun- cil of the City of Schulenburg adjourned at 7:40 p.m. into an executive session to deliberate the assignments, duties and employment of Ronald Bohac, Operations Manager. Alderman Kopecky made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:37 p.m. Alderman Kutac seconded it, which was adopted unanimously.