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Texarkana City Council Takes up Centerpoint Gas Rate Increase

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Centerpoint Energy would like to raise natural gas rates in the area, there will be a public hearing at the Texarkana Texas City Council meeting this evening.

The meeting gets underway at 6PM at Texas side City Hall. Here is a complete agenda for this evening’s meeting:

I. CALL TO ORDER, ROLL CALL, ESTABLISHMENT OF QUORUM

II. INVOCATION AND PLEDGE BY COUNCIL MEMBER BETTY WILLIAMS

III. MAYOR’S REMARKS AND ITEMS OF COMMUNITY INTEREST

Upcoming City Council Meetings: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Second Public Hearing on Tax Rate Monday, September 11, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Parks & Recreation Events: August 28th Commercial Co-Ed League begins Wallace Park

August 29th Church League begins Wallace Park August 29th Southern Diamonds Fall League begins Karrh Park

September 4th After School Program begins Southwest Center

September 9th Fall Dixie Baseball begins Spring Lake Park

September 9th Fall Texarkana Soccer Association League begins Wallace Park

For a complete list of Parks & Recreation activities and information call 903-798-3978.

Proclamation Presentation

Blood Cancer Awareness Month – September 2017

Appointments to Boards & Commissions

IV. OPEN FORUM: COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC (LIMIT 5 MINUTES EACH) Items scheduled for “Public Hearing” or have been heard at a previous “Public Hearing” are not to be addressed at the “Open Forum”.

V. ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION

Consent Items

1. Consider approval of the minutes of the Joint City Committee Special Meeting of the City Council held on August 8, 2017 at 3:00 PM.

2. Consider approval of the minutes of the Regular Meeting of the City Council held on August 14, 2017 at 6:00 PM.

Action Items

VI. FIRST BRIEFINGS

1. Resolution No. 2017-094 authorizing the Interim City Manager to enter into a contract or contracts for the environmental cleanup of 203/205 West Broad Street utilizing EPA grant funds previously awarded specifically for this project. Public Hearing: August 28, 2017 Second Briefing: Council Vote: August 28, 2017

VII. PUBLIC HEARINGS

1. Ordinance No. 2017-083 setting and ordering the rates to be charged by Centerpoint Energy for natural gas. Public Hearing: August 28, 2017 Second Briefing: Council Vote: August 28, 2017

2. Ordinance No. 2017-084 fixing the tax rate and levy in and for the City of Texarkana, Texas, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018 upon all taxable property in the City of Texarkana, Texas. Public Hearing: August 28, 2017 Second Briefing: Council Vote: September 11, 2017

3. Resolution No. 2017-085 ratifying the recently adopted budget that contains a property tax rate that raises more total property taxes than the previous year. Public Hearing: August 28, 2017 Second Briefing: Council Vote: September 11, 2017

4. Resolution No. 2017-090 authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract for services with Jerry V. Sparks to provide city services as the Economic Developer. Public Hearing: August 28, 2017 Second Briefing: September 11, 2017 Council Vote: September 25, 2017.

VIII. SECOND BRIEFING WITH UPDATES

1. Ordinance No. 2017-074 amending Chapter 1 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Texarkana, Texas, by adding Section 1-14 – “Release or Reduction of Real Property Liens.” Public Hearing: August 14, 2017 Second Briefing: August 28, 2017 Council Vote: September 11, 2017

2. Ordinance No. 2017-081 amending the budget estimate of the revenues and expenditures for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017 and adopting the budget and appropriating resources for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2017 and ending September 30, 2018. Public Hearing: August 14, 2017 Second Briefing: August 28, 2017 Council Vote: September 11, 2017

IX. SECOND BRIEFING WITHOUT UPDATES

1. Resolution No. 2017-080 adopting collective bargaining for fire fighters. Public Hearing: August 14, 2017 Second Briefing: August 28, 2017 Council Vote: September 11, 2017

X. ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION

Staff Updates

XI. ADMINISTRATIVE COMMENTS

1. City Council

2. City Staff

XII. CLOSED SESSION

The City Council will convene into closed session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071 (Consultation with Attorney) and Section 551.074 (Personnel Matters) to discuss or deliberate the interim City Manager’s duties, responsibilities, stipend, and authorization for an interim City Manager contract. The City Council will reconvene into open session to take any final action, decision, or vote on a matter deliberated in closed session.

XIII. RECONVENE INTO OPEN SESSION

Action Items

1. Resolution No. 2017-097 authorizing the Interim City Manager contract. Public Hearing: Second Briefing: Council Vote: August 28, 2017

XIV. ADJOURNMENT

 

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