City Council Updates
Council Meeting -
February 27, 2019
New Employee Introduction- Shenandoah Police Department's newest patrol officer, David Swetnam, was introduced to Council and the audience. He comes to us with almost six years with Montgomery County Constable Pct. 3 as a Deputy Constable and almost 2 years as a reserve police officer for the Stage Coach Police Department.  Discussion only.
Short-term Rentals - City Attorney Bill Ferebee reported that on May 25, 2018 the Texas Supreme Court addressed the issue of short-term rentals in residential subdivisions. The Texas Supreme Court ruled in Tarr v Timberwood Park Owners Association, Inc. that deed restrictions did not prohibit short term rentals. The Austin Court of Appeals in Zgbay v NBRC Property Owners Association had a similar ruling. Shenandoah’s development code does not define “short term” and Ferebee said this should be addressed in the IDC revisions. Discussion only.

City Council Meeting Date Change - The first Council meeting in March falls on the week of Spring Break for most local schools, and may conflict with some people’s schedules. Since there are no public hearings or other conflicts,
Council voted 3-0-1 to cancel the March 6 meeting. The next Council meeting will be March 27.
Special Use Permit - 11.323 acre tract in the Montgomery County School Land Survey- Following review and two public hearings by Planning and Zoning and a public hearing by City Council, a special use permit was granted for the LifeTime Fitness to allow retail and residential use within the Retail Commercial Zoning District. Council voted 3-1 to approve the special use permit contingent on meeting the canopy requirement and laying no parallel utility lines to the forest.
TxDOT I-45 PEL Study information is available to interested residents at the TxDOT link.
Supporting Documents for Agenda Items can be found HERE.
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Wastewater Treatment Plant Master Plan- The Wastewater Treatment Plant has been modified over the years to handle the increased inflow and loads to meet the discharge permit. As needs have come up the plant has been modified without an overall plant expansion plan in place. This project will look at the future growth of the city and how it is projected to increase the flow and loading on the plant. Staff presented the project to MDD for the 70% funding of $27,300.00 and recommends that council approve the scope of work proposal with Bleyl Engineering and funding from Water/Sewer in the amount of $11,700.00. Council voted 4-0 to approve the scope of work proposal.
Special Use Permit - Mixed Beverage Restaurant Permit - Following review and two public hearings by Planning and Zoning and a public hearing by City Council, Killen’s Steakhouse was granted a special use permit for a mixed beverage restaurant permit at 1700 Research Forest Drive. Council voted 4-0 to approve the special use permit.
Approval of Minutes - Council approved the January 9, 2019 minutes by a vote of 4-0.
City Administrator Updates:
  • SPD has one position open with three viable candidates.
  • SPD arrested some suspects that are part of an organized theft ring. They also note that burglaries in the area continue.
  • Tree plantings were completed this week as was the Tamina median closure.
  • New agenda bulletin board has been installed under the portico outside City Council Chambers.
  • A tentative date for the next Town Hall has been set on April 30 if Council confirms.
  • A community FB page announced PEL public meeting dates which were incorrect. The city posted updated information and will continue to post their information when available.
February 1 -March 22: Applications open for the Shenandoah Resident Scholarship
March 2: Arbor Day/Coffee with Cops, 9 am - noon at Public Works bays
March 12: Civic Club meeting, 6 pm
March 13: City Council meeting, 7 pm
March 15-16: Civic Club Community Garage Sale, 8 am - 3 pm each day. Register at gwenquinn@ymail.com.
March 23: Trash Bash, 8 am - noon
March 27: Municipal Development District , 6 pm
March 27: City Council meeting, 7 pm