CITY OF JEFFERSON, TEXAS
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
305 E. AUSTIN STREET
TUESDAY, March 16, 2021 @ 5:30 P.M.
Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Jefferson City Council will be held on March 16, 2021 at 5:30 PM at the Transportation Center at 305 E. Austin Street, Jefferson, Texas, at which time the subjects to be considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are as listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the order shown on the meeting notice. Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified with the consent agenda will be acted on at one time.
1. CALL TO ORDER – MAYOR
3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
4. WELCOME GUESTS AND VISITORS
Public Comments – Limited to citizens and business owners of the City of Jefferson, must sign up in advance on the list and must limit to 3 minutes conversation. Jefferson City Council may ask questions but shall not discuss items that are not on the agenda. On a subject that is not on the agenda a person may add an item to a future City Council Agenda by contacting City Hall a minimum of 5 days prior to a regular City Council Meeting.
5. PRESENTATION – Opera House Theatre Players Coming Events- Marcia Thomas
6. MAYOR’S COMMENTS
a. NETMWD update
b. Winter Storm water bill Initiative
c. COVID Waiting List Initiative
7. CONSENT AGENDA
(City Council reserves the right to remove items from the Consent Agenda and consider
and/or approve individually)
a. Consider and/or approve minutes of February 23, 2021 Council Meeting
b. Consider and/or approve monthly Financial Reports
c. Consider and/or approve new agreement with the law firm of Linebarger Goggan Blair &
Sampson, LLP as special counsel to perform all legal services necessary to collect
delinquent property taxes and authorizing the execution of such agreement, as set out
in the Notice of Public Notice
8. ACTION ITEMS
a. Consider and/or approve building permit application for Scott Moller at 305 N. Polk St.
b. Consider and/or approve building permit application for Ryan Montgomery at
495 W. Common St.
c. Consider and/or approve building permit application for Brenda Wright at 211 E. Clay St.
d. Consider and/or approve building permit application for Allan Ponder at 202 S. Market St
e. Consider and/or approve building permit application for Stephen Benson at 419 N. Polk
f. Consider and/or approve petition, resolution and deed to declare a portion of Vale Street
located adjacent to Lot 1, Block 6 in the Urquhart Addition to the City of Jefferson
abandoned and closed and to convey it to the adjoining property owner
g. Consider and/or approve to award bid for 1994 Ford Pickup Fire Truck
h. Consider and/or approve to award bid for 2018 EX Mark Lawn Mower – Serial #
i. Consider and/or approve to award bid for 2018 EX Mark Lawn Mower – Serial #
j. Consider and/or approve to award bid for 2014 EX Mark Lawn Mower- Serial #
K. Consider and/or approve State Comptroller repayment
l. Consider and/or approve Amendment to Golf Cart Ordinance Sec. 90-129
9. EXECUTIVE SESSION
The Jefferson City Council reserves the right to adjourn into Executive Session at any time
during the course of this meeting to discuss any of the matters listed above, as authorized
by Texas Local Government Code.
1. Section 551.071-Consultation with an Attorney
2. Section 551.072-Deliberations concerning Real Property
3. Section 551.073-Deliberation concerning Gifts/Donations
4. Section 551.074-Personnel Matters
5. Section 551.074- Deliberation concerning Municipal Security
6. Section 551.087-Deliberation Regarding Economic Development Negotiations
CERTIFICATE OF POSTING
I, Doris M. Hines, Secretary for the City of Jefferson, Texas do hereby certify that this Notice of
Meeting was posted at City Hall, 102 North Polk Street, a place readily accessible to the general public at all times, on the 12th day of March, 2021 at 11:00 am and remained posted for at least 72 continuous hours preceding the scheduled time of said meeting.
Doris M. Hines, City Secretary
NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING
Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the City of Jefferson City Council will be held on March 16, 2021 at 305 E. Austin St, Jefferson, Texas for the purpose of considering and taking action on all matters on the agenda for the meeting, including approval of an agreement with the law firm of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP as special counsel to perform all legal services necessary to collect delinquent property taxes and authorizing the execution of such agreement.
The agreement to be considered is necessary for the delinquent taxes owed to the City of Jefferson to be collected in the most effective manner. The City of Jefferson desires that such delinquent tax, penalties and interest be collected as provided in the Texas Tax Code.
The Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP firm is fully qualified to provide this representation, being the largest delinquent tax collection law firm in the State of Texas, as well as the United States and having been engaged in this specialized legal service for more than 40 years. In addition, the Linebarger Goggan Blair and Sampson, LLP firm possesses infrastructure and technology, such as call center technology, that the County does not currently possess.
The specialized legal services required by this agreement cannot be adequately performed by the attorneys and supporting personnel of the County due to the high cost of implementing the appropriate infrastructure and technology and employing sufficient in- house attorneys and staff with the level of experience and competence necessary to perform these activities.
Linebarger will be compensated on a contingent fee basis as provided in the Texas Tax Code Sections 6.30, 33.07, 33.08, 33.11, and 33.48. These Texas Tax Code sections specifically provide for an additional penalty on delinquent taxes to compensate collection attorneys. A contract to pay inside or outside attorneys on an hourly basis would represent an additional cost to the City of Jefferson.
Entering into the proposed agreement is in the best interests of the residents of the City of Jefferson because the delinquent taxes will be professionally and competently collected without the additional costs to the City of Jefferson of implementing infrastructure and technology, and employing in-house personnel or paying outside counsel on an hourly fee basis which would otherwise be required.