Jack Sedtal put aside his early morning gym time for a chance to learn what’s going on in the city of Nederland Wednesday.
Instead of council chambers and straight-backed chairs, Sedtal, along with Jerry McNeill and several other residents met with Nederland City Manager Chris Duque, Police Chief Darrell Bush and Fire Chief Gary Collins in the living-room like foyer at City Hall for a cup of coffee and an informal discussion about the city.
Duque brought along a list of conversation topics and two architectural renderings of the new city hall and police station/fire station/emergency operations center for visual aids.
“I usually work out from 6:30 to 9 a.m. but I took the morning off to come here,” Sedtal, who is retired, said.
The city manager went over topics ranging from upcoming construction of the city hall and emergency services facility, street projects, updates of the city’s water and sewer, a pending project by Sunoco and more.
Questions from thos in attendance ranged from issues with leaves and drainage after rainfall to demolition of dilapidated houses.
One of the most surprising bits of information came when Duque told the visitors that Nederland has the second lowest tax rate in the area.
“What we hear on the streets is that Nederland has the highest tax rate,” Sedtal said of comments he has heard.
The effective rate of $0.591 per $100 valuation is second lowest in South and Mid-County.
Armed with the correct information, Sedtal and others in attendance plan on spreading the word about the tax rate.
McNeill also found the casual meeting to be very informative.
The meeting was the first of three such meetings to allow better communication between the city and its citizens.
The idea of Coffee with the City Manager was born from the City’s 2012 Community Survey where one of the significant issues identified was the need to improve relaying information to the citizens. There will be several chances to attend one of these events during the year including a second Coffee and an After Hour Forum with the City Manager.
For more information about the city of Nederland, visit the website at ci.nederland.tx.us or Facebook page: The City of Nederland, Texas.