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September 11, 2017 City Council Minutes

MINUTES

HALTOM CITY COUNCIL MEETING CITY HALL, 5024 BROADWAY AVENUE

September 11, 2017

A Regular Meeting by the City Council of the City of Haltom City, Texas, was held on September 11, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall, 5024 Broadway Avenue, Haltom City, Texas, with the following members present:

Mayor David Averitt Mayor Pro Tem Dr. An Truong

Council Place 1 Jeannine Nunn Council Place 2 Walter Grow

Council Place 5 Bob Watkins Council Place 6 Ricky Brown Council Place 4 Trae Fowler was absent.

Staff Present: Keith Lane, City Manager; Rex Phelps, Assistant City Manager; Wayne Olson, City Attorney; Art Camacho, City Secretary; Glenna Batchelor, Interim Planning and Community Development Director; Police Chief Cody Phillips; Police Sergeant Kyle Barton, and Jennifer Fung, Finance Director,

WORKSESSION

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Averitt called the Worksession to order at 6:02 p.m. There were no questions regarding the Regular Agenda.

The Council went into Executive Session at 6:03 p.m.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code

As authorized by Section 551.071, the City Council reserves the right to adjourn into Executive Session at any time during the course of this meeting to seek legal advice from the City Attorney about any matters listed on the agenda, in addition to the following matters:

Consultation with the City Attorney pertaining to any matter in which the duty of the City Attorney under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct which may conflict with the Open Meetings Act; including discussion of any item posted on the Agenda; to seek legal advice on open meetings, open records, dissolution/restructuring of the Haltom City Economic Development Corporation, NEO playing fields property, and pending litigation and settlement offers for the following cases:

  • Flynn v. Haltom City EDC

  • James H. Watson v. City of Haltom City

  • Tarrant County, et al v. Richard J. Westfall/City of Haltom City

  • Amer Ozzie v. City of Haltom City

Section 551.072 – Deliberations about Real Property

Deliberation regarding the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property, including NEO playing fields property and property owned or leased by the City, including city buildings.

The Executive Session ended at 6:15 p.m.

REGULAR MEETING

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Averitt called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

INVOCATION/PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Council Dr. An Truong gave the Invocation, led the Pledge of Allegiance and the Texas Flag Pledge.

ANNOUNCEMENTS/EVENTS

City Secretary Art Camacho read the following announcements:

Public Library - Story Time, Super Science Saturdays, Bi-lingual Story Time, Family Movie Night, Summer Reading Program activities, Sing-a-long Afternoons and Coloring and Cookies for Grown Ups activities and their dates and times are found on the Library’s website.

Open House – The Haltom City Fire Department will be having an Open House on Saturday, October 14th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Activities will include a Kids Safety House and Mini Fire Engine Rides, “Jaws of Life” demonstration, Hands-Only CPR Training, Fire Extinguisher demonstrations, refreshments and giveaways.

Community Projects

Join Keep Haltom City Beautiful on Saturday, October 1st from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Trinity Trash Bash at Little Fossil Park. Online registration available at the city website. If you are interested in serving on the Beautification Board, please fill out an application on the city website.

Everyone is invited to the “Health Fiesta” on Saturday, September 30th from 10:30 a.m. -

2 p.m. at Bethesda Community Church. This family event will offer mammograms, flu vaccines, medical screenings for diabetes, colon cancer, dental and vision screenings all for FREE. Food items and winter coats for children while supplies last, so get there early! Live Tobacco Free! Tarrant County Public Health is offering a FREE 4-week tobacco cessation program in Haltom City beginning Tuesday, October 2nd. Classes will be at the Rec Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Class size is limited and you must pre-register. More details on the city website.

“Friends Helping Friends Social Transportation, Inc.” a 501(c) (3) program that provides non-driving senior citizens transportation, has been approved to participate in the North Texas Giving Day on September 14th, which is an 18-hour online giving opportunity for North Texas non-profits to be allowed to receive state wide assistance to help build awareness and support. It will begin at 6 a.m. and continue to 12 midnight. Several non- profits will host donation stations and community celebrations.

Annual Arts & Crafts Fair – The Haltom Senior Center will be hosting its annual Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday, October 14th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. which will feature yard art, holiday wreaths, jewellery, wood crafts, and more. The event will also include a barbeque lunch and also a performance by the Ft. Worth Ballet Folklorico.

Homecoming Parade – The Haltom High School Homecoming Parade is Thursday, September 21st at 6 p.m., starting at Friendly Lane and heading east on Broadway to Moore Coliseum. The Mayor and Council, along with several City Staff personnel, will be participating in the parade.

In addition, the EDC meeting scheduled for the same evening, will be rescheduled to the following Thursday, September 28th.

REGULAR AGENDA

  1. Minutes – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of the Minutes of the meeting of August 28, 2017 and September 4, 2017. Mayor Pro Tem Truong moved, seconded by Council Member Grow, to approve the minutes of the August 28, 2017 and the September 4, 2017 Council meetings. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

  2. FY2018 Justice Assistant Grant – Consideration and/or action to approve Resolution No. R-2017-026-04 authorizing the Chief of Police to execute an agreement for the city’s participation with the Criminal Justice Department FY 2018 Rifle-Resistant Body Armor Grant funds. Police Chief Cody Phillips and Police Sergeant Kyle Barton

    presented the grant resolution. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Truong, to approve Resolution No. R-2017-026-04 authorizing the Chief of Police to execute an agreement for the city’s participation with the Criminal Justice Department FY 2018 Rifle-Resistant Body Armor Grant funds. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

  3. Ordinance No. O-2017-022-15 CU-011-17 – Conduct a public hearing and consider action on the application of David Barber, on behalf of Alrito Properties Corporation, requesting approval of a Conditional Use Permit for office warehouse and contractor’s office (w/shop and garage) uses in the “C-3” Commercial District located on W126.5’ of Lots 1, 2 and 3, Block 32, Meadow Oaks Addition-Haltom, being approximately 0.73 acres south of Broadway Avenue, east of Haltom Road and west of Rita Lane, having the approximate address of 5126 Broadway Avenue (units A-N). 1st Reading. Interim Planning and Community Development Director Glenna Batchelor presented the ordinance and Mayor Averitt recused himself because of business affiliations with the applicant. Mayor Pro Tem Truong facilitated the meeting and called for a Public Hearing at 7:15 p.m. Applicant David Barber came forward and answered questions regarding the projected use of the business. No one else came forward. Mayor Pro Tem Truong closed the Public Hearing at 7:17 p.m. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Nunn, to approve Ordinance No. O-2017-022-15 CU- 011-17 – first reading. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried. Mayor Averitt returned back to the dais to facilitate the remainder of the meeting.

  4. Ordinance No. O-2017-021-15 Z-007-17 – Conduct a public hearing and consider action on the application of Hudson’s Mobile Glass Service, Inc. for a Zoning Change request from “C-3” Commercial District to “C-4” Commercial District located on Lot 4 W54’3, Block 3, Earles Addition, being approximately 0.3928 acres located north of NE 28th Street and east of Harris Lane, locally known as 4803 NE 28th Street (TAD shows 4807 NE 28th Street). 1st Reading. Interim Planning and Community Development Director Glenna Batchelor presented the ordinance and zoning application. Mayor Averitt opened the Public Hearing at 7:20 p.m. No one came forward. Mayor Averitt closed the Public Hearing at 7:21 p.m. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Truong, to disapprove Ordinance No. O-2017-021-15 Z-007-17. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

  5. Proposed FY2018 Budget – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of Ordinance No. O-2017-023-03 adopting the proposed FY2018 budget. 2nd Reading. Finance Director Jennifer Fung presented the ordinance and Mayor Averitt opened the Public Hearing at 7:34 p.m. No one came forward. Mayor Averitt closed the Public Hearing at 7:35 p.m. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Truong, to approve Ordinance No. O-2017-023-03 – second reading. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried. City Attorney Olson reminded the Council to use the specific language involved in the tax rate mentioned in the article. Council Member Grow again moved, seconded again by Mayor Pro Tem Truong, to ratify the property tax increase reflected in the budget. The vote was again unanimous. Motion carried.

  6. Proposed FY2018 Tax Rate – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of Ordinance No. O-2017-024-03 adopting the FY2018 Proposed Tax Rate. 2nd Reading. Finance Director Jennifer Fung presented the ordinance and Mayor Averitt opened the Public Hearing at 7:41 p.m. No once came forward. Mayor Averitt closed the Public Hearing at 7:42 p.m. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Truong, that the property tax rate be increased by the adoption of a tax rate of

    $0.66818, which is effectively a 6.39 percent increase in the tax rate. Mayor Pro Tem Truong and Council Members Nunn, Grow, and Watkins voted aye. Council Member Brown voted nay. Motion carried.

  7. Fee Schedule – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of Resolution No. R- 2017-023-03 amending the fee schedule. Finance Director Jennifer Fung presented the resolution. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Truong, to approve Resolution No. R-2017-023-03 amending the fee schedule. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

  8. Investment Policy – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of Resolution No. R-2017-024-03 amending the revised investment policy. Finance Director Jennifer Fung presented the resolution. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Nunn, to approve Resolution No. R-2017-024-03. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

  9. Signatories – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of Resolution R-2017- 025-03 designating the authorized signatories for all City financial transactions. Finance Director Jennifer Fung presented the resolution. Mayor Pro Tem Truong moved, seconded by Council Member Grow, to approve Resolution R-2017-025-03. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

    VISITORS/CITIZENS FORUM

    Darren Hudson, of Hudson’s Mobile Glass, came forward to inquire of what procedures he would need to take to appeal the Council decision (Agenda Item # 4) and was directed to speak with Assistant City Manager Rex Phelps after the Council meeting is over. No other person came forward.

    BOARDS/COMMISSIONS

  10. Resignations of Board Members – Consider approval of the resignations of Board/Commission Members. There were no resignations.

  11. Appointment/Reappointment to Boards and Commissions – Consider approval regarding appointments to Boards/Commissions. No appointment or reappointments were made.

  12. Attendance Requirements – Consideration regarding excused absences of Council Members according to Article III, Sec. 3.07 (a). Attendance Requirements of the Haltom City Charter. Council Member Nunn moved, seconded by Council Member Brown, to excuse the absence of Council Member Place 3 Trae Fowler. The absence was excused unanimously.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

There was no Executive Session.

ADJOURNMENT

Mayor Averitt adjourned the meeting at 7:52 p.m. RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY: APPROVED BY:

Art Camacho, City Secretary David Averitt, Mayor