November 13, 2017 City Council Minutes
HALTOM CITY COUNCIL MEETING CITY HALL, 5024 BROADWAY AVENUE
November 13, 2017
A Regular Meeting by the City Council of the City of Haltom City, Texas, was held on November 13, 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 4 Trae Fowler Council Place 5 Bob Watkins Council Place 6 Ricky Brown
Staff Present: Keith Lane, City Manager; Rex Phelps, Assistant City Manager; Wayne Olson, City Attorney; Art Camacho, City Secretary; Glenna Batchelor, Planning and Community Development Director; Cody Phillips, Police Chief; Jennifer Fung, Finance Director; and Greg Van Nieuwenhuize, Public Works Director.
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Averitt called the Worksession to order at 6:02 p.m. Police Chief Cody Phillips gave reference to a previous ordinance regarding code enforcement and a scheduling of a meeting with the Council and the Code Enforcement Department will be forthcoming in discussing and reviewing enforcement methods and procedures.
The Worksession ended at 6:09 p.m. and Mayor Averitt called for an Executive Session at 6:09 p.m. Lin Thompson was sworn in by City Secretary Art Camacho to be allowed to join the 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, and pending litigation and settlement offers for the following cases:
Flynn v. Haltom City EDC
James H. Watson v. City of Haltom City
Amer Ozzie v. City of Haltom City
Ray Beshirs v. City of Haltom City
Section 551.072 – Deliberations about Real Property
Deliberation regarding the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property, and property owned or leased by the City, including city buildings.
Mayor Averitt closed the Executive Session at 6:47 p.m.
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Averitt called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
INVOCATION/PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Council Member Bob Watkins introduced Steven Hughes, of St. Luke Methodist Church, who gave the Invocation, and Council Member Watkins led the Pledge of Allegiance and the Texas Flag Pledge.
ANNOUNCEMENTS/EVENTS – City Secretary Art Camacho read the following:
Youth Basketball registration will be held until November 22nd.
Public Library activities from the website and the annual Howling Halloween will be held on Monday, October 30th.
The Christmas on Broadway will be held on December 2nd.
The Holiday Decorating Contest will be held from Dec. 12th through 15th.
Thanksgiving Holiday Luncheon at the Senior Center will be held Nov. 17th.
The November Birthday Celebration will be Wednesday, Nov. 22nd.
The Carson Street Closing will begin on November 13th for 10 months to a year.
Council Member Grow stated the Haltom High School placed in the “Robotics” competition; the “Pride of Haltom” band placed 3rd in the Atlanta competition and is ranked 25th in the nation; the Haltom Buffaloes meet Grand Prairie in the football playoffs this Thursday in Grand Prairie.
Council Member Fowler commented on the Veterans Memorial Ceremony held last Saturday and Council Member Nunn also stated her thanks and appreciation to the many people associated with the project.
Police Chief Cody Phillips announced the Honor Flight of DFW will be taking several war veterans to Washington D.C. for free.
Resolution No. R-2017-030-01 – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of Resolution No. R-2017-030-01, tabulating and canvassing the results of the November 7, 2017 Special Election. City Secretary Art Camacho read the results of the November Special Election and Council Member Fowler moved, seconded by Council Member Nunn, to approve Resolution No. R-2017-030-01 – results of the November 7, 2017 Special Election. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Oath of Office
Newly Elected Officer – City Secretary Art Camacho administered the Oath of Office to City Council Place 3 Lin Thompson.
Certificate of Election –Mayor Averitt presented the Certificate of Election to Council Place 3 Lin Thompson. Council Member Thompson took her place at the Council dais and thanked her supporters, pledging her service to the citizens of Haltom City.
Minutes – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of the Minutes of the meeting of October 23, 2017. Mayor Pro Tem Truong moved, seconded by Council Member Thompson, to approve the Minutes of the meeting of October 23, 2017. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Council Agenda Setting – Consideration and/or action to approve Resolution No. R- 2017-031-01 adopting an agenda setting policy for City Council meetings. City Manager Keith Lane presented the agenda and Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Truong, to approve Resolution No. R-2017-031-01. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Revision of Ethics Policy – Consideration and/or action to approve Ordinance No. O- 2017-026-01, amending the ethics policy in regard to prohibition of land sales to current or former members of the City Council and the HC EDC, and any of their associated business entities, within a specific period of time – 1st Reading. City Manager Keith Lane presented the ordinance and a discussion was held regarding whether the EDC would have to approve a similar amendment to be covered. City Attorney Wayne Olson stated it would not be necessary for the EDC to vote on the same policy amendment, but that the Council’s amendment would be sufficient for them also. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Nunn, to approve Ordinance No. O-2017- 026-01 – first reading. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Final Plat (P-008-17) – Conduct a public hearing and consider action on the application of Christian Conners on behalf of Keith Paris for approval of a final plat creating Lot 1, Block 1, Haltom Crossing from Green B. Stanley Survey, Abstract 1378 and J. M. Robinson Survey, Abstract 1346, located in the “C-2” Commercial District, containing approximately 4.783 acres, and locally known as 5000 NE Loop 820. Planning and Community Development Director Glenna Batchelor presented the plat application and Mayor Averitt opened the Public Hearing at 7:34 p.m. No citizen came forward. Mayor Averitt closed the Public Hearing at 7:35 p.m. Council Member Fowler moved, seconded by Council Member Thompson, to approve Final Plat (P-008-17) creating Lot 1, Block 1, Haltom Crossing. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Final Plat (P-10-17) – Conduct a public hearing and consider action on the application of Larry D. Weatherley on behalf of Manual Antonio Guevara for approval of a final plat creating Lots 1 and 2, Block 1, Guevara’s Subdivision from Thomas Akers Survey, Abstract 25, located in the “D” Duplex Residential District, containing approximately
1.50 acres, and locally known as 2329 and 2333 Thomas Road. Planning and Community Development Director Glenna Batchelor presented the final plat application and Mayor Averitt opened the Public Hearing at 7:41 p.m. No citizen came forward. A discussion was held regarding the area parking and the building storage. Property Owner Larry Weatherly came forward and provided additional information. Mayor Averitt closed the Public Hearing at 7:44 p.m. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Truong, to approve Final Plat (P-10-17) for Lots 1 and 2, Block 1, Guevara’s Subdivision. The vote was unanimous, with Council Member Fowler abstaining. Motion carried.
Citizen Mark Williams came forward and spoke regarding his distributed flyer, his spiritual leader Derrick Robbins and his 34,000 followers who are united to stand against privacy invasion, and his suffering from ailments caused by wifi frequencies. Citizen Don Lemaster addressed the Council and citizens regarding the city staff and employee labor in completing the Veterans Memorial project.
Resignations of Board/Commission/Committee Members – Consider approval of the resignations of Board/Commission/Committee Members. There were no resignations.
Appointment/Reappointment to Boards/Commissions/Committees – Consider approval regarding appointments to Boards/Commissions/Committees. Council Member Watkins appointed Brenda Rotramble to the Animal Advisory Committee.
The appointment was approved unanimously. Mayor Pro Tem Truong reappointed Donna Peterson to the Library Board. The reappointment was approved unanimously.
EXCUSED ABSENCE OF COUNCIL MEMBERS
Attendance Requirements – Consideration regarding excused absences of Council Members according to Article III, Sec. 3.07 (a). Attendance Requirements of the Haltom City Charter. There were no absences.
FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
Discussion on items to be placed on future agendas. Council Member Brown requested when it would be appropriate to appoint a bond committee to provide information to the public and additional counsel on the subject of a bond election next May. A discussion was held and it was determined the Council will review and consider by themselves the option of having a bond election.
There was no Executive Session.
Mayor Averitt adjourned the meeting at 8:07 p.m. and announced a small reception will be held in the southern hallway outside of the Council Chambers in City Hall.
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY: APPROVED BY:
Art Camacho, City Secretary David Averitt, Mayor