March 26, 2018 City Council Minutes
HALTOM CITY COUNCIL MEETING CITY HALL, 5024 BROADWAY AVENUE
March 26, 2018
A Regular Meeting by the City Council of the City of Haltom City, Texas, was held on March 26, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall, 5024 Broadway Avenue, Haltom City, Texas, with the following members present:
Mayor Pro Tem Dr. An Truong Council Place 1 Jeannine Nunn
Council Place 2 Walter Grow Council Place 3 Lin Thompson
Council Place 4 Trae Fowler Council Place 5 Bob Watkins Council Place 6 Ricky Brown
Mayor David Averitt was absent.
Staff Present: Keith Lane, City Manager; Rex Phelps, Assistant City Manager; Wayne Olson, City Attorney; Art Camacho, City Secretary; Jennifer Fung, Finance Director; Christi Pruitt, Parks and Recreation Director; and Greg Van Nieuwenhuize, Public Works Director.
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Pro Tem Truong called the Worksession to order at 6:05 p.m. Ms. Sophia Trinh, of Colorful World Foundation, addressed the Council concerning her group’s social service assistance toward people of different ethnic backgrounds, culture, and language by giving presentations of their program at local churches, malls and other congregational locations. Finance Director Jennifer Fung presented the monthly financial report and a discussion was held regarding specific revenues, expenditures and sales tax growth.
The Council went into Executive Session at 6:47 p.m.
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
City of San Antonio v. Hotels.com, L.P.
Nicklaus Forrest 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 and the EDC, including city buildings.
Section 551.074 – Personnel
Deliberation regarding the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, or duties of the City Manager.
The Council returned to Regular Session at 6:58 p.m. and Mayor Pro Tem Truong called for a brief recess.
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Pro Tem Truong called the meeting to order at 7:08 p.m.
INVOCATION/PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Steven Hughes, of St. Luke United Methodist Church, 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:
The HC Public Library lists the children, teen and adult programs on the website.
The Friends of the Library will have their annual book sale April 26-29.
The Carson Street Closing will be closed for 6 months to a year.
Haltom Sr. Center will have a “Baked Potato and Salad Supper” on April 12th.
Haltom Sr. Center will also have a “Burgers and Bingo” on April 28th.
City Hall Facilities will be closed for Good Friday on March 30th.
PRESENTATION – Police Lieutenant Steve Irvin presented the proclamation for “Child Abuse Prevention Month” to Julia Summer, Director of Development for Alliance for Children, and Paula Roberts, Alliance for Children Board Member.
Minutes – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of the Minutes of the meeting of March 12, 2018. Council Member Fowler moved, seconded by Council Member Thompson, to approve the Minutes of March 12, 2018. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Standards of Care – Consideration and/or action to approve Ordinance No. O-2018- 015-10 establishing standards of care for the recreation programs for elementary school age children operated by the City. 2nd Reading. Parks and Recreation Director Christi Pruitt presented the ordinance on its second reading. Council Member Thompson moved, seconded by Council Member Grow, to approve Ordinance No. O-2018-015-10 – Standards of Care – 2nd reading. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
T-Mobile Tower Lease Agreement Amendment – Consideration and/or action to authorize the City Manager to execute a new lease amendment to the original agreement with T-Mobile at the 3310 Meadows Oaks Drive location. Assistant City Manager Rex Phelps addressed the Council and stated that T-Mobile would like to renegotiate their lease and needed more time. Council Member Thompson moved, seconded by Council Member Fowler, to table this item until the next Council meeting. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
MuniServices – Consideration and/or action to approve an agreement with MuniServices to provide local occupancy tax program audit and administration services for the coming three years. Finance Director Jennifer Fung presented the agenda item and a discussion was held regarding the renewal contract. Council Member Fowler moved, seconded by Council Member Grow, to approve the agreement with MuniServices to provide local occupancy tax program audit and administration services. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
No citizen came forward.
FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
Discussion on items to be placed on future agendas. No item was presented.
Resignations of Board/Commissions/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 requested approval of Daren Hudson to the Economic Development Corporation. The vote was unanimously approved.
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. This item was overlooked by the Council and not regarded.
The Council went into Executive Session at 7:27 p.m.
RECONVENE TO REGULAR SESSION
The Council reconvened at 7:52 p.m. No action was taken.
Mayor Pro Tem Truong adjourned the meeting at 7:53 p.m.
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY: APPROVED BY:
Art Camacho, City Secretary David Averitt, Mayor