City of

5024 Broadway Ave.
Haltom City, TX  76117

May 14, 2018 City Council Minutes




May 14, 2018

A Regular Meeting by the City Council of the City of Haltom City, Texas, was held on May 14, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall, 5024 Broadway Avenue, Haltom City, Texas, with the following members present:

Mayor David Averitt 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 Pro Tem Dr. An Truong 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; Glenna Batchelor, Planning and Community Development Director; Christi Pruitt, Parks and Recreation Director; Brian Jacobs, Deputy Fire Chief, and Greg Van Nieuwenhuize, Public Works Director.



Mayor Averitt called the Worksession to order at 6:02 p.m. and inquired of the Council if there were any questions concerning the meeting agenda. There were no questions. Newly-elected Council Member Place 4 Brent Weast was sworn into office by City Secretary Art Camacho and joined the Council in Executive Session.

The Council went into Executive Session at 6:04 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, city charter limitations, 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

  • 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, duties, discipline or dismissal of a public officer or employee.

    The Council returned to Regular Session at 6:15 p.m. and waited for the Regular Meeting to commence at 7:00 p.m.



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


    Council Member Jeannine Nunn gave the Invocation and 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 Summer Reading Program will start on Friday, June 1st.

  • The Carson Street Closing will be closed for five months to a year.

  • Haltom Sr. Center will have the Memorial Day celebration on May 21st.

  • CERT will have their annual Water Drive on Saturday, June 5th.

  • Jr. Fire Camp will be held July 23rd – 27th with online registration required.

  • Full Day Summer Camp and Sports begins now and requires registration.

  • Birdville Cemetery Reunion is Saturday, May 19th.

  • City Facilities will be closed Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day.

  • Memorial Day Services will be held on Monday, May 28th at the New Trinity Cemetery.

  • Parks and Recreation Director Christi Pruitt thanked everyone for the Mayor’s Cup.

PRESENTATION – Brian Jacobs, Deputy Fire Chief, presented an “Emergency Medical Services Week” proclamation to Douglas Hooten, of MedStar, who gave a PowerPoint presentation of their improvements and new policies and procedures implemented for 2018.


  1. Minutes – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of the Minutes of the meeting of April 23, 2018 and May 3, 2018.

  2. Ordinance No. O-2018-018-15 (CU-003-18) – Consideration and/or action to approve the application of Michael H. Smith, on behalf of Republic Finance, LLC., for a Conditional Use Permit request for a Nondepository Financial Institution in the “C-3” Commercial District, containing approximately 1,600 square feet of lease space on Lot 1, Block 1 of Western Center Plaza, being approximately 5.107 acres south of Western Center Boulevard, locally known as 5000 Western Center Boulevard, Suite 270. 2nd Reading.

  3. Ordinance No. O-2018-017-15 (CU-004-18) – Consideration and/or action to approve the application of Hussam Alsayyaf for approval of a Conditional Use Permit for automobile tune up and lube center, tire and battery sales store uses, and automobile and light truck repair shop in the “M-2” Heavy Industrial District located on Lot 1, Block 2 of the Ray Austin Subdivision, being approximately 0.2931 acres on the east side of North Beach Street, locally known as 2314 North Beach Street. 2nd Reading.

  4. Recreation Center Gym Roof Repair – Approve the use of TIPS contract number 2092415 for DK Haney to replace the Recreation Center Gymnasium Roof.

  5. Agreement with Tarrant County for Tax Collection – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of a contract with the Tarrant County Tax Office to provide ad valorem tax billing, collecting, and reporting for the 2018 Tax Year.

    Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Thompson, to approve the Consent Agenda as stated. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.


  6. Ordinance No. O-2018-019-15 (Z-003-18) - Conduct a Public Hearing and consideration and/or action on the Robert R. Lubega on behalf of Texacare Home Services, LLC for a Zoning Change request from “C-3” Commercial District to “SF-2” Single Family Residential District located on Block 2, Lot 5 of Shady Dell Addition being approximately 0.1721 acres of land, locally known as 2017 Owens Street. 1st Reading. Planning and Community Development Director Glenna Batchelor presented the ordinance and Mayor Averitt opened the Public Hearing at 7:27 p.m. No one came forward and Mayor Averitt closed the Public Hearing at 7:28 p.m. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Brown, to approve Ordinance No. O-2018-019-15 (Z-003-18) – zoning change from “C-3” to “SF-2” on first reading. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

  7. Resolution No. R-2018-006-01 – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of Resolution No. R-2018-006-01, tabulating and canvassing the results of the May 5, 2018 General and Special Bond Elections. City Secretary Art Camacho presented the voting results of the May 5, 2018 General and Special Election. Council Member Fowler moved, seconded by Council Member Grow, to approve Resolution No. R-2018-006-01. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

  8. Recognition of Outgoing Council Members – Council Member Trae Fowler thanked citizens and friends for their voting support, and also members of the city staff for all their work and assistance during his tenure. He also stated that the political milieu for this election was not conducive for the city and its citizens. Each Council Member and the Mayor expressed their thanks to Council Member Fowler for his service.

  9. Oath of Office

    1. Newly Elected Officers – Oath of Office administered to Council Members in Places 3, 4, 5, and 6 by City Secretary Art Camacho. City Secretary Art Camacho administered the Oath of Office to Incumbents Place 3 Linda Thompson, Place 5 Bob Watkins, Place 6 Ricky Brown and newly elected candidate Place 4 Brent Weast.

    2. Certificates of Election – Presentation of Certificates of Election by Mayor Averitt. Each elected official was presented a Certificate of Election by Mayor Averitt and they thanked their families and supporters for the election results.


      No citizen came forward.


  10. Discussion on items to be placed on future agendas. No item was presented.


  11. Resignations of Board/Commissions/Committee Members – Consider approval of the resignations of Board/Commission/Committee Members. There were no resignations.

  12. Appointment/Reappointment to Boards/Commissions/Committees – Consider approval regarding appointments to Boards/Commissions/Committees.

    The following appointments were made:

    1. Council Member Brown: Bonnie Richards – Library; David McConnell – Fire Services Board; Dana Coffman – Parks and Recreation; Juanita Adam – Planning and Zoning Commission; Bob Watkins – EDC. The appointments were unanimously approved.

    2. Council Member Thompson: James White - Zoning Board of Adjustments; Suzanne Norris

      – Fire Services Board, Loretta DuBois – Library Board; Kyle Smith – Planning and Zoning Commission. The appointments were unanimously approved.

    3. Mayor Averitt: Susann Ora and Bill Lanford – Civil Service Commission. The appointments were unanimously approved.

    4. Council Member Watkins: Birdi Blocker – Beautification Board; Jerry Gannaway – Crime Control and Prevention District; Herb Williams – Fire Services Board; Patsy Sullivan – Library Board; Penny Clowers – Parks and Recreation Board; Karen Hudson – Planning and Zoning Commission; Larry Pinkerton – Zoning Board of Adjustments; Ricky Brown – EDC. Mayor Averitt requested that any appointment to the EDC be delayed until the next Council meeting when Mayor Pro Tem Truong has returned, but was reminded that the reappointment of Council Member Watkins to the EDC had just happened prior to this reappointment. Mayor Averitt requested Council Member Watkins make his EDC appointment separate from the rest of his reappointments. Council Member Watkins then reappointed Ricky Brown to the EDC. The appointment was approved unanimously. Council Member Watkins then inquired if he should make each of his previous board and commission reappointments individually or collectively. The Council agreed to do them collectively. Council Member Watkins then repeated his previous reappointments. The appointments were approved unanimously.


  13. 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 Weast moved, seconded by Council Member Thompson, to excuse the absence of Mayor Pro Tem Truong. The vote was unanimously approved.


Mayor Averitt adjourned the meeting at 7:57 p.m. and announced the reception for the newly- elected councilmembers would be in the hallway outside the Council Chambers.


Art Camacho, City Secretary David Averitt, Mayor