June 25, 2018 City Council Minutes
HALTOM CITY COUNCIL MEETING CITY HALL
5024 BROADWAY AVENUE
June 25, 2018
A Regular Meeting by the City Council of the City of Haltom City, Texas, was held on June 25, 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 Brent Weast 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; Cody Phillips, Police Chief; Code Enforcement Officer Phillip Cagle, and Greg Van Nieuwenhuize, Public Works Director. Also present was Trent Petty, of Petty and Associates and Mark McLiney, of SAMCO Capital.
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Pro Tem Truong called the Worksession to order at 6:00 p.m. Mark McLiney, of SAMCO Capital, presented a PowerPoint program illustrating the bond issuance and options for establishing bond payment amounts and schedules, including a reimbursement resolution. Trent Petty, of Petty and Associates, addressed the various methods of tax abatements and incentives available for new or reinvesting businesses and the variables associated with each action. Mayor Pro Tem Truong closed the Worksession and called for an Executive Session at 6:45 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 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, code of ethics and conflicts of interest, 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 and/or hear a complaint or charge against an officer or employee, including individual city council and EDC board members.
Mayor Pro Tem Truong closed the Executive Session at 7:05 p.m. and called for a short recess.
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Pro Tem Truong called the meeting to order at 7:11 p.m.
INVOCATION/PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Council Member Linda Thompson 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 Carson Street Closing will be closed for at least four months.
Jr. Fire Camp will be held July 23rd – 27th with online registration required.
Ladies Night Out will be August 11th and tickets are available.
NE Tarrant Family 4th will be celebrated on July 4th.
Refresh BISD will be Saturday, Aug. 18th and pre-registration online is required.
Senior Center will celebrate 4th of July on July 2nd with CW Singer Chris Journeay.
A.A.R.P. Texas will have a free health event on Saturday, June 30th.
American Airlines Business Group will be at the Senior Center on Friday, June 29th.
City Council will have a budget meeting on Thursday, June 28th at the Library.
City Office Facilities will be closed on behalf of the 4th of July holiday.
PRESENTATION – Haltom High School Principal David Hamilton spoke on the successful joint effort of Haltom High School with various Haltom City departments, ending his speech with City Manager Keith Lane receiving an Honorary Diploma from Haltom High School.
Monthly Financial Report – Review of the Monthly Financial Report for April and May 2018. Finance Director Jennifer Fung presented the monthly financial reports for April and May 2018, which showed favorable revenue figures and no questions were asked.
Minutes – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of the Minutes of the meeting of June 11, 2018. Council Member Weast moved, seconded by Council Member Grow, to approve the Minutes of June 11, 2018. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Ordinance No. O-2018-021-15 – Junk Vehicle – Consideration and/or action to approve Ordinance No. O-2018-021-15, amending the regulations of junked vehicles to reflect changes to Chapter 683, Subchapter E of the Texas Transportation Code, and updating definitions within the ordinance. – 1st Reading. Police Chief Cody Phillips presented the ordinance and a discussion was held regarding the definition of terms, code enforcement procedures, and enforcement on vehicle repair shops. Mayor Pro Tem Truong opened the Public Hearing at 7:37 p.m. No citizen came forward. Mayor Pro Tem Truong closed the Public Hearing at 7:38 p.m. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Nunn, to approve Ordinance No. O-2018-021-15, Chapter 50, Article II, Junk Vehicle, with the provision of the update on the double negative on the aircraft – first reading. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Ordinance No. O-2018-022-01 - High Grass – Consideration and/or action to approve Ordinance No. O-2018-022-01, amending Ordinance O-98-044-01 to reflect the adopted fee schedule, update procedures in abating violations of the ordinance to conform with current standards, update ordinance definitions, and provide exemptions. – 1st Reading. Police Chief Cody Phillips presented the ordinance and a discussion was held regarding the number of notices per violation, updates on new changes, case illustrations, and Bluebonnet flowers with weeds enforcement. Mayor Pro Tem Truong opened the Public Hearing at 7:43
p.m. No citizen came forward. Mayor Pro Tem Truong closed the Public Hearing at 7:44
p.m. Council Member Weast moved, seconded by Council Member Grow, to approve Ordinance No. O-2018-022-01, amending Ordinance O-98-044-01, and conforming to the current standards – first reading. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
380 Agreement – Consideration and/or action to approve the 380 Development Agreement between Haltom City and CC 820 Beach Grand, LLC. Assistant City Manager Rex Phelps presented the agreement, which included a video illustrating the amenities of the new projected apartment complex. A discussion was held regarding the agreement funding sources, water volume test data, booster pump costs, and construction project completion. David Strauss, of Copeland Commercial, Trent Petty, of Petty and Associates, and Michael Michalski, of Bob More Construction, each provided additional information regarding the water pump station. Council Member Weast moved, seconded by Council Member Thompson, to approve the 380 Development Agreement with a grant amount of $290,000. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
T-Mobile Lease Amendment – Consideration and/or action for the Council to authorize the City Manager to execute a lease amendment with T-Mobile for 3310 Meadow Oaks Drive. Assistant City Manager Rex Phelps presented the amendment and a discussion was held regarding the future earnings from the lease. Council Member Thompson moved, seconded by Council Member Grow, to accept the amended action to authorize the City Manager to execute a lease amendment with T-Mobile for 3310 Meadow Oaks Drive. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
No citizen came forward.
FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
Discussion on items to be placed on future agendas. A Code Compliance and Comprehensive Land Use Plan are scheduled for a future Council Worksession.
Resignations of Board/Commissions/Committee Members – Consider approval of the resignations of Board/Commission/Committee Members. Council Member Weast stated ZBA Board Member Willis O’Dell submitted his resignation. The vote was unanimous and the resignation approved.
Appointment/Reappointment to Boards/Commissions/Committees – Consider approval regarding appointments to Boards/Commissions/Committees. Council Member Weast appointed Joshua Karar to the Zoning Board of Adjustments. The vote was unanimous and the appointment approved.
EXCUSED ABSENCE OF COUNCIL MEMBERS
Attendance Requirements – Consideration regarding excused absences of Council Members according to Article III, Sec. 3.07 (a). Council Member Thompson moved, seconded by Council Member Grow, to approve the absence of Mayor Averitt. The absence was approved unanimously.
Mayor Pro Tem Truong called for an Executive Session at 8:10 p.m. The Council reconvened to Regular Session at 9:12 p.m.
RECONVENE TO REGULAR SESSION
Take any action necessary as a result of the Executive Session, including consideration and/or action regarding a resolution terminating the Haltom City Economic Development Corporation. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Weast, to have the City Attorney draft a resolution for dissolving the Haltom City EDC by October 1, 2018. Mayor Pro Tem Truong and Council Members Nunn, Grow, Thompson, and Weast voted aye. Council Members Watkins and Brown voted nay. Motion carried.
Council Member Weast moved, seconded by Council Member Grow, to end the pursuit of the ethics complaint against former City Council and EDC Member Trae Fowler. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Mayor Pro Tem Truong adjourned the meeting at 9:16 p.m. RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY: APPROVED BY:
Art Camacho, City Secretary David Averitt, Mayor