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HALTOM CITY

5024 Broadway Ave.
Haltom City, TX  76117
817-222-7700

November 26, 2018 City Council Minutes

Monday, November 26, 2018
7:00 p.m.
City Hall - 5024 Broadway Ave. | Haltom City, TX 76117

MINUTES

HALTOM CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

A Regular Meeting by the City Council of the City of Haltom City, Texas, was held on November 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 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; Glenna Batchelor, Planning and Community Development Director; Sidonna Foust, Customer Service Director; Cody Phillips, Police Chief; Christi Pruitt, Parks and Recreation Director; Toni Beckett, Human Resources and Risk Management Director; Bobbi Arthur, Senior Citizen’s Center Director; Paul Berwick, IT Director; Fire Captain Brian Jacobs, and Greg Van Nieuwenhuize, Public Works Director.

WORKSESSION

CALL TO ORDER - Mayor Pro Tem Truong called the Worksession to order at 6:00 p.m.

VISITORS/CITIZENS FORUM

The following citizens came forward:

  1. Stacey Corbin – Inquired about an Information Records Request that she submitted, but has not received anything yet, and whether she should re-submit it again. She also thanked several Council Members who have assisted citizens with their utility bill, and noted that an issue she recently spoke about has been resolved regarding donations.

  2. Trae Fowler – Read an email regarding the background check on Mary Hunter, a disdain for the Visitor/Citizen Forum being held in the Worksession, and hostility among citizens and Council members. Mr. Fowler also stated that “strong-arm” tactics should not be targeted at citizens who wish to speak their opinions toward the Council and that an investigation be conducted to eliminate this behavior.

Council Member Grow asked on what specifically-charged offense the investigation should be based and City Manager Lane will be awaiting an email from Mr. Fowler.

WORKSESSION

Council Member Brent Weast requested the discussion regarding the Visitors/Citizen Forum be moved to the next meeting for input from Mayor Averitt. Council Member Watkins inquired about the legalities of a city reviewing a Planning and Zoning decision. After a discussion, City Attorney Wayne Olson will work on verbiage to place this item on the next agenda as an action item. Customer Service Director Sidonna Foust presented a PowerPoint regarding the new billing dates, billing cycles, and turn-off notices for Fathom customers. Finance Director Jennifer Fung presented the Monthly Financial Report and no discussion was held. Mayor Pro Tem Truong closed the Worksession at 6:29 p.m. There was no Executive Session.

REGULAR MEETING

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Pro Tem Truong called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Council Member Jeannine Nunn was not present at the Regular Meeting due to a sudden illness.

INVOCATION/PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Council Member Watkins requested Assistant City Manager Rex Phelps give 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.

  • Carson Street under Hwy. 121 is now open, but construction is continuing.

  • The City website is now able to receive pothole complaints from citizens.

  • Christmas on Broadway is December 1st from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • The Neighborhood Decorating Contest is Dec. 10th through the16th.

  • Book Ornaments for Adults and Teens is Dec. 5th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

  • The Haltom High School football team are Area Champions with a 42-27 win against Midland Lee.

  • The Haltom High School Theatre will present “Gypsy”, December 5th through the 9th. Mayor Pro Tem Truong introduced Justice of the Peace Ralph Swearingen, who was in the audience.

PRESENTATIONS – “City Employee Long Term Service Awards” – Human Resources and Risk Management Director Toni Beckett, Police Chief Cody Phillips, Fire Captain Brian Jacobs, Parks and Recreation Director Christi Pruitt, and IT Director Paul Berwick presented the following service awards:

  1. Police Chief Phillips awarded Police Captain Steve Irvin his 25 year service award.

  2. Fire Department Captain Bryan Jacobs presented the following service awards:

    1. Dr. Fred Napp – 25 year service award; he thanked the City, the Fire Department, and his wife Heather for their support.

    2. Battalion Chief Damian Vogle – 25 year service award; he thanked the Council, citizens, and his family for their support.

    3. Firefighter Driver Jason Williams – 25 year service award; he thanked his mother for attending this service award.

    4. Tommy Johnson – 20 year service award; he just earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Management; he thanked his wife Denae and daughter Joliet, and also mentioned the consideration given to his family during his daughter’s hospital stay as an infant.

  3. Parks and Recreation Director Christi Pruitt presented Senior Center Director Bobbi Arthur with a 25 year service award; she thanked the City, friends, and family.

  4. IT Director Paul Berwick presented Web Administrator David Soriano with a 20 year service award.

CONSENT AGENDA

  1. Minutes – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of the Minutes of the November 12, 2018 Regular Meeting.

  2. Release of Facilities Agreement – Consideration and/or action regarding the release of the Facilities Agreement with the First Baptist Church of Fort Worth.

    Council Member Weast moved, seconded by Council Member Thompson, to approve the Consent Agenda consisting of Agenda Items 2 and 3. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

    REGULAR AGENDA

  3. Cancel/Reschedule a Regularly Scheduled Council Meeting – Consideration and/or action to cancel or reschedule the regularly scheduled meeting of December 24, 2018, in lieu of Christmas Eve. City Secretary Camacho presented the item and the situation of the meeting date being a City holiday and also noted the second meeting in December has no vital issues. Council Member Weast moved, seconded by Council Member Grow, to cancel the scheduled meeting of December 24, 2018. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

  4. Waste Connections Rate Increase – Consideration and/or action to approve a rate increase for Waste Connections effective January 1, 2019.

    Council Member Bob Watkins recused himself from this agenda item as a matter of a conflict of interest in lieu of his business association with Waste Connections.

    Norm Bulaich, Waste Connection Public Relations Director, presented the item and provided data regarding the increase of labor costs of 3.5%. A discussion was held regarding the reasons for the last increase, automation, and also the possibility of going to a once-a-week pickup. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Thompson, to approve the 3.5% rate increase for Waste Connections for the 2018-2019 budget year. Mayor Pro Tem Truong and Council Members Grow, Thompson, Weast voted aye. Council Member Brown voted nay. Motion carried.

    Council Member Watkins returned to the dais.

  5. Ordinance No. O-2018-031-15 (CU-011-18) – Conduct a public hearing and consider an application of Tita Lagrimas requesting a Conditional Use Permit for warehousing and storage of heavy steel, large diameter pipe, explosive or hazardous materials in the “M-2” Heavy Industrial District located on a tract of land situated in Fortex Industrial Complex Addition, on Block 1, Lot E, being approximately 2.88 acres, locally known as 2516 Minnis Drive, Suite 100. 1st Reading. Planning and Community Development Director Glenna Batchelor presented the agenda item and a discussion was held regarding storage of product, product transfer, and location safety. Seth Ray, of Tradebe Environmental Services, LLC, stated there would be no problem in either situation as there is a ten-day turnover in product sales. Mayor Pro Tem Truong opened the Public Hearing at 7:38 p.m. No citizen came forward. Mayor Pro Tem Truong closed the Public Hearing at 7:39 p.m. Council Member Brown moved, seconded by Council Member Grow, to approve Ordinance No. O-2018-031-15 (CU-011-18) - first reading. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

  6. Ordinance No. O-2018-032-15 (CU-012-18) – Conduct a public hearing and consider an application of Thomas Hoover requesting a Conditional Use Permit for Motel/hotel (excluding extended stay) in the “C-2” Commercial District located on a tract of land situated in Fossil Ridge Addition, on Block 5, Lot 3-4RA1A, being approximately 26.3906 acres, locally known as 3951 NE Loop 820. 1st Reading. Planning and Community Development Director Glenna Batchelor presented the agenda item and a discussion was held regarding the two hotel sites and the egress and ingress lanes. Mayor Pro Tem Truong opened the Public Hearing at 7:44 p.m. No citizen came forward. Mayor Pro Tem Truong closed the Public Hearing at 7:45 p.m. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Weast, to approve Ordinance No. O-2018-032-15 (CU-012-18) – first reading. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried. Mr. Hoover provided additional information regarding construction and deadlines.

  7. CITY STAFF REPORTS – There was no Staff Report.

  8. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS – There were no future agenda items.

    BOARDS/COMMISSIONS

  9. Resignations of Board/Commissions/Committee Members – Consider approval of the resignations of Board/Commission/Committee Members. Mayor Pro Tem Truong presented the resignation of Julie Barron from the Beautification Board. The resignation was approved unanimously.

  10. Appointment/Reappointment to Boards/Commissions/Committees – Consider approval regarding appointments to Boards/Commissions/Committees. There were no

    appointments or reappointments.

    EXCUSED ABSENCE OF COUNCIL MEMBERS

  11. Attendance Requirements – Consideration regarding excused absences of Council Members according to Article III, Sec. 3.07 (a). Mayor Pro Tem Truong moved for the absence of Council Member Nunn. The absence was approved unanimously. Mayor Pro Tem Truong moved for the absence of Mayor Averitt... The absence was approved unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT

Mayor Pro Tem Truong adjourned the meeting at 7:48 p.m. RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY: APPROVED BY:

Art Camacho, City Secretary David Averitt, Mayor