June 13, 2019 City Council Minutes
- Budget Workshop
- Thursday, Jun 13 2019
- 6:00 p.m.
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HALTOM CITY COUNCIL MEETING
June 13, 2019
A Special Meeting of the City Council and City Staff of Haltom City was held on June 13, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at the Haltom Northeast Center, 3201 Friendly Lane, Haltom City, Texas, with the following members present, to-wit:
Mayor An Truong Mayor Pro-Tem Lin Thompson
Council Place 1 Marian Hilliard Council Place 2 Walter Grow
Council Place 4 Brent Weast Council Place 5 Susan Soule
Council Place 6 Ricky Brown Council Place 7 Gaye Vanzant
Staff Present: Keith Lane, City Manager; Rex Phelps, Assistant City Manager; Art Camacho, City Secretary; Toni Beckett, Human Resources and Risk Management Director; Brian Jacobs, Fire Chief; Cody Phillips, Police Chief; Paul Berwick, IT Director, Glenna Batchelor, Planning and Community Development Director; Lesly Smith, Library Director; Christi Pruitt, Parks and Recreation Director; Sidonna Foust, Finance Director; Selina McBeth, Assistant Finance Director; Jon Stevenson, Assistant Finance Director and Controller; Hikmat Qaddoura, Budget Analyst, and Greg Van Nieuwenhuize, Public Works Director.
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Truong welcomed everyone and called the Special Meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
Discussion on Strategic Planning, Short and Long Term Goals – City Manager Keith Lane gave a brief explanation regarding budget planning and deadlines and then gave a PowerPoint presentation regarding the following:
Proposed Budget – explained the process of the Council-Manager in regard to direction, policies, and resources in a joint effort of Staff and Council.
Council’s Mission and Value Statement concerning commitment, ethics, responsive action, respect and accountability.
Strategic Plan – Pursuing economic development, public/private partnerships, utilizing methods for retaining staff, revitalizing the community, emphasizing and promoting safety and security in the community, and performance priorities.
Assistant City Manager Rex Phelps presented a PowerPoint regarding the following:
Relationship Driven Culture – individual/team improvement and internal/external.
E4 - Empathy: understanding and learning from others; Edification: serving others over self; Enthusiasm: expression of passion; Excellence: core competencies create value
Creating Synergy allows for Vision to become Reality.
City Manager Keith Lane emphasized the challenges facing the community: Council/Staff having mutual support and synergy; Tax rate (SB 2); sustainability of Long-Term Goals; maintenance and replacement of aging municipal infrastructure; quality economic development; creating/implementing sustainable plans; prioritizing philosophies and projects.
Discussion on Upcoming Budgetary Issues and Priorities for FY 2019-20.
Mayor Truong stated he would like to have the Council and Staff work together toward the best interests of the city and have equal respect for all and citizens. Mayor Pro Tem Thompson also stressed the need to work together and finding solutions to the challenges regarding revenues and expenditures, particularly employee salaries. Council Member Hilliard stated she has many notes to expound and will wait until the budget meetings begin, but she felt confident that this Council will do the best for the city through communicating with each other. Council Member Grow inquired of the benefits of private and interlocal partnerships with the city and the loss of employees to neighboring cities. He also noted the large population of senior citizens, who need assistance in various areas, and the ISO 1 rating. Council Member Weast asked about the possibility of employee raises going up to 5%, the possible acquisition of a new city facility without a bond election, the revitalizing of the neighborhoods, and new retail competition. Council Member Soule stated she would like to see more beautification work throughout the city and she also commented on the efficient operation within the city departments. Council Member Brown commented that the city doesn’t need any micromanaging, the quality of services has been maintained, and that the SB 2 bill will have an effect on the property tax revenues. He also stated the new home construction by Our Country Homes will be a definite “game changer” in regard to property values. Council Member Vanzant stated that the new Council needs to focus on getting things done rather than seeking credit and that communication between members is a necessity. She also encouraged the Council to apply zeal to their service. Mayor Truong stated that he will try to keep communication open and the city needs a new city hall to be able to conduct business.
City Manager Lane introduced Finance Director Sidonna Foust to the Council and a budget schedule sheet was given to the Council indicating the specific dates that they need to take action regarding the budget. Ms. Foust introduced her staff and stated they have initiated new ideas and procedures that provide better efficiency in producing and maintaining the FY2019-2020 budget.
Council Member Weast stated that as a new Council Member last year, he would review the specific budget items and then contact the department head to get an understanding of the budget item. Council Member Soule inquired of the Employee Compensation Plan and the process of using it for the following budget toward salaries. Council Marian Hilliard asked about the continuance of the Public Safety “Step” plan and if it has been able to be funded. Mayor Truong thanked the Council and Staff and warned about communicating outside the Open Meetings Act.
Mayor Truong adjourned the Special Meeting at 7:09 p.m.
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY: APPROVED BY:
Art Camacho, City Secretary An Truong, Mayor