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July 29, 2019 City Council Minutes

Budget Workshop
Monday, Jul 29 2019
6:00 p.m.
City Hall (Council Chambers) - 5024 Broadway Ave. | Haltom City, TX 76117
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July 29, 2019


A Special City Council and Staff Budget Workshop by the City Council of the City of Haltom City, Texas, was held on July 29, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 5024 Broadway Avenue, Haltom City, Texas, with the following members present:

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; Christi Pruitt, Parks and Recreation Director, Glenna Batchelor, Planning and Community Development Director; Sidonna Foust, Finance Director; Cody Phillips, Police Chief; Brian Jacobs, Fire Chief; Lesly Smith, Library Director; Erica Gill, City Librarian; Paul Berwick, IT Director; Toni Beckett, Human Resources Director, and Greg Van Nieuwenhuize, Public Works Director.


CALL TO ORDER - Mayor Truong called the Workshop to order at 6:00 p.m. Council Member Vanzant began the meeting with prayer.

DISCUSSION - Discussion on proposed budget for FY 2019-2020.

City Manager Lane gave a brief preview of the Workshop process in regard to the presentation of the different funds, decision packages, and the budget calendar. Finance Director Sidonna Foust presented a PowerPoint that listed the current and projected budget funds as follows:

2019 Budget Calendar

City-Wide Financial Positions – Liabilities and Net Positions

Major Budget Items – Salary (2.5% increase for sworn/full-time employees) Added Positions to different departments

Capital project funds total over $20 million No Utility rate increases

General Fund Decision Packages (group – not individual) Consolidated Summary of All Funds

General Fund – Fund Balance – $6,632,969 – 20% reserve

Proposed General Fund Revenues - $31,320,648 – w/breakdown percentages Proposed General Fund Expenditures - $32,378,751 – w/breakdown percentages Water and Sewer Fund Balance - $5,782,905 – 19% reserve

Drainage Fund Balance - $497,064 – 20% w/Projects & Expenses

Capital Project Funds and Expenditures – Capital Improvement Fund - $910,000

Equipment Replacement - $449,000 Capital Projects – Other - $776,500

State of Outstanding Debt - $61,743,011

2020 Fiscal Year Debt Service - $8,418,822 – with graph of decreasing GF debt Property Valuation and Tax Rates – Final TAD adjustment awaiting

Proposed Fee Changes – Parks and Recreation and other departments

A discussion was held regarding several major budget items, including projected salary increases, new personnel hirings, and capital fund projects.

The following department heads reviewed and provided information regarding their General Fund Decision Packages:

  1. City Secretary Art Camacho – Reclassification of Assistant City Secretary

  2. HR Director Toni Beckett – Printer/Copier and Laserfiche

  3. Library Director Lesly Smith – Mobile hotspots and Building maintenance

  4. Parks and Recreation Director Christi Pruitt – Maintenance worker & overtime increase

  5. Vehicle Replacement – Park Director Christi Pruitt – ¾ ton truck

  6. Police Chief Cody Phillips – Incinerator for Animal Shelter and drug destruction

  7. CCPD – Police Chief Cody Phillips – Salary increase and Body camera storage

  8. Red Light Camera – Police Chief Cody Phillips – Battery backup system

  9. Fire Chief Brian Jacobs – Positions, EMC vehicle, Salary for Overtime/Services, Lucas CPR devices, Portable radios, and TRT Certification Pay

    Mayor Truong called for a short recess at 7:32 p.m. and the meeting resumed at 7:47 p.m.

  10. PW Director Greg Van Nieuwenhuize – Sr. Center Remodel, Police Station Maintenance

  11. PW Director Greg Van Nieuwenhuize – Compaction roller, Traffic signal bulbs and head installation, and Sign Technician

  12. Street Dept. – PW Director Greg Van Nieuwenhuize – Sidewalk removal & replacement

  13. Water & Sewer – PW Dir. Greg Van Nieuwenhuize/Water Production and Facilities Manager David Cummings – Mapping system, Neptune belt clip transceivers, ESRI ArcOnline “Seat” License, Hand held tablets, Environmental Services technician, Environmentalist Services specialist, Water meter test bench systems, Equipment operator, Salary increase

  14. Drainage – PW Director Greg Van Nieuwenhuize – Salary increase

  15. IT Director Paul Berwick – Computer maintenance increase, Software maintenance increase, Cable and internet, Video and photography supplies, and Cell phone expense

  16. HCTV – IT Dir. Paul Berwick – SMS Service subscription, Archival subscription, and

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Several discussions were held regarding equipment warranties, project deadlines, need of personnel for specific jobs, project funding sources, new technologies for FY2020, and TAD projections.


Mayor Truong adjourned the meeting at 8:52 p.m. RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY: APPROVED BY:


Art Camacho, City Secretary An Truong, Mayor