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July 22, 2019 City Council Minutes

Monday, Jul 22 2019
7:00 p.m.
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July 22, 2019


A Regular Meeting by the City Council of the City of Haltom City, Texas, was held on July 22, 2019, at 7:00 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 7 Gaye Vanzant

Council Place 6 Ricky Brown was absent.

Staff Present: Keith Lane, City Manager; Rex Phelps, Assistant City Manager, Wayne Olson, City Attorney; Art Camacho, City Secretary; Christi Pruitt, Parks and Recreation Director, Glenna Batchelor, Planning and Community Development Director; Sidonna Foust, Finance Director; Keith Fisher, City Engineer, Cody Phillips, Police Chief, and Greg Van Nieuwenhuize, Public Works Director. Also present was Jennifer Fung, Financial Consultant.


CALL TO ORDER - Mayor Truong called the Worksession to order at 6:00 p.m. VISITORS/CITIZENS FORUM – No citizen came forward. City Attorney Wayne Olson presented a PowerPoint on Open Government regarding the Open Meetings Act. A

question and answer concerning several items was held, including meeting postings,

agenda requirements and quorum specifications and violations.

The Worksession ended at 6:50 p.m. and no Executive Session was held.



Mayor Truong called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.


Assistant City Manager Rex Phelps gave the Invocation and Cub Pack 4077 presented a flag ceremony and led the Pledge of Allegiance and the Texas Flag Pledge. Joel Smith, Arrow of Light (AOL) Den Leader, introduced Scouts Sebastin Wright, Brogan Bailey, Kaden Stewart, Stephen Martyak, and Rebecca Owen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS/EVENTS – City Secretary Art Camacho read the following:

  • The HC Public Library lists the children, teen, and adult programs on the website.

  • Happy Birthday Harry celebration will be held on July 31st for Harry Potter fans.

  • Teen Space Laser Tag will be held Friday, July 26 at 6:00 p.m.

  • CERT Classes begin September 9th through October 5th.

  • Haltom City Community Day will be held at the Haltom Theater on July 27th.

  • Citizens Police Academy will start August 21st for 10 weeks from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.


City Employee Longtime Service Award - Parks and Recreation Director Christi Pruitt presented Carl Melius with a 20 year service award and the Haltom City Garden Club also expressed their gratitude for his assistance to their group.

Waste Connections – Assistant City Manager Rex Phelps presented to Norm Bulaich and Marty Grant a Certificate of Recognition to Waste Connections for their donations and assistance to the Haltom City community.

GFOA Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation – Mayor Truong presented the certificate to former Finance Director Jennifer Fung.


  1. Monthly Financial Report – Review of Monthly Financial Report for June 2019. Finance Director Sidonna Foust presented the report that included the property tax revenues being above the budgeted amount, but other revenue sources were behind because of changes and declines in citations. No action was taken.

  2. Quarterly Investment Report – Review of the quarterly investment report for the quarter ending June 30, 2019. Financial Consultant Jennifer Fung presented the quarterly report that included a lower interest rate return from the previous quarter, an increased book value, and an increase of portfolio holdings in the 91-180 day range. No action was taken.

  3. 2019 Crime Statistics (3rd Quarter) – Presentation of the Haltom City Police Department crime statistics for the 3rd quarter of 2019. Police Chief Cody Phillips presented the report that included increases in calls for service, sexual assault, residential and motor vehicle burglary, and arrests. He also reported increases in code enforcement citations for high grass violations, and lower animal service calls and euthanizing. A discussion was held concerning crime preventative measures for citizens, a possible rental ordinance, and animal euthanizing specifics.


  4. Minutes – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of the Regular Meeting minutes of July 8, 2019.

  5. Ordinance No. O-2019-017-15 (Z-006-19) – Consideration and/or action on the application of Karen Mitchell, Mitchell Planning Group, LLC, on behalf of Mark Talley for a zoning change request from “M-1” Industrial to “PD-M-1” Planned Development Industrial located on an approximately 3.9502 acre tract of land situation in Green B. Stanley Survey Abstract 1378, Tract 5A02, Tarrant County, Texas, locally known as 4233 Janada Street. – 2nd Reading. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Thompson, to approve the Consent Agenda of items #4 and #5. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.


  6. Interlocal Agreement – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of Resolution No. R-2019-012-11 authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement with the City of Richland Hills in regards to the development of a new BISD elementary school. Public Works Director Greg Van Nieuwenhuize presented the agenda item that included specifics on the different properties involving the two cities. Council Member Weast moved, seconded by Council Member Vanzant, to approve Resolution No. R-2019-012-11. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

  7. TxDOT 2019 Safe Routes to School - Consideration and/or action regarding approval of Resolution No. R-2019-016-11 supporting Haltom City’s application to the Texas Department of Transportation’s 2019 Safe Routes to School Infrastructure (SRTS) call for projects. City Engineer Keith Fisher presented the agenda item in order to move forward with the application process for the two projects – Stanley Keller Road at W. T. Francisco Elementary and Estes Park Road at John D. Spicer Elementary. Council Member Vanzant moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Thompson, to approve Resolution No. R-2019-016-

    11. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

  8. Carson Street Bridge Replacement Project Change Order Nos. 8, 9 & 10 – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of Change Order Nos. 8, 9 & 10 to the Carson Street Bridge Replacement Project. Public Works Director Greg Van Nieuwenhuize presented the change order and a discussion was held regarding the project cost increases, the reasons for the bridge replacement project, and the changes in funding resources. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Weast, to approve Change Order Nos. 8, 9, and 10 on the Carson Street Bridge Replacement Project. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

  9. Ordinance No. O-2019-018-01 – Consideration only to amend Ordinance No. O-2001-040- 01 – Board and Commissions. Mayor Truong presented the ordinance for discussion and City Secretary Art Camacho informed the Council of the difficulty in producing a citizen survey on the city website and rather the possibility of placing it in the Crossroads newsletter. A discussion was held regarding citizen input, adding a nepotism clause, background checks, advisory positions, and a sworn statement. Mayor Truong invited citizens to provide input toward this item and the following citizens came forward:

    1. Kathryn Gunter – was recently appointed to the Beautification Board and stated she was appreciative of the twenty year board members and was not in favor of term limits.

    2. Birdi Blocker – stated she has served for twenty years on the Beautification Board and fully participates in all of its programs and requested that the boards determine if a change is needed.

    3. Don Lemaster – said he is not in favor of term limits and noted the Charter has terms set for removal due to a member being absent.

    4. Charles Rhodes – suggested the term limits be applied in lieu of the Council changes from the election process.

    5. Bob Watkins – has served on a board since 1991 and stated some boards need the long acquired experience to assist in the decision making process.

    6. Steve Vanzant – requested the Council use their group to be creative in determining this situation.

    7. Kelly Rhodes – asked for the boards and commissions increase their number of board members to accommodate both new and old members.

      Mayor Truong stated the item will be posted again on the agenda for a Council vote and the Council will again discuss the options. No action was taken.


  10. There was no staff report given.


  11. Discussion on items to be placed on future agendas. No item was discussed.


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

  13. Appointment/Reappointment to Boards/Commissions/Committees – Consider approval regarding appointments to Boards/Commissions/Committees. Council Member Hilliard made the following reappointments:

    1. Animal Advisory Committee – Dr. William Anderson – Veterinarian; Patty Lattin – Animal Welfare Organization member; Brenda Rotramble – AAC Alternate member. The reappointments were approved unanimously.


  14. 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 Grow moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Thompson, to approve the absence of Council Member Brown. The vote was unanimous and the absence approved.


There was no Executive Session.


Mayor Truong adjourned the meeting at 8:59 p.m. RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY: APPROVED BY:

Art Camacho, City Secretary An Truong, Mayor