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October 28, 2019 City Council Minutes

Monday, Oct 28 2019
6:00 p.m.
City Hall (Council Chambers) - 5024 Broadway Ave. | Haltom City, TX 76117
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October 28, 2019


A Regular Meeting by the City Council of the City of Haltom City, Texas, was held on October 28, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall, 5024 Broadway Avenue, Haltom City, Texas, with the following members present:

Mayor An Truong

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 Mayor Pro Tem Lin Thompson was absent.

Staff Present: Keith Lane, City Manager; Rex Phelps, Assistant City Manager; Wayne Olson, City Attorney; Art Camacho, City Secretary; Glenna Batchelor, Planning and Community Development Director; Sidonna Foust, Finance Director; Cody Phillips, Police Chief; Fred Napp, Deputy Fire Chief, and Greg Van Nieuwenhuize, Public Works Director.


CALL TO ORDER - Mayor Truong called the Worksession to order at 6:01 p.m.

VISITORS/CITIZENS FORUM – The following citizens came forward:

1. Bob Watkins - Requested the Visitor/Citizen Forum be moved to a later place in the meeting. No other citizen came forward. This item will be discussed at the next meeting in Executive Session.

Dan Bennett came forward and addressed the Council regarding the Tarrant Appraisal District (TAD) Resolution, and introduced Gary Losada, a candidate for the TAD Board of Directors. A discussion was held regarding the resolution, the candidate’s ballot and the voting date for cities. The Worksession ended at 6:32 p.m. Mayor Truong called for an Executive Session at 6:33 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 which 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, selection process for design/construction of Fire Station 3, and pending litigation and settlement offers for the following cases:

  • Flynn v. Haltom City EDC

  • James H. Watson v. City of Haltom City

  • Joe Williamson v. City of Haltom City

  • Nicklaus Forrest v. City of Haltom City

  • John Summers v. City of Haltom City

  • Skyline Mobile Home Park v. 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 properties in the exchange agreement and lease agreement with BISD.

The Executive Session ended at 6:55 p.m.



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


Assistant City Manager Rex Phelps gave the Invocation and Council Member Susan Soule 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 Library is hosting the following Halloween events: Candy Drive – Oct. 29th, Hoowwling Halloween – October 30th, Teen Halloween Bash – Oct. 31st, Pumpkin Smashing – November 1st.

  • The Birdville Museum will host “Open House” on October 29th.

  • Colorful World Foundation will provide free health services at the Library on Nov. 2nd.

  • The Senior Center is having a Halloween Bash on Oct. 31st, Veterans Day Program on Nov. 11th, and Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 15th

  • Parks and Recreation has registration for youth basketball until Nov. 30th.

  • Zumba Classes are back at the Rec Center on Mondays and Wednesdays.

  • The Haltom Road Park is nearing completion of the new playground equipment.

  • Keep Haltom Beautiful will be hosting an Arbor Day program on Nov. 2nd.

  • Veteran’s Day Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Nov. 11th.

  • The Veterans Memorial Brick Fundraiser will continue until Nov. 15th.

  • HC Police Dept. has been nominated for a grant and citizens can vote to increase their K9 expenses by voting online.

  • Early Voting ends November 1st at 7:00 p.m.


Long Term Employee Service Award: Deputy Fire Chief Fred Napp presented a twenty-five year employee service award to Battalion Chief Randy Harris. City Manager Keith Lane presented a twenty-year employee service award to Police Chief Cody Phillips.

Certificate of Recognition – Council Member Vanzant and Mayor Truong presented a Certificate of Recognition to Haltom City Animal Services Officer Bethany Morris in lieu of her efforts to reunite pet owner Barbara Derosa and her long-lost cat “Indy.”

Proclamation – Mayor Truong presented a proclamation to Sophie Trinh and the Colorful World Foundation for their efforts in providing health services to Haltom City citizens.


  1. Monthly Financial Report - Review of the monthly financial report for September 30, 2019. Financial Director Sidonna Foust presented the financial report which included the final fiscal 2018-2019 year with revenues reaching 102% of the budgeted amount. No questions were asked.

  2. 2019 Crime Statistics (4th Quarter) – Presentation of the Haltom City Police Department crime statistics for the 4th quarter of 2019. Police Chief Cody Phillips presented the report with annual crime comparisons, code enforcement data, and a discussion was held regarding the data on auto thefts, rape cases, zoning, and the euthanizing of animals.


  3. Minutes – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of the Minutes of October 14, 2019.

  4. Ordinance No. O-2019-028-01 - Consideration and/or action to approve Ordinance No. O- 2019-028-01, amending Chapter 62, Occupational Licenses and Regulations Amendment, Article VII, Garage Sales – 2nd Reading.

  5. Reserve Officer Appointment – Consideration and/or action to approve the memo/resolution authorizing the Police Chief to appoint Stephen Gilley as a Reserve Police Officer for the City of Haltom City.

    Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Weast, to approve the Consent Agenda of Items #3, #4 and #5. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.


  6. Exchange Agreement – Consideration and/or action to approve an Exchange Agreement with Birdville Independent School District for 4.703 acre tract in the George Akers Survey Abstract No. 30 and a 3.926 acre tract in the J.W. Wellington Survey, Abstract No. 472. City Attorney Wayne Olson presented the information regarding the property exchange. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Soule, to approve the Exchange Agreement with the BISD. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

  7. Lease Agreement - Consideration and/or action to approve a Lease Agreement with Birdville Independent School District on a 3.926 acre tract in the J.W. Wellington Survey, Abstract No. 472. City Attorney Wayne Olson presented the agreement and Council Member Soule moved, seconded by Council Member Vanzant, to approve the Lease Agreement with the BISD. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

  8. TAD Resolution - Consideration and/or action to approve Resolution No. R-2019-026-01 approving a change in the procedure for voting for candidates to serve on the Board of Directors for the Tarrant Appraisal District. Mayor Truong asked Dan Bennett to provide any additional information regarding the resolution and a discussion was held regarding the date of voting by Haltom City and the tabulation of city votes. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Brown, to table this item until the next Council meeting. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.


  9. No report was given.


  10. Discussion on items to be placed on future agendas. A Workshop regarding the Code Enforcement Ordinances and the Local Pavement Management will be forthcoming.


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

  12. Appointment/Reappointment to Boards/Commissions/Committees – Consider approval regarding appointments to Boards/Commissions/Committees. There were no appointments or reappointments. A discussion was held regarding the absences of board and commission members and their possible removal due to lack of response concerning their absences.


  13. 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 Weast moved, seconded by Council Member Soule, to approve the absence of Mayor Pro Tem Thompson. The absence was approved unanimously.


There was no Executive Session.


Mayor Truong adjourned the meeting at 8:00 p.m.



Art Camacho, City Secretary An Truong, Mayor