November 25, 2019 City Council Minutes
- Monday, Nov 25 2019
- City Hall (Council Chambers) - 5024 Broadway Ave. | Haltom City, TX 76117
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CITY COUNCIL MEETING
November 25, 2019
A Regular Meeting by the City Council of the City of Haltom City, Texas, was held on November 25, 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 2 Walter Grow Council Place 4 Brent Weast
Council Place 5 Susan Soule Council Place 6 Ricky Brown Council Place 7 Gaye Vanzant
Council Member Place 1 Marian Hilliard 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; Lesly Smith, Library Director; Erica Gill, Assistant Library Director, 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:
Don Lemaster came forward and presented an evaluation letter from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Renewal on behalf of the efforts of Claire Tiner, Haltom City Housing Authority Director, which indicated she had scored a total of 94 points out of 100.
Bob Watkins – Requested the Visitor/Citizen Forum be moved to a later place in the meeting. No other citizen came forward.
Mayor Truong called for an Executive Session at 6:30 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 and about FATHOM water utility billing agreement, 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 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, agenda placement of the Visitor/Citizens forum, 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
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 city buildings and property on the George Akers Survey, Abstract 30, Tract 24D.
Section 551.074 – Personnel
Deliberation regarding the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, or duties of the City Manager.
The Executive Session ended at 6:55 p.m.
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Truong called the meeting to order at 7:07 p.m.
INVOCATION/PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Council Member Gaye Vanzant gave the Invocation and 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.
Calvary Chapel/Love Never Fails will host Candy Cane Lane Christmas on Dec. 5-7.
Parks and Recreation has registration for youth basketball until Nov. 30th.
Haltom Road Park will host new playground equipment grand opening on Dec. 5th.
Christmas on Broadway will be held Saturday, December 7th from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Keep Haltom City Beautiful is hosting the Neighborhood Decorating Contest.
Haltom City Offices and Facilities will be closed for the holidays Nov. 28-29.
Mayor Truong announced financial support is being received for a 72 year old man who was scammed out of his residential property earlier this week.
Finance Director Sidonna Foust presented the Monthly Financial Report for October 31, 2018. No action was taken.
Minutes – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of the Minutes of November 11, 2019. Council Member Weast moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Thompson, to approve the Minutes of November 11, 2019. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Resolution No. R-2019-030-10 – Consideration and/or action regarding approval in supporting a grant proposal for Broadway Park. Park and Recreation Director Christi Pruitt presented the resolution and a discussion was held regarding the grant proposal funding and the $750,000 match by the city. Council Member Vanzant moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Thompson, to approve Resolution No. R-2019-030-10 supporting a grant proposal for Broadway Park. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Fire Station Contract – Consideration and/or action to approve award of Construction Manager at Risk contract for Fire Station No. 3 with Steele & Freeman, Inc. Public Works Engineer Keith Fisher presented the contract and a discussion was held concerning the voter approval, the total contract fee of $703,765, and the possible completion date. Council Member Walter Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Weast, to approve RFQ No. B2019-251-002 – approval of construction manager risk contract for Steele and Freeman, Inc.The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
P-021-19 Final Plat – Conduct a Public hearing and consider action on the application of Clay Cristy, on behalf of W 820 Exchange Investors VIII – William Law for the final plat of Lots 1 & 2, Block 1, Lots 1 & 2, Block 2 and Lot 1, Block 5 of the Colonial Park Addition, Phase II Subdivision, containing approximately 58.80 acres of land, locally known as 4100
NE Loop 820, 4300 NE Loop 820, 5000 Anderson Boulevard, 5001 Anderson Boulevard and 4250 Northern Cross Boulevard. Planning and Community Development Director Glenna Batchelor presented the plat and Mayor Truong opened the Public Hearing at 7:29 p.m. No citizen came forward. Mayor Truong closed the Public Hearing at 7:30 p.m. Council Member Weast moved, seconded by Council Member Grow, to approve P-021-19 Final Plat. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Northeast Tarrant Teen Court – Consideration and/or action regarding authorizing the City Manager to execute an interlocal agreement between the cities of Haltom City, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills and Watauga for the operation of the Northeast Tarrant Teen Court. Finance Director Sidonna Foust presented the agreement and a discussion was held regarding the Teen Court. Council Member Soule moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Thompson, to approve the Northeast Tarrant Teen Court agreement between the cities of Haltom City, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills and Watauga. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
CITY STAFF REPORTS
Assistant City Manager Rex Phelps spoke concerning the future joint meeting on December 11, 2019 of the EDC and City Council with Catalyst Commercial in their presentation of the marketing plan for the 820 Corridor. Finance Director Sidonna Foust presented information of the Utility Billing reacquiring of the water utility billing previously held by Fathom in December and the contributions made by vendors and staff to assist with this change.
FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
Discussion on items to be placed on future agendas. A Workshop regarding the Code Enforcement Ordinances and the Local Pavement Management will be forthcoming.
Resignations of Board/Commissions/Committee Members – Consider approval of the resignations of Board/Commission/Committee Members. There were no resignations.
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
Attendance Requirements – Consideration regarding excused absences of Council Members according to Article III, Sec. 3.07 (a). Attendance Requirements of the Haltom City Charter. Mayor Pro Tem Thompson moved, seconded by Council Member Soule, to approve the absence of Council Member Marian Hilliard. The absence was approved unanimously.
The Council did not go into Executive Session but took action below:
RECONVENE TO REGULAR SESSION
Take any action deemed necessary as a result of the Executive Session. Council Member Grow stated current City Manager Keith Lane will be retiring on January 31, 2020 and that the continuity should continue with Assistant City Manager Rex Phelps. He moved, seconded by Council Member Weast, to appoint Rex Phelps as City Manager, effective February 1, 2020, with the negotiated employee agreement. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried. Council Members stated their appreciation, along with City Attorney Wayne Olson and City Secretary Art Camacho, of City Manager Lane, and he expressed his thanks and Assistant City Manager Phelps also extended gratitude for the Council’s decision.
Mayor Truong adjourned the meeting at 8:01 p.m. RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY: APPROVED BY:
Art Camacho, City Secretary An Truong, Mayor