December 9, 2019 City Council Minutes
- Monday, Dec 9 2019
- City Hall (Council Chambers) - 5024 Broadway Ave. | Haltom City, TX 76117, Haltom Road Park - 3113 Haltom Rd. | Haltom City, TX 76117
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CITY COUNCIL MEETING
December 9, 2019
A Regular Meeting by the City Council of the City of Haltom City, Texas, was held on December 9, 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 6 Ricky Brown Council Place 7 Gaye Vanzant
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; Toni Beckett, Human Resources and Risk Management Director, and Greg Van Nieuwenhuize, Public Works Director.
CALL TO ORDER - Mayor Truong called the Worksession to order at 6:00 p.m.
VISITORS/CITIZENS FORUM – The following citizens came forward:
Gary Losada – Addressed the Council regarding his candidacy for the TAD Board of Directors; (2) Bob Watkins – (a) Requested the Visitor/Citizen Forum be moved to the first part of the Regular Session; (b) Stated later that there have been very few times the Council meeting was prolonged by the Visitors/Citizen Forum; (3) Steve Vanzant – Stated he felt that moving the Visitors/Citizen Forum to the Regular Session will prolong the meeting; (4) Kelly Roberts – Requested the Visitors/Citizen Forum be moved to the front of the Regular Session.
Mayor Truong called for an Executive Session at 6:12 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, 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
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 including George Akers Survey, Abstract 30, Tract 24D.
The Executive Session ended at 6:30 p.m.
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Truong called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
INVOCATION/PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Council Member Marian Hilliard gave the Invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance and the Texas Flag Pledge. Mayor Truong allowed each Council Member and City Staff to express their Christmas wishes to the citizens.
ANNOUNCEMENTS/EVENTS – City Secretary Art Camacho read the following:
The HC Public Library lists the children, teen, and adult programs on the website.
Friends of the Library will be having a cookbook sale.
Other Seasonal Activities at the Library include a Job Fair on Dec. 13th; a Teen Escape Room on Dec. 13th; Wrap It Up space for citizens to wrap presents on Dec. 18th; David E. Smith Eagle Choir on Dec. 18th; and Holiday Pajama Story Time on Dec. 19th.
Keep Haltom City Beautiful is hosting the Neighborhood Decorating Contest.
Haltom City Offices will be closed for the holidays Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1, 2020.
The HC Rec Center will be closed December 13th.
PROCLAMATION – Mayor Truong presented a proclamation to radio host Tina Do of KRVA Radio Saigon 1600 AM of Dallas for their outstanding service to approximately 50,000 Vietnamese listeners in the Dallas – Fort Worth area and he also encourage the Hispanic community to become involved with Haltom City.
EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION - Police Chief Cody Phillips recognized several officers and citizens who have contributed to the K-9 Unit supplies and training: Sgt. Scotty Russell, K- 9 Supervisor; Officer Robert Parsons, K-9 Officer; Captain Robert Shiflet, K-9 Administrator; and Officer Ray Browder, K-9 Officer. He also presented a certificate of appreciation to Dr. Tommy Thompson, Veterinarian, and also to citizen Brent Bass, for providing a donation check $1,650 for the K-9 program.
Minutes – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of the Minutes of November 25, 2019. Mayor Pro Tem Thompson moved, seconded by Council Member Soule, to approve the Minutes of November 25, 2019. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
TAD Board of Directors Election – Consideration and/or action regarding the approval of Resolution No. R-2019-029-01 for the 2020-2022 TAD Board of Directors Election. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Thompson, to cast all 18* votes for Gary Losada. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried. (*City Secretary note – upon sending in the resolution, TAD notified the City Secretary that Haltom City has only 17 votes, not 18, but that all were counted for Gary Losada.)
GO Bonds Ordinance No. O-2019-029-01 – Consideration and approval of an ordinance by the City Council of the City of Haltom City, Texas authorizing the issuance of “City of Haltom City, Texas General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2020” levying and annual ad valorem tax, within the limitations prescribed by law, for the payment of the bonds; prescribing the form, terms, conditions, and resolving other matters incident and related to the issuance, sale, and delivery of the bonds, authorizing the execution of a paying agent/registrar agreement, a purchase and investment letter, and an escrow deposit letter; complying with the letter of representations on file with the depository trust company; authorizing the execution of any necessary engagement agreements with the city’s financial advisor; and providing an effective date – First and only reading. Finance Director Sidonna Foust presented the ordinance and introduced Alan Friedman, of SAMCO Capital, who presented the information regarding the new bond funding of the 2010 CO Bonds, maturing in 2030 and the $20,000 per year savings the city will acquire from this sale, with the best bid from Frost Bank. Mayor Truong opened the Public Hearing at 7:30 p.m. and citizen Charlie Roberts inquired whether the bonds were just a refinancing of the previous bond amount and no additional bonds have been added – which was correct. No other citizen came forward. Mayor Truong closed the Public Hearing at 7:31 p.m. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Thompson, to approve GO Bonds Ordinance No. O- 2019-029-01 and the acceptance of the Frost Bank bid for the new GO Bonds. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Preliminary Plat (P-022-19) – Conduct a Public Hearing and consider action on the application of Philip Varughese, on behalf of Birdville Independent School District, for the preliminary plat of Abstract 30, Tract 2A07 of the George Akers Survey, creating Lot 1, Block 1, Partner Elementary School Addition, containing approximately 16.149 acres of land, locally known as 6322 Baker Boulevard (Account #03725480 Tarrant Appraisal District), to be known as 3001 Dreeben Drive. Planning and Community Development Director Glenna Batchelor presented the preliminary and final plat information and a question was asked if the notices for both plats were sent to the neighboring cities, in which Haltom City did not have the Richland Hills information. Mayor Truong opened the Public Hearing for both plats at 7:33 p.m. No citizen came forward. Mayor Truong closed the Public Hearing at 7:34 p.m. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Thompson, to approve Preliminary Plat (P-022-19) of the Birdville Independent School District, Abstract 30. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Final Plat (P-023-19) – Conduct a Public Hearing and consider action on the application of Philip Varughese, on behalf of Birdville Independent School District, for the final plat of Abstract 30, Tract 2A07 of the George Akers Survey, creating Lot 1, Block 1, Partner Elementary School Addition, containing approximately 16.149 acres of land, locally known as 6322 Baker Boulevard (Account #03725480 Tarrant Appraisal District), to be known as 3001 Dreeben Drive. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Vanzant, to approve Final Plat (P-023-19) of the Birdville Independent School District – Abstract 30, Tract 2A07 of the George Akers Survey. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
PW Employee Addition – Consideration and/or action to approve the addition of an Inventory Technician to the Water & Sanitary Sewer Division of Public Works. Human Resources Director Toni Beckett explained the position and need for an inventory technician. Finance Director Sidonna Foust provided information on the funding of this new position and a discussion was held regarding the specific duties and hiring of the new position. Council Member Soule moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Thompson, to approve of the addition of an inventory technician to the Water and Sanitary Sewer Division of Public Works. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
CITY STAFF REPORTS
There was no report given at first, but citizen Charlie Roberts inquired about the utility billing department reading of electronic water meters and also the data collection system. Council Member Grow stated a third party will be providing this to the utility billing system. Mr. Roberts requested the name of the company and Council Member Grow stated he should get this information through an Open Records Request. Assistant City Manager Phelps also provided additional information regarding billing software and credit card payment security.
FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
Discussion on items to be placed on future agendas. A Workshop regarding the Code Enforcement Ordinances and the Local Pavement Management is tentatively scheduled for January 22, 2020.
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. There were no absences.
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 moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Thompson, to approve the bid for sale of 1.89 acre tract described as George Akers Survey, Abstract 30, Tract 24D from Stream Royalty
– pending attorney approval. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Mayor Truong adjourned the meeting at 7:47 p.m. RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY: APPROVED BY:
Art Camacho, City Secretary An Truong, Mayor