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January 13, 2020 City Council Minutes

Monday, Jan 13 2020
City Hall (Council Chambers) - 5024 Broadway Ave. | Haltom City, TX 76117
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January 13, 2020


A Regular Meeting by the City Council of the City of Haltom City, Texas, was held on January 13, 2020, 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; Greg Van Nieuwenhuize, Public Works Director, and Jennifer Fung, Financial Consultant.


CALL TO ORDER - Mayor Truong called the Worksession to order at 6:00 p.m.

Mark McLiney, of SAMCO Capital Markets, addressed the Council regarding the Funding Capacity, which included the multi-year financial plans with Certificate of Obligation (CO) projects, maintaining the I&S Tax Rate and declining debt service, receiving citizens input for bond projects, and continue funding projects through CO’s. In addition, he also supplied several financial timeline scenarios involving General Obligation (GO) bonds and CO’s, and the future tax rate impact. He stated the following reasons for issuing debt: (1) prior Councils structured the current debt for new debt without a tax increase; (2) historically low interest rates will be in effect for a while; (3) the continual rise in construction costs is faster than inflation, making future projects more expensive. A discussion was held regarding the timing of issuing debt, the locking of low interest rates, the time needed to successfully present the bond to the public, the abstinence from the Council’s direct promotion of a bond, and the difference in remodeling the facilities versus building a new one.

Public Works Director Greg Van Nieuwenhuize introduced City Engineer Melissa Eckert, and then presented a PowerPoint that included the previous 44th Year Community Development Block Grant (CDGB) Project and the current 46th Year CDGB Project, with the eligible activities for the grants. In addition, he provided a project involving water line replacement and adding fire hydrants, in which the total cost would be $498,782.03 with the CDBG funds attributing $160,000. This item will be presented on the next agenda for the Council to consider. There was no Executive Session. Mayor Truong requested for the quarterly investment report to be presented.


  1. Review of the quarterly investment report for the quarter ending December 31, 2019. Finance Consultant Jennifer Fung presented the quarterly investment report that included a higher book value and a decreasing interest rate. A question was raised regarding the investment policy criteria and the allocation of investment revenues.

    Mayor Truong closed the Worksession at 6:45 p.m.



    Mayor Truong called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m.


    Council Member Walter Grow gave the Invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance and the Texas Flag Pledge. Mayor Truong expressed a “Happy New Year” 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.

    • DIY Cold and Flu Steamers will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 15th.

    • Family Night will be “Making Your Own Snow” on Thursday, Jan. 16th – 6:30 – 8:00.

    • Cookbook Club for Adults will be Wednesday, Jan. 29th from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

    • GED Study Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

    • Annual Haltom Stampede 5k and Fun Run will be held Saturday, Feb. 8th

    Council Member Grow recognized two employees regarding the educational advancements for Police Chief Cody Phillips (2019 Tarleton State University Bachelors of Applied Science in Business Administration) and Firefighter Engineer Jayson Steele (2019 University of Texas at Arlington Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing).

    PRESENTATIONS – Parks and Recreation Director Christi Pruitt and the Keep Haltom City Beautiful Committee presented the Christmas Decorative Contest winners.

    Mayor Truong presented a Certificate of Recognition for Linda Arrington to her son, Greg Arrington, who addressed the Council and citizens and thanked them all for the fellowship his mother enjoyed in association with the Senior Center and Haltom City residents.

    VISITORS/CITIZENS FORUM – Citizen Brian Westbrook came forward and expressed his displeasure of the City Street Sweeper working early enough to wake him at 6:00 a.m. He also stated at his last visit at the Public Works facility, he was “physically assaulted” and the Sweeper noise is above the allowed decibels for that time in the morning. He is requesting permission from the Council to have the decibels tested on the unit.


  2. Minutes – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of the Minutes of December 9, 2019 and December 11, 2019. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Thompson, to approve the Minutes of December 9, 2019 and December 11, 2019. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

  3. Resolution No. R-2020-001-01 – May 2020 General Election – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of Resolution No. R-2020-001-01 calling for a General Election and authorizing a Joint Election with Tarrant County on May 2, 2020. City Secretary Art Camacho presented the resolution and made note of the General Election Early Voting and Election Day Voting will be held this year at the Haltom City Recreation Center instead of the Northeast Center because of the planned renovation this spring. In addition, Mr. Camacho also mentioned that there is currently not a location for the federal election primary and election day in Haltom City, but information concerning this will be forthcoming. Mayor Pro Tem Thompson moved, seconded by Council Member Soule, to approve Resolution No. R-2020-001-01 calling for a General Election and authorizing a Joint Election with Tarrant County on May 2, 2020. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

  4. Curfew Ordinance – Conduct a Public Hearing and consideration and/or action to approve Ordinance No. O-2020-002-04 continuing the City’s juvenile curfew regulations. – 1st Reading.  Police Chief Cody Phillips presented the ordinance, the need for its renewal, and specific curfew hours. Also included were citations issued, arrests, and the effectiveness of the ordinance. A discussion was held regarding the enforcement of the ordinance, age of offenders, and factors that lead to a juvenile arrest. Mayor Truong opened the Public Hearing at 7:40 p.m. No citizen came forward. Mayor Truong closed the Public Hearing at 7:41 p.m. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Soule, to approve Ordinance No. O-2020-002-004 Teen Curfew Ordinance Renewal – first reading. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.


  5. Finance Director Sidonna Foust presented an update on the utility billing department that included the initiated billing and developments occurring from the changeover. A discussion was held regarding the assisting vendors and the average sewer rate that is fixed from the water usage in the winter months.


  6. Discussion on items to be placed on future agendas. A Workshop regarding the Code Enforcement Ordinances and the Local Pavement Management is scheduled for January 20, 2020.


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

  8. Appointment/Reappointment to Boards/Commissions/Committees – Consider approval regarding appointments to Boards/Commissions/Committees. There were no appointments or reappointments.


  9. 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.


Mayor Truong adjourned the meeting at 7:52 p.m. RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY: APPROVED BY:

Art Camacho, City Secretary An Truong, Mayor