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January 6, 2020 City Council Minutes

Monday, Jan 6 2020
Haltom City Northeast Center - 3201 Friendly Ln. | Haltom City, TX 76117
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January 6, 2020




January 6, 2020

A Workshop Meeting by the City Council of the City of Haltom City, Texas, was held on January 6, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. at the Northeast Center, 3201 Friendly Lane, 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; Sidonna Foust, Finance Director; Cody Phillips, Police Chief; Toni Beckett, Human Resources and Risk Management Director, Christi Pruitt, Parks and Recreation Director; Dave Klopfenstein, Network Administrator; Brian Jacobs, Fire Chief; Keith Fisher, City Engineer, and Greg Van Nieuwenhuize, Public Works Director.

CALL TO ORDER - Mayor Truong called the Workshop to order at 7:00 p.m.

Discussion – Discussion and consideration of strategic goals regarding capital improvements needs and possible funding options. Assistant City Manager Rex Phelps presented a PowerPoint regarding capital improvement needs and possible funding options. The Council’s 2020 Strategic Goals were presented, with emphasis given to replacing the Law Enforcement Center and City Hall. The Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Funding Situation was also presented and a discussion was held in regard to debt that is retired and having the opportunity to replace the debt is now available without raising the tax rate, with a monetary value between five to six million dollars. The new residential and commercial projects and their future impact to Haltom City in regard to property tax and sales tax revenue was also displayed, including the points mentioned from the last meeting with Catalyst Commercial. In addition, the options concerning the financing of projects through either a Certificate of Obligation (CO), which would not require a citizen vote, or General Obligation (GO) Bonds, which is a ballot proposition, was discussed, particularly in the area of lowering/raising the tax rate and the timeline for approving a bond ordinance.

The areas of improvement for possible new debt funding included a listing of streets and the cost of major repair and replacement, in addition to park areas, ADA compliant issues, cost increases, Senior Center facility, Law Enforcement Center and City Hall. Also, the bond counsel would have to check with the Attorney General to see if the wording for the bond proposition could be situated to allow for citizens to vote within the three-year period. Each Council Member gave their input to the City Staff concerning the direction they would like for the Staff to pursue in regard to issuing Certificates of Obligation for specific items and the placing of a General Obligation Bond on a ballot for May 2020 if possible.


Mayor Truong adjourned the meeting at 8:45 p.m. RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY: APPROVED BY:

Art Camacho, City Secretary An Truong, Mayor