April 13, 2020 City Council Minutes
- Monday, Apr 13 2020
- City Hall (Council Chambers) - 5024 Broadway Ave. | Haltom City, TX 76117
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- Haltom City - City Secretary's Office
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
April 13, 2020
A Regular Meeting by the City Council of the City of Haltom City, Texas was held on April 13, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. through a videoconference 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: Rex Phelps, City Manager; Sidonna Foust, Assistant City Manager; Wayne Olson, City Attorney; Art Camacho, City Secretary; David Soriano, Web Administrator; Laura Weger, Computer Support Technician; David Klopfenstein, IT Director, and Greg Van Nieuwenhuize, Public Works Director.
CALL TO ORDER - Mayor Truong called the Worksession to order at 6:03 p.m. and commented on the fine effort of the IT Department in arranging the videoconference, the COVID 19 safety measures, the new meeting procedures, and the absence of emails from citizens to the City Secretary for agenda item comments.
Mayor Truong closed the Worksession at 6:35 p.m. and called for an Executive Session.
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 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, appointment and role of board of adjustment, possible amended election date letter, legal impact of COVID- 19, authority to ease open meetings act, and pending litigation and settlement offers for the following cases:
Flynn v. Haltom City EDC
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.
Mayor Truong closed the Executive Session at 7:01 p.m.
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Truong called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m.
Council Member Hilliard gave the Invocation and thanked the City Staff for the video meeting.
ANNOUNCEMENTS/EVENTS – No announcements were made.
Minutes – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of the Minutes of March 23, 2020.
R-O-W Mowing Services – Consideration and/or action to approve and award the bid to perform mowing services for lots, medians, and right of ways (Bid No. B2019-321-001) to TLC Landscapes as the primary contractor and Yellowstone Landscapes as secondary contractor, and that the City Manager is expressly authorized to execute any and all change orders within the amounts set by state and local law.
A discussion was held regarding the Code Enforcement Department implementation of the situation of mowed trash being left on the mowed areas and the lowering of expenses. Council Member Weast moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Thompson, to approve the Consent Agenda consisting of Agenda Items #1 and #2. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Interlocal Agreement – Consideration and/or action regarding the approval of an Interlocal Agreement with the City of Fort Worth for public infrastructure construction within Selma Street. Public Works Director Greg Van Nieuwenhuize presented the agreement and a discussion was held regarding the cost and timeline of the construction project. Council Member Weast moved, seconded by Council Member Grow, to approve the Interlocal Agreement with the City of Fort Worth and Haltom City. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Reschedule May Election to November –Consideration and/or action to approve Resolution No. R-2020-014-01 rescheduling the May 2, 2020 General and Special Election to November 3, 2020 or an alternate election date. City Manager Rex Phelps presented the resolution and a discussion was held regarding the political signs and the length of term of service in lieu of the November election. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Soule, to approve Resolution No. R-2020-014-01 – rescheduling the May General and Special Election to November 3, 2020, or an alternate election date as the Governor allows. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Ethics Commission Ordinance – Conduct a Public Hearing and consideration and/or action to approve Ordinance No. O-2020-010-01 for the Haltom City Ethics Commission and appointments. City Manager Rex Phelps first thanked the citizens who served on the Ethics Commission Sub Committee: Suzanne Norris, Don Lemaster, Lisa Mais, Penny Clowers, Britt Ford and Mayor Pro Tem Thompson. City Attorney Olson gave a quick review of the procedures involving an ethics violation and reasons for the Ethics Commission to meet and determine a decision. He also advised the Council to first act upon removing this item from a tabled item set for April 27, 2020. Council Member Vanzant moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Thompson, to move this item from the previous table. Ethics Commission Sub Committee member Suzanne Norris commented on the work of the Sub Committee Members in providing the individuality of the city in the draft material. Council Member Hilliard also complimented the group’s effort. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Hilliard, to approve Ordinance No. O-2020-010-01, including the cleanup of the City Secretary and authorize individuals in the entire ordinance - first reading. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Continuation of Declaration of Public Health Emergency – Consideration and/or action to approve Resolution No. R-2020-015-01 - Continuation of Declaration of Public Health
Emergency. City Manager Rex Phelps presented the resolution and the necessity of staying current as the COVID 19 situation changes. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Soule, to approve Resolution No. R-2020-015-01 – Continuation of the Declaration Public Health Emergency. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
Discussion on items to be placed on future agendas. No items were presented.
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.
There was no Executive Session.
Mayor Truong adjourned the meeting at 7:28 p.m. RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY: APPROVED BY:
Art Camacho, City Secretary An Truong, Mayor