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April 27, 2020 City Council Minutes

Monday, Apr 27 2020
City Hall (Council Chambers) - 5024 Broadway Ave. | Haltom City, TX 76117
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HALTOM CITY

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

April 27, 2020

 

A Regular Meeting by the City Council of the City of Haltom City, Texas, was held on April 27, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. through videoconferencing, 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; Cody Phillips, Police Chief, Brian Jacobs, Fire Chief, Toni Beckett, Human Resources and Risk Management Director; Christi Pruitt, Parks and Recreation Director; Glenna Batchelor, Planning and Community Development Director, and Greg Van Nieuwenhuize, Public Works Director. Ethics Commission Sub- Committee Member Suzanne Norris was also included in the videoconference.

WORKSESSION

CALL TO ORDER - Mayor Truong called the Worksession to order at 6:00 p.m. There were no items to discuss in the Worksession and no Executive Session was held. City Secretary Camacho stated no emails had been received concerning agenda items.

REGULAR SESSION

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Truong called the Regular Session to order at 6:01 p.m.

INVOCATION/PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Council Member Grow gave the Invocation. Mayor Truong also commented on the latest declaration by the Governor.

ANNOUNCEMENTS/EVENTS

City Secretary Camacho announced city activity changes will be listed on the city website; citizens need to complete the 2020 Census so the information will assist in government funding; Northern Cross Boulevard will be closed from April 27th to May 4th.

REPORTS

  1. Monthly Financial Report - Review of Monthly Financial Report for March 31, 2020 – Assistant City Manager Foust presented the monthly financial report that included Property tax revenues nearly reaching 100% of the projected budget and the sales tax revenues are slightly ahead of the month shown on the report. No questions were asked.

  2. Quarterly Investment Report - Review for the quarter ending March 31, 2020. Assistant City Manager Foust presented the quarterly investment report that included a slight decrease in funds due to lower interest rates; a continual rise in the GDP growth rate; and a lower unemployment rate below the national average. A discussion was held regarding the possible sales tax decrease in lieu of the COVID 19 business sales restrictions, in which the monthly reports from the State Comptroller will be able to provide this information more clearly over the next two months.

    CONSENT AGENDA

  3. Minutes – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of the Minutes of April 9, 2020 Worksession and April 13, 2020 Regular Meeting.

  4. Ethics Commission Ordinance – Consideration and/or action to approve Ordinance No. O-2020-010-01 for the Haltom City Ethics Commission and appointments. – 2nd Reading.

  5. Renewal of Ad Valorem Tax Abatement Policy – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of the Ad Valorem Tax Abatement Policy.

    A discussion was held regarding Agenda Item # 4 – Ethics Commission Ordinance – regarding the attendance of board/commission alternate members at meetings and the drafted complaint form. Mayor Pro Tem Thompson moved, seconded by Council Member Vanzant, to table the ordinance until the next appropriate meeting. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Thompson, to approve the Consent Agenda (consisting of Agenda Items # 3 and # 5) minus Agenda # 4. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

    REGULAR SESSION

  6. Social Media Policy – Consideration and/or action to approve Resolution No. R-2020-011- 02 – Social Media Policy for City Employees. Human Resources Director Beckett presented the agenda item and a discussion was held regarding posting on the social media during work hours; a different policy for elected officials, board and commission members, and possible discipline measures for violators of the policy. Mayor Pro Tem Thompson moved, seconded by Council Member Grow, to approve Resolution No. R-2020-011-02 – Social Media Policy for City Employees. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

  7. Ordinance No. O-2020-012-15 – Conduct a public hearing and consideration and/or action to approve Ordinance No. O-2020-012-15 amending Ordinance No. O-2002-032-15, Section 35 “Board of Adjustment” to increase the number of alternate members – 1st Reading. Planning and Community Development Director Batchelor presented the ordinance and discussion was held regarding the inclusion of all three boards (sign, hearing and adjustments), required attendance by alternates, and amending the ordinance for the first reading. City Secretary Camacho stated no emails had been received for the Public Hearing. Council Member Vanzant moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Thompson, to approve Ordinance No. O-2020-012-15 – amending Ordinance No. O-2002-032-15, Section 35, with modifications – first reading. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

  8. Disaster Continuation of Functions – Consideration and/or action to approve Resolution No. R-2020-016-01 – Disaster Continuation of Functions. City Manager Phelps presented the resolution which included the review and process of the duties provided to the administrative department in lieu of a disaster. City Attorney Olson also commented and it was noted that other cities have adopted similar resolutions for emergency situations. Mayor Pro Tem Thompson moved, seconded by Council Member Vanzant, to approve Resolution No. R-2020-016-01 – Disaster Continuation of Functions. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

  9. Cancel/Reschedule a Regularly Scheduled Meeting – Consideration and/or action to cancel or reschedule the regularly scheduled meeting of May 25, 2020 in lieu of Memorial Day. City Secretary Camacho presented the agenda item and a discussion was held regarding the holidays and the scheduled Strategic Planning session on May 18th. City Manager Phelps stated that it would serve the Council/Staff better to move the Strategic Planning to June 15th because the economic information would be more useful in determining the 2021 Budget. In addition, no Planning and Zoning meetings will be held until June 2020. Council Member Weast moved, seconded by Council Member Soule, to cancel the May 25, 2020 Council meeting. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

  10. Continuation of Participation in Tarrant County’s Consortium of Non-entitlement Cities for the CDBG Program – Consideration and/or action to approve Resolution No. R- 2020-017-01 – Continuation of participation in Tarrant County’s Consortium for funds from the Community Development Block Grant Program, Home Investment Partnership Program, and Emergency Solutions Grant Program for fiscal years 2021-2023. Public Works Director Van Nieuwenhuize presented the resolution and a discussion was held

    regarding future funding for the programs. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Brown, to approve Resolution No. R-2020-017-01 for the Community Development Block Grant to remain in the consortium. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

  11. Standards of Care – Conduct a public hearing and consideration and/or action to approve Ordinance No. O-2020-011-10 establishing standards of care for the recreation programs for elementary school age children operated by the City. 1st Reading. Parks and Recreation Director Pruitt presented the ordinance and a discussion was held concerning the specific coverage of the ordinance to the Parks and Recreation Department and the other child activities in other departments. City Secretary Camacho stated no emails had been received for the Public Hearing. Mayor Pro Tem Thompson moved, seconded by Council Member Vanzant, to approve Ordinance No. O-2020-011-10 – establishing standards of care for the recreation programs for elementary school age children operated by the City – first reading. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

  12. Ordinance No. O-2020-013-01 – Conduct a Public Hearing and consideration and/or action to amend Chapter 26, Emergency Management, to provide penalties for violations of the City’s Emergency Management Plan and Disaster Declarations – 1st Reading. Police Chief Phillips presented the ordinance and a discussion was held regarding the enforcement of violations, specific age of violators, the constitutionality of the ordinance, and the common type of violation. City Secretary Camacho stated no emails had been received for the Public Hearing. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Vanzant, to approve Ordinance No. O-2020-013-01 – amending Chapter 26, Emergency Management, to provide penalties for violations – first reading. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

    CITY STAFF REPORT

  13. Staff Report – There was no Staff Report.

    FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

  14. Discussion on items to be placed on future agendas. No items were presented.

    BOARDS/COMMISSIONS/COMMITTEES

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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

There was no Executive Session

ADJOURNMENT

Mayor Truong adjourned the videoconference meeting at 7:32 p.m.

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY: APPROVED BY:

Art Camacho, City Secretary An Truong, Mayor