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May 11, 2020 City Council Minutes

Monday, May 11 2020
videoconference (COVID-19 precautions)
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HALTOM CITY

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

May 11, 2020

 

A Regular Meeting by the City Council of the City of Haltom City, Texas, was held on May 11, 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 7 Gaye Vanzant

Council Place 6 Ricky Brown was absent.

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, Christi Pruitt, Parks and Recreation Director; Glenna Batchelor, Planning and Community Development Director; Toni Beckett, Human Resources and Risk Management Director, and Greg Van Nieuwenhuize, Public Works Director. Mark McLiney, of SAMCO Capital Markets, was also present.

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 City Secretary Camacho stated no emails had been received concerning agenda items. Mayor Truong called for an Executive Session at 6:01 p.m.

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, legal impact of COVID-19, possible amended election ballot and date, 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.

The Council came out of Executive Session at 6:26 p.m.

REGULAR SESSION CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Truong called the Regular Session to order at 6:26 p.m.

INVOCATION/PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

City Manager Phelps gave the Invocation. Mayor Truong commented on the safe practices being used for the COVID 19 Virus situation and thanked the citizens for viewing the meeting on their computer or television.

ANNOUNCEMENTS/EVENTS

City Secretary Camacho announced city facility openings will be listed on the city website; citizens need to complete the 2020 Census so the information will assist in government funding; Anderson Boulevard from Glenview Drive north to Northern Cross will be closed from May 11th to May 18th. Mayor Pro Tem Thompson also stated this is National Police Week and gave thanks to all of the Safety Department personnel.

REGULAR AGENDA

  1. Resolution No. R-2020-018-01 – Consideration and/or action to approve Resolution No. R-2020-018-01 by the City Council of the City of Haltom City, Texas authorizing and approving publication of Notice of Intention to Issue Certificates of Obligation; complying with the requirements contained in Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 15c2-12; and providing an effective date. Assistant City Manager Foust presented Mark McLiney, of SAMCO Capital Markets, who presented a financial analysis data timeline document that included annual payment amounts and eventual reduced debt. A discussion was held regarding market favorability, low interest rates, the issuing of the CO’s not having an impact on the I&S part of the tax rate, and the Parks and Street Maintenance Departments benefit from the CO’s. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Vanzant, that the City Council adopt a Notice of Intention Resolution No. R-2020-018-01. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

  2. Minutes – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of the Minutes of April 27, 2020 Regular Meeting. Mayor Pro Tem Thompson moved, seconded by Council Member Grow, to approve the Minutes of April 27, 2020. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

  3. 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 and require mandatory attendance – 2nd Reading. Planning and Community Development Director Batchelor presented the ordinance and Mayor Truong opened the Public Hearing at 6:48 p.m. City Secretary Camacho stated no phone calls for a Public Hearing statement have been received. Mayor Truong closed the Public Hearing at 6:49 p.m. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Thompson, to approve Ordinance No. O-2020-012-15 – second reading. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

  4. 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 - 2nd Reading. Parks and Recreation Director Pruitt presented the ordinance and Mayor Truong opened the Public Hearing at 6:50 p.m. City Secretary Camacho stated no phone calls for a Public Hearing statement have been received. Mayor Truong closed the Public Hearing at 6:51 p.m. Mayor Pro Tem Thompson moved, seconded by Council Member Grow, to approve Ordinance No. O-2020-011-10 – second reading. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

  5. 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. – 2nd Reading. City Manager Phelps presented the ordinance and Mayor Truong opened the Public Hearing at 6:52 p.m. City Secretary Camacho stated no phone calls for a Public Hearing statement have been received. Mayor Truong closed the Public Hearing at 6:53 p.m. Council Member Vanzant moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Thompson, to approve Ordinance No. O-2020-010-01 – second reading. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

  6. 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 – 2nd Reading. Mayor Truong inquired of the Council for discussion, but there was none. Mayor Truong opened the Public Hearing at 6:54 p.m. City Secretary Camacho stated no phone calls for a Public Hearing statement have been received. Mayor Truong closed the Public Hearing at 6:55 p.m. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Thompson, to approve Ordinance No. O-2020-013-01 – second reading. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

    CITY STAFF REPORTS

  7. Staff Reports – Budget Considerations Due to COVID 19. City Manager Phelps presented information concerning the City Staff’s position concerning the budget considerations due to COVID that included:

    • Reduction of capital spending; hiring freeze; restricting training and travel

    • Cancellation of community events, city programs, activities, and the closing of facilities to the public

    • Industrial sales tax is the main generator, not retail; construction revenue is up

    • More businesses deemed essential; operating reserve is still maintained

      FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

  8. Discussion on items to be placed on future agendas. There were no future agenda items. Mayor Pro Tem Thompson stated her gratitude for the effort by the Ethics Committee in regard to the finalization of the Ethics Commission ordinance.

    BOARDS/COMMISSIONS/COMMITTEES

  9. Resignations of Board/Commissions/Committee Members – Consider approval of the resignations of Board/Commission/Committee Members. The only resignation for the Council to consider will require the specific action on the next agenda item.

  10. Removal of Member from Board of Adjustment – Hold public hearing regarding removal of member unable to attend meetings. Planning and Community Development Director Batchelor stated ZBA Alternate Thomas Sanders has been unable to attend the ZBA meetings. Mayor Truong opened the Public Hearing at 7:12 p.m. City Secretary Camacho stated no phone calls for this agenda item have been received. Mayor Truong closed the Public Hearing at 7:13 p.m. Mayor Pro Tem Thompson moved, seconded by Council Member Grow, to approve the removal of Thomas Sanders from the ZBA. The motion was unanimously approved.

  11. 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

  12. Attendance Requirements – Consideration regarding excused absences of Council Members according to Article III, Sec. 3.07 (a). Attendance Requirements of the Haltom City Charter. Council Member Grow moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Thompson, to approve the absence of Council Member Brown. The motion was unanimously approved.

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