June 8, 2020 City Council Minutes
- Monday, Jun 8 2020
- videoconference (COVID-19 precautions)
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CITY COUNCIL MEETING
June 8, 2020
A Regular Meeting by the City Council of the City of Haltom City, Texas, was held on June 8, 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, and Greg Van Nieuwenhuize, Public Works Director.
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 6:02 p.m.
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 ballot and date, social media policy, 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.
The Council came out of Executive Session at 6:53 p.m.
REGULAR SESSION CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Truong called the Regular Session to order at 6:53 p.m.
Mayor Pro Tem Thompson gave the Invocation.
City Secretary Camacho announced the following: 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; citizens need to be cautious in regard to roofing contractors and door-to- door vendors; daily lunches are provided at the Christian Center of Fort Worth, with free groceries at the Leah Vanzant Community Life Center; Images of Haltom City will be held with digital entries; Refresh BISD is still open for registration and volunteers.
Minutes – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of the Minutes of May 11, 2020. Mayor Pro Tem Thompson moved, seconded by Council Member Grow, to approve the Minutes of May 11, 2020. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Mayor Pro Tem – Consideration and/or action regarding the election of the Mayor Pro Tem. City Secretary Camacho presented the agenda item and Mayor Truong voiced his thanks to current Mayor Pro Tem Thompson, who also expressed her appreciation and gratitude to serve in this capacity. Mayor Pro Tem Thompson moved, seconded by Council Member Weast, to approve the selection of Council Member Grow for Mayor Pro Tem. There were no other selections made. The vote was unanimous, with Council Member Grow abstaining. Motion carried. Mayor Pro Tem Grow thanked the Council for their vote of confidence in him.
Interlocal EMS Agreement – Consideration and/or action to approve the EMS Interlocal Agreement – Fire Chief Brian Jacobs presented the agenda item and a discussion was held regarding the number of cities/agencies participating and their contributions. Mayor Pro Tem Grow mentioned the $69 MedStar Saver and moved, seconded by Council Member Thompson, to approve the EMS Interlocal Agreement. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Ordinance No. O-2020-017-05 – Conduct a Public Hearing and consideration and/or action to approve Ordinance No. 2020-017-05 – Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Ordinance – 1st Reading. Fire Chief Jacobs presented the ordinance and Mayor Truong opened the Public Hearing at 7:10 p.m. City Secretary Camacho stated no citizen had called to speak. Mayor Truong closed the Public Hearing at 7:10 p.m. Council Member Vanzant moved, seconded by Council Member Soule, to approve Ordinance No. O-2020-017-05 – Emergency Medical Services – on first reading. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Sanitary Sewer Emergency Repair - Consideration and/or action regarding approval of the Thomas Road emergency sanitary sewer project. Public Works Director Greg Van Nieuwenhuize gave a PowerPoint presentation indicating the sewer line situation and the need to replace this line to prevent any further discharges into Fossil Creek. A discussion was held regarding available funding for the replacement and timeline of the project completion. Mayor Pro Tem Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Thompson, to approve the Staff’s recommendation for this emergency project. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Interlocal Agreement – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of an Interlocal Agreement with Tarrant County in regards to overlaying streets within Haltom City. Public Works Director Greg Van Nieuwenhuize presented the agenda item and stated that due to the paving machine having engine problems, the City could benefit by entering a local agreement with Tarrant County, with funding from the City’s Street Materials Fund. A discussion was held regarding the starting date and timeline. Mayor Pro Tem Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Soule, to approve the Interlocal Agreement with Tarrant County for the asphalt overlaying of Haltom City streets. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
CITY STAFF REPORTS
Staff Reports – No report was given.
FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
Discussion on items to be placed on future agendas. City Manager Phelps reminded the Council about the Council meeting on June 22, 2020 and also commented on the status of the hotel construction delay.
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.
The following were appointed by Mayor An Truong to the Zoning Board of Adjustment:
Sergio Ramirez – Alternate; 2. Andrew Barfield; Alternate; 3. Allison Roach – Alternate. Mayor Truong motioned, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Grow – Motion approved unanimously.
Mayor Truong appointed the following to the Ethics Commission:
1. Suzanne Norris; 2. Lisa Mais; 3. Jim Sutton; 4. Don Lemaster; 5. Carl Anthony; 6. Tandra Betts – Alternate. The Council unanimously approved the appointments.
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 videoconference meeting at 7:32 p.m. RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY: APPROVED BY:
Art Camacho, City Secretary An Truong, Mayor