June 22, 2020 City Council Minutes
- Monday, Jun 22 2020
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CITY COUNCIL MEETING
CITY HALL, 5024 BROADWAY AVENUE
June 22, 2020
A Regular Meeting by the City Council of the City of Haltom City, Texas, was held on June 22, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 5024 Broadway Avenue, with the following members present: Mayor An Truong Mayor Pro Tem Walter Grow
Council Place 1 Marian Hilliard Council Place 3 Lin Thompson
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 citizens coming forward for Visitor/Citizen Forum and no items to discuss in the Worksession. City Secretary Camacho stated no emails had been received concerning agenda items.
Monthly Financial Report – Review of Monthly Financial Report for April 30, 2020 and May 31, 2020. Budget Analyst Hikmat Qaddoura presented the monthly finance reports and no questions were asked.
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, legal impact of COVID-19, regulation of alcoholic beverages, dissolution of the EDC, 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 6:58 p.m.
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Truong called the Regular Session to order at 7:05 p.m.
INVOCATION/PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Council Member Soule gave the Invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance and the Texas Flag Pledge. Mayor Truong commented positively on the meeting with Haltom City personnel and the Black Democrat Group held today at City Hall to discuss citizen/police relations.
City Secretary Camacho announced the following: the City Library has expanded its services to citizens and they are listed on the City website; citizens need to complete the 2020 Census so the information will assist in government funding; 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 June 8, 2020.
Ordinance No. O-2020-017-05 – Consideration and/or action to approve Ordinance No. 2020-017-05 – Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Ordinance – 2nd Reading
Bid Award – Consideration and/or action to approve the bid for the City’s Official Newspaper for a one year contract, with options to renew, and authorizing the City Manager to execute any and all change orders within the amounts set by state and local law.
Mayor Pro Tem Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Thompson, to approve the Consent Agenda consisting of Items #2, #3, and #4. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Ordinance No. O-2020-009-15 (CU-005-20) – Conduct a Public Hearing and consideration and/or action regarding approval of Ordinance No. O-2020-009-15 on the application of Mark DeLanney for a Conditional Use Permit for automobile and light truck repair shop, vehicle storage facility, and auto paint and body shop in the “M-2” Heavy Industrial District, located on Lot 6, Block 1 of the Melcher Industrial Park Addition, being approximately 4.4699 acres on the west side of Hickory Drive, locally known as 1663 Hickory Drive Suite A and with a Tarrant Appraisal District site address of 1655 Hickory. – 1st Reading. Planning and Community Development Director Glenna Batchelor presented the ordinance that involved previous violations of vehicle storage, residing on non-residence property, vehicle sales, and painting violations. Mr. Delanney approached the Council and a discussion was held regarding the violations and intentional use of the facility. Mayor Truong opened the Public Hearing at 7:40 p.m. No citizen came forward. Mayor Truong closed the Public Hearing at 7:40 p.m. and the Council was advised this item would require a super-majority vote to approve. Council Member Weast moved, seconded by Council Member Thompson, to deny the request for Ordinance No. O-2020-009-15 (CU-005-20) – first reading. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Ordinance No. O-2020-014-15 (CU-006-20) – Conduct a Public Hearing and consideration and/or action regarding approval of Ordinance No. O-2020-014-15 on the application of Ramiro Sanchez for a Conditional Use Permit for Outdoor Storage of Construction Materials in the “M-2” Heavy Industrial District, located on Lot 2, Block 3 of the L. Berry Addition, being approximately 0.253 acres on the north side of Goldie Street, locally known as 4203 Goldie Street. – 1st Reading. Planning and Community Development Director Glenna Batchelor presented the ordinance and a discussion was held regarding the provision for a fire lane and the demolition of a house in the desired property. Mayor Truong opened the Public Hearing at 7:47 p.m. No citizen came forward. Mayor Truong closed the Public Hearing at 7:47 p.m. Council Member Hilliard moved, seconded by Council Member Weast, to approve Ordinance No. O-2020-014-15 (CU-006-20) – first reading. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Ordinance No. O-2020-016-01 – Conduct a Public Hearing and consideration and/or action to approve Ordinance No. O-2020-016-01 - repealing of Ordinance No. O-2020-006-01 calling for a Bond Election to be held in the City of Haltom City on May 2, 2020. – 1st and only Reading. City Manager Phelps presented the ordinance and stated the economy is
not currently in a position for revenues needed for the funding of the project. Mayor Truong opened the Public Hearing at 7:50 p.m. No citizen came forward. Mayor Truong closed the Public Hearing at 7:50 p.m. Council Member Weast moved, seconded by Council Member Vanzant, to approve Ordinance No. O-2020-016-01 - repealing of Ordinance No. O-2020- 006-01 – first and only reading. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Water and Wastewater Rate Study – Consideration and/or action regarding approval to authorize the award of RFQ No. B2020-314-001 to NewGen Strategies and Solutions. Assistant City Manager Foust presented the agenda item, introduced Michael Somerdorf, of New Gen Strategies and Solutions, and then stated a study should be done every five and a half years to determine the actual cost and needed revenue to properly maintain the utility. Council Member Vanzant moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Grow, to approve RFQ No. B2020-314-001 to NewGen Strategies and Solutions, in addition to also authorizing the City Manager to execute the agreement and any change orders with the amounts set by state and local law. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Audit Services – Consideration and/or action regarding approval to extend auditing services to Pattillo, Brown, and Hill, LLP for a sixth fiscal year auditing FY2020. Assistant City Manager Foust presented the agenda item and requested this item be removed from the agenda because a bid will presented and the item presented for Council approval at a later time. Council Member Weast moved, seconded by Council Member Thompson, to table this item. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.
Resolution No. R-2020-012-01 – Social Media Policy for Elected Officials, Board, and Commission Members – Consideration and/or action to approve Resolution No. R 2020- 012-01 – Social Media Policy for Elected Officials, Board and Commissioners. City Secretary Camacho presented the agenda item and Council Member Weast moved, seconded by Council Member Soule, to approve Resolution No. R-2020-012-01 – Social Media Policy for elected officials, board and commission members. 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. No items were brought forward.
Resignations of Board/Commissions/Committee Members – Consider approval of the resignations of Board/Commission/Committee Members. Mayor Truong presented the resignation of Jeff Cotton and Council Member Weast commented on his fine service on the ZBA Board. The resignation was approved unanimously.
Appointment/Reappointment to Boards/Commissions/Committees – Consider approval regarding appointments to Boards/Commissions/Committees. Mayor Truong appointed ZBA Alternate Allison Roach to a permanent position on the Zoning Board of Adjustment. The Council unanimously approved the appointment. Mayor Truong appointed April Knight to the Ethics Commission. The Council unanimously approved the appointment.
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 requested for citizens to use their virus mask to help in reducing the number of COVID cases and then adjourned the Council meeting at 8:03 p.m.
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY: APPROVED BY:
Art Camacho, City Secretary An Truong, Mayor