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July 27, 2020 City Council Minutes

Monday, Jul 27 2020
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MINUTES

HALTOM CITY

CITY COUNCIL

July 27, 2020

 6:00 p.m.

VIDEO-CONFERENCE

 

A Regular Meeting by the City Council of the City of Haltom City, Texas, was held on July 27, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. via videoconferencing, 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; Glenna Batchelor, Planning and Community Development Director; Toni Beckett, Human Resources and Risk Management Director; Jon Stevenson, Assistant Finance Director; Keith Fisher, City Engineer, and Greg Van Nieuwenhuize, Public Works Director. Jimmy Hartman, Wade Wardeman, Ron Sturgeon, and Luz Barreto were each given direct access to the meeting via videoconference.

WORKSESSION

CALL TO ORDER - Mayor Truong called the Worksession to order at 6:00 p.m. City Secretary Camacho stated no emails had been received.

Mayor Truong called for an Executive Session at 6:02 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, 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 7:04 p.m.

REGULAR SESSION

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Truong called the Regular Session to order at 7:12 p.m.

INVOCATION

Council Member Vanzant gave the Invocation.

ANNOUNCEMENTS/EVENTS

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 for school age children at the Christian Center of Fort Worth until the end of August; Refresh BISD is still open for registration and volunteers; and Hadley Street will be closed for construction.

REPORTS

1. Monthly Financial Report – Review of Monthly Financial Report for June 30, 2020 – Assistant City Manager/Finance Director Sidonna Foust presented the monthly finance report. No questions were asked and no action was required for this agenda item.

2. Quarterly Investment Report - Review for the quarter ending June 30, 2020 – Assistant City Manager/Finance Director Sidonna Foust presented the quarterly report and no questions were asked and no action was required for this agenda item.

3. 2020 Crime Statistics (3rd Quarter) – Presentation of the Haltom City Police Department crime statistics for the 3rd quarter of 2020. Police Chief Phillips presented the quarterly report for the crime statistics and Animal Shelter. A discussion was held regarding loose dogs running in neighborhoods and animal adoption. No action was required for this agenda item.

Council Member Hilliard requested Agenda Items #6 and #7 be removed from the Consent Agenda. Mayor Pro Tem Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Thompson, to remove Agenda Items #6 and #7 from the Consent Agenda. Mayor Pro Tem Grow and Council Members Hilliard, Thompson, Soule, Brown and Vanzant voted aye. Council Member Weast voted nay. Motion carried.

CONSENT AGENDA

4. Minutes – Consideration and/or action regarding approval of the Minutes of July 13, 2020.

5. Ordinance No. O-2020-022-11 – Consideration and/or action to approve Ordinance No. O- 2020-022-11 adopting the updated Water Conservation Plan and the Drought and Water Emergency Plan. 2nd Reading.

8. Ordinance No. O-2020-021-15 (Z-001-20) - Consideration and/or action on the application of Ron Sturgeon for an amendment to ordinance O-2014-016-15 to amend the text of the “PD-C-2” Planned Development Commercial District on Lot 1, Block 1 of the Family Furniture Addition, being 4.03 acres located north of Northeast Loop 820 Highway and east of Denton Highway, locally known as 5230 Denton Highway. 2nd Reading.

9. Renewal of Medical Insurance – Consideration and/or action to authorize the renewal for medical insurance with Cigna. Mayor Pro Tem Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Vanzant, to approve the Consent Agenda consisting of Items, #4, #5, #8, and #9. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

REGULAR AGENDA

6. Ordinance No. O-2020-019-15 (CU-007-20) – Consideration and/or action on the application of Jimmy Hartman for a Conditional Use Permit for automobile and light truck repair shop in the “M-1” Industrial District located on Lot 1, Block A of the Wilbarger Commercial Complex, being approximately 4.407 acres on the south side of Lower Birdville Road, locally known as 5940, Suite B-7, Lower Birdville Road and with a Tarrant Appraisal District site address of 5920 Lower Birdville Road. – 2nd Reading. Planning and Community Development Director Glenna Batchelor presented the agenda item and a discussion was held regarding the abundance of automobile repair shops and used car dealerships in Haltom City. Mr. Hartman responded by stating his repair work was selective in repairing high-end vehicles and would keep a clean shop for his select business purposes. Council Member Weast moved, seconded by Council Member Soule, to approve Ordinance No. O- 2020-019-15 (CU-007-20) on second reading. Mayor Pro Tem Grow and Council Members Thompson, Weast, Soule, Brown and Vanzant voted aye. Council Member Hilliard voted nay. Motion carried.

7.Ordinance No. O-2020-020-15 (CU-008-20) - Consideration and/or action on the application of Wade Wardeman for a Conditional Use Permit for automobile and light truck repair shop and automobile paint and body shop in the “M-1” Industrial District located on Lot 1R, Block 23 of the Watauga Addition, being approximately 2.17 acres on the east side of Huddleston Street, locally known as 6120 Huddleston Street. 2nd Reading. Planning and Community Development Director Glenna Batchelor presented the agenda item and a discussion was held again regarding the number of automobile repair shops in Haltom City. Mayor Pro Tem Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Weast, to approve Ordinance No. O-2020-020-15 (CU-008-20) – second reading. Mayor Pro Tem Grow and Council Members Thompson, Weast, Soule, Brown and Vanzant voted aye. Council Member Hilliard voted nay. Motion carried.

10. Resolution No. R-2020-020-11 – Consideration and/or action to approve Resolution No. R- 2020-020-11 affirming the City’s support for the design and construction of Quiet Zones at Glenview Drive (between Old Denton Road and Janada Street) and at Haltom Road (next to Old Denton Road). City Engineer Keith Fisher presented the agenda item and a discussion was held regarding the safety factor of the zone and the danger of school children trying to cross the train on foot between the railway cars. Council Member Vanzant moved, seconded by Council Member Thompson, to approve Resolution No. R-2020-020-11 affirming the City’s support for the design and construction of Quiet Zones at Glenview Drive and at Haltom Road. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

11. Preliminary Plat P-007-20 – Conduct a Public Hearing and consideration and/or action on the application of Jameel Toron for the Preliminary Plat of the Simon Akers Survey, Abstract 17, Tract 2E3 & 2E4 and being a portion of Lot 26 of the Popplewell Subdivision located in the “C-3” Commercial District, creating Lot 1, Block 1 Taron Addition Subdivision containing approximately 1.365 acres of land locally known as 5301 East Belknap Street. P-008-20. Planning and Community Development Director Glenna Batchelor presented the item and a discussion was held concerning the future development of the property with Jose Luis Burgos, site engineer, addressed the possible timeline for construction projects. Mayor Truong opened the Public Hearing at 8:12 p.m. No citizen called to address the item. Mayor Truong closed the Public Hearing at 8:12 p.m. Mayor Pro Tem Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Weast, to approve Preliminary Plat P-007-20. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

12. Final Plat P-008-20 – Conduct a Public Hearing and consideration and/or action on the application of Jameel Toron for the Final Plat of the Simon Akers Survey, Abstract 17, Tract 2E3 & 2E4 and being a portion of Lot 26 of the Popplewell Subdivision located in the “C-3” Commercial District, creating Lot 1, Block 1 Taron Addition Subdivision containing approximately 1.365 acres of land locally known as 5301 East Belknap Street. Planning and Community Development Director Glenna Batchelor presented the item and Jose Luis Burgos, site engineer, addressed the possible timeline as in the prior agenda item. Mayor Truong opened the Public Hearing at 8:14 p.m. No citizen called to address the item. Mayor Truong closed the Public Hearing at 8:14 p.m. Mayor Pro Tem Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Weast, to approve Final Plat P-008-20. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

13. Ordinance No. O-2020-025-15 – Conduct a Public Hearing and consideration and/or action on the CU-009-20 Application of Sofia Hernandez, on behalf of Barri Money Services, for a Conditional Use Permit request for a Nondepository Financial Institution in the “C-2” Commercial District on Lot 1R, Block 1 of Diamond Oaks Plaza, being approximately 6.313 acres west of Denton Highway, locally known as 5417 Stanley Keller Road and having a Tarrant Appraisal District Address of 4105 Denton Highway – 1st Reading. Planning and Community Development Director Glenna Batchelor presented the agenda item, but a communication problem occurred between Luz Barreto and the meeting, calling for the Mayor to move to the next item on the agenda until communication is established.

(The Council returned to this item at 8:37 p.m.) A discussion was held regarding the type of monetary business service, the location of the business on the Internet, and their reason  to expand this business from the Houston area. Mayor Truong opened the Public Hearing at 8:40 p.m. No citizen called to speak at the Public Hearing. Mayor Truong closed the Public Hearing at 8:40 p.m. Mayor Pro Tem Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Soule, to approve Ordinance No. O-2020-025-15 – first reading. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried. (The Council moved to Item # 17 Staff Reports)

14. Ordinance No. O-2020-026-15 – Conduct a Public Hearing and consideration and/or action on the CU-010-20 Application of Janell Bitterly, on behalf of SmashTown LLC, for a Conditional Use Permit request for a Commercial Amusement (Indoors) in the “M-1” Industrial District on Lots 1 & 2, Block 1 of the Randol Addition, being approximately 0.9779 acres west of Carson Street, locally known as 5959 Eden Drive and having a Tarrant Appraisal District Address of 5955 Eden Drive - 1st Reading. The applicants withdrew their application before the Council meeting – no action was taken.

15. Ordinance No. O-2020-027-15 – Conduct a Public Hearing and consideration and/or action on the CU-011-20 Application of Alejandra Navarro, on behalf of Elfer Muffler Shop, for a Conditional Use Permit request for Automobile and light truck repair shop in the “M-2” Heavy Industrial District located on Lot AR1, Block 1 of the ADCO Subdivision, being approximately 0.3333 acres on the west side of Denton Highway, locally known as 5711 Denton Highway- 1st Reading. Planning and Community Development Director Glenna Batchelor presented the item and a discussion was held verifying that only muffler and exhaust service work would be conducted at the shop. Mayor Truong opened the Public Hearing at 8:31 p.m. No citizen called to speak at this Public Hearing. Mayor Truong closed the Public Hearing at 8:32 p.m. Council Member Weast moved, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Grow, to approve Ordinance No. O-2020-027-15 on first reading. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

16. Economic Development Agreement – Consideration and/or action to approve a Chapter 380 Development Program and Economic Development Agreement Between the City of Haltom City, the Haltom City Economic Development Corporation and H.B. Restaurants, Inc. for Development of a Restaurant. City Manager Phelps presented the agenda item with a site map and commended on the effort of Hoffbrau to stay in Haltom City. Mayor Pro Tem Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Vanzant, to approve a Chapter 380 Development Program and Economic Development Agreement between the City of Haltom City, the Haltom City Economic Development Corporation and H.B. Restaurants, Inc. for the development of a restaurant. The vote was unanimous. Motion carried.

CITY STAFF REPORTS

17. Staff Reports – No report was given.

FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

18. Discussion on items to be placed on future agendas. Mayor Pro Tem Grow stated he would like to see the creation of an Economic Development Advisory Board to keep the economic push going forward.

BOARDS/COMMISSIONS/COMMITTEES

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

20. Appointment/Reappointment to Boards/Commissions/Committees – Consider approval regarding appointments to Boards/Commissions/Committees. There were no appointments or reappointments made.

EXCUSED ABSENCE OF COUNCIL MEMBERS

21. 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 at this time, but the Council took the following action from the earlier Executive Session: Mayor Pro Tem Grow moved, seconded by Council Member Weast, to approve the terms of the mediated settlement (J. Williamson lawsuit) as discussed in Executive Session. Mayor Pro Tem Grow and Council Members Hilliard, Thompson, Weast, Soule, and Vanzant voted aye. Council Member Brown voted nay. Motion carried.

ADJOURNMENT

Mayor Truong encouraged all to continue wearing virus masks, practice social distancing, and then he adjourned the Council meeting at 8:48 p.m.

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY: APPROVED BY:

Art Camacho, City Secretary An Truong, Mayor