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HomeMy Public PortalAboutCity Council Minutes 10-10-1995 MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING OCTOBER 10, 1995 1. CALL TO ORDER Mayor Kelley called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Richland Hills City Hall, 3200 Diana Drive, Richland Hills, Texas. Councilmembers Present: Pat Watkins, Reta P. Kaastad, Larry Wilson, and LaRue Wall. Absent: Councilmember Horace Hamilton City Staff Present: City Manager James W. Quin, City Secretary Terri Willis and City Attorneys Paul Wieneskie and James Cribbs (Mr. Wieneskie left the meeting at 8:15 p.m. at which time Mr. Cribbs took his place on the dais). 2. INVOCATION AND PLEDGES OF ALLEGIANCE Mayor Kelley requested a moment of silence for prayer. Councilmember Kaastad led the Pled e of Alle fiance to the g g United States and Texas flags. 3. COUNCIL-APPOINTED BOARDS Mayor Pro Tem Wilson advised that the Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, Michael Logan, had requested the Council consider removing Brenda Finn, alternate member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, due to lack of attendance. MOTION: A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson, and seconded by Councilmember Wall, to remove Brenda Finn from the Planning and Zoning Commission, 2nd alternate position, as recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission due to lack of attendance. The motion unanimously carried. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson, to accept the resignation submitted by Cindy Avery from Place 2B on the Economic Development Advisory Board. The motion unanimously carried. • MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING OCTOBER 10, 1995 PAGE 2 4. PRESENTATIONS~RECOGNITIONS A. Mayor Kelley to Present Proclamation in Support of BISD Red Ribbon Campaign Encouraging All Citizens to Pledge to be Drug Free. At the request of Mayor Kelley, City Attorney Wieneskie read the proclamation declaring October 21 - October 29, 1995 as "Red Ribbon Week" in the City of Richland Hills. 8. Mayor Kelley to Present Proclamation Regarding BISD's Recognition by the State of Texas as Having an Outstanding Executive Board. City Attorney Wieneskie read a proclamation in recognition of the Birdville Independent School District's School Board being named the "Outstanding Texas School Board" by the Texas Association of School Administrators. . 5. CONSIDER CALLING AN ELECTION REGARDING AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 48 SALES TAX City Manager Quin advised that this item was for consideration of calling an election for January 20, 1996 regarding an economic development 4B sales tax. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Councilmember Wall, to adopt the ordinance calling a special election for January 20, 1996; and to appoint Loyce Greer, 7436 Evelyn, as presiding judge, and Jean Spieker, 3401 Jonette, as alternate presiding judge; and, with a correction to the Proposition on Page 1, Section 1, and on Page 3, Section 12, to move "Parks and Parks Facilities" after "Economic Development", and to delete the wording "including, but not limited to" on Page 1, Section 1, and delete the wording "which include provisions" on Page 3, Section 12. The motion unanimously carried. (Ordinance No. 766-95) 6. VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR~OUTSTANDING CITIZEN VOLUNTEER POLICIES AND PROCEDURES • City Manager Quin advised that this item was for consideration of revisions to the Volunteer of the Year/Outstanding Citizen Volunteer Policies and Procedures. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING OCTOBER 10, 1995 PAGE 3 6. VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR~OUTSTANDING CITIZEN VOLUNTEER POLICIES AND PROCEDURES (cont'd.1 MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson, to postpone action on this item until the October 24, 1995 City Council meeting. The motion unanimously carried. 7. TRANSFER OF CABLE TELEVISION FRANCHISE RESOLUTION - SECOND READING City Manager Quin advised that this item was for consideration of approval and second reading of the resolution authorizing the transfer of the cable television franchise to Marcus Cable Associates, L.P., and the assignment of the assets and the franchise as collateral. Councilmember Kaastad and Mayor Pro Tem Wilson requested City • Attorney Wieneskie review the current franchise agreement for possible options in negotiating a new franchise agreement. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson, to. table this item until the October 24, 1995 City Council meeting. The motion unanimously carried. 8. DISCUSSION OF FACT SHEET CONCERNING HANDLEY-EDERVILLE ROAD PROJECT City Manager Quin advised that this item was placed on the agenda at the request of Councilmember Watkins in order to discuss the fact sheet prepared by the City Council regarding the Handley-Ederville Road project. Mr. Quin further advised that the Council had held two workshops in this regard and had come to an agreement on a fact sheet to be included in the next City newsletter. Councilmember Watkins stated he had requested this item be placed on the agenda in order to make his position known on this issue. Mr. Watkins expressed his feeling that the fact sheet, as presented, was to some extent misleading in that it implied that the special election proposition regarding • honoring the agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) included Phase I, which was the full utility relocation and upgrade. Mr. Watkins further explained MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING OCTOBER 10, 1995 PAGE 4 8. DISCUSSION OF FACT SHEET CONCERNING HANDLEY-EDERVILLE ROAD PROJECT ~cont'd.) he agreed that the full utility relocation should be done, however, clarified that Phase I of the project was not required by the agreement with the TXDOT. In addition, Mr. Watkins advised that the Council had agreed they would not campaign on this issue after developing the fact sheet, and stated he intended to adhere to that agreement. Mayor Pro Tem Wilson stated that the Council had agreed to the contents of the fact sheet and all members had signed it indicating their agreement, and did not understand why there was a feeling that some of the contents were misleading. ?Oliver Pettit, 7505 Hovenkamp, Richland Hills, had requested to speak on this item, and requested Mr. Quin to research the cost for repaving Handley-Ederville in the 1980's. Mr. Pettit stated his opposition to the proposed project. • 9. APPROVAL OF AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CITY DRUG TESTING POLICY City Manager Quin advised that this item was for consideration of amending the City's employee drug testing policy. At the September 12, 1995 Council meeting, the City Council unanimously voted in favor of changing the current drug testing policy to provide that drug testing be required for all pre-employment screening for any City position, and to authorize random testing for Public Works and Public Safety employees, in addition to probable cause; and, that the drug testing be conducted by a NIDA or CAP certified lab. The City Attorney had prepared an ordinance to amend the current drug testing policy. The proposed ordinance caption reads as follows: "AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CITY OF RICHLAND HILLS DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE POLICY; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE." MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Wall, and seconded by Councilmember Watkins, to adopt the ordinance amending the Drug-Free Workplace Policy. The motion unanimously carried. • (Ordinance No. 767-95) MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING OCTOBER 10, 1995 PAGE 5 10. APPROVAL OF AUDITING SERVICES FIRM City Manager Quin advised that this item was for consideration of approving a proposal submitted by George, Morgan and Sneed, P.C. to perform auditing services for the Fiscal Year 1994-95 annual audit. The bid proposal was in the total amount of $15,600. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Councilmember Wall, to accept the proposal submitted by George, Morgan and Sneed, P.C. to perform auditing services for the Fiscal Year 1994-95 annual audit. The motion unanimously carried. At this time, City Attorney Wieneskie had to leave the meeting, and City Attorney Cribbs took his place on the dais. • 11. AWARD OF CONTRACT FOR NEWSLETTER PRINTING SERVICES City Manager Quin advised that this item was for consideration of awarding a contract to Graphics 2 for printing of the City newsletter. The bid submitted by Graphics 2 was in the total amount of $15,000. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Watkins, and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson, to award the contract to Graphics 2 for newsletter printing services in the amount of $15,000. The motion unanimously carried. 12. APPROVAL OF TRACTOR MOWER PURCHASE City Manager Quin advised that this item was for consideration of approving the purchase of a tractor mower for the Parks Department in the amount of $9, 461 from Zimmerer-Kubota. This purchase was budgeted in the 1994-95 budget. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Wall, and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson, to approve the purchase of a tractor mower in the amount of $9,461 from Zimmerer-Kubota to be charged back to the • 1994-95 budget. The motion unanimously carried. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING OCTOBER 10, 1995 PAGE 6 13. DISCUSSION OF CABLE TELEVISION AND NEWSLETTER MEDIUMS City Manager Quin advised that this item was for consideration of the use of the cable television and newsletter mediums regarding the publication and broadcast of special Council meetings. This item was placed on the agenda by Councilmember Kaastad. Councilmember Kaastad stated she felt the use of the City newsletter and the municipal cable television channel could be enhanced to keep the citizens better informed. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Councilmember Wall, to establish policies and procedures for use of the City newsletter and municipal cable television channel, and to schedule a workshop at a later date for this purpose. The motion unanimously carried. • 14. REMOVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS City Manager Quin advised there were no items to be removed from the Consent Agenda. 15. CONSENT AGENDA City Manager Quin reviewed the Consent Agenda as follows: Approval of the Minutes of the August 29, 1995, and the September 5, 1995 Special Council Meetings, and the September 12, 1995 Regular City Council Meeting. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Councilmember Watkins, to accept the Consent Agenda. The motion unanimously carried. 16. REPORTS AND COMMENTS ?T. S. Bridges, 7231 Hovenkamp, Richland Hills, spoke in opposition to the Handley-Ederville Road project and the transportation service provided by the "T". • ?Ron Grogan, 7508 Richland Road, Richland Hills, spoke in favor of the Handley-Ederville Road project. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING OCTOBER 10, 1995 PAGE 7 16. REPORTS AND COMMENTS (cont'd.) ?Dorothy Hurdle, 6720 Pecan Park, Richland Hills, expressed her congratulations to Mr. Quin for his appointment as City Manager. Ms. Hurdle reported there were potholes at the intersections of Matthews and Baker Boulevard and at Vance and Grapevine Highway. In addition, Ms. Hurdle advised the City's sprinkler system seemed to be flooding down Matthews. ?JoDon Hicks, 6912 Grapevine Highway, Richland Hills, commented on the groundbreaking ceremony held for the Sunset Gardens Retirement Community, and pointed out that the Mayor Pro Tem should represent the City in the Mayor's absence. ?Oliver Pettit, 7505 Hovenkamp, Richland Hills, expressed his appreciation to Mr. Quin for having the loose gravel removed from the intersection of Labadie and Hovenkamp. Councilmember Kaastad commented on an article in the Star- • Telegram, "Richland Hills Paving Road to a Better Future", which referred to the Baker Boulevard overlay and median beautification project to be completed next year, and wanted to clarify for the record that Richland Hills' share of the cost for the project would be $47,000 which would be paid for with the donated dollar. Councilmember Wall advised that the median beautification construction would be underway by late winter or early spring . Mayor Kelley recessed the regular session of the City Council at 8:40 p.m. in order to enter into Executive Session. 17. EXECUTIVE SESSION Mayor Kelley convened the City Council into Executive Session in the Council Conference Room at 8:50 p.m. to discuss the following items: A. Consideration of Entering into Executive Session in Accord with Chapter 551, Section 551.074, Personnel, of the Texas Government Code, to Deliberate the Matters Concerning a Public Officer or Employee, Specifically, the City Manager's Contract; • B. Consideration of Entering into Executive Session in Accord with Chapter 551, Section 551.072, of the Texas Government Code to Deliberate the Purchase, Exchange, Lease or Value of Real Property. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING OCTOBER 10, 1995 PAGE 8 17. E7CECUTIVE SESSION (cont'd.) Mayor Kelley adjourned the Executive Session at 9:49 p.m. C. Consideration of Final Action, Decision, or Vote on a Matter Deliberated in Executive Session in Accord with Chapter 551, Section 551.102, of the Texas Government Code. Mayor Kelley reconvened the City Council into regular session in the Council Chambers at 9:50 p.m., and advised that no action would be taken by the Council at this time. 18. ADJOURNMENT Mayor Kelley declared the meeting adjourned at 9:51 p.m. APPROVED: C. F. KELLEY, MAYOR ATTEST: c__ L..« ~ ~ TERR LLIS, CITY SECRETARY •