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HomeMy Public PortalAboutCity Council Minutes 10-24-1995 MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING OCTOBER 24, 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, Horace Hamilton, Larry Wilson, and LaRue Wall. City Staff Present: City Manager James W. Quin, City Secretary Terri Willis and City Attorney James Cribbs. 2. INVOCATION AND PLEDGES OF ALLEGIANCE The invocation was given by Associate Pastor Tim Kemp of the Richland Hills Baptist Church. Councilmember Hamilton led the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States and Texas flags. 3. COUNCIL-APPOINTED BOARDS City Manager Quin advised the Council would consider appointments to the City's Boards, Commissions and Committees at this time. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Wall, and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson, to nominate Mike Kelley for appointment as 2nd Alternate on the Planning and Zoning Commission. The motion unanimously carried. 4. PRESENTATIONS~RECOGNITIONS Mayor Kelley recognized Ms. Donna Beck, Public Safety Dispatcher, as the Employee of the 4th Quarter for Fiscal Year 1994-95 and presented her with a plaque. Mayor Kelley also recognized Ms. Audrey Carter, an inaugural member of the Crime Prevention Program, who was retiring as a Block Captain and presented her with a Certificate of Appreciation. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING OCTOBER 24, 1995 PAGE 2 5. 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. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson, to accept the Richland Hills' Annual Volunteer Recognition Program Policies and Procedures as outlined. The motion unanimously carried. 6. TRANSFER OF CABLE TELEVISION FRANCHISE RESOLUTION - SECOND READING City Manager Quin advised that this item was for consideration of approving on second reading a 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. The City of Fort Worth had completed a financial analysis of Marcus Cable Associates, L.P. and had determined the company was financially able to provide cable service, and had formally approved the franchise transfer. The first reading of the proposed resolution was held at the September 26, 1995 Council meeting, and the second reading was tabled at the October 10, 1995 Council meeting, pending legal review of the franchise agreement for the possibility of renegotiating the agreement. The City Attorney had recommended that the franchise assignment be approved, and if the Council desired to renegotiate the franchise agreement, a rate consultant be considered for that purpose. City Attorney Cribbs advised that the proposed resolution would authorize the transfer of the cable television franchise and the assignment of the assets and franchise as collateral from Sammons Communications to Marcus Cable Associates with Marcus paying the costs associated with the transfer. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Councilmember Wall, to approve the resolution authorizing the transfer of the cable television franchise from Sammons Communications to . Marcus Cable Associates, L.P., and the assignment of the assets and the franchise as collateral. The motion unanimously carried. (Resolution No. 56-95) MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING OCTOBER 24, 1995 PAGE 3 7. APPROVAL OF AMERICAN RED CROSS~MASS CARE SHELTER AGREEMENTS City Manager Quin advised that this item was for consideration of approving the annual agreement for disaster relief and for mass care shelter with the American Red Cross. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Wall, and seconded by Councilmember Watkins, to approve the American Red Cross/Mass Care Shelter agreements. The motion unanimously carried. 8. APPROVAL OF FLU SHOT PROGRAM City Manager Quin advised that this item was for consideration of approving a flu shot program for City employees to be administered by the Fire Department. Last year, 37 employees took advantage of the program at a cost to the City of $5.00 per employee. • MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Councilmember Wall, to approve the flu shot program. The motion unanimously carried. Mayor Pro Tem Wilson clarified that this program was only for City employees, and did not include board members or their spouses. 9. APPROVAL OF E UIPMENT LIST FOR CITY AUCTION City Manager Quin advised that this item was for consideration of approving a heavy equipment list for a joint city auction to be held on November 11, 1995. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Councilmember Wall, to approve the equipment list for a joint city auction to be held on November 11, 1995. The motion unanimously carried. 10. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 4B SALES TAX BALLOT PROPOSITION • City Manager Quin advised that this item was for consideration of the proposition for the January 20, 1996 Special Election regarding the economic development 4B sales tax. This item was placed on the agenda by Councilmember Kaastad. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING OCTOBER 24, 1995 PAGE 4 10. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 4B SALES TAX BALLOT PROPOSITION (cont'd.) The proposed ordinance caption reads as follows: "AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 766-95, PASSED ON FIRST READING ON OCTOBER 10, 1995, CALLING A SPECIAL ELECTION ON A ONE-HALF CENT SALES TAX FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES AND LIMITING THE ANNUAL EXPENDITURE OF TAX COLLECTED TO ONE AND ONE-HALF PERCENT (1 1~2~) OF THE TOTAL TAX COLLECTED FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND PARKS AND PARK FACILITIES; DESIGNATING POLLING PLACES; APPOINTING ELECTION OFFICIALS; DESIGNATING EARLY VOTING HOURS AND PLACES; DIRECTING POSTING AND PUBLICATION OF NOTICES FOR SAID ELECTION; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE." MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson, to amend Ordinance No. 766-95, Section 12 on Page 3, with the proposition to read as follows: "The levy and • collection of an additional one-half of one percent sales and use tax within the City pursuant to the provisions of Section 4B, Article 5190.6, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes, as amended (the "Act"), with the proceeds thereof to be used and applied in the manner and to any of the purposes authorized by Section 4B of the Act: water system improvements, sewer system improvements, road, street, highway improvements, parks and park facilities and economic development, with an annual amount thereof not to exceed one and one-half percent of the tax collected for economic development and parks and park facilities." The motion unanimously carried. (Ordinance No. 768-95) 11. DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS WORKSHOP City Manager Quin advised that this item was for consideration of scheduling a workshop for Thursday, November 9, 1995 at 7:00 p.m. with the engineering firm of Knowlton-English- Flowers, Inc. (KEF) regarding possible drainage improvement projects. On August 10, 1995, the City Council conducted a workshop with KEF regarding possible drainage projects. The Council requested that KEF define the cost of the John Drive • and Matthews Drive drainage improvement projects, which had been completed. Therefore, Mr. Quin recommended a workshop be held to determine the drainage projects to be designed and completed for Fiscal Year 1995-96. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING OCTOBER 24, 1995 PAGE 5 11. DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS WORKSHOP (cont'd.) MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson, to schedule a workshop for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 9, 1995 regarding drainage improvement projects. The motion unanimously carried. 12. CABLE TELEVISION NEWSLETTER AND COURT OPERATIONS City Manager Quin advised that this item was for consideration of scheduling a workshop for Thursday, November 2, 1995 at 7:00 p.m. regarding the use cable television and newsletter mediums, and the location of municipal court. Mr. Quin pointed out that an additional workshop item to be considered was the advisory board policies and procedures. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Wall, and • seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson, to schedule a workshop for Thursday, November 2, 1995 at 7:00 p.m. regarding the newsletter, cable televi- sion, location of municipal court, and board policies and procedures. Councilmember Hamilton recommended postponing the workshop for two weeks, due to the fact that Councilmember Watkins would be out of town on November 9, and suggested scheduling the workshop for November 16. Councilmember Kaastad suggested a workshop on the items concerning the newsletter and cable television be held on November 9, and a workshop also be held on November 16 to discuss all of the items as stated in the motion. AMENDMENT TO MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Wall, and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson, to amend the motion to schedule a workshop for Thursday, November 2, 1995 at 7:00 p.m. regarding the use of the newsletter and cable television, and schedule a workshop for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, 1995 regarding the newsletter, cable television, location of • municipal court, and board policies and procedures. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING OCTOBER 24, 1995 PAGE 6 12. CABLE TELEVISION. NEWSLETTER AND COURT OPERATIONS (cont'd.) Councilmember Watkins expressed his opposition to the workshop scheduled for Thursday, November 2, 1995, stating he had an interest in the two items and wanted to be a part of the discussion. VOTE ON MOTION: The motion carried as amended by a vote of 4 to 1, with Councilmember Watkins casting the negative vote. 13. 800MHZ MAINTENANCE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT City Manager Quin advised that this item was for consideration of an interlocal agreement with North Richland Hills, Haltom City and Tarrant County to maintain the 800mhz radio equipment. The proposed agreement would provide for reduced • maintenance costs from $13 per radio to $7.22 per radio. MOTION: A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson, and seconded by Councilmember Wall, to approve the interlocal agreement with North Richland Hills, Haltom City and Tarrant County to maintain the 800mhz radio equipment. The motion unanimously carried. 14. CITY MANAGER REPORT City Manager Quin advised that this item was for consideration of removing the requirement of a formal written weekly report from the City Manager to the City Council. This item was placed on the agenda by Councilmember Kaastad. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson, to remove the requirement for a written weekly report from the City Manager. The motion unanimously carried. 15. REMOVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS • City Manager Quin advised that the minutes of the September 26, 1995 City Council meeting needed to be removed from the Consent Agenda. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING OCTOBER 24, 1995 PAGE 7 16. CONSENT AGENDA The items remaining on the Consent Agenda were as follows: Approval of the Minutes of the September 19, 1995 Special Council Meeting, and the September 22, 1995 Emergency Council Meeting. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson, to approve the Consent Agenda. The motion unanimously carried. Mayor Kelley recessed the meeting at 8:00 p.m. for a reception to honor Jim Quin as the newly-appointed City Manager. Mayor Kelley reconvened the meeting at 8:30 p.m. • 17. REPORTS AND COMMENTS ?T. S. Bridges, 7231 Hovenkamp, Richland Hills, inquired as to the City's share of the cost for improvements being made at the intersection of Booth-Calloway and Glenview Drive, and whether or not North Richland Hills would pay a share of the cost. City Manager Quin advised that the improvements were not identified as North Richland Hills' project, and the cost to the City would be at 20 percent with the State paying 80 percent of the cost. Mr. Bridges also spoke in opposition to the number of meetings the City Council held each month. In addition, Mr. Bridges read a notice provided to the citizens of North Richland Hills regarding a possible sewer increase due to the EPA Administrative Orders recently issued to area cities. City Manager Quin explained that the City of Richland Hills had not yet made a determination as to whether an increase would be necessary, and once a report was received from the engineers, the Council would consider this issue and the • citizens would be notified accordingly. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING OCTOBER 24, 1995 PAGE 8 17. REPORTS AND COMMENTS (cont'd.) ?George Quinley, 3508 Scranton, Richland Hills, commented on the upcoming election regarding the issuance of bonds to fund the Handley-Ederville project, and the election called for January regarding the economic development 4B sales tax. Mr. Quinley inquired as to the estimated cost to address the EPA Administrative Order. City Manager Quin advised that a study would have to be conducted to determine the extent of the cost, and the City was required to present a plan of action by November 14, 1995. Mayor Kelley recessed the regular session of the City Council at 8:45 p.m. in order to enter into Executive Session. 18. EXECUTIVE SESSION • Mayor Kelley convened the City Council into Executive Session in the Council Conference Room at 8:55 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: (1) City Manager's Contract; (2) City Secretary's Performance Evaluation; and, (3) City Attorney Position. 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. Mayor Kelley adjourned the Executive Session at 10:30 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 10:31 p.m. • MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson, to accept City Manager Jim Quin's contract as amended. The motion unanimously carried. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING OCTOBER 24, 1995 PAGE 9 18. EXECUTIVE SESSION (cont'd.) MOTION: A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson, and seconded by Councilmember Hamilton, to direct the City Manager to notify the owners of property located at 2822 Birch Park and 3320 Kingsbury to bring the property into compliance with City Code; and authorize the City Manager to initiate a title search in order to proceed with bringing the property into compliance with City Code. The motion unanimously carried. MOTION: A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson, and seconded by Councilmember Wall, to schedule an Executive Session for Thursday, November 2, 1995 at 7:00 p.m. in order to interview two additional representatives from the attorney firm of Fielding, Barrett and Taylor. The motion carried by a vote of 4 to 1, with Councilmember Watkins casting the negative vote. 19. ADJOURNMENT Mayor Kelley declared the meeting adjourned at 10:32 p.m. APPROVED: C. F. KELLEY, MAYOR ATTEST: ERR WIL IS, CITY SECRETARY •