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HomeMy Public PortalAboutCity Council Minutes 04-11-1995 MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING APRIL 11, 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: Nelda Stroder, Larry Wilson, Curtis Whitfield, Reta P. Kaastad, and Roy Maberry. City Staff Present: City Manager Stephen Hughes, City Secretary Terri Willis and City Attorney James Cribbs. 2. INVOCATION AND PLEDGES OF ALLEGIANCE Mayor Kelley requested a moment of silence for prayer. Mayor Pro Tem Maberry led the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States and Texas flags. • 3. PRESENTATIONS~RECOGNITIONS A. Recognition of Employee of the 2nd Quarter. Mayor Kelley announced that Firefighter/Paramedic Roger Searcy had been selected as the Employee of the 2nd Quarter, however, he was unable to attend the meeting. B. Proclamation Declaring the Month of April as "Child Abuse Awareness Month" and April 29, 1995 as "Child Abuse Awareness Day". At the request of Mayor Kelley, City Attorney Cribbs read the proclamation declaring the month of April as "Child Abuse Awareness Month" and April 29, 1995 as "Child Abuse Awareness Day". Mayor Kelley presented the proclamation to Mr. Pat Kuntz, a representative of the Independent Order of Foresters. C. Proclamation Declaring April 20, 1995 as "National D.A.R.E. Day" in the City of Richland Hills. At the request of Mayor Kelley, City Attorney Cribbs read the proclamation declaring April 20, 1995 as "National D.A.R.E. Day" in the City of Richland Hills. • MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING APRIL 11, 1995 PAGE 2 4. COUNCIL-APPOINTED BOARDS City Manager Hughes advised there were no appointments to be made at this time. 5. COUNCIL SUBCOMMITTEES City Manager Hughes advised this item was placed on the agenda at the request of Councilmember Stroder. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Stroder, and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Maberry, to abolish the Council Subcommittees that meet with the various Department Directors each month. Councilmember Stroder explained that she felt it would be in the best interest of the City Council and the Department • Directors to discontinue the subcommittee meetings at this time. VOTE ON MOTION: The motion carried by a vote of 3 to 2, with Councilmembers Wilson and Kaastad casting the negative votes. 6. RECONSIDERATION OF MARCH 28, 1995 AGENDA ITEM 9, FACILITIES IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT City Manager Hughes advised that this item was placed on the agenda at the request of Councilmember Kaastad. Councilmember Kaastad requested this item be withdrawn from the agenda. 7. CABLE TV FRANCHISE AMENDMENT City Manager Hughes read the proposed ordinance caption into the record as follows: "AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE N0. 420 OF THE CITY OF • RICHLAND HILLS, TEXAS, CONCERNING THE CABLE TELEVISION FRANCHISE CURRENTLY HELD BY SAMMONS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.; MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING APRIL 11, 1995 PAGE 3 7. CABLE TV FRANCBISE AMENDMENT (cont'd.) AMENDING SUBSECTION K "PUBLIC ACCESS CHANNELS" OF SECTION 13 "OPERATIONAL STANDARDS" OF SAID ORDINANCE N0. 420, TO REQUIRE THE FRANCHISEE TO FURNISH A DEDICATED PUBLIC ACCESS CHANNEL; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING A SAVINGS CLAUSE; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE". City Attorney Cribbs advised that the proposed ordinance would provide for at least two channels to be reserved for the use of the public one of which shall have non-discriminatory access without charge on a first-come first-serve basis, and the other channel shall be reserved exclusively for public educational and City use, at the discretion of the City. Mr. Cribbs recommended that a copy of the proposed ordinance be sent to Sammons advising them that the Council would be considering adoption at the next Council Meeting. Mr. Truman Harrell, 6509 Marcille Court, Richland Hills, • stated his opposition to the City being involved in programming church services on the municipal cable access channel, and expressed his opinion that the church should deal directly with Sammons for this service. City Attorney Cribbs advised that he did not recommend the City be involved in the programming of the public access channel, but only to require Sammons to furnish the channel as provided for in the franchise agreement. 8. ITEMS TO BE WITHDRAWN FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA City Manager Hughes advised that Consent Agenda Item 9-F needed to be removed from the Consent Agenda for individual consideration. 9-F. Approval of the Commitment of $2,000 in Matching Funds for an Internet Access Grant Through the North Texas Library System. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Stroder, and seconded by Councilmember Whitfield, to remove this item from the Consent Agenda and table it • indefinitely. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING APRIL 11, 1995 PAGE 4 8. ITEMS TO BE WITHDRAWN FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA (cont'd.) Councilmember Stroder explained that the North Texas Library System had been unable to obtain the necessary information to apply for the grant. VOTE ON MOTION: The motion unanimously carried. 9. CONSENT AGENDA City Manager Hughes reviewed the remaining items on the Consent Agenda as follows: A. Approval of the Minutes of the March 14, 1995 Regular City Council Meeting; B. Approval of a Contract to Purchase 3901 Airline Drive, • Owned by Sam and Odest McMillan, and Michael and Martha McMillan, at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Approved Value; C. Approval of a Contract to Purchase 7901 Leslie Drive, Owned by Florentino and Rosa Montalvo, at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Approved Value; D. Approval of Plans and Specifications and the Authorization of Staff to Seek Competitive Sealed Bids for the Jonette Street Repair Project; and, E. Approval of a Draft Agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for Work Under the Landscape Cost Sharing Program. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Stroder, and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Maberry, to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. The motion unanimously carried. 10. REPORTS AND COMMENTS ?Jim Morgan, 3528 Granada, Richland Hills, spoke to the • Council in regard to the recent survey being conducted concerning the desired level of garbage service, and stated he was opposed to changing from two pickups per week. Mr. Morgan also stated he felt that the recycling should include cardboard. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING APRIL 11, 1995 PAGE 5 10. REPORTS AND COMMENTS (cont'd.) ?Truman Harrell, 6509 Marcille Court, Richland Hills, spoke to the Council also in regard to the survey concerning the level of garbage service, and stated his opposition to increasing the rates for garbage service. Mayor Kelley expressed his appreciation to the Parks and Beautification Advisory Board for their efforts in the Easter Egg Hunt, and advised it was very well attended. Councilmember Stroder reminded everyone about the League of Women Voters Candidates' Forum to be held Thursday evening at City Hall, and also that early voting begins on Monday. 11. ADJOURNMENT Mayor Kelley declared the meeting adjourned at 8:01 p.m. APPROVED: C. F. KE EY, MAYOR ATTEST: R WILLIS, CITY SECRETARY April 25, 1995 Council and Citizens of Richland Hills, ~m unable to attend tonights meeting because my son has a ball game, t at I feel deserves my attention more than attending a meeting which I can watch on TV. I just wanted everyone in the town to know that the residents of Lavon did have a meeting with the attorney, two council people and the mayor. That was fifteen days ago and we still have not received a response. We were however, informed on the 20th that our appeal was being forwarded to the Board of Appeals Chairperson, when I asked Mr.- Jackson if that would stay all activity on the property until the appeal was addressed he said yes. That did not happen and when he was asked why today he said he requested a legal opinion of Mr. Cribbs and he said not to stay activity until the hearing was set. Well friends that is not how the rules are written in fact according the the zoning ordinance the appeal is to be taken directly to the Chairperson along with any available document- ation and the job shut down unless it indangers someones life!!! The appeal was held by the city for over thirty days and the work has not been stopped. I decided to call Mr. Cribbs and get his direct input and he said the appeal was filed to late, now if that were the case why all this rig-a-ma-role for forty four days and why do we need a legal oppinion on that matter. It is clearly written in the Zoning Ordinance. I don't understand why everyone who works for this town claims to be Illiterate that is not somthing to take pride in. Even the attorney can't read the ordinance which says all activity is to stop unless it endangers a life. I have never been one to say anything behind someones back so I will share with you what I told Mr. Cribbs on the phone today. I told him I could not believe that this was continuing to go on and that I was not suggesting there was some sort of misrepresentation or wrong doing at city hall I was out and out saying itil! is rediculous that tax paying citizens elect people to hire people to do the best job at representing our town and if this was the best he had to offer as an attorney than we needed better. He said I wasn't the first to make a suggestion like that, and I can certainly see why!! This town deserves better than this we deserve people in office to do somthing not talk about doing it and people on staff who can read and follow the rules as they are written and stop wasting our money on attorneys fees to find ways to "interpret" the rules, which in my opinion is just looking for the trouble it always finds. Sincerely, Kim Ripple ATTACHMENT TO APRIL 25, 1995 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES •