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HomeMy Public PortalAboutCity Council Minutes 05-09-1995 MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING MAY 9, 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 Paul Wieneskie. 2. INVOCATION AND PLEDGES OF ALLEGIANCE The invocation was given by Pastor Calvin White, Baker Boulevard Church of Christ, Richland Hills. Councilmember Whitfield led the Pledge of Allegiance to the • United States and Texas flags. 3. CANVASS RESULTS OF MAY 9, 1995 GENERAL~SPECIAL ELECTIONS Mr. J. Alan Hollis, Election Judge, canvassed the results of the May 9, 1995 General and Special Elections as follows: GENERAL ELECTION CANDIDATES EARLY VOTES ELECTION DAY TOTAL VOTES Council Place 1 Pat Watkins 182 251 433 Truman Harrell 128 239 ~b~'s6;; Council Place 3 George Quinley 126 244 370 Horace Hamilton 180 243 423 Council Place 5 LaRue Wall 139 261 400 Curtis Whitfield 162 215 377 Tergy Tergerson 9 21 30 MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING MAY 9, 1995 PAGE 2 3. CANVASS RESULTS OF MAY 9, 1995 GENERAL~SPECIAL ELECTIONS (cont'd.) SPECIAL ELECTION CHARTER AMENDMENTS EARLY VOTES ELECTION DAY TOTAL Proposition 1 For 226 333 559 Against 45 89 134 Proposition 2 For 161 194 355 Against 117 250 367 Proposition 3 For 146 187 333 Against 122 248 370 Proposition 4 For 206 330 536 Against 66 111 177 Proposition 5 For 178 297 475 Against 99 135 234 Proposition 6 For 191 267 458 Against 79 165 244 Proposition 7 For 134 164 298 Against 140 265 405 Proposition 8 For 213 356 569 Against 51 70 121 Proposition 9 For 217 363 580 Against 40 60 100 Proposition 10 • For 160 204 364 Against 102 214 316 MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING MAY 9, 1995 PAGE 3 3. CANVASS RESULTS OF MAY 9, 1995 GENERAL~SPECIAL ELECTIONS (cont'd.) CHARTER AMENDMENTS EARLY VOTES ELECTION DAY TOTAL Proposition 11 For 195 314 509 Against 66 97 163 Proposition 12 For 198 314 512 Against 61 107 168 Proposition 13 For 185 318 503 Against 66 100 166 Proposition 14 • For 154 250 404 Against 104 164 268 Proposition 15 For 196 317 513 Against 57 82 139 Proposition 16 For 185 293 478 Against 66 108 174 Proposition 17 For 141 207 348 Against 122 205 327 TOTAL VOTES 312 503 815 MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Stroder, and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Maberry, to accept the results of the election as presented by the Election Judge. The motion unanimously carried. (A copy of the Charter Amendments are attached as a part of the Minutes.) • MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING MAY 9, 1995 PAGE 4 4. RECOGNITION OF OUTGOING COUNCIL MEMBERS Mayor Kelley expressed his appreciation to outgoing Councilmembers Nelda Stroder, Curtis Whitfield and Roy Maberry for their dedicated service to the City of Richland Hills. Mayor Kelley advised that at the next meeting, a formal presentation would be made to each outgoing Council Member. 5. SEATING OF COUNCIL MEMBERS ELECTED MAY 6, 1995~ELECT MAYOR PRO TEM City Secretary Terri Willis administered the Oaths of Office to newly-elected Councilmembers Horace Hamilton, LaRue Wall and Pat Watkins. Mayor Kelley presented each with a Certificate of Election. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and • seconded by Councilmember Watkins, to appoint Larry Wilson as the Mayor Pro Tem. The motion unanimously carried. 6. EMPLOYEE RECOGNITIONS Mayor Kelley recognized and presented service pin awards to each of the following individuals for their years of service with the City of Richland Hills: Firefighter/Paramedic Randy Powell - 5 years Police Sergeant Kathryn Perkins - 10 years Office Manager Barbara Wright - 15 years Police Chief Barbara Childress - 25 years Mayor Kelley expressed his appreciation to each individual for their dedicated service to the City of Richland Hills. 7. COUNCIL-APPOINTED BOARDS At this time, the Council considered appointments to places with expiring terms of office on the City's Boards, Commissions and Committees. • MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING MAY 9, 1995 PAGE 5 7. COUNCIL-APPOINTED BOARDS (cont'd.) MOTION: A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson, and seconded by Councilmember Kaastad, to make the following appointments to the Planning and Zoning Commission: Jean Spieker - Regular Member from 1st Alternate Michael Logan - Regular Member Kathy Stone - 1st Alternate from Regular Member Keith Smith - Regular Member The motion unanimously carried. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Wall, and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson, to make the following appointments for Place 5: • JoDon Hicks - Place 5A, Economic Development LeRoy New - Place 5, Crime Prevention Pat Jermyn - Place 5, Library Board Jim McKnight - Place 5B, Economic Development Mayor Kelley advised there being no objection, each individual was duly appointed. 8. CITIZEN REQUEST FOR SPEED BUMP City Manager Hughes advised that a request had been submitted by Mr. Mike Marcum for the Council to consider the construction of a speed bump on Popplewell at its intersection with Richlynn Terrace. Mr. Hughes advised that this item was placed on the agenda at the request of former Mayor Pro Tem Maberry. Mr. Hughes pointed out that Mr. Marcum was in the audience should the Council have questions in regard to his request. Mayor Pro Tem Wilson inquired as to whether Mr. Marcum would like to address the Council. Mr. Mike Marcum, 3700 Popplewell, Richland Hills, advised that he was representing approximately 15 families that reside on • Popplewell who are concerned with the problem of speeding vehicles in this area. Mr. Marcum advised they were requesting the Council to consider either constructing a speed bump or a dip at the intersection of Popplewell and Richlynn Terrace. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL . REGULAR MEETING MAY 9, 1995 PAGE 6 8. CITIZEN RE UEST FOR SPEED BUMP (cont'd.) Mayor Pro Tem Wilson advised that the Police Department had conducted a study in this regard, and the result was that approximately 80~ to 86~ of the vehicles were not speeding. Mr. Wilson pointed out that Police Chief Childress had discussed with him the need for an additional study before any action could be taken, and requested Chief Childress to explain the procedure. Police Chief Barbara Childress explained there was a Road Hump Program for residential streets which had been established in the City of Dallas and in the City of North Richland Hills. Chief Childress advised that if the Council would be interested in learning more about this program, she would prepare an informational packet for the Council to review. Councilmember Kaastad discussed with Chief Childress the • findings of the traffic study conducted on Popplewell. Chief Childress advised that as a result of the findings, she recommended continuing the periodic traffic detail and focusing on the 5~ to 6~ of the vehicles traveling 10-plus miles over the speed limit. Chief Childress explained that after reviewing the information on the Road Hump Program, it was her determination that Popplewell may not fall under the guidelines of the Road Hump Program, due to Popplewell being a thoroughfare. Mayor Pro Tem Wilson pointed out that he felt the Council needed to support the integrity of the Police Department. MOTION: A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson, and seconded by Councilmember Kaastad, to deny the request for a speed bump. The motion unanimously carried. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Hamilton, and seconded by Councilmember Watkins, to direct the City Manager to request a detailed evaluation of alternate methods of controlling speed. Councilmember Kaastad inquired as to whether the motion was specifically for Popplewell or if it included other areas, and pointed out that residents had voiced concerns at a previous • Town Hall Meeting regarding speeding on other streets. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL . REGULAR MEETING MAY 9, 1995 PAGE 7 8. CITIZEN REQUEST FOR SPEED BUMP (cont'd.) AMENDMENT TO MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Hamilton, and seconded by Councilmember Watkins, to amend the motion to include any potential speed areas that have been brought to the attention of the City. The motion unanimously carried as amended. 9. SOLID WASTE COLLECTION RATES City Manager Hughes read the caption of the proposed ordinance into the record as follows: "AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE DECEMBER 20, 1990 FRANCHISE CONTRACT BETWEEN THE CITY OF RICHLAND HILLS, TEXAS, AND . LAIDLAW WASTE SYSTEMS, FOR THE COLLECTION WITHIN THE CITY OF GARBAGE, TRASH, REFUSE AND OTHER WASTE, AND AMENDING ORDINANCES N0. 677 AND 687, WHICH AMENDED AND REVISED THE FEES CONTAINED WITHIN THE ORIGINAL FRANCHISE CONTRACT; AMENDING THE FRANCHISE CONTRACT BETWEEN THE CITY OF RICHLAND HILLS, TEXAS AND LAIDLAW WASTE SYSTEMS, AFOREMENTIONED, TO INCREASE THE RATES AND CHARGES CONTAINED THEREIN; PROVIDING FOR LIMITATIONS UPON CHANGES TO GARBAGE COLLECTION RATES BASED ON INCREASES IN DISPOSAL COSTS; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING A SAVING CLAUSE; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE." City Manager Hughes advised this was the second reading of the ordinance and adoption of the rates would constitute a franchise amendment, which would require a 4/5 vote of the Council. Councilmember Kaastad advised she would be abstaining from voting on this item, due to a conflict of interest. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Wall, and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson, to table this item until the May 23, 1995 Council Meeting in order to allow the new Council Members to receive more adequate information to make a more intelligent decision for the benefit of the citizens. The motion carried by a vote of 3 • to 1, with Councilmember Watkins casting the negative vote. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING MAY 9, 1995 PAGE 8 10. CABLE TV PROPOSAL~PUBLIC ACCESS CHANNEL City Manager Hughes advised that this item and Item 11 concerned the Cable TV Franchise and public access channel, and pointed out that the Council had expressed their desire to table these items. Mayor Pro Tem Wilson advised he needed additional time to study this issue. MOTION: A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson, and seconded by Councilmember Wall, to table this item and Item 11 until the May 23, 1995 Council Meeting. Mayor Kelley pointed out that Ms. Karen Yurchuck, Assistant General Manager of Sammons Cable Services, was in the audience and was available if the Council had any questions. • Mayor Pro Tem Wilson inquired as to whether Ms. Yurchuck wanted to address the Council. Ms. Yurchuck advised she wanted to present the City with the quarterly franchise payment in the amount of $6,254.56. In addition, Ms. Yurchuck advised she had provided the Council with a letter containing three proposals with cost estimates relating to the use of a public access channel. Ms. Yurchuck reviewed the proposals as follows: #1 - Cost estimate for a fully operational studio, remote location, monthly cost of $0.74 per month to the subscriber; #2 - Cost estimate for a playback facility only, remote location, monthly cost of $0.64 per month to the subscriber; and, #3 - Cast estimate for a playback facility located in City Hall, monthly cost of $0.09 per month to the subscriber. Mayor Pro Tem Wilson discussed with Ms. Yurchuck the fact that Sammons nor the City could regulate what was shown on the public access channel, however, the City could determine the times videos would be shown. • VOTE ON MOTION: The motion u.na.nimously carried. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING MAY 9, 1995 PAGE 9 11. CABLE TV FRANCHISE AMENDMENT This item was tabled under Item 10. 12. LONE STAR GAS RATE INCREASE SUSPENSION City Manager Hughes read the caption of the proposed ordinance into the record as follows: "AN ORDINANCE SUSPENDING THE PROPOSED EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE PROPOSED RATE SCHEDULES AND SERVICE REGULATIONS OF LONE STAR GAS COMPANY, A DIVISION OF ENSEARCH CORPORATION, PROVIDING THAT THE RATE SCHEDULES AND SERVICE REGULATIONS OF SAID COMPANY SHALL REMAIN UNCHANGED DURING THE PERIOD OF SUSPENSION, DECLARING THE PRESENT INTENT OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RICHLAND HILLS, TEXAS, WITH RESPECT TO SAID PROPOSED RATE SCHEDULES AND SERVICE REGULATIONS, PROVIDING FOR • NOTICE HEREOF TO SAID COMPANY, FINDING AND DETERMINING THAT THE MEETING AT WHICH THE ORDINANCE IS PASSED IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AS REQUIRED BY LAW, AND DECLARING AN EFFECTIVE DATE." City Manager Hughes explained that Lone Star Gas Company had proposed a rate increase and the proposed ordinance would suspend the rate increase for 90 days from May 25, 1995, pending a rate study to be conducted by the City of Fort Worth. MOTION: A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson, and seconded by Councilmember Wall, to adopt the ordinance suspending the request for a rate increase for 90 days as provided for in the Gas Utility Regulatory Act. The motion unanimously carried. (Ordinance No. 745-95) Mayor Kelley advised Mr. A. Z. Drones, Administrative Services Director of Lone Star Gas, was in the audience if the Council had any questions at this time. VOTE ON MOTION: The motion unanimously carried. • 13. SEWER LINE VIDEO EQUIPMENT City Manager Hughes advised that this item was placed on the agenda at the request of former Councilmember Curtis Whitfield, and explained the intention was to authorize staff MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING MAY 9, 1995 PAGE 10 13. SEWER LINE VIDEO EQUIPMENT (cont'd.) to prepare specifications and obtain cost estimates in order to bring a proposal back to the Council for consideration. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Watkins, and seconded by Councilmember Hamilton, to authorize staff to prepare specifications and obtain cost estimates in order to bring a proposal back to Council for consideration. Councilmember Wilson clarified that the Council was only approving sealed bids and no purchase at this time. Councilmember Hamilton suggested the motion be amended to include that the City Manager provide a report to the Council which would provide the pros and cons of contracting the work out versus the purchase of the equipment and the City . conducting the work, and showing projections of contractual costs versus in-house cost, and any other commitment that may be involved. AMENDMENT TO MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Watkins, and seconded by Councilmember Hamilton, to amend the motion to include that the City Manager provide a report to the Council which would provide the pros and cons of contracting the work out versus the purchase of the equipment and the City conducting the work in- house, and showing projections of contractual costs versus in-house costs, and any other commitment that may be involved. City Manager Hughes clarified that city staff was not being authorized to seek bids at this time, and pointed out that the City Charter required that the specifications be approved by the City Council prior to seeking bids. Mr. Hughes advised that specifications would be prepared and cost estimates would be provided along with a report regarding contracting this work out versus the purchase of the equipment and any other alternatives. • VOTE ON MOTION: The motion unanimously carried as amended. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING MAY 9, 1995 PAGE 11 14. ITEMS TO BE WITHDRAWN FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA City Manager Hughes advised that Item 15-C needed to be removed and tabled, due to the fact that the solid waste franchise agreement with Laidlaw was tabled earlier in the meeting. Councilmember Kaastad requested Item 15-D also be removed for individual consideration. 15-C. Adoption of an Ordinance Amending Section 6, Garbage Collection Rates of Chapter 6, Health and Sanitation, of the City Code, as Amended, to Make Adjustments to the Rates and Charges; Providing Severability and Savings Clauses; and Providing an Effective Date. City Manager Hughes advised that the proposed ordinance would codify the rates included in the solid waste ordinance • previously tabled. MOTION: A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson, and seconded by Councilmember Wall, to table Consent Agenda Item 15-C. The motion carried by a vote of 4 to 0, with Councilmember Kaastad abstaining from the vote. 15-D. Approval of the Renewal Contract with Dr. Wayne Schuricht for Service as EMS Medical Director. Fire Chief Greg Tucker explained that this contract was part of the requirement for the operation of the ambulance service as required by the Texas Department of Health. Chief Tucker advised that the annual cost for this service was approximately $2,000. The proposed agreement was identical to the contract the City had worked under since 1991, except that the contract would continuously renew each year until renegotiated by either party. This would facilitate the license renewals for ambulance service each year without having to obtain Council approval each year. Mayor Pro Tem Wilson discussed with Chief Tucker the possibility of renewing the contract every two or three years, instead of the continuous renewal. • Chief Tucker advised that the Council could make the contract renewable each year or every two or three years, however, he explained that the contract did provide a clause for cancellation with 30 days written notice by either party, and a clause for renegotiation prior to August 1. Chief Tucker MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING MAY 9, 1995 PAGE 12 14. ITEMS TO BE WITHDRAWN FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA (cont'd.) explained he recommended the continuous renewal in order to facilitate the renewal process and to expedite future Texas Department of Health provider license renewals. Councilmember Kaastad stated that she did not feel it would be in the best of interest of the citizens to have an open-end contract, even though there were clauses for cancellation and renegotiation. Chief Tucker advised that the City was currently operating with an expired contract, and before the annual license could be renewed the contract needed to be approved. Chief Tucker pointed out that Dr. Schuricht had continued to provide his services even though the contract had expired. Councilmember Kaastad pointed out that the contract expired in • 1993 and stated she felt the contract should be for two years and ratified annually. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Councilmember Wall, to approve the Medical Director's Agreement with the existing contract language to be renewed September 30, 1996. Mayor Pro Tem Wilson suggested an amendment to the motion to extend the renewal to 1997 or 1998. Councilmember Kaastad explained she felt the contract needed to be renewed annually in order to avoid the possibility of the contract expiring again. VOTE ON MOTION: The motion carried by a vote of 3 to 2, with Mayor Pro Tem Wilson and Councilmember Watkins casting the negative votes. 15. CONSENT AGENDA City Manager Hughes reviewed the remaining items on the Consent Agenda as follows: • A. Approval of the Minutes of the April 11, 1995 and the April 25, 1995 Regular City Council Meetings; and, B. Approval of the Appointment of Dr. J. Ardis Bell as the City's Health Authority. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL . REGULAR MEETING MAY 9, 1995 PAGE 13 15. CONSENT AGENDA (cont'd.) MOTION: A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson, and seconded by Councilmember Kaastad, to approve Consent Agenda Items 15-A and 15-C as written. The motion unanimously carried. City Manager Hughes advised that a supplemental notice to the agenda had been posted at 5:30 p.m. on this date which stated that due to an emergency and urgent public necessity created by recent flooding in Richland Hills, the following item is added to the agenda for the regular City Council Meeting for May 9, 1995: Consider Instructing Staff to Assist Damage from Recent Flooding, Possible Causes of Said Flooding, Interim Measures and Alternative Solutions to Flooding, and Possible Budget Changes Necessary to Address Such Problems. This item was • placed on the agenda as an emergency measure by Councilmembers Kaastad and Wilson. Councilmember Kaastad advised that City Manager Hughes had provided-the Council with a report which stated that the City Hall Complex had sustained damages in the recent storm. Councilmember Kaastad also advised that flooding had occurred on Airline Drive, Pecan Park, Hovenkamp and several problems were caused by the recent heavy rains of which the City had been trying to address for the past 20 years. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Councilmember Watkins, to direct staff to compile a complete report on the recent flooding damage problems caused by the severe weather in the corporate limits of the City of Richland Hills, and schedule a staff/Council workshop for Thursday, May 25, 1995 at 7:00 p.m. in order to evaluate the report and discuss possible action derived from the report. The report should contain immediate problems, interim measures and alternate solutions. Councilmember Watkins requested a brief summary of the damage to City property. • City Manager Hughes explained that insurance adjusters were scheduled to evaluate the damage to roofs, heat and air units, vehicles and equipment. Mr. Hughes advised that the primary concern would be the nine homes on Airline Drive the City MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING MAY 9, 1995 PAGE 14 Consider Instructing Staff to Assist Damage from Recent Flooding, Possible Causes of Said Flooding, Interim Measures and Alternative Solutions to Flooding, and Possible Budget Changes Necessary to Address Such Problems. This item was placed on the agenda as an emergency measure by Councilmembers Kaastad and Wilson. (cont'd.) recently purchased as part of the Calloway Branch Flood Control Project, and advised that Mr. Quin was working in conjunction with the Building Official in this area. Mr. Randy Powell, Emergency Management Coordinator, reported that there was wind, hail and water damage. The Public Works building had visible damage to the windows and also to the vehicles parked outside, in addition to Police vehicles. Richland Elementary had 60 broken windows and Richland Baptist Church stained glass window was cracked. Richland Nursing Home and Boulevard Manor Nursing Home had broken windows. Our • Sweet Home, a personal care facility, was totally evacuated due to roof damage and ceilings falling down. Mr. Powell advised that the damage did not affect the City's operations, due to the fact it would mostly entail insurance claims and cosmetic or mechanical repairs to buildings and equipment. Mayor Pro Tem Wilson inquired if there were any injuries. Mr. Powell advised that one person was injured when he went outside to look at the hail and slipped and broke his arm. There were also three people trapped in a car in high water that had to be rescued, one of which was in a wheelchair. City Manager Hughes advised that the City owns nine houses on Airline Drive, with one house remaining to be purchased by the City for the Calloway Branch Flood Control Project. A substantial amount of water got into some of these homes, and the residents of three of the homes still live in the homes pending alternative housing arrangements. Therefore, staff was working with the Corps of Engineers and the City Attorney to determine the responsibility of the City in this regard. Mr. Hughes advised that an item may be placed on the May 23, 1995 agenda for action to be taken in this regard. MOTION: The motion unanimously carried. • MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING MAY 9, 1995 PAGE 15 Consider Instructing Staff to Assist Damage from Recent Flooding, Possible Causes of Said Flooding, Interim Measures and Alternative Solutions to Flooding, and Possible Budget Changes Necessary to Address Such Problems. This item was placed on the agenda as an emergency measure by Councilmembers Kaastad and Wilson. (cont'd.) MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Councilmember Wall, to set the following budget work sessions for 1994-95 budget review and possible realignment of budget in order to address recent flooding drainage problems: Thursday, May 18, 1995 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 20, 1995 at 10:00 a.m. if needed; and direct City Manager Hughes to stop all budget expenditures effective immediately, except salaries and absolute necessities, until the immediate problems caused by the recent severe flooding have been assessed. • Councilmember Hamilton requested input from City Manager Hughes regarding any negative impact that may be caused by the hold on budget expenditures. Mr. Hughes stated he did not see any significant problem with delaying expenditures for approximately one week, but would notify the Council should a problem arise. VOTE ON MOTION: The motion unanimously carried. 16. REPORTS AND COMMENTS ?George Quinley, 3508 Scranton, Richland Hills, addressed the Council regarding the public access channel and inquired as to when Sammons would provide the cost involved in providing a public access channel. City Manager Hughes advised that Sammons had provided the Council with a letter outlining three alternatives and the costs involved, which was reviewed earlier in the meeting, and Council had tabled action on this item until May 23, 1995. ?Councilmember Wall thanked all citizens for voting in the • May 6 election, and advised she would do her best to represent the citizens in a totally fair and honest manner, and as long as she was on the Council, she would represent the citizens' and the City's interests. Ms. Wall added she would always welcome opinions, advice and input from the citizens. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING MAY 9, 1995 PAGE 16 16. REPORTS AND COMMENTS (cont'd.} ?Mayor Pro Tem Wilson explained that he had requested the City Manager to request that the City Secretary and the City Attorney change seats on the dais, because he felt the City Secretary should be seated next to the Mayor in case he needed her assistance. ?Councilmember Hamilton expressed his appreciation to everyone who voted in the election, and to those who gave him the opportunity to serve the community. Mr. Hamilton encouraged communication from the citizens to let him know their views on issues and what underlies their views, and stated he was hopeful that the Council would work together in a very effective manner for the entire City. ?Councilmember Kaastad welcomed the new Council Members, and stated she was looking forward to working with them. • ?Councilmember Watkins expressed his appreciation to everyone who voted in the election, and advised he would do his utmost to serve the citizens as he had stated in his campaign platform, "If you vote for me, I'll vote for you". Mayor Kelley expressed his appreciation to the outgoing Council Members for their years of dedicated service over the past four years, and welcomed the newly-elected Council Members and stated he looked forward to working with them for the next 12 months. 17. ADJOURNMENT Mayor Kelley declared the meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m. APPROVED: C. F. KELLEY, MAYOR ATTEST: \ • \ WI LIS, CI Y SECRETARY