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HomeMy Public PortalAboutCity Council Minutes 06-27-1995 MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING JUNE 27, 1995 1. CALL TO ORDER Mayor Pro Tem Wilson called the meeting to order at 7:34 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Richland Hills City Hall, 3200 Diana Drive, Richland Hills, Texas. Counrilmembers Present: Pat Watkins, Reta P. Kaastad, Horace Hamilton, T,~rry Wilson, and LaRue Wall. City Staff Present: City Manager Stephen Hughes and City Secretary Terri Willis. Abseat: Mayor C. F. Kelley 2. INVOCATION AND PLEDGES OF ALLEGIANCE Mayor Pro Tem Wilson requested a moment of silence for prayer. • Councilmember Watkins led the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States and Texas flags. At this time, Mayor Pro Tem Wilson moved down the agenda to Item 4, and advised that Councilmember Watkins would make the presentation of the Clean City Commission "Community Pride Award" fcr the month of June to the Baker Boulevard Church of Christ. 4. PRESENTATIONS~RECOGNITIONS Councilmember Watkins presented a Plaque of Appreciation to Pastor Calvin White, with the Baker Boulevard Church of Christ, for being selected by the Clean City Commission to receive the Community Pride Award for the month of June. Niayor Pro Tem Wilson moved back to Item 3 on the agenda. 3. COUNCIL--APPOINTED BOARDS At tYiis time, appointments were made to vacancies currently existing on the City's boards, commissions and committees. • MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Hamilton, and seconded by Councilmember Watkins, to appoint Mike Kelley to Place 3A and Warren Connelley to Place 3C on the Parks and Beautification Advisory Board. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING JUNE 27, 1995 PAGE 2 3. COUNCIL-APPOINTED BOARDS lcont'd.) Mayor Pro Tem Wilson advised there being no objection, the individuals were duly appointed. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Wall, and seconded by Councilmember Watkins, to appoint Oliver Pettit to Place 5 on the Transportation Advisory Board, and Lisa Heinze to Place 5 on the Animal Shelter Advisory Board. Mayor Pro Tem Wilson advised there being no objection, the individuals were duly appointed. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Wall, and seconded by Councilmember Kaastad, to accept the resignation submitted by Kathy Stone from the Planning and Zoning Commission, dated June 1, 1995. • Councilmember Watkins advised that he had attended the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on the previous night, and the Commission had just received the resignation submitted by Ms. Stone. The Commission had requested the Council not accept the resignation until the Commission had the opportunity to speak with Ms. Stone and ask her to rescind her resignation. Councilmember Watkins stated he felt the Council should afford the Commission the courtesy of honoring their request. VOTE ON MOTION: The motion carried by a vote of 3 to 2, with Councilmembers Hamilton and Watkins casting the negative votes. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Councilmember Wall, to appoint George Quinley as the 1st Alternate Member on the Planning and Zoning Commission. The motion unanimously carried. 5. REQUEST TO APPEAR BEFORE COUNCIL 1. Mr. Clarence W. Connell, 2647 Mimosa Park Drive, • Regarding the Parks and. Beautification Fund Donation on the Water Bill. Mr. Connell discussed with the Council his request to have the $1.00 voluntary donation to the Parks and Beautification Fund MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING JUNE 27, 1995 PAGE 3 5. REQUEST TO APPEAR BEFORE COUNCIL (cont'd.) removed from his water bill. Mr. Connell advised that in 1984 he had requested this voluntary donation be removed from his water bill, and from 1984 to 1994 the voluntary donation was not on his water bill. Mr. Connell stated that the voluntary donation was placed back on his water bill in 1994, and he had requested City Manager Hughes to have it removed, and advised he had never received a response to his request. Mr. Connell requested the Council to explain the reason as to why the voluntary donation could not be removed from his water bill. Mayor Pro Tem Wilson pointed out that the ordinance which established the $1.00 voluntary contribution to the Parks and Beautification Fund stated that the voluntary contribution would be added on the water bill. City Manager Hughes advised that Ordinance No. 591, adopted • November 28, 1988, Chapter 1, Section 22, of the Richland Hills City Code, states that a $1.00 voluntary contribution will be added to the monthly statement for water consumption. Mr. Hughes explained that his opinion of the ordinance was that once Council adopts an ordinance assessing any charges or contribution, then he must assess that charge to everyone. City Manager Hughes and Mr. Connell further discussed his request, and Mr. Connell pointed out that prior City Managers had honored his request to remove the voluntary contribution from his bill. Mr. Hughes advised he could not speak for prior City Managers' actions, and pointed out he had requested staff to conduct an audit to ensure that all residents were being assessed the proper Council-approved charges, and that was probably when the voluntary contribution was added back to his bill. Mr. Hughes further advised that if the Council desired to amend the ordinance to allow for the voluntary contribution to be removed from an individual's water bill upon request, then he would be authorized to have that amount removed. In response to Mr. Connell's question as to the Council's feeling in regard to his request, Mayor Pro Tem Wilson inquired if there was a problem with marking out the donation • amount and not paying the $1.00 each month. Mr. Connell stated he was strongly opposed to any charge not obligatory being placed on his water bill. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING JUNE 27, 1995 PAGE 4 5. REQUEST TO APPEAR BEFORE COUNCIL (cont'd.) Councilmember Watkins asked City Manager Hughes what would be required in the computer programming for the water bills in having the donation removed from certain bills. Mr. Hughes advised there would not be a problem with the coding of the computer program for the water bills, however, pointed out that he needed Council direction in order to uniformly and fairly assess Council-approved charges. Mr. Connell stated, for the record, he would like to read the last paragraph of his letter submitted to the City Manager and City Council on April 6, 1995, which read as follows: "If this matter cannot be resolved privately, then please set me up to appear before the Council in open session and advise me of the date. If I am to appear before the Council, please be advised that I would like to be on the agenda as early as possible as I am a 100 disabled veteran and I have back and • heart problems and sitting for long periods causes me great pain." Councilmember Hamilton pointed out that the way in which the ordinance was worded, he did not see that the City Manager would have the authority to selectively remove the voluntary donation from an individual's monthly statement. Mr. Hamilton stated that it appeared it would be the Council's decision to either amend the ordinance, take no action, or repeal the ordinance. Mr. Hamilton pointed out that as the item was worded on the agenda, the Council was to hear a citizen's request, and stated that he felt the appropriate approach would be to schedule an action item on a subsequent agenda in this regard. City Manager Hughes pointed out that the Council could direct staff to prepare an ordinance amending the current ordinance, if they so desired. After further discussion, Mayor Pro Tem Wilson advised Mr. Connell that the Council would take his request under consideration, and that the City Secretary would be sending him a letter. 2. Mr. Jim Ford, Midway Business Park, Regarding the Impact • Fee Charged to His Commercial Property for the Addition of an Irrigation Sprinkler. Mr. Ford explained that his request was for the Council to consider allowances for water meters in which a sprinkler system is connected, due to the fact that there should be no MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING JUNE 27, 1995 PAGE 5 5. REQUEST TO APPEAR BEFORE COUNCIL (cont'd.) sewer charge for water used only for a sprinkler system. Mr. Ford also pointed out that additional charges are passed on to developers with the adoption of impact fees, and it had become uneconomical to install an additional meter for a sprinkler system as had been done in the past. Mr. Ford requested the Council to consider adopting an ordinance to allow the sewer bill to be established by the average water usage in the months of January through March, and to use that amount for the remainder of the months during the year. Mayor Pro Tem Wilson stated he understood Mr. Ford's request, and advised that the Council would take his request under consideration, and he would also be sent a letter in this regard. • 6. RE VEST BY BISD TO PLACE METAL BUILDING WITHIN THE CITY Mayor Pro Tem Wilson advised that the Birdville Independent School District had requested approval to place a metal school building at the corner of Baker Boulevard and Scruggs Drive. Mr. Bill Cypert, Building and Grounds Superintendent, representing the Birdville Independent School District, advised that he had filed an application with the City for a building permit to place a portable classroom building on the school district's property for a newly-established REACH Program in the district. Mr. Cypert advised he had received verbal approval from city staff to have the building placed on the property until a Council decision could be made in this regard, due t.o the fact that plans had already been made for the building to be moved to the site, and to avoid the district having to pay for the move twice. Mr. Cypert pointed out that Mrs. Debbie Tribble was in the audience, who is the Principal of the Shannon Center, and who was also instrumental in having the REACH Program added to the Birdville School District for the upcoming year. Mr. Cypert pointed out that he understood that if the Council approved the request, then he would be required to go before the Board of Adjustment to request approval of a variance to the masonry requirements. Councilmember Hamilton inquired as to how long the metal • building would be needed. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING JUNE 27, 1995 PAGE 6 6. REQUEST BY BISD TO PLACE METAL BUILDING WITHIN THE CITY ~cont'd.) Mr. Cypert pointed out that it would depend upon the success of the REACH Program and the actual need at the school campus . Mr. Cypert advised that the grant for the REACH Program was for one year, therefore, at this point, the building would be needed for at least one year. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Watkins, and seconded by Councilmember Hamilton, to grant approval of the request. Councilmember Kaastad clarified with City Manager Hughes that the Council was approving the variance to allow placement of the metal building. VOTE ON • MOTION: The motion unanimously carried. Mayor Pro Tem Wilson advised Mr. Cypert that a $100 application fee was required at the time of application for the permit, and Mr. Cypert advised he had provided Mr. Jackson with the required fee. 7. APPROVAL OF PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT CONCEPT Mayor Pro Tem Wilson advised that this item was for consideration of approval of the playground equipment concept for Kate Baker Park as requested by the Parks and Beautification Advisory Board. Mr. Wilson advised that the City's portion of the cost would be approximately $15,000, and the proposed equipment was in compliance with the guidelines and safety standards of the State of Texas. City Engineer Randy Dulaney explained that this project had been planned by the Parks and Beautification Advisory Board, and Council approval was requested for the concept in order to proceed with the project. Mr. Dulaney briefly explained the concept with the use of a drawing. Councilme*_nber Watkins inquired as to a deletion on the quoted • price for the equipment in regard to a tot seat. Mr. Dulaney advised that the Park Board had made the decisions on the type of equipment to be purchased for the park. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND RILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING JUNE 27, 1995 PAGE 7 7. APPROVAL OF PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT CONCEPT (cont'd.} MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Councilmember Watkins, to approve the playground concept for Kate Baker Park as requested by the Parks and Beautification Advisory Board. The motion unanimously carried. 8. FLOOD DAMAGE PREVENTION ORDINANCE Mayor Pro Tem Wilson advised that this item was for consideration of adopting an updated flood damage prevention ordinance as required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). City Engineer Dulaney advised that the proposed ordinance was essentially a duplication of the model ordinance provided by . FEMA, and advised that only minor changes had been made, which met or exceeded the provisions of FEMA's model ordinance, such as additional definitions. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Councilmember Wall, to adopt the updated flood damage prevention ordinance as required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The motion unanimously carried. (Ordinance No. 748-95) 9. TENNIS COURT LIGHTING RECONSIDERATION Mayor Pro Tem Wilson advised that Councilmember Kaastad had requested this item be placed on the agenda for reconsideration of Council action taken on this item at the June 13, 1995 regular City Council meeting in regard to the award of contract to Dennis Electric in the amount of $10,250 for Items 1, 2, and 4 only. Mayor Pro Tem Wilson pointed out that this was not actually a reconsideration, due to the fact that at the June 13, 1995 meeting, the item was tabled. Councilmember Hamilton advised that the original proposal was to only replace the currently defective light bulbs at the tennis courts with new bulbs, and advised that it had been pointed out that, in the long run, it would be a savings to the City based on the expense of manpower and equipment involved with replacing the current bulbs. Mr. Hamilton also pointed out that the tennis courts were not currently useful in a suitable manner. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING JUNE 27, 1995 PAGE 8 9. TENNIS COURT LIGHTING RECONSIDERATION (cont'd.l MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Hamilton, and seconded by Councilmember Watkins, to award the contract for tennis court lighting to Dennis Electric in the amount of $10,250 for Items 1, 2, and 4 only. Mayor Pro Tem Wilson requested City Manager Hughes to explain funding options available for this project, since the bid came in over the budgeted amount. Mr. Hughes pointed out that the Council would have funds available from a two-month savings in the salaries line item from the City Manager's salary, due to his resignation being effective August 1, 1995. It was pointed out that $9,500 was budgeted, therefore, the bid amount was $750 over the budgeted amount. VOTE ON • MOTION: The motion unanimously carried. 10. PUBLIC HEARINGS 1. Request by Mr. Keith Bertelsen to Change the Zoning of Property at 2600 Rosebud Drive from R-1 to R-iL. Mayor Pro Tem Wilson opened the public hearing. Ms. Jean Smith, 3628 Labadie Drive, Richland Hills, advised she only had a comment in regard to this request and was not speaking in favor or in opposition to the request. Ms. Smith stated that she did not know Mr. Bertelsen, however, she had heard that Mr. Bertelsen was always wanting to do something that required the City to change something in order for him to comply with the City Code, and wondered if this would be his last request. Mr. Carl Shipman, 2665 Rosebud, Richland Hills, spoke in opposition to the request and advised that he had attended the zoning meeting on this request. Mr. Shipman stated his understanding was that th.e change in zoning would allow Mr. Bertelsen to build an additional structure on his property as a residence for a relative. 3n addition, he stated he also • understood that the change would also allow livestock to be kept on the property. Mr. Shipman stated that, for the last few years, Mr. Bertelsen had longhorn cattle on his property, and pointed out that this property was located near Rosebud Park. Mr. Shipman stated that, in the past, there had been MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING JUNE 27, 1995 PAGE 9 10. PUBLIC HEARINGS (cont'd.1 three different occasions when the cattle had gotten out and went through Rosebud Park. Mr. Shipman added that he wanted to make the Council aware of this situation prior to their taking action on the zoning change request. Councilmember Hamilton pointed out that the overall zoning plan of the City indicated that most of the property with lots of 10,000 square feet or less would be zoned R-1, and most of the property with lots of 20, 000 square feet would be zoned R- 1L. Mr. Hamilton pointed out that the subject property was approximately 8 acres, therefore, it would seem appropriate for the property to be zoned R-1L. In addition, Mr. Hamilton stated his understanding was that several years ago, the City took partial action on this zoning change, and thought the action was completed and, therefore, was under the opinion the property was zoned R-1L. Mr. Hamilton pointed out that the zoning maps in the hallway of City Hall indicated the subject property to be zoned R-1L. Mr. Hamilton stated he shared the concern expressed by Mr. Shipman, and suggested this be looked at as separate issues, such as R-1 versus R-1L from a square footage viewpoint, and also the precedent set by the zoning maps. The other issue to be considered would be the safety factor of fences as to whether they are capable of keeping livestock on the property. Councilmember Watkins stated this was a matter of correcting the City's records to reflect the way this property had been shown on the zoning maps for years. There being no other persons to speak on this issue, Mayor Pro Tem Wilson closed the public hearing. 2. Request by Hamilton Form Company to Replat Property at 7009 Midway Road. Mayor Pro Tem Wilson opened the public hearing. Building Official Dale Jackson explained that Hamilton Form Company had requested approval of a building permit to enlarge their facility. The proposed building construction was to extend across a platted property line on adjacent property • which had been purchased by Hamilton Form. However, in order to comply with the zoning and building code setback requirements, the platted property line had to be removed by a replat of the property. Mr. Jackson explained that five MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING JUNE 27, 1995 PAGE 10 10. PUBLIC HEARINGS (cont'd.} tracts of land were being consolidated into one tract of land, in order to allow the proposed building construction. The Planning and Zoning Commission and city staff recommended approval of the request. There being no one to speak on this issue, Mayor Pro Tem Wilson closed the public hearing. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Councilmember Wall, to accept city staff's recommendation to approve the replat of the property located at 7009 Midway Road as requested by Hamilton Form Company. The motion unanimously carried. • 11. APPROVAL OF A ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT Mayor Pro Tem Wilson advised that this item was to consider adopting an ordinance to change the zoning designation of property located at 2600 Rosebud Drive from R-1 to R-1L. The proposed ordinance caption reads as follows: "AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 12 "ZONING" OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES, CITY OF RICHLAND HILLS, TEXAS; AMENDING THE CITY OF RICHLAND HILLS OFFICIAL ZONING MAP FOR CERTAIN PROPERTY IDENTIFIED AS LOT 1, BLOCK 1, BERTELSEN ADDITION; PROVIDING FOR A CHANGE OF ZONING UPON SAID PROPERTY FROM R-1 (SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL) TO R-1L (SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL - LARGE LOT); PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING A SAVINGS CLAUSE; AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE." MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Hamilton, and seconded by Councilmember Watkins, to adopt the ordinance changing the zoning on the property at 2600 Rosebud Drive from R-1 to R-1L. The motion unanimously carried. (Ordinance No. 749-95) 12. CITY COUNCIL PHOTOGRAPHS • Mayor Pro Tem Wilson advised that this item was placed on the agenda at the request of Councilmember Wall. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING JUNE 27, 1995 PAGE 11 12. CITY COUNCIL PHOTOGRAPHS {cont'd.) Councilmember Wall pointed out that for several years the City had previous Council group photographs displayed in the hallway at City Hall, and stated she felt the individual photographs should no longer be used. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Wall, and seconded by Councilmember Hamilton, to only have group photographs of the City Council displayed at City Hall for identification purposes. The motion unanimously carried. Jerrie Wright, 6901 Glen Hills Road, Richland Hills, advised that Gil Gilstrap, Gilstrap Photography, had done a lot of good work for the City for many years, although the actual business address was actually in Hurst. However, Ms. Wright pointed out that Mr. Gilstrap's son, Matt, had taken over the • business and had recently relocated the business to Richland Hills. Ms. Wright also stated she felt it was important to have the Council photos displayed, in order for the citizens to be able to recognize their Mayor and Councilmembers, and agreed with the idea of displaying all of the previous group Council photographs at City Hall. 13. MID-YEAR BUDGET REVIEW ACTION Mayor Pro Tem Wilson advised this item was to consider action regarding the mid-year budget review and the previous restriction placed on spending. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Councilmember Wall, to lift the spending limitations put in place at the May 9, 1995 Council meeting; and approve budget adjustments as follows in the total amount of $111,855 to be placed in a general line item entitled Drainage Utility to be spent at the direction of the City Council: Net General Fund Surplus $ 81,805 Court Reductions 900 • Additional Police Reductions 10,900 $ 93,605 MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING JUNE 27, 1995 PAGE 12 13. MID-YEAR BUDGET REVIEW ACTION (cont'd.1 CSO/Legislative - 53080 1,800 Animal Control - 53010 250 Animal Control - 52080 3,000 Recreation - 53083 1,000 Clean City - 52271 700 Clean City - 53080 2,000 Clean City - 53060 200 Eco. Dev. - 52020 1,800 Eco. Dev. - 53090 2,500 $ 13,250 94-95 Savings - (1 court clerk) $ 5,000 TOTAL PROPOSED BUDGET CUTS $111,855 Councilmember Hamilton advised that the Council had held several workshops discussing this issue, and requested the . City Manager to review for the citizens the current status of the City' s budget in terms of the percentage of funds budgeted for this year, and also the current revenue fund balances as compared to one or two years ago. City Manager Hughes requested Mr. Quin to review this information, since he had been involved in the budget process. Mr. Quin advised that the funds available as of May 31, 1995 totalled $2,769,327.87, with 16 checking accounts totalling $560,838.55 and investments totalling $2,208,489.32. Mr. Quin advised that the percent invested totalled 79.7 as follows: TexPool $ 2,732.07 T-Bills 1,808,757.25 C.D.'s (3) 397,000.00 Mr. Quin also advised that the total available funds in the general fund amounted to $1,358,227.35 and funds in the enterprise fund totalled $581,168.70, with other funds totalling $829,931.82. Mr. Quin further advised that the total revenue accrued to date amounted to $4,476,761.08, with expenses totalling $4,475,939.51. • Councilmember Hamilton also inquired as to the percentage of the budget spent to date and how it compared to budgets in the past. After discussion between City Manager Hughes and MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING JUNE 27, 1995 PAGE 13 13. MID-YEAR BUDGET REVIEW ACTION (cont'd.) Mr. Quin, it was determined the percentage was approximately 77 percent. Mr. Hughes explained that audit reports indicate that each budget year ends with a surplus, which means revenues exceed expenditures. The general funds available increase each year, and pointed out that last year was the first year there was a net profit in the enterprise fund. Mr. Hughes also explained that the range of the fund balance normally remained at $2.8 to $3 million each year. Councilmember Kaastad requested Mr. Quin to address a newspaper article in regard to positions in the Police Department not being filled. Mr. Quin pointed out that, during the review of the current budget, Police Chief Childress had determined there would be a surplus in the Police Department's current budget, due to salary savings from vacant positions that occurred throughout the year. • Councilmember Hamilton requested the motion be divided into subparts for the vote. Mr. Hamilton pointed out that Robert's Rules of Order allowed for a division of a motion and a request of this nature was mandated. Mayor Pro Tem Wilson reviewed Robert's Rules of Order, and advised that a division of the question is an incidental motion. If a motion contains two or more parts on different subjects and each part could stand alone, any member may demand that a motion be divided into its' obvious parts and the Chair must comply. Such a procedure is known as a division or demand. MOTION TO DIVIDE: A motion was made by Councilmember Hamilton, and seconded by Councilmember Watkins, to divide the motion into subparts to group together those items with a subtotal of $13,250 and line item the remaining amounts. After a brief recess, Mayor Pro Tem Wilson advised that he ruled that the motion was dividable. • MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING JUNE 27, 1995 PAGE 14 13. MID-YEAR BUDGET REVIEW ACTION (cont'd.l AMENDMENT TO MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Councilmember Wall, to amend the motion to table the additional police reductions in the amount of $10,900 and one court clerk in the amount of $5,000. The motion unanimously carried. 14. COUNCILMEMBER GOALS AND OBJECTIVES WORKSHOP Mayor Pro Tem Wilson advised that this item had been withdrawn from consideration at this time. 15. SEWER SYSTEM REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT PLAN • Mayor Pro Tem Wilson advised that this item was placed on the agenda at the request of Councilmember Hamilton to consider a proactive plan to repair the City's sewer system. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Hamilton, and seconded by Councilmember Watkins, to form an ad hoc committee of citizens to be appointed by members of the Council for the specific purpose of evaluating some of the specific problems with the sewerage system, with the goal of looking at reducing the entrance of clear water into the sewers, and that the committee be strictly an advisory committee that will evaluate the pros and cons and report back to the City. Some of the objectives of the committee will be to show that the citizens working as a group and proactively using volunteers in the community to work with city staff in making proposals for sewer repair and maintenance to be included in the FY 95-96 budget. Councilmember Hamilton explained that in reviewing the current budget, one of the issues of discussion was the increase in cost for sewerage over the years to the citizens and the City. Mr. Hamilton pointed out that the figures mentioned at the • workshops were that the cost had increased from approximately $180,000 up to $300,000 in less than two years. Mr. Hamilton further explained that the City contracts with the cities of Fort Worth and Hurst for sewerage treatment, and pointed out MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING JUNE 27, 1995 PAGE 15 15. SEWER SYSTEM REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT PLAN (cont'd.1 that the City is charged for all the water that goes through the sewers, whether it be sewer or rain water. Mr. Hamilton also discussed the costs that would be involved in hiring professional engineers to conduct detailed studies, which could cost in the range of $100,000 to $200,000. Mr. Hamilton also discussed the possibility of purchasing equipment for the City to conduct their own study with the possibility of receiving commercial training in this regard, which may cost approximately $20,000. In addition, Mr. Hamilton stated he has seen that the City has some excellent volunteers and felt the ad hoc committee would be helpful in identifying some of the worst problems and could work with staff to prioritize the problems, and then bring a recommendation back to the Council. Mr. Rick Strain, 3604 Labadie, Richland Hills, stated he was in the plumbing business and sees these problems everyday, and agreed the City could probably conduct their own study and determine some of the problems inhouse. Mr. Strain stated he would be willing to assist in this project. Councilmember Watkins inquired as to how the committee appointments would be made, and Mr. Hamilton suggested that each Councilmember be allotted two nominations for a total of a 10-member committee. Mr. Hughes explained that an ordinance could be prepared inhouse establishing the committee for Council consideration, if the Council approved the motion. Councilmember Kaastad stated she was in favor of establishing this type of committee, and suggested an article be placed in the newsletter in this regard. VOTE ON MOTION: The motion unanimously carried. 16. REMOVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS There were no items requested to be removed from the Consent Agenda for individual consideration. • MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING JUNE 27, 1995 PAGE 16 17. CONSENT AGENDA Mayor Pro Tem Wilson reviewed the items on the Consent Agenda as follows: A. Approval of the Minutes of the June 13, 1995 Regular City Council Meeting; B. Approval of Contract Renewal with the Tarrant County Health Department to Provide Health Inspection Services for FY 1995-96; C. Approval of Contract Renewal with June Garrison, Tax Assessor-Collector, for Ad Valorem Tax Collection Services; and, D. Approval of Street Sweeping Specifications and Authorization of Staff to Seek Competitive Sealed Bids. • MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Watkins, and seconded by Councilmember Wall, to accept the Consent Agenda as written. The motion unanimously carried. Mayor Pro Tem Wilson recessed the Regular Session at 9:29 p.m. in order to go into Executive Session. 18a. EXECUTIVE SESSION Mayor Pro Tem Wilson convened the Executive Session in the Council Conference Room at 9:38 p.m. to discuss the following: A. Consideration of Entering into Executive Session in Accord with Chapter 268, Section 551.074 of the Texas Government Code, to Deliberate the Matters Concerning a Public Officer or Employee, Specifically, the City Attorney. Mayor Pro Tem Wilson adjourned the Executive Session at 9:56 p.m., and reconvened the Regular Session in the Council Chambers at 9:57 p.m. • B. Consideration of Final Action, Decision, or Vote on a Matter Deliberated in Executive Session in Accord with Chapter 268, Section 551.102 of the Texas Government Code. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING JUNE 27, 1995 PAGE 17 18a. EXECUTIVE SESSION (cont'd.) MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Councilmember Watkins, to reinstate the firm of Cribbs & McFarland to attend the City Council meetings, and to call an Executive Session for July 6, 1995 preceding the budget workshop. The motion unanimously carried. 18. REPORTS AND COMMENTS ?June Mosley, 3821 Norton, Richland Hills, Chair of the Parks and Beautification Advisory Board, spoke to the Council regarding the safety factor of the current playground equipment at Rosebud and Kate Baker Parks. Ms. Mosley advised that the Board decided to begin with Kate Baker Park and then concentrate on Rosebud Park. Ms. Mosley pointed out that . approximately $30,000 per year was received through the donated dollar on the water bills, however, this amount would not cover all the needed equipment necessary to meet the State's equipment safety guidelines and ADA requirements. Ms. Mosley expressed her appreciation to all the citizens for their dollar donations. ?Ron Grogan, 7508 Richlynn Road, Richland Hills, stated that it was his understanding that, at the last City Council meeting, the Council voted to not continue with the Handley- Ederville Widening Project, even though the State was to provide 80 percent of the cost and with the remainder to be funded from the "T" revenues. Mr. Grogan also stated he understood that the $400,000 required to move the water line was not a requirement of the State and could remain in place with minor adjustments and be bypassed with the new right-of- way later. Mr. Grogan requested the Council to have this item placed on the next agenda for reconsideration. ?Jean Smith, 3628 Labadie, Richland Hills, stated that a pledge or commitment should not be made, if funds are not available for that commitment. Ms. Smith also commented on the low voter turnout on election day, and felt it was due to individuals having to clean up from flooding, due to the drainage problem that needs to be addressed. Ms. Smith then • thanked the Councilmembers who she feels are working hard to get the City's spending under control. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING JUNE 27, 1995 PAGE 18 18. REPORTS AND COMMENTS (cont'd.) ?Jerri Hill, Recreation/Special Events Coordinator, reminded everyone of the Northeast Family Fourth Celebration to be held on Tuesday, July 4, with the fireworks beginning at 9:15 p.m. at the TCJC Campus. Ms. Hill advised the bus service would leave from City Hall at 7:30 p.m., and anyone wanting to ride the bus should call her office. ?Oliver Pettit, 7505 Hovenkamp, Richland Hills, commented on the recommendation of Councilmember Hamilton regarding the establishment of an ad hoc committee, and suggested the Council contact Mr. Louis Gray who lives on Labadie and is a certified engineer in three states. Mr. Pettit also commented on the wastewater disposal, and that the City should consider having someone witness the meter readings. ?Wanda Elledge, 3617 Ruth Road, Richland Hills, expressed her regret with the City Manager's resignation, and stated she felt he had done a good job for the City. ?JoDon Hicks, 6912 Grapevine Highway, Richland Hills, commented on the Handley-Ederville Project, and agreed the City did not have to spend the $400,000 to move the utility lines at this time, however, pointed out it would have to be done some day. Mr. Hicks stated he did not believe there was anyone on the Council that did not want to see that project completed, however, he felt the question of funding for the project had not been answered. In addition, Mr. Hicks pointed out that he had talked to citizens in Richland Hills, and encouraged everyone to do the same, and felt that a majority of the citizens were in support of the current Council. ?Pat Brantley, 2900 Faye Drive, Richland Hills, commented on the Police Department and inquired as to the Council's plans for this particu]_ar budget. Mayor Pro Tem Wilson advised that the Council was not considering cutting any of the Police or Fire Department services. ?Jerrie Wright, 6901 Glen Hills Road, Richland Hills, expressed her disappointment with the Council's decision on • the Handley-Ederville Project, and pointed out this was a main artery into the City. Ms. Wright expressed her feeling that the City should take advantage of the State's funds being offered now, or it may end up costing the City more in the future. MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • REGULAR MEETING JUNE 27, 1995 PAGE 19 18. REPORTS AND COMMENTS (cont'd.) ?Councilmember Wall expressed her well wishes to Mr. Tommy Bridges. There were no other persons requesting to speak before the Council at this time. 19. ADJOURNMENT Mayor Pro Tem Wilson declared the meeting adjourned at 10:15 p.m. APPROVED: i • G Y W S ,MAY R PRO TEM ATTEST: I LIS, C SECRETARY •