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HomeMy Public PortalAboutCity Council Minutes 09-19-1995 MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • SPECIAL MEETING SEPTEMBER 19, 1995 1. CALL TO ORDER Mayor Kelley called the meeting to order at 7:06 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, Horace Hamilton and LaRue Wall. City Staff Present: Interim City Manager James Quin, City Secretary Terri Willis, and City Attorney Paul Wieneskie. Mayor Kelley explained that the Council would recess the Special Meeting at 7:30 p.m., in order to hold the previously scheduled Town Hall Meeting. 2. CONSIDERATION OF ACTION TO BE TAKEN ON INITIATIVE PETITION REGARDING THE HANDLEY-EDERVILLE PROJECT • City Attorney Paul Wieneskie advised that an initiative petition was filed with the City on September 5, 1995. The petition demanded an election be held as soon as possible to allow the qualified voters of the City to vote for or against a resolution to honor an interlocal agreement with the State of Texas, and the Texas Department of Transportation, to participate in street and drainage improvements on Handley- Ederville Road. The petition further demanded that the City Council commit such funds as required to satisfy the City's 20 percent share of the estimated cost for the project. The City Charter requires a petition to be signed by qualified voters of the City equal in number to at least 25 percent of the number of votes cast at the last regular municipal election, but not less than 250 signatures. The City Secretary had verified the petition contained 319 valid signatures. City Attorney Wieneskie explained that the Council could either adopt the proposed resolution, or call a special election, to allow the qualified voters to vote for or against the proposed resolution as submitted. The City Attorney had prepared for the Council's consideration a resolution in response to the initiative petition, and an ordinance calling a special election on the resolution. • MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL • SPECIAL MEETING SEPTEMBER 19, 1995 PAGE 2 2. CONSIDERATION OF ACTION TO BE TAKEN ON INITIATIVE PETITION REGARDING THE HANDLEY-EDERVILLE PROJECT (cont'd.) Mayor Kelley explained that after the Council took action at a previous Council meeting to defer the Handley-Ederville Project, he discussed the possible deferrment with Mr. Heald, District Engineer with the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT). Mayor Kelley advised that since that time, TXDOT had advised that the project could be delayed until the year 1997, and a letter had been received to that effect. After further discussion, Mayor Kelley recessed the Special Meeting at 7:33 p.m. to hold the Town Hall Meeting. Mayor Kelley reconvened the Special Meeting at 8:07 p.m. After lengthy discussion, the Council took the following action. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Watkins, and seconded by Councilmember Hamilton, to adopt the • proposed ordinance calling a Special Election for November 7, 1995. The motion failed by a vote of 2 to 3, with Councilmembers Wall, Wilson and Kaastad casting the negative votes. MOTION: A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Wilson, and seconded by Councilmember Wall, to comply with the deferrment agreement with the State of Texas. The motion unanimously carried. 3. DISCUSSION AND CONSIDERATION OF POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER Interim City Manager Quin advised that he had received an Administrative Order from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on September 14, 1995 regarding a violation of the Clean Water Act. Therefore, on September 15, 1995, Mr. Quin directed the City Engineer and his staff to contact the EPA to clarify the Administrative Order, and also requested a recommendation for a plan of action detailing the specific actions to be taken to prevent recurrence of the violations. The Administrative Order stated that either the City correct the sewer overflow problem, or submit a plan of action to resolve the problem, within 30 days. Mr. Quin • further advised that the cities of Fort Worth, Haltom City, MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING • SEPTEMBER 19, 1995 PAGE 3 3. DISCUSSION AND CONSIDERATION OF POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER (cont'd.) Hurst, and North Richland Hills had received similar Administrative Orders. Mr. Quin recommended that once the EPA was contacted and the Administrative Order was clarified, the City should develop a plan of action to resolve the problem. After a lengthy discussion, the Council took the following action. MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Kaastad, and seconded by Councilmember Wall, to direct staff to develop a plan of action in response to the EPA Administrative Order; and provide a report at the next City Council meeting. The motion unanimously carried. Mayor Kelley recessed the Special Meeting at 8:58 p.m., in order to enter into Executive Session. • 4. EXECUTIVE SESSION Mayor Kelley convened the City Council into Executive Session at 9:15 p.m. in the Council Conference Room to deliberate the following matters in accordance with Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code: A. Section 551.074, Personnel: 1. Review City Secretary's Job Description; 2. Position of City Attorney; and, B. Section 551.072, Real Property: Land Acquisition. Mayor Kelley adjourned the Executive Session at 10:45 p.m. 5. RECONVENE SPECIAL MEETING - Consideration of Action to be Taken on the Matters Deliberated in Executive Session in Accordance with Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code, Section 551.102. Mayor Kelley advised there would be no action taken by the Council at this time. • MINUTES OF THE RICHLAND HILLS CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING • SEPTEMBER 19, 1995 PAGE 4 6. ADJOURN There being no other business to come before the City Council at this time, Mayor Kelley declared the Special Meeting adjourned at 10:46 p.m. APPROVED: C. F. KELLEY, MAYOR ATTEST: . ( ~ LIS, TY SECRETARY • •