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HomeMy Public PortalAboutRHDC Minutes 11-20-1995 CITY OF RICHLAND HILLS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES NOVEMBER 20, 1995 1. CALL TO ORDER The meeting was called to order by Martha Strain at 7:30 p.m. Members present included Bettie Conklin, JoDon Hicks, Bob Ince, Mike Marcum, Jim McKnight, Doug On, Martha Strain, and Joy Yeatts. Nelda Stroder was absent. Staff members present included Administrative Assistant Jeanne Coons. Council Members Horace Hamilton and Pat Watkins were also present. 2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE SEPTEMBER 25, 1995 AND OCTOBER 16, 1995 REGULAR MEETINGS The minutes from the September 25, 1995 regular meeting were reviewed. The following corrections were made: change Ben Rickett's name to William Rickett; and add JoDon Hicks name to the list of members who participated in Allies Day. A motion was made by Mr. Marcum, seconded by Mr. Hicks, to approve the minutes with the changes. The motion unanimously carried. The minutes from the October 16, 1995 regular meeting were reviewed. A motion was made by Mr. Hicks, seconded by Mr. Marcum, to approve the minutes as written. The motion unanimously carried. 3. GUEST SPEAKER - QUESTION & ANSWER SESSION Ms. Strain advised that the purpose of Ms. De La Fuenta's visit was to find out what her experience was dealing with the City regarding the building of Sunset Gardens and if the City needs to make any improvements to the process. Ms. De La Fuenta pointed out that one of the reasons she wanted to build in Richland Hills was because of the reception she received from City staff. They were very supportive of the project. Ms. De La Fuenta advised that the whole experience, from beginning to end, was a learning process for her and for some of the people who assisted her. She had to start at the beginning by having the property platted. Ms. De La Fuenta stated that city staff was very helpful, but also felt that the City was understaffed. She had to stay on top of things herself because the other people involved were working on numerous other projects, especially the utility companies which had to sign off on the easements. Her architect did review the City's building codes and regulations before proceeding with the plans. Ms. De La Fuenta mentioned she did run into a few obstacles. There was some concern ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES - NOVEMBER 20, 1995 PAGE 2 between her contractor and city staff due to the fact that the City recently adopted the Universal Fire Code which required a fire wall between each apartment instead of down the center of a sixplex. According to her contractor, this was unusual. This was an added expense for her. Also, city staff followed every procedure by the book while other cities seem to be more relaxed. As an example, the book states that a master plumber has to be on site when work is being done. This is not required in other cities and is an added expense. Ms. De La Fuenta did receive $750.00 in waivers from the City and was very grateful for that. It helped her in obtaining her grant. She also received a variance in order to add an additional unit due to the fact the lot was 25' into the street and had to revise the plans. One item that her contractor found disturbing was that the Fire Marshall is requiring the driveway to be paved before any frame work can be done. This will hold up further construction. Overall, Ms. De La Fuente pointed out that the City was helpful and told her what needed to be done. In a smaller city, like Richland Hills, you can have more personal contact with the staff as opposed to a larger city. Ms. De La Fuenta mentioned that she was considering locations throughout the mid cities. She originally contacted North Richland Hills, but they appeared not to be very interested. However, they did refer her to Jim Quin in Richland Hills. Mr. Quin advised her of some available property within the City and once she found the property, she did not really pursue any other areas. The public transportation was also a big factor in her decision. 4. ASSIGNMENT OF GUEST SPEAKER FOR NEXT MEETING It was suggested that the Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, Mike Logan, be the guest speaker for December. Mr. Hicks agreed to contact Mr. Logan. It was also suggested that a commercial realtor be contacted for the January 1996 meeting. The purpose of the discussion would be how to entice more businesses into the area. Ms. Yeatts agreed to contact a local commercial realtor to be guest speaker in January. 5. REVIEW AND DISTRIBUTE CALL REPORT AND ASSIGN BUSINESSES TO BE VISITED BY COMMITTEE Business call assignments were distributed to each member. The visits to each business will begin on each end of Baker Blvd. Ms. Strain emphasized the importance of completing a call report on each visit and turn the completed form into the Committee ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES - NOVEMBER 20, 1995 PAGE 3 expressed interest in serving on the Clean City Commission, but realized that non residents are not qualified. He would be very supportive of this group. Mr. Marcum also contacted Impact Floors, who inquired about the repaving of Baker Blvd. He also contacted McDonalds. His question was the status of Handley Ederville and felt it would help his business. (Mr. Marcum mentioned that he was so excited about the possibility of Handley Ederville being widened that he might help out with right-of-ways). 6. REVIEW AND DISCUSS LUNCHEON PLANS A proposal, prepared by Martha Strain and Mike Marcum, for the business luncheon was reviewed. A lengthy discussion followed regarding funding concerns and plans for the luncheon. The Board's main concern was whether or not the City Council would approve funds. Ms. Strain advised that it was suggested that she write a letter to the City Council stating the Board's intent with regards to the purpose of the luncheon, the plans, and the cost. Concern was also expressed regarding the lack of attendance at last year's business luncheon and what could be done to attract more businesses this time around. It was suggested that instead of sending a letter like last year, an invitation with an R.S.V.P. card be sent to each businesses and have the Committee call each business to remind them to return the reply cards. If lunch was ordered for only those reply cards returned, it would keep the cost of the lunch down. It was also mentioned that some of the businesses should be contacted between now and November 28th to get their opinion regarding the luncheon. Another suggestion made was that the businesses pay for their own lunch. This way they would be more likely to commit and attend the function. Some of the discussion focused on whether or not recognizing the schools would enhance a business to attend. It was pointed out that the businesses need more of a reason to attend. There should be a quality speaker, someone like Charles Brinkley or Jim Witt. The video should be played at the beginning of the meeting as a mood setter, and should not be the main attraction of the luncheon. It was suggested that the Committee seek sponsors from various businesses such as the banks, Sams, El Chico's. There was some discussion regarding whether or not local businesses should be solicited. Businesses who do business in Richland Hills, such as Laidlaw, Star Telegram, Southwestern Bell, are the types of businesses to solicit sponsorships from. It was pointed out that the luncheon was supposed to be an appreciation dinner for the businesses and they should not have to support it financially. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES - NOVEMBER 20, 1995 tWitime PAGE 4 banks, Sams, El Chico's. There was some discussion regarding whether or not local businesses should be solicited. Businesses who do business in Richland Hills, such as Laidlaw, Star Telegram, Southwestern Bell, are the types of businesses to solicit sponsorships from. It was pointed out that the luncheon was supposed to be an appreciation dinner for the businesses and they should not have to support it financially. A motion was made by Ms. Yeatts to appoint a committee to study all aspects of funding for the luncheon and report back at the next meeting with the results. The motion died for lack of a second. The majority of the board felt that they would like to know how the City Council felt about approving funds for a luncheon. If the Council is not in favor of it, then the board will have to come up with additional plans. Ms. Conklin advised that an objective statement should be prepared for the City Council to review. A motion was made by Mr. McKnight, seconded by Ms. Yeatts, to have the Chairman appoint committees to report back at the next meeting with candidates for speaker, location, catering, decorations, funding, etc. The motion unanimously carried. Ms. Strain kiwor will contact committee members no later than November 29, 1995. At this time, Ms. Conklin pointed out that there is not much time left to complete an application for a Sam's grant, if the committee is interested. A grant proposal must be written. Ms. Conklin will be available for assistance in completing the proposal, if needed. 7. REVIEW AND DISCUSS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BROCHURE No action was taken on this item. 8. STAFF UPDATE A list of new business for October and November was provided. This list has been incorporated into the master business list. 9. COMMITTEE COMMENTS No action was taken on this item. 10. ADJOURNMENT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES - NOVEMBER 20, 1995 PAGE 5 There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:20 p.m. G Martha Strain, Chairperson