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HomeMy Public PortalAboutRHDC Minutes 07-17-1995 CITY OF RICHLAND HILLS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD No` MEETING MINUTES JULY 17, 1995 1. CALL TO ORDER The meeting was called to order by Martha Strain at 7:30 p.m. Members present included Cindy Burns Avery, Bettie Conklin, JoDon Hicks, Mike Marcum, Jim McKnight, Martha Strain, and Nelda Stroder. Member Joy Yeatts arrived at 8:00 p.m. Members Bob Ince and Douglas On were absent. Administrative Secretary Jeanne Coons was also present. 2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM THE JUNE 19, 1995 REGULAR MEETING A motion was made by Ms. Stroder, seconded by Mr. McKnight, to approve the minutes of the June 19, 1995 regular meeting. The motion unanimously carried. 3. DISCUSS HANDLEY EDERVILLE ROAD CONSTRUCTION PROJECT Martha Strain advised that the Board's letter to the City Council urging the Council to reconsider their decision to cancel the Handley-Ederville Road Construction Project was provided to the Mayor and City Council. The Handley-Ederville Construction Project was also placed on the July 11, 1995 City Council agenda for Council reconsideration. However, the July 11, 1995 City Council meeting was cancelled due to lack of a quorum. The item will be placed on the July 25, 1995 agenda for discussion. Ms. Strain urged all members to attend the July 25, 1995 meeting. A lengthy discussion took place regarding funding for the project and why the City Council chose to cancel the project. Mr. Hicks pointed out that the Board's letter states that Handley-Ederville is on the "T" route and that "T" funds are available, possibly all or at least some portion, for paving costs. Mr. Hicks advised that the paving costs are paid for by the "T" money. What is in question is where the $400,000 will come from to relocate the utilities. Mr. Hicks further pointed out that he discussed this with Mr. Quin and was told that drainage utility funds could not be spent for relocation of utilities. Drainage Utility Funds have to be used for drainage and utility projects. Several members mentioned that there is a drainage problem on Handley-Ederville, near the McDonald's. That area tends to flood, therefore, drainage utility funds could be used. Mr. Hicks advised that the City has approximately $1.5 million in reserves, but by law, must maintain$1 million in reserve. This would leave approximately $500,000 available to be spent on other projects. However, if$400,000 was spent on a project, it would only leave $100,000 to cover any emergencies. Ms. Stroder explained that all the funding for the project is not required the first year. The $400,000 does not have to come out of this year's budget, but can be spread out for ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES - JULY 17, 1995 PAGE 2 the next three years. There are several possibilities for the funds. Drainage utility funds could be a possibility (since there is a drainage problem in the area). Enterprise funds are also available (water & sewer). These could be budgeted this year, next year and the following year. Martha Strain reported that staff prepared a report which reflected the different types of funding and guidelines for their use. Ms. Strain also pointed out that there would be approximately $160,000 in T money available in the next two years which could be set aside for this project. Mr. Hicks advised that T money cannot be used for utility relocation. Ms. Strain advised that the T money could be used for repaving. Ms. Stroder also advised that T money could also be used toward engineering services. Mr. Hicks reported that he has done some research on the Vernon Civil Statutes, Article 5190.6, 4a and 4b. This article pertains to the sales tax allowed by the state. Mr. Hicks advised that the City might be eligible for 4b tax. The 4b tax is a 1/2 sales tax which can be used for economic development and this includes street repair and drainage. North Richland Hills has recently voted for the 4b tax. The revenues from 4b are being used for the $6 million aquatic park, $2 million soccer complex, $2 million toward the agreement to jointly own the tennis court with BISD. Hurst has also voted for 4b and they are using the revenues for the construction of a multi-purpose baseball and soccer field, park and recreation improvements, and funds will also be used for an engineering study to replace both swimming pools that are deteriorating. Other projects include park irrigation, botanical changes, expansion of their library by adding a learning resource center. The 4b tax funds can also be used for: professional or amateur sports facilities; municipal buildings; museum exhibits and facilities; related store and restaurant concession parking; transportation facilities; related street, water, and sewer facilities; maintenance and operating costs; recycling facilities;public safety facilities; streets and roads; drainage and related improvements; demolition of existing structures; general municipally owned improvements; and any other project that the Board determines as contributing to the promotion or development of new or expanded business enterprise. Ms. Stroder pointed out that this could not be done if the 1/2 cent sales tax was already going toward transportation and the Railtran would probably not be built without the transportation tax. Mr. Hicks reported that the Railtran received $600,000 this year and out of that, Richland Hills received $75,930 (approximately 12%). There was some discussion as to whether or not Railtran would be built without the transportation tax. Mr. Hicks pointed out that Tarrant County passed a resolution earlier this year which approved funds coming from transportation, road and bridge funds, to give $1,624,000 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES - JULY 17, 1995 PAGE 3 in October of 1995, 1996, and 1997, to the T which totals $6,496,000 for the three years and a large amount of that money is tagged toward building Railtran stations in cities that are not on the T. Mr. Hicks mentioned that he was not against the Railtran, but wanted to point out that the $600,000 the T received might be more beneficial to the City of Richland Hills in other ways. It was pointed out that the Economic Development Advisory Board's direction, at this time, was to support the Handley Ederville Road Construction Project. Mr. McKnight suggested that staff come up with some guidelines as to exactly how much and when the City would have to pay TxDot for the project. This information might be helpful to the City Council if they decide to reconsider their decision. Mr. McKnight inquired if there was another issue, besides the cost, why the Council decided to cancel the project. Mr. Hicks was of the opinion that the Council felt there were too many other problems that were higher priority such as sewer, drainage, decaying sewer/water lines, and streets. The first issue is that the City does not have the money available to complete the project and secondly, how it fits priority wise with other important projects within the City. 4. STAFF UPDATE ON DEVELOPMENT Ms. Strain reported on the economic development update provided by staff. Hamilton Forms Replat was approved by the City Council on June 27, 1995. Hamilton Forms is expanding by 15,000 square feet in the Richland Industrial Park. Martena De La Fuente has received approval for all the necessary funding to building a forty-three unit senior living development called Sunset Gardens. Phase I will begin soon and Ms. De La Fuente anticipates building Phase II consisting of fifty units after Phase I is completed. The development is located directly east o the Ash Park Apartments. Baker Boulevard is to be resurfaced in August 1995. Survey crews have been surveying Baker Boulevard for the planned resurfacing in August. The resurfacing will take several weeks. The inconvenience pales in comparison to the aesthetics of a resurfaced Baker Blvd. The list of new business was reviewed. 5. ADJOURNMENT There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m. Marta Strain, Chairperson