MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING

OF THE

EULESS CITY COUNCIL

JANUARY 10, 2006

 

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

A regular meeting of the Euless City Council was called to order by Mayor Mary Lib Saleh at 4:10 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10, 2005, in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 201 N. Ector Drive.† Those present included: Mayor Mary Lib Saleh, Mayor Pro Tem Glenn Porterfield, Council Members Carl Tyson, Leon Hogg, Linda Martin, Charlie Miller, and Veva Lou Massey.† The precouncil meeting included Code/Development update, masonry policy discussion, and discussion of the 32nd Year Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program by Director of Planning and Development Mike Collins and Planning Manager Eric Wilhite; and a review of agenda items.

 

COUNCIL CONSIDERATION OF SCHEDULED ITEMS - COUNCIL CHAMBERS

 

The Euless City Council continued their meeting in the Council Chambers at 7:03 p.m. for the consideration of scheduled items.†

 

STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT

 

City Manager Joe Hennig, Deputy City Manager Gary McKamie, City Attorney Paul Wieneskie, City Secretary Susan Crim, Deputy City Secretary Becky Null, Director of Public Works Ron Young, Director of Economic Development Bill Ridgway, Director of Parks and Community Services Ray McDonald, Director of Planning and Development Mike Collins, Fire Chief Lee Koontz, Assistant Police Chief Bob Freeman, Assistant Library Administrator Sherry Knight, City Engineer Robert Barker, Finance Administrator Vicki Rodriquez, Fire Training Chief Dale Skinner, Planning and Development Manager Eric Wilhite, Fleet and Facility Administrator Kyle McAdams, Human Resources Administrator J. T. Ackerman, Public Works Manager Chris Barker, Human Resource Supervisor Carolyn Marshall, Purchasing Manager Mike Lowry, Building Official Kurt Kasson, Inspection Services Supervisor Richard Ross, Senior Inspector Jim Moy, Inspectors Jesse Alfaro and Jeff Lee, Code Enforcement Secretary Laura Gore, Parks Field Tech Tim Rolen, Senior Police Officers Todd Bellah, Scott Morgan, Scott Ho, and Rocky Fimbres, Web Designer Johnny Rodriguez, Executive Secretary Terri Goines, Facilities Attendant Jerald Lively, Information Services Administrator Dan McLain, Computer Services Specialist Brett Bennett, Communications/Marketing Manager Betsy Boyett, and Police Reserve Officer Clyde Cullum.

 

VISITORS

 

Denise Rodriguez, Lupe Rodriguez, Margaret, Adam, and Emily Collins, Michelle, Michael, Laura, and Andrew Moritz, John Michael Ridgway, Karin Newell, Boyd London, Sonja McMillon, Alex Horton, Billy Owens, and others as noted in the visitor register.

 

INVOCATION

 

Pastor Ken Harp, Restoration Church, gave the invocation.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

Boy Scout Troop #253 led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

ITEM NO. 1†††††† PRESENTATION OF EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY

 

Communications/Marketing Manager Betsy Boyett and City Manager Joe Hennig introduced Web Designer Johnny Rodriguez, his wife, Denise, and sister, Lupe.† Mayor Saleh presented Johnny with a plaque for being selected employee of the month for January.

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ITEM NO. 2†††††† PRESENTATION OF EMPLOYEE SERVICE PINS

 

Assistant Police Chief Bob Freeman introduced Senior Police Officers Rocky Fimbres, Scott Ho, Scott Morgan, and Todd Bellah.† Council Member Massey presented Rocky Fimbres with a 5-year service pin.† Mayor Pro Tem Porterfield presented Scott Ho with a 5-year service pin.† Council Member Miller presented Scott Morgan with a 5-year service pin.† Council Member Tyson presented Todd Bellah with a 15-year service pin.

 

City Manager Joe Hennig introduced Director of Economic Development Bill Ridgway, his daughter, Michelle, son-in-law, Michael, grandchildren, Laura and Andrew, and his son, John Michael.† Mayor Saleh presented him with a 5-year service pin.

 

City Manager Joe Hennig introduced Director of Planning and Development Mike Collins, his wife, Margaret, and children, Adam and Emily.† Council Member Martin presented him with a 5-year service pin.

 

Director of Parks and Community Services Ray McDonald introduced Parks Field Tech Tim Rolen, and Council Member Hogg presented him with a 15-year service pin.

 

CONSENT AGENDA

 

Council Member Massey motioned to approve Consent Agenda Items No. 3 and 4.

 

Council Member Martin seconded the motion.

 

Ayes:† Mayor Saleh, Mayor Pro Tem Porterfield, Council Members Tyson, Hogg, Martin, Miller, and Massey

 

Nays:† None

 

Mayor Saleh declared the motion carried.

 

 

ITEM NO. 3†††††† AWARD OF BID NO. 010-06

 

Awarded Bid No. 010-06 to MES Four Alarm Fire, Euless, Texas, for 40 sets of firefighter bunker clothing, in the amount of $54,680.

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ITEM NO. 4†††††† APPROVAL OF CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

 

Approved the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of December 13, 2005.

 

REGULAR AGENDA

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ITEM NO. 5†††††† APPROVAL OF EXTENSION OF BID NO. 003-03

 

Council Member Tyson motioned to approve a one-year extension of Bid No. 003-03 for depository services with First National Bank Mid Cities.

 

Council Member Miller seconded the motion.

 

Ayes:† Mayor Saleh, Council Members Tyson, Hogg, Martin, Miller, and Massey

 

Nays:† Mayor Pro Tem Porterfield

 

Mayor Saleh declared the motion carried.

 

ITEM NO. 6†††††† APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION NO. 06-1216

 

Finance Administrator Vicki Rodriquez introduced Financial Advisor Boyd London, First Southwest Company, to explain the bond refunding Items No. 6 through 8.

 

Boyd London stated that the savings for the Euless Development Corporation sales tax bonds will be $151,000, savings for the General Obligation bonds will be $454,000, and for the water and sewer bonds, $292,000.

 

Council Member Miller motioned to approve Resolution No. 06-1216 relating to the "Euless Development Corporation Sales Tax Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2006;" approving the resolution of the Euless Development Corporation authorizing the issuance of such bonds; and resolving other matters incident and related to the issuance of such bonds.

 

Council Member Tyson seconded the motion.

 

Ayes:† Mayor Saleh, Mayor Pro Tem Porterfield, Council Members Tyson, Hogg, Martin, Miller, and Massey

 

Nays:† None

 

Mayor Saleh declared the motion carried.

 

 

ITEM NO. 7†††††† APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE NO. 1716

 

Council Member Miller motioned to approve Ordinance No. 1716 and all matters incident and related to the issuance and sale of "City of Euless, Texas, General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2006," authorized the issuance of such bonds, and provided for the redemption of the obligations being refunded.

 

Council Member Tyson seconded the motion.

 

Ayes:† Mayor Saleh, Mayor Pro Tem Porterfield, Council Members Tyson, Hogg, Martin, Miller, and Massey

 

Nays:† None

 

Mayor Saleh declared the motion carried.

 

ITEM NO. 8†††††† APPROVED ORDINANCE NO. 1717

 

Council Member Miller motioned to approve Ordinance No. 1717 and all matters incident and related to the issuance and sale of "City of Euless, Texas, Waterworks and Sewer System Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2006," authorized the issuance of such bonds,and provided for the redemption of the obligations being refunded.

 

Council Member Tyson seconded the motion.

 

Ayes:† Mayor Saleh, Mayor Pro Tem Porterfield, Council Members Tyson, Hogg, Martin, Miller, and Massey

 

Nays:† None

 

Mayor Saleh declared the motion carried.

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ITEM NO. 9†††††† CONCLUDED PUBLIC HEARING FOR SPECIFIC USE PERMIT NO. 05-12-SUP AND DENIAL OF ORDINANCE NO. 1715

 

Mayor Saleh continued the public hearing at 7:33 p.m., which had been opened at the December 13, 2005, City Council meeting, for Specific Use Permit No. 05-12-SUP on Lots 3 and 4, Block A, Main Centre Addition, for a self-storage facility in C-2 (Community Business District) zoning located at 331 and 401 North Main Street.

 

Director of Planning and Development Mike Collins stated The Pegasus Group, dba Central Self Storage, requested the item be tabled at the December 13, 2005, meeting in order to address some of the councilís concerns.† The proposed development consists of a single story structure fronting North Main Street containing 5,850 sq. ft. of office/retail space; a two story 20,750 sq. ft. climate controlled structure at the west end or rear of the site; a single story 8,974 sq. ft. climate controlled structure; and three self-storage structures between 2,400 and 2,600 sq. ft.†† The current submittal eliminated outdoor storage of recreational vehicles and a three-story structure.

 

Mr. Collins noted that the site elevation drops approximately 10 feet from the North Main Street side to the western edge of the property.† The proposed retail building fronting North Main Street will substantially screen any view of the storage structures.† A masonry screening wall will be installed along the entire west perimeter of the site, and controlled access gates will separate the office/retail from the self-storage buildings.

 

Rod Tatchio, Tatchio and Associates, architects, 2605 Westridge Trails, Sherman, Texas, spoke as a proponent noting that all the buildings will be built during the same phase.† The pole sign will be removed and will be replaced by a masonry monument sign.† He also presented the layout of the proposed development.

 

There being no additional proponents, or opponents, Mayor Saleh closed the public hearing at 7:43 p.m.

 

Council Member Hogg motioned to approve Ordinance No. 1715 for Specific Use Permit No. 05-12-SUP on Lots 3 and 4, Block A, Main Centre Addition, for a self-storage facility in C-2 (Community Business District) zoning located at 331 and 401 North Main Street subject to the following conditions:† (1) Tied to the owner, The Pegasus Group, dba Central Self Storage; and (2) Existing pole sign for current self storage facility must be replaced with a new sign meeting the North Main Street Monument sign regulations.

 

Council Member Martin seconded the motion.

 

Council Member Miller stated that he is stuck with C-2 zoning and yet he understands their position from a business point of view.† The citizens say sometimes why canít Main Street be different.† He asked staff if this was C-2, how far back would you go in terms of east and west for a C-1 corridor?† He stated he was trying to make his mind up in the future if he will be making a good decision tonight, because you can always change the zoning somewhere down the road and say it is a C-1 overlay along Main Street.

 

Director of Planning and Development Mike Collins asked for clarification.

 

Council Member Miller stated that if you had to rezone that area and wanted a main street like Grapevine and youíre looking at C-1 uses, how far would you go east and west?

 

City Attorney Paul Wieneskie stated that what Council Member Miller may be suggesting would be a form of down-zoning, which carries some risk with it, obviously, for the city.

 

Council Member Miller stated that he was just trying to map something out in his mind and understands the rules as to whether it meets all the requirements of an SUP.† They have done an excellent presentation in terms in maybe this thing may not be adverse.

 

Director of Planning and Development Mike Collins stated that in an ideal situation, we would want it approximately 300 feet depth from the primary point of ingress/egress to get the proper setbacks, meet the site development requirements in respect to parking, landscaping, etc.

Council Member Miller stated they would be fairly outside that, would they not?

 

Director of Planning and Development Mike Collins stated they are close until they abut the Southwestern Bell property, about 355 feet.

 

Council Member Miller stated that we had looked at locating the police department there and someone tried to locate an office building there.† He asked The Pegasus Group owner, Charles Cattanio, 2605 Toy Pines Drive, Brentwood, California, if they were so far off on price that we couldnít get those uses?† The cost of construction is a factor and the cost of selling the land.

 

Mr. Cattanio stated he was not aware of any of this.

 

Council Member Miller stated that the problem he is wrestling with understanding where they are coming from.† It is a nice facility, but at the same time he is trying to think in terms of whether he can ever get a main street that he thinks our citizens would envision, and would this impact it.† He is talking in terms of property values, land off to the south, which you may end up buying or somebody else may want to develop it that says they donít like your use next to them and canít get the other use, got an office building across the road that I would like to see yours as an office, so Iím wrestling with it.

 

Ayes:† Mayor Saleh, Council Members Hogg and Martin

 

Nays:† Mayor Pro Tem Porterfield, Council Members Tyson, Miller, and Massey

 

Mayor Saleh declared the motion failed.

 

ITEM NO. 10†††† SITE PLAN NO. 05-10-SP

 

Site Plan No. 05-10-SP was not considered for self-storage facility proposed to be located on Lots 3 and 4, Block A, Main Centre Addition, located at 331 and 401 North Main Street.

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ITEM NO. 11†††† EXTENSION OF CONTRACT FOR CITY MANAGER

 

Council Member Massey motioned to approve the extension of the city managerís contract to expire January 31, 2008.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Porterfield seconded the motion.

 

Ayes:† Mayor Saleh, Mayor Pro Tem Porterfield, Council Members Tyson, Hogg, Martin, Miller, and Massey

 

 

Nays:† None

 

Mayor Saleh declared the motion carried.

 

ITEM NO. 12†††† EXTENSION OF CONTRACT FOR CITY SECRETARY

 

Mayor Pro Tem Porterfield motioned to approve the extension of the city secretaryís contract to expire January 31, 2008.

 

Council Member Martin seconded the motion.

 

Ayes:† Mayor Saleh, Mayor Pro Tem Porterfield, Council Members Tyson, Hogg, Martin, Miller, and Massey

 

Nays:† None

 

Mayor Saleh declared the motion carried.

 

ITEM NO. 13†††† PUBLIC COMMENT

 

Karin Newell, Executive Director of ARTSNET, located at 2819 R. D. Hurt Parkway, Bedford, Texas, gave an update of the ARTSNET programs, thanked the City of Euless for their support, and praised Director of Planning and Development Mike Collins for his work as a member of the Board of Directors.

 

ITEM NO. 14†††† REPORTS

 

STAFF REPORT

 

There was no staff report.

 

CITY MANAGER

 

City Manager Joe Hennig thanked the council for their vote of confidence on behalf of Susan Crim and himself.† He noted that Ray Saleh has been ill and expressed sympathy to City Attorney Bob McFarland whose son passed away.† He introduced Allen McStravick, a Euless resident who has joined the Resource Action Group helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

 

Mr. McStravick presented a video regarding the work the Resource Action Group is doing in Louisiana to help with the recovery.

 

CITY ATTORNEY

 

City Attorney Paul Wieneskie expressed condolences to the McFarland family and asked that they be kept in prayer.† He noted that they have had several tragedies in the family in the past two months.

 

CITY COUNCIL

 

Council Member Massey stated that the McFarlands and Salehs definitely need to be kept in prayer.† She congratulated Web Designer Johnny Rodriquez on receiving employee of the month, and Director of Economic Development Bill Ridgway, Director of Planning and Development Mike Collins, Parks Field Tech Tim Rolen, Senior Police Officers Todd Bellah, Rocky Fimbres, Scott Ho, and Scott Morgan for receiving their service pins.† She congratulated City Manager Joe Hennig and City Secretary Susan Crim on their contract extensions.† She stated that her council seat is up this year and announced that she will run again because there are so many exciting developments in our city that she wants to be a part of.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Porterfield offered his prayers to Ray Saleh and the McFarlands.† He noted that there was a good celebration of fine employees.† He congratulated the employees recognized and stated he is proud of them.

 

Council Member Miller stated he hoped Ray Saleh gets better, and that he will be praying for the McFarlands.† He knows they are devastated.† He congratulated the employees honored tonight, and stated that both Joe Hennig and Susan Crim do great jobs.

 

Council Member Martin stated that she will hold the McFarland family and others that are sick in her prayers.† She congratulated the employees honored noting they have done a wonderful job.† She thanked Karin Newell and Allen McStravick for their reports.† She thanked the citizens who came to the council meeting for their support.

 

Council Member Hogg expressed kudos to the employees and wished everyone a Happy New Year.

 

Council Member Tyson stated that the employees are the cityís greatest asset and congratulated the employees honored tonight.† He noted that the McFarlands, Ray Saleh, and Paula McKamie needed to be kept in prayer.† He thanked Finance Administrator Vicki Rodriquez and Assistant City Manager Loretta Getchell for saving the city almost $900,000 on the bond refunding.† He thanked Susan Crim for everything she does, and noted that Joe Hennig is an asset for the city and appreciates all he does.

 

Mayor Saleh congratulated Susan Crim and Joe Hennig on their contract extensions, and noted she is proud of both of them.† She expressed her appreciation for all the employees.† She thanked Allen McStravick for his report and invited him back with an update on their progress.† She thanked everyone for attending the meeting.†

 

ITEM NO. 15††† ADJOURNMENT

 

Mayor Saleh adjourned the meeting at 8:27 p.m.

 

 

APPROVED:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ATTEST:

 

 

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Mary Lib Saleh, Mayor†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Susan Crim, TRMC, City Secretary