MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING

OF THE

EULESS CITY COUNCIL

JUNE 27, 2006

 

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

A regular meeting of the Euless City Council was called to order by Mayor Mary Lib Saleh at 4:08 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2006, in the Precouncil Conference Room of City Hall, 201 N. Ector Drive.  Those present included: Mayor Mary Lib Saleh, Mayor Pro Tem Linda Martin, Council Members Carl Tyson, Leon Hogg, Charlie Miller, Glenn Porterfield, and Michael Brown. The precouncil meeting included a presentation regarding growth in North Texas by Jack Tidwell, Manager of Environmental Programs of the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and Karen Walz, Project Manager of Vision North Texas; a discussion on water conservation led by Director of Public Works Ron Young; a discussion on fiber cement board by Director of Planning and Development Mike Collins, Building Official Kurt Kasson, Acme Brick Regional Sales Manager Rusty Haile, Acme Brick Regional Engineer John Swink, and Paul Driskell with Southwest Brick Institute; a development and code update by Director of Planning and Development Mike Collins; financial reports for the month of May by Finance Administrator Vicki Rodriquez and Finance Controller Gary Yakesch; 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 7:05 p.m. for the consideration of scheduled items. 

 

STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT

 

City Manager Joe Hennig, Deputy City Manager Gary McKamie, Assistant City Manager Loretta Getchell, City Attorney Bob McFarland, City Secretary Susan Crim, Deputy City Secretary Becky Null, Director of Economic Development Bill Ridgway, Fire Chief Lee Koontz, Director of Planning and Development Mike Collins, Director of Parks and Community Services Ray McDonald, Director of Public Works Ron Young, Assistant Police Chief Bob Freeman, Assistant Police Chief Harland Westmoreland, City Engineer Robert Barker, Division Chief/EMS Jeff Morris, Division Chief/Fire Marshal Paul Smith, Training Chief Dale Skinner, Fire Inspector Vernon Gilmore, Police Lt. Danny Neill, Police Lt. Steve Kockos, Texas Star General Manager Glenda Hartsell-Shelton, Human Resources/Risk Administrator J. T. Ackerman, Library Administrator Kate Lyon, Fleet and Facility Administrator Kyle McAdams, Water Office Billing Manager Kathryn Tipton, Human Resources Manager Carolyn Marshall, Recreation Manager Suzanne Hendrickson, Recreation Program Specialist Mindy Herring, Animal Control Supervisor Larry James, Animal Control Officer Larry Atkinson, Animal Control Officer Richard Boatright, Information Services Administrator Dan McLain, Computer Services Specialist Brett Bennett, Computer Services Specialist Jake Dilliplane, Communications/Marketing Manager Betsy Boyett, and Reserve Police Officer Clyde Cullum.

 

VISITORS

 

Kathy Neill, Russell Neill, Eddie Herring, Twila and Rusty Nelon, Steve Bell, Tim Bennett, Mark Mathews, Kevin Burke, Helen Voss, Charles Cinquemani, Robert and Sonia McMillon, Alex Horton, John Sanders, Carroll Scott, Billy Owens, and others as noted in the visitor register.

 

INVOCATION

 

Reverend Steve Bell, The Key Ministries, gave the invocation.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

Council Member Michael Brown led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

ITEM NO. 1       PRESENTATION OF SERVICE PINS

 

Assistant Police Chief Bob Freeman introduced Police Lieutenant Danny Neill, his wife, Kathy, daughter and son-in-law, Katherine and Nick, and son, Russell.  Director of Public Works Ron Young introduced Animal Control Officer Richard Boatright.  Council Member Hogg presented Richard Boatright with a 15-year service pin, and Mayor Pro Tem Martin presented Danny Neill with a 30-year service pin.  Mayor Saleh stated that Public Safety Officer Jim Hall and Accountant Cathy Rygiewicz could not be present to receive their five-year service pins.

       

ITEM NO. 2       PRESENTATION OF EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH FOR JULY

 

Director of Parks and Community Services Ray McDonald and Recreation Manager Suzanne Hendrickson introduced Recreation Program Specialist Mindy Herring, her husband, Eddie, and her parents, Twila and Rusty Nelon.  Mayor Saleh presented Mindy with a plaque for being selected employee of the month for July.

       

ITEM NO. 3       PRESENTATION OF PROCLAMATION

 

Cole Brown was not present to be recognized for his retirement with 25 years of service with the Euless Fire Department.

       

CONSENT AGENDA

 

Council Member Hogg motioned to approve Consent Agenda Items numbers 4 and 5.

 

Council Member Miller seconded the motion.

 

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

 

Nays:  None

 

Mayor Saleh declared the motion carried.

 

ITEM NO. 4       APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION NO. 06-1227

 

Approved Resolution No. 06-1227 moving the August 8, 2006, council meeting to August 15, 2006, and moving the August 22, 2006, council meeting to August 29, 2006.

       

ITEM NO. 5       APPROVAL OF CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

 

Approved the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of June 13, 2006, and Special Called Meeting of June 15, 2006.

 

REGULAR AGENDA

       

ITEM NO. 6       AWARD OF BID NO. 024-06

 

Council Member Miller motioned to award Bid No. 024-06 to JC Commercial, Inc., Lewisville, Texas, for the construction of a new public works facility to include Alternate #1, which was a change in the interior floor finish from a vinyl floor tile to a chemically finished, stained concrete,  for a contract total of $1,447,777.

 

Council Member Tyson seconded the motion.

 

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

 

Nays:  None

 

Mayor Saleh declared the motion carried.

 

ITEM NO. 7       APPROVAL OF FIRST AND FINAL READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 1740

 

Council Member Brown motioned to approve the first and final reading of Ordinance No. 1740 amending Chapter 30, “Fees”, Section 30-26 “Swimming Pools”, Section 30-27, “Recreation Areas or Facilities”, Section 30-28, “Library”, and Section 30-38, “Miscellaneous Fee”, of the Euless Code of Ordinances.

 

Council Member Hogg seconded the motion.

 

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

 

Nays:  None

 

Mayor Saleh declared the motion carried.

 

ITEM NO. 8       APPROVAL OF FIRST AND FINAL READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 1741

 

Mayor Pro Tem Martin motioned to approve the first and final reading of Ordinance No. 1741 amending Chapter 34, “Fire Prevention and Protection”, by adding Section 34 -135, “Special Provisions for Period of Extreme Fire Danger” to the Code of Ordinances, providing prohibitions on the use of open flames, burning and other hazardous outdoor activities when a high fire hazard exists.

 

Council Member Hogg seconded the motion.

 

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

 

Nays:  None

 

Mayor Saleh declared the motion carried.

       

ITEM NO. 9       APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION NO. 06-1229

 

Council Member Miller motioned to approve Resolution No. 06-1229 implementing a burn ban and prohibiting outdoor burning effective for 90 days.

 

Council Member Brown seconded the motion.

 

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

 

Nays:  None

 

Mayor Saleh declared the motion carried.

       

ITEM NO. 10     APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION NO. 06-1228

 

Mayor Pro Tem Martin motioned to approve Resolution No. 06-1228 authorizing the city manager to implement mandatory time of day restrictions prohibiting landscape irrigation between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to supplement the City of Euless Drought Contingency Plan.

 

Council Member Tyson seconded the motion.

 

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

 

Nays:  None

 

Mayor Saleh declared the motion carried.

 

 

ITEM NO. 11     PRESENTATION BY THE BENNETT GROUP

 

Tim Bennett, president of The Bennett Realty Group, Mark Mathews, architect with HC Beck Company, and Kevin Burke, Director of Land Acquisition, Pulte Homes, Inc., presented a proposal for development in the Bear Creek area.  Mr. Bennett stated they were proposing to kick the project off with a residential component and construct a small retail strip on the eastern portion of the property along Harwood Road to SH 360.  He said their long term focus included town homes planned for the property adjacent to the south of the proposed retail.  He said they have done away with the water feature previously planned in the residential area. 

 

Mark Mathews said he believes this property presents an incredible opportunity to produce a project that will grow and become a neo traditional neighborhood and new urban development.  He said it is perfect for a neighborhood retail, residential, greenscape pedestrian, public amenity type use.

 

Council Member Miller said he was not in favor of starting the project with residential development and he believed the entire area is a viable commercial area. 

 

Council Member Brown questioned why they were not planning to extend the commercial development all the way across the property.  He said he felt they were painting themselves into a box by starting with residential on the north end.

 

Council Member Porterfield said he was not in favor of approving changes in the current zoning to bring about additional residential in that area. 

 

Mr. Bennett responded that anything his company will propose will have a residential component.

 

Council Member Tyson stated that he believes the area is definitely going to be a regional project that can extend to the entire 200 acres.  He said the city council has asked all along that the project begin at the SH 183 corridor with commercial development. 

 

Mayor Pro Tem Martin said she agreed with the other council members, and that they have always emphasized commercial.

 

Mayor Saleh stated that similar developments in the Metroplex have begun with commercial and the residential came later.  She said this city council has waited all these years for a choice, upscale commercial product for this prime property.

 

After considerable discussion, the mayor and council further reiterated that they were not in favor of approving more residential in that area without commercial being developed first on the large tract of vacant land at SH 183 and SH 360 northward.

       

ITEM NO. 12     PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

There were no public comments.

 

ITEM NO. 13     REPORTS

 

STAFF REPORT

 

There was no staff report.

 

CITY MANAGER

 

City Manager Joe Hennig had nothing to report.      

 

CITY ATTORNEY

 

City Attorney Bob McFarland stated the Texas Attorney General’s Office issued an opinion that the request for proposal process the City of Euless recently used for the gas leases was correct.

 

CITY COUNCIL

 

Mayor Pro Tem Martin congratulated Animal Control Officer Richard Boatright and Police Lieutenant Danny Neill on receiving their service pins, and Recreation Program Specialist Mindy Herring on being selected employee of the month.  She wished everyone a Happy July 4th holiday and reminded them it is against the law to set off fireworks.

 

Council Member Miller stated the Euless Lone Stars Collegiate Baseball games have begun and urged the citizens to support the games.

 

Council Member Porterfield congratulated Danny Neill, Richard Boatright and Mindy Herring stating the city has marvelous employees and he is proud of them.

 

Council Member Brown stated that it is an honor to serve on the council.  He stated that the city has a tremendous group of employees who make the city the great place it is.  He stated that he attended the Police Awards Banquet and congratulated those receiving awards.

 

Council Member Tyson congratulated Danny Neill, Richard Boatright and Mindy Herring.  He stated he also attended the Police Awards Banquet and congratulated those honored.  He noted that the Officer of the Year was Todd Murphree.

 

Mayor Saleh stated the council has a tough job.  She stated they have heard numerous reports from The Bennett Group and feel the council is making decisions that are best for Euless.  She read the following names of the recipients of awards announced at the Police Awards Banquet.

 

Euless Police Department 2005 Awards

 

Volunteer of Year                                                      Nadine Barnes

Life Saving Award                                                    Sheli Hartley

W. M. “Blackie” Sustaire Memorial Award Joe Domian (Deceased)

Reserve Officer of Year                                            Tony Williams

Rookie of the Year                                                    Sheli Hartley

Distinguished Service Award (Civilian)                  Howard Smith (PSO)

Distinguished Service Award (Sworn)                   Ray Hinojosa

Supervisor of Year                                                    John Williams

Civilian of the Year                                        Kami Copeland

Officer of the Year                                                     Todd Murphree

 

ITEM NO. 14    ADJOURNMENT

 

Mayor Saleh adjourned the meeting at 8:53 p.m.

 

 

 

 

APPROVED:                                                                       

 

 

 

______________________________                

Mary Lib Saleh

Mayor                                    

 

 

ATTEST:

 

 

 

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Susan Crim, TRMC

City Secretary