MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING

OF THE

EULESS CITY COUNCIL

DECEMBER 12, 2006

 

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

A regular meeting of the Euless City Council was called to order by Mayor Mary Lib Saleh at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2006, in the Precouncil Conference Room of City Hall, 201 N. Ector Drive.  Those present included: Mayor Saleh, Mayor Pro Tem Linda Martin and Council Members Carl Tyson, Leon Hogg, Charlie Miller, Glenn Porterfield, and Michael Brown. 

 

The precouncil meeting included an update on the analysis of the floodplain at the Villas at Texas Star by Director of Planning and Development Mike Collins, City Engineer Robert Barker, and Kevin Miller with CIVILworks Engineering; a report by Director of Public Works Ron Young that the Sulphur Branch Drainage Channel had recently received a satisfactory six-month inspection report by the Corp of Engineers; a report from City Manager Joe Hennig on the Euless Pride program; a development code update by Director of Planning and Development Mike Collins; a five-year overview of public works projects by Director of Public Works Ron Young; and a review of agenda items.  The city council convened into closed session at 6:25 p.m. for deliberation of personnel matters regarding legal services and deliberation of real property regarding the Crystal Springs well site as authorized by Sections 551.074 and 551.072 of the Texas Government Code.  The city council reconvened into open session at 6:55 p.m. 

 

COUNCIL CONSIDERATION OF SCHEDULED ITEMS - COUNCIL CHAMBERS

 

The Euless City Council continued their meeting in the Council Chambers at 7:07 p.m. for the consideration of scheduled items. 

 

STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT

 

City Manager Joe Hennig, Deputy City Manager Gary McKamie, City Attorney Bob McFarland, City Secretary Susan Crim, Deputy City Secretary Becky Null, Director of Economic Development Bill Ridgway, Director of Planning and Development Mike Collins, Director of Parks and Community Services Ray McDonald, Director of Public Works Ron Young, Interim Police Chief Bob Freeman, Fire Chief Lee Koontz, Assistant Fire Chief Robert Isbell, Division Chief/EMS Jeff Morris, Division Chief/Fire Marshal Paul Smith, Fire Battalion Chief Darrell Rutledge, Fire Captain Rick Clark, Fire Lieutenant Kip Smith, Fire Lieutenant Scott Stamps, City Engineer Robert Barker, Texas Star General Manager Glenda Hartsell-Shelton, Fleet and Facility Administrator Kyle McAdams, Public Works Manager J. T. Ackerman, Planning and Development Manager Chris Barker, Purchasing Manager Mike Lowry, Library Administrator Kate Lyon, Human Resources/Risk Administrator Carolyn Marshall, Fire Inspector Charles Anderson, Driver Engineer George Buttler, Driver Engineer/Paramedics Kelly Varwig, Michael Christenson, Michael Parks, and Bill Versteeg, Firefighter/Paramedics David Johnson, Dustin Benton, Brad Smith, Chris Sutterfield, Cody Skinner, Jeff Hayden, Saul Padilla, Jerad Gomez, Jacob Smith, Brandon Herron, Jarrod Goodman, and James Cowger, Fire Secretary Melissa Thomas, Information Services Administrator Dan McLain, Computer Services Specialist Brett Bennett, Communications/Marketing Manager Betsy Boyett, and Reserve Police Officer Clyde Cullum.

 

VISITORS

 

Don Martin, Darlene Johnson, Stacie Anderson, Christie Buttler, Christie Christenson, Susan, Julieanna, Jake and Zak Smith, Nehemias Basit, Faye Stinnerford, Nadine Barnes, Jessica DeLeon, Helen and John Voss, Boyce Byers, Barney Snitz, Sharon Roth, and others as noted in the visitor register.

 

INVOCATION

 

Reverend Nehemias Basit, Hurst Seventh Day Adventist Church, gave the invocation.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

Mayor Pro Tem Linda Martin led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

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

 

Fire Chief Lee Koontz and Assistant Fire Chief Robert Isbell introduced Fire Marshal Paul Smith, and Mayor Saleh presented him with a plaque for being selected employee of the month for January.

       

ITEM NO. 2       PRESENTATION OF SERVICE PINS

 

Fire Chief Lee Koontz introduced Firefighter/Paramedic David Johnson and his wife, Darlene; Driver Engineer/Paramedic Kelly Varwig; Driver Engineer George Buttler, his wife, Christie, and sons, Austin and Tyler; Driver Engineer/Paramedic Michael Christenson and his wife, Christie; Fire Captain Richard Clark; and Fire Lieutenant Kip Smith, his wife, Susan, daughter, Julieanna, and sons, Jake and Zak.

 

Mayor Saleh presented David Johnson and Kelly Varwig with 10-year service pins.  She presented George Buttler, Michael Christenson, Richard Clark, and Kip Smith with 25-year service pins.

 

Mayor Saleh noted that Driver Engineer/Paramedic Tommy Rush was unable to attend the meeting to receive his 25-year service pin.

 

CONSENT AGENDA

 

Mayor Pro Tem Martin motioned to approve Consent Agenda Items numbered 3 through 7.

 

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. 3       APPROVAL OF PURCHASE

 

Approved purchase of one loader/backhoe for public works department from Equipment Support Services (Case), Euless, through the Houston Galveston Area Purchasing Cooperative, in the amount of $59,895.65.

       

ITEM NO. 4       APPROVAL OF PURCHASE

 

Approved purchase of an ambulance remount package for an existing Frazer ambulance from Frazer Built Ambulances, Houston, through the Houston Galveston Area Purchasing Cooperative, in the amount of $72,825.

       

ITEM NO. 5       AWARD OF BID NO. 004-07

 

Awarded Bid No. 004-07 to Turf Materials, Inc., P. O. Box 1194, Rowlett, Texas, 75030, for the purchase of top dressing sand and red clay conditioner, in the amount of $27,480.

 

ITEM NO. 6       AWARD OF BID NO. 005-07

 

Awarded Bid No. 005-07 to JLB Contracting, P. O. Box 24131, Fort Worth, Texas, 76124, for the purchase of Type-D hot mix asphalt, in the amount of $540,000.  Reynolds Asphalt and Construction Co., APAC-Texas, Inc., and Vulcan Materials Co. will be used as secondary suppliers.

       

ITEM NO. 7       APPROVAL OF CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

 

Approved the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of November 28, 2006.

 

REGULAR AGENDA

       

ITEM NO. 8       PUBLIC HEARING FOR SPECIFIC USE PERMIT NO. 06-17-SUP AND CONTINUATION OF FIRST AND FINAL READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 1767

 

Mayor Saleh opened the public hearing at 7:38 p.m. for Specific Use Permit No. 06-17-SUP for an extended stay hotel, Value Place, on Tracts 4D, 4F, and 4F1, Levy Franklin Survey, A-513, zoned 121 Gateway District, located at the southeast corner of Centurion Boulevard and northbound SH 121 frontage road, north of Mid-Cities Boulevard.

 

Director of Planning and Development Mike Collins stated that Quanah Hospitality Partners, L.P., is requesting to build a four-story, 121 room extended stay hotel, which would operate as Value Place.  He stated that staff and the Planning and Zoning Commission recommend denial because of concerns ensuring compliance with the appropriate zoning district land use requirements.

 

Mayor Saleh asked for any proponents.

 

Roger Unger, 102 Carnoustie Drive, Trophy Club, Texas, gave an overview of the requested project.  He stated that the founder of the franchise, Jack Deboer, previously founded or operated Residence Inn, Summerfield Suites, and Candlewood Suites.  They have in excess of $100,000,000 in funding secured for development of the project.  There is one hotel already completed on SH 820 and North Beach Street in Fort Worth.  The minimum room rate will be $129.00 for a seven-day stay and the minimum length of stay will be seven days. 

 

The hotel features interior corridors with elevators, private access 24 hours a day, and laundry facilities. Security cameras are also utilized with video download available to the police department. Each room (on average, approximately 300 square feet) contains a full kitchen with refrigerator, microwave and stove. The operating procedures require that a government issued picture form of identification be submitted at the time of registration. Bi-weekly housekeeping is provided. Quanah Hospitality Partners, L.P., has contracted with the Value Place Hotel corporate office to manage the hotel.

 

There will not be a pool, restaurant, or meeting rooms.  He stressed that the hotel will be affordable, clean, and safe.  He stated the office will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and there will be an employee on site from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.  In light of staff’s concerns, he requested that the item be continued to the January meeting.

 

Mayor Saleh asked for any opponents.

 

Sharon Roth, 12680 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, Texas, representing J & G Realty, owner of Seramont Apartments, stated they prefer a higher-end hotel and do not endorse the proposed project.

 

There being no additional proponents or opponents, Mayor Saleh closed the public hearing at 8:00 p.m.

 

Council Member Miller motioned to continue consideration of Ordinance No. 1767 to January 9, 2007, for Specific Use Permit No. 06-17-SUP for extended stay hotel, Value Place, on Tracts 4D, 4F, and 4F1, Levy Franklin Survey, A-513, zoned 121 Gateway District and located at the southeast corner of Centurion Boulevard and northbound SH121 frontage road, north of Mid Cities Boulevard.

 

Council Member Hogg seconded the motion.

 

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

 

Nays:  Mayor Saleh

 

Mayor Saleh declared the motion carried.

 

ITEM NO. 9       PUBLIC HEARING FOR PLANNED DEVELOPMENT NO. 06-05-PD AND APPROVAL OF FIRST AND FINAL READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 1765

 

Mayor Saleh opened the public hearing at 8:04 p.m. for Planned Development No. 06-05-PD changing the zoning on Tracts 4E01 and 4F, Richard Crowley Survey, A-312, from PD (Planned Development) based on R-5 zoning to PD (Planned Development) based on TH zoning, located at the northwest corner of SH 360 and Ash Lane.

 

Planning and Development Manager Chris Barker stated the applicant, MDC Brookside, L.P., is proposing to develop an 82 lot, 19 structure townhome project, Brookside at Bear Creek, on 12.7 acres.  The proposed planned development would allow variances in the reduction of the lot depth from 100 ft. to 85 ft.; reduction in the minimum lot size from 2,200 sq. ft. to 2,040 sq. ft.; reduction in the front building setback line from 25 ft. to 20 ft.; a reduction in the minimum rear yard from 20 ft. to 10 ft.; and to allow 7 of the 19 structures to exceed the 4 units per structure maximum, not to exceed 6 units per structure.  The variances are being requested because of the creek area traversing the property from south to north.   The resulting common open space will be maintained by the home owner’s association.

 

The townhomes will be two-story with shared drive access entries to individual two-car garages.  Due to the front setback building line, each home will accommodate off-street parking for up to four vehicles. Individual lot fencing will be 6 ft. high wrought iron fencing on all rear lot lines and on side lot lines at the end of each building with masonry columns located on the property corners. Six foot high wood fencing will be permitted internally on side lot lines from the structure to the rear fence line. The property will be surrounded on the southern and western property lines by a 6 ft. high, decorative wrought iron fence with masonry columns 40 ft. on center. The eastern property boundary will feature a masonry fence with masonry columns on 40 ft. centers to aid in noise reduction from the adjacent SH 360. The northern property boundary will be left open to the adjacent City of Euless Bear Creek Park. The project will also feature 4 ft. sidewalks internal to the development, including two tie-ins to the adjacent park trail.

 

Mayor Saleh asked for any proponents.

 

Curtis Young, Sage Group, 8003 Jefferson Circle, Colleyville, Texas, spoke in favor of the request.

 

There being no additional proponents or opponents, Mayor Saleh closed the public hearing at 8:10 p.m.

 

In response to a question regarding abandonment of sanitary sewer line easements in the middle of the property, City Engineer Robert Barker stated that those easements can be abandoned and the abandonment request would come back to council.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Martin motioned to approve the first and final reading of Ordinance No. 1765 to change the zoning on Tracts 4E01 and 4F, Richard Crowley Survey, A-312, from PD (Planned Development) based on R-5 zoning to PD (Planned Development) based on TH zoning, located at the northwest corner of SH 360 and Ash Lane, with the following condition:  Each of the buildings that exceed four units per building, would include the architectural design features of various roof line, articulation, and exterior facades.

 

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. 10     PUBLIC HEARING FOR SPECIFIC USE PERMIT NO. 06-14-SUP AND APPROVAL OF FIRST AND FINAL READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 1766

 

Mayor Saleh opened the public hearing at 8:18 p.m. for Specific Use Permit No. 06-14-SUP on Lot A43R, Block 1, Oakwood Terrace Addition, for Chop Shop, a motorcycle repair service, in TX-10 (Texas Highway 10 Multi-Use District) zoning, located at 230 Vine Street #3.

 

Planning and Development Manager Chris Barker stated that the applicant, Che Eccles, had been operating the Chop Shop at this location unaware that he needed a specific use permit.  The Chop Shop occupies 1,296 sq. ft. of an existing building located at 230 Vine Street and provides motorcycle repairs and modifications.  No work on fuel systems or on-site painting is provided.  The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

 

Mayor Saleh asked for any proponents.

 

Che Eccles, 509 Vine Street, spoke in favor of the request and noted that the business is a small, one man shop.

 

There being no additional proponents or opponents, Mayor Saleh closed the public hearing at 8:22 p.m.

 

Council Member Miller motioned to approve the first and final reading of Ordinance No. 1766 on Lot A43R, Block 1, Oakwood Terrace Addition, for Chop Shop, a motorcycle repair service, in TX-10 (Texas Highway 10 Multi-Use District) zoning, located at 230 Vine Street #3, subject to the following conditions:  (1)  All of the activity is internal to the structure and will not negatively impact adjacent property/business owners; (2) No permanent outdoor display/storage of merchandise; (3) The Fire Marshal has established that a maximum of twenty gallons of fuel will be allowed, including fuel in vehicle tanks; (4) Tied to business owner Mr. Che Eccles; and (5) Valid for one year.

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. 11     PUBLIC HEARING FOR SPECIFIC USE PERMIT NO. 06-18-SUP AND APPROVAL OF FIRST AND FINAL READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 1768

 

Mayor Saleh opened the public hearing at 8:24 p.m. for Specific Use Permit No. 06-18-SUP on Lot 1R, Block 1, Euless Town Center Addition, for Incredible Pizza, an amusement and recreation service, in PD (Planned Development) based on C-2 zoning, located at 1201 W. Airport Freeway #400.

 

Director of Planning and Development Mike Collins stated that America’s Incredible Pizza Company, represented by Larry Abbe, President, and Marc Poulain, Vice President of Operations, is proposing to locate in the former 61,599 sq. ft. Burlington Coat Factory space.  The facility will include a buffet restaurant, four separately themed dining areas, six rental private party rooms, an arcade amusement area, nine hole miniature golf course, eight lane miniature bowling alley, bumper car area, and electric go-cart race track.

 

Mayor Saleh asked for any proponents.

 

Marc Poulain, 26907 Sandy Arbor Lane, Katy, Texas, stated they will have a fifties theme, all of the games are G-rated, and there will be a dress and behavior code.  One uniformed officer will be on-site during peak hours.  The hours of operation will be Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.  The game room will stay open for one hour longer.  Everyone who enters will be charged for the buffet and then tickets can be purchased to play the games.

 

There being no additional proponents or opponents, Mayor Saleh closed the public hearing at 8:43 p.m.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Martin motioned to approve the first and final reading of Ordinance No. 1768 on Lot 1R, Block 1, Euless Town Center Addition, for Incredible Pizza, an amusement and recreation service, in PD (Planned Development) based on C-2 zoning, located at 1201 W. Airport Freeway #400, with the condition that it be tied to America’s Incredible Pizza Company.

 

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. 12     CONTINUED THE PUBLIC HEARING AND CONSIDERATION OF THE APPROVAL OF THE FIRST AND FINAL READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 1764 REGARDING AN AMENDMENT TO UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT CODE NO. 06-02-UDC 

 

Mayor Saleh stated the public hearing and consideration of Ordinance No. 1764 amending Chapter 84, “Unified Development Code”, Section 84-181, “Exterior Façade Requirements”, of the Code of Ordinances would be continued to the January 9, 2007, council meeting.

       

ITEM NO. 13     APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION NO. 06-1235

 

Council Member Hogg motioned to approve Resolution No. 06-1235 urging the Texas Legislature not to impose additional limits on the growth of local tax revenues by injudiciously placing caps on residential appraisals.

 

Council Member Brown seconded the motion.

 

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

 

Nays:  Council Member Tyson

 

Abstentions:  Council Member Porterfield

 

Mayor Saleh declared the motion carried.

       

ITEM NO. 14     APPROVAL OF FIRST AND FINAL READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 1762

 

Council Member Hogg motioned to approve the first and final reading of Ordinance No. 1762 amending Chapter 54, “Parks, Recreational and Cultural Facilities,” Section 54-1, and Section 54-56, of the Code of Ordinances regulating the maintenance of trees and shrubs within and overhanging public right-of-way, with the amendment that Section 2 (d) be changed from 10 days notice to 20 days.

 

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. 15     APPROVAL OF INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WITH TARRANT COUNTY

 

Mayor Pro Tem Martin motioned to approve an interlocal agreement with Tarrant County for the extension of Gateway Boulevard from Centurion Way to Glade Road.

 

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. 16     PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

There were no public comments.

 

ITEM NO. 17     REPORTS

 

STAFF REPORT

 

There was no staff report.

 

CITY MANAGER

 

City Manager Joe Hennig stated that there was a combined service of 145 years celebrated in the fire department tonight, as well as employee of the month.  He thanked Lee Koontz stating it does not happen without outstanding leadership.  He wished everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and said he hoped it would be a year we could all remember as a very positive time in our lives.

 

CITY ATTORNEY

 

City Attorney Bob McFarland had nothing to report.

 

CITY COUNCIL

 

Council Member Tyson congratulated the employees receiving their service pins and Paul Smith for being selected employee of the month.  He wished everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

 

Council Member Hogg thanked all the employees honored tonight.  He wished everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Martin stated that Paul Smith has made an impact in a short time, and noted that it was a well-deserved and rewarding night for the fire department. She thanked Ray McDonald for a great Christmas parade and a great Heritage Park Christmas event.  She wished everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

 

Council Member Miller wished everyone a Merry Christmas, congratulated Paul Smith, and stated Lee Koontz was the only fire chief he has known in the City of Euless.

 

Council Member Porterfield stated he was proud of Paul Smith and Lee Koontz and pleased that the fire department was so well represented with honors tonight. He wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy Season.

 

Council Member Brown stated it was a great night for the fire department and a better night for the City of Euless.  He stated that at every council meeting it is an honor to witness tremendous people doing great work, and the city is blessed to have the leaders it has.  He thanked Lee Koontz for doing a great job and wished everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

 

Mayor Saleh stated the city has a great fire department from top to bottom. She also said she hears good reports from citizens in the community regarding the fire department, police department, and all the staff. She announced that David Allen was selected employee of the year for 2006.

 

ITEM NO. 18    ADJOURNMENT

 

Mayor Saleh adjourned the meeting at 8:55 p.m.

 

 

APPROVED:                                                                       

 

 

 

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Mary Lib Saleh

Mayor            

 

 

ATTEST:

 

 

 

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Susan Crim, TRMC

City Secretary