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City Council Meeting 9-6-2011 Followup

2011/09/06

My comments in blue as usual.

I. Call to Order
II. Citizens’ General Discussion

No one speaking.

III. Erath County Appraisal District Annual Report, Mark Littleton, City Representative; Jerry Lee, Chief Appraiser

No significant changes.  This is somewhat positive, given the negative changes in most of the rest of the country.
IV. Consider Approval of Ordinance No. 2011-17 Adopting Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance

Passed unanimously.

V. Consider and take action on Ordinance No. 2011-18 authorizing the issuance and sale of the City’s Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 2011 in the amount of $4,000,000, and approving all other matters pertaining thereto

Passed unanimously. 

VI. Public Hearing on the Tax Rate for 2011

Five speakers, all against the tax increase; all reminded the council that we are already in hard economic times, and that the school and county tax increases, as well as the city fees are making it hard for residents and businesses alike to make ends meet. 

VII. Consider Ordinance No. 2011-19 Adopting the Annual Budget for the Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2011 and Ending September 30, 2012

Doug Svien brought up the question of the revenue estimates; Kaiser has always estimated the sales tax revenue well below what actual revenues turned out to be.  In this case, as Mike Boucher had pointed out during the tax rate public hearing, the amount of the underestimation is likely to equal a significant portion of the expected revenue increase from the tax rate increase.  Svien would prefer to defer the proposed purchase of a new fire truck until midyear when sales tax revenue estimates will be more accurate, and eliminate the property tax increase altogether.  Motion by Svien, seconded by Nash to amend the budget to defer the fire truck purchase, failed with only Nash and Svien in favor.  Motion by Nash, seconded by Svien to defer city employee raises until midyear, also failed with only Nash and Svien in favor.  Motion to pass budget without amendments (sorry, didn’t catch who moved or seconded) passed with only Nash and Svien against.

VIII. Consider Ordinance No. 2011–20 Adopting the Fee Schedule

Passed unanimously.
IX. Consider Approval of Child Safety Funds

Approximately $9,000 available from fees on all citations issued in school zones.  Three requests totaling $7,535 from STAR Council, Stephenville ISD and Cross Timbers Family Services.  Separate votes were taken, as follows; STAR Council request – Martha Taylor abstained and motion passed without any dissent, SISD request – Scott Evans abstained and this motion also passed without dissent, CTFS request passed unanimously with no abstentions.

X. Consider Approval of Resolution No. 2011-08 Establishing a Moratorium for Permits for Residential Structures with Exterior Metal Walls

Nash asked if the moratorium was intended to deal with a specific issue and was informed that it was in reference to a particular apartment complex on Kight Street.  Motion by Cude second by McDanel, passed unanimously.

XI. Consider Approval of Assistants to Firefighters Grant Program

Fire department requesting a grant of $235,000 for a computerized reporting and recordkeeping system and three cardiac monitors.  The city will match 5% of the grant from reserved grant-matching funds.  Motion by Nix, second by Nash, passed unanimously.

XII. CONSENT AGENDA
A. Approve Minutes
1. Regular Council Meeting on August 2, 2011
2. Special Council Meeting on August 16, 2011
B. Approve Agreement with City of Fort Worth for Household Hazardous Waste
C. Approve NCTCOG Interlocal Agreement for 9-1-1 Service and Equipment
D. Memorandum of Understanding with Texas Forest Service
E. Routine Airport Maintenance Program with Texas Department of Transportation
Regular Business Meeting—September 6, 2011
F. Change Orders
1. Caporal Lane
2. Concrete Sidewalks
G. Bid Awards
1. Brick Street No. 2
2. Street Materials
3. Bank Depository Services
4. Office Supplies

Cude asked to remove item G3 from the consent agenda, and the remainder was passed unanimously without further comment.  Cude then noted that he was abstaining from the vote on item G3 and it was also passed without further comment.

H. Authorization to Sell City Property—2008 Dodge Charger

Passed.  Anybody need a Charger with squealing brakes?  I think they did at least wear all the goo from the window sticker off.

XIII. Comments by City Administrator

September 9th at 9AM, at the Birdsong Amphitheater stage, our public safety officials will be holding a remembrance service to commemorate the 9-11 attacks.

XIV. Comments by Council Members

McDanel commented that he still doesn’t want the tax increase, but he does want the new firetruck to replace the current 18 year old one.

XV. EXECUTIVE SESSION. In compliance with the provisions of the Texas Open Meetings Law, Subchapter D, Government Code, Vernon’s Texas Codes, Annotated, in accordance with Sec. 551.07071(1)(A) Consultation with Attorney; pending or contemplated litigation and Sec. 551.072 Deliberations about Real Property.
A. Part of Lot 1, Block 13, Shapard and Collins Addition; 704 West Frey Street
B. Airport Hanger—Flying A Investments, LLC
C. Lamar Advertising Holding Company v. City of Stephenville, CV31132, Erath County District Court
D. Curt Garrison Drainage Easement
E. Consider authorizing the City Attorney to file suit against a landowner adjacent to the airport to correct and abate a violation of the City’s Airport Hazard Zoning Ordinance
F. Jay and Jamie Anthony d/b/a Cowboy’s Convenience Store
XVI. Action taken on Matters Discussed in Executive Session
XVII. Adjourn

I didn’t eat before the meeting, so I didn’t stick around to find out the results of the executive session.

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