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WHITE SETTLEMENT REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
January 22, 2008


The City Council of the City of White Settlement, Texas convened in Pre-Council at 6:32 p.m. and in Regular Session at 7:03 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 with the following members present:

James O. Ouzts Mayor
Gunnar Rasmussen Mayor Pro Tem
Freta Powell Council Member
John Trevino Council Member
Don Smith Council Member
Garry Wilson Council Member

Others present were City Attorney Michael Burkett, City Manager Jimmy Burnett, Assistant City Manager Don Ives, Administrative Secretary Sue Oldham, Director of Public Works Randy Brown, Senior Services Manager Lydia Neece, Parks Manager Rich Tharp, Economic Development Director Marty Harrison, and others.

PRE-COUNCIL MEETING:

CALL TO ORDER – Roll Call
Mayor Ouzts called the Pre-Council Meeting to order at 6:32 p.m. and announced that all members of the City Council were present, constituting a quorum of the City Council.

During the pre-council meeting the City Council and staff discussed the following agenda items:

Mayor Ouzts called for any questions on item 8, attendance at the White Settlement Chamber of Commerce Banquet. There were no questions.

Mayor Ouzts called for any questions on item 9, award of bid for hauling off spoiled goods. There were no questions.

Mayor Ouzts then called for any questions on item 10, items for Surplus Property Sale. There was a discussion regarding the items, with City Manager Jimmy Burnett and Assistant City Manager Don Ives answering questions.

There was a discussion of item 11, the Inter-Local Agreement for the 2008 Tarrant County overlay and seal coat program. Director of Public Works Randy Brown spoke in explanation. Mayor Ouzts stated for staff to be sure to notify the residents on the street when they were going to get the seal coat.

Mayor Ouzts called for questions and any significant changes to the mowing contract for Central Park and Veterans Park. There were no questions and significant changes.

Director of Public Works Randy Brown spoke in explanation of item 13, award of bid for Curb and Gutter Installation. He explained that the two bids received were from Reliable Paving of Arlington, Texas in the amount of $78,568.50 and Skyline Excavation of Boyd, Texas in the amount of $87,610.00. Mr. Brown answered questions.

Mayor Ouzts called for discussion of item 14, Resolution No. 870-08 supporting the expansion of the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base and related community initiatives. Mr. Brown explained that two members of the North Central Texas Council of Government would arrive at 7:00 p.m. and they would have a brief presentation on the item.

Mayor Ouzts called for item 15, Ordinance No. 2326-08 approving the settlement between the Atmos Steering Committee and Atmos Energy Corporation. Assistant City Manager Don Ives spoke in explanation and answered questions.

Mayor Ouzts called for item 19, the TCEQ Storm Water Management Program. Mr. Brown spoke in explanation and answered questions.

Mayor Ouzts stated that he was asked by the White Settlement Youth Football Association to withdraw item 20, regarding the usage agreement for use of Central Park and if there were no objections, he was going to withdraw it.

Mayor Ouzts called for item 21, recommendation of a Park Name for the park property referred to as the “Cherry Lane Tract.” Parks Manager Rich Tharp spoke in explanation and answered questions. Mr. Tharp explained that the Parks and Recreation Board recommended to the City Council that the property located at 7832 Cherry Lane be named Liberator Park.

ADJOURN:

With there being no further discussion, Mayor Ouzts adjourned the Pre-Council Meeting at 6:55 p.m.

INVOCATION/PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:

Mayor Ouzts gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING

CALL TO ORDER – Roll Call

Mayor Ouzts called the regular meeting to order at 7:03 p.m. and announced that all members of the City Council were present, constituting a quorum of the City Council.

PRESENTATION:

1. Presentation of “Mayor’s Extra Mile” Award
Mayor Ouzts presented Animal Control Officer, Kelly Dean, with a Plaque, “Mayor’s Extra Mile” Award, in recognition of the outstanding accomplishments Kelly had made with the animals, taking the euthanasia rate to zero at the White Settlement Animal Shelter.

2. Report from Mr. Jim Caffey concerning the project west of IH 820

Mayor Ouzts explained that Mr. Caffey was an engineer that the city had retained to look at developments west of Interstate 820 that impacts the White Settlement side of Interstate 820.

Mr. Caffey of Caffey Engineering gave an update to the City Council regarding the project west of IH 820. Mr. Caffey explained that City Attorney Micheal Burkett had informed him of some grading that was going on west of IH 820. He explained that it was in the addition named Sienna Hills. He explained that the preliminary plat for Sienna Hills was approved on May 24, 2005. He explained that in 2006 Mr. Burkett had sent letters to all of the property owners of undeveloped property in that area, in the Farmers Branch Water Shed. He explained that a final plat was never filed for Sienna Hills and the original plat would have expired on May 24, 2007, according to Mr. Alex Parks of the City of Fort Worth. He explained that the project where the grading was occurring was at an apartment complex by the name of Wind Haven at West Point. He explained the 14.88 acre development. Mr. Caffey then answered questions. Mr. Caffey explained that a short plat had been filed on the property. He explained that a short plat did not have to go back to the City Council for approval.

Ms. Jeannie Anderson of 509 Grant Circle had questions regarding when the plats of Sienna Hills were approved and filed. She voiced concern of the water runoff and impact on the City of White Settlement.

Mayor Ouzts spoke in explanation. Mayor Ouzts asked that Mr. Caffey, Mr. Burkett, and city staff follow up on and at least request that Fort Worth Planning review those areas that have not been filled yet.

3. Report from Senior Services

Senior Services Manager, Lydia Neece thanked the City Council and the city staff for their support of the Senior Services Center. Ms. Neece gave a slide presentation of the White Settlement Senior Services. Ms. Neece’s presentation included when the center began in 1977, programs offered now, and goals for the future. Ms. Neece noted accomplishments that had been made with the help of the City of White Settlement, volunteers, SCS, Tarrant County, United Way and others that helped to start and maintain these programs. Ms. Neece’s presentation introduced the employees and the seniors who volunteer and seniors who attend.

4. Presentation of new City Information Video

Economic Development Director Marty Harrison gave the council a preview of the four one minute video clips that would be placed on the city website for viewing. This was produced by CGI and contracted through TML, with no cost to the city. The four presentations were on the City’s location and a welcome to the city, education, quality of life, and economic development.

CONSENT AGENDA:

Council Member Don Smith moved for approval of the consent agenda as submitted. Council Member Garry Wilson seconded the motion, which carried unanimously, a vote of (5-0). The consent agenda included approval as follows:

5. Approval of minutes of Regular City Council Meeting of January 8, 2008
6. Approval of minutes of Special Joint City Council and Economic Development Corporation Meeting of January 8, 2008
7. Approval of minutes of Special Joint City Council and Economic Development Corporation Meeting of January 14, 2008
8. Approval for Council to attend the Annual White Settlement Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet in the White Settlement Seniors Building at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2008, at a price of $10.00 each
9. Award of bid to Pat, Inc. DBA/Action Excavating of Fort Worth, Texas, in the amount of $175.00 per 20 yard load, for hauling off spoiled goods
10. Approval of list of items for Surplus Property Sale at an auction on February 9, 2008, held by Tommy Lutes Auctioneers at the Keller Lions Club in Keller, Texas
11. Approval of Inter-local Agreement for the 2008 Tarrant County overlay and seal coat program approved by the Commissioners Court on January 8, 2008
12. Approval of bid specification for mowing contract for the non-ball field areas of Central Park and Veterans Park

NEW BUSINESS

13. Discuss and consider award of bid for Curb and Gutter Installation Program

Mayor Pro Tem Rasmussen made a motion to award the bid for the curb and gutter installation program to Reliable Paving of Arlington, Texas in the amount of $78,568.50. Council Member Trevino seconded the motion which carried unanimously, a vote of (5-0).

The only other bid received was from Skyline Excavation of Boyd, Texas in the amount of $87,610.00.

14. Discuss and consider approval of Resolution No. 870-08 supporting the expansion of the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base and related community initiatives.

Ms. Rachel Wiggins and Mr. Michael Maloney of the North Central Texas Council of Governments were present.

Ms. Wiggins gave a slide presentation and overview of the Joint Land Use Study. Ms. Wiggins explained a report that will be considered for approval by the JLUS Committee in February. Ms. Wiggins answered questions.

Mayor Pro Tem Rasmussen moved to approve Resolution 870-08. Council Member Trevino seconded the motion, which carried unanimously, a vote of (5-0).

Mayor Ouzts then recognized Ms. Jeannie Anderson of 509 Grant Circle, as she had requested to speak regarding item 12, mowing contract for non-ball field areas of Central Park and Veterans Park.

Ms Anderson questioned why the mowing was contracted out since the city had a park crew and all of the equipment.

Mayor Ouzts explained that the city actually had less of a park crew than the city had prior to starting the mowing contract. He explained that a crew had been eliminated. Mayor Ouzts explained that the city avoided buying new equipment to replace aging mowers. The city had bought less equipment. He explained that no one was terminated, that vacant positions were just not filled. He explained that the city had saved money by utilizing a contract services.

15. Discuss and consider Ordinance No. 2326-08 approving the settlement between the Atmos Cities Steering Committee (ACSC) and Atmos Energy Corporation

Assistant City Manager Don Ives spoke in explanation and answered questions.

Council Member Don Smith moved to table the Ordinance until the next meeting. Council Member Powell seconded the motion which carried unanimously, a vote of (5-0).

16. Discuss and consider Engineering Services Contract with Dunaway Associates for the development of a Water System Master Plan Phase 1

Director of Public Works Randy Brown gave an overview of reasons for the contract.

Council Member Smith moved to approve entering into a contract with Dunaway Associates for an engineering services contract for the development of a Water System Master Plan for the proposed amount of $64,500.00. Mayor Pro Tem Rasmussen seconded the motion, which carried unanimously, a vote of (5-0).

17. Discuss and consider Engineering Services Contract with Dunaway Associates for the development of a Storm Water System Master Plan Phase 1

Mr. Brown spoke in explanation and answered questions.

Mayor Pro Tem Rasmussen moved to approve an engineering services contract with Dunaway Associates for development of a Storm Water System Master Plan, Phase 1in the amount of $60,180.00. Council Member Trevino seconded the motion, which carried unanimously, a vote of (5-0).

18. Engineering Services Briefing on the Waste Water System Master Plan Phase 1

Mr. Brown gave an overview and answered questions.

Mr. Brown explained that staff was recommending that Wade and Associates be allowed to proceed with developing a contract amendment cost proposal for development of the Waste Water System Master Plan as a part of the existing Farmers Branch Interceptor Hydraulic Model and Route Study Project.

Mr. Chris Brooks with Wade and Associates spoke in further explanation and answered questions.

No action was taken.

19. Discuss and consider the TCEQ Storm Water Management Program, including Support Resolution for submitting to the TCEQ

Mr. Brown spoke in explanation of the requirements from the TCEQ Storm Water Management Program.

Council Member Smith moved for approval of the TCEQ Storm Water Management Program and Resolution No. 871-08, pending proof reading, and baring any significant content changes. Council Member Powell seconded the motion, which carried, unanimously, a vote of (5-0).

20. Discuss and consider amending the Central Park usage agreement with WSYFA to add equity in terms of days of access as compared to agreement with WSYA

This item, Central Park usage agreement with WSYFA, was removed from the agenda.

21. Discuss and consider the recommendation of a Park Name for the park property currently referred to as the “Cherry Lane Tract” (Rich Tharp)

Parks Manager Rich Tharp explained that the Parks and Recreation Board met on December 13, 2007 and made a recommendation to the City Council to formally name the 7832 Cherry Lane Tract as Liberator Park.

Council Member Smith stated that he liked the name, but he would like to utilize the name Liberator Village for an area inside where the old Liberator Village was.

Council Member Smith stated that he would like to honor one of two men that had dedicated their life to White Settlement and that was either Norris Chambers or James Herring, by naming the park after one of them.

Jeannie Anderson agreed with Council Member Smith. She stated that she would like to honor Mr. And Mrs. Chambers. She stated that she would like to name it Chambers Park. She explained that she felt that some of the older citizens that had done so much for the community needed to be honored.

After a discussion, Council Member Smith moved to table the consideration of a park name and send it back to the Park and Recreation Board to reconsider some other alternative. Council Member Powell seconded the motion which carried by a vote of (4-1), with Mayor Pro Tem Rasmussen voting Nay.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

22. Any person with city related business may speak to the Council at this time. The Council may not deliberate or take action. A speaker form must be filled out and submitted to the City Secretary prior to the meeting.

Veda Braswell of 8803 Rockway Street stated that she had observed a high rate of speed on her street. She suggested that speed humps be placed on Rockway, from Easley to Las Vegas. She spoke of her neighbors speeding. She voiced concern for the safety of the children.

Mayor Ouzts explained that the Council could not take any action, but the City Manager was taking notes and would review, investigate, and contact her if she wanted him to.

Jeannie Anderson stated that she wanted to ask Jimmy Burnett about the play ground equipment. She explained that she had the list of the auction items and it was not on it.

Both, Mr. Burnett and Mr. Tharp explained that the playground equipment had fallen apart when it was removed from the ground and it had to be scrapped.

WORKSHOP:

23. Discuss proposed Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)

The workshop was not held.

RECONVENE:

24. City Council will reconvene in regular session for consideration of any action as a result of the workshop

Mayor Pro Tem Rasmussen moved to table item 23, the review of the proposed Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan until the February 12, 2008 meeting, in order to go into the Executive Session sooner. Council Member Wilson seconded the motion, which carried by a vote of (4-1), with Council Member Smith voting Nay.

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Mayor Ouzts declared a break at 9:20 p.m. and announced that after the break the City Council would convene in Executive Session in Conference Room B in accordance with the Open Meetings Act as follows:

25. Texas Government Code Section 551.087 for Deliberation Regarding Economic Development Negotiations

The City Council convened in Executive Session in Conference Room B.

RECONVENE:

The City Council reconvened in Open Session in the Council Chambers at 9:57 p.m. to consider any action resulting from the Executive Session as follows:

26. Discuss and consider any action resulting from the Executive Session held in accordance with Texas Government Code Section 551.087 for Deliberation Regarding Economic Development Negotiations

Mayor Ouzts announced that no action would be taken as a result of the Executive Session.

ADJOURN:

With there being no further business to discuss at that time, Mayor Ouzts adjourned the meeting at 9:58 p.m.

Approved this the 12th day of February 2008.

APPROVED:

/s/ James O. Ouzts, Mayor
ATTEST:

/s/ Nancy Meadows, Interim City Secretary
   
       
 
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