PRESENT: Mayor Gary M. Chumley, CouncilMembers,Woodlock,Burrow, Shepherd-Cain, Viss, Doyle and Inmon
OTHERSPRESENT: CityManagerRogerMumby,City Secretary Wendy Cole, Attorney Sandy Gately, William H. Parry III, Larry Kennedy, Liz Reinhardt, Rodney Murry,Bobby Buster, Berry Mansell, Nathan Gohlke, Richard Beil Jr., Brenda Kiphen, Faye Nichols, Teresa Timmons, Sam Cockrell, Kathy Harte, Patrice Gilbert, Billy Vaden, Brenda Brown, Kyanne Petty, Tucker Jones, Luci Zahray, and Jim Shepard
1) CALLTO ORDERAT 5:30 P.M.,THIS 12th DAYOF MAY, 2015
MayorGary M. ChumleydirectedaquestiontoCitySecretaryWendyCole ifthenoticeofthe meetingwaspostedatproperplaceandtimepursuanttotheTexasOpeningMeetingAct (Tex.Gov't.CodeChapter551,Sec.551.041)CitySecretaryWendyCole assuredMayor Gary M. Chumleythenotice waspostedattheproperplaceandtime.
Motionby Viss,secondedby Woodlock,allvoting"Aye"toapproveResolutionNumber2015-36
RESOLUTIONNUMBER2015-36 - approveMinutesofApril 28, 2015 Regular
4) RECOGNIZE EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
Mayor Gary Chumley congratulated Teresa Timmons of the Finance Department for being selected as the Employee of the Month for the Month of April 2015 and recognized her for her superior performance.
5) HEAR VISITORS
Lucille Zahray approached the Council and stated that she lives at 2511 Osage Road which is next door to the old Rotunda building. She wanted to know what was happening at the Rotunda and said that she was interested in purchasing lots next to her if they would eventually be up for sale.
City Manager Roger Mumby explained that the Rotunda belongs to the City which was a nursing home that consisted of a main building and three wings. Mr. Mumby said that the plan is to tear it down and probably put the property up for sale. Asbestos has to be removed before it can be demolished. The first wing was torn down last year and wing two recently had the asbestos removed and is currently being torn down.
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The intent is to try to fund the asbestos removal on the third wing and the large building in the budget plans for the upcoming year. The building would then be demolished and the Council would then make a decision on what to do with the property.
Ms. Zahray asked if the soil remediation would have to be done and Mr. Mumby said that no, that would not need to be done. This property is currently zoned community and can be changed to single family residential, re-platted into lots and sell if the Council decides to take that action.
Ms. Zahray thanked the Council for taking the time to listen to her.
6) HEAR VETERAN AFFAIRS UPDATE
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Beil introduced himself and stated that he lives in Gatesville at 1802 West Main and is a thirty year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, retired. Lieutenant Colonel Beil said that he recently provided this presentation at the Commissioners Court and at the meeting was appointed to a new Council being created by the Central Texas Council of Governments in Belton. This new Council concerns and assists veterans on aging disability and veterans affairs. Lieutenant Colonel Beil discussed the difficulties veterans face when trying to get help from the multitudes of programs and agencies set up to assist veterans.
Issues discussed were:
--- long waiting lists at veterans affairs hospitals
--- transportation for veterans to receive treatment with no means of transportation
--- how day to day family needs are not met on disability pay because disability pay is
supplemental and not a living wage.
Lieutenant Colonel Beil said he is representing the Leatherneck Club of North Texas, which is a non-profit organization based in Dallas and stamped by unpaid volunteers that consist of retired marines, veterans of other services, and civilians who assist needy veterans. A needy veteran can be referred to the Leatherneck Club for financial assistance if a local veterans service organization does not have the funds to help.
Lieutenant Colonel Beil requested referrals for corporate sponsors from anyone that knows of an organization that would listen to this presentation so the word can get out about the Leatherneck organization. Corporate sponsors are needed and organizations or individuals that would like to donate can do so at www.lcntx.org. Lieutenant Colonel Beil noted that all funds raised in Texas
stay in Texas. The mission is to use this organization as leverage to help our local veterans service organizations help our local veterans. The Council discussed different corporate contacts with Lieutenant Colonel Beil and Mayor Chumley thanked him for the update on the needs of veterans affairs.
7) CONSIDER PROCLAMATION DECLARING MAY 15, 2015 “PUT ON PURPLE DAY” IN RECOGNITION OF THE LUPUS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA, LONE STAR CHAPTER
City Manager Roger Mumby stated that no one representing the Lupus Foundation was present at the meeting and recommended to approve the proclamation declaring May 15, 2015 “Put on Purple Day” in recognition of the Lupus Foundation of America Lone Star Chapter.
Motion by Inmon, seconded by Shepherd-Cain, all voting “Aye” to approve Resolution Number 2015-37
RESOLUTION NUMBER 2015-37 - approve the proclamation declaring May 15, 2015 “Put on Purple Day” in recognition of the Lupus Foundation of America, Lone Star Chapter.
8) CONSIDER REQUEST TO REPLAT TWO LOTS INTO ONE LOT, LOCATED AT 903 SCENIC DRIVE, LEGALLY KNOWN AS LOTS 16A AND 17A BLOCK 1 HIGHLAND ADDITION
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Zoning Official, Liz Reinhardt explained that the owner of 903 Scenic Drive requested a building permit to construct a shop/storage building on a separate lot from the residence. The City of Gatesville’s subdivision ordinance requires that the two lots be re-platted into one lot to allow the building to be built.
On May 4, 2015 the Planning and Zoning Commission met and unanimously voted to approve the re-plat of 903 Scenic Drive from two lots into one lot to allow this request. There is no need to rezone this lot.
Motion by Shepherd-Cain, seconded by Doyle, all voting “Aye” to approve Resolution Number 2015-38
RESOLUTION NUMBER 2015-38 - approve the request to re-plat two lots into one lot, located at 903 Scenic Drive legally known as Lots 16A and 17A Block 1, Highland Addition.
9) CONSIDER APPROVAL OF PROPOSED APPOINTMENT AND RE-APPOINTMENT OF CITY OF GATESVILLE’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD MEMBERS
City Manager Roger Mumby stated that Bill Parry is recommended to replace Liz Reinhardt at Place 1 and re-appointments recommended for Places 2, 3, and 4 would be Jack Doyle, Gary Chumley, and Alan Ivy respectively for a two year term.
Motion by Burrow, seconded by Viss, all voting “Aye” to approve Resolution Number 2015-39
RESOLUTION NUMBER 2015-39 - approve the appointments of Bill Parry to Place 1 and re-appointments of Places 2, 3, and 4 to Jack Doyle, Gary Chumley, and Alan Ivy respectively for a two year term to the City of Gatesville Economic Development Board.
10) CONSIDER SECOND READING OF ORDINANCE NUMBER 2015-02 AMENDING THE ZONING ORDINANCE BY CHANGING 501, 503, 505, 507, AND 509 STRAWS MILL ROAD, KNOWN AS LOTS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 CONSISTING OF 1.663 ACRES IN THE A. AROCHA SURVEY FROM RESIDENTIAL SINGLE FAMILY ZONING DISTRICT TO THE RESIDENTIAL TWO-FOUR FAMILY ZONING DISTRICT
City Manager Roger Mumby said that there have been no changes to this ordinance since the approval of the first reading at the April 28, 2015 Council Meeting and recommends approval of this second reading of Ordinance Number 2015-02.
Motion by Shepherd-Cain, seconded by Viss, all voting “Aye” to approve Resolution Number 2015-40
RESOLUTION NUMBER 2015-40 - approve second reading of Ordinance Number 2015-02 amending the zoning ordinance by changing 501, 503, 505, 507 and 509 Straws Mill Road, known as Lots 1,2, 3, 4, 5consisting of 1.663 acres in the A. Arocha Survey from residential single family zoning district to the residential two-four family zoning district.
11) CONSIDER SECOND READING OF ORDINANCE NUMBER 2015-03 FOR TWENTY YEAR ELECTRIC FRANCHISE CONTRACT WITH TEXAS NEW-MEXICO POWER COMPANY
City Manager Roger Mumby stated that there have been no changes to this ordinance since approval of the first reading at the Council meeting on April 28, 2015. Councilmember Burrow asked if there is an opportunity to negotiate within this ordinance an option to bury utility lines underground. City Manager Mumby said that this ordinance is to only approve franchise payments in the future. There was a brief discussion regarding the franchise fees.
Motion by Woodlock, seconded by Viss, all voting “Aye” to approve Resolution Number 2015-41
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RESOLUTION NUMBER 2015-41 - approve the second reading of Ordinance Number 2015-03 for a twenty year electric franchise contract with Texas-New Mexico Power Company.
12. CONSIDER SECOND READING OF ORDINANCE NUMBER 2015-04 TO DESIGNATE A REINVESTMENT ZONE PROVIDING ELIGIBILITY OF THE ZONE FOR COMMERCIAL-INDUSTRIAL TAX ABATEMENT LOCATED IN THE CAZENOBA SURVEY, ABSTRACT 150, BEING BLOCKS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 AND PUBLIC SQUARE AND A PORTION OF MAIN STREET, LEON STREET, 6TH STREET AND 7TH STREET RIGHT-OF-WAYS
City Manager Roger Mumby said that there have been no changes to this ordinance since approval of the first reading at the last meeting on April 28, 2015. Mr. Mumby reminded the Council that this reinvestment zone consideration is located around the courthouse.
Councilmember Burrow said that she still holds her position from the last meeting and opposes this potential format. Councilmember Burrow stated that she believes a tax increment reinvestment zone would be a better format. Councilmember Burrow thought this ordinance should be rejected and a new reworded ordinance should be presented with a larger footprint and larger financial position.
City Manager Mumby said a whole new survey would have to be conducted and there was a discussion among the Council that this ordinance should go forward and see if there is any involvement from property owners in this area. Mayor Chumley said that even if this ordinance passes an individual business could come to the City separately and ask for a tax abatement as well as go to the banks that are offering low interest loans for businesses in this area.
Motion by Viss, seconded by Inmon. Viss, Inmon, Woodlock, Doyle, Shepherd-Cain, all voting “Aye” to approve Resolution Number 2015-42. Burrow voting “Nay”.
RESOLUTION NUMBER 2015-42 - approve the second reading of Ordinance Number 2015-04 to designate a reinvestment zone providing eligibility of the zone for commercial-industrial tax abatement located in the Cazenoba Survey, Abstract 150, being Blocks 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and public square and a portion of Main Street, Leon Street, 6th Street, and 7th Street right-of-ways.
13) RECESS REGULAR MEETING AND HOLD A GOAL SETTING SESSION TO DISCUSS GOALS FOR THE CITY OF GATESVILLE 2015-2016 BUDGET
City Manager Roger Mumby said this Goal Setting Session is the start-up for the budget season for this year. Mr. Mumby noted that he will kickoff the goal setting session and then Mr. Parry will carry the whole budget development process. Mr. Mumby reported on the current budget at the fifty percent mark which was March 2015:
--- General Fund 59.25% of budgeted revenues and 51.35% of budgeted expenditures.
--- Enterprise Fund 42.85% of budgeted revenues and 45.00% of budgeted expenditures.
Also discussed were the 2014-2015 budget purchases and completed projects for the Police Department, Street Department, Parks and Recreation Departments, the Civic Center Renovations and the completed Water System Master Plan Project.
Ongoing Projects include the hangar door and game fence at the Airport, water line at the new Elementary School, sewer line on Fairway Drive, Hwy 84 Western Pressure Plane, Asbestos removal and demolition of Wing 2 at the Rotunda, and back-up power for the Water Production Department.
The previously council approved budget calendar was reviewed. Mr. Mumby noted that this calendar allows ample amount of time if there are changes to the budget.
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Mr. Mumby discussed guidance to department heads to be considered as department wish lists were prepared. As in the past years, the department heads were present to defend or answer any questions regarding their requests. Mr. Mumby defined the department “wish list” as items above the routine items or defined as capital purchases. Mr. Mumby and the Council discussed various department heads requests. City Manager Mumby asked if there was anything the Council members would like to see prioritized. Councilmember Burrow said she would like to see a capital improvement fund an additional staff member for code enforcement, and to consider putting away funds to be used on various projects that have small additional costs associated to projects.
July 4th parade and courthouse program were discussed. The parade was not held last year because of lack of volunteers to put the parade together. City staff will speak with the Chamber of Commerce regarding the parade.
July 4th fireworks show donations are being accepted by City Secretary Wendy Cole.
14) END GOAL SETTING SESSION AND RECONVENE REGULAR MEETING
15) CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
City Manager Roger Mumby reported on the following:
--- The demolition of the HOME Program houses have been delayed by a death in the contractor’s
family and now the rain. Hopefully the contractor will get started this week. The houses
should be completed in July.
--- The Design work is completed on the sewer lines on the west end of town. The engineer has
determined the estimates submitted in the grant application were low and there is not that much
funds in the grant. The grant has been cut into a project and addendums, and hopefully will be
--- The Jerry Sullivan softball field is complete.
--- The 2015-2016 Community Development Block Grant application to replace old water lines,
service taps and fire hydrants in the area of Live Oak Drive, Park Street, and Pidcoke has not
been funded. The City of Gatesville was notified today that the City came in #12 and only 8
cities are funded. The funding process and criteria was discussed.
--- Councilmember Inmon said he would call Mr. Mumby tomorrow to request a street light.
--- Bill Parry started work on May 1st and transition is in progress.
--- City Secretary Wendy Cole said that there will be a farewell for City Manager Mumby at the
Council Meeting on May 26th .
16) ADJOURN AT 6:50 P.M., THIS 12th DAY OF MAY, 2015.
Wendy Cole Gary M. Chumley
City Secretary Mayor