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City of Gatesville
Spur Capital of Texas

Minutes from January 23, 2007

REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING

CITY OF GATESVILLE

JANUARY 23, 2007

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 110 NORTH 8TH STREET

5:30 P.M.

PRESENT:   Mayor Byrom, Council Members Inmon, Knox, Cain, and Pruitt

ABSENT:  Council Members Lee and Keller

OTHERS PRESENT:   City Manager Mumby, Assistant City Manager Lobo, City Secretary Karasek, City Attorney Bob Salter, Nancy Mumby, Scott MacAfee, Tammy MacAFee and Donald Walls                

OPEN MEETING:

AN OPEN MEETING WAS HELD CONCERNING THE  FOLLOWING SUBJECTS:

1)   CALL TO ORDER AT 5:30 P.M., THIS  23rd  DAY OF JANUARY, 2007

2)   PROOF OF NOTICE AND POSTING OF COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA

Mayor Byrom directed question to City Secretary Karasek if the notice of the meeting was posted at the proper place and time pursuant to the Texas Open Meeting Act. (Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat. Ann. Art. 6252-17) (Vernon’s Supp. 1990).  City Secretary Karasek assured Mayor Byrom that the notice was posted at the proper place and time.

POSTED:
DAY:   FRIDAY
DATE: 01-19-07
TIME:  3:00  P.M.
BY:      Kathy Karasek

3)   APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM PREVIOUS MEETING

 Motion by Inmon, seconded by Pruitt, all voting "Aye" to approve Resolution Number 2007-01

RESOLUTION NUMBER 2007-01    -  approve Minutes of  December 12th , 2006  Regular City Council Meeting.

4)   HEAR VISITORS:

Visitors present were only concerned with an Agenda item.

5)  CONSIDER APPROVAL OF STREET LIGHTS IN STONERIDGE SUBDIVISION

Mayor Byrom welcomed City Manager Mumby  to his first Council meeting since there was no quorum at the last meeting.  He also noted Mr. Mumby has included a summary page for each item in the Council Book.

City Manager Mumby recommended placing four street lights in the Stoneridge Subdivision.  He said the City’s current subdivision ordinance does not require street lighting, but he recommends amending this at a later date.

Mr. Mumby stated the cost from Texas New Mexico Power Company would be approximately $5000 and the City’s cost would probably be a little less than $2,000.

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He recommended running the wire from the transformers down the utility right-of-way to the road and then go down the City’s right-of-way to the pole.  Council Member Cain asked if that would be a problem if the property owner has a fence around the transformer.  Mr. Mumby said it would cause a little problem with ditching but they will try to do the work without taking any fences down.

Motion by Knox, seconded by Cain, all voting “Aye” to approve Resolution Number 2007-02

RESOLUTION NUMBER 2007-02  -  approve placement of four street lights in the Stoneridge Subdivision.

Donald Walls stated he does not think any fences will be involved if these lights are placed according to the plan he submitted.  He thanked the City Council for approving these street lights.

6)   CONSIDER REQUEST FROM CEN-TEX ROAD RIDERS ASSOCIATION TO USE FAUNT LE ROY PARK  ON MARCH 15-18, 2007

City Manager Mumby stated this was a routine matter and he thinks this is something he should be able to approve.  He included it on the agenda because this type of item has been brought to the City Council in the past.  He suggested allowing Cen-Tex Road Riders to use the park and to allow him to make decisions on these kind of matters in the future.  Mayor Byrom agreed with both of these suggestions.  If the City Manager denies a request, Mayor Byrom said the requestor could address the City Council on the issue.

Motion by Knox, seconded by Cain, all voting “Aye” to approve Resolution Number 2007-03

RESOLUTION NUMBER 2007-03  -  approve the request from Cen-Tex Road Riders to use Faunt Le Roy Park on March 15-18, 2007.

Mayor Byrom stated there does not need to be a procedural item to allow the City Manager to approve these items in the future as long the City Council agrees he is empowered to do that.

7)   CONSIDER THIRD AND FINAL READING OF ORDINANCE NUMBER
2006-13 AMENDING THE  ZONING ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF  GATESVILLE, TEXAS BEING ORDINANCE NO. 95-17, CHANGING A CERTAIN AREA INSIDE THE CORPORATE CITY LIMITS OF THE CITY OF GATESVILLE FROM THE RESIDENTIAL 2-4 FAMILY ZONING DISTRICT TO THE BUSINESS COMMERCIAL ZONING DISTRICT

City Manager Mumby stated the memorandum for this item was changed from the memorandum for the last meeting that was not held.  He changed  it at the advice of the City Attorney.  He said the City Council must decide if this is “spot zoning”.  If it is “spot zoning”, Mumby said the City Council should not approve it.  He noted the Council has the authority to say it is not spot zoning and then it can be approved.

Council Member Inmon stated there were already several commercial lots in that area and it is located on a state highway.  He thinks the entire area should be zoned commercial.  Council Member Cain stated it has always been a business.

Council Member Pruitt noted the City Council just approved a zoning change on State School Road about six months ago.


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Motion by Cain, seconded by Inmon.  Cain and Inmon voted “Aye”.  Knox voted “Nay”. Pruitt abstained.  Motion carried to approve Resolution Number 2007-04.

RESOLUTION NUMER 2007-04    -  approve Ordinance Number 2006-13 on the third and final reading.
ORDINANCE N0. 2006-13

          AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF THE
          CITY OF GATESVILLE, TEXAS, BEING ORDINANCE N0. 95-17,
          CHANGING A CERTAIN AREA INSIDE THE CORPORATE CITY
          LIMITS OF THE CITY OF GATESVILLE FROM THE RESIDENTAIL
          TWO-FOUR FAMILY ZONING DISTRICT TO THE BUSINESS
          COMMERCIAL ZONING DISTRICT.

8)   CONSIDER THIRD AND FINAL READING OF ORDINANCE NUMBER
2006-14 ABANDONING THE  RIGHT-OF- WAY BETWEEN 401 AND 403 GATEWAY CIRCLE, GATESVILLE, TEXAS    

City Manager Mumby recommended approving this ordinance.

Motion by Pruitt, seconded by Knox, all voting “Aye” to approve Resolution Number 2007-05

RESOLUTION NUMBER 2007-05  -  approve Ordinance Number 2006-14 on the third and final reading.
ORDINANCE NO. 2006-14

                   AN ORDINANCE CLOSING THE STREET THAT RUNS
                   EAST TO WEST BETWEEN LOT 1, BLOCK 1 AND LOT 1,
                   BLOCK 4, GATEWAY SUBDIVISION AND AUTHORIZING
                   THE CONVEYANCE OF THE CITY’S INTEREST THEREIN

9)   CONSIDER RESOLUTION DESIGNATING AUTHORIZED SIGNATURES FOR THE CITY OF GATESVILLE  ACCOUNTS AT TEXAS FIRST STATE BANK     

City Manager Mumby stated this puts him on the signature card and removes Brenda Kiphen.

Motion by Pruitt, seconded by Cain, all voting “Aye” to approve Resolution Number 2007-06

RESOLUTION NUMBER 2007-06   -  designate Roger Mumby, Luis Lobo and Kathy Karasek as authorized signatures for the City of Gatesville accounts at Texas First State Bank.

10)  CONSIDER CALLING FOR PROPOSALS FOR THE USE OF HOTEL/MOTEL TAX FUNDS TO BE AWARDED  MARCH 13, 2007

City Manager Mumby stated there was over $50,000 of Hotel/Motel Tax money available and the staff is asking to call for proposals for use of 20% of the funds which is almost $12,000.  Mumby said the 80% will be used by the City.  He noted it has been used for the 4th of July celebration in the past.  Mumby said these funds must be used to promote tourism.

Motion by Knox, seconded by Inmon, all voting “Aye” to approve Resolution Number 2007-07


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RESOLUTION NUMBER 2007-07  -  authorize city staff to call for proposals for use of 20% of the Hotel/Motel Tax Funds to be awarded on March 13, 2007.

City Manager Mumby stated the current Hotel/Motel Tax rate is 4% and the state allows cities to change up to 7%.  He will propose increasing to 7% at a future meeting.

11)  CONSIDER AUTHORIZING CITY STAFF TO REQUEST PROPOSALS FOR A BANK DEPOSITORY

City Manager Mumby stated this was been done every two years.  He recommended requesting proposals for a three year contract with two option years based on performance.  He noted if would still be brought before the council to exercise the option years.  He noted this was done by many cities.  Mumby said changing depositories every two years can be very disruptive to City operations.  Mayor Byrom agreed with Mr. Mumby.

Motion by Knox, seconded by Cain, all voting “Aye” to approve Resolution Number 2007-08

RESOLUTION NUMBER 2007-08     -  authorize City staff to request proposals for a bank depository with a three year contract with two option years based on performance.

12)   CONSIDER APPROVAL OF PLAT AMENDMENT TO THE CREEK CLIFF SUBDIVISION

City Manager Mumby stated the Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approving this plat amendment.  He said this plat amendment is cleaning up some property that is already built on so one piece of property can be sold.  He recommended approving this plat amendment.

Motion by Knox, seconded by Inmon, all voting “Aye” to approve Resolution Number 2007-09

RESOLUTION NUBMER 2007-09   -  BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Gatesville that Lots 15A, 16 and 16A, Block 4 of Creek  Cliff Estates Subdivision of the City of Gatesville, Texas be amended so that the property shall be now be known as Lots 17 and 18, Block 4 of the Creek Cliff Estates Subdivision of the City of Gatesville, Texas, according to the Plat Amendment attached hereto.

13)  CONSIDER ALL THINGS NECESSARY FOR CALLING A MUNICIPAL ELECTION TO BE HELD ON MAY 12,  2007

City Secretary Karasek presented a list of items that need to be approved for the municipal election.  She noted the wages for the judge and clerks was increased from $7.50 per hour to $8.00 to keep in line with what the county pays.  She stated early voting will be held at City Hall as usual while election day voting will be held at the Gatesville Junior High School.  Karasek said the state requires cities to have early voting polling places open for twelve hours on two days.  She recommended May 7 and 8 because those would be the least busy days for the utility department where early voting is held.

Motion by Knox, seconded by Pruitt, all voting “Aye” to approve Resolution Number 2007-10

 


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RESOLUTION NUMBER 2007-10   -  

1.  SET MAY 12, 2007 AS DATE FOR ELECTION TO ELECT THREE            
  COUNCIL MEMBERS

     --- (NORTH SIDE)WARD 1, PLACE 1 (INCUMBENT KNOX)
     --- (NORTH SIDE)WARD 1, PLACE 3 (INCUMBENT LEE)
     --- (SOUTH SIDE)WARD 2, PLACE 5 (INCUMBENT KELLER)
    
2.    APPOINT BENNIE HANSSON ELECTION JUDGE AND EARLY VOTING                             
       BALLOT BOARD JUDGE

3.   SET MAXIMUM NUMBER OF CLERKS AT THREE (3)

4.   SET WAGES FOR ELECTION JUDGE AND CLERKS AT $8.00 PER HOUR
     WITH  $25.00 EXTRA FOR ELECTION JUDGE

5.   APPOINT KATHY KARASEK EARLY VOTING JUDGE

6.   APPOINT DARLEEN HODGES ALTERNATE EARLY VOTING JUDGE

7.   APPOINT DARLEEN HODGES, WENDY COLE, AND SUSAN BALLOW                            
      DEPUTIES FOR EARLY VOTING

8.    SET MAY 7 & 8, 2007 AS THE TWO WEEKDAYS TO BE OPEN FOR 12
       HOURS DURING THE REGULAR EARLY VOTING PERIOD

9.   SET EARLY VOTING POLLING PLACE  FOR ALL CITIZENS OF THE CITY
      OF  GATESVILLE AT CITY HALL, 110 N. 8TH STREET

10.  SET ELECTION DAY POLLING PLACE FOR CITIZENS OF THE CITY OF
 GATERSVILLE AT GATESVILLE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, 307 S. LOVERS  
 LANE

11.  SET MAY 22nd , 2007 AT 5:30 P.M., AS DATE AND TIME FOR THE CITY  
       COUNCIL TO MEET AND CANVASS VOTES AND DECLARE ELECTION
       RESULTS

City Manager Mumby stated the new Commissioner’s Court voted to let the City use the voting machines for free.

14)   CONSIDER ACCEPTING BID FOR SALE OF REAL PROPERTY LOCATED AT 408 N. LUTTERLOH, BEING  N. ½ LOT 6, BLOCK 13, LUTTERLOH ADDITION

City Manager Mumby stated the procedure is that property is usually put up for tax sale and if no one bids on it, people can make an offer to purchase the property.  He said each entity including the city, county, and school district must agree to accept the offer.  He said a bid of $250 was received from Mendy Williams for this piece of property.  He noted the lot was very narrow and it was too small to build on.  Mumby said Mrs. Williams was trying to buy some surrounding property in order to build on.  Mr. Mumby stated he thought this was a reasonable bid since it will get the property back on the tax role and it is too small to build on unless additional property is purchased.

City Attorney Salter stated the City usually advertises for bids on behalf of the city, school and county.  He was concerned about selling to someone offering a bid without allowing other citizens the same opportunity. 
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He said he would like to investigate to make sure this is all right.  City Manager Mumby stated he had spoken to the tax attorney and was told this was an acceptable way to sell real property but a little research doesn’t hurt anything.  Salter said the tax attorney should know, so he is satisfied.

Motion by Knox, seconded by Inmon.  Knox and Inmon voted “Aye”.  Cain and Pruitt voted “Nay”.  Mayor Byrom voted “Aye”.

City Manager Mumby stated this property was put up for tax sale recently and no one bid on it so it has been offered to the public.  Cain and Pruitt changed their vote to “Aye”.  Motion carried to approve Resolution Number 2007-11  

RESOLUTION NUMBER 2007-11   -  accept the bid of $250 from Williams Construction for the sale of  real property located at 408 N. Lutterloh, being N. ½ Lot 6, Block 13, Lutterloh Addition.

15)   CITY MANAGER REPORT

City Manager Mumby stated he had a city managers report to present and he would also like to start routine department reports during the second meeting of each month.  He doesn’t plan on department reports extending meetings more than ten minutes.  The Council expressed an interest in department reports.  Mumby said he wants the City Council to meet the department heads and see what they are dong for the City.

City Manager Mumby stated his report was included in the packet.  During his first three weeks, he has been trying to get to know everyone and where everything is.  He has been impressed with the quality of the employees, facilities and equipment.  He will have the City Hall roof repaired in the near future.  He hand carried the North Fort Hood Wastewater Contract to Fort Hood this week.

His first two priorities are quality customer service and economic development.  He is working on providing uniforms for the utility department.  The uniforms are being purchased locally from Walls and they will have the City logo and the employee’s name monogrammed on them.  He is also working on a performance management system, an employee handbook, employee of the month award system and direct deposit for employee pay.

He will work with the Chamber of Commerce on economic development.  Walgreens has purchased a lot across from Wal-Mart and the city staff is working with the architect who is drawing plans.  He anticipated construction will begin within the next few months.

16)   FINANCE DEPARTMENT REPORT

City Manager Mumby stated the financial reports were included in the council packets.  He discussed these with the City Council.  He noted he may have the finance officer present these at future meetings.

Council Member Cain

----  She stated she had been asked if the City could do anything about diesel pickup
        trucks and the fumes they emit.  City Manager Mumby stated he would check with
        the Police department to see if anything could be done.

 

 

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Council Member Inmon

----  A citizen pointed out to him that the sidewalks on Leon Street between the Court
       House and the post office are  in bad shape.  City Manager Mumby said he would
       look at these sidewalks.

Council Member Pruitt

----  Thanked the City and Police Department for the beautiful flowers sent when his wife
        passed away.  Also thanked the police department for their escort to the
        Turnersville cut-off.  He said he appreciates  the concern form the City.

City Attorney Salter

----  Asked what the status of the annexation was.

Assistant City Manager Lobo

----  He and Mr. Mumby will meet with Jed Walker with Walker and Associates on
        Friday concerning the annexation.

City Manager Mumby

----  They are working on the survey.

Council Member Pruitt

----  Asked if the City Council members could be paid $70 per month and not penalize
        them if they were absent if they had a good reason.  He said the Council would also
        be paid $35 for each special meeting.

City Manager Mumby

----  He would have to get with City Attorney Salter to check the legality of this.  He
        understood this compensation was for reimbursement of expenses.  He will check
        into the issue.

17)   ADJOURN AT  6:25 P.M. THIS  23rd   DAY OF  JANUARY, 2007


ATTEST:                                                                  APPROVED


_____________________                                        ____________________                                    
Kathy Karasek                                                                 David K. Byrom
City Secretary                                                                       Mayor

 

 





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