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Minutes from September 9, 2008

REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING

CITY OF GATESVILLE

SEPTEMBER 9, 2008

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 110 NORTH 8TH STREET

5:30 P.M.

PRESENT:  Mayor David K. Byrom, Council Members Woodlock, Knox, Cain, Inmon,  Chumley and Wasson

OTHERS PRESENT:  City Manager Roger Mumby, Assistant City Manager Luis Lobo, City Attorney Sandy Gately, City Secretary Kathy Karasek, Faye Nichols, Cheryl Palmer, Leona Lewis, A. L. Lewis, Kim McLearen, Kristen Mclearen, and Cara Lovorn

AN OPEN MEETING WAS HELD CONCERNING THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS:

1)   CALL TO ORDER AT  5:33 PM, THIS 9th DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2008

2)   PROOF OF NOTICE AND POSTING OF COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA

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

    Posted:
    Day:  FRIDAY
    Date:  09-05-08
    Time:  2:00 p.m.
    By:  Roger L. Mumby

3)   APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM PREVIOUS MEETING

City Manager Mumby stated there were no minutes since there was no quorum at the last meeting.  City Attorney Gately stated the minutes from the August 12th meeting need to be approved.  Mr. Mumby said he would put them on the next agenda.     

4)   RECOGNIZE EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

Mayor Byrom recognized Cheryl Palmer as August 2008 Employee of the Month for her superior performance to the City of Gatesville.

5)   HEAR VISITORS  

Leona Lewis voiced her concern about the condition of her neighbor’s yard.  She said she had complained several times about the junk and trash in her neighbor’s yard.  She asked the City Council to look at this and have the owner clean it up.   City Manager Mumby stated he would have code enforcement look into this.
 
6)   RECESS REGULAR MEETING AND CALL A ---------------------------------------

PUBLIC HEARING

HEAR COMMENTS ON THE PROPOSAL TO SET TAX RATE
                                  AT $.34 PER $100 OF TAXABLE VALUE



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City Manager Mumby conducted the public hearing on the proposed tax rate.  He stated the 2007 tax rate was $.341737/$100 valuation, the 2008 effective tax rate is $.3051/$100 and the 2008 rollback rate is $.3405/$100.  He noted the effective tax rate was the tax that will generate the same revenue as the current tax rate and the rollback rate is the tax rate that could result in a rollback petition.  Mumby, stated the proposed 2008 tax rate is $.3400/$100 assessed valuation.  He noted this rate is lower than the rollback rate and higher than the effective tax rate.  This is the reason two public hearings must be held.

City Manager Mumby stated the second public hearing will be held on Monday, September 15th.   He noted the City Council will vote on the tax rate on September 23rd at 5:30 p.m.   He reminded the Council that everyone must vote on the tax rate since it will be approved on an emergency clause.
 
7)   END PUBLIC HEARING AND RECONVENE REGULAR MEETING  

8)   CONSIDER THIRD AND FINAL READING OF ORDINANCE NUMBER
2008-11 AMENDING THE SIGN ORDINANCE TO PROHIBIT ABANDONED SIGNS

City Manager Mumby stated no changes had been made to this ordinance since the previous reading.

Motion by Woodlock seconded by Knox, all voting “Aye” to approve Resolution Number 2008-99

RESOLUTION NUMBER 2008-99 -  approve Ordinance Number 2008-11 on the third and final reading.
ORDINANCE NUMBER 2008-11
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE SIGN ORDINANCE

9)   CONSIDER THIRD AND FINAL READING OF ORDINANCE NUMBER
2008-12 AMENDING SECTION 11 OF THE ZONING ORDINANCE ALLOWING A VARIANCE REQUEST TO MAKE CHANGES TO HOUSES ON LOTS OF LESS THAN 8,000 SQUARE FEET BUT MORE THAN 5,000 SQUARE FEET

Motion by Cain, seconded by Inmon, all voting “Aye” to approve Resolution Number 2008-100

RESOLUTION NUBMER 2008-100  -  approve Ordinance Number 2008-12 on the third and final reading.
 ORDINANCE NUMBER 2008- 12
                             AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 11
                             OF THE ZONING ORDINANCE

10)  APPROVE RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF A CDBG GRANT APPLICATION

City Manager Mumby stated this resolution supports the CDBG application and appoints him as the authorized representative for the CDBG Grant application.

Motion by Chumley seconded by Wasson, all voting “Aye” to approve Resolution Number 2008-101



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RESOLUTION NUMBER 2008-101  - 

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GATESVILLE, TEXAS, AUTHORIZING THE SUBMISSION OF A TEXAS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM APPLICATION TO THE OFFICE OF RURAL COMMUNITY AFFAIRS FOR THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FUND; AND AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER  TO ACT AS THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE IN ALL MATTERS PERTAINING TO THE CITY’S PARTICIPATION IN THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM.

WHWERAS,  the City Council of the City of Gatesville desires to develop a viable urban community, including decent housing and a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low/moderate income; and

WHEREAS,  certain conditions exist which represent a threat to the public health and safety; and

WHEREAS,  it is necessary and in the best interests of the City of Gatesville to apply for funding under the Texas Community Development Block Grant Program;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GATESVILLE, TEXAS:

1.    That a Texas Community Development Block Grant Program application for Community Development Fund  is hereby authorized to be filed on behalf of the City with the Office of Rural Community Affairs.

2.    That the City’s application be placed in competition for funding under the Community Development Fund.

3.    That the application be for $250,000.00  of grant funds to carry out water system improvements.

4.    That the City directs and designates the City Manager as the City’s Chief executive officer and Authorized Representative to act in all matters in connection with this application and the City’s participation in the Texas Community Development Block Grant Program.

5.    That it further be stated that the City of Gatesville is committing $50,000.00 from its water/wastewater fund as a cash contribution toward the activities of this water system improvements project.
     
11)  CITY MANAGER’S REPORT 

The North Fort Hood sewer line has been completely installed from the lift station to the lift station in Fort Gates.

SCADA System bids were opened on September 4th and the contract should be awarded on September 23rd.

The swimming pool is still open on weekends through September.

Applications for the HOME Grant have been received but probably only three will qualify.  If this is the case, the City may advertise again for more applications.



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The City should begin tearing down the old “Rotunda” Nursing Home soon.

The new scoreboards have been installed.

The Coryell County Appraisal District Board should approve the bid to demolish the district building at their September 11th board meeting.  If they do not approve this, he will have Robert Featherston send them another letter.

The City is still waiting on the fines from TCEQ enforcement action.

The Splash Park and Walking Trail Grants have been approved.  He is still working on acquiring the nine acres between the two parks.

The heightened awareness on the safety issues on golf carts appears to have improved the safety of operating golf carts in the vicinity of the golf course.  No further action is recommended at this time.

The City asked Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) to consider increasing the speed limit on Main Street; consider placing a traffic light at Memorial Drive and Highway 84; and consider a left turn signal at Lutterloh and Highway 84.  Texas Department of Transportation informed him the traffic doesn’t warrant a signal at Memorial Drive and Highway 84.  As a result of their traffic study, TXDOT will recommend raising the speed limit on Main Street that is currently 30 mph to 35 mph and they will propose raising the portion from the Leon River bridge West on Hwy 84 from 45 mph to 50 mph.  He noted TXDOT has not looked at the left turn signal yet.

Mayor Byrom asked Mr. Mumby to contact Texas Department of Transportation and see if they will consider the age of residents when looking at the possibility of a traffic signal at Memorial and Highway 84.

12)  ADJOURN AT  6:10 P.M., THIS 9th  DAY OF SEPTEMBER 2008

ATTEST:                            APPROVED:

_______________________                                                 ____________________
Kathy Karasek                                                 David K. Byrom
City Secretary                                                Mayor





















































































ATTEST:                            APPROVED:

_______________________                                                 ____________________
Kathy Karasek                                      David K. Byrom
City Secretary                                     Mayor


























































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