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Minutes for April 23, 2013

 

 

 

 

REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

APRIL 23, 2013

 

5:30 P.M.

 

COUNCIL CHAMBER, 110 NORTH 8TH STREET

 

PRESENT:       Mayor Byrom, Council Members, Chumley, Woodlock, Inmon, Shepherd-Cain, Viss, and  Burrow

                 

OTHERS PRESENT:  City Manager Roger Mumby, Assistant City Manager Luis Lobo, City Secretary Wendy Cole,  City Attorney Sandy Gately, Larry Kennedy, Robert Featherston, Greg Perkins, Nathan Gohlke, Tinker Ham, and Walker Ham

 

AN OPEN  MEETING WAS HELD CONCERNING THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS

 

1)  CALL TO ORDER AT  5:30  P.M., THIS 23rd  DAY OF  APRIL, 2013

 

2)  PROOF OF NOTICE AND POSTING OF COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA

 

Mayor Byrom directed a question to  City Secretary Wendy Cole  if the notice of the meeting was posted at proper place and time pursuant to the Texas Opening Meeting Act (Tex. Rev. Stat. Ann. Art. 6252-17) Vernon's Supp. 1990.  City Secretary Wendy Cole  assured Mayor Byrom  the notice  was posted at the proper place and time.

 

Posted: 

Day:  Friday

Date:  04-19-13

Time:  3:00 p.m.

By:   Wendy Cole

 

3)  APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM PREVIOUS MEETING

 

Motion by Inmon, seconded by Viss, all voting "Aye" to approve Resolution Number 2013-55

 

RESOLUTION NUMBER 2013-55      -  approve Minutes April 9, 2013 Regular City Council Meeting.

 

4)    HEAR VISITORS

 

Visitors present were only concerned with an Agenda item.

 

5)    CONSIDER APPOINTMENT OF TWO GATESVILLE HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD COMMISSIONERS

 

City Manager Roger Mumby recommended to the Council that Robert S. Edwards and Bill Truss be re-appointed as commissioners to the Gatesville Housing Authority Board.  Both of their terms expire May 3, 2013 and they are both willing to serve an additional term which is two years.  Mr. Mumby explained that Edwin Powell is the manager of the Housing Authority Board and the only function that the City of Gatesville is involved in is appointing and approving the board commissioners.

 

Motion by Chumley, seconded by Woodlock, all voting “Aye” to approve Resolution Number 2013-56

 

RESOLUTION NUMBER 2013-56    -  approve appointment of Robert S. Edwards and Bill Truss to the Gatesville Housing Authority Board and authorize the Mayor to sign the Certificate of Appointment.

 

6)    CONSIDER APPROVAL OF THE THIRD AND FINAL  READING OF THE RECODIFICATION OF THE CITY ORDINANCES

 

City Manager Roger Mumby recommended that the Council approve the third and final reading of the recodification of the City Ordinances with the understanding that the Animal and Aviation ordinances will be incorporated into this code book after the third readings at the next council meeting.

 

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City Attorney Sandy Gately stated that there were recent comments and questions presented from Council member Burrow, as well as a few other issues, that haven’t been investigated and answered yet.  City Attorney Sandy Gately said if the Council approved this now it would be as is without the additional corrections being done.  After further discussion the Council decided to pass the approval of the city ordinance recodification to the next Council Meeting on May 14, 2013.

 

Motion by Chumley, seconded by Shepherd-Cain, all voting “Aye” to approve Resolution Number 2013-57

 

RESOLUTION NUBMER 2013-57  -  approve passing the third and final reading of the Code Book Recodification until the next Council Meeting on May 14, 2013.

 

7)    CONSIDER APPROVAL OF THE THIRD AND FINAL  READING OF THE ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE NUMBER 2013-03

 

City Manager Roger Mumby stated that there have been no changes to this ordinance since the second reading and recommended to the Council that this third and final reading be approved.

 

Police Chief Nathan Gohlke discussed an overview of the ordinance and asked the Council if there were any questions.

 

Council member Chumley asked if there has been any feedback from any citizens and Chief Gohlke said that there have been no comments from any citizens that he is aware of.  Council member Chumley said a citizen mentioned to him that they thought allowing six animals was too many.  Council member Shepherd-Cain agreed that she thought six was too many also.  After a lengthy discussion it was determined to go forward to recommend the approval of this ordinance.

 

Motion by Burrow, seconded by Chumley.  Burrow, Chumley, Woodlock, Viss, Inmon voting “Aye” to approve Resolution Number 2013-58.  Shepherd-Cain voting “Nay”.

 

RESOLUTION NUMBER 2013-58  -  approve the third and final reading of Animal Control Ordinance Number 2013-03.

 

8)    CONSIDER APPROVAL OF THE THIRD AND FINAL  READING OF THE PROPERTY MAINTENANCE ORDINANCE NUMBER  2013-04

 

City Inspector Robert Featherston stated the only change made to this ordinance is that the City Council would be the Board of Appeals.  There was a discussion on the appeal process for a citizen to file an appeal to the city.   After discussing a few aspects of this property maintenance code Mr. Featherston recommended that the Council approve this third and final reading.

 

Motion by Burrow, seconded by Shepherd-Cain, all voting “Aye” to approve Resolution Number 2013-59

 

RESOLUTION NUMBER 2013-59  -  approve the third and final reading of the Property Maintenance Code, Ordinance Number 2013-04

 

9)    CONSIDER APPROVAL OF  THE THIRD AND FINAL  READING OF THE BUILDING CODE ORDINANCE NUMBER 2013-05

 

City Manager Mumby told the Council that no changes have been made since the second reading.  City Inspector Featherston said approval of this ordinance will update the City’s codes from 2005 to 2012 codes.  These codes would be referenced to in the code book as well as a link on the City website.  These codes are a series of books so this is why they cannot be included in the code book.  Discussed also was if the zoning book could be put on the website and it was decided to be a good option.    Mr. Featherston recommended that the Council approve this third and final reading.

 

Motion by Shepherd-Cain, seconded by Woodlock, all voting “Aye” to approve Resolution Number 2013-60

 

RESOLUTION NUMBER 2013-60  -  approve the third and final reading of the Building Code Ordinance Number 2013-05.

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10)     CONSIDER APPROVAL OF THE SECOND  READING OF ORDINANCE NUMBER 2013-07 AMENDING CHAPTER 15-3  PARKS, RECREATION AND CULTURAL FACILITIES BY ADDING PER DAY FEE FOR THE PAVILION

 

City Manager Roger Mumby said that this is the second reading of the ordinance to add the pavilion fee of thirty-five dollars to the park fees.  There have been no changes since the first reading and Mr. Mumby recommended that this second reading be approved.

 

Motion by Viss, seconded by Burrow, all voting “Aye” to approve Resolution Number 2013-61

 

RESOLUTION NUMBER 2013-61  -  approve the second reading of Ordinance Number 2013-07 amending Chapter 15-3 Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Facilities by adding per day fee for the pavilion.

 

11)      CONSIDER APPROVAL OF THE SECOND  READING OF ORDINANCE NUMBER 2013-08 ABOLISHING CHAPTER 4, AVIATION, AS NOW EXISTS AND ADOPT THE NEW CHAPTER 4, AVIATION

 

City Manager Roger Mumby said there are no changes to this Aviation ordinance since the first reading and recommend that the Council approve this second reading.

 

Motion by Inmon, seconded by Woodlock, all voting “Aye” to approve resolution Number 2013-62

 

RESOLUTION NUMBER 2013-62  -  approve the second reading of Ordinance Number 2013-08 abolishing Chapter 4, Aviation, as now exists and adopt the new Chapter 4, Aviation.

 

12)    CODE ENFORCEMENT AND BUILDING PERMIT REPORT

 

City Inspector Robert Featherston discussed the code enforcement and building permit report.  A question was asked about what the one sign permit was for and Mr. Featherston said it was for the Gatesville Church of Christ.

 

13)    POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

Police Chief Nathan Gohlke presented his report which was included in the council book.  He stated that as of this week, the mobile computers are in the patrol cars.  There are ten laptops and 4 ipads.  There are still a few small problems to work out and the police officers have already received training to learn how to operate these computers.  Friday is the anticipated day that this system will  be up and running.  Chief Gohlke answered a question concerning the difference between Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and  Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).  He stated that DUI’s  are mostly minors and DWI’s are mostly adults.  Minors can be charged with a DWI depending on the amount of alcohol consumed.   A question was asked about quarter comparison of calls this year versus last year.   Chief Gohlke said he has information in his computer and could start reporting that to the Council if they desired.

 

14)   FINANCE REPORT

 

Assistant City Manager Luis Lobo discussed the Finance Report because Finance Director Brenda Kiphen was sick.  Mr. Lobo reported on the general fund  revenue and expenditures and the enterprise fund revenue  and expenditures.  Mr. Lobo said that ninety-eight percent of the ad velorum taxes were collected for 2012 which is very good.  Mr. Lobo stated the fire department had work done on the fire truck parking area at the fire department because the weight of the water filled trucks had destroyed the asphalt.  It was repaired with cement.

 

Mr. Mumby said this project had been cut out of the last budget.  The City staff will present a budget amendment later in the year to cover this completed job.  Also, the final payment has just been made on the hike/bike trail.  The State will reimburse  the City fifty percent through the ramp grant for work done at the new airport terminal building.  Mr. Mumby reminded  the Council that the “goal setting session” for the budget will be at the next council meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

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15)    FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

Volunteer Fireman Robert Featherston presented the Fire Department Report for Fire Chief Billy Vaden because Mr. Vaden was at the town of West cooking.  Council member Viss thanked the Fire and Police Departments for cooking at the Exchange Club event at Wal-Mart for the “Day of the Child”.  Mr. Viss said it was very successful.  Mr. Featherston said that the fire department will have one fire engine and a few representatives from the Gatesville Fire Department to attend the memorial service in Waco on Thursday to honor the West firefighters.

 

16)   UTILITY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

Greg Perkins of the Street Department discussed the Street and Parks Report.  There were no questions concerning his report.

 

Mr. Mumby reported that the City would be re-seal coating Bridge Street and 23rd Street again.  Also, the City is replacing main and service lines in the area of Mears and Lowrey Streets and then they will be seal coated.

 

17)    CITY ATTORNEY REPORT

 

City Attorney Sandy Gately asked the Council if there were any questions concerning her report which was included in the council book and there were no questions.

 

18)   CITY MUNICIPAL JUDGE REPORT

 

City Municipal Judge Tonya Place’s report was included in the council book and there were no questions.

 

19)   CITY  MANAGER’S REPORT

 

City Manager Mumby reported on the following:

 

---  The HOME program houses are progressing nicely.  The houses on West Main and Oak Drive have

      been framed, the house on Highland should begin construction hopefully within a month, and the

      houses on 1314 College and 2115 Saunders are still in the paperwork stage but looks like they will

      be  approved.

 

---  Still waiting on the grit machine for the Stillhouse Wastewater Plant and then it will take several

      weeks to get installed.

 

---  The detailed proposal for renovation and remodeling of the Civic Center will be presented at the

      May 28th Council Meeting.

 

---  Encouraged the Councilmembers to go by the Utility Building and look at particularly the

      classroom.  There has been quite an interest from different organizations to use the classroom for

      meetings and continuing education classes.

 

---  Discussed how the Civic Center is rented.  The City has continued to honor the few organizations

      that use it rent free which was in effect when the County owned the property.  The City has required

      deposits from most of these organizations in case it not cleaned.  This “rent free” policy will most

      likely be phased out in the future.

 

---  The library addition is continuing and the plan is to have it completed in May.  There will be a

      dedication ceremony tentively on June 21st .

 

---  The City of Gatesville and Fort Hood are developing a plan to transport recyclable materials to the

      North Fort collection point.  This agreement would allow us to haul the City’s recycle items to Fort

      Hood which would then allow the city to discontinue the dumpsters with Waste Management.  The

      City would build its own recycle receptacles to replace the dumpsters provided by Waste

      Management.  This would save the City approximately five thousand dollars a year paid to Waste

      Management for dumpster charges.  There would be no curbside recycling.

 

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---  The Splash Park will open May 1st.

 

---  The Swimming Pool will open June 8th .

 

Council member Chumley questioned why Waste Management was a day late twice the last few weeks and Mr. Mumby explained that one day the truck broke down and the other time the truck was full so they had to come and finish the route the next day.  Mr. Mumby said that if this continues to happen the City will request that Waste Management add another truck or come back and collect the trash the same day.

 

---  Boy Scout, Tinker Ham asked the Council if he could paint the benches at Raby park.  This would

      allow him to complete his Life Scout project so he would be eligible for the Eagle Badge.

 

20)   ADJOURN AT  6:50  P.M., THIS   23rd  DAY OF  APRIL, 2013

 

ATTEST:                                                                                             APPROVED:

 

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Wendy Cole                                                                                         David K. Byrom

City Secretary                                                                                      Mayor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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