DeSoto City Council Meeting
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The City Council of the City of DeSoto held a City Council Meeting Tuesday, August 21, 2012, in the Jim Baugh Government Center (City Hall), 211 E. Pleasant Run Road, DeSoto, Texas


 

A.

WORK SESSION (BEGINS AT 5 PM)

Members Present:
Councilmember Ledbetter
Mayor Pro Tem Valentine
Mayor Sherman
Councilmember Respess
Councilmember McCowan
Councilmember Zander
 

 

Mayor Sherman called the Work Session to order at 5:03 p.m. and provided an update on the West Nile Virus and the spraying program.



 

1.

Review of Master Agenda by City Manager.

 

Tarron Richardson, City Manager, reviewed upcoming items on the Master Agenda.



 

2.

Discussion of Regular Agenda items.


 

3.

Discuss and consider FY 2013 submitted budget, as amended, by the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce working as Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.

 

Councilmember Lockhart arrived at 5:17 p.m.

Cammy Jackson, President of the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce, reviewed the amended budget.

Council discussion regarding function of the Chamber as the Convention and Visitors Bureau, functions of the marketing position, communication between the Chamber and the Council, and Chamber financial reporting.


Motion by Councilmember Zander with second by Councilmember Ledbetter to accept amended budget as presented. Motion failed with three (3) votes in favor from Councilmember Ledbetter, Mayor Sherman, and Councilmember Zander, and with four (4) votes in opposition from Mayor Pro Tem Valentine, Councilmember Lockhart, Councilmember Respess, and Councilmember McCowan..


 

Motion by Mayor Pro Tem Valentine with second by Councilmember McCowan to accept amended budget as submitted with the exception of $65,000 for branding and professional training.

Additional Council discussion regarding marketing functions and how those would be split between the Chamber as CVB and the City and how the deleted funds would be allocated.

Ms. Valentine retracted her original motion.


Motion by Mayor Pro Tem Valentine with second by Councilmember McCowan to not include in the CVB budget items #6008 at $45,000, #6006 at $15,000, #6041 at $2,500, and #6042 at $2,500 for a total budget in the amount of $125,780 and the remaining $65,000 will be returned to the Hotel Occupancy Fund. Motion approved with five (5) votes in favor from Mayor Pro Tem Valentine, Councilmember Lockhart, Mayor Sherman, Councilmember Respess, and Councilmember McCowan, and with two (2) votes in opposition from Councilmember Ledbetter, and Councilmember Zander..



 

4.

Discuss and consider a request for reallocation of budget funds from the Chamber of Commerce.

 

Eve Williams, Chairperson of the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce, presented information regarding DeSoto Soljazz Festival.  The Chamber is requesting that $50,730 be reallocated to pay vendors.

Council discussion regarding terms of contract between the Chamber and Gemstone Management, clarification of vendor vetting, mismanagement of contract and event, potential attorney costs, clarification that money had already been allotted to Chamber and not requesting additional funds, and a potential precedent might be set for the future.


Motion by Mayor Pro Tem Valentine with second by Councilmember Ledbetter to approve Chamber's request for the reallocation of $50,730. Motion approved with four (4) votes in favor from Councilmember Ledbetter, Mayor Pro Tem Valentine, Mayor Sherman, and Councilmember Zander, and with three (3) votes in opposition from Councilmember Lockhart, Councilmember Respess, and Councilmember McCowan..



 

5.

Consider approval of a $10,000 grant for Texas Tournament Summer World Series from the Hotel/Motel Tax Fund.

 

Due to time constraints, this issue will be rescheduled for the September 4, 2012 meeting.

Mayor Sherman adjourned the Work Session at 6:57 p.m.



 

B.

REGULAR SESSION - CALL TO ORDER

Members Present:
Councilmember Ledbetter
Mayor Pro Tem Valentine
Councilmember Lockhart
Mayor Sherman
Councilmember Respess
Councilmember McCowan
Councilmember Zander
 

 

Mayor Sherman called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m.



 

1.

Invocation by: Josef Rasheed, Crossroads Covenant Church.


 

2.

Pledge of Allegiance led by Councilmember Sandy Respess.


 

3.

Ambassador: Noe Pedraza, Public Utilities.

 

Noe Pedraza began his employment with the City of DeSoto as a Service Provider in the Public Utilities Water/Wastewater Department in July 2007. He was born in Monterrey, Mexico and moved to McAllen, Texas in 1971. He attended McAllen High School, graduating in 1981. He attended Pan American College for 1 year in Edinburg, Texas.

 

Noe currently resides in Dallas with his 2 dogs, Cricket and Buddy.

 

Little known fact: Once a month he volunteers at the Charter Nursing Home in Mesquite giving haircuts.



 

C.

PRESENTATIONS


 

1.

Presentation by the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce of Convention and Visitors’ Bureau 2nd Quarter Update.

 

Ms. Hallmark read the agenda item and introduced Cammy Jackson, President of the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce, who presented the report.  Eve Williams, DeSoto Chamber of Commerce Chairperson, presented the financial report.

Council discussion regarding clarification of the Hotel Occupancy tax rate, CVB publication distribution, impact of Soljazz Fest advertising, current hotel occupancy and average daily rate, hotel subsidy allocation, an end of year financial audit, and funds allocated for the visitdesototexas website.



 

2.

Presentation of the DeSoto Economic Development Corporation FY 2011-2012 Third Quarter Report.

 

Ms. Hallmark read the agenda item and introduced Scott Fleming, CEO of the DEDC, who presented the report.

Council discussion regarding EB-5 and clarification of the process, list of new businesses and potential impact on tax base, and clarification of the revolving loan program process.



 

3.

Presentation of the July 2012 Financial Report and 3rd Quarter Investment Report.

 

Ms. Hallmark read the agenda item and introduced Tracy Cormier, Accounting Manager, who presented the financial report and Edena Atmore, Managing Director of Finance, presented the investment report.

Council discussion regarding investment advisors.



 

4.

Presentation of the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).

 

Ms. Hallmark read the agenda item and introduced Mayor Sherman who provided background and presented the award to Ms. Atmore.



 

D.

CONSENT AGENDA


 

1.

Approval of City Council Minutes

a. Regular Meeting - 07-17-12
b. Special Meeting - N/A

 

2.

Acceptance of Board and Commission Minutes

a. Arts Commission - 06-04-12
b. Building and Standards Commission - N/A
c. Civil Service Commission -N/A
d. DeSoto Economic Development -06-11-12
e. DeSoto, Texas Historical Foundation - 06-28-12
f. Keep DeSoto Beautiful - N/A
g. Library Advisory Board - 06-07-12, 07-05-12
h. Park Development Corporation - N/A
i. Planning and Zoning - N/A
j. Zoning Board of Adjustment - N/A

 

3.

Other Items

a. Consider a Resolution confirming the appointment of Jerry Smith as Interim Department Head and Fire Chief for the DeSoto Fire Department.

 

Ms. Hallmark listed the items submitted for consideration.


Motion by Councilmember Respess with second by Councilmember McCowan to approve Consent Agenda as submitted and Resolution #12-18. Motion approved.



 

E.

PUBLIC HEARINGS


 

F.

REGULAR AGENDA - New Business


 

G.

REGULAR AGENDA - Old Business


 

H.

CITIZEN APPEARANCES

 

Meredith Hicks, 1801 N. Hampton Road, #365, DeSoto; of Gemstone Management, spoke regarding the DeSoto SolJazz Festival.



 

I.

ITEMS OF COMMUNITY INTEREST

 

Ms. Ledbetter announced the Line Dancing classes offered at the Civic Center on Monday evenings at 7:30.  She also announced an iPad contest conducted by the DeSoto ISD.  To be eligible, students must attend school and be on time.

Mayor Sherman announced the three consecutive days of mosquito spraying of the entire city.



 

J.

ADJOURNMENT OF REGULAR SESSION

 

Mayor Sherman adjourned the meeting at 8:38 p.m.



 

K.EX

ECUTIVE SESSION AND RESULTING POTENTIAL ACTION









Respectfully submitted,



 
_________________________________
Kisha R. Morris, City Secretary

 

APPROVED:_________________



 
________________________________
Carl O. Sherman, Mayor