DeSoto City Council Meeting
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The City Council of the City of DeSoto held a City Council Meeting Tuesday, September 18, 2012, in the Jim Baugh Government Center (City Hall), 211 E. Pleasant Run Road, DeSoto, Texas


 

A.WO

RK SESSION

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

 

Mayor Sherman called the Work Session to order at 6:00pm.



 

1.

Review of Master Agenda by City Manager.

 

Tarron Richardson, City Manager, reviewed upcoming items on the Master Agenda.  In addition, he discussed the City Manager’s Golf Tournament.  He expressed that everyone did a wonderful job and thanked everyone for their support.  Mr. Richardson stated he is looking forward to next year’s event which is already in the planning process.  Other highlighted items on the Master Agenda included the Boards and Commissions interviews, DeSoto Night Out (meet at 5:30pm in the Administration Department), and the Management Team Retreat.

Councilmember James Zander inquired about Buttons Cafe and how the funds were being spent.  City Manager Richardson indicated that he would provide those figures.

Mayor Pro Tem Denise Valentine inquired about the DeSoto ISD participating in Desoto Night Out.  At the time of this meeting, there was no participation from the school district; however, Tracie Hlavinka will follow up.



 

2.

Discussion of Regular Agenda items.


 

3.

Discussion of Marketing position announcement.

 

City Manager Richardson distributed the Marketing position announcement and asked for comments and/or questions.  Councilmember McCowan inquired as to whether the Marketing position was staffed or contracted.  Kathleen Shields, Director of Human Resources, indicated that this decision is still in the reviewing stage and will be further discussed.  She also added that the job description was developed by using several "tasks".  Mayor Sherman also suggested the idea of sharing the marketing resource with DeSoto Economic Development Corporation.


 

Mayor Sherman performed a "round table" to see if Council would like to share any comments.

Councilmember James Zander thanked the City staff for the thorough search of the Fire Chief. 

Mayor Sherman invited everyone to attend a reception for Laura Hallmark on Friday, September 21, 2012 at Bienvenido's Restaurant and Cantina located in Lancaster at 5:30pm.

Mayor Sherman adjorned the meeting at 6:20pm.



 

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 7:03pm.



 

1.

Invocation by: Dr. Willie Sublet Jr., WE Community Fellowship Church.


 

2.

Pledge of Allegiance led by Councilmember James Zander.


 

3.

Ambassador: William Scroggins, Fire Department.

 

Billy is one of the newest members of the DeSoto Fire Department. He has been with the department for 5 months.  Previously, he was a part-time Firefighter  for the Forney Fire Department for 2 years.  Billy has been married for 11 years and has 2 sons.  He stays active by playing softball and basketball; however, his "preferred" sport is volleyball.  Billy has even coached volleyball.  Billy stated that one of his favorite things to do is playing with his sons, but he also enjoys "hanging out" at the Fire Station.



 

C.

PRESENTATIONS


 

1.

Presentation of Fire Department Promotions.

 

Ms. Morris read the agenda caption and introduced Chief Duffield, Assistant Smith and Battalion Chief Stidham to present the Fire Department promotions.



 

2.

Presentation of the August Financial Report.

 

Ms. Morris read the agenda caption and introduced Tracy Cormier, Accounting Manager, who presented the report.


 

Council discussion regarding franchise fees, sales tax revenues as well as Police, Fire and Development Services being under budget, and the use of Fund Balance.



 

D.

CONSENT AGENDA


 

1.

Approval of City Council Minutes

a. Regular Meeting - N/A
b. Special Meeting - N/A

 

2.

Acceptance of Board and Commission Minutes

a. Arts Commission - N/A
b. Building and Standards Commission - N/A
c. Civil Service Commission - 08-13-12, 08-27-12
d. DeSoto Economic Development - N/A
e. DeSoto, Texas Historical Foundation - N/A
f. Keep DeSoto Beautiful - N/A
g. Library Advisory Board - N/A
h. Park Development Corporation - N/A
i. Planning and Zoning - N/A
j. Zoning Board of Adjustment - N/A

 

3.

Other items

a. Consider confirmation of reappointment by City Manager to the Civil Service Commission.
b. Consider a Resolution authorizing the cancellation of the October 2, 2012 Regular City Council Meeting.

 

Ms. Morris presented the Consent Agenda items for consideration.


Motion by Councilmember Respess with second by Councilmember Lockhart to minutes from the Civil Service Commission as well as Consider confirmation of reappointment by City Manager to the Civil Service Commission and Consider a Resolution authorizing the cancellation of the October 2, 2012, Regular City Council Meeting. Motion approved.



 

E.

PUBLIC HEARINGS


 

1.

Consider Zoning Case Z-1246-12; a change in zoning from Light Industrial (LI) and General Retail (GR) to a Planned Development with GR as the Base Zoning; an area to the south of Danieldale Road and to the east and west of Hampton Road (2140 & 2115 Hampton Road); Applicant: City of DeSoto; Owners: Hamrd LP and John Freese & Associates, Inc.; and adopting Ordinance.

 

Ms. Morris read the agenda caption and introduced Edlyn Vatthauer, Planning Manager, who presented the staff report.


Motion by Councilmember Respess with second by Councilmember Lockhart to open Public Hearing. Motion approved.


 

Council discussion regarding a property owner’s objection, other property owners comments or lack thereof,  and the concerns of the Planning and Zoning Commission. Additional discussion involved the changes of Light Industrial to General Retail.

John Freese, 6516 Turner Way, Dallas, Texas, made a statement as the property owner of the property in question.

It was noted by Edlyn Vatthauer that a Super Majority Vote was required to pass this item.


Motion by Councilmember Respess with second by Councilmember McCowan to close Public Hearing. Motion approved.


 

Ms. Morris read the Ordinance caption into the public record.


Motion by Mayor Pro Tem Valentine with second by Councilmember McCowan to Zoning Case Z-1246-12, a change in zoning from Light Industrial (LI) and General Retail (GR) to a Planned Development with General Retail as the base zoning for the East side only. Motion approved.


 

NOTE: A motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Denise Valentine (and seconded by Councilmember Curtistene McCowan) to approve this case on the East Side Only; however, since this case required a Super Majority Vote to pass, it failed.



 

F.

REGULAR AGENDA - New Business


 

1.

Consider an Ordinance adopting the Budget for Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2012 and ending September 30, 2013; adopting the 2013-2017 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), adopting the 2012-2013 Work Plan, and amending the Volume Charge for Sewer Service Fees.

 

Ms. Morris read the agenda caption and introduced Edena Atmore, Director of Finance, who presented the staff report.


 

Mayor Sherman commended City staff as well as ecomonist Dan Jackson for the efforts in preparing the budget.  No additional questions or conerns were addressed by Council.


 

Ms. Morris read the Ordinance caption into the public record.


Motion by Councilmember McCowan with second by Councilmember Respess to approve an Ordinance adopting the Budget for FY 2013, adopting the Capital Improvement Plan for 2013-2017, adopting the 2012-2013 Work Plan, amending the Code of Ordinances by amending Appendix A, Article 19.000 (a)(3), Water Service Charges, and amending Appendix A, Article 20.000 (a)(1) and Article 20.000 (a)(2) Sewer Service Charges. Motion approved.



 

2.

Consider an Ordinance setting the Tax Rate and levying the Ad Valorem Taxes for the 2012 Tax Year.

 

Ms. Morris read the agenda caption and introduced Edena Atmore, Director of Finance, who presented the staff report.


 

Mayor Sherman recognized and commended the City Manager and Administration on being able to provide City staff with salary raises in light of economic challenges.  No questions or concerns were addressed by Council.


 

Ms. Morris read the Ordinance caption into the public record.


Motion by Mayor Pro Tem Valentine with second by Councilmember Respess to an Ordinance adopting the Tax Rate with the following language: This year's proposed tax rate does not exceed the effective tax rate, and I move that the property tax rate be adopted at .7574 per $100 valuation which is the same as last year's tax levy.  Motion approved.



 

3.

Consider award of bid for Official Newspaper Designation.

 

Ms. Morris read the agenda caption and introduced Edena Atmore, Director of Finance, who presented the staff report.


 

Council discussion regarding the financial difference between the two bids submitted as well as circulation of the Focus Daily News. The exact circulation of the Focus Daily News will be provided at a later date.


Motion by Councilmember Zander with second by Councilmember McCowan to award the official newspaper designation to Focus Daily News effective October 1, 2012, with an option of renewal for one (1) year. Motion approved.



 

G.

REGULAR AGENDA - Old Business


 

H.

CITIZEN APPEARANCES


 

I.

ITEMS OF COMMUNITY INTEREST


 

J.

ADJOURNMENT OF REGULAR SESSION









Respectfully submitted,



 
_________________________________
Kisha R. Morris, City Secretary

 

APPROVED:_________________



 
________________________________
Carl O. Sherman, Mayor