DeSoto City Council Meeting
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The City Council of the City of DeSoto held a City Council Meeting Tuesday, November 20, 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
Mayor Sherman
Councilmember Respess
Councilmember McCowan
 

 

Mayor Sherman called the meeting to order at 6:02pm.


 

Mayor Sherman discussed the activities scheduled for "Mayor for the Day". He then turned the meeting over to Tarron Richardson to discuss the upcoming events.



 

1.

Review of Master Agenda by City Manager.

 

Tarron Richardson, City Manager, reviewed the upcoming items on the Master Agenda to include the upcoming Special City Council Meeting on December 11, 2012; Employee Recognition Banquet on December 14, 2012 and the Joint City Council School Board meeting tentatively scheduled for January 29, 2013.


 

Joe Gorfida, City Attorney, clarified questions regarding the Special City Council Meeting on December 11, 2012.  Specifically, he stated that the City Council will hold their meeting at 7pm or shortly thereafter depending upon the adjournment of the Planning and Zoning meeting.



 

2.

Discussion of Regular Agenda items.

 

No discussion.



 

3.

Discussion and update of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Phase II.

 

John Cear, Drainage Engineer, gave the Council a brief overview of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Phase II which included the objective criteria for monitoring storm sewer systems; program implementation, course of action, status of 5 year plan.


 

Joe Gorfida, City Attorney, stated that the Operating Agreement that is listed in the council agenda packet for the heliport has an error and a corrected copy will be distributed prior to the Regular Session for review.


 

Mayor Sherman adjourned the meeting at 6:19p.m.



 

B.

REGULAR SESSION - CALL TO ORDER

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

 

Mayor Sherman called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.



 

1.

Invocation by: Robert Gentry, Windsor Park Baptist Church.


 

2.

Pledge of Allegiance led by Councilmember Deshaundra Lockhart Jones.  

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilmember Patricia Ledbetter as Ms. Lockhart Jones was not present.



 

3.

Introduction of Ambassador: Sheldon Petty, Fire Department.

 

Sheldon Petty is one of the newest members of the DeSoto Fire Rescue team.  He has hired on February 1, 2012.  Prior to his employment, he worked for Mexia Fire Department for a little over two years.  Sheldon is currently enrolled at Navarro College where he will obtain his Associates Degree in Fire Science.  Sheldon stated that he became a firefighter because not only does it "run in his family", but he loves helping people and believes that it is the "best job in the world".  He is looking forward to a long and exciting career with DeSoto Fire Rescue.



 

C.

PRESENTATIONS

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


 

1.

Presentation of Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest Winners.

 

Ms. Morris read the agenda caption and introducted Mike Laws, Fire Marshal, Jerry Duffield, Fire Chief, and Cammy Jackson, DeSoto Chamber of Commerce, who made the presentation of awards.



 

2.

Presentation of Certificates for City Employees commended through the Fiscal Year 2012 Employee Recognition Program.

 

Ms. Morris read the agenda caption and introduced Mayor Carl Sherman and City Manager Tarron Richardson, who presented the staff awards.



 

3.

Presentation of the October 2012 Financial Report and 4th Quarter Investment Report.

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

 

It should be noted that Deshaundra Lockhart Jones arrived at the meeting during the presentation of the October 2012 Financial Report and 4th Quarter Investment Report.


 

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


 

No questions from City Council regarding the October 2012 Financial Report.


 

Mr. Cormier introduced Edena Atmore, Finance Director, who presented the 4th Quarter Investment Report.


 

Council discussion regarding the return on the portfolio and the thought given to alternative or higher risk investment strategies.



 

D.

CONSENT AGENDA

 

Ms. Morris presented the Consent Agenda items for consideration.


Motion by Councilmember Respess with second by Councilmember Lockhart to approve items as submitted for consideration. Motion approved.



 

1.

Approval of City Council Minutes

a. Regular Meeting - 11-06-12
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 - N/A
d. DeSoto Economic Development - 09-25-12, 10-15-12
e. DeSoto, Texas Historical Foundation - N/A
f. Keep DeSoto Beautiful - N/A
g. Library Advisory Board - 10-04-12
h. Park Development Corporation - N/A
i. Planning and Zoning - N/A
j. Zoning Board of Adjustment - N/A

 

E.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

No public hearings.



 

F.

REGULAR AGENDA - New Business


 

1.

Consider authorizing the City Manager to execute a Lease and Operating Agreement with Sky Helicopters, Inc.

 

Ms. Morris read the agenda caption and introduced Tom Johnson, Managing Director of Development Services, who presented the staff report.


 

Council discussion regarding environmental concerns, after hours self service fuel farm, ecomonic impact to DeSoto, property taxes, energy efficiency, construction schedules, and utilization criteria for private organizations/indivduals.


Motion by Councilmember McCowan with second by Councilmember Lockhart to authorize the City Manager to execute a Lease and Operating Agreement with Sky Heliport, Inc. Motion approved.



 

2.

Consider an Interlocal Agreement with the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (NCTRCA).

 

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


 

Council discussion regarding the City's benefit in becoming a member of NCTRCA, frequency of fees, measurement of how the program is utilized, charges by NCTRCA to businesses that are certified.


 

Ms. Atmore indicated that she would do further research on the charges that may or may not be implemented to businesses that are certified by NCTRCA.


Motion by Mayor Pro Tem Valentine with second by Councilmember Lockhart to approve an inter-local agreement with North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (NCTRCA) as a source of providing verifiable entities that are at least 51% owned and/or controlled by a socially and economically disadvantaged individual as described by Title X of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 7601 note), and Public Law 102-389 (42 U.S.C. 4370d), respectively. Motion approved.



 

G.

REGULAR AGENDA - Old Business


 

H.

CITIZEN APPEARANCES

 

No individuals expressed an interest to speak to the City Council.



 

I.

ITEMS OF COMMUNITY INTEREST

 

Curtistene McCowan announced that on February 9, 2013, from 9:30am-11:30am, the Concerned DeSoto Citizens will host their 1st College Presidents Roundtable.


 

Sandy Respess wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.


 

James Zander wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.


 

Deshaundra Lockhart Jones announced the Tree Lighting Ceremony to be held on December 7, 2012, begining at 7pm at DeSoto Town Center Courtyard.


 

Patricia Ledbetter announced the 40th Annual Hometown Holiday Parade which will be Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 2pm.


 

Ms. Morris announced the Mayor for the Day information.  The "first round" of Mayor for the Day will be held on December 4, 2012.


 

Mayor Sherman discussed Veterans Appreciation Day in the City of DeSoto which is annually on November 10th.  He encouraged everyone to contact the City Secretary's Office when a veteran arrives home.   Mayor Sherman also encouraged all citizens to come out on Saturday, November 24, 2012, at 1pm at the City of Allen Stadium to support the DeSoto Eagles Football Team.


 

Mayor Sherman adjourned the meeting at 8:34pm.



 

J.

ADJOURNMENT OF REGULAR SESSION


 

K.

EXECUTIVE SESSION AND RESULTING POTENTIAL ACTION









Respectfully submitted,



 
_________________________________
Kisha R. Morris, City Secretary

 

APPROVED:_________________



 
________________________________
Carl O. Sherman, Mayor