DeSoto City Council Meeting
Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The City Council of the City of DeSoto held a City Council Meeting Tuesday, December 4, 2012, in the Jim Baugh Government Center (City Hall), 211 E. Pleasant Run Road, DeSoto, Texas


 

A.

WORK SESSION

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

 

Mayor Sherman called the meeting to order at 6:00pm.  He introduced Klark Johnson, winner of Mayor for the Day, from Northside Elementary School.  Mayor Sherman also discussed the days events that he had with Ms. Johnson.   Mayor Sherman turned the meeting over to Tarron Richardson for review of the Master Agenda items.



 

1.

Review of Master Agenda by City Manager.

 

Tarron Richardson introduced Karima Dash, Southwest Regional Communications Manager, to the group.  He also reviewed items on the Master Agenda.


 

Joe Gorfida, City Attorney, noted that he will not be in attendance at the next City Council Meeting; Whitt Wyatt will be acting in his capacity.



 

2.

Discussion of Regular Agenda items.

 

No discussion.



 

3.

Discussion of Energy Audit Update.

 

Jimmy Stephens, Environmental Health Specialist, gave a powerpoint presentation of the Energy Audit.


 

After no further discussion, Mayor Sherman adjoured the Work Session at 6:45pm.



 

4.

Meeting of the DeSoto Industrial Development Authority and DeSoto Health Facilities Development Corporation.

 

Finance Director Edena Atmore called the meeting to order at 6:46p.m. and began discussing the Industrial Development Authority.


 

Hearing no questions from Council, Mayor Sherman asked for a motion to approve Councilmember Curtistene McCowan to the DeSoto Industrial Development Authority.


Motion by Councilmember Respess with second by Mayor Pro Tem Valentine to approve Councilmember Curtistene McCowan to the DeSoto Industrial Development Authority. Motion approved.


Motion by Councilmember Respess with second by Councilmember Lockhart to approve the minutes from the DeSoto Industrial Development Authority. Motion approved.


 

Ms. Atmore reviewed the Treasury Report from the DeSoto Industrical Development Authority.


Motion by Councilmember Respess with second by Councilmember Lockhart to approve the Treasury Report as submitted. Motion approved.


 

The DeSoto Industrial Development Authority adjourned at 6:49pm.


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

 

It should be noted that Councilmember James Zander arrived to the City Council Meeting at 6:50pm.


 

Ms. Atmore called the meeting to order at 6:51pm and began discussing the DeSoto Health Facilities Development Corporation.


 

Hearing no questions from Council, Mayor Sherman asked for a motion to approve Councilmember Curtistene McCowan to the DeSoto Health Facilities Development Authority.


Motion by Councilmember Respess with second by Councilmember Zander to approve Councilmember Curtistene McCowan to the DeSoto Health Facilities Development Authority. Motion approved.


Motion by Councilmember Respess with second by Councilmember Lockhart to approve minutes as submitted by the DeSoto Health Facilities Development Corporation. Motion approved.


 

Ms. Atmore presented the Treasury Report for the DeSoto Health Facilities Development Authority.


Motion by Councilmember Respess with second by Councilmember McCowan to approve the treasury report as submitted. Motion approved.


 

Having no further business, Ms. Atmore adjourned the meeting at 6:54pm.


 

Having no further business, Mayor Sherman adjourned the Work Session at 6:54pm.



 

B.

REGULAR SESSION - CALL TO ORDER

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

 

Before the official beginning of the Regular Session, Ms. Morris announced that we would conduct a "swearing in" of Klark Johnson as Mayor for the Day.


 

Mayor for the Day winner, Klark Johnson called the meeting to order at 7:10pm.



 

1.

Invocation by: Dr. Ouida Lee, Church of the Disciple.


 

2.

Pledge of Allegiance led by Councilmember Sandy Respess.


 

3.

Introduction of Ambassador: Tiffany Mims, Park Department.

 

Tiffany Mims has been employed with the City as a Recreation Attendant since June 2009. She ensures that the daily operations of the Recreation Center, Fitness Center and Civic Center go according to plan. Tiffany graduated from Ardmore High School in 2005. After graduation, she attended Murray State and Eastfield College. She majored in Early Childhood Development. In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her son and her family. Interesting Fact: Tiffany is interested in teaching students to never give up on achieving their goals. In June 2011, Tiffany went to a Juvenile Center in Oklahoma to mentor teenage girls. She spoke about it never being too late to be successful.



 

C.

PRESENTATIONS


 

1.

Presentation of a Proclamation in recognition of Klark Johnson, Northside Elementary School.

 

Ms. Morris read the agenda caption and introduced Mayor Carl Sherman who presented a Proclamation for Klark Johnson.



 

2.

Presentation of the 2012 DeSoto Environmental Health Award of Excellence in Food Safety.

 

Ms. Morris read the agenda caption and introduced Jimmy Stephens, Environmental Health Inspector, and Mayor Carl Sherman who made the presentations.



 

3.

Presentation of the DeSoto Economic Development Corporation (DEDC) Annual Report ending September 30, 2012.

 

Ms. Morris read the agenda caption and introduced Scott Fleming, CEO, DeSoto Economic Development Corporation, and Michael Hurtt, Chairman of the Board, who presented the report.


 

Prior to the presentation of the annual report, Michael Hurtt, Chairman of the Board, made a presentation to Councilmember Curtistene McCowan.


 

Council discussion regarding challenges of business personal property taxes and a possible meeting with the Finance Director to discuss the  impact of McGraw-Hill as well as information as it pertains to Kohls.  Mayor Sherman added that DeSoto Kohl's E-Commerce facility is "outperforming" any other E-Commerce Distribution facility in the United States.  Also, discussed was the illumination of street signs on Hampton Road and Danieldale Road.  Mayor Sherman also discussed the EB5 status which provides the City an opportunity for investment.

Councilmember James Zander congratulated Scott Fleming on his outstanding work as CEO of the DeSoto Economic Development Corporation.  Councilmember Curtistene McCowan expressed her sincere appreciation to the President and board members of DeSoto Economic Development for her recognition.  She also echoed the sentiments of Councilmember James Zander regarding Mr. Flemings' efforts as CEO of the DeSoto Economic Development Corporation.



 

D.

CONSENT AGENDA

 

Ms. Morris presented the Consent Agenda items for consideration.


Motion by Councilmember Respess with second by Councilmember McCowan to approve Consent Agenda as submitted. Motion approved.



 

1.

Approval of City Council Minutes

a. Regular Meeting - N/A
b. Special Meeting - 11-13-12

 

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 - 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 a Resolution canceling the Regular City Council meetings scheduled for December 18, 2012 and January 1, 2013.
b. Consider acceptance of the written resignation of Deshaundra Lockhart, City Councilmember, Place 4.
c. Consider a Resolution ordering a Special Election to Fill the Unexpired Term for Place 4 on the City Council; providing notice of the Special Election and Early Voting dates; providing for Polling Places; authorizing the City Manager to execute contracts for election services; and providing for other matters incident and relating to the Special Election.

 

E.

PUBLIC HEARINGS


 

F.

REGULAR AGENDA - New Business


 

1.

Consider an Ordinance which adopts the Revised Drainage Design and Stormwater Pollution Prevention Design Manual.

 

Ms. Morris read the agenda caption and introduced Crystal Owens, City Engineer, who presented the staff report.


 

Council discussion regarding the maximum fine of $2,000 which is based on corrective action for a particular site/project.


 

Ms. Morris read the Ordinance caption into public record.


Motion by Councilmember Lockhart with second by Mayor Pro Tem Valentine to approve an Ordinance which adopts the revised Drainage Design and Stormwater Pollution Prevention Design Manual. Motion approved.



 

2.

Consider an Ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances Chapter 13 "Utilities" by adding Article 13.1400, titled "Illicit Discharge" which provides regulations for controlling the introduction of pollutants into the Municipal Storm Drainage System.

 

Ms. Morris read the agenda caption and introduced Crystal Owens, City Engineer, who presented the staff report.


 

Council discussion regarding notification of residents of potential fines which will begin by an education program/plan (i.e. website, utility bills, storm drain markers, door hangers, newsletters, etc.). 


 

Ms. Morris read the Ordinance into public record.


Motion by Councilmember McCowan with second by Councilmember Respess to approve an Ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances Chapter 13 " Utilities" by adding Article 13.1400, titled " Illicit Discharge" which provides regulations for controlling the introduction of pollutants into the Municipal Storm Drainage System. Motion approved with five (5) votes in favor from Mayor Pro Tem Valentine, Councilmember Lockhart, Councilmember Respess, Councilmember McCowan, and Councilmember Zander, and with one (1) vote in opposition from and Mayor Sherman..



 

3.

Consider authorizing the Mayor to execute a Professional Services Agreement with Grantham & Associates, in the amount of $273,935, for the Bee Branch Basin and Basin O Wastewater Renovations and the Heath Creek/Spring Creek Sewer Replacement project.

 

Ms. Morris read the agenda caption and introduced Crystal Owens, City Engineer, who presented the staff report.


 

Council discussion regarding the age of the current sewer line system (30-40 year range).  Discussion also regarding the use of clay tile pipe versus PVC pipe, the impact of not implementing this project (i.e. increase in sewer back up, manhole overflow, etc.), and the timeline for the actual project (as this is the design phase only).


Motion by Mayor Pro Tem Valentine with second by Councilmember Lockhart to authorize the Mayor to execute an agreement with Grantham and Associates, for an amount not to exceed $ 273,935 for the Bee Branch Basin and Basin 0 wastewater renovations and the Heath Creek/ Spring Creek sewer replacement project. Motion approved.



 

G.

REGULAR AGENDA - Old Business


 

H.

CITIZEN APPEARANCES

 

The following DeSoto residents requested to speak to Council:  Sterling Guest, Ashley Clark, Eugene Clark, Schabandol Johnson, Saba Bowers, Nesanet Clemmons.  The following individual completed a "do not request to speak" card: Roderick Dickerson.



 

I.

ITEMS OF COMMUNITY INTEREST

 

James Zander: Discussed holiday activities.
Curtistene McCowan:  Discussed DeSoto ISD announcements as well as CDC Kwanzaa Feast.
Sandy Respess: Discussed holiday activities for the Library.
Deshaundra Jones: Discussed the Tree Lighting ceremony at DeSoto Town Center Courtyard.
Denise Valentine: Discussed the play, Ebonee Scrooge, held at the Corner Theatre.
Carl Sherman: Discussed Klark Johnson, Northside Elementary School, winner for the Mayor for the Day program and encouraged participation in the next round of "Mayor for the Day".  He also wished the DeSoto Eagles continued success and their journey to State Championship.
Kisha Morris: Wished everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.



 

J.

ADJOURNMENT OF REGULAR SESSION

 

Mayor Sherman adjourned the meeting at 8:59pm.



 

K.

EXECUTIVE SESSION AND RESULTING POTENTIAL ACTION









Respectfully submitted,



 
_________________________________
Kisha R. Morris, City Secretary

 

APPROVED:_________________



 
________________________________
Carl O. Sherman, Mayor