DeSoto City Council Meeting
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The City Council of the City of DeSoto held a City Council Meeting Tuesday, October 21, 2014, in the Jim Baugh Government Center (City Hall), 211 E. Pleasant Run Road, DeSoto, Texas


 

A.

WORK SESSION

 

Mayor Sherman called the meeting to order at 6pm and thanked the City Council and many of the staff who attended the State of the City address.


Members Present:
Mayor Sherman
Mayor Pro Tem McCowan
Councilmember Helm
Councilmember Clark
Councilmember Proctor
Councilmember North
 

 

Councilmember James Zander arrived at 6:04pm.


Members Present:
Mayor Sherman
Mayor Pro Tem McCowan
Councilmember Helm
Councilmember Clark
Councilmember Proctor
Councilmember North
 


 

1.

Review of Master Agenda

 

City Manager Richardson reviewed the Master Agenda highlighting the following:

October 23, 2014 - City Council Meeting (Special Meeting with Planning and Zoning Commission) - 6pm

November 4, 2014 - Civic Academy Graduation/Reception -  6pm Work Session, 6:30pm Reception

November 13, 2104 - Tentative Special Meeting to canvass Election Returns (Note: 2 Councilmembers are required to canvass. The following councilmembers indicated that they would be in attendance: Mayor Sherman; Mayor Pro Tem McCowan and Councilmembers Clark, Proctor and Zander.  The meeting is scheduled for 6pm.

November 20, 2014 - Boards and Commissions Interviews - DEDC



 

2.

Review of Regular Agenda items

 

No regular agenda items were discussed.



 

3.

Discussion of City Limit Sign Policy

 

Tom Johnson, Development Services Managing Director, gave an overview and history of the City Limit Signage Administrative Policy.  It was staff's recommendation to establish that a maximum amount of five (5) signs will be allowed at any entrance to the City.  The signs will be erected on one pole with a split pole configuration.  The Street Department will determine the location of the pole.  The size of each sign will not exceed 30" in any direction.  Signs will be provided by the owner and delivered to the Street Department. The City will mount all signs.  Sign owners will be responsible to maintain their signs and replace when needed.  New sign requests will be considered at any time.  If there is a request by an entity to have a sign at a given location that already meets the 5 sign maximum, a lottery will be held to determine which signs need to be posted at a location.  The lottery will occur every two (2) years, if needed.  The City reserves the right to remove the signs at any time after a notice is provided to all sign owners.


 

Council discussion regarding the two (2) year lottery, sign criteria (i.e. a civic organization that provides services to the community), and the approval of the sign by the City Council.


 

It was the consensus of the Council to move forward with staff's recommendation.



 

4.

Discussion of Electronic Billboard

 

Tom Johnson, Development Services Managing Director, gave a brief overview of the Billboard project.  He indicated that in order for staff to move forward with the project, structural engineering drawings (similar to the ones provided for the tower monument on I-35) were necessary and there is a cost associated to obtain the required documents.  This amount is estimated at approximately $6,000.  Because these funds were not budgeted, staff is requesting a budget amendment to use funds from Fund Balance.


 

Council discussion regarding receiving additional information (in writing) on the process (i.e. ads, competition, criteria, funding/financing, responsible party for getting ads) as well as being officially voted on in a public forum before moving forward with asking for funds from Fund Balance.  It was the consensus of the Council to obtain the minutes from the Winter Retreat for review before moving forward.



 

Discussion regarding a tax abatement on Business Personal Property for up to ten (10) years with Solar Turbines Incorporated on machinery & equipment for solar turbines product expansion project.

 

Jeremiah Quarles, DEDC Director, gave a presentation regarding a tax abatement on business personal property for up to ten (10) years with Solar Turbines.  Specifically, Mr. Quarles highlighted the following:

*  Solar Turbines would like to expand its overhaul facility to incorporate the introduction of a new product; the Titan 250 Gas Turbine Engine.
*  Expansion would accommodate additional build/disassembly pits, warehousing space, test cells and a two (2) story office space.
*  Solar Turbines is proposing a $42 million facility and retention of 350 employees.
*  Solar Turbines is requesting a tax abatement on the $22 million in Business Personal Property (BBB) for machinery and equipment.
*  On September 29, 2014, an infrastructure grant of $300,000 over three (3) years was approved by the DEDC Board.
*  Solar Turbines has also considered Dallas, Denton and the Czech Republic for this project.

The tax abatement structure is as follows: 75% for 10 years on BPP of the $22 million in Machinery and Equipment.

* 75% first 5 years;
* 50% for year 6
* 40% for year 7
* 30% for year 8
* 20% for year 9
* 10% for year 10


 

No action at this time. The City Council will be asked to consider economic incentives for Solar Turbines at the next City Council Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 4, 2014.


 

Mayor Sherman adjourned the meeting at 6:37pm.



 

B.

REGULAR SESSION - CALL TO ORDER

 

Mayor Sherman called the meeting to order at 7pm.


Members Present:
Mayor Sherman
Mayor Pro Tem McCowan
Councilmember Helm
Councilmember Clark
Councilmember Proctor
Councilmember North
Councilmember Zander
 


 

1.

Announcement of emergency procedures and exits: Fire Department


 

2.

Invocation by: Rev. Robert Gentry, Desoto Police & Clergy


 

3.

Pledge of Allegiance led by: Councilmember Kristine Clark


 

4.

Introduction of Ambassador: Kennedy Mullens, Fire Department

 

Kennedy Mullens is a probationary firefighter/paramedic for the City of DeSoto and was born in Norman, Oklahoma. She graduated high school in 2010 from Waxahachie High School and went to Angelina College where she played softball for one year. After that, Kennedy went to Navarro College in Waxahachie where she attended EMT, Fire and Paramedic classes. She also received her Associates Degree in Paramedicine in December 2013. Both her parents are in law enforcement and her older brother is a Dallas firefighter. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. In her spare time Kennedy volunteers for the Emergency Service District #6 located in rural Waxahachie and also teaches EMT classes for Emerg.



 

C.

PRESENTATIONS


 

1.

Introduction of the members of the DeSoto Domestic Violence Advisory Committee.

 

Mayor Sherman introduced the new members of the DeSoto Domestic Violence Committee and gave Mayor Pro Tem McCowan an opportunity to address the audience about the program.  She advised that there will be a Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Summit on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 9am until 12 noon at First Methodist Church, located at 310 Roaring Springs Drive - DeSoto.  This summit is an initiative of Mayor Pro Tem McCowan and the DeSoto Police Department designed to highlight the growing problem of domestic violence and inform the community of resources available to victims.  The guest speaker will be Mayor Ken Shetter, Executive Director of Safe City Commission, a non-profit corporation which develops and supports effective crime prevention and reduction efforts. 

The members of the advisory committee are:

Curt Krohn
Denise Valentine
Gwendolyn Jones
Marikay Dewberry
Ouida Lee
Trudy Lewis
Willie Sublet



 

Presentation of monthly Financial Report for September 2014

 

Ms. Morris read the agenda caption and introduced Edena Atmore, Finance Director, who presented the Financial Report for September 2014.


 

Council discussion regarding Sales Tax Historical View, property taxes, and refunding opportunities in the near future.



 

D.

CONSENT AGENDA Items are listed on the Consent Agenda by the City Manager and are recommended to the City Council for single vote approval.  An item(s) may be removed from the Consent Agenda for separate vote at the request of a Councilmember, the Mayor, or the City Manager.


 

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 - N/A
d. DeSoto Economic Development - 07-21-14, 08-25-14
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  No items scheduled for this agenda.

 

Submitted for consideration are minutes from the DeSoto Economic Development Corporation.


Motion by Mayor Pro Tem McCowan with second by Councilmember Clark to approve as submitted. Motion approved.



 

E.

PUBLIC HEARINGS


 

Conduct the First Annexation Public Hearing to consider a petition from US Real Estate LP asking the City of DeSoto to Annex a 3.1 acre Tract of Land situated in the Isaac Wiley Survey, Abstract No. 1545, Dallas County, Texas, said Tract of Land being part of that certain Tract of Land described in special warranty deed to US Real Estate Limited Partnership recorded in Instrument No. 201200177423 of the deed records of Dallas County, Texas.

 

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


Motion by Councilmember North with second by Councilmember Zander to open Public Hearing. Motion approved.


 

No discussion.


Motion by Mayor Pro Tem McCowan with second by Councilmember Proctor to close Public Hearing. Motion approved.


 

No further discussion. No Action required at this time.  City Council will take action on this request on November 18, 2014.



 

Conduct the Second Annexation Public Hearing to consider a petition from US Real Estate LP asking the City of DeSoto to Annex a 3.1 acre Tract of Land situated in the Isaac Wiley Survey, Abstract No. 1545, Dallas County, Texas, said Tract of Land being part of that certain Tract of Land described in special warranty deed to US Real Estate Limited Partnership recorded in Instrument No. 201200177423 of the deed records of Dallas County, Texas.

 

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


Motion by Councilmember Clark with second by Mayor Pro Tem McCowan to open Public Hearing. Motion approved.


 

No questions from city council.


Motion by Councilmember Zander with second by Councilmember Proctor to close Public Hearing. Motion approved.


 

No further discussion. No Action required at this time.  City Council will take action on this request on November 18, 2014.



 

Continuation of Zoning Case Z-1286-14; an amendment to Section 37, "Exterior Construction Requirements" of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance regarding increasing the masonry requirements in residential districts; Applicant: City of DeSoto; and consider adopting Ordinance. (Note: This case is a continuation on the zoning case originally presented to the City Council on Tuesday, October 7, 2014)

 

Ms. Morris read the agenda caption and introduced Edlyn Vatthauer, Planning Manager, who advised Council that unless they had any further questions, he would not present the staff report in duplicate.  It was the consensus of the Council for Mr. Vatthauer not to restate the report.


 

The following individuals spoke during the Public Hearing:


 

Allen Jumper
908 Winding Road
Granbury, TX


 

David Lehde
5816 W. Plano Parkway
Plano, TX


 

Bill Wood
1807 Roosevelt Court
Pantego, TX


 

Council discussion regarding possible towns/communities that require 100% masonry and the protection of the value of the homes.


 

Council comments regarding addition of other materials to "break up" the "all-brick" look of the homes, the comparison of other cities' requirements, the challenges faced with the language "approved equal" in determining the type of products used, current standards, a suggestion to consider leaving the ordinance as is and consider changing the definition of "masonry" (i.e. brick and stone and excluding stucco) as proposed in the recommended recommendation and having the percentages remain the same, several "motion" options as provided by the City Attorney, chimneys being 100% brick or stone and the fact that building chimneys are not as common as in the past.


Motion by Councilmember North with second by Mayor Pro Tem McCowan to Continue Zoning Case Z-1286-14; an amendment to Section 37 "Exterior Construction Requirements" of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance regarding increasing the masonry requirements in residential districts, until the next scheduled City Council Meeting on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Motion approved.



 

F.

REGULAR AGENDA - New Business


 

Consider approval of a Site License with SunGard OSSI for Police, Fire and Dispatch CAD, MDCs and Terminal Module licenses, in the amount of $135,500.

 

Ms. Morris read the agenda caption and introduced Karima Dash, SWRCC Director, who presented the report.


 

No discussion.


Motion by Mayor Pro Tem McCowan with second by Councilmember North to approve the Site License with SunGard OSSI for Police, Fire and Dispatch CAD, MDCs and Terminal Module licenses in the amount of $135,500. Motion approved.



 

Consider amending an Ordinance of the City of DeSoto, Texas, amending the Code of Ordinances by amending Chapter 1 titled "General Provisions" by amending Article 1.110 titled "9-1-1 Emergency Telephone Service Fee" by amending 1.1101 titled "Definitions" by adding a new definition for "Local Exchange Access Line or Equivalent Local Exchange Access Line"; by reserving 1.1102 for future use; by adding section 1.1109 titled "VOIP Positioning Center Operator Minimum Requirements"; by amending Appendix A titled "Master Fee Schedule" by amending Article 1.000 titled "9-1-1 Emergency Telephone Service Fee"; providing a repealing clause; providing a severability clause; providing a savings clause; and providing for an effective date.

 

Ms. Morris read the agenda caption and introduced Karima Dash, SWRCC Director, who presented the report.


 

Council discussion regarding the FCC report, the differences between residential and business fees as well as wireless fees.


Motion by Councilmember Zander with second by Councilmember North to Approve the amendments set forth on Article 1.1100 9-1-1 Emergency Telephone Service to include definitions of a Service User, Local Exchange Access Line or Equivalent Local Exchange Access Line, Public Safety Answering Point and modification of the E911 telephone surcharge to include VOIP fee rates. Motion approved with six (6) votes in favor from Mayor Sherman, Mayor Pro Tem McCowan, Councilmember Helm, Councilmember Proctor, Councilmember North, and Councilmember Zander, and with one (1) vote in opposition from and Councilmember Clark..



 

Consider approval of an agreement with SWAGIT for a pilot study to webcast live or on-demand audio/video content of public meetings on the City’s website and on the City Government access channel through AT&T U-verse for a total of $54,602.

 

Ms. Morris read the agenda caption and introduced Kathy Jones, Public Information Officer, who presented the report.


 

Council discussion regarding the contract, support and maintenance and cost as well the integration of the current material.


Motion by Councilmember Proctor with second by Mayor Pro Tem McCowan to Approve an agreement with Swagit for a pilot study to webcast live or on-demand audio/video content of public meetings on the City's website and on the City Government Access Channel through AT&T U-Verse for a total of $54,602.00. Motion approved.



 

Consider award of bid for the Official Newspaper designation to Focus Daily News.

 

Ms. Morris read the agenda caption and introduced Tayo Sokale, Purchasing Manager, who presented the staff report.


 

Council discussion regarding the requirements of the newspaper, bids and expenses.


Motion by Councilmember Zander with second by Councilmember Proctor to award the official newspaper designation to Focus Daily News effective November 1, 2014 with an option of renewal for another year. Motion approved.



 

G.

REGULAR AGENDA - Old Business

 

No items scheduled for this agenda.



 

H.

CITIZEN APPEARANCES

 

Dario Crosetto
900 Hideaway
DeSoto, TX



 

I.

ITEMS OF COMMUNITY INTEREST

 

City Council provided updates of DeSoto news and events.  Mayor Sherman excused himself and asked that Mayor Pro Tem McCowan preside over the remainder of the meeting.



 

J.

ADJOURNMENT OF REGULAR SESSION

 

Mayor Pro Tem McCowan indicated that there is no further business to discuss during this meeting and asked for a motion to adjourn.


Motion by Councilmember North with second by Councilmember Zander to adjourned the October 21, 2014 City Council Meeting at 9:22pm. Motion approved.



 

K.

EXECUTIVE SESSION AND RESULTING POTENTIAL ACTION

 

No items scheduled for this agenda.










Respectfully submitted,



 
_________________________________
Kisha R. Morris, City Secretary

 

APPROVED:_________________



 
________________________________
Carl O. Sherman, Mayor