DeSoto City Council Meeting
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The City Council of the City of DeSoto held a City Council Meeting Tuesday, November 4, 2014, in the Jim Baugh Government Center (City Hall), 211 E. Pleasant Run Road, DeSoto, Texas


 

A.

WORK SESSION

 

No items scheduled for this agenda.



 

B.

REGULAR SESSION - CALL TO ORDER

 

Mayor Sherman called the meeting to order at 7:07pm.


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: Pastor Josef Rasheed, CrossRoads Covenant Church

 

The invocation was led by Pastor Rodney Gadsden of CrossRoads Covenant Church.



 

3.

Pledge of Allegiance led by: Councilmember Rachel Proctor


 

4.

Introduction of Ambassador: Jenette Naranja, HR Department

 

Jenette Naranja has been employed with the City of DeSoto as a Human Resources Assistant since October 2013. Jenette was born and raised in the Philippines where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. She immigrated to the United States in 1996 and joined the United States Army for four years as a Sergeant/E5, Finance Specialist. She was stationed in Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Rose Barracks, Vilseck, Germany. She continued her studies and earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She is also a Texas Board Certified Public Accountant. She is married to Eddie, a 20 year Army Veteran and has one child, a son name Edward. Her family moved to Texas in 2004. Before coming to work for the City of DeSoto, she was a Military Personnel Specialist in Fort Knox, KY. She also worked as an Administrative Assistant and Fleet Program Coordinator for nine years for the City of Farmers Branch, TX. For leisure she likes to travel to different states and countries to experience the culture and cuisine. She takes pleasure in watching movies, broadway musicals and ballet performances. She frequents the City of DeSoto Library daily to enjoy their book selection.



 

C.

PRESENTATIONS


 

1.

Presentation of Certificates to Civic Academy Graduates

 

Mayor Sherman read the agenda caption and introduced Tracie Hlavinka, Assistant City Manager, who made the presentations.



 

2.

Presentation of Health Excellence Awards

 

Ms. Morris read the agenda caption and introduced Jimmy Stephens, Environmental Health Manager, who made the presentations.



 

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 -10/21/14, 10/23/14
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 - 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

Consider a Resolution to adopt DeSoto Financial Policies.
Consider confirmation of appointment to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Arts Commission.

 

Submitted for consideration are minutes from the DeSoto City Council as well as consider a Resolution to adopt DeSoto Financial Policies and consider confirmation of appointments to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Arts Commission.


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



 

E.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

No items scheduled for this agenda.



 

F.

REGULAR AGENDA - New Business


 

Consider 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 adopting Ordinance. (Note: The Public Hearing for this zoning case was held on both Tuesday, October 7, 2014 and Tuesday, October 21, 2014.)

 

Ms. Morris read the agenda caption and indicated that since this item was presented at previous City Council Meetings, no presentation would be made; however, Edlyn Vatthauer, Planning Manager, would answer any questions if necessary.


 

Council discussion regarding clarification on the existing ordinance as it relates to the chimney requirements and the possible conflict with the larger and smaller homes, the differences between the ordinance and management report submitted in the packet and the corrected version, the square footage allowed on homes that are allowed have stucco material, comments regarding 100% requirement and the possibility of DeSoto being less attractive for prospective homebuyers, minimum and maximum requirements in DeSoto versus other cities in the Best Southwest, clarification on the requirements for the front face of a house as well as the other three sides, and the approval process of material other than what is stipulated in the ordinance.


Motion by Mayor Pro Tem McCowan with second by Councilmember North to Approve 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 to include chimney requirements being consistent with the existing standards for the masonry. Motion approved.



 

Consider a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a Boundary Adjustment Agreement with the City of Dallas, Texas, at the northwest corner of Old Hickory Trail and Danieldale Road and the southeast corner of Polk Street and Danieldale Road.

 

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


 

Council discussion regarding clarification of the proposed transfer and the projected timeline.


Motion by Councilmember Proctor with second by Councilmember Zander to approve a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a Boundary Adjustment Agreement with the City of Dallas, Texas, at the Northwest corner of Old Hickory Trail and Danieldale Road and the Southeast corner of Polk Street and Danieldale Road. Motion approved.



 

G.

REGULAR AGENDA - Old Business

 

No items scheduled for this agenda.



 

H.

CITIZEN APPEARANCES

 

No citizens appearances.



 

I.

ITEMS OF COMMUNITY INTEREST

 

City Council discussed upcoming city events.



 

J.

ADJOURNMENT OF REGULAR SESSION

 

Mayor Sherman adjourned the meeting at 8:13pm.



 

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