DeSoto City Council Meeting
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The City Council of the City of DeSoto held a City Council Meeting Tuesday, November 18, 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 6:03pm.  Councilmember Zander was not present at the calling of the meeting.


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


 

1.

Review of Master Agenda

 

Dr. Richardson, City Manager, reviewed the following items from the Master Agenda:

November 20, 2014 - Boards and Commissions Interviews - DEDC - 6pm
December 5, 2014 - DeSoto Tree Lighting - 7pm until 8pm
December 6, 2014 - Hometown Holiday Parade - begins at 5:30pm
December 17, 2014 - Employee Annual Awards Banquet - Civic Center Bluebonnet Rooms - 11:30am until 1pm



 

2.

Review of Regular Agenda items

 

No items were discussed.



 

3.

Discussion of City Council Travel Policy

 

Edena Atmore, Finance Director, gave a presentation on the proposed travel policy highlighting the following areas:

*Policy extended to Boards and Commissions members
*Liability coverage/City Credit Card
*Supplemental insurance for rental cars (city credit card covers additional insurance; however, if personal card is used, the supplemental insurance is reimbursable)
*Requirement of meal receipts
*Cash Advances (approval by the Mayor and/or City Manager
*Expense Report and Advance Forms
*Lost Receipt Form


 

There were no questions from the Council regarding the Travel Policy; however, Mayor Sherman thanked all of those who worked on the update to the policy.



 

4.

Presentation on the feasibility of installing bike lanes

 

Tom Johnson, Development Services Managing Director, introduced Jeff Whitacre, Kimley Horn, who made the presentation highlighting the following:

*Overview of Workshop (Bicycle Planning 101 and Bicycling Feasibility in DeSoto)
*Why invest in Bicycle Infrastructure - Benefits to include health, safety, transportation, environmental)
*Who are the users - Advanced, Basic, Comfortable, Non-users
*Types of Bicycle Facilities - Shared, Dedicated and Separate
*What other cities are doing - Dallas and Cedar Hill
*Strengths and Weaknesses in DeSoto
*Strategies for DeSoto
*Concepts of Bicycle Planning
*DeSoto Comprehensive Plan
*Example Streets - Hanna/Ray and The Meadows Parkway and Hampton


 

Council discussion regarding obtaining data of accidents on shared lanes (35mph or below), the availability of State/Federal funding on the implementation especially with regards to the environmental benefits, bike rental stations, alternative routes, resurfacing the roadway, the traffic counts on North Hampton Road as opposed to south of Pleasant Run Road (traffic count information is available on the website; however, will be provided to the City Council by Development Services via email), and the new neighborhood Wal-Mart and its potential effects.


 

Councilmember Zander arrived at 6:29pm.


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

 

Mayor Sherman adjourned the meeting at 6:47pm.



 

B.

REGULAR SESSION - CALL TO ORDER

 

Mayor Sherman called the meeting to order at 7:02pm.


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

 

The invocation was provided by Pastor Curt Krohn, Faith Bible Church.



 

3.

Pledge of Allegiance led by: Councilmember Dick North


 

4.

Introduction of Ambassador: Heather Lanham, Code Enforcement

 

Heather Lanham has a background in residential Construction, Consulting, and Code Enforcement. She has spent over 7 years as a Code Enforcement Officer.  She spent over 5 years for the City of Lancaster and almost 2 years at the City of DeSoto. It is a pleasure having her here at the City of DeSoto. Heather enjoys golfing, boating, camping, archery, and several outdoor sports and activities.



 

C.

PRESENTATIONS


 

1.

Presentation of Employee Recognition Program certificates to commended City employees

 

Ms. Morris read the agenda caption and introduced Dr. Tarron Richardson, City Manager and Mayor Carl Sherman who made the presentations.



 

Presentation of monthly Financial Report for October 2014 & 4th Quarter Investment Report for FY 2014

 

Ms. Morris read the agenda caption and introduced Tishia Jordan, Assistant Finance Director, who presented the Financial Report for October 2014. Mr. Bill Cook, from Valley View Consultants, provided the 4th Quarter Investment Report.


 

Council discussion regarding the reasons for the sales tax revenue increase (housing/commerical permits), reasons for the decrease in police expenditures (management of budgets), and clarification regarding uses of fund balance, clarification of Fund 57510 - Christmas expenses now being funded by Parks and Recreation Department.



 

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 -11-04-14
b. Special Meeting - N/A

 

2.

Acceptance of Board and Commission Minutes

a. Arts Commission - 09-22-14, 10-06-14
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. Domestic Violence Advisory Committee - N/A
g. Keep DeSoto Beautiful - N/A
h. Library Advisory Board - N/A
i. Park Development Corporation - N/A
j. Planning and Zoning -N/A
k. Zoning Board of Adjustment - N/A

 

3.

Other Items

Consider a Resolution to adopt the Investment Policy and the exhibits attached thereto, for the City of DeSoto, DeSoto Housing Finance Corporation, DeSoto Industrial Development Corporation, DeSoto Health Facilities Corporation, and the DeSoto Parks Development Corporation as revised.
Consider adopting the City Council Travel Policy.

 

Submitted for consideration are minutes from the DeSoto City Council and Arts Commission as well as consider a Resolution to adopt the Investment Policy for the City of DeSoto, DeSoto Housing Finance Corporation, DeSoto Industrial Development Corporation, DeSoto Health Facillities Corporation, and DeSoto Parks Development Corporation and consider adopting the City Council Travel Policy.


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



 

F.

REGULAR AGENDA - New Business


 

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 Number 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 Number 201200177423 of the deed records of Dallas County, Texas and adopting Ordinance (2 Public Hearings were held at the October 21, 2014 City Council Meeting).

 

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


 

No council discussion.


 

Ms. Morris read the Ordinance for the public record.


Motion by Councilmember Proctor with second by Councilmember Zander to Approve an Ordinance annexing a 3.1 acre tract of land situated in the Isaac Wiley Survey, Abstract Number 1545, Dallas County, Texas. Motion approved.



 

Consider a Resolution approving a Supplemental Master Road & Bridge Interlocal Agreement with Dallas County for roadway striping projects.

 

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


 

No council discussion.


Motion by Mayor Pro Tem McCowan with second by Councilmember Proctor to Approve the Resolution approving the Supplemental Master Road & Bridge Interlocal Agreement with Dallas County for roadway stripping projects. Motion approved.



 

E.

PUBLIC HEARINGS


 

Consider Zoning Case Z-1294-14; zoning of a 3.1 acre tract proposed for Annexation from Agricultural to Light Industrial; an area located along the west side of Old Hickory Trail and just north of Danieldale Road; Applicant: City of DeSoto; Owner: US Real Estate LP; and adopting Ordinance.

 

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


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


 

Council discussion regarding the City of Dallas' role if Ordinance is passed as well as tax implications.


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


 

Ms. Morris read the Ordinance for the public record.


Motion by Mayor Pro Tem McCowan with second by Councilmember North to Approve Case Z-1294-14; the zoning of a 3.1 acre tract from Agricultural to Light Industrial. Motion approved.



 

Consider Zoning Case Z-1291-14; a light industrial Planned Development, which will allow a skating rink/indoor amusement center by-right; an area at the northeast corner of North Polk Street and East Wintergreen Road; on approximately 6.38 acres of land and consisting of 1 lot; Applicant: Valerie Banks; Owner: Richard Gray, Jr.; and adopting Ordinance.

 

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.


 

Council discussion the anticipated date of completion of the project, employment opportunities (i.e. livable wages), increasing sales tax revenues and property value increases.


 

The following individuals are those who addressed the City Council:


 

Valerie Banks
416 Fairweather Street
DeSoto, Texas


 

Mark Stewart
3932 Ridgecrest Drive
Flower Mound, Texas 75022


 

Taylor Banks
212 West Wintergreen Road
DeSoto, Texas


 

Ruby Rowlett
817 DeSoto Drive
DeSoto, Texas


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


 

Ms. Morris read the Ordinance for the public record.


Motion by Councilmember North with second by Councilmember Proctor to Approve Case Z-1291-14; a Light Industrial Planned Development, which will allow a Skating Rink/Indoor Amusement Center By-Right, with the following stipulation.
1. The exterior color of the building will be in earth tones. Motion approved.



 

G.

REGULAR AGENDA - Old Business

 

No items scheduled for the agenda.



 

H.

CITIZEN APPEARANCES

 

No citizens wished to address the City Council during this meeting.



 

I.

ITEMS OF COMMUNITY INTEREST

 

The City Council informed the citizens of upcoming events.



 

J.

ADJOURNMENT OF REGULAR SESSION

 

Mayor Sherman adjourned the meeting at 8:22pm.



 

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