DeSoto City Council Meeting
Tuesday, June 6, 2006

The City Council of the City of DeSoto met in Regular Session on Tuesday, June 6, 2006, in the DeSoto Town Center, 211 E. Pleasant Run Road, DeSoto, Texas


 

A.

WORK SESSION

 

Mayor Hurtt called the Work Session to order at 6:09pm


Members Present:
Mayor Hurtt
Mayor Pro Tem Waddle
Councilmember Helm
Councilmember Mayer
Councilmember Clardy
Councilmember Sherman
Councilmember Williams
 


 

1.

Discussion of the findings from Goal 2(O).

 

Lynda Humble, Assistant City Manager, presented the findings. 



 

2.

Update on Joint Fireworks Program between Lancaster and DeSoto.

 

Kathy Maples, Community Relations Manager, stated that the 2006 City of DeSoto and City of Lancaster Joint Fireworks Show would be presented in Lancaster this year at their Football Stadium next to the Community Park.  The City of DeSoto hosted the event in 2005. The gates open at 4:00pm with food, vendors, and kids activities.  Concert featuring Fingerprints begins at 6:00pm and Don Diego begins at 8:00pm. The 35 minutes Fireworks to Music Show begins at 9:30pm.  For additional information call 972-230-9648. 


 

Mayor Hurtt recessed the meeting at 6:39pm



 

B.

REGULAR SESSION - CALL TO ORDER

 

Mayor Hurtt called the Regular Session to order at 7:00pm.


Members Present:
Mayor Hurtt
Mayor Pro Tem Waddle
Councilmember Helm
Councilmember Mayer
Councilmember Clardy
Councilmember Sherman
Councilmember Williams
 

 

Mayor Hurtt began with Regular Agenda Item B.3. out of Agenda sequence.



 

3.

Ambassador: Karen Kirby, Managing Director, Information Technology

 

Karen has worked for the City for over seven years, the last five years as Manager of the Information Technology Department.  She has two sons.   Karen was married two weeks ago and spent a week in Hawaii on her honeymoon, where she and her husband took their first-ever helicopter ride to tour the island.  A little-known-fact: They decided that their first-ever hellicopter ride would also be their last-ever helicopter ride.  



 

1.

Invocation by: Reverend Oscar Epps, Community Missionary Baptist Church


 

2.

Pledge of Allegiance led by Mayor Pro Tem Bobby Waddle


 

C.

PRESENTATIONS


 

1.

Presentation of Proclamation in recognition of Flag Day and Flag Week.

 

Mayor Hurtt read the Proclamation after the Pledge of Allegiance under Agenda Item B.2.


 

Mr. and Mrs. VanSteenberg (Gordon and Shirley)stepped to the podium and made the following comments: "We are here tonight to honor one military person from among the many who serve so unselfishly.  Our son, Brett VanSteenberg, recently returned from Iraq after one year of service.  He was born in Pennslyvania and lived in North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, and New York and graduated from Adirondack Community College.  He continued his education at Bob Jones University and Upper Iowa State.  He spent six years in the U.S. Army, trained in small arms and close-quarters combat.  He was deployed to Italy where he assisted in the training of Russian, Belgian, and German troops and participated in nearly 100 parachute jumps.  Brett came back to Texas in 2003 and secured a position in security with TXU at its downtown Dallas headquarters.  He joined the Texas National Guard and after six months of special training at Fort Hood he was deployed to Iraq with the 56th Brigade, 2nd/112 of the 36th Infantry of the Texas National Guard.  In Iraq, he received three meritorious commendations and was awarded the Bronze Star.  


 

It is very important to our military personnel that they have the support of the people here at home.  On September 11, 2005, our son Brett raised the DeSoto Flag over a military base in Habania, a hot spot halfway between Falujah and Ramadi.  The DeSoto Flag flew for one week and could be seen from anywhere in the City of Habania.  The DeSoto Flag came under fire twice in Iraq.  Thirty minutes after this Flag was erected, their camp was attacked by mortar fire and when the batallion was to return to the United States the convoy carrying a lot of equipment and this Flag was attacked by insurgents.  There were casualties....the Flag has returned home.  He sent a picture telling us about the way they dressed when they were going out on manuvers.  That particular day it was 126 degrees. (He was dressed in heavy combat clothing with a weapon and gear)  He and many others have made many sacrifices for all of us. We appreciate your support.  Through the years this has been his lucky hat, and he’s still got it. (A photo with his tattered red baseball cap). Brett returned to the United States in January 2006 and has resumed his responsibilities at TXU.   Shirley and I are here tonight to return the DeSoto Flag to the City with our appreciation of your support of all our military personnel.  We sincerely hope it will be received and kept with the honor bestowed on it by our son, Sgt. Brett Hunter VanSteenberg of the Texas National Guard.


 

Mayor Hurtt stated that the Flag and other information would be presented to the City Secretary for proper folding and boxed for display on the Flags of Honor wall in City Hall. 



 

2.

Presentation of DeSoto Civic Academy Graduate Certificates.

 

Tracie Hlavinka, Community Relations Manager, presented Graduation Certificates to those in attendance: Dwight Chambers, Karen Salahuddin, Linda Lamar, Henry Moore, Bobbie Taylor, Sheila Garrett, Paul Benson, and Ray Dent. Graduates not in attendance were: Jeff Mason, Perry Holloway, and Terra Smith. 



 

3.

Presentation of Proclamation for Juneteenth Celebration.

 

Kathy Maples, Community Relations Manager, provided information for the 2006 Best Southwest Juneteenth Celebration scheduled for Saturday, June 17th in Duncanville’s Armstrong Park located at 201 James Collins Blvd.  Event begins at 4:00pm with the Opening and Welcome Ceremony; 4:00pm to 8:00pm-Children’s Activities, Wild Rapids Waterslide (bring your bathing suit), Mechanical Bull, Face Painting, and Balloon Art; Delta Sigma Theta Health Fair from 4:00pm to 8:00pn; Local Talent Show from 4:00pm to 6:00pm; Tea Cake and Sweet Potato Pie entries are due at 5:00pm; and entertainment from Gregg A. SMith is scheduled for 8:00pm to 10:00pm.  For more information call 972-780-5086 or go online to www.duncanville.com/juneteenth. 



 

4.

Presentation by Michael Osuna, South Central Regional Director with Granicus, Inc.

 

Mr. Osuna outlined the features of DeSoto’s new Webcast Internet Live Streaming Media and Meeting Archive System with a PowerPoint presentation.  He thanked the City for welcoming Granicus as a partner with the City.  He also conveyed appreciation for the City staff from the Granicus training and deployment staff and said this was one of the easiest deployments they have ever done.  Mr. Osuna also demonstrated access to the media by displaying the various DeSoto website screens.  The Windows Media Player is required to view the video and a free download link is available on the City’s website. 


 

Mayor Hurtt said the City was very excited about Granicus.  Eight years ago the Council made a commitment to begin entering the 21st Century with laptop computers and this is a gigantic step forward. and he appreciated what Granicus was oing.   Mr. Osuna said he appreciated the Mayor's confidence in Granicus as well.  Mayor Hurtt commented that former Councilmember Gil Saulter initiated the laptop computer program and he should be notified about the progress that has been made by the City of DeSoto.



 

D.

CONSENT AGENDA


 

1.

Approval of City Council Minutes

a. Regular Meeting - 05-02-06, 05-16-06
b. Special Meeting - N/A


 

2.

Acceptance of Board and Commission Minutes

a. Board of Adjustment - N/A
b. Building and Standards Commission - N/A
c. Civil Service Commission - N/A
d. DeSoto Economic Development - 04-24-06
e. Library Board - 04-06-06
f. Park Development Corporation -N/A
g. Planning and Zoning Commission - N/A
h. DeSoto Arts Commission - N/A
i. Keep DeSoto Beautiful - 04-06-06
j. Zoning Board of Adjustment - N/A


 

3.

Ordinances and Resolutions 

 

No items scheduled for this Agenda.



 

4.

Contracts and Agreements 

 

No items scheduled for this Agenda.



 

5.

Other Consent Items 

 

No items scheduled for this Agenda


Motion by Councilmember Clardy with second by Councilmember Helm to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. Motion approved unanimously.



 

E.

PUBLIC HEARINGS


 

1.

Consider Zoning Case Z-1059-06; an Amendment to Elerson Trace West (PD-107); to allow up to Twenty-Five Percent (25%) of the lots to have a Front Facing Garage; an area north of Parkerville Road and West of Elerson Road; consisting of approximately 18.9 acres and containing 58 lots; Applicant/Owner: Wildwood Development; and adopting Ordinance.

Motion by Councilmember Helm with second by Councilmember Mayer to open the Public Hearing. Motion approved unanimously.


 

Linda Zombeck, City Planner, presented excerpts from the staff management report and provided a PowerPoint displaying elevations and floor plans. 


 

Richard Rozier, 1825 Masters Drive, representing the applicant, addressed Council and the City Attorney asking for confirmation of his understanding that if the item came from Planning and Zoning with no recommendation, a regular majority vote by City Council would okay and a super majority would not be required from Council.  City Attorney Smith confirmed that was correct. 


Motion by Councilmember Mayer with second by Mayor Pro Tem Waddle to close this Public Hearing. Motion approved unanimously.


Motion by Councilmember Williams with second by Mayor Pro Tem Waddle to approve the item as presented and adopting Ordinance 1668-06. Motion approved unanimously.



 

F.

REGULAR AGENDA - New Business


 

1.

Consider Preliminary Plat P-293-06, Phase Three, Elerson Ranch; 32.6 acres, 100 lots; located north of Parkerville Road and west of Westmoreland Road; Applicant:  Steve Crowley; Owner: Spyglass Hill Investments, Ltd.

 

Linda Zombeck presented excerpts from the Management Report and presented a PowerPoint presentation. 


 

Steve Crowley, the applicant,  addressed Council to ask for their approval.  City Attorney Smith said if the easement does not change, Council could approve the Preliminary Plat as is. 


 

Don Dewberry, 920 W. Parkerville Road, addressed Council and expressed concerns about the development.  He said he spoke before Council previously about keeping a country feel along Parkerville.  He does not want to see brick walls on Parkerville because it would feel like driving through a tunnel.  He requested that Council deny this Preliminary Plat and not approve a brick wall. 


Motion by Councilmember Mayer with second by Councilmember Clardy to close this Public Hearing.  Motion approved unanimously.


Motion by Councilmember Mayer with second by Councilmember Clardy to approve the item as presented. Motion approved unanimously.



 

2.

Consider an Ordinance for the Abandonment of Dalton Drive street Rights-of-Way.

 

Tom Johnson presented excerpts from the staff management report and provided a PowerPoint


 

City Secretary Shipman read the caption of Ordinance 1668-06 into the Public Record.


Motion by Councilmember Mayer with second by Councilmember Sherman to approve the item as presented and adopting Ordinance 1668-06. Motion approved unanimously.



 

3.

Consider approval of a Resolution providing for Reimbursement of Expenditures from the Proceeds of Future Debt Obligations for Bee Branch Bridge.

 

Camelia Browder, Managing Director of Finance, presented excerpts from the Management Report.


Motion by Mayor Pro Tem Waddle with second by Councilmember Mayer to approve the item as presented. Motion approved unanimously.



 

4.

Consider approval of a Professional Services Contract with BRW Architects, Inc. in the amount of $93,500 for Fire Station Renovation Project.

 

Assistant Fire Chief Mike Neill presented excerpts from the Management Report and stated that the amount for the contract should be increased by $1,300 for the Asbestos Survey and $2,700 for the Topographic and Utility Survey for a total $102,500.   


Motion by Councilmember Sherman with second by Councilmember Williams to approve the item for an adjusted amount of $102,500 for a Professional Services Contract to Brown Reynolds Watford Architects.   Motion approved unanimously.



 

5.

Consider approval of a Resolution providing for Reimbursement of Expenditures from the Proceeds of Future Debt Obligations for Fire Station No. 1 Remodeling.

 

Camelia Browder, Managing Director of Finance, presented excerpts from the Management Report.  


Motion by Councilmember Clardy with second by Councilmember Helm to approve the item as presented and Resolution 06-14  Motion approved unanimously.



 

6.

Consider approval of Letter Agreement with TXU Electric Delivery for the Extension and Modification of Settlement between TXU Electric Delivery and the Steering Committee of Cities served by TXU Electric Delivery and Agreement to Resolve Outstanding Franchise Issues.

 

Lynda Humble, Assistant City Manager, presented excerpts from the Management Report.   


 

Kenneth Govan, Customer Relations Manager for TXU Energy Delivery, addressed Council regarding street light repairs and stated that more contractors were addressing the problems.  Councilmember Mayer encouraged him to follow up on the outstanding work orders.


Motion by Mayor Pro Tem Waddle with second by Councilmember Sherman to approve the item as presented. Motion approved unanimously.



 

7.

Consider approval of a Resolution supporting the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ Regional Policy Position regarding the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor.

 

Mayor Hurtt presented excerpts from the Management Report.


Motion by Councilmember Mayer with second by Councilmember Williams to approve the item as presented and Resoution 06-15. Motion approved unanimously.



 

G.

REGULAR AGENDA - Old Business

 

No items scheduled for this Agenda.



 

H.

CITIZEN APPEARANCES

 

Velma Pearson, 1065 Briarwood Lane, addressed Council regarding Mayor Hurtt's comments on the DeSoto Economic Development Corporation and Staff published in the DeSoto Today Newspaper. 



 

I.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Mayor Hurtt announced that effective with the June 20th Council meeting, the Council will dress without ties for the summer and return to more formal dress with the first meeting in September. 

Councilmember Clardy gave a very enthusiastic announcement about the All America City Finalist notification the City of DeSoto received from the National League of Cities.  She invited everyone to show their support and to fill the Corner Theatre for the dress rehersal of the play on Thursday, June 8th at 6:30pm. 



 

J.

EXECUTIVE SESSION AND RESULTING POTENTIAL ACTION

 

No items scheduled for this Agenda.



 

K.

ADJOURNMENT

 

Mayor Hurtt adjourned the meeting at 9:15pm.




An audio tape of the Work Session and an audio tape and video tape of the Regular Session for this meeting are stored with the City Secretary through the Records Management Program.  The City Secretary, per the adopted retention schedules of the Texas State Library and Archive Commission, will maintain a complete file copy of the City Council Agenda Packet.


Respectfully submitted,



 
_________________________________
Anell Shipman, City Secretary

 

APPROVED:_________________



 
________________________________
Mayor Michael Hurtt