DeSoto City Council Meeting
Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The City Council of the City of DeSoto met in Regular Session on Tuesday, January 16, 2007, in the DeSoto Town Center, 211 E. Pleasant Run Road, DeSoto, Texas





Mayor Hurtt called the Work Session to order at 6:00 p.m. 



Review of Master Agenda by City Manager.


City Manager Baugh reviewed the Master Agenda.



Discussion of Regular Agenda items.



Review the projected Fire Department staffing plan in light of the SAFER grant.


The Department of Homeland Security was awarded $621,000 through a Grant for the "Staffing increase for adequate equipment and emergency response program". 


The DeSoto Fire Rescue Department provided a PowerPoint presentation and distributed copies of the Customer Service Review 2007 to Council.  Members of the presentation team were:  Joe Brown, Fire Fighter Paramedic; Mike Donahoo, Fire Fighter Paramedic; Craig Kirk, Fire Fighter Paramedic; and John Moore, Fire Fighter Paramedic.


Mayor Hurtt recessed the Work Session at 7:07 p.m. 





Mayor Hurtt called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m.



Invocation by: Reverend Oscar Epps, Community Missionary Baptist Church


Reverend Epps was not in attendance.  Dr. Robert Simmons, Dallas First Church of the Nazarene, provided the invocation. 



Pledge of Allegiance led by Councilmember Virgil Helm



Ambassador: Dona Carmona, Southwest Regional Communications Center -   Dona has been employed with the City of Desoto for 6 months and works in the Southwest Regional Communications Center. She was born on a U.S. Army Base, in Livorno, Italy, in 1964, while her father was serving has an Army Staff Sergeant. She was raised in Dallas, Texas and graduated from W.W. Samuell High School in 1982.  She attended college at Town East Jr. College, where she obtained an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice.  She worked for the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department as a Detention Officer for 5 years and then went on to serve as a Dallas Police Officer in the Southeast Patrol Division and Communications for 5 years.  She then went on to obtain her Nursing Degree from El Centro College and has been a Registered Nurse since 1996. She recently decided to come back to work in the communications division of law enforcement. Her husband is a Duncanville Fire Fighter and they have six children, ranging from 9 yrs old to 22, and they have two grandchildren.  Little Known Fact: She was Ms. Teen Dallas 1981 and a Rodeo Queen in Barrel Racing from 1977 – 1981.






Presentation of a National Certificate of Award to the City of DeSoto by Sandra Jo Raz, Regent of the Old Chisholm Trail Chapter of the National Society for the Daughters of the American Revolution, "For proper use, correct display, and patriotic presentation of the Flags of the United States of America".


Lucille Ames, presented the Certificate of Award to Mayor Pro Tem Waddle.  Ms. Ames also presented a Cerificate to City Secretary Shipman in recognition of excellence in leading others and in the proper display and care of the United States of America Flag.  Ms. Ames stated that Certificates were presented to Mayor Pro Tem Waddle and Ruthelle Wilson for the Flag display at their homes and also a recognition for the Rotary Club.  Mayor Pro Tem Waddle presented Ms. Ames with an All-America City lapel pin and the Commemorative City of DeSoto Coin.



Presentation by the Charter Review Commission regarding findings and recommendations.


Previous Mayor Richard Rozier, Chairman of the 2006 Charter Review Commission, presented the recommendations to Council. 


Additional Commissioners in attendance were Marikay Dewberry, Joyce Williams, Scott McDonald, Delva King, Bertina Williams, and Warren Adams.  Mayor Hurtt thanked the Commission for their thoughtful discussion and great debate.  Councilmember Sherman thanked the Commission for their sacrifice and committment.



Presentation of the DEDC First Quarterly Report.


President Sandy Respess presented the report on behalf of the Board. A printed copy of the report was provided to each Councilmember.


Mayor Hurtt complimented the DEDC group and stated that it seems things are working fabulously within DEDC staff and Board.



Presentation of December 2006 Financial Report.


Patrick Harvey, Assistant Finance Director, presented the report. Due to a conflict of equipment, the report could not be viewed by the audience. Council reviewed copies of the document in their Agenda Packet.






Approval of City Council Minutes

a. Regular Meeting - 12-19-06
b. Special Meeting - 12-07-06



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 - 11-27-06, 11-27-06 joint City Council Meeting
e. Library Board - N/A
f. Park Development Corporation - N/A
g. Planning and Zoning Commission - N/A
h. DeSoto Arts Commission - N/A
i. Keep DeSoto Beautiful - N/A
j. Zoning Board of Adjustment - N/A



Ordinances and Resolutions  No items scheduled for this Agenda.



Contracts and Agreements  No items scheduled for this Agenda.



Other Consent Items  No items scheduled for this Agenda.

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





No Public Hearings scheduled for this Agenda.






Consider approval of a Construction Contract with Durable Specialties, Inc. in the amount of $219,500 for the Centralized Traffic Signal Monitoring Project.


Tom Johnson, Managing Director of Development Services, provided excerpts from the staff management report and briefed Council on how the system works. 

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



Consider authorizing the Mayor to enter into a Professional Services Agreement with Dunkin Sims Stoffels, Inc. for the Design, Development, and Construction Supervision for the approved 2003 Bond Improvements at Grimes Park and Ernie Roberts Park.


Mel Rapp, Managing Director of Park and Liesure Services, presented excerpts from the staff managment report.

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



Consider approval of Ordinance to Amend the FY 05-06 Annual Budget.


Patrick Harvey, Assistant Director of Finance, presented excerpts from the staff management report.


City Secretary Shipman read the Ordinance caption into the public record.

Motion by Councilmember Clardy with second by Councilmember Sherman to to approve the item as presented and to adopt Ordinance 1705-07. Motion approved unanimously.



Consider approval of Ordinance to Amend the FY 06-07 Annual Budget.


Camelia Browder, Director of Financial Services presented excerpts from the staff management report


City Secretary Shipman read the caption of the Ordinance into the official record.

Motion by Mayor Pro Tem Waddle with second by Councilmember Williams to approve the item as presented and to adopt Ordinance 1706-07. Motion approved unanimously.



REGULAR AGENDA - Old Business 


No items scheduled for this Agenda.





No additional request to speak cards were presented.





January 26th at 10:00 a.m. Grand opening of the refurbished DeSoto Citizen Senior Center approved in the 2005 Bond Election.





Mayor Hurtt recessed the meeting at 8:29 p.m. The Council will reconvene into Executive Session after a short break. 


Mayor Hurtt convened the Council into Executive Session at 8:46 p.m.



Executive Session: Pursuant to Texas Government Code, Section 551.074 Personnel Matters: Annual Performance Review of the City Secretary.



Action resulting from Executive Session regarding Personnel Matter.


Mayor Hurtt closed the Executive Session at 10:10 p.m. and reconvened into Regular Session at 10:11 p.m.

Motion by Councilmember Clardy with second by Councilmember Sherman to provide City Secretary Shipman with a merit increase equal to the percentage for the City Manager. Motion approved with four (4) votes in favor from Mayor Pro Tem Waddle, Councilmember Helm, Councilmember Clardy, and Councilmember Sherman, and with three (3) votes in opposition from Mayor Hurtt, Councilmember Mayer, and Councilmember Williams..





Mayor Hurtt adjourned the meeting at 10:15 p.m.

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



Mayor Michael Hurtt