Mayor Hurtt called the Work Session to order at 6:05 p.m.
Review of Master Agenda by City Manager.
City Manager Baugh reviewed the Master Agenda.
Discussion of Regular Agenda items.
City Manager Baugh presented additional supporting documentation to the Councilmembers regarding the Town Center Project (Item F.1.).
Tom Johnson, Managing Director of Development Services provided additional supporting documentation for items E.1. and E.2.
Presentation of "After the Fire" Pamphlet.
Fred Hart, Chief of DeSoto Fire Rescue, introduced Skyla Biggers, the new Regional Emergency Manager, a position created jointly among the Cities of DeSoto, Cedar Hill, and Duncanville.
Chief Hart introduced Taj Wright, Probationary Firefighter/Paramedic, who will start training at the DeSoto Fire Academy on February 19, 2007. Mr. Wright presented and reviewed the publication "After the Fire...We continue to serve" a brochure produced by the DeSoto Fire Department to assist citizens with issues that arise once the fire has been extinguished.
Mayor Hurtt called the meeting order at 7:02 p.m.
Members Present: Mayor Hurtt
Mayor Pro Tem Waddle
Ambassador: Erin Eads, Library March will mark the 13th anniversary for Erin as an employee of the DeSoto Public Library. She and her husband live in Dallas, where they are both very active in their church, Oak Lawn United Methodist Church. Erin and her husband travel when they can, and love to take both of their surviving parents with them when they go (her dad and his mom), who both get along very well! Erin and her husband have three miniature dachshunds, and have a house full of dachshund collectibles including antique paintings, prints, and figurines. They both love shopping for antiques, walking, going to movies and museums, and spending time with their family, friends, and pets.
Postmaster Linda Norwood relayed information regarding Ella Fitzgerald, the 30th inductee for the Black Heritage stamp series. She presented a framed version of the 2007 stamp series to Mayor Hurtt. The engraved plaque reads: "Presented to the City of DeSoto from the United States Postal Service DeSoto Main Post Office February 6, 2007."
Mayor Hurtt read the Proclamation recognizing African American History Month. He also mentioned current acitivities in DeSoto marking this month-long celebration including "A Raisin in the Sun" production in the Corner Theater, the art show in the atrium at Town Center and Concerned DeSoto Citizens' upcoming Gospelfest.
Approval of City Council Minutes
a. Regular Meeting - 1-16-07
b. Special Meeting - N/A
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 - 12-19-06
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
a. Consider Resolution requesting State Legislation that requires the Mandatory Disclosure of Real Property Sales Prices to Appraisal Districts to ensure the Fair and Equitable Valuation and Taxation of all Real Property in the State of Texas.
Contracts and Agreements
a. Consider amendment to contract with Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, LLP, for collection of delinquent water utility amounts.
Other Consent Items No items scheduled for this Agenda.
Motion by Councilmember Sherman with second by Mayor Pro Tem Waddle to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. Motion approved unanimously.
Consider Zoning case Z-1090-06; a General Retail Planned Development for Polk’s View; an area south of Belt Line Road and West of Polk Street; on approximately 3.4 acres of land and consisting of ten lots; Applicant/Owner: Monte Anderson; and adopting Ordinance.
Motion by Mayor Pro Tem Waddle with second by Councilmember Mayer to open this Public Hearing. Motion approved unanimously.
Edlyn Vatthauer, Manager of Planning and Zoning, presented excerpts from the staff management report.
Steve Stoner with Deshazo & Tang Associates, 400 S. Houston Street, Suite B30, Dallas, was asked to review parking demands for this development and provided an explanation of the process and recommendations.
Carole Twitmyer, Options Real Estate, 1801 N. Hampton Road, DeSoto, gave an overview of the request for the zoning change.
Applicant Monte Anderson, Options Real Estate, 912 Ironwood, DeSoto, gave further explanation of the project.
Burt Maxwell, 1512 Mossy Ridge, DeSoto, partner in this project, provided comments.
Motion by Councilmember Mayer with second by Councilmember Helm to table this item until the next regularly scheduled City Council meeting on February 20, 2007. Motion approved.
Councilmember Clardy left the meeting at 9:04 p.m.
Consider Zoning case Z-1091-06; an Amendment to Planned Development 121 (PD-121) regarding Height of Structures, Parking Requirements and Setbacks; an area north of Danieldale Road and west of Bolton Boone Drive; on approximately 30 acres of land and consisting of one lot; Applicant: Apartment Development Services, Ltd.; Owner: Rose Pearl, Ltd.; and adopting Ordinance.
Councilmember Mayor left the dais at 9:04 p.m.
Motion by Mayor Pro Tem Waddle with second by Councilmember Williams to open this Public Hearing. Motion approved unanimously, with five (5) members voting.
Councilmember Mayer returned to the dais at 9:06 p.m.
Edlyn Vatthauer, Planning Supervisor, presented excerpts from the management report.
Richard Rozier, 1805 Westmoreland Road, appeared for the applicant to provide an explanation of the requests.
Councilmember Sherman left the dais at 9:10 p.m. and returned at 9:15 p.m.
Motion by Mayor Pro Tem Waddle with second by Councilmember Sherman to close this Public Hearing. Motion approved unanimously, with six (6) members voting.
Laura Hallmark, Administrative Assistant/Public Records Coordinator as Acting City Secretary, read the Ordinance caption into the public record.
Motion by Councilmember Mayer with second by Mayor Pro Tem Waddle to to approve the item as presented with the stipulations noted in the staff management report, and adopting Ordinance 1707-07. Motion approved unanimously, with six (6) members voting.
Consider authorizing the City Manager to Execute a Contract with Trammell Crow-High Street Residential to develop a Detailed Schematic Design of the Town Center Project and Amend the 2007 Operating Budget to include the City’s share of the design fees associated with this work.
City Manager Baugh introduced Cindy Harris, Vice President with Trammell Crow-High Street Development and discussed the process involved with the Town Center Project.
Motion by Councilmember Mayer with second by Councilmember Williams to Authorize the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Trammell Crow–High Street Residential to develop a Detailed Schematic Design of the Town Center Project and appropriate the City’s share of the design fees associated with this work out of Available Fund Balance in the FY 2007 General Fund Operating Budget. Motion approved unanimously, with six (6) members voting.
REGULAR AGENDA - Old Business
Tom Walker, 816 Woodridge Drive, DeSoto, addressed Council.
Mayor Hurtt reminded citizens of the "Raisin in the Sun" production in the Corner Theater, Art Show in the Town Center Atrium, the upcoming Concerned DeSoto Citizens' Gospel Music Festival.
Mayor Hurtt mentioned the Semi-Annual Town Hall Meeting scheduled for February 12, 2007 and explained the process for the evening - an important meeting to receive citizen input regarding City services and the Capital Improvement Program.
Mayor Hurtt recessed the meeting at 9:43 p.m. The Council will reconvene into Executive Session after a short break.
Mayor Hurtt convened the Council into Executive Session at 9:52 p.m.
Executive Session: Pursuant to Texas Government Code, Section 551.074 Personnel Matters: Semi-Annual Performance Review of the City Manager.
Action resulting from Executive Session regarding Personnel Matter.
Mayor Hurtt closed the Executive Session at 10:53 p.m. and reconvened into Regular Session at 10:54 p.m.
Motion by Councilmember Mayer with second by Mayor Pro Tem Waddle to change salary clause of the City Manager’s employment contract to "Council discretion", to provide a compensation package totalling $175,500 of which $6,000 is an auto allowance, $15,520 is deferred compensation, and a base rate of pay of $154,000. Motion approved unanimously, with six (6) members voting.
Mayor Hurtt adjourned the meeting at 11:00 p.m.
Record of minutes for this meeting have been prepared by Laura Hallmark, Administrative Assistant/Public Records Coordinator as Acting City Secretary in the absence of Anell Shipman, City Secretary.
Anell Shipman, City Secretary
Mayor Michael Hurtt