Minutes of the Council Meeting
February 19, 2013
The City of Hallsville, Texas convened in a regular session at 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at the City Hall with the following members present.
Jerri Medrano: Mayor
James Mizell: Mayor Pro Tem
Eric Anderson: Alderman
Doris Coleman: Alderman
Tim Hatten: Alderman
Jake Walker: Alderman
City Secretary: Laura Welch
Chief of Police: Paul Montoya
Water Operator: Kevin Meserole
I. CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Medrano. Dr. Monty Pierce led the invocation and Mayor Medrano led the Pledge of Allegiance.
II. CONSENT AGENDA
1. Minutes of January 15th Meeting
Motion was made by Alderman Eric Anderson and second by Mayor Pro Tem James Mizell to approve the minutes as read. Motion carried. 5 Ayes; 0 Nays; and 0 Abstentions.
2. Monthly Financial Reports for January
Motion was made by Alderman Tim Hatten and second by Alderman Eric Anderson to approve the monthly financial reports. Motion carried. 5 Ayes; 0 Nays; and 0 Abstentions.
III. MONTHLY POLICE SUMMARY
The January police summary was reviewed by Chief Paul Montoya. Total contacts for the month was 733: 427 citations issued and 306 warnings issued. There were 24 incident reports, 17 arrests, 3 accidents and no city ordinance violations for the month. Out of the 733 contacts made Chief Montoya issued 10 citations and 9 warnings; Officer Treadwell issued 103 citations and 87 warnings; Officer Smith issued 59 citations and 125 warnings; Officer Phillips issued 232 citations and 61 warnings and Sgt. Best issued 23 citations and 24 warnings.
Chief Montoya introduced our new Code Enforcement Officer, Victoria Aldrete. Ms. Aldrete brought the council up to date as far as her training, obtaining her certifications and her recent activities and intentions for her position.
Marty Cummings with COPsync make a presentation to the council regarding new equipment for the patrol cars. Copsync is the largest law enforcement real-time, in-car information sharing, communication and data interoperability network in the U. S. The COPsync solution is unique, in part, because it provides functionality in one consolidated software solution. Data is gathered electronically at the point of incident and is immediately available system wide.
IV. MONTHLY WATER DEPARTMENT SUMMARY
Water Operator, Kevin Meserole presented a monthly report of the activity in the department for the month. This report consists of water leaks and locations, sewer issues and their locations and miscellaneous department activities for the month. There is currently a total of 1397 active water connections in the city. Building and sign permit information for the month was also presented to the Council. Mr. Meserole informed the Council he had passed his licensing test he had taken last month.
1. Consider and act upon the approval of the cost and removal of the downtown elevated water tower by Iseler Demolition, Inc. at a cost of $12,700.00.
Motion was made by Alderman Tim Hatten and second by Alderman Eric Anderson to approve the cost and dismantle of the downtown water tower with the stipulation that Iseler Demolition provide the city with a disposal manifest. It was also noted the Council give their approval for the Mayor to sign the Acceptance of Proposal from Iseler. Motion carried. 5 Ayes; 0 Nays; and 0 Abstentions.
2. Consider and act upon the proposed sale to First Baptist Church of the lot under the downtown elevated water tower.
Motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem James Mizell and second by Alderman Jake Walker to approve the proposed sale of the lot under the downtown elevated water tower to First Baptist Church. It was also noted the Council give their approval for the Mayor to sign the Warranty Deed and Earnest Money Contract paperwork associated with this sale. Motion carried. 5 Ayes; 0 Nays; and 0 Abstentions.
3. Consider and act upon an Order of Election for May 11, 2013.
Motion was made by Alderman Tim Hatten and second by Mayor Pro Tem James Mizell to approve the Order of Election for May 11, 2013. Motion carried. 5 Ayes; 0 Nays; and 0
4. Consider and act upon a Contract for Elections Services with Harrison County Elections Administration for the 2013 elections.
Motion was made by Alderman Eric Anderson and second by Alderman Tim Hatten to approve the Contract for Election Services with Harrison County Election Administration for 2013. Motion carried. 5 Ayes; 0 Nays; and 0 Abstentions.
5. Consider and act upon amending the General Fund and Water/Sewer Budgets for the fiscal year 2012-2013.
Motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem James Mizell and second by Alderman Tim Hatten approve the amending of the General Fund and Water/Sewer Budgets. Motion carried. 5 Ayes; 0 Nays; and 0 Abstentions.
VI. CITIZENS TO BE HEARD
The City Council welcomes public comments on items not specifically listed on the agenda. Speakers much sign up before the meeting begins and indicate which item (if any) the speaker wishes to address. Speakers are limited to three (3) minutes each. The Council cannot respond to matters not listed on the agenda until a future meeting.
CITY OF HALLSVILLE
Mayor Jerri Medrano
Laura Welch, City Secretary
Sworn and subscribed by before me on the 20th day of February, 2013.
Lynnae Dawn Tucker
Notary Public, State of Texas