Minutes of the Council Meeting
March 19, 2013
The City of Hallsville, Texas convened in a regular session at 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the City Hall with the following members present:
Jerri Medrano Mayor
James Mizell Mayor Pro Tem
Doris Coleman Alderman
Tim Hatten Alderman
Jake Walker Alderman
Eric Anderson – Absent
City Secretary Laura Welch
Chief of Police Paul Montoya
Water Superintendent Rickey Dugger
- I. CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Medrano. Mayor Medrano led the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
II. CONSENT AGENDA
1. Minutes of February 19th Meeting
Motion was made by Alderman Jake Walker and second by Mayor Pro Tem James Mizell to approve the minutes as read. Motion carried. 4 Ayes; 0 Nays; and 0 Abstentions.
2. Monthly Financial Reports for February
Motion was made by Alderman Jake Walker and second by Mayor Pro Tem James Mizell to approve the monthly financial reports. Motion carried. 4 Ayes; 0 Nays; and 0 Abstentions.
III. MONTHLY POLICE SUMMARY
The February police summary was reviewed by Chief Paul Montoya. Total contacts for the month was 472: 274 citations issued and 198 warnings issued. There were 24 incident reports, 10 arrests, 4 accidents and no city ordinance violations for the month.
Chief Montoya presented the general update of the month’s activities.
IV. MONTHLY WATER DEPARTMENT SUMMARY
Water Superintendent, Rickey Dugger 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 1407 active water connections in the city. Building and sign permit information for the month was also presented to the Council.
V. BEAUTIFICATION COMMITTEE REPORT
Gary Nash updated the Council on the activities the committee is involved in. A letter has been prepared and Sharon Davis, a volunteer on the committee, has delivered letters to many of our businesses explaining the project and requesting donations. To date, the committee has received $1,550. The committee has purchased two Christmas decorations and will have them on display at City Hall and other events for our citizens to see and possibly want to contribute.
The members of the committee will hand out water at a 5K Fun Run on April 6th. Also on April 20th, the committee will participate in the 4th Annual Day in the Park, benefitting the Hallsville Outreach Center. Together with the City’s Code Enforcement Officer Victoria Aldrete, we will be hosting “The Big Event – Hallsville City Wide Spring Cleanup” on May 4th. Sanitation Solutions is bringing us two large roll offs for our residents to dispose of large items in efforts to help clean up our City. The entrance signs to the City are still being addressed.
1. Consider and approve the appointment of early voting clerks and judges.
Motion was made by Alderman Jake Walker and second by Mayor Pro Tem James Mizell to approve the appointment of the early voting clerks and judges for the May 11th City election.
Motion carried. 4 Ayes; 0 Nays; and 0 Abstentions.
2. Consider and act upon the revised Earnest Money Contract and the Warranty Deed on the proposed sale to First Baptist Church of the lot under the downtown elevated water tower.
Motion was made by Alderman Jake Walker and second by Mayor Pro Tem James Mizell to approve the revised contact and deed. The two changes are FBC agrees to “revitalize” the old water tower property and the City agrees not to retain a reversionary ownership interest in the water tower lot. These two changes make the sale pursuant to a different statutory provision of the Local Government Code exempting the sale from the general bid process for sale of City property. As noted in last month’s minutes, the Council give their approval for the Mayor to sign the Warranty Deed and Earnest Money Contract paperwork associated with this sale. Motio carried. 4 Ayes; 0 Nays; and 0 Abstentions.
3. Consider and act upon the approval of the Amendment of Final Plat of Germantown. This amended final plat includes the installation of hammerheads on lots 52 and 34.
Motion was made by Alderman Jake Walker and second by Mayor Pro Tem James Mizell to approve the Amendment of Final Plat of Germantown. Motion carried. 4 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 March, 2013.
Lynnae Dawn Tucker
Notary Public, State of Texas