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MINUTES OF MEETING
CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GLEN ROSE
SEPTEMBER 14, 2009 - 5:30 PM
COUNCIL CHAMBERS – TOWN HALL
MAYOR PAM MILLER CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER AT 5:25 PM WITH ALL MEMBERS PRESENT, INCLUDING MAYOR PRO-TEM BARBARA MITCHELL AND COUNCIL MEMBERS CHRIS BRYANT, BOB STRICKLIN, ROCKY TERRY AND RICKY VILLA.
Prior to opening the meeting, Mayor Miller presented a contribution in the amount of $3,200 to Chief Mark Crawford of the Somervell County Fire Department.
COPY OF AGENDA:
1. Public Hearing on City of Glen Rose Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2009-10.
2. Public Hearing on City of Glen Rose Proposed Ad Valorem Tax Rate of $0.4071 per $100 valuation for Calendar Year 2009.
3. REQUEST FROM DOROTHY JO OSBORN to rezone her property located at 905 SW Barnard Street, from R-1 Single Family to PD Planned Development, to allow for renovation of existing cabins and allow her to build new cabins and to install RV pads in a later phase on the lower level of the property, returning it to a park as it was in the past.
4. REQUEST FROM LARRY SMITH to approve the final plat of an addition to the City of Glen Rose, being a part of Blocks 36 and 37 of the Milam County School Land Survey, Abstract No. 136 of Somervell County, Texas, Phase II of Stoneview Addition with new corrections complete.
Regular Meeting Agenda:
1. Citizen Comments: This is for citizens to comment on any subject concerning city business that is not on the current agenda. Members of the Council may answer direct questions, but no action may be taken at this meeting.
2. Consider and possibly approve Proposed Budget for FY 2009-10.
3. Consider and possibly approve Proposed Ad Valorem Tax Rate of $0.4071 per $100 valuation for the year 2009.
4. Consider and approve or reject Dorothy Jo Osborn’s request to rezone her property as outlined in Public Hearing #3 above.
5. Consider and approve or reject Larry Smith’s final plat as outlined in Public Hearing #4 above.
6 Approve minutes of previous meeting(s).
7. Consider and possibly approve all invoices currently due and payable by the Glen Rose 4B Economic Development Corporation.
8. Consider and possibly approve having Oakdale Park surveyed.
9. Consider and possibly approve adding a Parks Plan to the Comprehensive Plan.
10. Consider and possibly approve adding a paragraph to the Sign Ordinance allowing “sandwich” or “A-frame” signs to be placed on the sidewalk in the Central Business District.
11. Consider and possibly approve change in Parking Ordinance prohibiting the parking of any vehicle on the street or on a private or public parking lot for the purpose of advertising or offering that vehicle for sale by anyone other than a licensed automotive dealer.
12. Consider and possibly approve adding finials to top of street signs indicating Historic District.
13. Update on 4B Economic Development Tax Corporation committee activities.
14. Update on Texas Department of Transportation’s progress on flood control problems in Stadium Addition.
15. CVB Report.
16. Executive Session:The City Council of the City of Glen Rose reserves the right to meet in a closed session on any of the following items should the need arise and if applicable, pursuant to authorization by Texas Government Code, Sections 551.071 (consultation with attorney), 551.072 (deliberations about real property), 551.073 (deliberations about gifts and donations), 551.074 (personnel matters), 551.076 (deliberations about security devices), 551.087 (economic development), 418.183 (homeland security).
17. Possible action on Executive Session.
ACTION ON AGENDA ITEMS:
1. 2009-10 Budget: Mayor Miller opened the Public Hearing at 5:30 PM. No comments were received and the hearing was closed.
2. Ad Valorem Tax Rate: Mayor Miller opened the Public Hearing at 5:31 PM. No comments were received and the hearing was closed.
3. Osborn Request for Rezoning: Dorothy Jo Osborn stated that the Historical District has taken in her property at 905 SW Barnard Street and has asked them to restore the old cabins. They paid their $100 publication fee and appeared before the Planning & Zoning Committee, who denied their request until they can come up with more information, including a plan indicating where existing cabins are located and where new structures are proposed. She said that there is no money available for an architect.
Ms. Osborn said that the City has refused to extend water and sewer service to the property, which her family has owned since 1930. She claims that the existing buildings would have been kept in better shape had City services been made available. Mayor Miller asked when it was that the City refused to extend services to her property, and Ms. Osborn replied it was during the mayoral term of Charlie Jean West (1983-87).
Ms. Osborn also wondered when and by whose authority the property was zoned R-1, because it has always been a park and the landowners have never requested a change. She was informed that when the Zoning Ordinance was passed in 1992, the property was given a zoning of R-1 because there is one house on it that was (and still is) occupied.
Mr. Stricklin said that he understands that the people who are opposed to the change in zoning are not against restoration of the cabins but are against installation of RV spaces. Ms. Osborn indicated that she would be happy to remove any reference to RV spaces from her request because that is a “pipe dream” that would not come about until much, much later.
Several people spoke out against the RV portion of the request, including Sharon Lawler, Karen Richardson, Eugene Brode, and Jeanie Lane. They were all in favor of restoration of the cabins, but not the possibility of a park or “campground.”
The hearing closed at 5:53 PM.
4. Larry Smith Replat: It was noted that the setbacks had been altered to 15’ front and 10’ back. Mr. Stricklin noted that Planning & Zoning had approved the request with the stipulation that any front-facing garages must have a 25’ setback.
The hearing closed at 5:55 PM.
1. Citizens Comments: Sue Oldenburg expressed thanks to whoever or whatever organization put on the flags on September 11. She said the sight downtown was awe-inspiring. Mayor Miller agreed that the Optimists Club does a wonderful job of flag display on special occasions.
Dennis Moore, speaking as pastor of Grace Baptist Church, asked what the City plans to do with the 6-acre property at NE Barnard and McAllister Drive. He said the church was greatly in favor of it when they expected a residential development to be put there. However, he had heard rumors of a go-kart track and other entertainment options. Mayor Miller assured him that the City has no idea at this time what will be put on that land, but that the City would certainly keep their neighbors in mind when making any decision in that respect.
2. 2009-10 Budget: Mr. Villa moved to adopt the Proposed Budget for 2009-10. Mr.Stricklin seconded the motion, and it passed 5/0.
3. Ad Valorem Tax Rate: Mr. Stricklin moved to adopt an Ad Valorem Tax rate of $0.047l per $100 valuation for the tax year 2009. This represented a decrease from $0.4309 for the previous year. Mr. Villa seconded the motion, and it passed 5/0.
4. Osborn Request for Rezoning: Mr. Stricklin moved to table this decision until the Osborn family can consult with Ronald Bruce on what zoning they actually need to request, and to waive the $100 publication fee and any mandatory waiting period. Ms. Mitchell seconded the motion, and it passed 5/0.
5. Smith Request for Replat: Mr. Bryant moved to approve the request, with the qualification that 25’ setbacks be used for front-facing garages as stipulated by the Planning & Zoning Committee. Dr. Terry seconded the motion, which passed 5/0.
6. Minutes: Upon a motion by Mr. Stricklin and a second by Dr. Terry, the minutes of previous meetings were unanimously approved as presented.
7. 4B Invoices: Council was presented with an invoice from Jay Mills in the amount of $87,162.50 for Riverwalk construction; an invoice from EHT in the amount of $577.42 for Riverwalk engineering; and an invoice from Carrie B. Miller in the amount of $225.00 for 4B legal services. Mr. Villa moved to approve payment of all three invoices. Mr. Stricklin seconded the motion, and it passed 5/0.
8. Survey Oakdale Park: Ms. Busch explained that although the title company does not require a survey for a cash sale, the city attorney recommends that one be obtained. She said that Paul at Clear Fork Surveying had given her an estimate of $2,500 to do a complete survey. Mr. Stricklin moved to approve having the survey done. Mr. Villa seconded the motion and it passed 5/0.
9. Add Parks Plan to Comprehensive Plan: Mr. Villa explained to Council that without a Parks Plan, the City stands no chance to get a Texas Parks & Wildlife Grant and has, in fact, already missed out on one because no Parks Plan was in place. Mr. Stricklin moved to approve adding the Parks Plan to the Comprehensive Plan at a cost of approximately $15,000. Dr. Terry seconded the motion and it passed 5/0.
10. “A-Frame Signs”: Mr. Stricklin moved to table this item until more stipulations can be included in the wording. Ms. Mitchell seconded the motion and it passed 5/0.
11. Parking Ordinance: Mr. Villa moved to table this item until it can be reworded. Dr. Terry seconded the motion, and it passed 5/0.
12. Historic District Signs: Karen Richardson reported that she can have the signs made for $55 each. Moose Whitworth cautioned against a simple installation, saying thievery is rampant when it comes to street signs. Mr. Stricklin moved to approve the expenditure. Dr. Terry seconded the motion, and it passed 5/0.
13. Update on 4B Activities: Ronald Bruce reported on two change orders that had been presented to the 4B Board, totalling approximately $6,500. One was for a handrail on the steps leading to the boat dock, and the other is for fill rock.
14. Update on Stadium Flooding: Mr. Bruce said there is nothing new to report. They have visited with landowners regarding installation of a retention reservoir, but have not made any progress in that regard.
15. CVB Report: Billy Huckaby said he should have a decision on the National Junior Rodeo finals this week, and he is working on the National High School Rodeo Association to have their finals here. He announced that with the beginning of the new fiscal year, the downtown area, the Expo and Oakdale Park will all be wired for WiFi. He is also working on getting an animated dinosaur show.
16. Executive Session: At 6:33 PM, Council adjourned into Executive Session pursuant to authorization by Texas Government Code, Sections 551.071 (consultation with attorney), 551.072 (deliberations about real property), 551.073 (deliberations about gifts and donations), 551.074 (personnel matters), 551.076 (deliberations about security devices), 551.087 (economic development), 418.183 (homeland security).
Council resumed Regular Session at 7:17 PM.
17. Action on Executive Session: Mr. Villa moved to authorize Mayor Miller to sign a contract on behalf of the City to purchase Oakdale Park. Mr. Stricklin seconded the motion, and it passed 5/0.
With no further business to discuss, Mr. Villa moved to adjourn and everyone else seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7:20 PM.
Pam Miller, Mayor Peggy Busch, City Secretary