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                          REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

                                  August 9, 2007



The City Council of the City of Longview, Texas, met in a Regular Session, August 9,
2007, at 5:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers in the Jo Ann Metcalf Municipal Building.
Mayor Jay Dean presided.

Members present were:                 Members absent were:

John Sims
Daryl Williams
Sidney Bell Willis
Wayne Frost
John Bolster
                                      Sidney Allen

Staff members present were:
David Willard, City Manager
                                        Chuck Ewings, Assistant City Manager
Lois McCaleb, City Secretary
Jim Finley, City Attorney
Kevin Cummings, Interim Director of Development Services
Keith Bonds, Director of Public Works
Laura Hill, Director of Community Services
Karri Hyko, Director of Human Resources
Angela Coen, Director of Finance
Jill Tyler, Budget Internal Auditor

I.     CALL TO ORDER - Mayor Dean called the meeting to order.

II.   INVOCATION - Dr. Glynn Stone, Pastor of Mobberly Baptist Church gave the
invocation.
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III.   PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - Mark Morehead and Larry Shquitt, Self-Advocates
with the Arc of Gregg County, led the pledge of allegiance.




IV.    CITIZEN COMMENT

Mayor Dean: There are a number of citizen comment cards regarding an item, the
Cleaver Building, I want to remind everybody there is a time limitation.

Mayor Dean recognized State Representative Tommy Merritt. He is here on behalf of
the citizens. Mayor Dean asked Representative Merritt to attend the City Council
Meeting to hear the concerns about the proposed State program involving the Cleaver
Building.

Ms. Madolyn Scott, 2503 Lilly Street, (903) 236-7345: Mayor and City Council my name
is Madolyn Scott and I live at 2503 Lilly Street, Longview. This is my first time to
address you so if I say or do anything wrong account it to my heart because this is close
to my heart. And will say good evening to everyone else in the audience.

I want to speak about this Willow Bend Facility. First of all I would like for you to know
that I had no knowledge of this facility or this situation until one week ago, August 2nd
last Thursday, I got a phone call stating that there will be an important meeting at St.
Mark's CME meeting that evening and that I needed to attend. I went to the meeting
and the Pastor at that church, Pastor Castillo, told us what was going on. Of course
none of us had a clue what was going on and it was about the zoning for Cleaver
Nursing Home and that she had participated in it and that she had been told that this
nursing home would be an assisted living center. When we think of assisted living
center, most of us think of centers to help the elderly like Buckner or to help handicap
children.

This is the impression that was given. I have not been on any of the planning or
anything and you know how rumors get out, how people talk. So after attending the
meeting I began to talk to different individuals in the community who knew about as
much as I knew, which is nothing. Then I began to talk to Mrs. Willis and some of the
people in the City who knew a little bit about what was happening.

After I visited with these individuals I came to the conclusion that there has been some
misrepresentation of intent made to the Mayor, to the City Council, to our District
Representative, to Pastor Castillo in order to get this zoning change and of course no
community input at all because we didn't know anything about what was going on at all.
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Because of this misrepresentation and the lack of community involvement I am asking
the Mayor and the City Council to revisit this issue regarding the Willow Bend Facility
and consider terminating this project immediately in order to continue to promote and
ensure the safety and the quality of life of the citizens on the south side of Longview.
Thank you very much, any questions?

Mayor Dean: No, Ma'am, you covered it all. You did great.

Charlie Burns Jr., 3417 Bronco Street, (903) 758-3369: I have been in the south
Longview area since 1940 and as far as crime watch is concerned, we started crime
watch in our home back in the 80's. I am a citizen on patrol and give handicap tickets,
but as far as the crime watch we went through the training, I was one of the first ones
that went through the training for watching crime in south Longview. I love Longview
and certainly will be fighting for Longview. We have done a lot of marches in south
Longview fighting crimes. I appreciate our Chief of Police, Chief McCaleb he was our
Lieutenant at the time and we are glad he is our chief and Officer Rolls who is our PAR
officer.

We the concerned citizens strongly oppose the operation of the Willow Bend Center.
We believe that this facility will not be beneficial for our community because of the high
crime rate that already exists. We are opposed to the sexual predators that will be
housed at this facility. The south side of Longview already has problems that exist and
to put citizens such as this would add to the current problem, therefore, we are taking a
stand to oppose the operation of this facility.

Mayor Dean: Thank you Mr. Burns.

Howard Swann, 1208 Rayburn Drive, (903) 236-4839: Good evening I am the
representative of the Lincoln Square Crime Watch Group. A couple of years ago we
started our group when we had some shootings in our neighborhood. Since then we
have been together, the statistics in our neighborhood as far as crime has dropped
substantially. We have had two national night out parties. Last year there were about
200 people and this year there were close to 300. We are fighting to keep our
neighborhood safe.

We don't want any sexual predators in our neighborhood. Several years ago the house
next to me burned. It burned from the inside and you couldn't tell it was burned unless
you knew about it. The people on our side didn't know it was burned but it looked
empty. Everyday it seemed someone was knocking on my door asking if the house was
for sale. I told them I didn't know. About 6 months later it finally sold to a family of four.

My problem is this, today if someone wants to purchase a house in our area they would
not because of sexual predators.
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Pearline Mitchell, 2419 Lilly, (903) 753-2561: I am a very old lady. I am almost 81
years old and I have seen lots of things going on in this town that I didn’t approve of, but
with one person you can't do anything about it but this time I am going to speak out. I
live on Lilly Street and have been there over 40 years. We have a nice community and I
want it to stay that way. We don't need anybody that is of low moral standards to be put
over there among our young fold that are growing up. I have worked in the school
system and we have tried to raise our children and we are going to try to continue doing
that and you put something like that in our community, no, we won't stand for that.

I hope you will all reconsider and think about it because we don’t need that in our
community.

Mavis L. Bailey, 2307 Lilly Street, (903) 753-6663, representing Temple Terrace Crime
Watch: I would like to say good afternoon to everybody. My face is probably familiar to
most of you. I am here tonight to speak on behalf of the Temple Terrace Crime Watch.
We had an awesome experience on Lilly Street about two years ago with a drive by
shooting. Since that time there have been a few other problems, but I don't see the
same kind of traffic I used to see next door to my house.

What I really did, I got up there with community people and we organized Temple
Terrace Crime Watch which now we have about 250 people cooperating with the crime
watch program. We have been working so very hard to curb crime in our area. My big
question why are we sending criminals whether they are juveniles or adults, why are we
sifting those back over on the south side when we worked so very, very hard to get rid
of this.

We need to take a second look about other possible properties and buildings in Gregg
County that can house these people.

Amatha Banks, 2406 Lilly Street, (903) 758-4788, representing St. Mark CME Church: I
too am very concerned about the crime in the neighborhood. I am a member of St.
Mark CME Church and as you know you can reach out and touch the Willow Bend
Building. Also, I know this is not on the agenda but they are also putting up
condominiums where I park every Sunday morning and we don't know who they are
going to put in there. I would be very fearful that they would put the same kind of
people in there that they are putting in that building. I don't know if we are going to have
Jerusalem apartments right there on our campus or not.

My concern is fear. We meet there, our missionary meetings and we already have to
lock our doors because we don't know what is going to happen. We don't know who is
coming and as has been stated before, we have been successful in curbing crime in
that area and now here we are with this thrust on us again. I am asking you, prayerfully,
to please consider revisiting this. There are a number of senior citizens and we are all
very, very fearful.
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Oliver W. Rudd, 1404 Sapphire Street, (903) 753-6308 was present but did not speak.

Audrey Carter, #7 Cadillac Circle, (903) 758-3858: I come to you with a two fold
purpose this afternoon. I am representing myself, I have been in the community for 37
years and my church St. Mark C.M.E. My minister is unable to attend today because
she is out of state but she has sent this letter by fax and I request your indulgence as I
read it to you.

My name is Reverend Castillo and I am being represented by Audrey Carter. I am the
Pastor of the Greater St. Marks CME Church, 1100 Sapphire Street, Longview, TX. I
am out of state and therefore cannot attend the City Council Meeting this afternoon. I
pray this letter will be taken into consideration. I am very concerned about the former
Cleaver memorial Convalescent Center located at 1000 Sapphire Street, in Longview,
Texas.

It was brought to my attention last Wednesday that sexual predators were going to be
housed in this building. On Thursday of last week I started making phone calls in
regard to this matter. No one at the City of Longview office had a clue as to what I was
talking about. Finally, after several calls I was connected to a young lady by the name
of Dana. She told me that the facility was going to be a 24-hour daycare. I then asked
her what type of children would be housed there? She, Dana told me that it would be
abused children housed in the facility. I, Reverend Castillo, then asked if sexual
predators would be housed in that facility. She, Dana, then told me that she really did
not know and that she really didn't think so. Dana then gave me the phone number to
call, the number she gave me was to the person who would be operating the facility.

I, Reverend Castillo immediately called the number and Dr. Pierce answered the phone.
I explained to him who I was and that I needed information about the facility. He, Dr.
Pierce, told me to come over to the facility and that he would gladly talk to me.
Reverend Rudd and I went over to the former convalescent facility and talked with Dr.
Pierce. Dr. Pierce told the two of us that the name of the facility would be the Willow
Bend Center and that it would house boys 8 to 16 years of age. He explained that
these boys came from all types of backgrounds.

He, Dr. Pierce, explained that the center would house boys who had been sexually
abused, neglected and physically abused.

I, Reverend Castillo, asked him if sexual predators would be housed in the facility? Dr.
Pierce told me yes. With crime rate as high as it is on the south side of Longview I
strongly feel that a center such as this would not be beneficial to us at this time or any
time particularly in any neighborhood in the south side. I pastor a church that sits right
behind the facility. Our children and parents in the community feel safe, but to add a
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facility such as this one would cause an individual not to feel safe in the home or in the
community nor would they feel safe going outside.

We do not know the background of these children and, yes, every child deserves the
right to learn and have a second chance. God gave us second chances but this type of
facility would be better in a non-residential area. Please hear my plea, please hear the
plea of the people and the community. Do not allow such a facility such as this to be
opened in a residential area. These children will not be bussed to the public school.
The public school will come to the center. This should tell us something.

Tell me, what has an 8 year old or 12 year old done that he can not be bussed to school
and receive an education with the rest of his peers, apparently he did something very
wrong.

I believe we were misled about this facility and that from now on the citizens of south
side would like to be informed of any facility that is coming into that area. Thank you for
your time. If you have any questions I will be back in town on Monday, please do not
hesitate to call me. On behalf of Reverend Castillo, I thank you for your time.

James Johnson, 2400 Lilly Street, (903) 753-6232: Good evening, I don't relish your
position; I have been there. I understand the pressure that is applied to you everywhere
you look. We are asking some things here, we have some problems that are happening
right now. I haven't had experience on the City Council but understand that zoning does
allow this type of thing to be put there. Even so, the person who owns the property Mr.
Elmer Beck lives in California. He doesn't live in Longview. I am sure that if this type of
facility was going to be by his house he wouldn't want it either.

With that thought in mind we are asking you to please not allow us to have it. Again,
you can't stop it because of the zoning. We have people who are citizens who have
been there all their life. I have been there for 56 years, a long time, same street same
house. She mentioned the drive by shooting we had a couple of years ago; the crime
watch got involved and we have almost killed crime. We don't have that type of
situation any more. Please give some consideration to this.

I first learned about this on Tuesday of this week. I understand that the zoning
ordinance took place on the 14th of last month. Nobody knows anything about what is
going on. I called Mrs. Willis, I had talked with Mayor Dean and I was told that you all
were told that this would be an assisted housing program. If that is assisted housing
then you are putting children out here, when I hear assisted housing I am thinking
senior citizens not kids. We are putting kids out here, kids who are abused, sexually
abused and who knows what else. We are asking you to please reconsider and give
some thought to what we are talking about. If that facility is used for this our property
values will go down. These people are old; they can't go anywhere. If they had to move
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they couldn't. At my age, I could probably move but I don't want to. I have been there
all my life.

There will be a public hearing about this from the state on the 13th at 1:00. When I was
on the City Council whatever the issue was I tried to be a part of it whatever part of the
community is was in. I tried to represent not just my neighborhood but the whole city. I
am asking the City Council, Representative Merritt, the Mayor, Police Chief meet with
us at 1:00 at the community building in support of what we are trying to do. I am
pleading with you to do that. I think it will help the situation. On behalf of myself, my
wife and citizens of south Longview; I thank you for your time and I hope that we can do
something about this.

Mayor Dean: Mr. Finley, that meeting is a public hearing is that correct?

Jim Finley, City Attorney: Yes.

Mayor Dean: When is that public hearing?

City Attorney: Monday, August 13 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Mayor Dean: Is that a posted meeting that the entire Council can attend?

Jim Finley: Yes.

Mayor Dean: Is there anyone else in the audience that would like to speak to this issue
that didn't fill out a speaker card.

State Representative Tommy Merritt: Former Councilman (Johnson) you did a
wonderful job. Members of the Council and new City Manager Willard it is good to see
you. I believe we ran into each other at the crime watch meeting in the neighborhood
where Madeline did a good job of briefing everybody to come to this meeting. I think
that is what this is all about. Crime Watch organizations have gotten together; they
have seen a problem that could hurt their neighborhood and the community. When I
heard Madeline, Ms. Scott, make the open to the public as far as I know I have not been
aware of a public posting. I am not sure if the posting has been in the paper.

Mayor, thank you for inviting me here. We are going to meet in the morning and try to
get to the bottom of this from the State's perspective as to what type facility, what type
of funding, what allegations, testimony has been given to the State in order to move this
facility into the neighborhood and we look forward to reporting positively back to you as
you look at the rezoning issues we will look at the funding issue from the State's side as
to the need. I know that a lot of these people joined with me on the Pinewood Park
Elementary School. We had an issue of moving a drug rehabilitation center next to that
elementary school and the citizens fought against that and the state stood and asked for
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them to move to a different location and that organization moved that facility. I would
like to report to you that we will work toward that and be glad to work with the Council
and with the City to make sure that this organization whoever they might be complied
with the neighborhoods concern.

Council Member Willis: I thank you so much for coming. I spoke with your secretary
today. I need one question answered, is there anyway this information could be put in
the paper so that we will know how to get the funding cut if that is what is needed to
take this facility away?

Representative Merritt: Council Member that is what I am here for to get to the facts.
The first I heard was at the neighborhood watch meeting the other night. If it is truly a
public hearing for you it is posted. Normally I am contacted when something like this is
occurring whether it is going to be an apartment complex or drug rehabilitation center.
Even so much as an alcohol license, I am usually contacted and I was shocked when I
heard Ms. Scott bring this up when no one from this organization has contacted my
office. I was not aware of it and was caught totally off guard. We will try to get to the
bottom of it. First thing I need to get my hands on the public notice and find out whom
the individuals are and what organization is supporting them.

When we went into the HIV Drug intervention program for Longview, we drew all the
HIV drug addicts from all over the state. That is not what we are trying to do with this
facility. We are not trying to draw individuals from all over the state into our community
to try to rehabilitate them. I am not sure that the citizens are going to be treated or are
Longview or Gregg County Citizens or are they from out of state. As you well know the
state is going through a youth investigation, the Texas Youth Commission of
mismanagement, the way that children were treated and we do not want this kind of
mismanagement to spill over into your community.

Mayor Dean: This notice of public hearing actually came from Willow Bend Center. I
haven't seen anything posted in the paper. What they did, it is on their letterhead and it
is their verbiage. This was brought into our office on July 30th just notifying the Council.
I do not know if they have to put it in the newspaper or not.

Representative Merritt: For the record when I file a local bill on behalf of the
Council, I have to publish that 30 days in the newspaper prior to introducing the
bill or attempting to pass the bill in the legislature so everyone is made aware of
what changes of the state law that a citizen might would come and protest or ask
for that. This public hearing or notice is a concern to me as well. We will move to
try to solve that first thing in the morning.

Council Member Williams: We appreciate you being here but for the record we want to
make sure that you know that this Council wants you to work as hard as you can to stop
it. We want to go on record that we want it stopped. We understand that we have to
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have these kinds of facilities but we don't want them in the middle of our neighborhood.
We want to support you to get it stopped.

Representative Merritt: I understand that and that will be noted in the record and if we
have to have some tapes or documentation for the testimony here we will ask for that, if
it is needed. I want to also tell you that the Council asked me to participate in the crime
watch meetings. I went around with Assistant Chief Dingler and went to the meetings
and it served a great purpose. With that I appreciate the Council asking me to
participate and I think it proves that we are all working together for the betterment of our
neighborhoods.

Mayor Dean: The other thing we are going to do is contact Senator Eltife's office. I
think it is important to have him involved and if at all possible maybe to make that public
meeting as well.

Melvin Spencer, Jr., 2506 Balsam Street, (903) 297-3550: I am a minister of the
Southeast Church of Christ on M.L.K. Boulevard. This issue that we are addressing the
Willow Bend Center, I really appreciate all the support from the people in the
community. The things that boggle my mind is that I have been here since 2004 and
this is actually the second time that something like this has happened. On the 3400
block of MLK the Grown Folks Club came into existence without the knowledge of the
people in the community. I believe this is the same issue. It is a public notice but I think
that the public needs to have someone knock on their door and let them know exactly
what type of facility is coming into their neighborhood. I believe the dog always barks
loudest when it is actually next door to them but we need to be concerned about the
whole city.

If we allow this thing to happen here on the south side it is going to happen somewhere
else. The land is cheap; I know why they are doing it. It is a cheap facility, take that
same money and go out into the country where you don't have to worry about people
knocking on your door saying we don't want this in our neighborhood. I understand that
the country is growing and people are moving to the country but take this facility that is
now in the middle of Longview and then bring it to a residential area, I believe that is a
big concern. Not only of those that call themselves children of God, but it should be the
concern of everybody that lives in that neighborhood.

Once these kids grow up and are released from this facility as you read in the letter
here, that a lot of the kids are abused and once they are abused they somehow turn into
sexual predators themselves. We can go back and look in the Bible in the book where it
talks about Sodom and Gomorrah and the reason God destroyed not only the adults,
but all the people that were there because of the things that were in their minds; the
things they had been exposed to. And if we allow this to come to our neighborhood not
only will those that are in the neighborhood going to be exposed to it, but our children
will wonder “why is this facility here?” And you say well those kids were abused and
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then they begin to wonder what type of abuse and you say “sexual” and then they start
wondering in their minds “well tell me more about this sexual abuse” and when we begin
to explain to our kids what exactly sexual abuse is a lot of them may want to go out and
experience the same things and before you know it they are in the same facility. If we
keep it away from our kids, not trying to shelter them from what goes on in the world
because it is going to be very hard to do, but I believe that the Bible also tells us that we
need to keep some people innocent or dumb about some things so they will not be
exposed to them so they will not want to go out there and to participate in these types of
things. So we do need to revisit this so that we may keep this type of facility out of our
community.

Mayor Dean: When Council viewed this particular issue, I believe it was at the June 14
2007 City Council Meeting, basically the zoning for Cleaver Center was not changed
and it was already existing in the type zoning it has today, which allows for these types
of facilities. What we addressed was a piece of property adjacent or to the rear of that
particular facility to make it contiguous with the rest of the zoning of that building. I want
to assure you that if Council had know that there was some kind of misrepresentation of
what was going to be done with that building, let me assure you that we have learned
our lesson, a number of us on this Council on some mistakes made in neighborhoods.
When the neighbors speak we listen. I am disappointed that a representative of Willow
Bend is not here tonight to come forward and explain to us what is taking place.

I want to make sure the citizens understand how the zoning process happens. You take
people on their word on what they are going to do. A lot of times you do zoning for a
retail grocery store and the first thing you know they are putting a furniture store in
there. That kind of thing happens. We have had these types of homes show up in our
neighborhoods already. Many of them we don't even know about.

When I was a Council Member for Spring Hill I got numerous calls from the older
neighborhoods; first thing a house sold to an individual and that individual turned around
and had one of those MHMR Programs (Mental Health Mental Retardation) right next to
people and those people are breaking out of those houses and running up and down
the street and our Police Department can tell you how many calls we got in order to take
care of the neighbors. Finally, we got the State involved and the State has to hold those
people that run those facilities accountable or they take their license away.

What we have to do legally the way the zoning is set there is not a whole lot the City
can do. We cannot go back and take back the zoning. Now we have to work together
collectively, and again I wanted to tell Representative Merritt how much I appreciate him
on such short notice. I talked to him at ten minutes after five to come over here tonight
to listen. He was in the same position all of us in this room are in; he didn't hear any of
this. Those people who are trying to make money off these kinds of things don't want
us to know about them. They want to slip up on us but we are going to slip up on them.
I want you to come to this meeting next Monday and bring a friend or several friends.
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When you have a large number of people it is amazing how government works. Bring
your neighbors and friends and we are going to touch base. The state agency needs to
know how this whole situation takes place. What was said and what has happened are
two different horses.

Council Member Willis: Thank you to all of the citizens who have come tonight to
express what you felt. The only way Council can know is if you tell them. I do
appreciate your presence here tonight.

Mayor Dean: I want you to understand that Council is in support of you in stopping this
and we will do everything we legally and possibly can do to stop that.

Council Member Bolster: I just want to add that as the Council Member that represents
one of the northside districts that I certainly don't view this as a north side vs. south side
issue. Defense of the neighborhoods is an issue for all of Longview. I will see you
there Monday and we will do what we can to get this stopped.

Council Member Frost: I wonder if we called these people and told them what the
opposition was they might cancel this. Somebody might want to call and check with
them?

Mayor Dean: Mr. Merritt has that information right now. It is someone from the state
that is coming to hold a public hearing. I assure you that if everyone shows up at the
meeting there will be an understanding real quick about what is going on.

Cathy London, 601 N. Access Road, (903) 753-2222: I am here on another agenda
item but would like to comment on this item. What I would like to know is how close is
this facility to the Hudson Pep Elementary School?

A man from the audience: 10 blocks.

Cathy London: I would like to bring that point up because you have first through fifth
graders at that facility.

Mayor Dean: Some speaker said that…..

Council Member Williams: It is closer to Jodie McClure than it is to Hudson Pep.

Cathy London: There are several elementary schools although I understand that
Council is very aware. The City and members and citizens need to realize how close
this is to our elementary schools and our young children. This is their neighborhood
and when you bus them in and they are concentrated in that area; I am very concerned
about this and will be sharing it with Hudson Pep parents.
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Cathy London, 601 N. Access Road, (903) 753-2222 representing London Cab
Company: Everyone should have a packet I have prepared. The first item: since
October 1997 our company has had the privilege of serving Longview. London's
Wrecker Service has been serving Longview since 1968. Our family has operated this
business without any city, state, or federal funding. We are not asking for any that is
just a point. We have tried to avoid a fuel surcharge as fuel prices have skyrocketed.
Our cab drivers are the ones paying for their own fuel and it has gotten to the point
where we are going to have to.

When we started making phone calls, we found out that Tyler was ahead of us and had
done it last year. I talked to someone in the City of Dallas; they have had it in place for
a long time as well.

Although at first I felt guilty about asking for it, I don't feel guilty anymore. We propose
that it be a variable rate depending on the price of fuel in Longview. You can see the
price of fuel $2.00 to $2.49 would be 50 cents a trip it just would be a per trip charge not
escalating as the fare went.

On the second page of the packet is a graph that shows how the price of fuel has
skyrocketed. I am very sensitive that some of the people who use the cab company are
on fixed incomes. I also understand that a business has to operate. Wal-Mart doesn't
ask me before they raise the prices when they have to cover their costs either. My cab
drivers are no exception. I've got some wonderful cab drivers and they work 12-hour
shifts driving those cars.

I have a sample on the 3rd page that shows a driver log. There is a lot of information on
there. On the top right you can see the total owed to the driver. He collected $78.43 for
himself last night and then paid $30.10 for fuel. He had actually driven for only 10
hours; he made $48.33 after driving for that amount of time. It doesn't take much to
figure out that we are not going to keep cab drivers that way. They need to make a
living just like everybody else does.

This has caused a problem with me trying to keep cab drivers. That causes a problem
with me trying to keep my customers happy and serve them in ample time. Nobody
wants to wait 2 hours for a cab and I surely don't like telling customers they are going to
have to.

We proposed this in May and I appreciate the opportunity to visit with you about it and I
am hoping the City can do something about this.

Council Member Bolster: This schedule is it based on the price of regular gasoline?

Cathy London: Yes, Sir, regular unleaded.
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Council Member Williams: I am surprised you have been able to keep your prices
where they were with fuel. I was just in San Antonio and their surcharge is $1.07. I
understand and I appreciate the fact that you are trying to hold the prices down as much
as you can. I don't think you should feel guilty for asking.

Cathy London: Also in my packed, we have not had a rate increase since May 2001
and that was a 50 cent increase for what we call the drop rate (sitting down in the cab),
the initial fee. On the back page of your packet is a proposed fee schedule that I would
appreciate your studying and considering. I would be happy to talk to you individually or
come back to another city council meeting to discuss the necessity of that. Some of
those prices haven't been updated in what looks like ever.

Mayor Dean: We will ask the City Manager to look at that schedule and fee charges
and come back with a recommendation to Council.

Council Member Bolster: One question that deals with this on the rate schedule that is
a maximum rate isn't it? The fares are actually charged different from cab companies.
When we set this rate, it would be the maximum?

Cathy London: You are correct.

Council Member Frost: Don't the power companies charge fuel surcharges?

City Attorney Finley: There are some utilities that do.

Jeff Kammerdiener, 4102-B Bill Owens Pkwy, (903) 297-1529 representing Errands for
All (airport shuttle): I am here in support of this action item. I only found out about it
four hours ago. Channel 56 News called me to tell me about it. I am in support. We
can't function if we cannot meet with our competitors on a fair even playing field. With
fixed costs they go up they don't go down. Gasoline has been going up for a good long
while.

Our company only has one vehicle for shuttle and taxi service for Longview and Kilgore.
We hope to grow but if fixed costs continue to go up and our profits continue to go
down, that is going in the wrong direction. I agree whole-heartedly with the London's on
this item. I appreciate the conversation with Chris allowing me to converse with him on
this topic. My wife and I were eager to voice our support on this. We want the prices to
be fair for the citizens of Longview and elderly but like Cathy said we have to meet our
costs. We do not make our cabdrivers pay for their own gas. We cover that ourselves
100%. My gas bill is about $2500 per month. That is quite high. I implore upon the
council to please consider approving this action item.

I am also in favor of a rate increase. We don't want to gouge the public, but we do want
to make a profit.
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Peggy Rateau, 1903 Page Road #219: The last time I spoke with you Mayor Dean and
Mr. Frost was at a town hall meeting and we talked about the possibility of using the
phone system for alerting citizens to possible tornadoes and that sort of thing. I have
visited with Chief Southwell since then and he tells me that two radio stations are doing
this. It really is not being publicized much so that it is available for everyone. When I
spoke to you in February or March you said it would have to be put into the budget
because it would be a cost per call and I wondered if anything has been considered in
the new budget for that. I think it is very important because we could not only use our
house phones but our cell phones no matter where we are we could be reached.

Mayor Dean: Chief Southwell, please come address this item.

Chief Southwell: Mayor Dean and Council, I talked to Ms. Rateau regarding this
subject. It is cost prohibitive to use the first call phone system. It is a per call basis. It
would be a new project that we would have to add to the budget as a new project. It is
not as fast as you think. If you say we have 40,000 residents, it is very slow. It can do
about 5 to 7 thousand calls per hour. My suggestion to Ms. Rateau is the three
television stations do have warning systems that come out on any tornado warning or
thunderstorm warning or any weather alerts.

I had worked on if it would be feasible to put them on as a link onto our city web page,
but there is some legal work to do there. That is something we would have to work on.
Again the local television stations do have some different names for the ones that are
available for our citizens.

Mayor Dean: I know also that when we talk about the nature of the sirens that we have,
I am sure you have read about the time and effort that has been going into the upgrade.

Ms. Rateau: It is not effective where I live.

Mayor Dean: We also have three additional new units that will be going in as part of
this budget. We will continue to work on this. You have taken the first step talking to
Chief Southwell.

Ms. Rateau: It is a cost per call basis but how often would it be used. Not often. It
would be used in cases of emergency.

Mayor Dean: I am on a call list as I am sure the rest of the Council is and it rings quite a
bit sometimes.

Ms. Rateau: One other thing we talked about energy savings at the town hall meeting
and you didn't feel that wind power and solar power are viable at this time because of
cost. I wonder what the City is doing otherwise in cost savings simply in the City
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buildings like energy saving light bulbs. Eliminating these regular bulbs can save a lot
of money and there are a lot of things the City can do in the way of energy savings.

Mayor Dean: Ms. Laura Hill, please. I would like to address one thing about wind.
There is a lot of effort going on right now with the federal government trying to give tax
incentives and what not to companies that provide those kind of facilities. We are not in
the power business. That is where free enterprise has to kick in and the SWEPCOs
and TXUs and others have to see that as being an advantageous way to bring down the
cost of electricity. That is not the City; that is the utility companies. We can talk to you
about how we are "green-proofing", if you will, a lot of our facilities at this time.

Laura Hill, Director of Community Services: We have converted all of our lighting from
T-12 to T-8s. We only use fluorescent fixtures. We are nearly complete with converting
all of the traffic signals to LED from the old system. We have done nearly all of our low
cost and no cost conversions and now we are looking at our HVAC systems; our air
conditioning systems.

Council Member Frost: If we ever get any kind of wireless out there would that facilitate
this calling?

Linda Castillo, Information Technology Manager: I don't believe that it would. I have
not investigated that but I can check for you.

Mayor Dean: Ms. Rateau, thank you for coming. We will see you at the next town hall
meeting.


At this time the Mayor skipped to item VI. Consent Agenda




V.     BUDGET ITEMS

       A.      Discussion of the proposed 2007-08 budget for the City of Longview
               –

Mayor Dean: I believe the Council has sent e-mails regarding two additional work
sessions for the budget and I think they have been set for August 13th and August 20th.
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City Manager Willard: Mayor and Council, last meeting I did a presentation regarding
overall budget. You received books at that time about the budget and we wanted to
take any questions you might have. As the Mayor said we have scheduled August 13
and August 20th as two other budget meetings. Of course the 20th will be a regular and
the 13th will be just the budget work session item.

I have asked our directors to be here tonight to be available to you. Jill Tyler the budget
manager is available. Mr. Chuck Ewings is not available; he is in Germany. On the
agenda tonight is Budget Item B. consider a resolution proposing the tax rate and that is
by law.

Mayor Dean: Are there any questions at this time?

Council Member Bolster: Some things I would like to see more of is the phone system
which is a large one time item in the budget as far as what study has been made as far
as this voice of internet protocol (Voice over IP) is this really the way to go?

My law firm has set that up statewide in its offices and we are somewhat disappointed
with the results based on cost of the system. I would like more information on that.

I want an explanation of fleet funding the $200 thousand for the fleet funding
amortization. I would like to know exactly what we are doing there and what is the idea
behind that.

Mayor Dean: I think I can address that, I think if you go back over the last several years
we talked about putting together a fleet funding, if you will, so that rather than having to
hit our budget hard every year to replace vehicles; we would start a fund whereby we
could cash fund vehicles over a period of time. Actually last year we talked about a
much larger number than $200,000 and that is probably why we didn't do it. Is that
correct?

Council Member Bolster: The idea is to build a trust fund? A million dollars or two
million dollars that is self-perpetuating as far…

City Manager Willis: What we would like to do is get enough money in that fund to fund
on a scheduled basis purchasing of all City vehicles year by year. Once the fund is
established where you can do that then each year in the budget the departments will
allocate based on their need out of the budget what goes into their fund as a vehicle
replacement schedule. Once it gets the initial amount of money you need in there then
each year you will have enough to purchase vehicles needed for that particular year.
That is the idea behind it. How much do we have?

Jill Tyler, Budget Internal Auditor: Correct, the $200,000 is just for the general fund.
The other funds have their own (funds) set aside.
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Council Member Bolster: What will be in that fund? What do we envision in that fund at
the end of the 2007-08 budget cycle?

Jill Tyler: For the general fund or the total of all funds?

Council Member Bolster: For the total of fleet.

Jill Tyler: About $500 thousand for the amortization.

City Manager Willard: What is our fund balance in there?

Jill Tyler: It is a little over $500 thousand.

City Manager Willard: The $200 thousand would be added to the $500 thousand?

Jill Tyler: Correct.

City Manager Willard: So there is $700 thousand.

Council Member Bolster: Have we been doing a pay as you go in the past?

Mayor Dean: Two or three years ago, we skipped a year of buying vehicles and it
backed up on us. I believe back in 2003 is when that occurred. In 2004 we had to buy
$1.2 million worth of vehicles at one time and repairs. We are talking about not only
trucks but tractors, backhoes. Part of this program is each department is going to pay
into this fund at some point and time?

City Manager Willard: After we get the initial amount of money in there that we need to
carry forward each year, we will have an allocation schedule for each budget year. The
police department will have to pay for their replacement for the future years.

The idea behind it is instead of having all of these large capital expenditures hitting you
at one time, your budget shouldn't be impacted once you get that fund set. It should
stay pretty level after you get that initial increase in there for vehicle purchases.

Council Member Bolster: I guess that would insulate us from tough economic times as
far as us having to skip a year, if we hit a case where we do have reduction in appraised
values and real estate and reduction in sales tax revenue then we have this fund to help
insulate us and continue to buy vehicles.

Mayor Dean: It is a combination of that as well as not to have any particular budget
cycle have a huge impact because the funds weren't there. It is to have a constant
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stream of revenue that will help with the replacement program on a planned basis of a
budget year-to-year basis.

One fire truck you are looking at $500,000 to $750,000. When you have to buy a
couple of those plus a bunch of police cars in one year’s time it has an impact on the
budget.

Council Member Bolster: Thank you and that explains that.

We have $12 million in debt that we will possibly incur on the utility enterprise funds and
that is moving utility lines for TxDot. How much is the specific amount that would be
attributable to moving the utility lines at Sabine Street and 1845.

Keith Bonds, Director of Public Works: I believe that project is $3.2 million.

Council Member Bolster: Just so we are not going up on rates this year probably if we
borrow $12.8 million we are looking at having to go up on rates next year.

Keith Bonds, Director of Public Works: The debt service on that $12 million you are
speaking of will be covered by the reserve fund we built up from the last two summers.
Next year we will probably have to go up on rates to cover the debt service.

Council Member Bolster: Just so we understand what is going on here, if we adopt this
budget with this borrowing, we are setting the stage for having to go up on rates next
year?

Keith Bonds, Director of Public Works: Probably.

Council Member Bolster: I don't support the $3.8 million being spent on an overpass at
Sabine that everybody is going to have to pay in their water rates not this year but next
year, but you have to ask the question, “what good does that do the general
population?” I know why TxDot wants that overpass. They want the overpass to have a
redirect route in case I-20 gets closed down between Estes Parkway and Highway 31,
which does happen which they have used. The question is why do the ratepayers of
Longview have to pay back the money $3.8 million on that? I would like to see that not
in the budget.

Keith Bonds, Director of Public Works: We will have the entire CIP (Capital
Improvement Program) at the next Council meeting. When we present the CIP, we will
ask one of the TxDot representatives to come and explain what the state-wide policies
are for utility relocation. Longview is not the only City that runs against…

Mayor Dean: But those funds, so this is not confusing to people who are watching,
those funds are not in this budget?
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Keith Bonds: That is correct.

Council Member Bolster: If we approve this budget, we approve $12.4 million…

Mayor Dean: That is the CIP budget.

Keith Bonds: The debt payment will be in this budget.

Mayor Dean: Is there any debt payment schedule in this particular budget for that
project?

Keith Bonds: Yes, Sir.

Mayor Dean: Here is another thing, only one of those projects right now is a go and that
is the (Highway) 149.

Keith Bonds: And the Sabine Street at 1845.

Mayor Dean: Council can refuse to do this work and the project won't happen.

Council Member Bolster: There is a lot more. I just want to make that point clear now.
I think on this issue when we do the budget we are setting out what we are going to
borrow as far as in the capital improvement for the water and sewer and that $12.8
million is in there. If we approve this budget as is then we are saying “let's go spend
$12.8 million.” In the case of 149, we need to do it. It is a good deal for the citizens of
Longview. My deal is that Sabine and 1845 is not.

New positions: just a clarification, on the personnel breakdown in the budget it says
two new positions but somewhere else in here I saw three. I am not sure how many
positions we are adding to the City payroll in this particular budget.

Karri Hyko, Personnel Director: We are adding 2 positions overall but what we did was
eliminate the old public works manager position that was still being carried on the
books. Right now we are using that money to pay a contractual employee but we
removed the position from the authorized staffing.

Council Member Bolster: Again this particular issue…

Council Member Willis: She said two positions but she named one, what is the other
one?

Karri Hyko: What we are eliminating is the public works manager; the addition is a GIS
technician in the drainage division and an electrical supervisor in water purification.
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Council Member Willis: Please explain the GIS position.

Kevin Cummings: GIS, one of the things that they do is to take in all the things that are
built within the City and they put it on a computer map. One of the things that you do
there is for drainage issues, drainage items such as storm water drainage. They create
a map and that is what this person is going to do. They are going to map the whole city
with that drainage. The reason that is important is that when you have development
that happens within the city it helps the engineers and the builders and the development
community to take a look at that and see what they have on their property. It basically
lessens the amount that they may have to spend there. It also helps us as a City
because we are able to see what we have out there and are able to maintain it and plan
for the future if we need to add additions to it as our city builds out. That person is
basically a technician that will create maps to cover all the drainage issues in the city of
Longview.

Council Member Willis: So basically an engineer?

Kevin Cummings: No, Ma'am, it will be a technician but they will work very closely with
the engineers. They will also take information from private engineers that build
something in the city of Longview and they give them a set of plans and they will add it
to this map so that we can watch what we have, plan for the future, and take care of the
items that we have.

Council Member Willis: This will be in house?

Kevin Cummings: Yes, Ma'am, it will be part of the geographic information (GIS) staff.

Mayor Dean: When we first adopted the GIS program, I think some of these positions
were forecast at the very beginning that this was the type of help we were going to have
to have over a period of time. This is just another addition as that system grows.

Kevin Cummings: Yes, Sir. Currently you have somebody that does streets this is just
the next level of that.

City Manager Willard: Just as a clarification Mrs. Willis, do you want to know whether
this will be advertised position in house or out of house?

Council Member Willis: No, I meant we are going to hire people on the staff that are
knowledgeable about the operation or are we going to go outside?

Kevin Cummings: We will probably do both to be honest. It is not a position within
development services, I have been hesitant to ask, I believe they will probably advertise
it outside and also offer it to internal candidates as well. We do have staff members that
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are well qualified to do that but they are doing other jobs right now that some of them
really like. I don't know that they would be interested.

Mayor Dean: But they will be able to apply?

Kevin Cummings: Certainly.

Council Member Bolster: The next one, I think most of the money in the City is paid on
personnel, I get a little touchy any time we are talking about adding personnel. It may
be an area where, again, we can look in the budget process of saving some personnel
as the merger of the streets and drainage department. We are talking about a large
number of people there. If this Council can decide for the ¼ cent sales tax to go into the
general fund, it is put into a combined streets and drainage. We don't take away; we are
still working the drainage and the streets. If you will look at your budget numbers there
is $1.9 million sitting in the fund, the drainage fund. That money would go into the
excess of the general fund and give us $1.9 million more that we can spend in the
general fund. There are some definite fiscal reasons to eliminate the drainage and
again there is an area where we can look at and see redundancies when we merge
those two departments, do you need as many supervisors; do we need as many staff? I
don't expect to see large eliminations and redundancies there but you might find one or
two positions that you don't need in the combined departments and that is where you
can come in with two that obviously staff feels we need and GIS and other departments.

Mayor Dean: Let me comment. I think Council needs to this year determine drainage
and where we go. Mr. Bolster brought that up last year.

Council Member Williams: Right now I am not ready to support doing away with the
drainage fund.

Mayor Dean: What I think we need to do, our drainage system has obviously been
taxed this spring and this summer as far as how we can handle drainage at this point
and time. I think that the debate needs to be with our engineering people and we have
a drainage task force and it needs to be brought back together and we need to have
some good, high level communication or discussions about what we do.

It still remains a fact that moving the drainage tax is fine but you still have that debt
associated with the drainage projects that were already done. We can still use part of
the money that is earmarked. We will have that debate again.

Council Member Bolster: I am not saying do away with working on drainage in the city.
I am saying it might be more effective and efficient use of public funds if those
departments did not have…
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Mayor Dean: But I think we have discussed, Mr. Bolster, and you said earlier, that if
you did that it probably wouldn't have a huge effect and you said your concern is the
number of people and you are not going to have a huge drop in the number of people;
you are just going to transfer from one department into another. I think the synergy that
is already in place between the two departments is there. They are utilizing their
people. I personally like the idea of not having to call drainage or streets because they
are doing the same things; just have one department. But the synergies are already
there and are operating through the management of those two areas. It is being able to
come under one department and make it clean. That is something we can discuss.

Council Member Bolster: Funding for new police vehicles, are they in this budget?

City Manager Willis: Yes, I believe that is right? Jill is that correct?

Council Member Bolster: I think the last time I talked to Chief he didn't know if they
were.

Jill Tyler: Not for the new officers. Funding for the vehicles for the new officers is not in
the budget but funding for vehicles that need to be replaced are in the budget.

Council Member Bolster: We would have new officers but nothing for them to ride in?

Jill Tyler: That is correct. Chuck and I are planning on working on that when he gets
back.

Council Member Bolster: How about the good news on meeting new communication
equipment? I take it there is nothing as far as upgrades or replacements of the public
safety communications equipment?

Jill Tyler: Are you referring to the radio?

Council Member Bolster: Yes.

Jill Tyler: That is not in the budget.

Mayor Dean: We discussed that at the last Council Meeting. What was presented to us
was that there is a lot of research that has to be done. They are looking at the grants
and public funding mechanisms rather than just our budget. We heard at the last
Council Meeting that that would take place.

City Manager Willis: Maybe a clarification, the Chief isn't here. We are not adding 5
more positions according to the plan because we already had that number of positions.
We are going to have enough cars for everyone, correct?
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The question was about no cars for the 5 positions?

Chief McCaleb: We need the cars. We added 30 police officers in 3 years and 3
vehicles increased our fleet. We have our replacement vehicles every year.

Mayor Dean: There is a budget item this year…

Police Chief McCaleb: There is a fleet committee to decide on the awarding of the
vehicles.

Council Member Frost: They will be in the budget?

Police Chief McCaleb: That will be worked at with Mr. Ewings when he returns. The
City Fleet Vehicle Committee decides that.

City Manager Willard: We are not adding new additional officers; we have those
positions because of what happened last year?

Police Chief McCaleb: When we came back to Council in April the decision was made
to go ahead and we hired those additional 6 officers that would have been asked for this
year. We have the people and they are in training and now we need the equipment.

Mayor Dean: The equipment, we got ahead of the program, in the current budget that
we are in right now were there any funds for these officers equipment of vehicles? Was
there any funding in the past budget?

Chief McCaleb: For the officers we are adding this year yes, Sir.

Mayor Dean: But the equipment is going to come in this new year?

Chief McCaleb: Yes, as we add people.

Council Member Bolster: As the officers are training they begin training and ride in
tandem with a more experienced officer, is that correct?

Chief McCaleb: Yes, Sir.

Council Member Bolster: So initially you don't need the vehicle, but once they are fully
trained, is it planned for them to patrol with one officer per vehicle?

Chief McCaleb: Yes, Sir. It normally takes, depending on the officers experience if we
have to send them to the basic academy that is 16 weeks of training, we have pre-
commissioning school is 5 ½ weeks and then 16 weeks of field training. So there are
37 weeks of training, but we are already behind vehicles since we have added people.
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City Manager Willis: All that is assuming you can fill those positions, correct? Or do we
already have them all?

Chief McCaleb: We have hired 26 officers since October 1, 2006. We still have
vacancies because of people departing from the department for retirements.

City Manager Willis: How many vehicles then?

Chief McCaleb: Six new.

City Manager Willis: Six new in addition to replacement?

Chief McCaleb: Yes, Sir.

Council Member Bolster: Street maintenance: I would like a run down on the planned
street overlays for this year for the different parts of town just a list of them.

Keith Bonds: Gregg County is going to buy about $300 thousand and the City will buy
$400 thousand. We try to do about $700 thousand each year.

Council Member Bolster: I know I would be interested in the specific streets, major
maintenance.

Keith Bonds: We develop those lists after we inspect all the streets.

Council Member Bolster:     You don't know what they are right now?        I thought Bill
Owens?

Keith Bonds: Yes, Bill Owens is under contract.

Council Member Bolster: Get some ideas of what is out there and…

Keith Bonds: I can give you an estimate on which streets.

Mayor Dean: But you can go back to your management study and determine exactly
what is what.

Council Member Bolster: The overlay project, I know we have had great success on
Yarbrough. It looks great; how much are we going to be able to do with this upcoming
budget?

Keith Bonds: With that amount of funding $60 thousand or so we will just have to divvy
it up. That is all the money we have. If we have to do a whole lot on Bill Owens or H.G.
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Mosely or another four or five-lane highway, then we'll obviously not have a lot of money
around to do different projects. We are planning on continuing that.

Council Member Bolster: I think we need to continue and expand that program. In part
of my district we are basically still driving on oil dirt roads. There are probably streets in
other districts that can use a little money too. We don't need to skimp on streets.

Mayor Dean: How much revenue do you want to put in them?

Council Member Bolster: I don't know. I am not the street engineer.

Mayor Dean: It is a matter of how much? We have a pavement management study
and we have worked at it for quite some time. What happens is, you can put any
number of dollars in there that you want to. It has been my experience it usually runs
between $600 and $700 thousand every year to maintain the grade of streets that we
have today. I can debate whether some are as good as we would like them to be or
not. Overall it is what kind of money do we want to put in it?

Council Member Bolster: That is my point I think the pavement management study
does a very good job of identifying issues like Bill Owens. Bill Owens is getting bad but
it is coming up on the pavement management study to be replaced. For those existing
roads pavement management study does a great job but I don't know if anyone else has
areas in their district like I have out in the northwest parts of my district that are basically
county roads that have never been brought up to City standards and there the
pavement management study doesn't work because there is no management. Those
aren't roads that we have ever maintained. Maybe we do need to put some extra
money in this budget to help those roads that have never been brought up to our
standards so that we can bring them into the pavement management study.

I know that is in my district; maybe I am the only one who has a road like that in my
district.

Mayor Dean: Let's do this. Keith, take a look at that number and come back to us.

Keith Bonds: Yes, we can tell you how many miles of oil dirt roads we have and you are
not the only district. There are oil dirt roads in all the districts.

Council Member Bolster: So I don't sound like I am preaching for District 5 that we get a
list of oil dirt roads and you come up with a plan outside of the Pavement Management
Plan to deal with the oil dirt roads that are throughout the region.

Keith Bonds: The reason why we don’t, we pay the County, we pay for the oil and
materials and they mix it in.
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Mayor Dean: Again, the County putting in $300 thousand. That is not an approved
budget at this point. I want to make sure everyone understands the County has to
approve that budget.

Council Member Willis: North of Highway 80 going into the part called Northcutt Heights
is completely ignored. Those streets are never touched. What is the plan for that area?

Keith Bonds: Some of them are oil dirt roads and when they reach a certain level then
we ask the County to re-oil them. Council has adopted policies from December 2002
where we have the pavement quality index. How we rate the streets and when they fall
below a certain rating then they get on the list. Apparently they are not curb and
guttered as you are aware and that is part of the appearance. I think they all have
apparently sound structural basis but they are not as attractive as the curb and guttered
streets.

Council Member Willis: I am tired of computer-based streets. The streets need help
and the ditches need work.

Keith Bonds: As you are aware there has been so much rain this year that a lot of the
ditches have grown up and citizens have not been able to mow them. We are trying our
best to keep up with that. It does look a little ragged.

Council Member Frost: Do you run the pavement management on all the dirt and oil top
roads?

Keith Bonds: Yes, Sir.

Council Member Bolster: I noticed the entryways are unfunded as far as the $250
thousand on entryways. I know we spoke about this several times over the last couple
of years. It was a fairly high priority project. How many entryways can we get for $250
thousand?

Laura Hill: I think that is two. They are 259 North and I-20 east.

Council Member Bolster: How does that TxDot Program work? We have to do the two
and the grant program goes away?

Laura Hill: No, the Community Pride Committee asked to do two more. It is a match
with TxDot.

Council Member Bolster: We have two in the budget?

Laura Hill: No, there is nothing in this year’s budget. We have paid for four.
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Council Member Bolster: We already paid for them?

Laura Hill: Have you been out on I-20 and seen those? They are nearly complete.

Council Member Bolster: I haven't seen them. Two more in addition to the four that we
have already funded, okay?

Laura Hill: The four that we have already funded are on the south and these would be
moving north and east.

Council Member Frost: There are several lines in there about communication VOIP
and is this compatible or does anybody coordinate this?

Linda Castillo, Information Technology Manager: The voice over IP system will replace
the existing phone system that we have. As of December 2008 will no longer be
supported for software, maintenance or parts. This will work with all of our City offices
that are on our network system. It does not work through the Internet but it will work
with all of our existing buildings.

Council Member Frost: The new communication system where citizens call in and get
questions answered and also the court was going to be involved also.

Linda Castillo: Courts is trying to get a Teleworks System. I believe that will work with
the Voice Over IP System. It is somewhat different. I believe it will take individual
phone lines.

Council Member Frost: Is it coordinating or is it two separate programs?

Linda Castillo: It is two separate systems.




       B.      Consider a Resolution proposing a tax rate for 2007 and scheduling
               two public hearings on the proposed tax rate –

Jill Tyler, Budget Manager: Chapter 26 of the Property Tax Code requires the City to
comply with truth-in-taxation laws in adopting its tax rate each year. The Tax Code
states that the governing body may not adopt a tax rate that exceeds the lower of the
rollback tax rate or the effective tax rate until the governing body has held two public
hearings.

The resolution proposes a tax rate of 48.4 cents per $100 of valuation and establishes
September 13, 2007, as the date on which the city council will adopt the tax levy. This
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will constitute an increase in the tax rate since the City's current tax rate is 48.34 cents
per $100 of valuation. The resolution also establishes Thursday, August 23, and
Thursday, August 30, as the dates for the two public hearings on the tax rate.

The proposed tax rate and dates of the public hearings on the proposed rate will be
reported in the “Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Increase” published in the Longview
News-Journal, the City's web site and on Channel 5.

Mayor Dean: This is setting the two public hearings. We are not here to discuss
whether we like or do not like the tax rate. It is just to let us know we have the public
hearings scheduled.

Council Member Bolster: You are not locking in this particular tax rate?

Jill Tyler: That is correct.


MOTION:        Council Member Williams made a motion the following Resolution be
               approved:

               A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY
               OF LONGVIEW, TEXAS, PROPOSING A TAX RATE FOR
               2007;   ESTABLISHING   A   DATE   FOR    THE
               CONSIDERATION OF THE ORDINANCE ADOPTING A
               TAX RATE; SCHEDULING TWO PUBLIC HEARINGS ON
               THE PROPOSED 2007 TAX RATE; DIRECTING THE
               BUDGET MANAGER TO POST AND PUBLISH SAID
               HEARINGS AS REQUIRED BY LAW; DETERMINING
               THAT THE MEETING AT WHICH THIS RESOLUTION
               WAS APPROVED COMPLIED WITH THE OPEN
               MEETINGS ACT; MAKING OTHER FINDINGS AND
               PROVISIONS RELATED TO THE SUBJECT; AND
               DECLARING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.


SECOND:        Council Member Sims seconded the motion.

VOTE:          The motion carried unanimously (6,0).

Such Resolution is No. 3834 and appears in the Resolution and Ordinance Records of
the City of Longview.
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VI.    CONSENT AGENDA

       A.      Investment Report for the Quarter Ending June 30, 2007 –

Angela Coen, Director of Finance: The Investment Report for the quarter ending June
30, 2007, is presented as required by the Public Funds Investment Act.

The City’s investments for the quarter were in compliance with the City’s investment
policy and the Public Funds Investment Act. The City had investments in Texpool,
MBIA Texas Class Investment Pool, and direct investments through MBIA’s CAM
Program.

Quarter Ending June 30, 2007
Texpool      $21,611,822
      Ending Yield 5.29%
      Weighted Average Maturity          29 Days
      Interest Earned    $183,616

Texas Class $13,989,715
      Ending Yield 5.31%
      Weighted Average Maturity          47 Days
      Interest Earned    $191,614

MBIA
       Ending Amortized Cost Value     $15,915,342
       Annualized Return Net of Fees 5.09%
       Weighted Average Effective Maturity 681 Days


Texpool is a local government investment pool. The primary objectives of the pool are
to preserve capital and protect principal, maintain sufficient liquidity, provide safety of
funds and investments, diversify to avoid unreasonable or avoidable risks, and
maximize the return on the pool. The pool seeks to maintain a $1.00 value per share as
required by the Texas Public Funds Investment Act. Texpool investments consist
exclusively of U.S. Government securities, repurchase agreements collateralized by
U.S. Government securities, and AAA-rated no-load money market mutual funds.
Texpool is rated AAAm by Standard & Poor’s, the highest rating a local government
investment pool can achieve. The weighted average maturities of the pool cannot
exceed 60 days, with the maximum maturity of any investment limited to thirteen
months.

MBIA, through its Customized Asset Management (CAM) program and its Cooperative
Liquid Assets Securities System (Class), manages short-and intermediate-term fixed-
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income portfolios with safety, liquidity, and competitive returns as their primary goals.
The program invests almost exclusively in U.S. Treasury securities, government agency
and instrumentality securities, repurchase agreements backed by U.S. Treasury
securities, and the highest-rated commercial paper, corporate notes and banker’s
acceptances, although the City’s CAM portfolio consists exclusively of government
instrumentalities. All our investments are held in third-party safekeeping at our
custodian bank and all investment transactions are done on a competitive basis with
broker/dealers approved by the City.

Through our depository bank, Hibernia National Bank, City funds are secured in an
interest bearing account. Per depository contract, interest is earned at the daily 30 -Day
T-Bill rate plus fifty basis points. The T-Bill rate ranged from 4.91% to 4.53% for the
quarter.




       B.      Consider an Ordinance accepting a bid by and authorizing
               conveyance of land to Brenda Gaona for the sale of a 0.25-acre
               parcel of City-owned vacant property located at 1717 Sandlin Street –

Sid Foster, Purchasing Manager: The City obtained vacant lots in the areas of Birdsong,
West and Sandlin Street in the improvement of Birdsong Street in 1987. It was decided
that these lots were not needed by the City and should be sold. The City has been
mowing and maintaining these lots since 1987.

Bids were advertised and mailed to all property owners within 500 feet of the properties.
In addition, these bids were advertised on Channel 5 and our City Website.

On July 25, 2007, bids were opened for these properties. Jose Gaona submitted the
only bid for 1800 Sandlin Street. His bid was $2,350.00. The assessed value for that
property is $1,750.00. Arthur Underwood submitted the highest bid for 1717 West
Street. His bid is $1,501.00. That property is assessed for $1,750.00. The only bid for
1717 Sandlin Street was submitted by Brenda Goana. It is $300.00. The assessed
value for that property is $1,800.00.


The following Ordinance was approved:

               AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY
               OF LONGVIEW, TEXAS, ACCEPTING THE HIGHEST BID
               FOR AND AUTHORIZING THE CONVEYANCE OF THE
               CITY-OWNED 0.25-ACRE PARCEL OF LAND LOCATED
               AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SANDLIN AND
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               BIRDSONG STREET; AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING
               THE CITY MANAGER OR THE CITY MANAGER’S
               DESIGNEE    TO   EXECUTE    ANY   DOCUMENTS
               NECESSARY FOR THE CONVEYANCE OF SAID PARCEL
               TO   THE    HIGHEST   BIDDER;   MAKING    THE
               AUTHORIZATION AND APPROVAL PROVIDED HEREIN
               CONTINGENT     UPON    CERTAIN    CONDITIONS;
               DETERMINING THAT THE CITY COMPLIED WITH ALL
               APPLICABLE BIDDING REQUIREMENTS IN ACCEPTING
               SAID BID; DETERMINING THAT THE MEETING AT
               WHICH THIS ORDINANCE WAS APPROVED COMPLIED
               WITH THE TEXAS OPEN MEETINGS ACT; MAKING
               OTHER FINDINGS AND PROVISIONS RELATED TO THE
               SUBJECT; AND DECLARING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.


Such Ordinance No. 3531 appears in the Ordinance and Resolution records of the City
of Longview.




       C.      Consider an Ordinance accepting a bid by and authorizing
               conveyance of land to Jose Gaona for the sale of a 0.33-acre parcel
               of City-owned vacant property located at 1800 Sandlin Street –

Sid Foster, Purchasing Manager: The City obtained vacant lots in the areas of Birdsong,
West and Sandlin Street in the improvement of Birdsong Street in 1987. It was decided
that these lots were not needed by the City and should be sold. The City has been
mowing and maintaining these lots since 1987.

Bids were advertised and mailed to all property owners within 500 feet of the properties.
In addition, these bids were advertised on Channel 5 and our City Website.

On July 25, 2007, bids were opened for these properties. Jose Gaona submitted the
only bid for 1800 Sandlin Street. His bid was $2,350.00. The assessed value for that
property is $1,750.00. Arthur Underwood submitted the highest bid for 1717 West
Street. His bid is $1,501.00. That property is assessed for $1,750.00. The only bid for
1717 Sandlin Street was submitted by Brenda Goana. It is $300.00. The assessed
value for that property is $1,800.00.



The following Ordinance was approved:
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               AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY
               OF LONGVIEW, TEXAS, ACCEPTING THE HIGHEST BID
               FOR AND AUTHORIZING THE CONVEYANCE OF THE
               CITY-OWNED 0.33-ACRE PARCEL OF LAND LOCATED
               AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SANDLIN AND
               BIRDSONG STREET; AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING
               THE CITY MANAGER OR THE CITY MANAGER’S
               DESIGNEE    TO   EXECUTE    ANY   DOCUMENTS
               NECESSARY FOR THE CONVEYANCE OF SAID PARCEL
               TO    THE   HIGHEST   BIDDER;   MAKING    THE
               AUTHORIZATION AND APPROVAL PROVIDED HEREIN
               CONTINGENT     UPON    CERTAIN    CONDITIONS;
               DETERMINING THAT THE CITY COMPLIED WITH ALL
               APPLICABLE BIDDING REQUIREMENTS IN ACCEPTING
               SAID BID; DETERMINING THAT THE MEETING AT
               WHICH THIS ORDINANCE WAS APPROVED COMPLIED
               WITH THE TEXAS OPEN MEETINGS ACT; MAKING
               OTHER FINDINGS AND PROVISIONS RELATED TO THE
               SUBJECT; AND DECLARING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Such Ordinance No. 3532 appears in the Ordinance and Resolution records of the City
of Longview.




       D.      Consider an Ordinance accepting a bid by and authorizing
               conveyance of land to Arthur Underwood for the sale of a 0.22-acre
               parcel of City-owned vacant property located at 1717 West Street –

Sid Foster, Purchasing Manager: The City obtained vacant lots in the areas of Birdsong,
West and Sandlin Street in the improvement of Birdsong Street in 1987. It was decided
that these lots were not needed by the City and should be sold. The City has been
mowing and maintaining these lots since 1987.

Bids were advertised and mailed to all property owners within 500 feet of the properties.
In addition, these bids were advertised on Channel 5 and our City Website.

On July 25, 2007, bids were opened for these properties. Jose Gaona submitted the
only bid for 1800 Sandlin Street. His bid was $2,350.00. The assessed value for that
property is $1,750.00. Arthur Underwood submitted the highest bid for 1717 West
Street. His bid is $1,501.00. That property is assessed for $1,750.00. The only bid for
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1717 Sandlin Street was submitted by Brenda Goana. It is $300.00. The assessed
value for that property is $1,800.00.

The following Ordinance was approved:

               AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY
               OF LONGVIEW, TEXAS, ACCEPTING THE HIGHEST BID
               FOR AND AUTHORIZING THE CONVEYANCE OF THE
               CITY-OWNED 0.22-ACRE PARCEL OF LAND LOCATED
               AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF WEST AND
               BIRDSONG STREET; AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING
               THE CITY MANAGER OR THE CITY MANAGER’S
               DESIGNEE    TO   EXECUTE    ANY   DOCUMENTS
               NECESSARY FOR THE CONVEYANCE OF SAID PARCEL
               TO    THE   HIGHEST   BIDDER;   MAKING    THE
               AUTHORIZATION AND APPROVAL PROVIDED HEREIN
               CONTINGENT     UPON    CERTAIN    CONDITIONS;
               DETERMINING THAT THE CITY COMPLIED WITH ALL
               APPLICABLE BIDDING REQUIREMENTS IN ACCEPTING
               SAID BID; DETERMINING THAT THE MEETING AT
               WHICH THIS ORDINANCE WAS APPROVED COMPLIED
               WITH THE TEXAS OPEN MEETINGS ACT; MAKING
               OTHER FINDINGS AND PROVISIONS RELATED TO THE
               SUBJECT; AND DECLARING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.


Such Ordinance No. 3533 appears in the Ordinance and Resolution records of the City
of Longview.

MOTION         Council Member Frost made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda.

SECOND:        Council Member Williams seconded the motion.

VOTE:          The motion carried unanimously (6,0)




VII.   ZONING / PUBLIC HEARING ACTION ITEM Michael Shirley, Senior Planner

        Consider a request for application #Z07-12 filed Marie Perkins requesting a
        rezone from Light Industrial (L-1) to Heavy Commercial (C-2) for the back
        portion of a lot that is approximately 4.66 acres of the Plainview
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       Subdivision LT 1 BLK J (NCB 3153) (N PT LT 1) located at 1200 Memphis
       Street. A PUBLIC HEARING IS REQUIRED FOR THIS ITEM.

A PUBLIC HEARING will be held to consider application #Z07-12 filed by Marie Perkins
requesting a rezone from Light Industrial (L-1) to Heavy Commercial (C-2) for the back
portion of a lot that is approximately 4.66 acres of the Plainview Subdivision LT 1 BLK J
(NCB 3153) (N PT LT 1) located at 1200 Memphis Street.

Planning & Zoning Commission and Staff recommend approval

APPLICATION #Z07-12

                                STAFF REPORT
       August 9, 2007

APPLICANT:             Marie Perkins

LOCATION:              The Eastern half of a lot that is approximately 4.66 acres of the
                       Plainview Subdivision LT 1 BLK J (NCB 3153) (N PT LT 1) located
                       at 1200 Memphis Street

REQUEST:               Light Industrial (L-1) to Heavy Commercial (C-2)

                             ZONING           LAND USE
SUBJECT PARCELS              I-1              Residential
NORTH                        C-2/I-1          undeveloped
SOUTH                        L-1              Industrial
WEST                         C-2              Residential
EAST                         I-1              Vacant


FUTURE LAND USE:
The Comprehensive Plan designates this area for High Intensity Business.

STAFF COMMENTS:
The applicant is requesting to rezone the property from Light Industrial to Heavy
Commercial. In Light Industrial zoning districts single-family homes are not permitted. If
the applicant wishes to expand the property as a residential use they would not be able
to. The perspective buyer needs the zoning change so that the property will qualify for a
loan.

STAFF RECOMMENDATION:
Staff recommends approval of this request.
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Mayor Dean: Was there any opposition from the neighbors at the Planning and Zoning
meeting?

Kevin Cummings, Interim Director of Development: We did not have anyone at the P &
Z meeting but we have received several phone calls as well as a letter from some of the
neighbors wondering if it will stop anybody in this industrial area from being able to do
anything if the property is changed to commercial. It would not stop that at all. This is a
transitional area. There is still some residential use even though it is commercial. It
wouldn't stop anyone from using their land but it would help this new property owner to
get his financing.

The public hearing was declared open.

Daniel Scott Carter, 1200 Memphis Street, (903) 559-1834: I am fixing and partially
moved into the house on Memphis Street. My wife and I are going through rings to
satisfy our VA loan. We love the house and the property but to satisfy the VA loan is to
have all of the property commercial. The way it is currently zoned with light industrial
you can't rebuild as residential; with commercial you can rebuild as residential and it still
follows that grandfather clause. All I am asking for is to rebuild the house.

Mayor Dean: You are planning to live on the property.

Daniel Scott Carter: Yes, Sir.

The public hearing was declared closed.


MOTION:        Council Member Williams made a motion to approve Zoning request
               #Z07-12.

               AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE ZONING ORDINANCE
               OF THE CITY OF LONGVIEW, TEXAS, ORDINANCE NO.
               96, AS AMENDED, WHICH SAID ORDINANCE ADOPTS
               THE ZONING REGULATIONS, USE DISTRICTS, AND A
               ZONING    MAP    IN   ACCORDANCE       WITH   A
               COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, BY CHANGING THE ZONING
               AND    CLASSIFICATION   OF    THE     FOLLOWING
               DESCRIBED      PROPERTY,       TO-WIT:     THAT
               APPROXIMATELY 4.66 ACRES OF THE PLAINVIEW
               SUBDIVISION LOT 1, BLOCK J, NCB 3153, THE NORTH
               PART OF LOT 1 LOCATED AT 1200 MEMPHIS STREET
               BE REZONED FROM LIGHT INDUSTRIAL (L-1) TO
               HEAVY COMMERCIAL (C-2). PROVIDING FOR A FINE
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               OF NOT MORE THAN $2,000.00 FOR EACH VIOLATION
               HEREOF, AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

SECOND: Council Member Willis seconded the motion.

VOTE: The motion carried unanimously (6,0).




VIII.   ACTION ITEMS

        A.     Consider an Ordinance amending Section 103 of the Longview City
               Code to add a section permitting vehicle for hire operators to assess
               a surcharge based on the price of fuel –

Dietrich Johnson, Assistant to the City Manager: Consider an amendment to Chapter
103 of the Longview City Code, entitled Vehicles For Hire, to permit operators of
vehicles for hire, generally taxi cabs, to assess a per-trip surcharge based upon the cost
of fuel.

Staff has recommended passage of the amendment.

MOTION:        Council Member Williams made a motion the following Ordinance be
               approved:

               AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY
               OF LONGVIEW, TEXAS, ADDING SECTION 103-57 OF
               THE LONGVIEW CITY CODE TO PERMIT VEHICLES FOR
               HIRE TO CHARGE A FUEL SURCHAGE; FINDING THAT
               THE MEETING AT WHICH THIS ORDINANCE WAS
               PASSED COMPLIED WITH THE TEXAS OPEN
               MEETINGS ACT; PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF
               ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; PROVIDING A
               SAVINGS    CLAUSE;    PROVIDING    FOR    THE
               SEVERABILITY OF THE PROVISIONS HEREOF; MAKING
               OTHER FINDINGS AND PROVISIONS RELATED TO THE
               SUBJECT; AND DECLARING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.


SECOND:        Council Member Sims seconded the motion.

VOTE:          The motion carried unanimously (6,0).
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Such Ordinance is No. 3535 and appears in the Resolution and Ordinance Records of
the City of Longview.




       B.      Consider an Ordinance authorizing and directing the City Manager to
               execute an oil, gas and mineral lease agreement with Dr. Robert L.
               Cargill, Jr., for three contiguous tracts of land totaling approximately
               22.91 acres, said tracts commonly known as Teague Park. –

Robert Ray, Assistant City Attorney: The resolution would authorize an oil, gas and
mineral lease agreement between the City of Longview and Dr. Robert Cargill. The
proposed agreement covers the approximately 22.91 acres that comprise Teague Park
and provides for a 1/5 royalty on oil and gas productions. It also prohibits any
operations on park property.

Council Member Bolster thanked Robert Ray for all of his work on this item.

Mayor Dean thanked Mr. Willard for helping the Council with this item (showing his oil
and gas experience).

MOTION:        Council Member Bolster made a motion the following Ordinance be
               approved:

               AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY
               OF LONGVIEW, TEXAS, AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING
               THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE AN OIL, GAS AND
               MINERAL LEASE AGREEMENT WITH DR. ROBERT L.
               CARGILL, JR., FOR THE EXPLORATION FOR AND
               PRODUCTION OF MINERALS FROM A CITY-OWNED
               PARCEL    OF   LAND   CONSISTING  OF    THREE
               CONTIGUOUS TRACTS COMPRISING A TOTAL OF
               APPROXIMATELY 22.91 ACRES, SAID PARCEL
               COMMONLY KNOWN AS TEAGUE PARK; AUTHORIZING
               AND DIRECTING THE EXECUTION OF SUCH OTHER
               DOCUMENTS     AS  MAY   BE    NECESSARY    OR
               CONVENIENT FOR THE EXECUTION OF SAID LEASE
               AGREEMENT; DETERMINING THAT THE MEETING AT
               WHICH THIS ORDINANCE WAS APPROVED COMPLIED
               WITH THE TEXAS OPEN MEETINGS ACT; MAKING
               OTHER FINDINGS AND PROVISIONS RELATED TO THE
               SUBJECT; AND DECLARING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
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SECOND:        Council Member Frost seconded the motion.

VOTE:          The motion carried unanimously (6,0).

Such Ordinance is No. 3536 and appears in the Resolution and Ordinance Records of
the City of Longview.




IX.    COUNCIL COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Council Member Sims: Richard Pirtle has been in contact with me as well as his
attorney; they are going forward on Pecan Park Subdivision. It will be built as he had
promised. They have had some problems with engineering but there will be some
expensive homes going in that area. I want to assure the citizens in that area about the
fact that he is not going to sell the property. He is going to develop it as was intended. I
have been trying to call the neighbors.

Tuesday night, National Night Out, it is well known that I think our police and fire
department are second to none. These are a great bunch of people. They are very
professional. Sgt. Jerry Hancock came by and picked me up. We made several
meetings. The citizens that met Sgt. Hancock were impressed with him. When he took
me back home he let me out at the street and waited until I got in the house. I want to
thank him and the Chief for pursing these kinds of people for the police department.

This morning I fell out with kidney stones. It got so bad I had to call an ambulance.
One responded from Station 5. Sam Turner fire fighter/paramedic and Kyle Norris Fire
fighter/ paramedic were two of the most professional people I have met. My daughter in
law lives next door to me and didn't know what was going on. She mentioned to me this
afternoon that "those guys could not have been any more courteous". I appreciate our
fire and police departments.

Council Member Williams: I had a busy Tuesday also. A couple of items, me being the
transportation liaison for the Council, I was able to go to Mineola, Texas, and sign an
agreement with the Northeast Texas High Speed Rail Corridor from Dallas with the East
Texas High Speed Rail Corridor. The Dallas area has realized that we can get more
funding from our federal government if we work together. The whole plan is to bring
high speed rail in from Canada one day through Longview, Texas, from Shreveport,
Louisiana, and link Shreveport to the Dallas area with high speed rails and maybe we
can have some trains that can travel up and down the track 125 mph and you can be in
Dallas real quick. The Dallas area has recognized that. They want to work with us on
that. They will agree if we get any funding from the federal government it will come to
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this area. They see the need to help the people from this area commute. They know if
they can make money off of us and we can also make money off of them. It is a win-win
situation. If we join together with the forces I hope we can see something happening
soon with the high-speed rail. It will follow the I-20 corridor.

On National Night Out, I would like to thank my wife for coming along with me to 12 or
13 parties. I enjoyed them all and would like to thank all of the citizens in Longview
especially District 2 that had a party. All the community awareness and the community
working together is a great thing. By working together we can take a bite out of crime.

Mayor Dean: I want to thank you for representing Council at that important meeting.
Unfortunately I could not make the meeting but I appreciate you being there.

Council Member Willis: Out of controversy you seldom find happiness but tonight there
was a controversial meeting and Council stepped up to the plate. My constituents from
District 3 were here and I felt happy to see that cooperation. It is not often that you see
that. On the Night Out I would like to give appreciation to John Rolls. He has worked
very hard with the crime watch people in my district and the Benny Jackson Park had
over 200 people in attendance. They had food. So everything seems to be going well.

Council Member Frost: I too attended several National Night Out parties in my district. I
believe there were about 20 and I think I made 8. It is hard to get away with all that fun,
food and fellowship. Everyone had a good time and I enjoyed it and I am glad people
showed up in establishing a community situation.

Mayor Dean: Council Member Bolster was out of town for National Night Out. We want
to thank everyone for participating in National Night Out. Preliminary results from the
event showed more than 6700 citizens participated in the 117 parties. That is awesome
but we can do better. One of the important things to remember is no neighborhood is
immune to crime.

Longview Police and Partners in Prevention are teaming up to keep our children safe.
They are offering free ID fingerprinting for children on Saturday, August 11, 2007 from 2
p.m. to 4 p.m. at Dillard's in the Longview Mall. Call 903-237-1259 or 903-238-8140 for
more information.

I enjoyed going to the National Night Out. I rode with Chief McCaleb and tried to make
a party in every district. One of the funniest ones, when we saw Mrs. Daisy Carey and
that was our first stop. Her son was there. He's a character. We were talking about
how bad the mosquitoes were and he said, "man you think the mosquitoes are that bad
on Timpson Street you ought to go to Pearl Street. Mr. K. C. Johnson lives down there
and he swears he has mosquitoes so big that if you come down there with your car
windows down the mosquitoes will turn your radio on." I said, "that's the biggest
mosquitoes I ever heard of."
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Council Member Frost: The long reach of the Longview people; Marshall and Lisa
Mitchell went to Hawaii to vacation. They were in a hotel and there was a swimming
pool and a man from Virginia went into the swimming pool and something happened to
him health wise and he fell to the bottom. His son-in-law went in and drug him out and
said he was not breathing. They thought he was dead. Lisa walked up there and said
“I'm a nurse let me see what I can do”. Lisa did mouth to mouth and revived that man.


MOTION         Council Member Williams made a motion to excuse Council Member
               Sidney Allen.

SECOND:        Council Member Sims seconded the motion.

VOTE:          The motion carried unanimously (6,0)



X.       EXECUTIVE SESSION

         Deliberations regarding Real Property — Under TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE
         Section 551.072.

               Consideration of the purchase and value of real property located in
               the J. Lagrone Survey which acquisition is for a public purpose.

         City Council may reconvene in public session for action on the above item
         discussed in a closed meeting or executive session.

No action was taken on this item in open session.

XI.      ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

[seal]




____________________________
Lois McCaleb
City Secretary

								
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