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					                     MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
                        RIVER OAKS CITY COUNCIL
                            April 22, 2008

MEMBERS PRESENT:                              STAFF PRESENT:
MAYOR HERMAN EARWOOD                          CITY SECRETARY LINDA RYAN
MAYOR PRO TEM STEVE HOLLAND                   POLICE CHIEF DAN CHISHOLM
COUNCILMEMBER JOE CREWS                       PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR MARVIN GREGORY
COUNCILMEMBER R.R. “BOB” MINTER               FIRE CHIEF BILL CREWS
COUNCILMEMBER SHERRIE UPTMORE DAST             SECRETARY SUSAN STEWART
MEMBERS ABSENT:
COUNCILMEMBER JACK ADKISON
CITY ATTORNEY BETSY ELAM


CALL TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M. BY MAYOR EARWOOD; QUORUM PRESENT

COUNCIL MEMBER CREWS GAVE THE INVOCATION. MAYOR PRO TEM HOLLAND LED
THE PLEDGES OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE UNITED STATES AND TEXAS FLAGS.

Mayor Earwood read a proclamation declaring May 11th thru May 17th, 2008 as National
Police Week and May 15th, 2008 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day.

   APPROVAL OF MINUTES AND BILLS PAYABLE:

1. CONSIDER APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF CITY COUNCIL MEETING APRIL 8, 2008

Mayor Pro Tem Holland moved to approve the Regular City Council Meeting
Minutes for April 8, 2008 as presented. Motion seconded by Council Member
Crews. All voted “Aye.”

2. CONSIDER APPROVAL OF BILLS PAYABLE FOR PERIOD ENDING MARCH 31, 2008
AND APRIL 8, 2008

Council Member Minter moved to approve payment of bills for the period
ending March 31, 2008 and April 8, 2008 as presented. Motion seconded by
Council Member Dast. All voted “Aye.”

   PUBLIC HEARINGS / ACTION FROM PUBLIC HEARINGS:

3.  PUBLIC HEARING:      SUBSTANDARD ENFORCEMENT ACTION REGARDING
STRUCTURE(S) LOCATED ON THE PROPERTY AT 5116 KESSLER

PWD Gregory reported that Staff had cleaned up the exterior of the property at 5116
Kessler as directed.

Mayor Earwood announced this Public Hearing would remain open and be continued at
the next Regular City Council Meeting on May 13, 2008 at 7:00 P.M.
4. ACTION FROM PUBLIC HEARING: CONSIDER COUNCIL ORDERS ON THE
PROPERTY AT 5116 KESSLER THAT MAY INCLUDE SECURING, VACATING OF
OCCUPANTS, REMOVAL, REPAIRING OR DEMOLITION OF STRUCTURE(S) IN ORDER TO
BE BROUGHT INTO COMPLIANCE WITH SECTION 3.07.004 OF THE RIVER OAKS CODE
OF ORDINANCES (2006) AS AMENDED

No action was taken.

5. CONSIDER REQUEST OF MANN AND STEVENS, P.C. FOR BOARD CONSIDERATION
IN AMENDING THE FEBRUARY 26, 2008 DEMOLITION ORDERS ON THE SUBSTANDARD
PROPERTY AT 520 ROBERTS CUT OFF

Attorney Diana Stevens, representative from Mann and Stevens, PC, was present to
request the Council consider allowing her client, Saxon Mortgage, additional time to
proceed with the foreclosure process and acquire the property at 520 Roberts Cut Off.

PWD Gregory reported that multiple title searches have been performed and all parties
have been notified.

After much discussion, Council Members directed Staff not to take action on the
demolition order until after May 13, 2008 in order to allow Saxon Mortgage Company to
complete the foreclosure process and acquire the property located at 520 Roberts Cut
Off. In addition, the Council requested an interior inspection of the structure be
performed and a plan of action to bring the property into full compliance be presented
to the Council at the next Regular Meeting of the City Council on May 13, 2008 at 7:00
P.M.

   ORDINANCES AND OTHER ITEMS REQUIRING COUNCIL APPROVAL /
   ACTION:

6.  SPECIAL EVENTS COMMITTEE MEMBERS SHIRLEY WHEAT AND SHIRLEY
BLOOMFIELD UPDATE AND REQUESTS FOR ALL AMERICAN CELEBRATION

Mayor Earwood stated the Community Center had withdrawn their request at this time.

7.  CONSIDER APPROVAL OF MAYOR’S RECOMMENDATION REGARDING THE
REORGANIZATION OF PUBLIC WORKS EMPLOYEES

Mayor Earwood requested the Council consider allowing Steve Sanders to be transferred
from the position of Code Compliance Officer to the position of Interim Building
Inspector under a 180-day evaluation period that involves obtaining the State Plumbing
Inspector’s License; and Darrell Brackeen to be transferred from the Street Department
to Interim Code Compliance Officer, under a 90-day evaluation period to coincide with
his current probationary period.

Council Members discussed the increased workload of adding plumbing inspections to
PWD Gregory's responsibilities while Steve Sanders obtains a plumbing inspector's
license and requested the trial period be reduced if it appears that Mr. Sanders will not
be able to obtain the license in the 180-day period; and for Staff to consider and present
an alternative plan at that time.

Mayor Pro Tem Holland moved to approve the Mayor’s recommendations
regarding the reorganization of Public Works Employees. Motion seconded by
Council Member Dast. All voted “Aye.”

8. CONSIDER APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE NO. 783-08 AMENDING ARTICLE 1.06
“PARKS AND RECREATION”, SPECIFICALLY UNDER SECTION 1.06.003 “VEHICLES”,
SUBSECTION (D) “PARKING” AND BY ADDING SUBSECTION (G) “OTHER EXCEPTIONS”
OF THE RIVER OAKS CODE OF ORDINANCES (2006) AS AMENDED ESTABLISHING
MORE STRINGENT PROHIBITIONS ON PARKING WITHIN A CITY PARK

Mayor Earwood explained that the proposed Ordinance No. 783-08 was to control
parking especially at McGee Park by allowing parking in the designated parking areas
within city parks during park hours or scheduled events, but otherwise prohibits parking
within those designated areas of the park when the park is closed.

PC Chisholm pointed out the proposed ordinance would give officers more authority to
control parking within city parks specifically at night and on weekends when city parks
are closed.

Mayor Pro Tem Holland moved to approve Ordinance No. 783-08 amending Article 1.06
“Parks and Recreation”, specifically under Section 1.06.003 “Vehicles”, subsection (d)
“Parking” and by adding subsection (g) “other exceptions” of the River Oaks Code of
Ordinances (2006) as amended establishing more stringent prohibitions on parking
within a city park. Motion seconded by Council Member Crews. All voted "Aye."

    CORRESPONDENCE – ANNOUNCEMENTS:

9. STAFF REPORT: UPDATE ON SUBSTANDARD BUILDING AT 1616 HILLSIDE

PWD Gregory gave a report on the substandard property at 1616 Hillside stating the
substandard conditions have been abated and the property is in full compliance.

10.   MAYOR, CITY COUNCIL AND/OR DEPARTMENT HEADS                            MAY    MAKE
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND PRESENT CORRESPONDENCE AT THIS TIME

Mayor Earwood recognized Patricia Ward, Tarrant County, who was present earlier in
the evening. He encouraged attendance at CCDAC's fundraising dinner on April 24,
2008 at Camp Carter. He announced Saturday, April 26, 2008 is River Oaks Clean Up
Day. He acknowledged those who supported the Mayor's luncheon and announced
Chesapeake Energy will be the featured speaker in May.

Council Member Crews directed Staff to investigate the possibility of a tractor-trailer
frequently parking overnight in the parking lot of the property at 5500 River Oaks Blvd.
He suggested the sound system at the Community Center be considered for
replacement in the near future.
Mayor Pro Tem Holland inquired about the inspection of the light poles on the medians
of River Oaks Blvd. as indicated by Oncor Representative, Andrea Sanders.            PWD
Gregory replied that after attempting to contact Ms. Sanders several times, it is apparent
the City would be responsible for an initial pole inspection to be submitted to Oncor,
which may or may not receive a response. In addition, he stated the color sample
should be available for Council to preview by the end of the week.

Mayor Pro Tem Holland also requested information about ongoing construction at 924
Churchill. PWD Gregory responded that CISD is constructing a bus maintenance facility
at 924 Churchill and a career center at 215 Churchill.

Council Member Dast asked the signage regarding the speed limit change on River Oaks
Blvd. (Hwy. 183) recently approved by the Council. PC Chisholm replied that the change
in speed limit signs would be installed by the state.

Council Member Dast inquired about a policy for the use of the River Oaks Public
Library. Librarian Mary Earwood replied the current policy allows residents of River Oaks
or parents of students who attend Castleberry ISD to obtain a library card. Council
Member Dast requested Council Members receive a copy of the policy and suggested the
policy be added to the city's website.

Council Member Dast commented on the unsightly appearance of the sign on the
property at 4847 River Oaks Blvd.

Council Member Minter questioned Staff about the fence at 1004 Merritt and
recommended Staff also monitor parking on the grass on the property at 1004 Merritt.
PWD Gregory replied the current ordinance required a screening fence around
commercial property that abuts residential property and only prohibits front yard parking
and recreational vehicle parking on the grass.

PC Chisholm recognized Officer Carla Wright for her efforts in coordinating the recent
event honoring injured Marine Zachary Briseno and for assisting CCDAC to provide
information to parents and educators about drug and gang awareness in the
community. He announced tickets are available for the Optimist Club spaghetti dinner
to be held on April 25, 2008.

   MONTHLY REPORTS:

Mayor Earwood gave the opportunity for questions for department heads or any
questions about any of the Monthly Reports.

11. FIRE DEPARTMENT – MARCH 2008

12. POLICE DEPARTMENT AND WARRANT DIVISION – MARCH 2008

13. PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT (TO INCLUDE CODE COMPLIANCE, PERMITS &
INSPECTIONS, SANITATION, STREET, SHOP, WATER & SEWER) – MARCH 2008
14. LIBRARY – MARCH 2008

15. CITY ADMINISTRATOR REPORTS:
    *MUNICPAL COURT – MARCH 2008
    *SALES, EDC, AND CRIME TAX THROUGH APRIL 2008

   PUBLIC COMMENTS:

16. AT THIS TIME, ANY PERSON WITH CITY RELATED BUSINESS MAY SPEAK TO THE
COUNCIL. IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE TEXAS OPEN MEETINGS ACT, THE CITY
COUNCIL MAY NOT DELIBERATE OR TAKE ACTION

Citizen Shirley Minter suggested the flag at McGee Park be replaced.

Citizen JoAnn Butler asked about the property at the corner of Black Oak and Merritt
stating the property is in immediate need of maintenance.

   EXECUTIVE SESSION:

17. CONVENE IN EXECUTIVE SESSION PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 551, TEXAS LOCAL
GOVERNMENT CODE, THE COUNCIL RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CONVENE IN
EXECUTIVE SESSION (S) FROM TIME TO TIME ON ANY POSTED AGENDA ITEM TO
RECEIVE ADVICE FROM ITS ATTORNEY AS PERMITTED BY LAW DURING THIS
MEETING. THE COUNCIL MAY CONVENE IN EXECUTIVE SESSION TO DISCUSS THE
FOLLOWING:
      A) Section 551.071 Pending or contemplated litigation or to seek advice from
         attorney
      B) Section 551.072 Discussion regarding possible sale, lease or acquisition of
         real estate
      C) Section 551.074 Personnel matters – To deliberate the appointment,
         employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline or dismissal of a
         Public Officer or Employee or to hear a complaint or charge against an Officer
         or Employee – Department Heads Evaluations (Public Works Director, Fire
         Chief, and Librarian)
      D) Section 551.076 Deliberation regarding security devices

At 7:58 P.M. Mayor Earwood moved to convene into Executive Session pursuant to
Section 551.074.

   RECONVENE:

At 9:30 P.M. Mayor Earwood moved to reconvene into Regular Session.

33. CONSIDER APPROVAL OF ANY ACTION FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION

No action was taken.
   ADJOURN:

34. ADJOURN

Mayor Pro Tem Holland moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:30 P.M. Motion seconded by
Council Member Crews. All voted "Aye."

                                            APPROVED:


                                            _____________________________
                                             Herman Earwood, Mayor
ATTEST:

____________________________________
Linda A. Ryan, City Secretary

				
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