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					STATE OF TEXAS                       *             CITY COUNCIL
COUNTY OF HOOD                       *             REGULAR MEETING
CITY OF GRANBURY                     *             AUGUST 15, 2006

The City Council of the City of Granbury, Texas, convened in regular session on August 15,
2006 at 6:00 p.m. at the City Hall Council Chambers, 116 West Bridge Street, Granbury, Texas.
Notice of said meeting giving date, place, and subject thereof having been posted as prescribed
by Article 6252-17 V.A.T.V.S., with the following members:
       Jake Caraway                   *      Councilperson, Place 2
       Jeanell Morris                 *      Councilperson, Place 3
       Lisa Johnson                   *      Mayor Pro Tem, Councilperson, Place 4
       Laurel Pirkle                  *      Councilperson, Place 5
       Mickey Parson                  *      Councilperson, Place 6
                                    AND
       Harold Sandel                  *      City Manager
       Dee Arcos                      *      City Secretary
Absent: David Southern, Mayor

5:30 p.m. Council/Staff pre -meeting. Staff briefed Council regarding items posted on the
agenda.

6:00 p.m. MAYOR PRO TEM JOHNSON CALLED THE REGULAR MEETING TO
ORDER.

Mayor Pro Tem Johnson recognized Charlie McIlvain, Director of CVB for two awards the City
of Granbury CVB received at the recent Texas Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau
Annual Conference. These were the following:
    • 1st Place for Tourism Promotion and
    • 2nd Place for Advertising, both of these won in the 2006 Idea Fair “People’s Choice”
       Awards (Budget Category of $350,000 - $999,999).

CONSENT AGENDA

Approval of minutes of the following City Council meetings: regular meeting of July 18;
special meeting of July 24; regular meeting of August 1; and special meeting of August 7,
2006.

Councilperson Pirkle made a motion the minutes of the last four meetings be approved.
Seconded by Councilperson Morris, the motion carried with 5 ayes and 0 nays.

06-211
Consider and approve an ordinance providing for adopting a uniform pole attachment rate
of telecommunications services to City’s utility poles.

06-212
Consider and adopt a resolution naming Compass Bank as the depository for the City of
Granbury.

06-213
Consider and approve a construction contract with Insituform Technologies, Inc. with a
‘Not to Exceed’ amount of $71,939.50 for the 2006 Utility Bond Fund.

06-214
Consider and approve an Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Granbury
and the Brazos River Authority for reimbursement of half of the total cost of the sewage
pump-out system on Lake Granbury.




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06-215
Consider and approve the award of a construction contract to Reliable Paving, Inc., 1903
N. Peyco Drive, Arlington, Texas 76001, for improvements to Lambert Court, East Rucker
Street and East Grove Street, based on its low bid of $276,122.15 for street and sanitary
sewer improvements and approving the expenditure of $3,000.00 for mobilization costs in a
proposed change order.

06-216
Consider and approve an engineering services agreement with Childress Engineers to
provide engineering services to prepare a park master plan for the Baseball Complex
(Association Fields) Improvements based on hourly rates with a ‘Not to Exceed’ cost of
$11,500.00.

06-217
Consider and approve a professional engineering services agreement with Enprotec/Hibbs
& Todd, Inc. to provide engineering and surveying services for the Houston Street
Sidewalk Rehabilitation project for a lump sum amount of $3,900.00.

06-218
Consider and approve a professional engineering services agreement with Kimley-Horn
and Associates, Inc. to provide engineering services for a Reverse Osmosis (RO) Pilot Study
at a cost

06-224
Consider and approve a lease agreement with Babe’s – Granbury L.L.C. in accordance
with Chapter 380 economic development program.

Councilperson Morris made a motion all of the items listed under “Consent Agenda” be
approved and that Item #06-224 listed under “Deliberation Agenda” also be approved at
this time. Seconded by Councilperson Caraway, the motion carried with 5 ayes and 0 nays.
                                                 MOTION CARRIED

DELIBERATION AGENDA

06-219
Public Hearing to receive input regarding the proposed City of Granbury 2006-07 Fiscal
Year Budget.

Mayor Pro Tem Johnson opened the public hearing and asked for opinions for and against the
proposed 2006-07 FY Budget for the City. Wayne McKethan, Finance Director commented the
proposed budget was presented to Council on August 1, 2006 and a copy filed in the City
Secretary’s office for the public to review. The City budget has also been posted on the internet.
No comments were offered by persons in the audience. Mayor Pro Tem Johnson closed the
hearing and announced consideration and approval of the proposed budget will be held at 6:00
p.m. at the City Council meeting of September 5, 2006 in the City Hall Council Chamber, 116
West Bridge St., Granbury, TX.
                                                     NO FORMAL ACTION TAKEN
06-220
First Public Hearing to receive input regarding the proposed City of Granbury Tax Rate
for Fiscal Year 2006-07.

Mayor Pro Tem Johnson opened the public hearing and asked for comments for and against the
proposed City of Granbury FY 2006-07 tax rate. Finance Director McKethan briefed Council.
City’s ad valorem tax rate is $.4150 after lowering the rate last year from $.4400 per $100
property valuation. The $.4150 rate is the same tax rate being proposed for FY 2006-07. Even
though the City was not proposing a tax rate increase, if the proposed tax rate exceeds 103% of
the effective tax rate for the City, two public hearings are required to be held to receive
comments from the public. Because the City is experiencing such growth in its assessed
property valuations (23% in 2006) the City’s effective tax rate has been calculated at $.3663 and
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since the proposed tax rate is 113.3% of this rate, the City was now required to hold the two
public hearings. Property assessed valuations have increased by $134 million from $565 million
to $699 million. This has afforded the City to cover the increased expenditures being proposed
in FY 2006-07 without having to increase the property tax rate. Staff recommended maintaining
the tax rate for FY 2006-07 at $.4150 per $100 property valuations. No comments were offered
by persons in the audience. Mayor Pro Tem Johnson closed the hearing and announced the 2nd
Public Hearing on the Tax Rate for the City would take place at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August
22, 2006, at City Hall Council Chamber, 116 West Bridge St., Granbury, TX.
                                                       NO FORMAL ACTION TAKEN

06-221
Public Hearing regarding a request of Ingram Enterprises, LP to Rezone 15.801 acres
(1911 Acton Hwy.) out of the Martin Setzer Survey, Abstract No. 502 from Interim
Holding/Light Commercial to a Planned Development with a base district of Heavy
Commercial; and consider an ordinance providing for said rezoning.

Mayor Pro Tem Johnson opened the hearing and asked for opinions for and against this rezoning
request. This item was tabled at the last Council meeting of August 1, 2006. Community
Development Director Scott Sopchak commented Staff had received a letter dated August 10,
2006 from Jeff Roberts with Ingram Enterprises. Mr. Roberts addressed Council. He
commented as indicated in his letter, after careful consideration of Council request regarding
fence requirements and due to financial constraints, Ingrams, would not be able to comply with
requirements voiced at the last Council meeting, which were that Ingrams install a 6’ stockade
fence with 2’ masonry columns on 6’ centers along the street frontage of their property; however,
they were willing to provide an opaque, treated 6’ stockade fence surrounding the portion of the
property utilized by the plant facilities and to entertain utilizing vegetative screening within their
current chain link fence along Acton Hwy. and a portion of Tom Cox Rd. They also hoped to
continue improvements by possible demolition of the existing r-panel building and constructing a
new masonry storage facility. Mayor Pro Tem Johnson commented it was her understanding it
was the consensus of Council that Council was not interested in a chain link fence. Mayor Pro
Tem Johnson commented that due to so many letters of surrounding property owners voicing
opposition, she would have to ask again if Ingrams was not going to increase their production.
Mr. Roberts answered no; they were not increasing production, just improving the facilities.
Councilperson Caraway commented he felt people needed to be reminded that if Ingrams was
going to increase production, Ingrams would first be required to apply to the State for permits
and this would involve holding public hearings and publishing notices in the paper beforehand.
Councilperson Pirkle commented he liked the fence put up around the City Water Plant that is
located on E. Pearl St. across from the Plantation Inn and asked that Mr. Robertson go by and
look at it and consider doing something similar and have the wood treated as soon as possible so
it would last. Mayor Pro Tem Johnson asked Mr. Roberts how he felt about this proposal, for
them to put maybe brick columns around the plant with metal posts and wider planks. Mr.
Roberts commented he thought they could do something at the entrance, possibly in rock or a
nice concrete column. Mayor Pro Tem Johnson commented Ingrams would also have to abide
by the City’s requirements regarding landscaping. No further comments were offered by persons
in the audience. Mayor Pro Tem Johnson closed the hearing.

Councilperson Pirkle made a motion to pass and approve the ordinance providing for
Ingrams rezoning with stipulations :
    • That the fence have steel posts, steel connectors and wood framing wider than 4”
       with rock columns around the front at entrance of property and with metal
       support ; and
    • with variances and conditions as recommended by Staff and P & Z as follows:

Variance from the screening fence requirement to allow the use of vegetative screening in- lieu of
the required opaque screening (stockade fence). New structure would be required to have
masonry on 40% of the front face only; concrete plant would be the only use on the property and
be restricted to the northern portion of the lot as delineated on the Site/Development Plan, which
is shown north of the proposed chain link fence outlined in blue. All area south of this chain link
fence would remain vacant unless amended by the PD; a vegetative screening w/ fence to be
installed along street frontages and a minimum 6’ high stockade fence to surround the remaining
portion of the property used by the concrete plant. Screening fences would be installed before
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the issuance of a building permit and would provide opaque screening up to 4’ on planting and a
minimum of 6’ at full maturity. Seconded by Councilperson Caraway, the motion carried
with 5 ayes and 0 nays.                                    MOTION CARRIED

06-222
Public Hearing regarding a request of Don Howser of Medical Properties, LC to
Preliminary Plat a 5.04 acre tract of land situated in the Milam County School Land
Survey, Abstract 348 to Lot 1, Block 1 of the Paluxy Medical Plaza; and consider and
approve said preliminary plat. This property is located in the 2000 block of S. Paluxy
Hwy, west of N. Meadows Dr.

Mayor Pro Tem Johnson opened the hearing and asked for opinions for and against this
preliminary plat request. Councilperson Jake Caraway commented he would not participate in
consideration of this item due to conflict of interest and left the Council room. This item was
tabled at the last Council meeting of 8/1/06. Ron Berryman, Assistant City Manager commented
he had spoken to Mr. Howser and Mr. Howser had indicated he would be willing to ask for
voluntary annexation of the property described above. Mayor Pro Tem Johnson commented she
spoke with the Mayor and the Mayor informed her Mr. Howser had indicated they intended to
annex within 6 months of completion of the first building and that any building 10,000 sq ft or
more would be sprinkled. Mr. Jack Martin, on behalf of Medical Properties, commented it was
his understanding Howser Medical Properties had agreed as such and they have spoken to the
Fire Marshall and have been made aware of fire regulations. Mayor Pro Tem Johnson asked Mr.
Martin if he realized that any of their buildings open and occupied before annexation would be
required to pay 3 times the amount of water and sewer rates paid by City residents. Mr. Martin
commented they were fully aware of the matter. Scott Sopchak, Comm. Dev. Dir. commented
Staff and P & Z were recommending approval of the pre plat as submitted. No further comments
from persons in the audience were heard. Mayor Pro Tem Johnson closed the hearing.
Councilperson Parson made a motion the preliminary plat be approved as recommended
by Staff. Seconded by Councilperson Morris, the motion carried with 4 ayes, 1 abstention
and 0 nays. Vote was the following: Ayes: Pirkle, Johnson, Parson, and Morris
Abstention: Caraway, (conflict of interest).
                                                                MOTION CARRIED

06-223
    A. Consider and adopt a Resolution whereby Council will direct city staff to begin
the annexation proceedings including the construction of the Service Plans for the
following areas located contiguous or proximate to the incorporated boundary of the
City of Granbury, Texas:
                    a) Involuntary annexation(s) of approximately 575 acres of land and a
                       portion of The FM 167 South Right-of-Way generally located South of
                       US 377 from Granbury’s existing city boundary traversing along FM
                       167 southward to the community of Acton (SH 4/FM 167 South
                       intersection), then traversing westward along SH 4 towards James
                       Road;

                    b) Involuntary annexation of approximately 200 acres of land and a
                       Portion of the SH 51 ROW located generally north of the City of
                       Granbury, traversing from an area north along SH 51 from the
                       existing city boundary near the Granbury Cemetery towards the
                       existing city boundary located at the Loop 567/SH 51 N. intersection;

                   c) Voluntary annexations of approximately 21.354 acres of land
            generally
                      located north of the US 377 (behind Ferrell Gas Co.) and to the west
                      of Old Granbury Estates and south of Old Granbury Road, and

                   c) Involuntary annexation of a 20 acre portion of land containing the
                      Railroad ROW located north of the Acton Rd. and US 377.
    B. Introduce the draft adoption ordinances for each of the areas being considered as
    required by the Charter of the City of Granbury, Texas.

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Scott Sopchak, Community Development Director, briefed Council. Regarding area described in
(a), Director Sopchak commented there is an intent to stop the proposal from traversing south at
approximately Donathan Court. Mayor Pro Te m Johnson asked then if indeed this area now was
only being proposed for annexation up to as far as Donathan Court, Director Sopchak answered
yes. Regarding area described in (b), Director Sopchak commented this area goes north
approximately where the cemetery is and the City is looking at the R-O-W and approximately
1,000 ft. Staff is noticing many substandard metal buildings with respect to the adopted Building
Code and this area is an important corridor into and out of the City. The City has since annexed
north of the Lake and so the empty areas are being filled in. Regarding area described in (c), this
is a voluntary annexation request by Mr. Wayne Prickett on a 25 acre portion of land next to
Jason Britt’s property. Mr. Prickett would like to include the area into the corporate boundary in
order to dovetail his development with the recently annexed property owned by Mr. Prickett
(Ashley Oaks development). Regarding area described in (d), this is a proposed involuntary
annexation of approximately 20 acres of land north of the US 377/Acton Road intersection to
alleviate snipe signs and banners from being placed outside the corporate boundary but within
the Railroad ROW. This property is contained within the Centex Railroad ROW. Mayor Pro
Tem Johnson commented should Council adopt this resolution, it would only authorize Staff to
start proceedings to annex, but it did not approve the actual annexations being proposed.
Councilperson Morris made a motion the resolution be adopted. Seconded by
Councilperson Caraway, the motion carried with 5 ayes and 0 nays.
                                                               MOTION CARRIED

06-224 – This Item approved under Consent Agenda.

06-225
Consider proposed amendments to the Granbury Home Rule City Charter.

Council agreed this item would be postponed for approval at the Special Council meeting on
August 22, 2006. City Attorney Wayne Olson commented Council at that meeting would also
be approving an ordinance to call the Charter Amendments Election.
                                                          NO FORMAL ACTION TAKEN

Mayor Pro Tem Johnson announced Council would retire to meet in Executive Session.
6:40 p.m. EXECUTIVE SESSION

          Pursuant to SECTION 551.071 – TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE – Consultation
          with City Attorney, pertaining to any matter in which the duty of the City Attorney
          under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct may conflict with the
          Open Meetings Act, including seeking legal advice regarding litigation, settlement
          offers, and/or claims for the following case: City of Cresson vs. City of Granbury

          Pursuant to SECTION 551.072 – TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE – Real Property
          Matters, deliberation regarding the purchase, exchange, lease or sale of real estate.

7:50 p.m.
RECONVENE IN OPEN SESSION

Take action, if any, on item discussed in Executive Session.

Mayor Pro Te m Johnson announced no action would be taken regarding item discussed in Executive
Session.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:51 p.m.


                                      _________________________________
                                      MAYOR PRO TEM LISA JOHNSON

Attest:

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Dee Arcos, City Secy.

				
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