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MEETING NOTES

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FALCONVILLE

3. Minutes of last meeting

MINUTES
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Two Weeks Ago

 

1. CALL TO ORDER

All council members were present. All city staff heads were present except Fire Chief Bonham, who was on assignment. Also present was Acting City Administrator Joan Bell.

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Smith at 7:31 p.m.

2. PLEDGE TO THE FLAG

The Pledge to the Flag was led by Mayor Smith.

3. INVOCATION

The invocation was given by the Rev. Ray Pedonni of the first Baptist Church.

4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

It was moved by Councilwoman Tager, seconded by Councilman Stewart to approve the minutes of the previous meeting as mailed. All council members voted Aye.

5. PUBLIC HEARING - Change Zone 88-2-Z

The Staff report was read by City Clerk Tuttle. It was noted that the Planning Commission had approved the request for the zone change. The mayor declared the hearing open at 7:40 p.m. There were neither proponents nor opponents. The hearing was declared closed at 7:41 p.m.

The matter was discussed at the table, after which attorney Hadley read Ordnance #1023, an ordinance amending Title 17 of the Municipal Code of the City of Falconville by approving Zone Change 88-2-Z.

It was moved by Councilman Gomez, and seconded by Councilman Stewart, to approve Ordinance #1023. All council members voted Aye.

6. VISITORS' AND CITIZENS' REQUESTS

Mrs. Jimmy Evan appeared and stated her opinion that the city needed more police officers on duty, particularly during night time hours.

Robert Williams, representing the City Employees' Association, presented their salary request for the new fiscal year. He stated there had been no change from their previous request of a 5% cost of living increase.

He also stated that the Association was violently opposed to any layoffs due to budgetary limitations or the addition of a city administrator to the city government.

It was moved by Councilman Gomez, seconded by Councilwoman Tager, to approve a 4% cost of living increase across the board for all city employees except police, who are represented by their own union (a 5% increase for police was authorized at the last meeting). All council members voted Aye.

7. MAYOR'S MINUTE

The mayor thanked Joan Bell for her efforts regarding salary negotiations.

He also thanked the Recreation Department for the excellent publicity obtained for Falconville through the Senior Citizens Discount Program.

Councilman Stewart was excused from the meeting at 9:15 p.m. The mayor declared a recess until 9:25 p.m.

8. CITY ATTORNEY -- Camden Hadley

Mr. Hadley presented the final reading of Ordinance #1022, regarding drinking in public parks, street, alleys, etc. and a two hour parking limitation on Kern Street between J and K streets.

It was moved by Councilman Gomez, and seconded by Councilwoman Tager, to table the ordinance and refer it to Ms. Bell for review prior to the next meeting.

Ordinance #1020, establishing the position of City Administrator as the chief operating officer of the City of Falconville, was presented for its first reading.

Mr. Hadley announced that he was working on a resolution for the Sister City Program.

9. ACTING CITY ADMINISTRATOR -- Joan Bell

Ms. Bell recommended that the Council allow each department to purchase one case of coffee each year to be used for general and public type meetings. Individual departments are to make satisfactory arrangements for their own needs at no additional cost to the city.

It was moved by Councilwoman Tager, and seconded by Councilman Gomez, to approve the recommendation. All members present voted Aye.

Ms. Bell stated that the Flood Insurance Program requirements had all been complied with. The subjects of Falconville's Urban Area Boundaries was brought up and it was recommended that the Planning Commission confer with the Industrial Commission in determining a revised set of boundaries.

Ms. Bell presented several bids on a sedan for the Public Works Department. It was moved by Councilman Gomez, and seconded by Councilwoman Tager to accept the low bid from Falconville Dodge for a Plymouth Charger in the amount of $8,293, including tax. All council members present voted Aye.

The Police and Fire Departments' monthly reports were presented and discussed. It was moved by Councilman Gomez, and seconded by Councilwoman Munson to accept both reports. All council members present voted Aye.

A bid from Nyguen Engineers to prepare a Revenue Program for the Sewer Department that would be acceptable to the EPA was presented. The estimated cost was $3,000, but not to exceed $3,500.

It was moved by Councilman Gomez, and seconded by Councilwoman Tager, to accept the bid. All members present voted Aye.

The matter of releasing the 20-acre Park Site from the city's area General Plan was referred back to the Planning Commission.

Warrant Register #88-M, in the amount of $61,367.34, was presented. It was moved by Councilman Gomez, and seconded by Councilwoman Tager, to approve for payment. All council members present voted AYE.

10. BUDGET DELIBERATIONS

Ms. Bell presented the following proposals for increasing revenues:

a) That a $20 inspection fee be charged under the Housing Program per Resolution #2756.

b) Adoption of all new codes.

c) The city take over inspection of mobile home parks.

d) The business licenses be increased by 25% and eliminate quarterly fees for contractors and sub-contractors, requiring them to pay on an annual basis.

e) The sewer trap fee be set at $150, plus $25 per trap.

f) A charge of $1 per front foot for curb and gutter inspection be established.

It is estimated that by adopting the above recommendations that a minimum of $14,105 to a maximum of $25,505 could be anticipated in additional revenues.

The Recreation Department is working on a series of fee increases and grant proposals to increase revenues from the recreation programs and make them more self-supporting.

It was moved by Councilman Gomez, and seconded by Councilwoman Tager to instruct the city attorney to prepare the necessary ordinance adopting Ms. Bell's recommendations. All council members present voted Aye.

It was moved by Councilwoman Tager, and seconded by Councilman Tager, that the fees charged by the Police Department be increased from $10 per hour to $15 per hour per man and the reserve officers wage be increased by $1 to $8.50 per hour. All council members present voted Aye.

It was moved by Councilwoman Tager, and seconded by Councilman Tager, to accept the concept of the proposed budget and figures as presented and corrected and that the City Administrator present the budget for adoption at the next regular meeting. All council members present voted Aye.

11. ADJOURNMENT

The mayor declared the meeting adjourned to a personnel session with Joan Bell at 11:13 p.m.

CITY COUNCIL -- © 1999 by Richard Cameron