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City of Harker Heights Council Minutes

Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith   Mayor
Michael Blomquist   Mayor Pro-tem
Jennifer McCann   Councilmember Place 1
Jackeline Soriano Fountain  Councilmember Place 3
John Reider   Councilmember Place 4 
Jody Nicholas   Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell   City Manager
Patricia Brunson   Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts   City Attorney

Consent Items:

1. Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held on June 11, 2019. Fountain made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

New Business:

1. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution of the City Council of the City of Harker Heights, Texas, authorizing the City Manager to accept TXDOT’s offer of a one-time payment of funds due under the Pass-Through Funding Agreement CSJ No. 0231-03-128. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. Blomquist made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. Council discussed and considered authorizing the City Manager to sign a Joint Participation Agreement with Killeen Independent School District and the City of Nolanville for the improvement of a section of Warriors Path generally located in front of the new middle school under construction on Warriors Path. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

3. Council discussed and considered the appointment of Councilmembers as the Primary and as the Alternate voting members for the City of Harker Heights on the Central Texas Council of Governments (CTCOG) Executive Committee. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to appoint Mayor Smith as the Primary and Councilmember Nicholas as the Alternate voting member. Seconded by McCann. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Items from Council:

Mayor Pro-tem Blomquist stated that he attended the following events:
• June 15th – Harker Heights Farmers Market
• June 20th – Military Relations Council 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigades Update Luncheon
• June 24th -  Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce – Advent Health PT Solutions Ribbon Cutting

Councilmember McCann stated that she attended the Harker Heights Farmer’s Market and the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament.

Staff Reports:

1. Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Announcements:

Mayor Smith stated that he attended the following events:
• June 13th – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and Armed Services YMCA ribbon-cutting for the children’s waiting room
• June 18th – City of Harker Heights Employee Recognition Ceremony
• June 22nd – HEB Harker Heights – The Greatest Burger Contest as a judge
• June 22nd – Congressman John Carter TX-31 – Salute to Academy Appointments at Texas A & M University Central Texas

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 5:22 p.m. 
                                
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager

 



Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:03 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith   Mayor
Michael Blomquist   Mayor Pro-tem
Jennifer McCann   Councilmember Place 1
Jackeline Soriano Fountain  Councilmember Place 3
John Reider   Councilmember Place 4 
Jody Nicholas   Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell   City Manager
Patricia Brunson   Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts   City Attorney

Consent Items:

1. Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held on May 28, 2019. Reider made the motion to approve as written. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

The following agenda items were taken out of order:
Reports of Advisory Boards and Commissions:  Items #1 - #6.

Reports of Advisory Boards & Commissions:

1. The Council received a presentation from Marlene DiLillo, Executive Director of the Greater Killeen Free Clinic DBA Greater Killeen Community Clinic regarding a request for outside agency funding for Fiscal year 2019-2020 in the amount of $13,500 from the General Fund. No action taken.

2. The Council received a presentation from Gina Pence, President and CEO of the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce regarding a request for outside agency funding for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 in the amount of $22,500 from the Hotel Motel Fund and $40,000 from the General Fund. No action taken.

3. The Council received a presentation from Dr. Marc A. Nigliazzo, Texas A&M University Central Texas President, regarding a request for outside agency funding for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 in the amount of $12,500 from the General Fund. No action taken.

4. The Council received a presentation from Daniel Hall, Vice President of Resource Development for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas regarding a request for outside agency funding for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 in the amount of $50,000 from the General Fund. No action taken.

5. The Council received a presentation from Janell J. Frazier, Executive Director for Central Texas 4C, Inc. (Head Start) regarding a request for outside agency funding for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 in the amount of $40,000 from the General Fund. No action taken.

6. The Council received a presentation from William Hall, Director of Operations for Families in Crisis regarding a request for outside agency funding for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 in the amount of $24,000 and for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 in the amount of $12,000 from the General Fund. No action taken.

At 5:50 p.m. Mayor Smith called for a ten (10) minute break.

Mayor Smith reconvened the meeting at 6:00 p.m.

Public Hearings:

At 6:09 p.m. Councilmember Jackeline Soriano Fountain filed an Affidavit for Conflict of Interest for Public Hearing items number one and number two and left the meeting.

1. Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance to change zoning designation from R-1(M) (One-Family Manufactured Home Dwelling District) to R2-I (Two-Family Infill Dwelling District) on properties described as Lots 1-8 and 11, Block 2; Lots 6-7, Block 3; Lots 8-14 & Adjacent 70’x30’ Strips, Block 3; and Lots 1-16, Block 4, all in Kern Terrace 2nd Extension according to the Plat of Record at Cabinet A, Slide 225-A, Plat Records of Bell County Texas, being generally located at 205, 207, 209, 210, 214, 216, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 224, 226, 227 Jamie Road; 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411 N Juanita Drive; And 504, 506, 508 W Nolan Trail, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Blomquist made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

2. Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance to change zoning designation from R-MH (Manufactured Home Park District) To PD-B (Planned Development Business) on property described as A0288BC V.L. Evans, Woodlawn Mobile Home Park, Acres 28.867, generally located at 101 N. Roy Reynolds Drive, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Joel Canfield, Open Air Resorts representative, was present to represent the request. Nicholas made the motion to approve with the attached conditions based on staff’s facts and findings. Seconded by McCann. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

At 6:29 p.m. Councilmember Jackeline Soriano Fountain returned to the meeting.

3. Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance of the City of Harker Heights, Texas amending the Building Permits Fees Section of the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Fee Schedule to remove Valuation-Based Fees from Residential Permits. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Fountain made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

4. Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance to change zoning designation from R-1 (One-Family Dwelling District) to R-2 (Two Family Dwelling District) on property described as 5.461 acres, being part of the H.B. Littlefield Survey, Abstract No. 511, being all of a called 5.44 Acre Tract of Record in Volume 1380, Page 255, Deed Records of Bell County, Texas, also being known as all of Lots 6 thru 13, Block 35, all of Lots 6 thru 13, Block 36, and a portion of Kiowa Trace, of Comanche Land, an unrecorded subdivision in Bell County, Texas, generally located at the corner of Ute Trail and Warriors Path Road, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve based on staff’s recommendation and findings. Seconded by McCann. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

New Business:

1. Council discussed and considered a request by Jerome and Rachel Gomer for Concept Plan approval of 5.461 acre tract of land to accommodate duplex residences on property described as 5.461 acres, being part of the H.B. Littlefield Survey, Abstract No. 511, being all of a called 5.44 Acre Tract of Record in Volume 1380, Page 255, Deed Records of Bell County, Texas, also being known as all of Lots 6 thru 13, Block 35, all of Lots 6 thru 13, Block 36, and a portion of Kiowa Trace, of Comanche Land, an unrecorded subdivision in Bell County, Texas, generally located at the corner of Ute Trail and Warriors Path Road, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Fountain made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. Council discussed and considered a request by Jerome and Rachel Gomer for Preliminary Plat approval for the proposed Sapiah Plains Addition, on property described as 5.461 acres, being part of the H.B. Littlefield Survey, Abstract No. 511, being all of a called 5.44 Acre Tract of Record in Volume 1380, Page 255, Deed Records of Bell County, Texas, also being known as all of Lots 6 thru 13, Block 35, all of Lots 6 thru 13, Block 36, and a portion of Kiowa Trace, of Comanche Land, an unrecorded subdivision in Bell County, Texas, generally located at the corner of Ute Trail and Warriors Path Road, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Blomquist. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

3. Council discussed and considered a request by Ubet Investments, LLC for Preliminary Plat approval for a proposed Re-Plat of property described as Lot One (1), Block Fifteen (15), and Lot One (1) and Part of Lot Two (2), Block Twenty-One (21), an addition to the City of Harker Heights in Bell County, Texas, as it appears upon the map recorded in Cabinet A, Slide 184-A of the Bell County Plat Records, and embracing the tract described to Ubet Investments, LLC, Series 102, Property #2, Recorded in Document Number 2018-00031165 of the Bell County Official Public Records, generally located at 1300 Chiricahua Trace and 1416 Shoshoni Trail, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Blomquist made the motion to approve. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

4. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City Manager to negotiate and sign a contract for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Fire Services Billing and Electronic Patient Care Reporting System with Ambulance Medical Billing (AMB). Paul Sims, Fire Chief, made the presentation. Nicholas made the motion to approve. Seconded by McCann. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Items from Council:

Mayor Pro-tem Blomquist stated that on June 10th he attended the Bell County Public Health District Quarterly Meeting as the representative for the City of Harker Heights.

Councilmember Fountain stated that on June 10th she attended the LULAC Herrencia Council 4298 monthly meeting.
 
Staff Reports:

1. Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Announcements:

Mayor Smith stated that he attended the following events:
May 30th – Texas Save Our Youth meeting regarding Human Trafficking at the Killeen Community Center
May 31st – III Corps Retirement Ceremony at the Phantom Warrior Club Fort Hood
May 31st – 1st Cavalry Division Farewell and Patch Ceremony and Retreat
June 1st – Harker Heights Disabled American Veterans #29 Meeting with speaker Representative Brad Buckley
June 3rd – Harker Heights Police Department Swearing in Ceremony for Eric Woodruff
June 4th – Harker Heights City Council Workshop
June 5th – III Corps Award Ceremony for Lieutenant General Paul E. Funk, II and Dr. Funk
June 5th – III Corps Promotion Ceremony for Lieutenant General White
June 5th – III Corps Change of Command from Lieutenant General Funk to Lieutenant General White
June 6th – Harker Heights Vision XXI Class presentation
June 7th – 1st Cavalry Division Headquarters Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
June 7th – 1st Cavalry Division Spirit of the CAV and Retreat Ceremony
June 8th – Mega Future Soldier Event at Goode-Connell Park with Harker Heights Army Recruiters

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 7:09 p.m. 
 

                                
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:
      
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager



Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:02 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

 

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith   Mayor
Michael Blomquist   Mayor Pro-tem
Jennifer McCann   Councilmember Place 1
Jackeline Soriano Fountain  Councilmember Place 3
John Reider   Councilmember Place 4 
Jody Nicholas   Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell   City Manager
Patricia Brunson   Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts   City Attorney

Mayoral Proclamations and Presentations:

1. The Mayor presented a proclamation to Joyce Meyer, Senior Volunteer and Sara Gibbs, Activities Coordinator, proclaiming May 2019 as “Older Americans Month”.

2. Mayor Spencer H. Smith and Lisa Youngblood, Library Director, recognized Harker Heights High School Senior students, Ian Reid, Jayson Bohac, Amy Grace Mercer, and Celestial Stringham for their accomplishments as Members of the City of Harker Heights Knights of the Round Table. Ian Reid and Amy Grace Mercer were in attendance.

Consent Items:

1. Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held on May 14, 2019. Reider made the motion to approve as written. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Presentations by Citizens:

1. The Council received a presentation from David Blackburn, Bell County Judge/Hill Country Transit District Board Chairman and Darrell Burtner, Director of Urban Operations for the Hill Country Transit District (“The HOP”), regarding their Fiscal Year 2020 preliminary budget and services. No action taken.

Public Hearings:

1. Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance amending Chapter 155 of the Harker Heights Code of Ordinances to establish the definition of a brewpub and winery, and to allow their use in certain zoning districts. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Fountain made the motion to approve. Seconded by Blomquist. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

New Business:

1. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution awarding a contract for the annual supply of water meters in the amount of $101,654.00 to Core & Main. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Nicholas made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution adopting a Long-Term Debt Policy for the City of Harker Heights. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Blomquist. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Items from Council:

Mayor Pro-tem Blomquist stated that he attended the Harker Heights Farmers Market at Seton Medical Center on Saturday, May 18th and Saturday, May 25th and the Kitten Shower on Sunday, May 19th.

Councilmember Fountain stated that she attended the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Harker Heights on Monday, May 27th and the VFW Veteran’s Ceremony on Sunday, May 25th.  Fountain thanked Nichole Broemer, Activities Center & Events Manager, for putting on the City of Harker Heights Memorial Day Parade. Fountain stated that she attended Congressman Carter’s Women’s Advisory Council Meeting in which he introduced two the following two bills: the Military Spouses Employment Act to provide employers a new tax credit to hire qualified military spouses and the Military Base Operations and Infrastructure Innovative Management Act to establish a pilot program to promote the use of technologies on military installations. The employed technology will be aimed at improving the performance of infrastructure systems, communications, safety, energy use, time management, and base operations services.

Staff Reports:

1. Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Announcements:

Mayor Smith stated that he attended the following events:
• May 15th – 1st Cavalry Division Distinguished Service Recognition Ceremony
• May 15th – Retiring Councilmember Hal Schiffman Reception
• May 16th – III Corps and Fort Hood Cavazos Mission Training Complex Memorial and Dedication Ceremony
• May 16th – 3rd Cavalry Regiment’s Garden Party
• May 17th – III Corps and Fort Hood Phantom Honors Welcome Ceremony in honor of Major General Gerald M. Strickland, Incoming Deputy to the Commanding General III Corps and Fort Hood
• May 18th – City of Harker Heights Trash Off Event
• May 20th – III Corps Phantom Honors Farewell Dinner in honor of Lieutenant General Paul E. Funk, II, Commanding General, III Corps and Fort Hood and Dr. Funk
• May 21st - III Corps Awards Ceremony in honor of Colonel Henry C. Perry, Jr.
• May 21st – City of Harker Heights City Council Workshop
• May 23rd – Central Texas Council of Government (CTCOG) Executive Board Meeting in Belton
• May 23rd – Killeen ISD Education Foundation Starmakers Academic Recognition Banquet
• May 25th – City of Harker Heights Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
• May 27th – Memorial Day Ceremony at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 6:14 p.m. 

                                
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager



Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

 

 

 

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith   Mayor
Jackeline Soriano Fountain  Mayor Pro-tem
Jennifer McCann   Councilmember Place 1
Michael Blomquist   Councilmember Place 2
John Reider   Councilmember Place 4 
Jody Nicholas   Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell   City Manager
Ursula Paddie   Assistant City Secretary
Burk Roberts   City Attorney

Absent:  Patricia Brunson  Assistant City Manager

Mayoral Proclamations and Presentations:

1. The Mayor presented a proclamation to Mike Beard, Building Inspector, proclaiming May 2019 as “Building Safety Month”.

2. The Mayor presented a proclamation to Police Chief Gadd, proclaiming May 12 – 18, 2019 as “National Police Week”. 

Consent Items:

1. Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held on April 23, 2019, and May 7, 2019. Blomquist made the motion to approve as written. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Public Hearings:

1. Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance to change zoning designation from R-1 (One Family Dwelling District) to R2-I (Two Family Infill Dwelling District) on property described as Lot Twenty-Two (22), Block Three (3), Kern Acres, First Extension and Revision, according to a map or plat of Record In Cabinet A, Slide 223-D, Plat Records of Bell County, Texas, generally located at 504 S. Juanita Drive, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Tim Boose was present to represent the request. Fountain made the motion to approve based on staff’s recommendations and findings. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance modifying the Code of Harker Heights Chapter 74, Schedule V and Schedule VI, by removing three (3) Stop Signs at Commercial Drive & Heights Drive and adding four (4) Yield Signs at Commercial Drive & Heights Drive. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

New Business:

1. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City Manager to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Harker Heights, Texas, and the Bell County Public Health District to provide Mass Prophylaxis/Vaccine Dispensing Locations. Chief Sims, Fire Chief, made the presentation. Fountain made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution awarding a contract for the City Hall Marshal Station Expansion/Renovation Project in the amount of $78,932.00 to FCO Construction Services, LLC. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. Blomquist made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

3. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution of the City of Harker Heights, Texas, authorizing the Membership and approval of an Interlocal Participation Agreement with the GoodBuy Purchasing Cooperative and authorize the City Manager to sign the contract on behalf of the City. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

4. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution of the City of Harker Heights, Texas, finding that Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC’s application for approval to amend its Distribution Cost Recovery Factor pursuant to 16 Texas Administration Code § 25.243 to increase Distribution Rates within the City should be denied; finding that the City’s reasonable Rate Case Expenses shall be reimbursed by the Company; finding that the Meeting at which this resolution is passed is open to the public as required by law; requiring notice of this resolution to the Company and Legal Counsel. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. Fountain made the motion to approve. Seconded by Blomquist. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

5. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City Manager to negotiate and sign a Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan Contract with Luck Design Team. Jeff Achee, Parks and Recreation Director, made the presentation. Blomquist made the motion to approve. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

6. Council received and discussed a presentation on an update to Chapter 155 of the Harker Heights Code of Ordinances to allow Brewpubs and Wineries. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation.

7. Council received and discussed a presentation on an update to Chapter 155 of the Harker Heights Code of Ordinances to allow Small-Scale Kenneling as a Home Occupation. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation.

8. Council discussed and considered the appointment of the Mayor Pro-tem. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. Nicholas made the motion to appoint Councilmember Michael Blomquist as Mayor Pro-tem for the term May 2019-May 2020. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Items from Council:

Mayor Pro-tem Fountain stated that she attended the III Corps and Fort Hood Phantom Honors Ceremony for Fort Hood Retirees and presented a proclamation at the National Prayer Day.  Fountain stated that she attended the Harker Heights Annual Academic Achievement Ceremony to honor the Harker Heights High School seniors that are enlisting in the military.

Councilmember Nicholas stated that on Friday, May 10th she attended the Bell County Police Officers Memorial Ceremony.

Councilmember Blomquist stated that he attended the Disabled American Veteran’s monthly meeting.
 
Staff Reports:

1. Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Announcements:

Mayor Smith stated that he attended the following events:
• April 24th – Went to the Austin Capitol to attend the House Calendar Committee Meeting
• April 26th – Attended the Meadows Elementary School Career Day Event
• April 26th – Attended the III Corps and Fort Hood Phantom Honors Ceremony for Fort Hood Retirees
• April 27th – Attended the Harker Heights Friends of the Library Book Sale
• April 27th – Attended and was a Judge at the Lemonade Day Event at the Harker Heights Community Park
• April 27th – Attended the National Mounted Warfare Foundation Homecoming for Heroes V Gala
• April 29th – Attended the Disabled American Veteran’s monthly meeting
•  May 4th – Attended the First day of the Harker Heights Farmer’s Market
• May 4th – Was present for the Harker Heights Election results
• May 6th – Attended the Bell County Communications Center’s 20th Anniversary Event
• May 6th - Attended the Farewell Dinner in honor of Col. Henry C. Perry, Jr.
• May 7th – Attended the III Corps and Fort Hood, Hood Hero Award Ceremony and Luncheon
• May 9th – Attended the III Corps and U. S. Army Garrison Hall of Fame Induction and U. S. Army Garrison Quarterly Civilian Employee Recognition Ceremony
• May 10th – Attended the Bell County Police Officers Memorial Ceremony
• May 10th – Attended the Harker Heights High School Junior ROTC Award Ceremony
• May 14th – Attended the Harker Heights Kiwanis Club Scholarship Awards Ceremony 

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 6:25 p.m. 
 

Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager

 



Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith   Mayor
Jackeline Soriano Fountain  Mayor Pro-tem
Michael Blomquist   Councilmember Place 2
John Reider   Councilmember Place 4 
Jody Nicholas   Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell   City Manager
Patricia Brunson   Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts   City Attorney

Absent: 
Hal Schiffman   Councilmember Place 1

New Business

1. The Council canvassed the Election Returns for the May 4, 2019 Municipal Election. Councilmember Blomquist and Councilmember Reider stepped out at 3:03 p.m. to tabulate the ballots.  The results are as follows:

TOTAL VOTERS – 783


COUNCIL PLACE 1 CANDIDATES TOTAL VOTES
Jeffrey Keith Harris                    310

Jennifer Michelle McCann           472

COUNCIL PLACE 3 CANDIDATE TOTAL VOTES
Jackeline Soriano Fountain         620


Councilmember Blomquist and Councilmember Reider returned to the dais at 3:12 p.m.

Jennifer Michelle McCann, was declared the winner for Councilmember, Place 1 and Jackeline Soriano Fountain, uncontested for her second term, was declared the winner for Councilmember, Place 3, both three year terms (2019-2022).

Blomquist made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

2. Burk Roberts, City Attorney, administered the Oath of Office to Jennifer Michelle McCann to serve as Councilmember, Place 1, for a three year term ending May, 2022, and to Jackeline Soriano Fountain to serve as Councilmember, Place 3, for a three year term ending May, 2022.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 3:17 p.m. 
                       
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager

 



Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith   Mayor
Jackeline Soriano Fountain  Mayor Pro-tem
Hal Schiffman   Councilmember Place 1
Michael Blomquist   Councilmember Place 2
John Reider   Councilmember Place 4 
Jody Nicholas   Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell   City Manager
Patricia Brunson   Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts   City Attorney

Mayoral Proclamations and Presentations:

1. The Mayor presented a proclamation to Jeff Achee, Parks and Recreation Director, Adam Trujillo, Activities Center Specialist, and Angie Wilson, Parks and Recreation Board Chairperson, proclaiming April 27, 2019, as “Arbor Day”.

Consent Items:

1. Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held on April 9, 2019.

2. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City Manager to sign The Harker Heights Public Library Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2017-18 and 2018 System Membership Application Form for the Texas State Library System.

Reider made the motion to approve Consent Items #1 and #2. Seconded by Blomquist. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Public Hearings:

1. Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider adopting an ordinance amending the General Fund Budget for the City of Harker Heights, Texas for the Fiscal Year 2018-2019. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. Nicholas made the motion to approve. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

New Business:

1. Council discussed and considered the waiver of liens on Valley View Addition, Block 001, Lot 0007 located at 114 East Valley Road, Harker Heights, Texas. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. Jamie Herring, requestor, was present to represent the request.  Reider made the motion to reduce the liens to $9,179.00 subject to a Building permit being issued. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. Council discussed and considered approving an ordinance amending Chapter 90 of the Harker Heights Code of Ordinances to create an Animal Abuser Registry and prohibit certain persons from possessing animals in the City. Gary Bates, IT Director, made the presentation. Fountain made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

3. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing continued participation with the Steering Committee of Cities served by Oncor; and authorizing the payment of eight cents per capita to the Steering Committee to fund regulatory and legal proceedings and activities related to Oncor Electric Delivery Company, LLC. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Blomquist. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Items from Council:

Mayor Pro-tem Fountain stated that she attended a Harker Heights Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Carter.  Congressman Carter discussed the following Legislation:
• Securing Energy Infrastructure Act
• Children of Fallen Warriors AMT Relief Act
• Veterans Transplant Coverage Act
• Justice Served Act

Councilmember Blomquist encouraged all citizens to vote in the May 4, 2019 City of Harker Heights City Councilmember Election.
 
Staff Reports:

1. Council received and discussed the FY 2018-2019 Second Quarter Investment Report. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. No action taken.

2. Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Announcements:

Mayor Smith stated that he attended the following events:
• April 11th – Central Texas Council of Governments Executive Committee Meeting
• April 12th – 1st Cavalry Division 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Change of Command
• April 12th – Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce Political Forum for the Harker Heights Councilmember Candidates and the Central Texas College Candidates
• April 12th – Nolanville Elementary School Spring Fling Ribbon Cutting
• April 13th – III Corps & Fort Hood Warfighter Exercise 19-4 Community Leaders Day
• April 13th – Harker Heights Easter Egg Hunt at the Activity Center
• April 15th - Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce Political Forum for the KISD Trustee Candidates
• April 17th – Incredible Kid Celebration at the Bell County Expo
• April 20th – Met with Cub Scout Pack 255 at the Harker Heights Community Park
• April 21st – Participated in the Sunrise Easter Service at Carl Levin Park and the United Methodist Church Easter Breakfast at the Harker Heights Activity Center
• April 23rd – Attended the Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Carter at the Harker Heights Activity Center

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 5:54 p.m. 
   
                                
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

       
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager

 



Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith   Mayor
Jackeline Soriano Fountain  Mayor Pro-tem
Hal Schiffman   Councilmember Place 1
Michael Blomquist   Councilmember Place 2
John Reider   Councilmember Place 4 
Jody Nicholas   Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell   City Manager
Patricia Brunson   Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts   City Attorney

Mayoral Proclamations and Presentations:

1. The Mayor presented a proclamation to Lisa Youngblood, Library Director, proclaiming April 7-13, 2019, as “National Library Week”.

2. Fire Chief Sims presented the proceeds in the amount of $3,660.00 from the 2018 Fire Department Calendar Sales to Jessica Giese, Pet Adoption Manager, for the Pet Adoption Center (PAC).

Consent Items:

1. Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held on March 26, 2019. Reider made the motion to approve as written. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Public Hearings:
           
1. Council conducted a public hearing on the need to continue sections 130.20 through 130.25 of the Harker Heights Code of Ordinances defining a Curfew for Minors in the City of Harker Heights, and discuss and consider whether such subchapter will be continued, abolished or modified. Phil Gadd, Police Chief, made the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

New Business:

1. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution awarding a contract for the Carl Levin New Restroom Facility Project in the amount of $210,000.00 to Holy Contractors, LLC. Jeff Achee, Parks and Recreation Director, made the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution awarding a contract for the Carl Levin New Restroom Facility Utility Extensions Project in the amount of $141,036.86 to Holy Contractors, LLC. Jeff Achee, Parks and Recreation Director, made the presentation. Nicholas made the motion to approve. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Items from Council:

Councilmember Schiffman thanked Mayor Smith for representing the City and City Council at the Phantom Honors Award and Farewell Ceremony in Honor of Major General Felix G. Gedney, Deputy to the Commanding General, III Corps.

Mayor Pro-tem Fountain thanked the Parks and Recreation Director for getting and having put in the new restroom facility at the Carl Levin Park.

Councilmember Schiffman thanked Fire Chief Sims and his department for the fundraiser they did for the Pet Adoption Center (PAC).
 
Staff Reports:

1. Council received and discussed the Unaudited Financial Statements for the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2018-2019. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. No action taken.

2. Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Announcements:

Mayor Smith stated that he attended the following events:
• On March 27th, and 28th he was in Austin to attend the National Water Now Alliance Summit.
• On March 29th, he attended the VFW 3892 National Veteran’s Day Ceremony.
• On March 29th, he attended the Tactical Air Control Party Association 24 hour challenge and 5k run at Carl Levin Park.
• On March 30th, he, Mayor Pro-tem Fountain and Councilmember Nicholas attended the Sociedad Cultural Hispanoamericana 43rd Anniversary Banquet.
• On April 3rd, he, Mayor Pro-tem Fountain and Councilmembers Schiffman and Nicholas attended the Phantom Honors Award and Farewell Ceremony in Honor of Major General Felix G. Gedney, Deputy to the Commanding General, III Corps.
• On April 5th, he attended the Educated Angels Gala at Club Hood.
• On April 8th, he along with David Mitchell, City Manager and Jerry Bark, Public Relations Director, were in Austin to give testimony to the House Appropriations Committee on Representative Buckley’s House Bill 634 regarding 100% Disabled Veteran’s Property Tax Exemption.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 5:58 p.m. 
   
                                
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:
       
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager



Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

 

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith   Mayor
Jackeline Soriano Fountain  Mayor Pro-tem
Hal Schiffman   Councilmember Place 1
Michael Blomquist   Councilmember Place 2
John Reider   Councilmember Place 4 
Jody Nicholas   Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell   City Manager
Patricia Brunson   Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts   City Attorney

Consent Items:

1. Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held on March 12, 2019. Fountain made the motion to approve. Seconded by Blomquist. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Public Hearings:

Mayor Smith moved Public Hearing Item 1 to after New Business Item 2.

2. Council conducted a public hearing on the need to continue sections 130.20 through 130.25 of the Harker Heights Code of Ordinances defining a Curfew for Minors in the City of Harker Heights, and discuss and consider whether such subchapter will be continued, abolished or modified. Phil Gadd, Police Chief, made the presentation. The second Public Hearing is scheduled for April 9, 2019. No action taken.

New Business:

1. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing continued participation with the Atmos Cities Steering Committee; and authorizing the payment of five cents per capita to the Atmos Cities Steering Committee to fund regulatory and related activities related to Atmos Energy Corporation. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution awarding a contract for a concession agreement to Mama’s Soul Catering and Concessions, LLC for one year, with the City having two successive one-year options to renew for a maximum combined term of three years, and authorizing the City Manager to enter such contract on behalf of the City. Jeff Achee, Parks and Recreation Director, made the presentation. Blomquist made the motion to approve adopting a resolution awarding a contract for a concession agreement to Mama’ Soul for one year, with the City having two successive one-year options to renew for a maximum term of three years, and authorizing the City Manager to enter into such contract on behalf of the City. Seconded by Reider.  All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Mayor Smith returned to Public Hearing Item 2.

Public Hearing:
 
At 5:15 p.m. Mayor Spencer H. Smith filed an Affidavit for Conflict of Interest for Public Hearing item number one and left the meeting.  Mayor Pro-tem Jackeline Soriano Fountain took the Mayor’s seat.

1. Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance granting a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to allow an accessory dwelling unit on property described as part of Lot Eight (8) and all of Lot Nine (9) and Lot Ten (10), Block Four (4), Hidden Valley Estates, an addition in Bell County, Texas, recorded in Cabinet A, Slide 212-A, Plat Records of Bell County, Texas, generally located at 2223 Fuller Lane, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Tara K. Ortiz was present to represent the request. Schiffman made the motion to grant a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a period of six (6) months after which the structure/camper will be removed from the property permanently. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

Mayor Pro-tem Fountain called for a brief break at 5:36 p.m.

At 5:38 p.m. Mayor Spencer H. Smith returned to the meeting.

Items from Council:

Councilmember Blomquist stated that on March 19th he attended the Veteran’s Council meeting at the Rec Center with the Parks and Recreation Department representatives. They discussed the 3rd Cavalry Regiment Welcome Home Celebration, and discussed the Memorial Day Parade preparations.

Mayor Pro-tem Soriano Fountain stated that the 3rd Cavalry Regiment Welcome Home Celebration was, as stated by the Commander of the Unit, by far a first class event. Fountain stated that it is great to be a part of the City and see everyone come together and make our soldiers welcome.

Mayor Smith stated that he along with Mayor Pro-tem Fountain and Councilmember Nicholas attended the Fort Hood Area Habitat for Humanity Gala over in Temple.  The Fort Hood Area Habitat for Humanity attempted to get a club through the local universities and colleges but had no takers, but had a group from the Harker Heights High School and only the Harker Heights High School Club was the only one in the area.

Mayor Smith stated that he attended the following events:
• Attended the 100th Anniversary for the American Legion with the Harker Heights American Legion Post.
• Participated in the Texas Mayors of Military Communities Conference Call with the Focus Advocacy Group working on Military issues with the 86th Legislature.
• Attended along with Councilmembers Schiffman, Blomquist, Nicholas and Mayor Pro-tem Soriano Fountain the Operational Test Command (OTC), Command Team Luncheon Update of what is going on at West Fort Hood.
• Attended the 3rd Cavalry Regiment Welcome Home Celebration.
• Attended along with Councilmember Schiffman and Mayor Pro-tem Soriano Fountain, the III Corps Distinguished Service Cross Ceremony at the 1st Cavalry Division Headquarters.
• Attended the No Host dinner with members of the Fort Hood Staff Delegation in Copperas Cove.

Staff Reports:

1. Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Councilmember Schiffman stated his appreciation to Staff and Jerry Bark, Director of Public Relations for the Legislature Bills of interest list, it is very helpful and of great utility.

Councilmember Blomquist thanked Jeff Achee, Parks and Recreation Director, City Staff, and the City Manager for signing the document that is on its way to the Corps of Engineers regarding the City’s request for Dana Peak Park.  It has been a hugh undertaking and this takes the City one step closer to seeing Dana Peak Park as a new park for the City of Harker Heights.

Announcements:

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 5:48 p.m. 

Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:
    
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager



Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:02 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

 

Roll Call:  
Spencer H. Smith   Mayor
Jackeline Soriano Fountain  Mayor Pro-tem
Hal Schiffman   Councilmember Place 1
Michael Blomquist   Councilmember Place 2
John Reider   Councilmember Place 4 
Jody Nicholas   Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell   City Manager
Patricia Brunson   Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts   City Attorney

Consent Items:

1. Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held on February 26, 2019.

2. Council discussed and considered appointing Patricia Darnell as Election Judge and Deborah Kimbrel as Alternate Judge for the May 04, 2019, Joint Municipal Election with Killeen Independent School District and Central Texas College. Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager, made the presentation.

Fountain made the motion to approve Consent Items #1 and #2. Seconded by Blomquist. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Public Hearings:

1. Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance granting a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to allow an accessory dwelling unit on property described as part of Lot Eight (8) and all of Lot Nine (9) and Lot Ten (10), Block Four (4), Hidden Valley Estates, an addition in Bell County, Texas, recorded in Cabinet A, Slide 212-A, Plat Records of Bell County, Texas, generally located at 2223 Fuller Lane, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to table the request until Council has the opportunity to discuss the issue with the owner/applicant. Seconded by Nicholas. Reider, Schiffman, Blomquist, and Nicholas in favor. Fountain against. Motion passed 4-1.

2. Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance to change zoning designation from R-1 (One-Family Dwelling District) to R-2 (Two Family Dwelling District) on property described as Lot Twelve A (12-A), Block Eight (8), of the re-plat of Lots 12-14, Block 8, Wildewood Acres, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas, according to the Plat of Record in Cabinet B, Slide 76-A, Plat Records of Bell County, Texas, and 10’ adjacent strip on South, generally located at 926 Maplewood Dr., Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Wayne Key was present to represent the request. Reider made the motion to approve based on staff’s recommendation and findings. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

3. Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance to change zoning designation from R-1 (One-Family Dwelling District) to B-3 (Local Business District) on property described as Lots Eight (8) and Nine (9), Block B, Kern Valley First Extension, according to the Plat of Record in Cabinet A, Slide 229-C, Plat Records of Bell County, Texas, generally located at 514 And 516 Clore Road, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Jared O’Brien was present to represent the request.  Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved    5-0.

Reports of Advisory Boards & Commissions:

Councilmember Blomquist stated that he attended the Bell County Public Health District Quarterly Meeting and the following important issues were discussed:
• There has been one confirmed case of measles in West Bell County, one in Denton and one in San Antonio, and several suspected cases that were negative.
• Dr. Janice Smith gave an update on the Temple and Killeen Clinics and stated that they are looking at hiring another Nurse Practitioner to insure that the case loads are being met.
• Cathy Brem gave an update on the Mobile Pod Exercise.
• House Bill 749 dealing with Tobacco 21 Legislation which would increase the age to 21 for tobacco use and would include e-cigarettes. They discussed asking for Cities to support the Legislation.

Councilmember Schiffman stated at the Central Texas Council of Governments meeting, they were informed that texting to 911 is now active and will get the same response as calling 911.

Items from Council:

Mayor Smith stated that he attended the Harker Heights Volunteer Reception and Award Ceremony and that it was a good event. Mayor Smith commended Lisa Youngblood, Library Director and her staff for all of their work on the event. Mayor Smith stated that he attended the following events:
• Meadows Elementary Read across America for celebrating Dr. Seuss
• Harker Heights High School Football boot camp at 3rd Corps versus Killeen High School event
• Attended and threw out the first pitch at the Harker Heights boys’ Varsity Baseball game
• Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce Town Hall meeting with District 54 Representative Dr. Buckley.

Mayor Pro-tem Fountain stated that she attended the Meadows Elementary Dr. Seuss reading and the First Dominican Parade.
 
Staff Reports:

1. Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager made the presentation. No action taken.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 5:52 p.m. 
   

Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

       
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager



Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548: 
 

 

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith   Mayor
Jackeline Soriano Fountain  Mayor Pro-tem
Hal Schiffman   Councilmember Place 1
Michael Blomquist   Councilmember Place 2
John Reider   Councilmember Place 4 
Jody Nicholas   Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell   City Manager
Patricia Brunson   Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts   City Attorney

Consent Items:

1. Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held on February 12, 2019. Fountain made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. Council discussed and considered authorizing the City Manager to sign a contract with Killeen Independent School District (KISD) and Central Texas College (CTC) to conduct a joint election for the May 04, 2019, Municipal Election, the KISD Trustee Election and the Central Texas Trustee Election. Patty Brunson, Assistant City Manager, made the presentation. Nicholas made the motion to approve. Seconded by Blomquist.  All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Public Hearings:

1. Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance to abandon (vacate) a portion of the Commercial Drive Public Right-Of-Way (0.012 Acres) located on the re-plat of the Colgate Addition, an addition to the City of Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas, According To The Map Or Plat Of Record In Plat Year 2019, Number 1, Plat Records Of Bell County. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation.  Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

New Business:

1. Council discussed and considered a resolution of the City of Harker Heights awarding a contract for Benefits Consultant Services to Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc. and authorize the City Manager to enter into such contract on behalf of the City. Patty Brunson, Assistant City Manager, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City’s participation in the Grant Program administered by the Office of the Governor for funding the purchase of One Digital Crime Scene Reconstruction Diagraming Station. Phil Gadd, Police Chief, made the presentation. Blomquist made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing the City’s participation in the grant program in the amount of $27,643.00 administered by the Office of the Governor for funding the purchase of one Digital Crime Scene Reconstruction Diagraming Station. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

3. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City’s participation in a Homeland Security Grant Program administered by the Office of the Governor, for funding the purchase of One Unmanned Aircraft System (Drone). Phil Gadd, Police Chief, made the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to approve a resolution authorizing the City’s participation in a Homeland Security Grant program administered by the Office of the Governor, for funding the purchase of one Unmanned Aircraft System (Drone) and training. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

4. Council discussed and considered approving a  resolution authorizing the City’s participation in the Grant Program administered by the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grants, LRAD Corporation, for funding the purchase of 31 Individual First Aid Kits (IFAKS), 5 Mass Casualty Kits (25 Individual Kits) and 25 Vehicle IFAKS. Phil Gadd, Police Chief, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

5. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City’s participation in the Homeland Security Grants Division Program for funding of the Crisis Response System for the Tactical and Negotiations Team. Phil Gadd, Police Chief, made the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing the City’s application for a grant through the Homeland Security Grants Division Program in the amount of $19,999.95 with no cash match required. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

6. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City’s participation in the General Victim Assistance Direct Services Program Grant for funding of the Healthy Homes Program. Phil Gadd, Police Chief, made the presentation. Blomquist made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing the City’s application for a grant through the General Victims Assistance Direct Services Program in the amount of $63,090.00, including in-kind match and no cash match. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

7. Council discussed and considered approval of the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, and Dane Legg, Lott, Vernon and Company, P.C., made the presentation. Nicholas made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.
 
Reports of Advisory Boards & Commissions:

1. Council received and discussed a presentation regarding the 2018 Annual Summary Reports of the Planning and Zoning Commission and Building and Standards Commission. Larry Robison, Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman, made the presentation. No action taken.

Staff Reports:
 
1. Council received and discussed a staff report regarding the Harker Heights Police Department and Harker Heights Fire Department’s Racial Profiling Data Reports for the calendar year 2018. Phil Gadd, Police Chief, made the presentation. No action taken.

2. Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation.

Announcements:

Mayor Smith complemented Jeff Achee, Parks and Recreation Director, on the Harker Heights Youth Soccer Night event. Mayor Spencer stated that he and Councilmembers Nicholas and Schiffman attended the Military Order of the Purple Heart Ball.  He attended the Killeen-Temple Metropolitan Planning Transportation Policy Board Meeting, and the Retiree Ceremony III Corps Phantom Hero’s Event.  Mayor Spencer stated that he along with David Mitchell, City Manager and Councilmember Schiffman attended the III Corps Update Luncheon with Lt. General Paul E Funk II, III Corps' Commanding General sponsored by the Killeen Chamber of Commerce Military Relations Council.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 6:48 p.m. 
   
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

      
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager


 


Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith   Mayor
Jackeline Soriano Fountain  Mayor Pro-tem
Hal Schiffman   Councilmember Place 1
Michael Blomquist   Councilmember Place 2
John Reider   Councilmember Place 4 
Jody Nicholas   Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell   City Manager
Patricia Brunson   Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts   City Attorney

Consent Items:

1. Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held on January 22, 2019.

2. Council discussed and considered approving an Order for Municipal Election to be held on May 04, 2019, for the purpose of electing Council Member, Place 1, and Council Member, Place 3 for a three-year term (2019-2022) for the City of Harker Heights.

3. Council discussed and considered approving a contract with Bell County authorizing the City to use their election equipment for the May 04, 2019, Municipal Election.

Fountain made the motion to approve Consent Items #1, #2 and #3. Seconded by Blomquist. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Public Hearings:

1. Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance to change zoning designation from R1-M (One-Family Manufactured Home Dwelling District) to R-2 (Two-Family Dwelling District) on property described as Lot Six-A (6A), Block Nine (9), Replat of Lots 5–8, Block 9, Wildewood Acres, an addition to the City of Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas, according to the plat of record in Cabinet B, Slide 83-A, Plat Records of Bell County, Texas, and a 10’ Strip Adjacent on North, generally located at 913 Ashwood Drive, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve based on staff’s recommendation and findings. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. Conduct a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance to change zoning designation from R-1 (One-Family Dwelling District) to R1-R (Rural One-Family Dwelling District) to allow a large accessory structure on property described as approximately 72.452 acres of land out of the J.M. Cross Survey, Abstract No. 179, being out of that 74.37 acre tract of land conveyed to John Allan Hamilton as recorded in Volume 2291, Page 568, Deed Records of Bell County, Texas, generally located at 12411 E. FM 2410 (E. Knights Way), Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Blomquist made the motion to approve. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Items from Council:

Councilmember Blomquist stated that on January 25th, he and the Mayor attended the III Corps monthly Retirement Ceremony where nine (9) soldiers and their families were honored for their service to our country.

Mayor pro-tem Fountain, on behalf of the Fountain family, thanked everyone for their prayers and thoughts during the time of loss in her family.

Mayor Smith stated that on January 23rd he attended the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Council luncheon held at Central Texas College where new County Judge David Blackburn and Killeen Mayor Segarra spoke about some items that were germane to the City of Harker Heights.  Mayor Smith also attended the Central Texas Council of Governments (CTCOG) Annual Membership meeting at the Expo and was able to have contact with people as the City participates with the CTCOG and the Killeen-Temple Metropolitan Planning Organization for transportation issues. On January 28th, he participated in a teleconference with a group called Focus Advocacy and a group the City is a part of which is called the Texas Mayors of Military Communities, which is a group that lobbies for issues that are germane to the City as a Military community and some of the issues that are very important to the City as far as the City’s #1 priority on trying to get assistance with property tax issues.  Mayor Smith attended the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet and stated the Fireman and Police Officer of the Year Award were well deserves and shows to the community the outstanding work being done by those departments.  He, along with Councilmember Blomquist, attended the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on January 30th, and commended the Board for all the work they put into it.  Mayor Smith attended the Hood Hero’s Banquet on February 5th, the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce Killeen Independent School District Luncheon featuring Dr. John Craft on February 6th, the Texas A&M Central Texas Sweet Success Gala for Lemonade Day on February 7th, and the Harker Heights Kiwanis Pancake Supper at the Harker Heights Elementary School on February 9th. 
 
Staff Reports:
 
1. Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 5:29 p.m. 
   
                    
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:
     
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager


 


Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith    Mayor
Hal Schiffman    Councilmember Place 1
Michael Blomquist    Councilmember Place 2
John Reider    Councilmember Place 4 
Jody Nicholas    Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell    City Manager
Patricia Brunson    Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts    City Attorney
  
Absent: Jackeline Soriano Fountain Mayor Pro-tem

Consent Items:

1. Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held on January 8, 2019. Reider made the motion to approve as presented. Seconded by Schiffman.  All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

New Business:

1. Council discussed and considered adopting an ordinance authorizing the issuance and sale of City Of Harker Heights, Texas, Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 2019, in a maximum aggregate principal amount of $4,000,000; levying a tax in payment thereof; authorizing the sale of said certificates of obligation; authorizing the execution and delivery of a paying agent/registrar agreement; approving the official statement; finding and determining that the meeting at which this ordinance is passed is open to the public as required by law; and enacting other provisions relating thereto. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. The City’s Financial Advisor, Garry Kimball of Specialized Public Finance was present to review the rates and process for funding. Schiffman the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

2. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City Manager to negotiate and sign a Design-Build Contract with Hill and Wilkinson General Contractors for the Fire Station #2 remodel, renovation and addition. Paul Sims, Fire Chief, made the presentation. Blomquist made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

3. Council discussed and considered approving an ordinance granting a variance of Harker Heights Code of Ordinances §112.02 to allow the sale of beer and other alcoholic beverages within 300 feet of a church on property located at 1350 E. FM 2410, as permitted by Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) Section 109.33(E). Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. John Vela was present to represent the request.  Nicholas made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

4. Council discussed and considered approving a request for alcohol services for the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce “Mug Run Series” Events scheduled for July 6, September 14, and December 14, 2019, at the 2410 Community Park. Jeff Achee, Parks and Recreation Director, made the presentation. Blomquist made the motion to approve a request for alcohol services for the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce “Mug Run” Series at the 2410 Community Park for July 6, September 7, and December 14.  Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

5. Council discussed and considered approving a request for Alcohol Services for the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce “Central Texas Food, Wine & Brew Festival” at 2410 Community Park on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Jeff Achee, Parks and Recreation Director, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

6. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution awarding a contract for the Water Storage Tank Rehabilitation Project in the amount of $634,625.00 to A&M Construction and Utilities, Inc. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion passed 4-0.

7. Council discussed and considered the appointment of a Councilmember to the Hill Country Transit Authority Board for a four year term ending January 7, 2023. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to appoint Council member Reider to the Hill Country Transit Authority Board for a four year term ending January 7, 2023. Seconded by Blomquist. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

Items from Council:

Mayor Smith stated that he attended the Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day breakfast and program at the Harker Heights Community Church and he attended the Fort Hood III Corps. Shoemaker Center Dedication.

Councilmember Blomquist thanked Fire Chief Sims for coordinating with the Corps of Engineers and the Forestry Service in starting the fire break clearing along the southern border of Harker Heights between the Corps of Engineers’ property and Harker Heights.

Councilmember Schiffman stated that he was contacted by a citizen reporting a water leak. He passed the information to the Public Works Department and about 20 minutes later got a call from Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, informing him that the situation had been investigated and handled.  Mr. Schiffman stated he appreciates the Public Works continued real responsive support of the constituents. 

Staff Reports:
 
1. Council received and discussed the FY 2018-2019 First Quarter Investment Report. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. No action taken.
 
2. Council received and discussed the Unaudited Financial Statements for the First Quarter of FY 2018-2019. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. No action taken.

3. Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 6:14 p.m. 

                                
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

       
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager


 


Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call:
 
Spencer H. Smith   Mayor
Hal Schiffman   Councilmember Place 1
Michael Blomquist   Councilmember Place 2
John Reider   Councilmember Place 4 
Jody Nicholas   Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell   City Manager
Patricia Brunson   Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts   City Attorney
 
Absent: 

Jackeline Soriano Fountain Mayor Pro-tem

Consent Items:

1. Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held on December 11, 2018. Reider made the motion to approve as written. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

Presentations by Citizens:

1. The Council received and discussed a presentation regarding the Child Safety Fund. Shay Luedeke, Bell County Tax Assessor-Collector, was in attendance and presented the City with a check for $33,157.54.00 from the Bell County Child Safety Fund. No action taken.

2. Mr. Howard Arey, 2027 Sandy Point, Harker Heights, Texas 76548, gave a short presentation regarding solar regulations within the City Limits of the City of Harker Heights. No action taken.

New Business:

1. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City’s participation in the Grant Program provided by the Texas Department of Transportation, Selective Traffic Enforcement Program Grant, for funding the salaries of officers to conduct direct traffic enforcement in identified traffic problem areas. Phil Gadd, Police Chief, made the presentation. Blomquist made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

2. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution of the City of Harker Heights, Texas, in support of Bell County Water Control & Improvement District Number One’s (WCID #1)  efforts to expand the WCID #1 District Boundary and expand and modify its Board representation to include all of its wholesale customers. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to approve a resolution of the City of Harker Heights, Texas in support of the Bell County Water Control & Improvement District Number One’s (WCID #1) efforts to expand the WCID #1 District Boundary and forfeit its taxing authority in order to modify its Board representation to include all of its wholesale customers. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

3. Discuss and consider approving a resolution awarding a contract for the Wastewater Interceptor Line “A” Project in the amount of $574,482.10 to Bruce Flanigan Construction, Inc. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

Items from Council:

Councilmember Reider thanked the Mayor, Councilmembers Blomquist and Schiffman for attending his father’s funeral and thanked the Harker Heights Pet Adoption Center for accepting donations, which he requested in lieu of flowers, for the Pet Adoption Center in his father’s name.

Mayor Smith stated that on Saturday he attended the visitation at Crawford-Bowers Copperas Cove, for Mayor Frank Seffrood and expressed condolences from the City of Harker Heights to his wife Rita Seffrood.
 
Staff Reports:
 
1. Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Announcements:

Mayor Smith stated that he spent the day in Austin and spoke briefly with Senator Buckingham, met with Representative Buckley’s Office and spoke with Representative Hugh Shine of District 55. Mayor Smith stated that he saw Jerry Bark, Director of Public Relations, and commended him for doing an outstanding job.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 5:40 p.m. 
                                 
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

 Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager



Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith   Mayor
Jackeline Soriano Fountain  Mayor Pro-tem
Michael Blomquist   Councilmember Place 2
John Reider   Councilmember Place 4 
Jody Nicholas   Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell   City Manager
Patricia Brunson   Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts   City Attorney
 
Absent: Hal Schiffman  Councilmember Place 1
  
Consent Items:

1. Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held on November 13, 2018. Reider made the motion to approve as presented. Seconded by Blomquist. All in favor. Motion approved by 4-0

Presentations by Citizens:

1. Council did not receive the presentation by Kayren L. McCarty, Assistant Principal of Early College High School regarding the Early College High School program, due to Ms. McCarty not be able to attend the meeting.

Public Hearings:

1. Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance granting a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to adjust design requirements for an existing storage business on property designated as B-5 (General Business District), on 5.394 acres described as part of Lot 3, Block 1, and all of Lot 4, Block 1, J.P.T.C. Addition, generally located at 1174 S. Amy Lane, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Fountain made the motion to approve based upon staff’s recommendations and findings.  Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

2. Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance to change zoning designation from B-1 (Office District) To PD-B (Planned Development – Business) on a 6.730 acre tract of land situated in the E.M. Sprott Survey, Abstract No. 772, the R.W. Tom Survey, Abstract No. 840, the J. T. & W. J. Hallmark Survey, Abstract No. 413, and the R. W. Tom Survey, Abstract No. 837, all in Bell County, Texas and being a part or portion of that certain called 46.849 acre tract of land described in Deeds to 2410 Real Estate LP, generally located near the intersection of Hudson Boulevard and Prospector Trail in Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Michael Beavers was present to represent the request. Reider made the motion to approve with the attached conditions, (page 4, Exhibit A), and based on staff’s facts and findings.  Seconded by Blomquist. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

New Business:

1. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City Manager to acquire certain easements for the Line “A” Wastewater Interceptor Project to serve the new Killeen Independent School District Middle School. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Blomquist made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

2. Council discussed and considered approving an ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into a Development Agreement between the City of Harker Heights and Riley Scott Homes, L.L.C., dba Riley Scott Construction for the oversizing of a 12-inch diameter water line within Lot 2B, Block 1, in the amending plat of Lot 2R, Block 1, 2410 Live Oak Addition. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Nicholas made the motion to approve an ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into a development agreement between the City of Harker Heights and Riley Scott Homes, L.L.C., dba Riley Scott Construction for the oversizing of a 12-inch diameter water line at a not to exceed City cost of $8,180.00. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

3. Council discussed and considered approving an ordinance authorizing publication of Notice of Intention to issue City of Harker Heights, Texas Certificates of Obligation, Series 2019. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve.  Seconded by Blomquist. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

Reports of Advisory Boards & Commissions:

Councilmember Blomquist stated that he attended the Bell County Public Health District quarterly meeting in Temple. The minutes of the previous meeting were discussed and the Annual Audit was reported on by Lott Vernon and from the findings based on the Federal and the State level, there were no significant issues and they are in compliance with all factors that were looked at. There were two presentations given. The first presentation was by Mrs. Nina Cobb, Bell County Public Health District Outreach Educator, who works across Bell County to tie citizens with charitable organizations and services that meet a wide variety of needs that are available across Bell County. Mr. Blomquist stated that he has Mrs. Cobb’s contact information and will provide it so that it can be available to those that need it. The second presentation was by Kent Stephens, Environmental Health OSSF Section Director, regarding fee changes that will take effect January 1, 2019. 
The fee changes are as follows:
• Septic Maintenance Inspections – increasing from $10.00 to $15.00
• Real Estate Inspections – increasing from $75.00 to $100.00
• Lot Subdivision Evaluations – increasing from $75.00 to $100.00
• Mobile Home / RV Parks Inspections – increasing from $75.00 to $100.00.

The Board elected Tom Robinson, City of Troy representative, as Vice-chairman of the Board. Dr. Amanda Robison-Chadwell, Director, encouraged everyone to get their flu shot and spoke on the following:
• A concern they have, though not currently a problem in Bell County, is that the Measles has popped up in some larger metropolitan areas, so they are keeping an eye on it.
• Of concern is the Ebola outbreak in Africa and that it has actually reached a major metropolitan area and they are going to start doing screenings across Bell County at all the hospitals for anyone that has been overseas.

Items from Council:

Councilmember Blomquist stated that he attended the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce Frosted Mug Run on Saturday.
 
Staff Reports:
 
1. Council received and discussed the unaudited Financial Statements for the Fourth Quarter of FY 2017-2018. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. No action taken.

2. Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 5:59 p.m. 
   
                                
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

       
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager


 


Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 

Spencer H. Smith  Mayor
Jackeline Soriano Fountain Mayor Pro-tem
Hal Schiffman  Councilmember Place 1
Michael Blomquist  Councilmember Place 2
John Reider  Councilmember Place 4 
Jody Nicholas  Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell  City Manager
Patricia Brunson  Assistant City Manager
 
Absent: Burk Roberts City Attorney
 
Mayoral Proclamations and Presentations:

1. The Mayor proclaimed November 12th - 17th, 2018, as “Harker Heights Children’s Book Week”. Amanda Hairston, Children’s Librarian, was present to accept the proclamation.

Consent Items:

1. Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meetings held on October 23, 2018, and October 30, 2018. Reider made the motion to approve as presented. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved by 5-0.

Public Hearings:

1. Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance granting a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to adjust design requirements for an existing storage business on property designated as B-5 (General Business District), on 5.394 acres described as part of Lot 3, Block 1 and all of Lot 4, Block 1, J. P. T. C. Addition, Property ID# 234634, generally located at 1174 S. Amy Lane, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Shanna Komperda and Sean Ferguson were present to represent the request. Fountain made the motion to approve based on Staff’s recommendations and findings. Seconded by Reider. Fountain, Reider, Blomquist, and Nicholas in favor. Schiffman against. Motion passed 4-1.

2. Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance to modify the Planned Development – Mixed Use (PD-M) Conditions from a base residential zoning of R-2 (Two Family Dwelling District) and R-3 (Multi-Family Dwelling District) to PD-M to allow R-1 (One-Family Dwelling District) on 20.069 acres out of the J.M. Cross Survey, Abstract No. 179, being Property ID#s 127920, 198358, 38947, and 127921, generally located at 12590 E. Knights Way (E. FM 2410), Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Robert Whitson was present to represent the request.  Blomquist made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion passed 5-0.

3. Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance granting a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to allow an accessory dwelling unit to be occupied by a relative, on property described as Leasure Addition, Block One (1), Lot One (1), acres 1.432, Property ID# 408903, generally located at 1801 Ponca Trace, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Ace Reneau of Mitchell & Associates, Inc., was present to represent the request. Schiffman made the motion to approve based on Staff’s recommendation and findings.  Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion passed 5-0.

4. Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance granting a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to allow a masonry clad manufactured home on property described as Five Feathers Addition, Block One (1), Lot Two (2), Property ID# 185944, generally located at 2004 Warriors Path, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Larry Pilkey was present to represent the request. Blomquist made the motion to approve with the condition that the owner must within 90 days perfect an election to treat the manufactured home as real property as provided in Texas Occupations Code §1201.2055. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion passed 5-0.

New Business:

1. Council discussed and considered approving a request by Killeen Independent School District (KISD) for Preliminary Plat approval of Middle School No. 14 on approximately 32.104 acres out of all of that Tract of land out of the H. B. Littlefield Survey, Abstract 511, Bell County, Texas, conveyed Robert Don Sutton, Trustee under the Robert Don Sutton Living Trust dated November 21, 1996 to Killeen Independent School District in a warranty deed recorded in Volume 8961, Page 853, Official Records of Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Jason Scott, Huckabee, Inc. Associate Principal, was present to represent the request. Nicholas made the motion to approve. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion passed 5-0.

2. Council discussed and considered approving a request for an exemption from the Park Curfew to the Air Force Tactical Air Control Party Association for a 24 Hour Memorial Run and 5K at Carl Levin Park on March 29-30, 2019. Jeff Achee, Parks and Recreation Director, made the presentation. Lt. Col. Frank A. Biancardi, II, Commander and Mr. Robert Kitchenmaster were present to represent the request. Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion passed 5-0.

3. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution awarding the Bank Depository Services Contract to BancorpSouth and authorize the City Manager to sign the contract on behalf of the City. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. E. K. Hufstedler, III, Valley View Consulting, L.L.C., Randy Sutton and Cassandra Wiggins, BancorpSouth personnel, were present to represent the request. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion passed 5-0.

4. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution to reject all bids for the Drainage Flume Replacement Project from Mountain Lion Road to Pontiac Drive. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Fountain made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion passed 5-0.

5. Council discussed and considered approving a  resolution authorizing the City’s participation in the Grant Program administered by the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grants, LRAD Corporation, for funding the purchase of 31 Individual First Aid Kits (IFAKS), 5 Mass Casualty Kits (25 Individual Kits) and 25 Vehicle IFAKS. Lieutenant Owen Bullard made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion passed 5-0.

6. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution of the City Council of the City of Harker Heights, Texas, adopting the City of Harker Heights 2018-2019 Legislative Platform for the 86th Legislative Session. Jerry Bark, Director of Public Relations, made the presentation. Blomquist made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion passed 5-0.

7. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution of the City of Harker Heights City Council requesting the Members of the 86th Legislative Session of the State of Texas to support Legislation that provides Stewardship, Health and Well Being, and Connectivity for Local and State Parks. Jerry Bark, Director of Public Relations, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Blomquist. All in favor. Motion passed 5-0.

Items from Council:

Mayor Pro-tem Fountain stated that at the TML Conference they had an opportunity to see what Cities were doing throughout the year and that she thinks that the Air Force Tactical Air Control Party Association (TACP) 100 Mile will be a great opportunity to highlight our City.

Councilmember Schiffman left the meeting at 6:33 p.m.

Staff Reports:
 
1. Council received and discussed the FY 2017-2018 Fourth Quarter Investment Report. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. No action taken.

2. Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 6:38 p.m. 
   
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

       
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager


 


Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith  Mayor
Jackeline Soriano Fountain Mayor Pro-tem
Hal Schiffman  Councilmember Place 1
Michael Blomquist  Councilmember Place 2
John Reider  Councilmember Place 4 
Jody Nicholas  Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell  City Manager
Patricia Brunson  Assistant City Manager
  
        
New Business:

1. The Council discussed and considered approving the Holiday Schedule. Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager, made the presentation. The following is a list of the remaining meetings:

November 6th, 2018, City Council Workshop
November 13th, 2018, City Council Meeting
December 4th, 2018, Employee Recognition Ceremony
December 11th, 2018, City Council Meeting
January 8th, 2019, City Council Meeting
January 15th, 2019, City Council Workshop
January 22nd, 2019, City Council Meeting.

Council accepted the Holiday Schedule as presented.


Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 3:52 p.m. 
   
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

       
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager


 


Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith  Mayor
Jackeline Soriano Fountain Mayor Pro-tem
Hal Schiffman  Councilmember Place 1
Michael Blomquist  Councilmember Place 2
John Reider  Councilmember Place 4 
Jody Nicholas  Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell  City Manager
Patricia Brunson  Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts  City Attorney 
 
Mayoral Proclamations and Presentations:

1. The Mayor and Fire Chief Paul Sims presented awards and lapel pins to the following Harker Heights Fire Department 2018 Fire Prevention Month Poster Contest Winners:

• Amira Bernard - Harker Heights Elementary School winner and Grand Prize winner
• Jordyn Diaz - Eastern Hills Middle School winner and First Runner-up
• Riley Cooper - Home School winner and Second Runner-up
• Carol Dugger, Harker Heights Elementary School Principal, Overall School Champion

2. The Mayor proclaimed November 5th – 9th, 2018, as Municipal Court Week. Judge Billy Ray Hall and Alternate Judge Garland Potvin were present to accept the proclamation. Judge Hall and Alternate Judge Potvin praised the work that the City’s Municipal Court is doing and praised City Court Staff members for their hard work.

3. The Mayor proclaimed November 2nd, 2018, as Texas Arbor Day. Heather Buller, Parks and Recreation Department Activities Coordinator was present to accept the proclamation. Mrs. Buller invited Council, City Staff and citizens to attend the Tree Planting Ceremony on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at the Summit Soccer Complex to help plant trees.

4. The Mayor recognized Terry and Jackeline Fountain for receiving the 2018 Congressional Veteran Commendation from U. S. Representative John R. Carter.

Consent Items:

1. Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meetings held on September 25, 2018, and October 16, 2018. Nicholas made the motion to approve. Seconded by Blomquist.  All in favor. Motion approved by 5-0.

Presentations by Citizens:

1. Council received a presentation by the Clements Boys and Girls Club. Clements Board Member Milton Mize introduced Aaron Mandzak, Unit Director to the Council.  Mr. Mandzak introduced the following Harker Heights High School Keystone Club members to the Council:
• President - Camarion Jordan
• Treasurer- Armanee Head
• Membership Officer - Leah Bouscaren

2. Council did not receive the presentation by Towanna Smith, Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, regarding Youth Programs, due to Ms. Smith not attending the meeting.

Public Hearings:

1. Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance to modify Chapter 74, Transportation Code, Schedule II (A), School Zones, to include locations on Ann Blvd. to reflect a 20 Mph School Zone. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation.  Fountain made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

The following Agenda Item was taken out of order:

New Business: Item #1.

1. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City Manager to sign the Ambulance Medical Billing-Medical Accounts Receivable Systems (AMB-MARS) Addendum Service Agreement that includes ESO Solutions Fire Billing, Fire Incidents Properties & Inspections, IFC Codesets 2015 And ESO Fire Webinar Training. Paul Sims, Fire Chief, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Public Hearings Continued:

2. Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance of the City of Harker Heights, Texas, amending the Fire Department Fees Section of The Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Fee Schedule to include Fees for Motor Vehicle Accidents. Paul Sims, Fire Chief, made the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to approve an ordinance to amend the Fiscal Year 2018/2019 fee schedule to include the updated Public Safety / Fire Department Fee Schedule section rates and charges of the City of Harker Heights, Texas; penalties for non-payment; and providing an effective date.  Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Items from Council:

Mayor Pro-tem Fountain thanked Public Works Director Mark Hyde for the speedy repair of the potholes on Verna Lee.
 
Staff Reports:
 
1. Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 5:51 p.m. 

Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

      
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager


 

Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith   Mayor
Jackeline Soriano Fountain  Mayor Pro-tem
Hal Schiffman   Councilmember Place 1
Michael Blomquist   Councilmember Place 2 
Jody Nicholas   Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell   City Manager
Patricia Brunson   Assistant City Manager 

Absent: John Reider  Councilmember Place 4 

Closed Meeting:

1. At 3:02 p.m. the Mayor announced a closed meeting for the following purposes::

A) Pursuant to §551.074 of the Texas Government Code to deliberate the appointment of public officers to the Planning and Zoning Commission and Building Standards Commission.

B) Pursuant to §551.074 of the Texas Government Code to deliberate the appointment of public officers to the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

2. At 3:35 p.m. the Mayor reconvened the open meeting to take the appropriate action on matters discussed in the closed meeting.

Blomquist made the motion to appoint the following applicants to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Building Standards Commission:

A) Planning and Zoning Commission
    Regular Member

Jan Anderson          Regular member     2nd 3 Year    Term 1/2019 – 1/2022
Rob Robinson, III    Regular member    Fill unexpired term for Colen Wilson     01/2019 – 1/2020
Noel Webster          Regular member     2nd 3 Year    Term 1/2019 – 1/2022
Lana “Kay” Carey     Regular member     1st 3 Year     Term 1/2019 – 1/2022
Adam Parker           Regular member      1st 3 Year     Term 1/2019 – 1/2022

Alternate Member

Rodney Shine      Alternate member #1      1 Year Term 1/2019 – 1/2020
Dustin Hallmark   Alternate member #2      1 Year Term 1/2019 – 1/2020
Nuala K. Taylor    Alternate member #3      1 Year Term 1/2019 – 1/2020
Ken Cox              Alternate member #4      1 Year Term 1/2019 – 1/2020

 Building Standards Commission
 Regular Member

Jan Anderson          Regular member     2nd 3 Year    Term 1/2019 – 1/2022
Rob Robinson, III    Regular member    Fill unexpired term for Colen Wilson     01/2019 – 1/2020
Noel Webster          Regular member     2nd 3 Year    Term 1/2019 – 1/2022
Lana “Kay” Carey    Regular member     1st 3 Year      Term 1/2019 – 1/2022
Adam Parker          Regular member      1st 3 Year      Term 1/2019 – 1/2022

Alternate Member

Rodney Shine      Alternate member #1      1 Year Term 1/2019 – 1/2020
Dustin Hallmark   Alternate member #2      1 Year Term 1/2019 – 1/2020
Nuala K. Taylor    Alternate member #3      1 Year Term 1/2019 – 1/2020
Ken Cox              Alternate member #4      1 Year Term 1/2019 – 1/2020

Seconded by Nicholas.  All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

Fountain made the motion to appoint the following applicants to the Zoning Board of Adjustment:

B) Zoning Board of Adjustment
 Regular Member

David McClure          Regular member    2nd 2 Year Term   1/2019 – 1/2021
Charles P. Sweeney   Regular member    2nd 2 Year Term   1/2019 – 1/2021

 Alternate Member

Charltorio Johnson Alternate member #2   2 Year Term   1/2019 – 1/2021

Seconded by Schiffman.  All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

New Business:

1. Council discussed and considered appointments to the following boards and commissions. 

Fountain made the motion to appoint Councilmember Michael Blomquist to fill the expired term of Jeff Orlando, Place 2 on the Economic Development Corporation Board. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.
Schiffman made the motion to appoint the following:

A) Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
 Regular Member

Eva Keagle  Regular member       2nd 3 Year Term 1/2019 – 1/2022
Jack Palmer Regular member      Fill unexpired term for Patricia Roberts        1/2019 – 1/2021
Angie Wilson Regular member     1st 3 Year Term 1/2019 – 1/2022

 Alternate Members

Martha Martinez     Alternate member #1 1 Year Term 1/2019 – 1/2020


B) Library Board
 Regular Member

Barbara Kelly          Regular member     1st 3 Year Term 1/2019 – 1/2022
Mary Rose Roman   Regular member     1st 3 Year Term 1/2019 – 1/2022
Ramona Rubedor     Regular member     1st 3 year Term 1/2019 – 1/2022

 Alternate Members:

Julianna Greene         Alternate member #1 1 Year Term 1/2019 – 1/2020
Bailey Greene            Alternate member #2 1 Year Term 1/2019 – 1/2020


C) Public Safety Commission
 Regular Member

Jerris Mapes Regular member 2nd 3 Year Term 1/2019 – 1/2022

 Alternate Members

Shane Hodyniak II     Alternate member #1 1 Year Term 1/2019 – 1/2020
Dick Dwinell              Alternate member #2 1Year Term 1/2019 – 1/2020


D) Animal Advisory Committee.
 Regular Member

Dr. Nina Griffin   Member-Veterinarian    Fill Dr. Buckley unexpired term 1/2019-1/2021
Jessica Giese      Pet Adoption Manager      2nd 3 Year Term 1/2019 – 1/2022

 Alternate Members

Finni Dirr             Alternate member #1 1 Year Term 1/2019 – 1/2020
George Grammas Alternate member #2 1 Year Term 1/2019 – 1/2020
Carey Stites         Alternate member #3 1 Year Term 1/2019 – 1/2020
Barbara Kane       Alternate member #4 1 Year Term 1/2019 – 1/2020


E)  Economic Development Corporation Board
             Regular Members:

Michael Blomquist  Place 2  1st 2 Year Term 10/2018 – 10/2020
Steve Carpenter    Place 4  2nd 2 Year Term 10/2018 – 10/2020
Jim Wright            Place 6  2nd 2 Year Term 10/2018 – 10/2020


Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 3:47 p.m. 
 

Spencer H. Smith, Mayor 
                                
ATTEST:

       
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager


 

Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith   Mayor
Jackeline Soriano Fountain  Mayor Pro-tem
Hal Schiffman   Councilmember Place 1
Michael Blomquist   Councilmember Place 2 
John Reider   Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas   Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell   City Manager
Ursula Paddie   Assistant City Secretary 
Burk Roberts   City Attorney 

Absent: Patricia Brunson  Assistant City Manager

Pledge of Allegiance:

1. Cub Scout Pack 210 led the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America and Texas Flag.

Mayoral Proclamations and Presentations:

1. The Mayor proclaimed October Fire Prevention Month and October 7th – 13th, 2018, Fire Prevention Week. Fire Chief Paul Sims, Battalion Chief David Ayer, Lieutenant Matthew Truitt, Fire Fighter Mandy Jimenez, Driver/Operator Damon Sprouse and Lieutenant Randy Ray were present to accept the proclamation.

Consent Items:

1. Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held on September 11, 2018.  Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

New Business:

1. Council discussed a resolution authorizing the City Manager to sign the Ambulance Medical Billing-Medical Accounts Receivable Systems (AMB-MARS) Addendum Service Agreement that includes ESO Solutions Fire Billing, Fire Incidents Properties & Inspections, IFC Codesets 2015 And ESO Fire Webinar Training. Paul Sims, Fire Chief, made the presentation.  No action taken.

Staff Reports:
 
1. Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Announcements:

Spencer H. Smith, Mayor, commended Police Chief Gadd on the retirement ceremony for Commander Loretta Fox, stating that is was a very wonderful experience to see someone that dedicated their professional life to the City for 37 years.  Mayor Smith also commended the Police Department for all that they do and stated that they are proud of the department.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 5:24 p.m. 
                                  
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

       
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager

 


Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith  Mayor
Jackeline Soriano Fountain Mayor Pro-tem
Hal Schiffman  Councilmember Place 1
Michael Blomquist  Councilmember Place 2 
John Reider  Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas  Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell  City Manager
Patricia Brunson  Assistant City Manager 
Burk Roberts  City Attorney 

Consent Items:

1. Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held on August 28, 2018.  Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Public Hearings:

1. Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance to change zoning designation from R-1 (One-Family Dwelling District) to B-4 (Secondary and Highway Business District) on property described as a 3.87 acre tract of land in Bell County, Texas, being part of the Uriah Hunt Survey, Abstract No. 401, and the land herein described as being part of a called 44.337 acre tract conveyed to Anderson Ortega, Jr. and wife, Janie J. Ortega, of record in Volume 1985, Page 253, Deed Records of Bell County, Texas, identified as property ID# 81043, generally located at 13960 E. Knights Way, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Mike Kriegel, Mitchell & Associates, Inc., was present to represent the request. Schiffman made the motion to approve based on staff’s recommendation and findings. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.   

2. Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance to change zoning designation from R-1 (One-Family Dwelling District) to R-1(M) (One-Family Manufactured Home Dwelling District) on property described as Five Feathers Addition, Block One (1), Lot Two (2), identified as property ID# 185944, generally located at 2004 Warriors Path, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Fountain made the motion to table the item until Council could speak with the applicant.  The motion died due to a lack of a second.
Schiffman made the motion to disapprove the request.  Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

3. Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider an ordinance adopting and approving a Budget for the City of Harker Heights, Texas, for the Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2018, to September 30, 2019. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Schiffman. Mayor Smith conducted a record vote. The results are as follows: Schiffman voted aye, Blomquist voted aye, Fountain voted aye, Reider voted aye, and Nicholas voted aye. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

4. Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider ratifying the property tax increase reflected in the Fiscal Year 2018 – 2019 Budget. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to ratify the property tax increase reflected in the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Budget and this budget will raise more total property taxes than last year’s budget by $314,412 or 2.6%, and of that amount $251,521 is tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year. Seconded by Fountain. Mayor Smith conducted a record vote. The results are as follows: Schiffman voted aye, Blomquist voted aye, Fountain voted aye, Reider voted aye, and Nicholas voted aye. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

5. Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider an ordinance levying a tax rate for the City of Harker Heights, Texas, for the Tax Year 2018. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. Reider moved to approve that the property tax rate be increased by the adoption of a tax rate of $0.6770 which is effectively a 0.53 percent increase in the tax rate. Seconded by Blomquist. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

6. Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider an ordinance prescribing and setting the Fiscal Year 2018 – 2019 rates and charges of the City of Harker Heights, Texas; penalties for non-payment; and providing an effective date. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. Nicholas made the motion to approve. Seconded by Blomquist. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

New Business:

1. Council discussed and considered a request for Preliminary/Final Plat approval on property described as 5.5 acre tract of land in Bell County, Texas, being part of the Uriah Hunt Survey, Abstract No. 401, and the land herein described being part of a Called 44.337 acre tract conveyed to Anderson Ortega, Jr. and wife, Janie J. Ortega, of record in Volume 1985, Page 253, Deed Records of Bell County, Texas, identified as property ID# 81043, generally located at 13960 E. Knights Way, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation.  Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution awarding a contract for the FM 3481 Water Line Extension Project in the amount of $244,850.00 to B-Corp Utilities, Inc. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Blomquist made the motion to approve. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved    5-0.

3. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City Manager to sell 0.307 Acres of land, more or less, located at 1502 Eagle Ridge, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Fountain made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

4. Council discussed and considered a resolution of the City Council of the City of Harker Heights, Texas approving a negotiated settlement between the ATMOS Cities Steering Committee (“ACSC”) and ATMOS Energy Corp., Mid-Tex Division regarding the Company’s 2018 Rate Review Mechanism Filings; declaring existing rates to be unreasonable; adopting tariffs that reflect rate adjustments consistent with the negotiated settlement; finding the rates to be set by the attached settlement tariffs to be just and reasonable and in the public interest; approving an attached exhibit establishing a benchmark for pensions and retiree medical benefits; approving an attached exhibit regarding amortization of regulatory liability; requiring the Company to reimburse ACSC’s reasonable ratemaking expenses; determining that this resolution was passed in accordance with the requirements of the Texas Open Meetings Act; adopting a savings clause; declaring an effective date; and requiring delivery of this resolution to the Company and the ACSC’s Legal Counsel. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. Blomquist made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Closed Meeting:

1. At 6:01 p.m. the Mayor announced a closed meeting for the following purposes:

A) Pursuant to §551.074 of the Texas Government Code to discuss and deliberate the appointment of an Alternate Municipal Judge.

2. At 6:11 p.m. the Mayor reconvened the open meeting to take the appropriate action on matters discussed in the closed meeting.

Reider made the motion to re-appoint Garland Potvin as Alternate Judge for a period of two years beginning October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2020.  Seconded by Blomquist.  All in favor.  Motion approved 5-0.

Items from Council:

Council member Nicholas stated she attended her last meeting of the Bell County Public Health District yesterday.  For the first time, they have a new member, The City of Rogers, and there are now nine (9) cities that are on the Board.  The Board will be electing a new Vice-Chairman at their next meeting on December 10th, which Council member Blomquist will be attending as her replacement on the Board. The Board discussed communication between the Bell County Public Health District and the member Cities.  They discussed that they update information on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and that the member Cities should check those sites and that the City can be a part of it and make it available on their City websites since they are starting to communicate more through those sites.

Mayor Pro-tem Fountain thanked Fire Chief Sims and Police Chief Gadd and their Staff for attending the 17th Annual Freedom Walk at the Killeen Independent School District.  Fountain stated that it was good to have full support of the community.

Staff Reports:
 
1. Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Announcements:

Spencer Smith, Mayor mentioned that he had attended the 2018 Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce Food, Wine and Brew Festival and that it was extremely well done and praised the City’s participation in the event.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 6:20 p.m. 
                                   
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

     
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager


Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith   Mayor
Jackeline Soriano Fountain  Mayor Pro-tem
Hal Schiffman   Councilmember Place 1
Michael Blomquist   Councilmember Place 2 
John Reider   Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas   Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell   City Manager
Patricia Brunson   Assistant City Manager 
Burk Roberts   City Attorney 

Consent Items:

1. Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meetings held on August 14, 2018, and August 21, 2018. Blomquist made the motion to approve. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Public Hearings:

1. The Council conducted the Second Public Hearing to discuss the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Budget. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. No action taken.

2. The Council conducted the Second Public Hearing to discuss a tax increase for Fiscal Year 2018-2019. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation.  No action taken.

New Business:

1. Council discussed and considered approving a request for alcohol services for the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce “Frosted Mug Run” for December 8, 2018, at the 2410 Community Park. Jerry Bark, Parks and Recreation Director, made the presentation. Gina Pence, President and CEO of the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce, and Annmarie McKennan, “Frosted Mug Run” Chairperson, were present to represent the request. Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution awarding a contract for the 2018 Street Improvement Projects in the amount of $3,015,664.65 to TTG Utilities, LP. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Fountain made the motion to approve a resolution awarding a contract for the 2018 Street Improvement Projects, Parts “A” through “I” in the amount of $3,015,664.65 to TTG Utilities, LP. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Items from Council:

Mayor Pro-tem Fountain thanked Police Chief Gadd for the invitation to the Citizen Police Academy Graduation Banquet.
 
Staff Reports:
 
1. Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 5:25 p.m. 

                                
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

     
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager


 


Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 3:01 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith  Mayor
Jackeline Soriano Fountain Mayor Pro-tem
Hal Schiffman  Councilmember Place 1
Michael Blomquist  Councilmember Place 2 
John Reider  Councilmember Place 4
  
David Mitchell  City Manager
Patricia Brunson  Assistant City Manager 
Burk Roberts  City Attorney 

Absent: Jody Nicholas Councilmember Place 5

Closed Meeting:

1. At 3:02 p.m. the Mayor announced a closed meeting for the following purposes:

Pursuant to 551.074 of the Texas Government Code to discuss and deliberate the employment, evaluation and duties of the City Manager.

2. At 3:42 p.m. the Mayor reconvened the open meeting to take the appropriate action on matters discussed in the closed meeting. Reider made the following motion regarding the evaluation of the City Manager:

1. As of October 1, 2018, increase annual salary by 2.5%.

2. Increase the monthly contribution to $400.00 a month for his Nationwide 457 (b) retirement savings plan.

3. Extend the current contract from September 30, 2020, to September 30, 2021.

4. To change the City Manager’s Contract, Section III, Compensation, Subsection C, Paid Leave, increasing the maximum accrual from 160 to 200 hours.

Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

Public Hearings:

1. The Council conducted the first Public Hearing to discuss the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Budget. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. No action taken.

2. The Council conducted the first Public Hearing to discuss a tax increase for fiscal year 2018-2019. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. No action taken.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 3:51 p.m. 
                              
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:
       
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager

 



Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith  Mayor
Hal Schiffman  Councilmember Place 1
Michael Blomquist  Councilmember Place 2 
John Reider  Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas  Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell  City Manager
Patricia Brunson  Assistant City Manager 
Burk Roberts  City Attorney 

Absent: Jackeline Soriano Fountain Mayor Pro-tem
  
Consent Items:

1. Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meetings held on July 24, 2018, and August 7, 2018. Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

Public Hearings:

1. Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance granting a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to adjust design requirements for an Air Conditioning and Heating Repair Company on property designated as B-4 (Secondary and Highway Business District), described as Lot Seven A (7A), Block One (1), Amended Plat of Lots 7, 8, 17 and 18 Kern Acres, Second Extension & Revision, an Addition to the City Of Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas, according to the Map or Plat of Record in Cabinet C, Slide 318-D, Plat Records of Bell County, Texas, identified as property Id# 118033, generally located at 104 West Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Courtney Perez, Senior Planner/GIS Coordinator, made the presentation.  Tim Kropp, applicant was present to represent the request. Schiffman made the motion to approve based upon Staff’s recommendations and findings. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

New Business:

1. Discuss and consider an appeal of the City Manager’s decision to deny Heavy Vehicle Residential Parking Permits at 123 E. Stacie Road.

 The applicant requested that this item be postponed until the next Council meeting. No action taken.

2. Council discussed and considered a resolution adopting the investment policy of the City of Harker Heights, Texas; authorizing the City’s investment broker/dealer list; and approving a list of investment training sponsors. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. Blomquist made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

3. Council discussed and considered appointing a representative to the Bell County Health District Board. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to appoint Councilmember Blomquist to the Bell County Health District Board.  Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

Items from Council:

Councilmember Nicholas gave an update Council on the Bell County Health District.
Nicholas stated that the State of Texas completed a survey on the different counties and it is called the Texas Healthy Communities Program.  The following are some of the survey results for Bell County:
• Bell County received 56 out of 100 points and received an honorable mention.
• Bell County did well in in the following:
    o Bell County has mother friendly works sites, birthing facilities, and hospitals in place in the community.
    o Bell County got 100% / 12 out of 12 points due to having Health Care sites in the community that promote primary and secondary prevention of CV and stroke.
• Three (3) out of eight (8) areas Bell County did not get as high in are the following:
    o Physical activity areas and opportunities for safe accessible areas in the community, Bell County got 3 points out of 14.
    o Healthy food options to be accessible and promoted to all members of the community, Bell County got 1 point out of 11.
    o Advanced Life Support vehicles, Bell County did not do better than 50%.
• The Survey recommended that Bell County campaing for a local advisory board to raise awareness about stroke and heart attacks and that when people are at risk or are in danger that they call 9-1-1, which for some reason is not there anymore.
• Other areas that Bell County did well in were:
    o Public Schools
    o Work sites
    o Wellness programs
    o Comprehensive tobacco control program
• The City has a 100% smoke free City Smoking Ordinance in place and Bell County got 12.5 points out of 14
 
Staff Reports:
 
1. Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Closed Meeting:

1. At 5:45 p.m. the Mayor announced a closed meeting for the following purposes:

Pursuant to 551.074 of the Texas Government Code to discuss and deliberate the employment, evaluation and duties of the City Manager.

2. At 6:02 p.m. the Mayor reconvened the open meeting to take the appropriate action on matters discussed in the closed meeting.

Schiffman made a motion to appoint Councilmember Reider and Councilmember Nicholas to have an exploratory discussion and fact finding meeting to come back to the Council with recommendations as to the City Manager. Seconded by Blomquist.  All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 6:03 p.m. 

Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

      
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager


 


Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith  Mayor
Jackeline Soriano Fountain Mayor Pro-tem
Hal Schiffman  Councilmember Place 1
Michael Blomquist  Councilmember Place 2 
John Reider  Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas  Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell  City Manager
Patricia Brunson  Assistant City Manager 
Burk Roberts  City Attorney 

At 3:36 p.m. the Workshop was adjourned.

New Business:

1. Council discussed and considered approving an ordinance amending the City of Harker Heights Code of Ordinances, Chapter 151 “Sign Code Regulations” pertaining to certain Off-Premises Signs, Feather Flags and Other Temporary Signs. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Blomquist made the motion to approve the Ordinance and to strike the word “such” from Section 4, Subsection C, Sub-paragraph 1.  The motion died due to a lack of a second.
Schiffman made the motion to approve the ordinance to include the word “such” in Section 4, Subsection C, Sub-paragraph 1.  Seconded by Fountain. Reider, Schiffman, Nicholas, and Fountain in favor. Blomquist against. Motion passed 4-1.

2. The Council discussed and considered approving the Ad Valorem Tax Rate for the fiscal year 2018-2019 and scheduled public hearings.  Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation.  The public hearings will be held on August 21st, and August 28th, 2018. The proposed tax rate of $0.6770 per $100 valuation will be placed on the September 11th, 2018 Council agenda. Blomquist made a motion to place a proposal to adopt the tax rate of $0.6770 per $100 valuation on the September 11, 2018 council agenda.  Seconded by Reider. Mayor Smith conducted a record vote.  The results are as follows: Nicholas voted aye, Reider voted aye, Fountain voted aye, Blomquist voted aye, & Schiffman voted aye.  All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.
Reider made the motion to schedule public hearings for August 21st and August 28th, 2018. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 4:03 p.m. 
   
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

       
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager


Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith  Mayor
Jackeline Soriano Fountain Mayor Pro-tem
Hal Schiffman  Councilmember Place 1
Michael Blomquist  Councilmember Place 2 
John Reider  Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas  Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell  City Manager
Patricia Brunson  Assistant City Manager 
Burk Roberts  City Attorney 

Mayoral Proclamations and Presentations:

1. The Mayor presented a proclamation to Mr. Ron Perry declaring him a “Bright Star of Central Texas”.

Consent Items:

1. Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held on July 10, 2018. Reider made the motion to approve.  Seconded by Schiffman.  All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Old Business:

1. Council discussed and considered approving an ordinance amending the City of Harker Heights Code of Ordinances, Chapter 151 “Sign Code Regulations” pertaining to certain Off-Premises Signs, Feather Flags and Other Temporary Signs. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to table further discussion on amendment of the Sign Ordinance until revisions can be presented to the Council.  Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Reports of Advisory Boards & Commissions:

1. Council received and discussed a presentation and update regarding the Pet Adoption Center Spay and Neuter Clinic, Expansion Project and yearly stats. Gary Bates, IT Director, made the presentation.
 
Staff Reports:
 
1. Council received and discussed the FY 2017-2018 Third Quarter Investment Report. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. No action taken.

2. Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation.  No action taken.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 6:14 p.m.
       
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

       
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager


 

Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith  Mayor
Jackeline Soriano Fountain Mayor Pro-tem
Hal Schiffman  Councilmember Place 1
Michael Blomquist  Councilmember Place 2 
John Reider  Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas  Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell  City Manager
Patricia Brunson  Assistant City Manager 
Burk Roberts  City Attorney 

Closed Meeting:

At 4:02 p.m. the Mayor announced a closed meeting for the following purpose:

A) Pursuant to Texas Government Code §551.071, to consult with an attorney concerning a matter in which the duty of the attorney to the governmental body under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of Texas clearly conflicts with the Open Meetings Act, to-wit: request for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to allow a Small Animal Veterinary Hospital and Indoor Boarding Facility on properties generally located at 109 and 111 Mountain Lion Drive, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas.

At 4:47 p.m. the Mayor reconvened the open meeting and announced that no action will be taken.

Adjournment to Workshop at 4:48 p.m.

Adjournment to Council Meeting at 5:09 p.m.

Consent Items:

1. Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held on June 26, 2018. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0. 

Public Hearing:

1. Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance to change zoning designation from R-1 (One-Family Dwelling District) to B-4 (Secondary and Highway Business District) on property described as A0258BC E Dawson, 4, Acres 3.007, identified as property ID# 393005, generally located on Cedar Knob Road between Loblolly Drive and E. Knights Way, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Justin Fuller with Clark & Fuller, PLLC was present to represent the request.  Reider made the motion to approve with the addition of an 8-foot privacy fence along the eastern property line as allowed under § 150.38 Additional Screening or Fencing, based on staff’s recommendation and findings. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance granting a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to allow a Small Animal Veterinary Hospital and Indoor Boarding Facility on properties described as 0.551 Acres out of the R. W. Tom Survey, Abstract No. 838, Property ID# 126104, generally located at 111 Mountain Lion Drive, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas, and property described as Jaylinn Addition, Block 001, Lot 0001, Acres .827, Property ID# 385000 generally located at 109 Mountain Lion Drive, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Dudley Logan Beene was present to represent the request. Blomquist made the motion to disapprove.  Seconded by Nicholas. Reider, Blomquist, and Nicholas in favor. Fountain and Schiffman against. Motion passed 3-2.

The Mayor adjourned the meeting at 6:01 p.m. for a short break.

The Mayor reconvened the meeting at 6:08 p.m.

New Business:

1. Council discussed and considered approving an ordinance amending the Sign Code Regulations pertaining to certain Off-Premises Signs, Feather Flags and other Temporary Signs and take the appropriate action. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Blomquist made the motion to table the item until a later Council meeting. Seconded by Nicholas. Reider, Blomquist, Nicholas, and Fountain in favor. Schiffman against. Motion passed 4-1.

2. Discuss and consider approving an ordinance amending the Fee Schedule of the City of Harker Heights to waive one-half (1/2) of the Building Permit and Platting Fees attributed to the construction of the New Middle School #14 on Warriors Path by the Killeen Independent School District (KISD); Amending Table VIII of the Table of Special Ordinances to reflect such action; providing an effective date. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to disapprove. Seconded by Blomquist. All in favor. Motion passed 5-0.

Items from Council:

Councilmember Reider stated that he attended the Hill Country Transit Authority Board meeting.   A discussion was held regarding their request for increased funding.

Staff Reports:

1. Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 6:46 p.m.
                                   
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

       
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager

 


Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith   Mayor
Jackeline Soriano Fountain  Mayor Pro-tem
Hal Schiffman   Councilmember Place 1
Michael Blomquist   Councilmember Place 2 
John Reider   Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas   Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell   City Manager
Patricia Brunson   Assistant City Manager 
Burk Roberts   City Attorney 

At 5:03 p.m. the Mayor called to Order the City of Harker Heights Employee Benefits Trust Meeting.

1. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution of the City of Harker Heights Employee Benefits Trust awarding contracts for the City of Harker Heights Employee Benefits Trust Group Medical Plan, Vision Benefits, Dental Benefits, Life Insurance, AD&D and Long Term Disability and authorizing the City Manager to enter into such contracts on behalf of the City and the Employee Benefits Trust. Leona Clay, Human Resource Director, introduced the City Consultant, Bob Treacy, Life and Health Insurance Counselor at Gallagher Benefit Services who made the presentation.
Reider made the motion to approve a resolution of the City of Harker Heights Employee Benefits Trust awarding contracts for the City of Harker Heights Employee Benefits Trust group medical plan to United Health Care, Superior Vision for vision benefits, Lincoln Financial for dental benefits, life insurance, AD&D, and long term disability benefits and authorize the City Manager to enter into such contracts on behalf of the City and the Employee Benefits Trust. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

At 5:31 p.m. the Mayor reconvened to the City of Harker Heights Council Meeting:

Mayoral Proclamations and Presentations:

1. Mr. Ron Perry was not able to attend the meeting thus the Mayor did not present the proclamation to Mr. Ron Perry declaring him a “Bright Star of Central Texas”.

2. The Mayor presented a proclamation to Dorian Evans, Parks & Recreation Activities Specialist, declaring July 2018 as “National Park and Recreation Month”.

Consent Items:

1. Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held on June 12, 2018. Nicholas made the motion to approve. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Presentations by Citizens:

1. Council received and discussed a presentation from Gary Purser, Jr. on off-premise commercial signage.

New Business:

1. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution of the City Council of the City of Harker Heights to pay for certain Employee Related Benefits and approving any transfers necessary to fund the Trust. Leona Clay, Human Resource Director, made the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Items from Council:

Councilmember Blomquist stated that yesterday was the 68th anniversary of the Korean War which started on June 25, 1950 and that he along with Mayor Spencer H. Smith and Councilmember Nicholas attended the Korean War Veterans Retreat Ceremony in Killeen.
The event honored out nations’ Veterans from the Korean War and those who continue to serve in Korea.

Mayor Pro-tem Fountain thanked Ms. Lea Martinez of TXU Energy for inviting the Council to the Round Rock Express. 

Staff Reports:
 
1. Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation.  No action taken.

Announcements:

Mayor Spencer H. Smith stated that on Saturday he attended the Star Group Veterans Helping Veterans Event at the City of Copperas Cove Civic Center. Mayor Smith stated that on Monday he attended the Division Artillery Change of Command at the 1st Calvary Division. 

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 6:07 p.m.
       
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

       
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager


Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith   Mayor
Jackeline Soriano Fountain  Mayor Pro-tem
Hal Schiffman   Councilmember Place 1
Michael Blomquist   Councilmember Place 2 
John Reider   Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas   Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell   City Manager
Patricia Brunson   Assistant City Manager 
Burk Roberts   City Attorney 
  
Consent Items:

1. The Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meetings held on May 22, 2018, and June 5, 2018. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

The following agenda items were taken out of order:
Reports of Advisory Boards and Commissions:  Items #1 - #5.

Reports of Advisory Boards & Commissions:

1. The Council received a presentation from Daniel Hall, Vice President of Resource Development for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas, regarding a request for outside agency funding for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 in the amount of $50,000 from the General Fund. No action taken.

2. The Council received a presentation from Marc Nigliazzo, Texas A&M University Central Texas President, regarding a request for outside agency funding for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 in the amount of $50,000 from the General Fund. No action taken.

3. The Council received a presentation from Darrell Burtner, Director of Urban Operations for the Hill Country Transit District (“The HOP”), regarding a request for outside agency funding for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 in the amount of $163,154 from the General Fund. No action taken.

4. The Council received a presentation from Gina Pence, President and CEO of the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce, regarding a request for outside agency funding for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 in the amount of $22,500 from the Hotel Motel Fund and $40,000 from the General Fund. No action taken.

5. The Council received a presentation from Janell J. Frazier, Executive Director, Central Texas 4C, Inc. Head Start program, regarding a request for outside agency funding for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 in the amount of $6,400 from the General Fund. No action taken.

Presentation by Citizens:

1. Council received a presentation from Eunice Humphrey, 1105 Alberta Circle, Harker Heights, Texas, regarding drainage issues on Alberta Circle.

Public Hearings:

1. The Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance to change zoning designation from R-1 (One-Family Dwelling District) to R1-R (Rural-One Family Dwelling District), on properties described as Withers Way, Block 001, Lot 0001, 3.391 acres, identified as property ID# 467874 generally located at 3200 Comanche Gap Road and property described as A1049BC W H Russell, 2, Acres 3.3, identified as property ID# 424038, generally located at 3202 Comanche Gap Road, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Michael Withers applicant was present to represent the request. Reider made the motion to approve based on staff recommendations. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

New Business:

1. The Council discussed and considered a request for Preliminary/Final Plat approval for the purpose of extending City Infrastructure on property described as Abstract 1086 Bell County W E Hall, Acres 1.033, further identified with property ID# 130894, generally located at 331 Indian Trail, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Mike Miller applicant was present to represent the request. Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved  5-0.

2. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution to reject all bids for the construction of the Carl Levin City Park Restroom Facility. Jerry Bark, Parks and Recreation Director, made the presentation. Fountain made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

3. The Council discussed and considered approving a request for Alcohol Services for the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce “Central Texas Food, Wine & Brew Festival” at 2410 Community Park. Jerry Bark, Parks and Recreation Director, made the presentation. Gina Pence, President and CEO of the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce, was present to represent the request. Schiffman made the motion to approve a request for Alcohol Services for the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce “Central Texas Food, Wine & Brew Festival” at 2410 Community Park for September 8, 2018. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

4. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution of the City Council of the City of Harker Heights, Texas awarding a financing in an amount of $495,000 for Communications Equipment and making certain findings related thereto. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. Blomquist made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

At 6:31 p.m. Councilmember John Reider filed an Affidavit for Conflict of Interest for New Business item number five and left the meeting.

5. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution awarding a contract for the Roundabout at Heights Drive and Commercial Drive Project in the amount of $849,131.45 to TTG Utilities, LP. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Nicholas made the motion to approve. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

At 6:37 p.m. Councilmember John Reider returned to the meeting.

6. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution awarding a contract for the Iron Chloride Odor Control System at the Rummel Road Lift Station in the amount of $88,950.00 to Primespec Construction, LLC. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Blomquist. All in favor.  Motion approved 5-0.

Items from Council:

Councilmember Nicholas stated that she attended the Quarterly meeting for the Bell County Public Health District for Harker Heights.  They discussed the following events and issues; the Environmental Health Division moved into a new building at 2905 West Adams Ave, Temple, Texas; the City’s member contribution will remain at $69,119.00 until the next census; they discussed that there are no indications of the Zika virus at this time in Harker Heights and they are looking for any indication of the West Nile Virus; and they discussed that the Harker Heights area has the highest average of cases of Salmonella in the State, and that Harker Heights is at 76% of the norm. 

Mayor Pro-tem Fountain stated that she attended a lunch for the first Women’s Veteran’s Day event.  Texas officially has a Women’s Veteran’s Day and it is June 12th.

Staff Reports:
 
1. The Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Announcements:

Councilmember Blomquist stated that he toured the City of Harker Heights Pet Adoption Center (PAC) last week and they are on track for the Grand Opening coming up this summer. Blomquist stated the PAC has lots of kittens and encouraged everyone to adopt a kitten.

Mayor Spencer H. Smith welcomed Mayor Pro-tem Fountain back from her trip to Puerto Rico.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 6:54 p.m.

       
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

       
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager

 


Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith   Mayor
Hal Schiffman   Councilmember Place 1
Michael Blomquist   Councilmember Place 2 
John Reider   Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas   Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell   City Manager
Patricia Brunson   Assistant City Manager 
Burk Roberts   City Attorney 
  
Absent: Jackeline Soriano Fountain Mayor Pro-tem

Closed Meeting:

At 3:02 p.m. the Mayor announced a closed meeting for the following purposes:

Discussion with attorneys regarding contemplated litigation, franchise fee payments and other matters as allowed under section §551.071 of the Texas Government Code.

At 3:41 p.m. the Mayor reconvened the open meeting to take the appropriate action on matters discussed in the closed meeting.  

No action taken.   

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 3:41 p.m.

                                        
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:
     
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager

 


Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith   Mayor
Hal Schiffman   Mayor Pro Tem
Michael Blomquist   Councilmember Place 2 
Jackeline Soriano Fountain  Councilmember Place 3
John Reider   Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas   Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell   City Manager
Patricia Brunson   Assistant City Manager 
Burk Roberts   City Attorney 
  
Mayoral Proclamations and Presentations:

1. Mayor Spencer H. Smith and Lisa Youngblood, Library Director, recognized Harker Heights High School Senior students, Destiny Ford and Erik Rooks, for their accomplishments as Members of the City of Harker Heights Knights of the Round Table. Erik Rooks was in attendance.

2. Mayor Spencer H. Smith presented the Proclamation for the American Legion Post 573, Auxiliary, Sons of American Legion, and Riders to Lisa Youngblood, Library Director, due to there being no representative from the American Legion Post 573 present at the meeting.

3. Kathleen Deerr, National Coordinator, and Noreen Stackpole, Family Place Libraries representatives, presented the official “Family Place Banner” for the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library to Lisa Youngblood, Library Director, and Amanda Hairston, Children's Librarian.

Consent Items:

1. The Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meetings held on May 8, 2018, and May 15, 2018. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Presentations by Citizens:

1. The Council received a presentation by Mr. Perk Bearden, Texas Motor Sports President, regarding City of Harker Heights Code of Ordinances, Section 151.011 “Prohibited Signs”.

New Business:

1. The Council discussed and considered assigning the Planning Director as the City of Harker Heights representative to the KTMPO Technical Advisory Committee and the City Manager as the alternate. David Mitchell, City Manager made the presentation.  Schiffman made the motion to recommend approval of replacing the City’s KTMPO Technical Advisory Committee representative from the City Manager to the Planning Director and to assign the City Manager as his alternate. Seconded by Blomquist. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City to participate in the Bell County Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. Paul Sims, Fire Chief, made the presentation. Fountain made the motion to approve.  Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

3. Discuss and consider the appointment of a Councilmember to the Hill Country Transit Authority Board for an unexpired term ending January 7, 2019. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. Councilmember Reider volunteered to replace Steve Carpenter on the Hill Country Transit Authority Board for the unexpired term ending January 7, 2019.

4. The Council discussed and considered the appointment of the Mayor Pro-tem. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to appoint Councilmember Jackeline Soriano Fountain as Mayor Pro-tem for the term May 2018-May 2019. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Items from Council:

Councilmember Schiffman stated that Mayor Spencer H. Smith, Councilmember Nicholas and himself attended the Killeen Independent School District Education Foundation Starmakers’ Banquet. It was an absolutely stunning event where the forty (40) highest GPA graduating seniors from the four (4) KISD High Schools were recognized. 

Mayor Spencer H. Smith stated that he had the opportunity to address the Texas Convention for the Military Order of the Purple Heart on Saturday. The City of Harker Heights is a Purple Heart City and has an outstanding chapter.
 
Staff Reports:
 
1. The Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 5:21 p.m.

       
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

       
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager

 


Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith  Mayor
Steve Carpenter  Councilmember Place 2 
Jackeline Soriano Fountain Councilmember Place 3
John Reider  Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas  Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell  City Manager
Patricia Brunson  Assistant City Manager 
Burk Roberts  City Attorney 

Absent: Hal Schiffman Mayor Pro Tem
  
New Business

       
1. The Council canvassed the election returns for the May 5, 2018, Municipal Election. Councilmember Fountain, and Councilmember Reider stepped out to tabulate the ballots. The results are as follows:

TOTAL VOTERS – 1,458


COUNCIL PLACE 2 CANDIDATES         TOTAL VOTES
Michael Blomquist                                    999

Jeff Orlando                                               447


COUNCIL PLACE 5 CANDIDATE           TOTAL VOTES
Jody L. Nicholas                                      1,209
  
Michael Blomquist, was declared the winner for Councilmember, Place 2 and Jody L. Nicholas, uncontested for her second term, was declared the winner for Councilmember, Place 5, both three year terms (2018-2021).

Fountain made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

2. Burk Roberts, City Attorney, administered the Oath of Office to Michael Blomquist to serve as Councilmember, Place 2, for a three year term ending May, 2021, and to Jody L. Nicholas to serve as Councilmember, Place 5, for a three year term ending May, 2021.

Adjourn to Workshop:

The Council adjourned into the Workshop at 3:21 p.m.

New Business

1. The Council received and discussed a presentation regarding amending or updating the Harker Heights Code of Ordinances Chapter 95 – Noise Regulations. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. No action taken.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 3:53 p.m.

       
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

       
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager

 



Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith   Mayor
Hal Schiffman   Mayor Pro Tem
Steve Carpenter   Councilmember Place 2 
Jackeline Soriano Fountain  Councilmember Place 3
John Reider   Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas   Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell   City Manager
Patricia Brunson   Assistant City Manager 
Burk Roberts   City Attorney 
  
Mayoral Proclamations and Presentations:

1. The Mayor recognized Phil Gadd as the City of Harker Heights new Police Chief.

Consent Items:

1. The Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held on April 24, 2018. Fountain made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Public Hearings:

1. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance granting a rezoning request from R-1 (One Family Dwelling District) To R-2 (Two Family Dwelling District) on property described as Wildewood Acres, Block 001, Lot 0009, & 20' Strip Adjacent on North, identified as Property Id# 32902, generally located at 917 Ramblewood Drive, and property described as Wildewood Acres, Block 001, Lot 0008, & 20' Strip Adjacent on North, identified as Property Id # 32901, generally located at 915 Ramblewood Drive, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Glenn Morrison, of Flintrock Builders, was present to represent the request. Carpenter made the motion to approve based on Staff recommendations. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

At 5:14 p.m. Councilmember Jackeline Soriano Fountain filed an Affidavit for Conflict of Interest for Public Hearing item number two and left the meeting.

2. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance granting a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) request to allow an accessory dwelling unit on property described as Whitten Place, Block 001, and Lot 0009, Property Id #90800, generally located at 1107 Old Oak Road, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas.  Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Terry Fountain, property owner, was present to represent the request. Reider made the motion to approve based on Staff recommendations. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

At 5:24 p.m. Councilmember Jackeline Soriano Fountain returned to the meeting.

3. The Council conducted a public hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance to abandon (vacate) five feet of a fifteen foot wide utility easement located across Lot 16, Block 1,  Evergreen, Phase 1 (2531 Boxwood Drive). Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Fountain made the motion to approve an ordinance to abandon (vacate) five feet of a fifteen foot wide utility easement located across Lot 16, Block 1,  Evergreen, Phase 1 (2531 Boxwood Drive) and further described in “Exhibit A”. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

New Business:

1. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution awarding a contract for the Drainage Capital Improvement Program #2, Phase 1 Project in the amount of $269,412.95 to TTG Utilities, LP. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Nicholas made the motion to approve a resolution awarding a contract for the Drainage CIP #2, Phase 1 Project Bid in the amount of $269,412.95 to TTG Utilities, LP. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Staff Reports:
 
1. The Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Announcements:

The Mayor recognized the successful opening of the Farmer’s Market for 2018 on May 5th, 2018 as well as the annual Medicine Man event held at the Comanche Gap Park.

Council member Reider congratulated Chief Phil Gadd on his promotion to Police Chief.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 5:37 p.m.

       
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

       
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager

 



Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call:
Spencer H. Smith  Mayor
Hal Schiffman       Mayor Pro Tem
Steve Carpenter    Councilmember Place 2 
Jackeline Soriano Fountain  Councilmember Place 3
John Reider          Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas       Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell      City Manager
Patricia Brunson   Assistant City Manager 
Burk Roberts       City Attorney 
  
Mayoral Proclamations and Presentations:

1. Martha Tyroch, Belton District Office, District Representative, on behalf of Senator Buckingham, presented proclamations to Martin Mercado, Fire Department and Yesmarie Burgos-Figueroa, Police Department, proclaiming them Officers of the Year.

2. The Mayor presented a proclamation for Bell County Walk to End Alzheimer’s to Ron McGill, Market Director, proclaiming June 2018 as “Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month”.

3. The Mayor presented a proclamation to Dorian Evans, Parks and Recreation Activities Specialist, proclaiming May 2018 as “Older Americans Month”.

4. The Mayor presented a proclamation to Steve Philen, Building Official, and Mike Beard, Building Inspector, proclaiming May 2018 as “Building Safety Month”.

5. The Mayor presented a proclamation to Police Chief Gentry and Deputy Police Chief Gadd, proclaiming May 13 – 19, 2018 as “National Police Week”. 
 
Consent Items:

1. The Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held on April 10, 2018. 

2. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City Manager to sign the Harker Heights Public Library Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2016 – 2017 and Accreditation in State Library System Application Local Fiscal Year 2017.

Schiffman made the motion to approve Consent Items #1 & #2.  Seconded by Fountain.  All in Favor.  Motion approved 5-0.

New Business:

1. The Council discussed and considered approving an ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into a Development Agreement between the City of Harker Heights and WBW Land Investments, LP for the oversizing of a center left turn lane on FM 3481 for the benefit of north bound traffic turning on Halona Drive. Joe Hines, Utility Superintendent, made the presentation. Carpenter made the motion to approve the ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into a development agreement between the City of Harker Heights and WBW Land Investments, LP for the oversizing of a center left turn lane on FM 3481 for the benefit of north bound traffic turning on Halona Drive at a cost not to exceed $43,915.00. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution of the City of Harker Heights, Texas, declaring certain engineering firms to be pre-qualified to provide certain professional services to the city, subject to specified conditions. Joe Hines, Utility Superintendent, made the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to approve a resolution declaring engineering firms listed on Schedule A, to be pre-qualified for the 2018 RFQ for General Civil Engineering Services for water, wastewater, transportation and drainage projects. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

3. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution of the City of Harker Heights, Texas, finding that Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC’s application for approval of a Distribution Cost Recovery Factor pursuant to 16 Texas Administrative Code § 25.243 to increase distribution rates within the City should be denied; finding that the City’s reasonable rate case expenses shall be reimbursed by the Company; finding that the meeting at which this resolution is passed is open to the public as required by law; requiring notice of this resolution to the company and legal counsel.  Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to approve.  Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Staff Reports:
 
1. The Council received and discussed the FY 2017-2018 Second Quarter Investment Report. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. No action taken.

2. The Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 5:46 p.m.
                                 

Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:


       
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager

 



Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith   Mayor
Hal Schiffman        Mayor Pro Tem
Steve Carpenter     Councilmember Place 2 
Jackeline Soriano Fountain  Councilmember Place 3
John Reider           Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas         Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell      City Manager
Patricia Brunson   Assistant City Manager 
Burk Roberts        City Attorney 
  

The following Agenda Item was taken out of order:
Presentations by Citizens:

1. Council received a presentation from Ruth Murphy regarding tethering of animals inside the city limits of the City of Harker Heights.

Mayoral Proclamations and Presentations:

1. The Mayor presented a proclamation to the Harker Heights High School Knights of the Round Table, proclaiming April 22, 2018, as “Earth Day”.

2. The Mayor presented a proclamation to Lisa Youngblood, Library Director, proclaiming April 8-14, 2018, as National Library Week.

3. The Mayor presented a proclamation to Jerry Bark, Parks and Recreation Director, proclaiming April 27, 2018, as “Arbor Day”.

Consent Items:

1. Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held on March 27, 2018. Nicholas made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Public Hearings:

1. Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance to change zoning designation from B-1 (Office District) to B-4 (Secondary Highway Business District), on property described as 1.033 acres out of the W.E. Hall Survey, Abstract 1086, and S.H. Osborne Survey, Abstract 646, Bell County, Texas described in Volume 4180, Page 131 Deed Records of Bell County, Texas, identified as property ID# 130894, generally located at 331 Indian Trail, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Mike Miller was present to represent the request. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance updating the Code of Harker Heights Section 51.16 (D) – Dumpster Requirements, to Enhance Screening Materials. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Fountain made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

New Business:

1. Council discussed and considered a request by Riley Scott Homes, for Preliminary/Final Plat approval for property described as 2410 Live Oak Addition Amended (L2, B1), Block 001, Lot 002R, 13.900AC generally located south of 525 E. Knights Way (E. FM 2410), Harker Heights, Bell County Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Todd Scott was present to represent the request. Carpenter made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider.  All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution to reject all bids for the 2016-2017 Demolition of the Decommissioned Maintenance Yard Pump Station, 0.5 Million Gallon Maintenance Yard Ground Storage Tank and 0.3 Million Gallon Arrowhead Ground Storage Tank. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Nicholas made the motion to approve.  Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

3. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing continued participation with the Steering Committee of Cities served by Oncor; and authorizing the payment of 11 cents per capita to the Steering Committee to fund regulatory and legal proceedings and activities related to Oncor Electric Delivery Company, LLC. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Staff Reports:
 
1. Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the motion.  No action taken.

Closed Meeting:

At 5:50 p.m. the Mayor announced a closed meeting for the following purposes:

A) Pursuant to §551.074 of the Texas Government Code to discuss and deliberate the appointment of a public officer to the Planning and Zoning Commission and Building and Standards Commission.

At 6:03 p.m. the Mayor reconvened the open meeting to take the appropriate action on matters discussed in the closed meeting.

Fountain made the motion to appoint Alternate member Joshua McCann as a Regular Member to the Planning and Zoning Commission and Building and Standards Commission. Mr. McCann will serve the unexpired term for Daniel Ray Northington, II which expires January 2021. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion passed 5-0.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 6:04 p.m.

Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

      
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager

 


Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith  Mayor
Hal Schiffman  Mayor Pro Tem
Steve Carpenter  Councilmember Place 2 
Jackeline Soriano Fountain Councilmember Place 3
John Reider  Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas  Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell  City Manager
Patricia Brunson  Assistant City Manager 
Burk Roberts  City Attorney 
  
Consent Items:

1. The Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held on March 13, 2018. Carpenter made the motion to approve. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

New Business:

1. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution of the City Council of the City of Harker Heights, Texas, authorizing the City Manager to enter into a Landscape Maintenance Agreement between the City of Harker Heights and the Texas Department of Transportation. Jerry Bark, Parks and Recreation Director, made the presentation.  Reider made the motion to approve a resolution authorizing the City Manager to sign a landscape maintenance agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation.  Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing continued participation with the ATMOS Cities Steering Committee; and authorizing the payment of two cents per capita to the ATMOS Cities Steering Committee to fund regulatory and related activities related to ATMOS Energy Corporation. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation.  Nicholas made the motion to approve. Seconded by Carpenter. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Staff Reports:
 
1. The Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Announcements:

Council member Reider wished Mr. Burk Roberts, City Attorney, Happy Birthday.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 5:17 p.m.

Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:


       
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager


 


Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith  Mayor
Steve Carpenter  Councilmember Place 2 
Jackeline Soriano Fountain Councilmember Place 3
John Reider  Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas  Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell  City Manager
Patricia Brunson  Assistant City Manager 
Burk Roberts  City Attorney 

Absent: Hal Schiffman Mayor Pro Tem
    

Consent Items:

1. The Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held on February 27, 2018. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

2. The Council discussed and considered appointing Patricia Darnell as Election Judge and Deborah Kimbrel as Alternate Judge for the May 05, 2018, Joint Municipal Election with Killeen Independent School District. Nicholas made the motion to approve. Seconded by Carpenter. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

New Business:

1. The Council discussed and considered approving an ordinance of the City Council of the City of Harker Heights, Texas, approving a tariff authorizing an Annual Rate Review Mechanism (“RRM”) as a substitution for the Annual Interim Rate Adjustment Process defined in Section 104.301 of the Texas Utilities Code and as negotiated between ATMOS Energy Corp., Mid-Tex Division (“ATMOS Mid-Tex” or “Company”) and the Steering Committee of Cities served by ATMOS; requiring the Company to reimburse Cities’ reasonable ratemaking expenses; adopting a savings clause; determining that this ordinance was passed in accordance with the requirements of the Open Meetings Act; declaring an effective date; and requiring delivery of this ordinance to the Company and Legal Counsel for the Steering Committee. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. Chad Saylor, ATMOS representative was present at the meeting. Carpenter made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

Items from Council:

Councilmember Nicholas stated that she represented the City yesterday at the Bell County Public Health District.  The Director mentioned that they are doing a study on tobacco usage.  Bell County has one of the highest numbers in the area and they are doing it from eighteen (18) year olds and higher. The Director said there is a survey online on the Bell County Public Health Districts website.  Cathy Brown told them that there is a downward slope for the flu and that this week there was only 263 cases.  Bell County Public Health District did get an award from the Texas Department of Public Safety for their preparedness and they reflected on a couple of different instances where they worked above and beyond when the City had the hurricane victims up here and the City’ preparedness. The City had actually assisted other areas that needed their help and did not know they needed their help.  They were recognized which was a really big deal because they have never really been awarded from that high of a level before.  Ken Steve from the Environmental Health mentioned that they are needing to relocate their offices from Temple.

Staff Reports:
 
1. The Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Closed Meeting:

At 5:17 p.m. the Mayor announced a closed meeting for the following purposes:

A) Pursuant to §551.074 of the Texas Government Code to discuss and deliberate the appointment of a public officer to the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

At 5:24 p.m. the Mayor reconvened the open meeting to take the appropriate action on matters discussed in the closed meeting.

Carpenter made the motion to appoint Alternate member Thomas G. Wilson as a Regular Member to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Mr. Wilson will serve the unexpired term for Chris Diem effective March 14, 2018 to January 2020. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion passed 4-0.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 5:25 p.m.

                                 
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:


       
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager

 


 

Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:02 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith  Mayor
Hal Schiffman  Mayor Pro Tem
Steve Carpenter  Councilmember Place 2 
Jackeline Soriano Fountain Councilmember Place 3
John Reider  Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas  Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell  City Manager
Patricia Brunson  Assistant City Manager 
Burk Roberts  City Attorney     

Consent Items:

1. The Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meetings held on February 13, 2018, and February 20, 2018. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion passed 5-0.

Presentations by Citizens:

1. Paul Perugini, 1802 Oakridge Circle, Harker Heights, Texas 76548, stated that the single stream recycle location is often full and difficult to use at times and requested Council to consider changing the trash collection from two (2) days of trash collection to one (1) day of trash and one (1) day of recycle pick-up.

New Business:

1. The Council discussed and considered an appeal of the City Manager’s decision to deny a Heavy Vehicle Residential Parking Permit at 902 Rebecca Lane. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. William Scannell applicant was present to represent the request. Reider made the motion to deny the appeal of a Heavy Vehicle Residential Parking Permit at 902 Rebecca Lane. Seconded by Schiffman. Reider, Schiffman, and Nicholas in favor. Fountain and Carpenter against. Motion passed 3-2.

2. The Council discussed and considered approval of the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Dane Legg, Lott, Vernon and Company, P.C., made the presentation. Carpenter made the motion to approve the Fiscal year 2016-2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion passed 5-0.

3. The Council discussed and considered authorizing the City Manager to sign a contract with Killeen Independent School District (KISD) to conduct a joint election for the May 05, 2018, Municipal Election, and the KISD Election. Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager, made the presentation.  Reider made the motion to authorize the City Manager to sign a contract with Killeen Independent School District (KISD) to conduct a joint election for the May 5, 2018, Municipal Election and the KISD Election.  Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion passed 5-0.

4. The Council discussed and considered approving a contract with Bell County authorizing the City to use their election equipment for the May 05, 2018, Municipal Election. Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager, made the presentation.  Nicholas made the motion to approve a contract with Bell County authorizing the Assistant City Manager to use their VoteSafe election equipment for the May 05, 2018, Municipal Election. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion passed 5-0.

Staff Reports:
 
1. The Council received and discussed a staff report regarding the Harker Heights Police Department and Harker Heights Fire Department’s Racial Profiling Data Reports for the calendar year 2017. Mike Gentry, Police Chief, made the presentation. No action taken.

2. The Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation.  No action taken.

Announcements:

Mayor Smith recognized Mr. Al Owens and his son Omar.  Omar is the Patrol Leader of Boy Scout Troop 271. Omar is working on obtaining his Communications Merit Badge. Mayor Smith stated they appreciate their attendance.

Closed Meeting:

At 5:49 p.m. the Mayor announced a closed meeting for the following purpose:

A) Pursuant to §551.074 of the Texas Government Code to discuss and deliberate the appointment of a public officer to the Planning and Zoning Commission and Building and Standards Commission.

At 5:58 p.m. the Mayor reconvened the open meeting to take the appropriate action on matters discussed in the closed meeting.

Carpenter made the motion to appoint Alternate member Joseph M. Welch as a Regular Member to the Planning and Zoning Commission and Building and Standards Commission. Mr. Welch will serve the unexpired term for Austin Ruiz effective March 5, 2018 to January 2019. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion passed 5-0.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 6:00 p.m.

Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

       
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager


 


Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 3:47 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith  Mayor
Hal Schiffman  Mayor Pro Tem
Steve Carpenter  Councilmember Place 2 
Jackeline Soriano Fountain Councilmember Place 3
John Reider  Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas  Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell  City Manager
Patricia Brunson  Assistant City Manager 
 
New Business:

1. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City’s application for a Grant through the General Victims Assistance Direct Services Program to fund improvements to the Healthy Homes Program. Phillip Gadd, Assistant Police Chief, made the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing the City’s application for a grant through the General Victims Assistance Direct Services Program in the amount of $36,250.00, including in-kind match and no cash match.  Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City’s participation in the grant program administered by the Office of the Governor Homeland Security Grant Division for funding the purchase of one Emergency Power Generator System. Paul Sims, Fire Chief, made the presentation. Carpenter made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing the City’s application for a grant through the Homeland Security Grant Division in the amount of $155,000.00 for the purchase of an emergency generator power system for the recreation center. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Adjournment:

There being no further business, Mayor Spencer H. Smith adjourned the meeting at 4:00 p.m.

        
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:


Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager


Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith  Mayor
Steve Carpenter  Councilmember Place 2 
Jackeline Soriano Fountain Councilmember Place 3
John Reider  Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas  Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell  City Manager
Ursula Paddie  Assistant City Secretary 
Burk Roberts  City Attorney 
 
Absent: 
Hal Schiffman  Mayor Pro Tem
Patricia Brunson  Assistant City Manager


Consent Items:

1. The Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held on January 23, 2018.  Nicholas made the motion to approve.  Seconded by Carpenter.  All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

Public Hearings:

1. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance granting a rezoning request from R-3 (Multi-Family Dwelling District) to R1-I (One Family Infill Dwelling District) on property described as Valley View Third Ext, Block 011, Lot 0032 Property ID# 51951, generally located at 223 East Valley Road, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Juan Lopez applicant was present to represent the request. Reider made the motion to approve with staff recommendations and findings. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

2. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance granting a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to allow an accessory dwelling unit on property described as Salinas Addition, Block 001, Lot 0001, acres 2.0, Property ID# 238864, generally located at 3806 Oakridge Boulevard, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Carpenter made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

3. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance amending Section 150.02 of the Code of Harker Heights, to adopt the 2017 National Electric Code. Steve Philen, Building Official, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve as presented. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved   4-0.


New Business:

1) The Council discussed and considered a resolution authorizing BBVA Compass Bank to be added to the City’s Investment Broker/Dealer list. Ayesha Lealiiee, Assistant Finance Director, made the presentation.  Fountain made the motion to approve.  Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

2) The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City’s Application for a Grant through the Office of the Governor funding the purchase of a Digital Crime Scene Reconstruction Diagraming Station. Phillip Gadd, Assistant Police Chief, made the presentation. Carpenter made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing the City’s application for a grant in the amount of $27,503.28 through the Office of the Governor for the purchase of a Digital Crime Scene Reconstruction Diagraming Station.  Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

3) The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City’s Application for a Grant through the Office of the Governor funding the purchase of 12 Conducted Energy Devices (Tasers) for the Police Department. Phillip Gadd, Assistant Police Chief, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing the City’s application for a grant in the amount of $14,640.00 through the Office of the Governor for the purchase of twelve (12) Conducted Energy Devices (Tasers). Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

4) The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City’s application for a Grant through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Preparedness Directorate funding the purchase of 12 Handheld and 9 Vehicle Mount P25 Compliant Radios. Phillip Gadd, Assistant Police Chief, made the presentation. Nicholas made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing the City’s application for a grant in the amount of $49,112.00 through the Department of Homeland Security for the purchase of twelve (12) Handheld and nine (9) Vehicle Mount P25 Compliant Radios.  Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

5) The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City’s application for a Grant through the Department Of Homeland Security funding the purchase of Two Tactical Micro-Robots. Phillip Gadd, Assistant Police Chief, made the presentation. Nicholas made the motion to approve the resolution authorizing the City’s application for a grant in the amount of $24,590.00 through the Department of Homeland Security for the purchase of two (2) Tactical Micro-Robots. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

Reports of Advisory Boards & Commissions:

1. The Council received and discussed a presentation regarding the 2017 Annual Summary Reports of the Planning and Zoning Commission and Building and Standards Commission. Larry Robison, Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman, made the presentation. No action taken.


Staff Reports:
 
1. The Council received and discussed the FY 2017-2018 First Quarter Investment Report. Ayesha Lealiiee, Assistant Finance Director, made the presentation. No action taken.

2. The Council received and discussed the Unaudited Financial Statements for the First Quarter of FY 2017-2018. Ayesha Lealiiee, Assistant Finance Director, made the presentation. No action taken.

3. The Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation.  No action taken.

Closed Meeting:

At 6:16 p.m. the Mayor announced a closed meeting for the following purposes:

A) Pursuant to §551.074 of the Texas Government Code to discuss and deliberate the appointment of a public officer to the Planning and Zoning Commission and Building and Standards Commission.

At 6:30 p.m. the Mayor reconvened the open meeting to take the appropriate action on matters discussed in the closed meeting.

Reider made the motion to appoint Alternate member Colen Wilson as a Regular Member to the Planning and Zoning Board and Building and Standards Commission. Mr. Wilson will serve the unexpired term for Jeff Orlando effective February 28, 2018 to January 2020. Seconded by Carpenter. All in favor. Motion passed 4-0.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 6:31 p.m.
                                 

Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:


       
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager


Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
Spencer H. Smith  Mayor
Hal Schiffman  Mayor Pro Tem 
Jackeline Soriano Fountain Councilmember Place 3
Jody Nicholas  Councilmember Place 5
  
David Mitchell  City Manager
Patricia Brunson  Assistant City Manager 
Burk Roberts  City Attorney 
 
Absent: Steve Carpenter Councilmember Place 2
              John Reider Councilmember Place 4


Consent Items:

1. The Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held on January 9, 2018.

2. Discuss and consider approving an Order for Municipal Election to be held on May 05, 2018, for the purpose of electing Councilmember, Place 2, and Councilmember, Place 5 for a three-year term (2018-2021) for the City of Harker Heights.

Schiffman made the motion to approve Consent Items #1 & #2.  Seconded by Nicholas.  All in Favor.  Motion approved 3-0.

New Business:

1. Discuss and consider adopting an ordinance authorizing the issuance and sale of City Of Harker Heights, Texas, Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 2018, in a maximum aggregate principal amount of $6,000,000; levying a tax in payment thereof; authorizing the sale of said certificates of obligation; authorizing the execution and delivery of a paying agent/registrar agreement; approving the official statement; finding and determining that the meeting at which this ordinance is passed is open to the public as required by law; and enacting other provisions relating thereto. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. The City’s Financial Advisor, Garry Kimball of Specialized Public Finance was present to review the rates and process for funding. Schiffman made the motion to approve.  Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 3-0.

2. Receive and discuss a presentation regarding amending or updating the Harker Heights Code of Ordinances Section 51.16 – Dumpster Requirements. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. This item will be brought back to Council for consideration at a future meeting. No action taken.

Staff Reports:

1. The Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Announcements:

Mayor Smith recognized that Gina Pence, President and CEO of the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce, was at the meeting and thanked her for attending. Mayor Smith stated that the Military Affairs Committee event today was well attended and was a really good event for them and gave kudos to the chamber.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 5:28 p.m.
                               
Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

       
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager

 




Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call:    Spencer H. Smith                    Mayor
                  Hal Schiffman                           Mayor Pro Tem 
                  Steve Carpenter                       Councilmember Place 2
                  Jackeline Soriano Fountain      Councilmember Place 3
                  John Reider                             Councilmember Place 4
                  Jody Nicholas                           Councilmember Place 5
  
                  David Mitchell                            City Manager
                  Ursula Paddie                            Assistant City Secretary 
                  Burk Roberts                             City Attorney 
 
Absent:      Patricia Brunson                        Assistant City Manager

Consent Items:

1. The Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held on December 12, 2017. Carpenter made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas.                                                                                                                                All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Presentations by Citizens:

1. The Council received and discussed a presentation regarding the Child Safety Fund. Shay Luedeke, Bell County Tax Assessor, was in attendance and presented the City with a check for $32,612.05.00 from the Bell County Child Safety Fund. No action taken.

Public Hearing:

1. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider approving a rezoning request from R-1 (One-Family Dwelling District) to R2-I (Two-Family Infill Dwelling District), on property described as Kern Acres 1st Extension & Revision, Block 005, Lot 0014, Property ID# 10560, generally located at 304 Harley Drive, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Michael Schulte applicant was present to represent the request. Schiffman made the motion to approve with staff recommendation. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider approving a rezoning request from R-1 (One-Family Dwelling District) to R-2 (Two-Family Dwelling District), on property described as Wildewood Acres Re-plat (Lots 3-4, Block 5), Block 005, Lot 003A, Property ID# 3256, generally located at 905 Rosewood Drive, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Raymond Hamden applicant was present to represent the request. Fountain made the motion to approve with staff’s recommendations. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

3. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider approving a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the purpose of allowing a Garden Home Community on property described as Briarwood Estates Phase IV, Block 001, Pt of 2.740 AC Tract, Acres 2.683, Property ID# 334238, generally located at the east of Preswick Circle, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Jeff Lackmeyer applicant was present to represent the request. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved5-0.

4. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance amending Chapter 90 of the Code of Ordinances amending city regulation of dangerous dogs. Gary Bates, IT Director, made the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to approve an ordinance amending city regulation of dangerous dogs. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

5. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance amending Chapter 90 of the Code of Ordinances to require mandatory sterilization of animals under certain circumstances. Gary Bates, IT Director, made the presentation. Fountain moved to approve an ordinance amending Chapter 90 of the Code of Harker Heights to require mandatory sterilization of animals under certain circumstances. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

New Business:

1. The Council discussed and considered a request by John Robert Whitson for preliminary plat approval for Pecan Meadows Subdivision described as A0179BC J M Cross, 3-3-1, Acres 1.504, with Property ID# 127920, A0179BC J M Cross, Acres 2.097, With Property ID# 198358, A0179BC J M Cross, 3-3, Acres 9.469, with Property ID# 38947, A0179BC J M Cross, 3-3-2, Acres 6.949 with Property ID# 127921, generally located at 12590 E. Knights Way (E. FM 2410), Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. John Robert Whitson applicant was present to represent the request.   Schiffman made the motion to approve a preliminary plat for approximately 20 acres of land described as A0179BC J M CROSS, 3-3-1, ACRES 1.504, with Property ID# 127920, A0179BC J M CROSS, ACRES 2.097, with Property ID# 198358, A0179BC J M CROSS, 3-3, ACRES 9.469, with Property ID# 38947, A0179BC J M CROSS, 3-3-2, ACRES 6.949 with Property ID# 127921, generally located at 12590 E. Knights Way (E. FM 2410). Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

At 5:54 p.m. Councilmember John Reider filed an Affidavit for Conflict of Interest for New Business item number two and left the meeting.

2. The Council discussed and considered a request by Ampler Development, LLC. for preliminary/final plat approval for Charvick Addition Re-plat Described As Charvick Addition Lots 1R and 2, Block 2, being a Re-plat of Charvick Addition Lot 1, Block 1, recorded in Volume 2013, Page 49, P.R.C.T., W.F. Hunt Survey, Abstract No. 458, Property ID# 453651, generally located at 680 E. Knights Way (E. FM 2410), Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas.  Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to approve a preliminary plat for approximately 1.543 of land described as Charvick Addition Lots 1R and 2 Block 1 being a re-plat of Charvick Addition Lot 1, Block 1 recorded in Volume 2013, Page 49, P.R.C.T, W. F. Hunt Survey, Abstract No.458 with Property ID# 453651, generally located at 680 E. Knights Way (E. FM 2410), Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas, generally located at 680 E. Knights Way (E. FM 2410). Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

At 6:03 p.m. Councilmember John Reider returned to the meeting.

3. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City Manager to negotiate and sign a “Professional Services Contract” for engineering services with Thonhoff Consulting Engineers, Inc. for the Line “A” Sanitary Sewer Interceptor Project. Joe Hines, Utility Superintendent made the presentation. Carpenter made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider.  All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Announcements:

Mayor Smith spoke about his trip to Bangkok, Thailand over the Christmas and New Year’s Holiday. He stated that the parks over there are wonderful. In a city of approximately ten million people their drivers were incredible, so when the city gets the round-about going we probably need to bring somebody over to help talk to use. It is amazing how people go through there, nobody is honking and nobody is giving high signs or anything in traffic and probably the most interesting thing is that they all back in to park and parking is at a premium so if all the lots are full you can park your car perpendicular to a guy and lock your car up and leave it in neutral so if they got to get out they just push your car out of the way.

Staff Reports:

1. The Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 6:11 p.m.
                                

Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:


       
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager



Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:  

Roll Call: 
               Spencer H. Smith     Mayor
               Hal Schiffman           Mayor Pro Tem 
               Steve Carpenter        Councilmember Place 2
               John Reider               Councilmember Place 4
               Jody Nicholas            Councilmember Place 5
  
               David Mitchell          City Manager 
               Patricia Brunson      Assistant City Manager
               Burk Roberts           City Attorney 
 
Absent:  Jackeline Soriano Fountain Councilmember Place 3

Consent Items:

1. The Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held on November 14, 2017. Nicholas made the motion to approve. Seconded by Carpenter. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.


The following Agenda Item was taken out of order:

Staff Reports: Item #2.

2. The Council received a presentation regarding Exploring New Heights. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation.  Mr. Mitchell presented a copy of the report and a gift bag, as a thank you for the following members’ participation in the focus group; Alexander Mack, William Mack, Julianna Green, Ian Reid and Larry Robinson. This item will be brought back at a future meeting for further discussion.

Public Hearing:

1. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider a rezoning request from R-1 (One-Family Dwelling District) to R1-R (Rural One-Family Dwelling District), on property described as Lakeside Hills Section Three, Lot Tract Pt 88, Life Estate, Acres 3, a subdivision in Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas, according to the map or plat of record in Cabinet A, Slide 43-D, Plat Records of Bell County, Texas, Property ID# 72014, also known as 11361 Orlan Drive. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Bill Keulen applicant was present to represent the request. Reider made the motion to approve with staff recommendation. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

Old Business:

1. The Council discussed and considered the waiver of liens on Lot 32, Block 11, Valley View Addition located at 223 East Valley Road, Harker Heights, Texas. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation.  Carpenter made the motion to authorize the City Manager to waive all liens on the property at 223 East Valley Road subject to the conditions of the property first being rezoned to the R1-I (Single-Family Infill Dwelling District) and the construction of a stick-built home. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0


New Business:

1. The Council discussed and considered approving a request for alcohol services for the Theta Psi Upsilon Sorority Inc. “Founders Banquet”. Jerry Bark, Parks and Recreation Director, made the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to approve the request of Theta Psi Upsilon Sorority Inc. in hosting a “Founders Banquet” at the Activities Center on Saturday, February 24, 2018 to include the service of adult beverages to include only beer and wine. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

Mayor Pro Tem Hal Schiffman left the meeting at 5:30 p.m.

2. The Council received and discussed the results of the Ten-Year Sanitary Sewer Overflow Initiative Program and the final report to be submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.  Joe Hines, Utility Superintendent, made the presentation.  Leigh Cerda, Associate and Senior Project Manager with Burgess and Niple, Inc. and Michelle Lacks, Graduate Engineer with Burgess and Niple, Inc. presented the report. No action taken.

3. The Council discussed and considered an ordinance authorizing publication of Notice of Intention to issue City of Harker Heights, Texas Certificates of Obligation, Series 2018. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation.  Nicholas made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider.  All in favor. Motion approved 3-0.

4. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution of the City Council of the City of Harker Heights, Texas, authorizing the execution and delivery of an amended and restated Addendum No. 5 to the amended and restated Water Supply Contract with Bell County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1. Joe Hines, Utility Superintendent, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor.  Motion approved 3-0.

Items from Council:

Councilmember Nicholas stated that she attended the Bell County Public Health District Quarterly Meeting on Monday, December 11, 2017. The year-end financials were reviewed at the meeting and they had a gain of $367,000.  Mrs. Nicholas stated that Michael Jahne, Environmental Health Director, is retiring soon and Cathy Brem Preparedness Division, stated that the flu vaccinations that were given this year are not very effective.

Staff Reports:

1. The Council received and discussed the unaudited Financial Statements for the Fourth Quarter of FY 2016-2017. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. No action taken.

3. The Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 6:23 p.m.

                                 Spencer H. Smith, Mayor
ATTEST:


       
Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager




Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller's Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:

Roll Call:

Spencer H. Smith                    Mayor
Hal Schiffman                         Mayor Pro Tem
Steve Carpenter                      Councilmember Place 2
Jackeline Soriano Fountain       Councilmember Place 3
John Reider                            Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas                         Councilmember Place 5

David Mitchell                         City Manager
Patricia Brunson                      Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts                           City Attorney

Mayoral Proclamations and Presentation:

1.  The Mayor proclaimed November 13th-18th, 2017 as "Harker Heights Children's Book Week".  Ms. Amanda Hairston, Children's Librarian, was present to accept the proclamation.  Ms. Hairston thanked Council for their support.

Consent Items:

1.  The Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meetings held October 24, 2017 and October 31, 2017.  Carpenter made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Presentations by Citizens:

1.  Ms. Marlene DiLillo, Greater Killeen Free Clinic Executive Director, presented an update on the Greater Killeen Free Clinic.

2.  Mr. Jim Wright presented information regarding an issue with metal panels related to dumpster enclosures and asked for assistance in resolving the issue.

Public Hearing:

1.  The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider a rezoning request from R-1 (One-Family Dwelling District) to R1-R (Rural-One Family Dwelling District) on property described as Comanche Gap Estates, Block 001, Lot 0006, Acres 2.58, with Property Id# 811, generally located at 2237 Apache Drive, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas.  Courtney Peres, City Planner, made the presentation. Chet Jump, applicant was present to represent the request.  Fountain made the motion to approve.  Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

New Business:

1.  The Council discussed and considered the waiver of liens on Lot 32, Block 11, Valley View Addition located at 223 East Valley, Harker Heights, Texas.  David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation.  Carpenter made the motion to table the item. Seconded by Fountain.  All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2.  The Council discussed and considered approving the Holiday Schedule.  Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager, made the presentation. The following is a list of the remaining meetings for 2017:

      December 5th, Employee Recognition Ceremony
      December 12th, City Council Meeting.

The next scheduled Workshop will be January 16th, 2018.  Reider made the motion to approve the Holiday Schedule as presented.  Seconded by Carpenter.  All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

3.  The Council discussed and considered adopting an ordinance amending the Utility Fund Budget for the City of Harker Heights, Texas for the Fiscal Year October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018.  Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation.  Reider made the motion to approve.  Seconded by Schiffman.  All in favor.  Motion approved 5-0.

Closed Meeting:

At 5:57 p.m. the Mayor announced a closed meeting for the following purposes:

A)  Pursuant to §551.074 of the Texas Government Code to deliberate the appointment of public officers to the Planning and Zoning Commission and Building Standards Commission.

B)  Pursuant to §551.074 of the Texas Government Code to deliberate the appointment of public officers to the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

At 6:44 p.m. the Mayor reconvened the open meeting to take the appropriate action on matters discussed in the closed meeting.

Carpenter made the motion to appoint the following applicants to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Building Standards Commission:

      A)    Planning and Zoning Commission
             Regular Member

             Stephen Watford - Regular Member 1st 3 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2021
             Darrell T. Charlton - Regular Member 1st 3 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2021
             Daniel Ray Northington, II - Regular Member 1st 3 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2021
             Lana "Kay" Carey - Regular Member - Serving unexpired term for David L. Kingsley - 1/2018 - 1/2019

             Alternate Member

             Colen Wilson - Alternate #1 Member - 1 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2019
             Joseph M. Welch - Alternate #2 - 1 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2019
             Joshua McCann - Alternate #3 - 1 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2019
             Ken Cox - Alternate #4 - 1 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2019

             Building Standards Commission
             Regular Member

             Stephen Watford - Regular Member 1st 3 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2021
             Darrell T. Charlton - Regular Member 1st 3 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2021
             Daniel Ray Northington, II - Regular Member 1st 3 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2021
             Lana "Kay" Carey - Regular Member - Serving unexpired term for David L. Kingsley - 1/2018 - 1/2019

             Alternate Member

             Colen Wilson - Alternate #1 Member - 1 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2019
             Joseph M. Welch - Alternate #2 - 1 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2019
             Joshua McCann - Alternate #3 - 1 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2019
             Ken Cox - Alternate #4 - 1 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2019 

Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Nicholas made the motion to appoint the following applicants to the Zoning Board of Adjustment:

      B)    Zoning Board of Adjustment
             Regular Member 

             Chris Diem - Regular Member - 3rd 2 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2020
             Paul J. Perugini - Regular Member - 1st 2 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2020
             David Hermosillo - Regular Member - 1st 2 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2020

             Alternate Member
            
             Thomas G. Wilson - Alternate Member - 2 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2020
             Edward Paul Loughran, III - Alternate Member - 2 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2020

Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0. 

New Business Continued:

4.  The Council discussed and considered appointments to the following board and commissions.  Carpenter made the motion to appoint the following:

      A)    Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
             Regular Member

             Patrick W. Kerr - Regular Member - 2nd 3 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2021
             Heidi Heckel - Regular Member - 1st 3 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2021
             Patricia Amazon Muldron Roberts - Regular Member - 1st 3 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2021
             Natalie R. Austin - Regular Member - 1st 3 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2021

             Alternate Member

             Angie Wilson - Alternate Member - 1 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2019
             Jennifer McCann - Alternate Member - 1 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2019

      B)    Library Board
             Regular Member

             Jessica Casey - Regular Member - 1st 3 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2021
             Jeanine L. Sims - Regular Member - Serving unexpired term for Krystal Arriola - 1/2018 - 1/2020

             Alternate Member

             Barbara Kelly - Alternate Member - 1 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2019

      C)    Public Safety Commission
             Regular Member

             John Footman - Regular Member - 2nd 3 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2021
             Jennifer McCann - Regular Member - 2nd 3 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2021

             Alternate Member

             Chris McClure - Alternate Member - 1 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2019
             Shane Hodyniak, II - Alternate Member - 1 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2019

      D)    Animal Advisory Committee
             Regular Member

             Dr. Brad Buckley Veterinarian - Regular Member - 2nd 3 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2021
             Gary Bates Pet Adoption Supervisor - Regular Member - 1st 3 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2021
             Susan Mooney - Regular Member - 1st 3 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2021

             Alternate Member

             Sue Wilson - Alternate Member - 1 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2019
             George Grammas - Alternate Member - 1 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2019
             Finni Dirr - Alternate Member - 1 year term - 1/2018 - 1/2019

Seconded by Reider.  All in favor.  Motion approved 5-0.

Items from the Council:

Councilmember Schiffman stated that he along with City Manager David Mitchell attended the International Council of Shopping Centers Texas Conference and Deal Making Event in Dallas.  They had some productive meetings with several folks intending good things for the community both retail and development wise.  Mr. Schiffman stated that he is looking forward to furthering those relationships and that in all the years he has attended the event in the past, he has the most positive feeling coming away from this meeting.  He sees some very favorable things in the near term.

Mayor Smith thanked Councilmember Schiffman and City Manager Mitchell for taking time to represent the City at the event.

Staff Reports:

1.  The Council received and discussed the City Manager's Report.  David Mitchell, City Manager made the presentation. No action taken.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 6:59 p.m.

Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

Attest:

Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager



Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 3:00 p.m. on October 31, 2017, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at 305 Miller's Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:

Roll Call:

Spencer H. Smith       Mayor
Hal Schiffman            Mayor Pro Tem
Steve Carpenter         Councilmember Place 2
John Reider               Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas            Councilmember Place 5

David Mitchell            City Manager
Patricia Brunson         Assistant City Manager

Absent:

Jackeline Soriano Fountain     Councilmember Place 3

At 3:44 p.m. the Workshop was adjourned.

Closed Meeting:

1.     At 3:44 p.m. the Mayor announced a closed meeting for the following purposes:

        A)     Pursuant to Government Code §551.087, to deliberate the offer of a financial or other incentive to a business prospect that the City Council seeks to have locate, stay, or expand in or near the territory of the City, and with which the City Council is conducting economic development negotiations, to wit: City owned property at 110/120 S. Harley Drive.

        B)     Pursuant to Government Code §551.087, to deliberate the offer of a financial or other incentive to a business prospect that the City Council seeks to have locate, stay, or expand in or near the territory of the City, and with which the City Council is conducting economic development negotiations, to wit: Economic Development Agreement with Rochester Armored Car for their site at 517 East Veterans Memorial Blvd.

2.     At 4:14 p.m. the Mayor reconvened the open meeting and announced that no action will be taken.

Adjournment:

There being no further business, Mayor Spencer H. Smith adjourned the meeting at 4:14 p.m.

Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

Attest:

Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager


Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller's Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:

Roll Call:

Spencer H. Smith       Mayor
Hal Schiffman           Mayor Pro Tem
Steve Carpenter         Councilmember Place 2
John Reider               Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas            Councilmember Place 5

David Mitchell           City Manager
Patricia Brunson        Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts             City Attorney

Absent:

Jackeline Soriano Fountain     Councilmember Place 3

Mayoral Proclamations and Presentation:

1.     The Mayor and Fire Chief Paul Sims presented awards and lapel pins to the following Harker Heights Fire Department 2017 Fire Prevention Month Poster Contest Winners:

        *  Lexie Miller, Harker Heights Elementary School and Overall Champion
        *  Camia Mateo, Mountain View Elementary School and Runner up Champion
        *  Natalie Cabrera, Nolanville Elementary School Champion
        *  Ryanne Rowson, Skipcha Elementary School Champion
        *  Jasmine Green, Eastern Hill Middle School Champion
        *  Blake Miller, Union Grove Middle School Champion
        *  Carol Dugger, Harker Heights Elementary School Principal, Overall School Champion 

        Fire Chief Sims thanked all the contest sponsors and judges.

2.     The Mayor proclaimed November 6th - 10th, 2017 as Municipal Court Week.  Alternate Judge Garland Potvin and Judge Billy Ray Hall were present to accept the proclamation.  Judge Hall praised the work that the City's Municipal Court is doing and praised City Court Staff members for their hard work.

3.     The Mayor proclaimed November 3rd, 2017 as "Texas Arbor Day".  Heather Buller, Parks and Recreation Department Activities Coordinator was present to accept the proclamation. Ms. Buller invited Council, City Staff and the citizens present to attend the Parks and Recreation Departments Tree Planting Ceremony on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Kern Park, located at 400 South Ann Boulevard from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. to help plant ten maple trees.

Consent Items:

1.     The Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held October 10, 2017.  Reider made the motion to approve.  Seconded by Nicholas.  All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

Presentations by Citizens:

1.     Ms. Sarah Ruiz, Central Texas Aging and Disablility Resource Center, presented information to the City Council regarding affordable, integrated, and accessible housing within Central Texas.

2.     Mr. Teck Low presented information regarding parking issues on Llama Trail and asked for assistance in resolving the issue.

3.     Mr. Cecil Mosely presented information regarding parking issues on Llama Trail and asked for assistance in resolving the issue.

New Business:

1.     The Council discussed and considered appointing a Director to the City of Harker Heights, Economic Development Corporation Board.  David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. Mr. Mitchell stated that Director Bobby Hoxworth, Place 2, President, has moved outside of the City limits and is no longer eligible to serve on the Board.  Schiffman made the motion to appoint Jeff Orlando to fill Bobby Hoxworth, Place 2, President's unexpired term, 10/2017 - 10/2018, and to re-appoint Mayor Pro Tem Hal Schiffman, Place 1, Treasurer 10/2017 - 10/2019, Mayor Spencer H. Smith, Place 3 10/2017 - 10/2019, Mike Aycock, Place 5 10/2017 - 10/2019 and City Manager David Mitchell, Place 7, Secretary 10/2017 - 10/2019.  Seconded by Reider.  All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

Items from the Council:

1.     Councilmember Schiffman informed Council and those present at the meeting about the Rotary Club of Harker Heights' 2017 Dodgeball Challenge Program to be held at the City of Harker Heights gym.  Schiffman stated that this is the 3rd year for the event and that it is a great program.

Staff Reports:

1.     The Council received and discussed the FY 2016-2017 Fourth Quarter Investment Report.  Alberta Barrett, Finance Director made the presentation. No action taken.

2.     The Council received and discussed the City Manger's Report.  David Mitchell, City Manager made the presentation. No action taken.

Announcements:

Mayor Smith stated that early voting started on Monday, October 23rd and that there are seven propositions for amendments to the State Constitution on the Ballot, of which Proposition #1 and #6 directly impact cities in regard to property tax exemptions.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 5:37 p.m.

Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

Attest:

Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager




Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller's Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:

Roll Call:

Spencer H. Smith Mayor
Hall Schiffman Mayor Pro Tem
Steve Carpenter Councilmember Place 2
John Reider Councilmember Place 4

David Mitchell City Manager
Patricia Brunson Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts City Attorney

Absent:
Jackeline Soriano Fountain Councilmember Place 3
Jody Nicholas Councilmember Place 5

Mayoral Proclamations and Presentation:

1.   The Mayor proclaimed October 8th - 14th, 2017, Fire Prevention Week.  Fire Chief Paul Sims and Deputy Fire Chief Brad Alley were present to accept the proclamation.

Consent Items:

1. The Council discussed and  considered approving the minutes of the meeting held September 26, 2017.  Carpenter made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 3-0.

Public Hearings:

New Business:

1. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution awarding a contract for the Mountain Lion Road Retaining Wall Project in the amount of $336,319.70 to Bruce Flanigan Construction, Inc.  Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Carpenter made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 3-0.

2. The Council discussed and considered approving an ordinance amending the zoning ordinance of the R1-I (Single Family Infill Dwelling District). Joseph Molis, Plannng and Development Director, made the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to approve the ordinance of the City of Harker Heights amending the zoning Ordinance of the R1-I (Single Family Infill Dwelling District) to allow a one year extension for zoning incentives for all R1-I lots platted and/or rezoned through September 30, 2018.  Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 3-0.

3. The Council discussed and considered approving an ordinance of the City of Harker Heights amending the zoning ordinance to establish the R2-I (Two-Family Infill Dwelling District) and to conditionally allow R2-I lots in certain other zoning districts.  Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Carpenter. All in favor. Motion approved 3-0.

4. The Council received and discussed a presentation on the proposed Defense Economic Adjustment Grant (DEAG) for the greater Fort Hood area.  David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

5. The Council received and discussed a presentation on providing funding for aesthetic treatment of sign structures in the I-14 Widening Project. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation.  No action taken.

Staff Reports:

1. The Council received and discussed the City Manager's Report.  David Mitchell, City Manager made the presentation.  No action taken.

Announcements:

Mayor Smith wanted to express his appreciation to the staff that organized the reservations for the TML Conference in Houston.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 5:46 p.m.

Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

Attest:

Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager



Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on September 26, 2017 in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Millers's Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:

Roll Call:

Spencer H. Smith Mayor
Hal Schiffman Mayor Pro Tem
Steve Carpenter Councilmember Place 2
Jackeline Soriano Fountain Councilmember 3
Jody Nicholas Councilmember 5

David Mitchell City Manager
Patricia Brunson Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts City Attorney

Absent:
John Reider Councilmember Place 4

Mayoral Proclamations and Presentations:

1. The Mayor presented a Proclamation to District 54 State Representative, Scott Cosper, declaring him a Bright Star of Central Texas.

Consent Items:

1.  Carpenter made the motion to approve the minutes of the meeting held September 12,  2017. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

New Business:

1.  Burk Roberts, City Attorney, administered the Oath of Office to Billy Ray Hall to serve as Municipal Court Judge for a two year term ending September 30, 2019 and to Garland K. Potvin to serve as Alternate Municipal Judge for a one year term ending September 30, 2018.

2. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute and deliver a Non-Exclusive Agreement for use of Public Rights-of-Way with the Unite Private Networks, LLC. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Carpenter made the motion to approve. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor.  Motion approved 4-0.

3. Council discussed and considered approving a resolution re-appointing Jared Bryan as the City of Harker Heights representative on the Board of Directors of the Tax Appraisal Board of Bell County, Texas.  David Mitchell, City Manager made the presentation.  Jared Bryan was in attendance. Fountain made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

Staff Reports:

1. Council received and discussed the City Manager's Report. David Mitchell, City Manager made the presentation. No action taken.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 5:24 p.m.

Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

Attest:

Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager


 


Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 3:04 p.m. on August 15, 2017 in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:

 Roll Call:

Spencer H. Smith Mayor
Hal Schiffman Mayor Protem
Steve Carpenter Councilmember Place 2
John Reider Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas Councilmember Place 5

David Mitchell City Manager
Patricia Brunson Assistant City Manager

Absent:
Jackeline Soriano Fountain Councilmember Place 3
Burk Roberts City Attorney

At 3:42 p.m. the Workshop was adjourned.

Closed Meeting:

At 3:42 p.m. the Mayor announced a closed meeting for the following purposes:

Pursuant to 551.074 of the Texas Government Code to discuss and deliberate the employment, evaluation and duties of the City Manager. At 4:41 p.m. the Mayor reconvened the open meeting to take the appropriate action on matters discussed in the closed meeting. Nicholas made the following motion regarding the evaluation of the City Manager:

1. As of October 1, 2017, increase annual salary by 2%.
2. Increase the monthly contribution to $300.00 a month for his Nationwide 457 (b) retirement savings plan.
3. Extend the current contract from September 30, 2018, to September 30, 2020.
4. Effective January 1, 2018, increase annual salary by 3%.

Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

Adjournment:

There being no further business, Mayor Spencer H. Smith adjourned the meeting at 4:43 p.m.

Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:


Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager



Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:02 p.m. on Tuesday, August 08, 2017, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:

 Roll Call:

Spencer H. Smith Mayor
Hal Schiffman Mayor Pro Tem
Steve Carpenter Councilmember Place 2
Jackeline Soriano Fountain Councilmember Place 3
John Reider Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas Councilmember Place 5
David Mitchell City Manager
Patricia Brunson Assistant City Manager

Absent: Burk Roberts City Attorney

Consent Items:

Reider made the motion to approve Consent Items # 1, & 2. Seconded by Carpenter. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

1. Discuss and consider approving the minutes of the meeting held July 11, 2017, and take the appropriate action.

2. Discuss and consider approving the minutes of the meeting held July 18, 2017, and take the appropriate action.

Presentations by Citizens:

1. The Council received and discussed a presentation from Phillip Sueoka regarding liens on Lots 242 and 244 Cardinal Lane, Harker Heights. Carpenter made the motion to reduce the liens from $13,382.51 to $5,000 for Lots 242 and 244 Cardinal Lane, with the stipulation that a stick built home be built on the property. This reduction is for Mr. Sueoka any future requests would need to be brought back before the Council for consideration. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. The Council received and discussed a presentation from Steven Chavez regarding amending the wording in the Harker Heights Code of Ordinances on the area requirements for R-2 (Two Family Dwelling District) zoned lots. No Action taken.

3. The Council was to receive and discuss a presentation from Frank and Janice Martino, 2001 Rose Circle, regarding solid waste collection in Harker Heights. Frank and Janice Martino were not in attendance.

Public Hearings:

1. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance granting a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to allow a real estate office on property described as Forest Hills, Block 015, Lot 0008, with property ID# 92864, generally located at 105 E. Knights Way (E. FM 2410) Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Raymond Hamden, was present to represent the request. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider approving a rezoning request from R-1(M) (One-Family Manufactured Home Dwelling District) to R-2 (Two-Family Dwelling District), on property described as Wildewood Acres, Block 008, Lot 8, 9, & 10’ Strip Adjacent on South, with Property ID# 124750, generally located at 914 Maplewood Drive, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Raymond Hamden, was present to represent the request. Nicholas made the motion to approve. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

3. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider approving a rezoning request from R-1 (One-Family Dwelling District) to R-2 (Two-Family Dwelling District), on property described as Kern Acres 1st Extension & Revision, Block 001, Lot 0009, with Property ID# 122966, generally located at 308 Bonnie Drive, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Raymond Hamden, was present to represent the request. Fountain made the motion to approve. Seconded by Carpenter. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

4. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider approving a rezoning request from R-1 (One-Family Dwelling District) to R-2 (Two-Family Dwelling District), on property described as Kern Acres 1st Extension & Revision, Block 001, Lot 0008, with Property ID# 80146, generally located at 402 Bonnie Drive, Harker Heights, Bell County. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Raymond Hamden, was present to represent the request. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

5. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance to change zoning designation from R-1 (One-Family Dwelling District) to PD-M (Planned Development Mixed Use), on properties described as A0179BC J M Cross, 3-3-1, Acres 1.504, with Property ID# 127920, A0179BC J M Cross, Acres 2.097, with Property ID# 198358, A0179BC J M Cross, 3-3, Acres 9.469, with Property ID# 38947, A0179BC J M Cross, 3-3-2,Acres 6.949 with Property ID# 127921, generally located at 12590 E. Knights Way (E. FM 2410), Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Bobby Whitson, was present to represent the request. Schiffman made the motion to approve with the attached conditions from the Planning and Zoning. Seconded by Carpenter. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0. At 6:30 p.m. the Council recessed for a short break. At 6:35 p.m. the Council reconvened the meeting.

New Business:

1. The Council discussed and considered approving a request for alcohol services for the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce “Central Texas Food, Wine & Brew Festival” at 2410 Community Park. Jerry Bark, Parks and Recreation Director, made the presentation. Gina Pence, of the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce, was present to represent the request. Fountain made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution adopting the investment policy of the City of Harker Heights; authorizing the City’s investment broker/dealer list; and approving a list of investment training sponsors. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Carpenter. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

3. The Council discussed and considered approving the Ad Valorem Tax Rate for fiscal year 2017-2018 and scheduled public hearings. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. The public hearings will be held on August 22nd, and September 5th, 2017. The proposed tax rate of $0.6770 per $100 valuation will be placed on the September 12th, 2017 Council agenda. Carpenter made a motion to approve. Seconded by Fountain. Mayor Smith conducted a record vote. The results are as follows: Nicholas voted aye, Reider voted aye, Schiffman voted aye, Fountain voted aye, & Carpenter voted aye. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Staff Reports:

1. The Council received and discussed the FY 2016-2017 Third Quarter Investment Report. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. No action taken.

2. The Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager made the presentation. No action taken.

Announcements:

1. Councilmember Fountain wanted to thank David Mitchell, City Manager, and his Staff for getting her ready for her Texas Legislative training.

2. The Mayor wanted to mention that Heather Buller, Parks and Recreation Activities Coordinator, has been doing a good job with the Harker Heights Farmers Market.

Adjournment: There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 6:58 p.m.

Spencer H. Smith, Mayor


ATTEST:


Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager



Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:

Roll Call:

Spencer H. Smith Mayor
Hal Schiffman Mayor Pro Tem
Steve Carpenter Councilmember Place 2
Jackeline Soriano Fountain Councilmember Place 3
John Reider Councilmember Place 4

David Mitchell City Manager
Patricia Brunson Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts City Attorney

Absent: Jody Nicholas Councilmember Place 5

Mayoral Proclamations and Presentation:

1. The Mayor presented a proclamation for “National Farmers Market Week: August 6th - 13th 2017, to Heather Buller, Parks and Recreation Activities Coordinator.

At 3:05 p.m. the Mayor called to Order the City of Harker Heights Employee Benefits Trust Meeting.

1. Discuss and consider approving a resolution of the City of Harker Heights Employee Benefits Trust awarding contracts for the City of Harker Heights Employee Benefits Trust Group Medical Plan, Vision Benefits, Dental Benefits, Life Insurance, AD&D and Long Term Disability, and authorizing the City Manager to enter into such contracts on behalf of the City and the Employee Benefits Trust. Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager, introduced the City Consultant, Burke Sunday, Life and Health Insurance Counselor at Gallagher Benefit Services made the presentation. Carpenter made the motion to approve the following: Medical Benefits – Baylor Scott and White CC 80/20 $2000 Deductible, Vision Benefits – Superior Vision for Gold Plan 75, Dental Benefits – Lincoln Financial Option 1 Inforce Plan, Life and AD&D Benefits - Lincoln Financial, Long Term Disability (LTD) – Lincoln Financial using the Premier Plan. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

At 3:17 p.m. the Mayor reconvened to the City of Harkers Heights Council Meeting:

New Business:

1. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution of the City of Harker Heights to pay for certain Employee related Benefits and approving any transfers necessary to fund the Trust. Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager, made the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

2. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution awarding a contract for the Birchwood Drive Water Main Extension Project in the amount $95,455.82 to B-Corp utilities. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Fountain made the motion to approve. Seconded by Carpenter, All in favor Motion approved 4-0.

At 3:24 p.m. the Mayor adjourned to the Workshop:

Adjournment:

There being no further business, Mayor Spencer H. Smith adjourned the meeting at 4:36 p.m.

Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager


Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:

 Roll Call:

Spencer H. Smith Mayor
Hal Schiffman Mayor Pro Tem
Steve Carpenter Councilmember Place 2
Jackeline Soriano Fountain Councilmember Place 3
John Reider Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas Councilmember Place 5

David Mitchell City Manager
Patricia Brunson Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts City Attorney

Consent Items:

1. Carpenter made the motion to approve the minutes of the meeting held on June 27, 2017. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Public Hearings:

1. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider an ordinance granting a Conditional Use Permit (CUP), for a Micro Educational Farm, on property described as A1032BC D R Hughes, 18.498 acres with property ID # 16734, generally located at Oakridge Blvd. and Mesa Oaks Circle, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Teresa Anderson and Leeann Boore were present to represent the request. The Council received comments from 32 citizens (list attached). At 7:00 p.m. the Council recessed for a short break. At 7:12 p.m. the Council reconvened the meeting. Schiffman made a motion to approve the request. Seconded by Nicholas. Schiffman, Nicholas, and Reider, in favor of the motion to approve. Carpenter and Fountain opposed. Motion failed 3-2, due to lack of super majority by 75 percent approval by the City Council.

At 7:50 p.m. the Council recessed for a short break. At 7:55 p.m. the Council reconvened the meeting.

2. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider an ordinance granting R-2 (Two Family dwelling District) zoning on property located as 1604 Dakota Trace, Harker Heights, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Raymond Hamden was present to represent the request. Reider made the motion to approve based on staff recommendations. Seconded by Fountain. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

3. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider an ordinance modifying Conditional Use Permit on property located at 103 East Knights Way, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Brad Dragoo was present to represent the request. Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

New Business:

1. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution awarding a contract for the 2017 Street Improvements Project in the amount of $647,069.00 to TTG Utilities, LP. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Staff Reports:

1. The Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager made the presentation. No action taken.

Announcements:

1. Councilmember Reider wanted to thank the City for the plant and card he received while he was out for his surgery.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 8:28 p.m.

Spencer H. Smith, Mayor


ATTEST:

Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager



Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:

 Roll Call:

Spencer H. Smith Mayor
Hal Schiffman Mayor Pro Tem
Steve Carpenter Councilmember Place 2
Jackeline Soriano Fountain Councilmember Place 3
Jody Nicholas Councilmember Place 5

David Mitchell City Manager
Patricia Brunson Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts City Attorney

Absent: John Reider Councilmember Place 4

Mayoral Proclamations and Presentation:

1. Proclamation for “National Park and Recreation Month” for July 2017, Mayor Smith read the Proclamation and presented it to Dorian Evans, Activities Specialist, Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Department and Johnathan Hanson, Intern with Parks and Recreation.

Consent Items:

1. Nicholas made the motion to approve the minutes of the meeting held on June 13, 2017. Seconded by Carpenter. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

New Business:

1. The Council discussed and considered a resolution of the City of Harker Heights, Texas finding that Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC’S (“Oncor” or “Company”) application to change rates within the City should be denied; finding that the City’s reasonable rate case expenses shall be reimbursed by the Company; finding that the meeting at which this resolution is passed is open to the public as required by law; requiring notice of this resolution to the Company and legal counsel. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. Carpenter made the motion to approve. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

Closed Meeting:

At 5:12 p.m. the Mayor announced a closed meeting for the following purposes:

A) Pursuant to Texas Government Code §551.071, to consult with an attorney about pending litigation, and/or a matter in which the duty of the attorney to the governmental body under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of Texas clearly conflicts with the Open Meetings Act, to-wit: Substandard buildings owned by Harker Heights Condominiums, LLC on 4.216 acres of land, more or less, out of the V.L. Evans Survey, Abstract No. 288, located at Lynn Drive, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas.

B) Pursuant to Texas Government Code §551.071, to consult with an attorney about pending or contemplated litigation, and/or a matter in which the duty of the attorney to the governmental body under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of Texas clearly conflicts with the Open Meetings Act, to-wit: In the Matter of an Enforcement Action Against City of Harker Heights, TCEQ Docket #2017-0424-MWD-E.

At 5:57 p.m. the Mayor reconvened the open meeting and announced that no action will be taken from the Closed Meeting.

Items from the Council:

1. Mayor Pro Tem Schiffman spoke about the Fort Hood Renewable Energy Project that he attended on June 2, 2017.

2. Mayor Pro Tem Schiffman spoke about the 2017 Defense Communities Summit in Washington DC, he attended on June 19 through 21, 2017.

3. Mayor Smith spoke about his Leadership Academy training he attended June 14 through 16, 2017, in Round Rock, Texas.

Staff Reports:

1. The Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager made the presentation. No action taken.

Announcements:

1. Jerry Bark, Parks and Recreation Director, introduced Jonathan Hanson who is working on his Master of Science in Sports Administration and is interning with Parks and Recreation Department.

2. David Mitchell, City Manager, introduced Andrew McSweeney who is working on his Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and interning in the Administration Department.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 6:09 p.m.

                                                                                                        Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:


Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager



Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:

Roll Call:

Spencer H. Smith Mayor
Hal Schiffman Mayor Pro Tem
Steve Carpenter Councilmember Place 2
Jackeline Soriano Fountain Councilmember Place 3
John Reider Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas Councilmember Place 5

David Mitchell City Manager
Patricia Brunson Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts City Attorney

Consent Items:

Carpenter made the motion to approve Consent Items # 1, & 2. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

1. The Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held May 23, 2017.

2. The Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held June 6, 2017.

Public Hearings:

1. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider an ordinance exempting certain large lot residential subdivisions from sidewalk requirements. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider an ordinance amending Chapter 111 of the Code of Harker Heights repealing the requirement for garage sale permits and clarifying garage sale requirements. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Nicholas made the motion to approve. Seconded by Carpenter. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

3. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider an ordinance modifying the Conditional Use Permit on property located at 1909 Forest Hills, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Ann Nguyen, was present to represent the request. Council received comments from Mr. Ralph Gauer. Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

New Business:

1. The Council discussed and considered an appeal of the City Manager’s decision to deny a heavy vehicle residential parking permit at 2211 Creek Drive. This Item was pulled from the agenda by the requestor.

2. The Council received and discussed a resolution of the City of Harker Heights, Texas, authorizing continued participation with the Atmos Cities Steering Committee; and authorizing the payment of two cents per capita to the Atmos Cities Steering Committee to fund regulatory and related activities related to Atmos Energy Corporation. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. Carpenter made the motion to approve. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Reports of Advisory Boards & Commission:

1. The Council received a presentation from Mr. Robert Ator with Hill Country Transit District (HOP) regarding a request for outside agency funding of $43,235 in the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Budget. No action taken.

2. The Council received a presentation from Marlene DiLillo with the Greater Killeen Free Clinic regarding a request for outside agency funding of $9,500 in Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Budget. No action taken.

3. The Council received a presentation from Gina Pence and Jennifer McCann with the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce regarding a request for outside agency funding of $45,000 in Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Budget. No action taken.

4. The Council received a presentation from Janell Frazier, Executive Director, with the Central Texas 4C, Inc Head Start Program regarding a request for outside agency funding of $10,000 in Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Budget. No action taken.

Items from Council:

1. Councilmember Nicholas mentioned the meeting she attended for the Bell County Public Health District. They discussed the tracking of the Zika virus and West Niles traps. They noted 12 cases of the Zika virus reported near the border of Texas, and that West Niles is on the rise.

Staff Reports:

1. The Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager made the presentation. No action taken.

Announcements:

1. Councilmember Carpenter mentioned that the City Manager, David Mitchell’s son Jacob Mitchell was selected as second team first base for the State of Texas.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 6:35 p.m.


Spencer H. Smith, Mayor


ATTEST:


Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager




Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:

 Roll Call:

Spencer H. Smith Mayor
Hal Schiffman Mayor Pro Tem
Steve Carpenter Councilmember Place 2
John Reider Councilmember Place 4
Jody Nicholas Councilmember Place 5

Patricia Brunson Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts City Attorney

Absent: David Mitchell City Manager

New Business:

1. The Council canvassed the election returns for the June 3, 2017, Municipal Runoff Election. Mayor Pro Tem Schiffman, and Councilmember Reider stepped out to tabulate the ballots. The results are as follows:

TOTAL VOTERS – 484

COUNCIL PLACE 3 CANDIDATES                     TOTAL VOTES
Pat Christ                                                         224
Jackeline Soriano Fountain                                 260

Jackeline Soriano Fountain was declared the winner for Councilmember, Place 3, for an unexpired two year term (2017-2019).

Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

2. Burk Roberts, City Attorney, administered the Oath of Office to Jackeline Soriano Fountain to serve as Councilmember, Place 3, for an unexpired term ending May, 2019.

Adjournment to Workshop at 3:42 p.m.


Spencer H. Smith, Mayor


ATTEST:


Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager


Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:

Roll Call:

 Spencer H. Smith Mayor
Jody Nicholas Mayor Pro Tem
Hal Schiffman Councilmember Place 1
Steve Carpenter Councilmember Place 2
John Reider Councilmember Place 4

David Mitchell City Manager
Patricia Brunson Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts City Attorney

Mayoral Proclamations and Presentation:

1. The Mayor presented a proclamation for “The 2017 Southwestern District Senior Quartet Champions” to Bob Massey.

2. The Mayor presented a proclamation for American Legion Post 573, Auxiliary, Sons of American Legion, and Riders to Lawrence Jerry McCullar (Mac).

Consent Items:

Schiffman made the motion to approve Consent Items # 1, & 2. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

1. The Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held May 9, 2017.

2. The Council discussed and considered appointing Patricia Darnell as Election Judge and Deborah Kimbrel as Alternate Judge for the June 3, 2017, Municipal Runoff Election. Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager, was present for questions.

Public Hearings:

The following Agenda Item was taken out of order: Public Hearing: Item #5.

5. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider concerns from property owners over property valuation increases indicated on recent tax appraisal notices. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No Action taken. The Council received comments from 12 citizens. The Council will send their concerns to the following: Senator Dawn Buckingham, Comptroller Glenn Hegar, Representative Scott Cosper, Royce Matkin, Chairman of the Bell County Appraisal District Board, Marvin Hahn, Chairman of the Bell County Appraisal District Board and Representative Hugh Shine. Copies of the letters are attached. At 6:03 p.m. the Council recessed for a short break.

At 6:17 p.m. the Council reconvened the meeting.

1. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider an ordinance amending Chapter 74, Schedule 1 of the Code of Harker Heights, to change the speed limit on Interstate Highway 14 from 75 mph to 65 mph, and take the appropriate action. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved. 4-0.

2. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider an ordinance of the City Council of the City of Harker Heights, Texas, approving a negotiated settlement between the Atmos Cities Steering Committee (“ACSC”) and Atmos Energy Corp., Mid-Tex Division regarding the Company’s 2017 Rate Review Mechanism Filings; declaring existing rates to be unreasonable; adopting tariffs that reflect rate adjustments consistent with the negotiated settlement; finding the rates to be set by the settlement tariffs to be just and reasonable and in the public interest; requiring reconciliation and rate adjustments if federal income tax rates change; terminating the RRM process for 2018 pending renegotiation of RRM terms and conditions; requiring the Company to reimburse ACSC’S reasonable ratemaking expenses; determining that this ordinance was passed in accordance with the requirements of the Texas Open Meetings Act; adopting a savings clause; declaring an effective date; and requiring delivery of this ordinance to the Company and the ACSC’S legal counsel, and take the appropriate action. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. Michael Street with Atmos Energy was also present. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 4.0.

3. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider adopting an ordinance amending the Code of City of Harker Heights by adding Chapter 103 regarding the permitting, location and condition of donation containers; providing for enforcement; providing for a penalty; providing for severability, savings, open meetings and effective date clauses; and providing for related matters. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

4. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider adopting an ordinance amending §160.07(A) of the Code of Harker Heights to more clearly define standards for repair, vacation or demolition of certain buildings. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Nicholas made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

New Business:

1. The Council discussed and considered an appeal of the City Manager’s decision to deny a heavy vehicle residential parking permit at 2211 Creek Drive. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to affirm the City Manager’s decision to deny a heavy vehicle residential parking permit at 2211 Creek Drive. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

2. The Council discussed and considered the appointment of Mayor Pro Tem. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. Carpenter made the motion to appoint Hal Schiffman, Councilmember, Place 1, as Mayor Pro Tem. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

Items from the Council:

1. The Mayor mentioned going to a III Corps function where Lieutenant General Funk provided an update briefing for community leaders, regarding III Corps Fort Hood and the U. S. Army.

Staff Reports:

1. The Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager made the presentation. No action taken.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 6:43 p.m.

Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager


 

Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:

Roll Call:

Rob Robinson Mayor
Jody Nicholas Mayor Pro Tem
Steve Carpenter Councilmember Place 2
Spencer H. Smith Councilmember Place 3
John Reider Councilmember Place 4

David Mitchell City Manager
Patricia Brunson Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts City Attorney

Absent: Hal Schiffman Councilmember Place 1

Mayoral Proclamations and Presentation:

1. The Mayor presented a proclamation for “National Police Memorial Day” for May 15, 2017, to Mike Gentry, Police Chief and Phillip Gadd, Deputy Police Chief.

2. The Mayor presented a proclamation for “Building Safety Month 2017” for May 2017, to Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director.

New Business:

1. The Council canvassed the election returns for the May 6, 2017, Municipal Election. Mayor Protem Nicholas, and Councilmember Carpenter stepped out to tabulate the ballots. The results are as follows:

TOTAL VOTERS – 737

Mayor TOTAL VOTES
Spencer H. Smith 635

 COUNCIL PLACE 3 CANDIDATES
TOTAL VOTES
Jackeline Soriano Fountain 266
Pat Christ 318
Laurie Williamson McElhiney 149

COUNCIL PLACE 4 CANDIDATE
TOTAL VOTES
John Reider 605

Spencer H. Smith, uncontested, was declared the winner for the Mayor’s race and John Reider, uncontested, was declared the winner for Councilmember, Place 4, both three year terms.

Councilmember, Place 3, (unexpired two year term) had no candidate that received a majority vote.

Carpenter made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 3-0.

2. Burk Roberts, City Attorney, administered the Oath of Office to Spencer H. Smith to serve as Mayor, for a three year term ending May, 2020, and to John Reider to serve as Councilmember, Place 4, for a three year term ending May, 2020.

Mayor Smith presided over the meeting.

3. Discuss and consider approving a resolution of the City Council of the City of Harker Heights, Texas, ordering a runoff election to be held on June 3, 2017, in the City of Harker Heights. Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager, made the presentation. Nicholas made the motion to approve. Seconded by Carpenter. All in favor. Motion approved 3-0.

Consent Items:

1. Carpenter made the motion to approve the minutes of the meetings held on April 25, 2017. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 3-0.

Public Hearings:

1. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance to abandon (vacate) a 7.5 foot wide utility & drainage easement located across Lot 11, Block 9, The Ridge, Phase 3 Subdivision (1920 River Rock Trail) and further described in “Exhibit A”. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve as described in “Exhibit A”. Seconded by Carpenter. All in favor. Motion approved 3-0.

2. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance to abandon (vacate) a ten foot wide utility easement located across Lot 1A, Block 1, Bass Subdivision, Phase 2 (1200 FM 2410) and further described in “Exhibit A”. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Nicholas made the motion to approve as described in Exhibit A. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 3-0.

New Business (continued):

4. The Council discussed and considered a resolution supporting regional participation in the EPA Ozone Advance Program. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Carpenter made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 3-0.

5. The Council discussed and considered an appeal of the City Manager’s decision to deny a heavy vehicle residential parking permit at 101 Cattail Circle. Reider made the motion to affirm the City Manager’s decision to deny a heavy vehicle residential parking permit at 101 Cattail Circle. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 3-0.

6. The Council discussed and considered appointing a representative to the Killeen Temple Metropolitan Planning Organization (KTMPO) Policy Board. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to appoint Mayor, Spencer H. Smith will serve until Council appoints replacement. Seconded by Carpenter. All in favor. Motion approved 3-0.

Staff Reports:
1. The Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Announcements:

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 6:07 p.m.

Spencer H. Smith, Mayor

ATTEST:

Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager



 

Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:

Roll Call:

Rob Robinson Mayor
Jody Nicholas Mayor Pro Tem
Hal Schiffman Councilmember Place 1
Steve Carpenter Councilmember Place 2
Spencer H. Smith Councilmember Place 3
John Reider Councilmember Place 4

David Mitchell City Manager
Patricia Brunson Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts City Attorney

Mayoral Proclamations and Presentation:

1. The Mayor presented a proclamation for “Older Americans Month” for May 2017, to Dorian Evans, Parks and Recreation Activities Specialist, Joyce Meyer and Ahava Martin.

Consent Items:

1. Smith made the motion to approve the minutes of the meetings held April 11, 2017. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion 5-0

Public Hearings:

1. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider an ordinance granting to Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC, its successors and assigns, an Electric Power Franchise to use the present and future streets, alleys, highways, public utility easements, public ways and public property of the City of Harker Heights, Texas, providing for compensation therefor, providing for an effective date and a term of said franchise, providing for written acceptance of this franchise, providing for the repeal of all existing franchise ordinances to Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC, its predecessors and assigns, and finding that the meeting at which this ordinance is passed is open to the public. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. Karl Green, Oncor Area Manager, was present to represent the request. Carpenter made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

New Business:

1. The Council discussed and considered a resolution authorizing continued participation with the Steering Committee of Cities Served by Oncor; and authorizing the payment of 11 cents per capita to the Steering Committee to fund regulatory and legal proceedings and activities related to Oncor Electric Delivery Company, LLC. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. Karl Green, Oncor Area Manager, was present to represent the request. Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Staff Reports:

1. The Council received and discussed the FY 2016-2017 second quarter investment report. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. No action taken.

2. The Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager made the presentation. No action taken.

Announcements:

1. Councilmember Smith attended the Killeen Alliance of Black School Educators at Club Hood for their scholarship and recognition ceremony.

2. Mayor Robinson attended the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). They gave out 20 scholarships to kids and sworn a citizen to have citizenship of the United States.

3. Mayor Robinson mentioned that he attended the Unveiling of Interstate 14.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m.



                                                                                                     Spencer H. Smith, Mayor
 ATTEST:


Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager




Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:

Roll Call:

 Rob Robinson Mayor
Jody Nicholas Mayor Pro Tem
Hal Schiffman Councilmember Place 1
Steve Carpenter Councilmember Place 2
Spencer H. Smith Councilmember Place 3

David Mitchell City Manager
Patricia Brunson Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts City Attorney

Absent John Reider Councilmember Place 4

Mayoral Proclamations and Presentation:

1. The Mayor presented a proclamation for “Arbor Day” April 28th, 2017, to Heather Buller, Parks and Recreation Activities Coordinator.

2. The Mayor presented a proclamation for “National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week” April 9-15, 2017, to Fire Chief Paul Sims, Phillip Gadd, Deputy Police Chief, Lt. Loretta Fox of the Harker Heights Police Department, Aubrey Huckaby, Bell County Communicators/Director of Operations, and Stephanie Jason, Harker Heights Call Taker.

3. The Mayor presented a proclamation for “Earth Day” April 22nd, 2017, to Lisa Youngblood, Library Director, and Harker Heights Knights of the Round Table Members, Ian Reid, Elyssa Wilson-Chandler, Carson Gordon, Amy Balsinger, Celestial Stringham, and Kagren McCarthy, Student Activities Coordinator.

Consent Items:

1. Smith made the motion to approve the minutes of the meeting held, March 28, 2017. Seconded by Carpenter. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

Presentations by Citizens:

1. The Council received a presentation from Marilyn Springer, 3387 Vineyard Trail, regarding Irrigation Systems in the City of Harker Heights. No action taken.

Public Hearings:

1. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance to change zoning designation from R1-R (Rural One-Family Dwelling District) to R-1 (One Family Dwelling District) for the property located at 4972 Lakeside Dr., Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Buster Sanders, was present to represent the request. Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Smith. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

2. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance granting a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a Micro Educational Farm, on property described as A1032BC D R Hughes, 2, Acres 18.498 with property ID# 16734, generally located at Oakridge Blvd and Mesa Oaks Circle, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Teresa Anderson, was present to represent the request. The Council received comments from 9 citizens. Carpenter made a motion to disapprove the request. Seconded by Smith, Carpenter, Smith, and Schiffman, in favor of motion to disapprove. Nicholas opposed. Motion to disapprove passed. 3-1.

At 6:03 p.m. the Council recessed for a short break. At 6:11 p.m. the Council reconvened the meeting.

New Business:

Mayor Robinson changed New Business Item #1 to a Public Hearing to allow citizens in the audience an opportunity to speak.

1. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider approving a request by LUREE Inc. for Concept Plan approval of a 45 Acre Tract of land to accommodate Single Family Residences in an R-1 Zone (One Family Dwelling District) within the Oakridge Terrace Subdivision, also known as 1901 Valley Oaks Drive, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Jeff Smien, LUREE, Inc., was present to represent the request. The Council received comments from 13 citizens. Nicholas made a motion to disapprove the request. Seconded by Smith. All in favor of motion to disapprove. Motion to disapprove passed 4-0.

At 7:02 p.m. the Council recessed for a short break. At 7:07 p.m. the Council reconvened the meeting.

2. The Council discussed and considered approving a request by Central-West Development LLC, for Preliminary Plat approval for the Shoshoni Trail Garden Homes filing number 2 development on property described as Shoshoni Trail Garden Homes Re-Sub of Lot 3, Block 1 and Lot 4, Block 1, Harker Heights, Bell County, Texas. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. Raymond Hamden, was present to represent the request. Smith made the motion to approve. Seconded by Carpenter. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

Staff Reports:

1. The Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager made the presentation. No action taken.

Items from Council:

1. The Mayor discussed an event he went to at Club Hood. He said that our work is recognized in our Adaptive Sports Program for the City.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 7:18 p.m.

Rob Robinson, Mayor


ATTEST:


Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager


 

Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:

Roll Call:

Rob Robinson Mayor
Jody Nicholas Mayor Pro Tem
Hal Schiffman Councilmember Place 1
Steve Carpenter Councilmember Place 2
Spencer H. Smith Councilmember Place 3
John Reider Councilmember Place 4

David Mitchell City Manager
Patricia Brunson Assistant City Manager

Burk Roberts City Attorney

Mayoral Proclamations and Presentation:

1. The Mayor presented a proclamation for the Fair Housing Month April 2017, to Beth Correa, Regional Planner from the Central Texas Council of Governments (CTCOG).

Consent Items:

Smith made the motion to approve Consent Items # 1 & 2. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

1. The Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held March 14, 2017.

2. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City Manager to sign the Harker Heights Public Library Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2015-16 and System Membership Application Form for the Texas State Library System.

New Business:

1. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution of the City of Harker Heights suspending the April 21, 2017, effective date of Oncor Electric Delivery Company’s requested rate change to permit the City time to study the request and to establish reasonable rates; approving cooperation with the Steering Committee of Cities Served by Oncor to hire legal and consulting services and to negotiate with the Company and direct any necessary litigation and appeals; finding that the meeting at which this resolution is passed is open to the public as required by law; requiring notice of this resolution to the company and legal counsel for the Steering Committee. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. Karl Green, Oncor Area Manager, was present to represent the request. Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Smith. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Staff Reports:

1. The Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager made the presentation. No action taken.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 5:20 p.m.

                                                                                                      Rob Robinson, Mayor

ATTEST:

Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager



 

Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:

Roll Call:

 Rob Robinson Mayor
 Jody Nicholas Mayor Pro Tem
Hal Schiffman Councilmember Place 1
Steve Carpenter Councilmember Place 2
Spencer H. Smith Councilmember Place 3
John Reider Councilmember Place 4

David Mitchell City Manager
Patricia Brunson Assistant City Manager

Burk Roberts City Attorney

Pledge of Allegiance:

1. Lily Molis, daughter of Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, led the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America and Texas Flag.

Consent Items:

Carpenter made the motion to approve Consent Items # 1, 2 & 3. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

1. The Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held February 28, 2017.

2. The Council discussed and considered appointing Patricia Darnell as Election Judge and Deborah Kimbrel as Alternate Judge for the May 06, 2017, Joint Municipal Election.

3. The Council discussed and considered authorizing the City Manager to sign a contract with Killeen Independent School District (KISD) to conduct a joint election for the May 06, 2017, Municipal Election, and the KISD Trustee Election.

New Business:

1. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution supporting House Bill 1427 which amends Section 41.005 of the Texas Utilities Code to clarify that a Municipality may regulate the operations of an electric cooperative through the City’s zoning ordinance which is a permissible public health, safety, or welfare regulation. Joseph Molis, Planning and Development Director, made the presentation. After questions and discussion Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Carpenter. Schiffman, Carpenter, and Nicholas in favor of the motion to approve. Smith and Reider opposed the motion. Motion passed 3-2.

2. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution awarding a contract for the Amy Lane Sidewalk Construction Project in the amount of $256,095.15 to Battery Warehouse. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Nicholas made the motion to approve. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Staff Reports:

1. The Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Announcements:

1. The Mayor mentioned a luncheon for the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance and received a compliment for the work that the Fire Department and Police Department do with the Healthy Home Program and Shining Star Program.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m.

                                                                                                 Rob Robinson, Mayor

ATTEST:

Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager



Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:

Roll Call:

 Rob Robinson Mayor
Jody Nicholas Mayor Pro Tem
Hal Schiffman Councilmember Place 1
Steve Carpenter Councilmember Place 2
Spencer H. Smith Councilmember Place 3

David Mitchell City Manager
Patricia Brunson Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts City Attorney

Absent John Reider Councilmember Place 4

Mayoral Proclamations and Presentation:

1. The Mayor presented a Proclamation to Lily’s Cakes for winning on the Food Network’s “Cake Wars”. Lily and Sam Halabi were present to receive the Proclamation.

Consent Items:

1. Nicholas made the motion to approve the minutes of the meeting held, February 14, 2017. Seconded by Smith. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

New Business:

1. The Council discussed and considered approval of the fiscal year 2015-2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, and Dane Legg of Lott, Vernon and Company, made the presentation. Nicholas made motion to approve. Seconded by Carpenter. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

2. The Council discussed and considered a resolution authorizing the City Manager to negotiate and sign a Construction Manager at Risk contract with Hill and Wilkinson for the addition to the Pet Adoption Center Project. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Smith. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

3. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City Manager to negotiate and sign a “Professional Services Contract” for engineering services with Kasberg, Patrick & Associates, LP for the 2016-17 Street Improvement Project. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Carpenter made the motion to approve “Professional Services Contract” for engineering services with Kasberg, Patrick & Associates LP, removing paragraph numbered 2 in the resolution that read: “The proposed Agreement is hereby approved in all respects, including its form, terms and provisions”. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

4. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City Manager to negotiate and sign a “Professional Services Contract” for engineering services with Walker Partners for the 2016-2017 Water Storage Tank Rehabilitation Project. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Smith made the motion to approve “Professional Services Contract” for engineering services with Walker Partners, removing paragraph numbered 2 in the resolution that read: “The proposed Agreement is hereby approved in all respects, including its form, terms and provisions”. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

5. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City Manager to negotiate and sign a “Professional Services Contract” for engineering services with Walker Partners for the 2016-2017 Demolition of the Decommissioned Maintenance Yard Pump Station, 0.5 Million Gallon Maintenance Yard Ground Storage Tank and 0.3 Million Gallon Arrowhead Ground Storage Tank. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Carpenter made the motion to approve “Professional Services Contract” for engineering services with Walker Partners, removing paragraph numbered 2 in the resolution that read: “The proposed Agreement is hereby approved in all respects, including its form, terms and provisions”. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

6. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution to the Members of the 85th Legislative Session of the State of Texas to support the City of Harker Heights Legislative Agenda. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. Smith made the motion to approve. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 4-0.

Items from Council:

1. The Mayor spoke about the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) with Fort Hood, and how it could affect the City of Harker Heights.

Staff Reports:

1. The Council received and discussed a Staff Report regarding the Harker Heights Police Department and Harker Heights Fire Department’s Racial Profiling Data Reports for the calendar year 2016. Mike Gentry, Police Chief, made the presentation. No action taken.

2. The Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 6:22 p.m.


                                                                                                   Rob Robinson, Mayor

ATTEST:

Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manage


 

Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:

Roll Call:

Rob Robinson Mayor
Jody Nicholas Mayor Pro Tem
Hal Schiffman Councilmember Place 1
Steve Carpenter Councilmember Place 2
Spencer H. Smith Councilmember Place 3
John Reider Councilmember Place 4

David Mitchell City Manager
Patricia Brunson Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts City Attorney

Mayoral Proclamations and Presentation:

1. The Mayor presented the Library with the 2016 Achievement of Library Excellence Award from the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association (TMLDA). Lisa Youngblood, Library Director, Kiara Richie, Part Time Library Clerk, Sarah Chon, Part Time Student Library Page, and Rose Ramon, Library Clerk, were present to receive the award.

Presentations by Citizens:

1. The Texas Country Gentlemen Barbershop Chorus, Bob Massey, Mike Reid, Nathan Knights, and Randy Brumagim wanted to thank the Council and Staff with two Valentunes, a rose and a card for Valentine’s Day.

Consent Items:

Carpenter made the motion to approve Consent Items # 1, 2 & 3. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

1. The Council discussed and considered approving a contract with Bell County authorizing the City to use their election equipment for the May 06, 2017, Municipal Election.

2. The Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held, January 24, 2017.

3. The Council discussed and considered approving an amended order for Municipal Election to be held on May 06, 2017, for the purpose of electing Mayor for a Three- Year Term (2017-2020), Councilmember, Place 3 for an Unexpired Term (2017-2019), and Councilmember, Place 4 for a Three-Year Term (2017-2020) for the City of Harker Heights.

New Business:

1. The Council discussed and considered the appointment of a Councilmember as the alternate voting member for the City of Harker Heights on the Central Texas Council of Governments (CTCOG) Executive Committee to replace Pat Christ. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. Schiffman nominated Councilmember Carpenter as the alternate who will serve until a replacement is appointed. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City Manager to negotiate and sign a “Professional Services Contract” for engineering services with Clark & Fuller, PLLC for the Birchwood Drive Water Line Replacement Project. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Carpenter. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

3. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City’s participation in the grant program administered by the Office of the Governor for funding the purchase of 50 Conducted Energy Devices (“Taser”). Mike Gentry, Police Chief, make the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

4. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City’s participation in the grant program administered by the Office of the Governor for funding the purchase of one Digital Crime Scene Reconstruction Diagraming Station. Mike Gentry, Police Chief, make the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Reports of Advisory Boards & Commissions:

1. The Council received and discussed a presentation regarding the 2016 Annual Summary Report of the Planning and Zoning Commission and Building and Standards Commission. Larry Robison, Planning and Zoning Chairman, made the presentation. No action taken.

Staff Reports:

1. The Council received and discussed the FY 2016-2017 First Quarter Investment Report. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. No action taken.

2. The Council received and discussed the Unaudited Financial Statements for the First Quarter of FY 2016-2017. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. No action taken.

3. The Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Items from the Council:

1. Mayor Robinson said that he met Killeen’s new City Manager, Ronald L. Olson who came from the City of Corpus Christi.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 6:00 p.m.


                                                                         Rob Robinson, Mayor


ATTEST:



Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager




Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:

 Roll Call:
Rob Robinson Mayor
Jody Nicholas Mayor Pro Tem
Hal Schiffman Councilmember Place 1
Steve Carpenter Councilmember Place 2
Spencer H. Smith Councilmember Place 3
John Reider Councilmember Place 4

David Mitchell City Manager
Patricia Brunson Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts City Attorney

Pledge of Allegiance:

1. Boy Scout Alexander Watson, Johnathan Flores Jr. and Alejandro Bonilla, from Boy Scout Troop # 255 led the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America and Texas Flag.

Consent Items:

Carpenter made the motion to approve Consent Items # 1, & 2. Seconded by Nicholas. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

1. The Council discussed and considered approving the minutes of the meeting held January 10, 2017.

2. The Council discussed and considered approving an Order for Municipal Election to be held on May 06, 2017, for the purpose of electing Mayor, and Councilmember, Place 4 for a three-year term (2017-2020) for the City of Harker Heights. Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager, made the presentation.

New Business:

1. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution expressing support for the proposed development of Avanti Manor, an affordable rental housing community dedicated to serving seniors, David Mitchell, City Manager, introduced Henry Flores, with Avanti Manor, who made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Smith. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution granting a waiver of permitting fees in the amount of $100.00 for the proposed development of Avanti Manor, an affordable rental housing community dedicated to serving seniors. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

3. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into an interlocal cooperation agreement for two household hazardous waste events with the City of Killeen the City of Harker Heights Funding amount not to exceed $5,000.00 for each event. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Smith. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Staff Reports:

1. The Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Announcements:

1. The Mayor read the invite to the Public Meeting with Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) for the US 190 expansion project held today at the Harker Heights Activities Center from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 5:40 p.m.



                                                                                                                     Rob Robinson, Mayor 
 ATTEST: 

Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager




Minutes of the City Council Meeting held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, in the Kitty Young Council Chamber at the Harker Heights City Hall at 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights, Texas 76548:

Roll Call:

Rob Robinson Mayor
Jody Nicholas Mayor Pro Tem
Hal Schiffman Councilmember Place 1
Steve Carpenter Councilmember Place 2
Spencer H. Smith Councilmember Place 3
John Reider Councilmember Place 4

David Mitchell City Manager
Patricia Brunson Assistant City Manager
Burk Roberts City Attorney Mayoral

Proclamations and Presentation:

1. Proclamation for “Bright Stars of Central Texas” Scout Committee Chairman’s and Boy Scout Troop 243. Mayor Robinson read the Proclamation and presented it to Boy Scout Troop 243.

Consent Items:

1. Nicholas made the motion to approve the minutes of the meeting held on December 13, 2016. Seconded by Carpenter. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Public Hearings:

1. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance to abandon (vacate) two feet of a fifteen foot wide utility easement located across Lot 11, Block 3, Evergreen Phase 5 (1609 Gold Splash Trail) and further described in “Exhibit A”. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Schiffman made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. The Council conducted a Public Hearing to discuss and consider approving an ordinance to change zoning designation from R-1 (Single Family Dwelling District) to R-2 (Two-Family Dwelling District) for the property described as Wildewood Acres, Block 002, Lot 008, & 10’ Strip Adj on South, Bell County Property ID#30401 also known as 914 Ramblewood Drive. Leo Mantey, City Planner, made the presentation. Carpenter made the motion to approve based on staff recommendations. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

New Business:

1. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City Manager to negotiate and sign a “Professional Services Contract” for engineering services with Burgess & Niple, Inc. for the 2017 Sanitary Sewer Basin Flow Monitoring Project and submission of the Sanitary Sewer Overflow Initiative Final Report to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Mark Hyde, Public Works Director, made the presentation. Reider made the motion to approve. Seconded by Schiffman. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

2. The Council discussed and considered approving a resolution authorizing the City Manager to negotiate and sign a Construction Manager at Risk contract with Hill and Wilkinson General Contractors for Central Fire Station remodel, renovation and addition. Glenn Gallenstein, Deputy Fire Chief, made the presentation. Nicholas made the motion to approve. Seconded by Reider. All in favor. Motion approved 5-0.

Staff Reports:

1. The Council received and discussed the unaudited financial statements for the fourth quarter of FY 2015 – 2016. Alberta Barrett, Finance Director, made the presentation. No action taken.

2. The Council received and discussed the City Manager’s Report. David Mitchell, City Manager, made the presentation. No action taken.

Announcements:

Adjournment:

There being no further business the City of Harker Heights City Council Meeting was adjourned at 5:53 p.m.

                                                                                                     Rob Robinson, Mayor

ATTEST:


Patricia Brunson, Assistant City Manager




The Minutes for the previous year can be found here:  2016 Minutes