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Date Posted: 18:32:50 05/25/17 Thu
Author: River Oaks Reporter
Subject: Synopsis of River Oaks City Council Meeting May 23, 2017

The meeting started on time. All members present although JoAnn Gordon did leave early

First item was a proclamation to MedStar and then a presentation by MedStar on their quality of service to River Oaks. Their arrival time to River Oaks is between 6-11 minutes. As a citizen of RO you should look into the MedStar Family Program. Go to their website to check it out. Should you ever need an ambulance or medical help it would be a giant savings for you and your family

Next item was a statement of elected officials, oath of office, and certificate of election for the Mayor. This was quite a touching moment when the mayor swore in he had his 99 year old mother in law hold the bible. He also stated at the end of the oath this is his last term as mayor. Everyone on council laughed and said we've heard it all before!

Next item was the approval of the consent agenda. No item were pulled for discussion despite the resignation of long time employee Susan Stewart.

Council approved accepting the negotiated agreement between the Atmos Steering Committee and the Atmos Energy regarding our soon to be increased rates.

Council denied a request by Cathy Triana to waive administration fees charged for disconnection of water service at 5017 Almena due to water bill not being forwarded. She was not in attendance, but claimed she had filed a change of address with the post office and they did not forward her water bill. The mayor stated that we should not waive the fees based on heresay evidence and without a letter of the post office stating she had filed out a change of address and her not in attendance, council denied her request.

Council approved a request Dinorah Rosas to waive liens on property at 5025 Almena. She was trying to sell her house. She found out their was a lien against it that she did not know about. paid the lien and is asking for a refund since she did not own the property at the time the lien was put against it and she was given a clear title by the mortgage company when she purchased it. On July 1, 2010 the city came and cleaned up a mess on the property left by the previous owners and levied an 80.00 lien against the property. The the city's filing of the lien was delayed by over a month so when she purchased the property on July 9 and the title co. did a title search there was no lien against the property. Interest against the lien had run up to 153.00 which the city is going to refund to her.

Next two items was a report by Gordon Smith and Bill Lohrke relating to the water and sewer line replacements. There is going to be a public forum on this matter at the community center the first Tuesday in June. He will give details on this plan. The city is suppose to notify homeowners when they're working on lines in your area since water or sewer could be turned off for up to five hours. Watch your city notices and the city website for more updates and details.

Council approved an agreement with Sixty and Better of Greater Tarrant County with a commitment of 1000.00 for operation of the senior meals program.

Council approved a request from Veronica Clark, Library Director to hold a one of a kind exhibit on science in the city hall parking lot on July 19, 2017.

Council approved a request by Sanchez Taekwondo to hold a fundraiser in their parking lot to raise funds to compete at the nationals in Fort Lauderdale Florida.

Council approved amending the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget since they are coming up 126,000 short on their budget due to unforeseen expenses. One of them being the run off election which is 26,000. Marvin was questioned on why the run off is so high. He wasn't real clear, but it had to do with Tarrant County and that is about where he left it.

Council approved Ordinance 1149-2017 amending the library dollar fund to purchase DVD's for library patrons to check out.

Council approved Ordinance 1150-2017 amending the general budget fund by expanding it to connect the police dept. to municipal court and provide a records room for the police dept.

Council approved Ordinance 1151-2017 transferring funds to account 02-541-5431 from account 02-540-5430 for sewer lines renovations in the remainder of the 2017 budget. All they're doing is transferring funds within the water dept.

Council approved amending the water system water rates for the City of River Oaks establishing an effective date extended until Oct 1. After that our water rates will probably shoot up.

Council approved allowing the community center to buy a small trailer with it's dollar fund donation account so that they can haul the water slide to and from events. It's currently in storage and when it's being put into use they have to send a city vehicle to pick it up. Plans for the water slide at this time is suppose to be on Mondays at the community center.

Staff reports on substandard properties: All the usual suspects. The only real news is 5411 Purdue is going to be at the next tax sale.

Dept heads monthly reports: The fire dept gave us a bit of good news. They now have reached staffing of 36 volunteers. They also had three fire calls where they put the fire out in their room in which it started.

Police Report: This was suppose to be Chief Carter's last report, but the meeting ran very long and had a new truck to go drive. The city had one more award they wanted to give the chief, but he wasn't there to get it. And this was quite the appropriate award for him! For those that don't know, Chief Carter was known as the king of stop signs so they gave him a autographed real stop sign. I'm sure he's received it by now and is trying to find a suitable frame for it!

Last item on the agenda was the public forum. The only person to get up a say anything was Don Istook and he had quite a lot to say! He expressed his extreme disappointment at council for allowing several new extremely small houses which do not have carports or garages. He stated his disappointment. He didn't think this was the direction the city was wanting to go and that he would have re-thought his plans for what he built if the city was wanting to go in this direction. He also stated this types of houses without garages will have no room for storage and cars will just wind up being parked in the street. He also expressed concern that this houses would wind up rental property. He urged council to look into this issue and that he has worked very hard to build houses for the public that he would live in.

Meeting adjourned around 9:30pm

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