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Date Posted: 21:49:49 06/16/17 Fri
Author: River Oaks Reporter
Subject: Synopsis of River Oaks City Council Meeting June 13, 2017

The meeting started on time. Only Councilman Holland was absent.

First item was approval of the consent agenda. No items were pulled off for discussion.

Presentation by Dan Kessler of NCTCOG regarding Hwy 183 Corridor Master Plan. Actually his presentation included 199,from Azle to University Drive. The state is going to make Jacksboro Hwy six lanes wide. From 820 to University and finish the rest of 199 to Azle and they already have the funding despite not having the plans finalized. The supposedly benefit of finishing 199 to River Oaks is that (MAYBE)the traffic will stay on 199 to 183 instead of taking the Roberts Cut Off and Yale short-cut.

Kessler then went on to describe the Meandering Rd. project and how this is suppose to be happening pretty quick. Although plans are not finalized yet, they did show a roundabout down by where the road Y's on Meandering.

Kessler also stated there is now a 183 project from the Trinity River all the way to I-30 that will include a bike trail bridge across the Trinity at 183 to connect the trinity trails.

Finally he got to the River Oaks part. He stated they are almost through with the final plans for 183-River Oaks Blvd, but has yet to find funding for the project and for the first time at one of these meeting he didn't mention roundabouts or apartments for River Oaks.

Council approved appointments to the Regional Coordination Committee. Our representatives will be Jack Adkison and Joe Ashton.

Council approved an agreement for waste water services between the City of Fort Worth and River Oaks through Sept 30, 2037.

Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Fort Worth and River Oaks for the collection and monitoring of River Oaks sewer flows.

Discussion on civic rental procedures at the community center as presented by Shirley Wheat. This involved two issues. One is a civic group who raised money for scholarships not limited to the CISD students. It was questioned whether this group should be considered a River Oaks civic group. Council member Gordon did not feel this group met the civic requirements for an organization in River Oaks. No action was taken on that part of the issue. The next part involved the rental of the community center by Sal Limas and Jason Martinez for Mentors Providing Hope. It seems the organization wanted to come in early to set up. Community Center staff testified that the paper work they had was from 3-10pm on Saturday. Marvin stated the city council meeting notes only said Saturday. Further testimony by Shirley Wheat was that they also were wanting in on Friday too. Both Herman and Joe Ashton stated any rulings or changes of a ruling for civic group usage can only be made by city council. Without their approval, staff or the community center directors are not allowed to make changes. Shirley stated in her testimony that the meeting between her, Sal and Jason over getting into the community center early got a little heated and confrontational to the point she called the police and the whole group ended up at city hall in the mayor's office. Her question on this issue from city hall was the procedures that she is to follow in these incidents. She was told by Herman that she followed the exact procedures set forth by the city. Following those statements, Joe Ashton stated this incident aside, that the event at the community center was a successful event and it was also agreed by Councilman Scott. No other action was taken or said.

Action from Administrative Hearing on substandard property at 1202 Banks. The property owner stated he had an illness in the family and that is why he hasn't made the progress promised. He has hired professional help to finish the project. Council agreed to put him on a month by month basis. No fines for now, but should he not make significant progress they would instate fines. Weekly inspections will be a must.

Council approved putting a 100.00 a day fine for the property at 606 Worthview Drive due to failure to comply with an order issued by the council.

Council approved authorizing continued participation with Atmos Steering Committee and authorizing the payment of .02 cents per capita to the Atmos Steering Committee Fund.

Council approved authorizing the police chief to apply for regular license plates fro the Dept. of Motor Vehicles for an unmarked police car.

Council approved holding a community center shredding event and electrical recycling on July 8, 2017 from 8a-12. I think it's at the community center.

Council tabled a discussion by Mayor Pro Tem Ashton on an ordinance to consider returning citizen's water bill deposits after a length of time of good payments.

Meeting Adjourned.

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