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Date Posted: 13:09:18 09/04/17 Mon
Author: River Oaks Reporter
Subject: Synopsis of River Oaks City Council Meetings August 22 and 29, 2017
The meeting started on time. All members present.
First was an appearance by Melody Dennis thanking the city and staff for recent issues she ran into when moving to her new home in River Oaks. She also spoke of her mother's time doing River Oaks News and how she has taken over being the editor of River Oaks News. The Mayor told Melody to give the family information they needed so he could do a proclamation for her mother. She threw in a little joke that part of her information would be a tax cut! Caught the Mayor quite off guard. funny moment, though.
Next item was the approval of the consent agenda.
Item 7 was an update on water and sewer construction projects. The city is hoping to have the plans approved for our sewer project by August 28.
Council approved 782.00 to by new chairs for the library. The funds will come out of the library dollar donation fund.
Next item was tabled. It was a request by Gustavo Castaneda wanting to build a new house at 721 Churchill. The city claims part of this would be in a flood plan area.
Council approved the Emergency Management Plan with Tarrant County as presented by James Myrick.
Council approved further enforcement action for the house at 4605 Byrd Dr. If owner doesn't comply with order the city will bulldoze down in 30 days.
Council tabled enforcement of the 50 ft Right of Way Rule and the 12 ft alley way in blcck 1 and block 2 of West River Oaks Addition. In other words, Bertha Street and Truman Drive. This is beside and behind Jessie's Donuts.
Council finally approved the text amendment changes on the following:
Gravel Driveways must be bordered and maintained. This means no growth, no dirt, no ruts in the gravel. Plan and simple. They also are staying with the PSD Rule of 75% masonry although they will accept less if the owners can present a plan to council that is acceptable to council.
Garages on corner lots will have to be built out of home type material. In other words, no metal buildings on corner lots.
Carports where the roof pitch is the same as the house must have the same roofing material as the house.
Council approved Sept 5 7pm as the day to publish your new tax rate at .78 per hundred. In other words, if your property values went up your taxes are about to go up.
Council approved Ordinance 1160-2017 transferring funds from water to sewer for main replacement.
Council tabled Ordinance 1161-2017 which pertains to storing personal property outside your house. This discussion went in many directions. Had the feel of the gravel driveway discussion all over again, bringing up things like people who have their lawnmowers outside, or stuff stacked and covered under the carport. The Mayor didn't see the need for this. Councilman Chisholm requested pictures of where the zoning officer felt there was abuse.
August 29 Special Called Meeting of the City Council
Only two items on the agenda. One pertained to the emergency management plan. James Myrick wasn't available for the discussion due to issues with the hurricane in Houston. Council approved the plan
Next was budget discussion. Unlike in the past, there was no open line by line discussion. Holland simply stated that the budget committee needed another meeting to go over the numbers, but they are starting to get manageable after they cut out all the potential new hires that was requested by the fire dept. and city hall. Holland also stated once again that we can't keep doing budgets like this as we have to be putting money away and may have to get rid of some city services. He brought up once again every time we think we're getting the budget under control the fire dept. keeps adding to the budget. The Mayor also brought up the now 120,000 we need to have put away for a new fire truck, plus the needed repairs for city hall, which hasn't had repairs since being built. the Mayor stated he doesn't like the idea of cutting services. Holland stated you know the other way, yet neither one would say what that was. Holland ended the discussion with in the future we'll have to look at increasing sales tax and property tax.
Next, a brief discussion with Councilman Scott on the search for the new Fire Chief. He stated he has nine applicants and is planning on meeting with them in the upcoming days. The Mayor questioned whether he has nine good candidates and that if he has some that are better than others, then he should just limit is interviews to 3 or less. They both stated they are happy to see this many applicants without having to post the job search publicly.
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