Texarkana City Council to Meet In-Person

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After meeting virtually for awhile due to Covid-19 concerns, the Texarkana Texas City Council is back to meeting in-person.

The city is requiring citizens who attend the meeting to socially distance and wear face coverings. The meeting begins at 6pm at Texas side City Hall.

Here is the agenda from the city:

I.              CALL TO ORDER, ROLL CALL, ESTABLISHMENT OF QUORUM

II.              INVOCATION AND PLEDGE LED BY COUNCIL MEMBER BETTY WILLIAMS

III.              MAYOR’S REMARKS AND ITEMS OF COMMUNITY INTEREST

Upcoming City Council Meetings:

Monday, September 28, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, October 12, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, October 26, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Parks & Recreation Events:

Southwest Center has reopened with limited hours of operation from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Meeting rooms, classes and gym activities will be limited to 15 people per session.

Additional Parks & Recreation information can be found on the city’s website at <http://www.ci.texarkana.tx.us> or by contacting staff at (903) 798-3978.

              SPECIAL PRESENTATION: WASTE MANAGEMENT REPORT – BY DOUG SIMS

IV.              OPEN FORUM: COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC

Per Council rules, comment time is limited to five minutes, or ten minutes if using a translator. Before comments are made, a speaker must complete an information sheet and give to the City Secretary. If your comment pertains to an agenda item with a scheduled public hearing or public comment, the Council requires that you make your comment at that time; you do not need to complete an information sheet.

V.              APPOINTMENTS TO  BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES

VI.              ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION

Consent Items

1. Consider approval of the minutes of the Budget Workshop Meeting of the City Council held on August 24, 2020 at 5:00 PM.

2. Consider approval of the minutes of the Regular Meeting of the City Council held on August 24, 2020 at 6:00 PM.

3.  Resolution No. 2020-111 accepting an easement renewal from Grantor Day and Zimmerman Lone Star, LLC, for water distribution system infrastructure on the former footprint of Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant. Public Hearing:

Council Vote:     September 14, 2020

4. Resolution No. 2020-112 authorizing the City Manager to enter into an interlocal agreement with the City of Texarkana, Arkansas, ARK-TEX Council of Governments, and the TexAmericas Center collectively as Texarkana Brownfields Regional Environmental Coalition to apply for EPA Brownfields Grants regionally.

Public Hearing:

Council Vote:       September 14, 2020

Action Items

5. Resolution No. 2020-087 approving the Fiscal Year 2021 Master Fee List.

Public Hearing:  August 24, 2020

Council Vote:      September 14, 2020

6. Ordinance No. 2020-089 amending the budget estimate of the revenues and expenditures for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020, and adopting the budget and appropriating resources for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2020, and ending September 30, 2021.

Public Hearing:  August 24, 2020

Council Vote:      September 14, 2020

VII.              FIRST BRIEFINGS

VIII.              PUBLIC HEARINGS

1. Resolution No. 2020-110 approving the application for the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant providing a total grant in the amount of $21,289, where the City will receive $12,773 and Bowie County, Texas, will receive $8,516.

Public Hearing: September 14, 2020

Council Vote:     September 14, 2020

2. Ordinance No. 2020-077 rezoning Lots 7 and 8 and the south 14′ of Lot 9, Block 132, City/Triggs Addition, located at 1312 Main Street. Office to Single Family-2. Vickie Henry Guillot, applicant.

Public Hearing:  September 14, 2020

Council Vote:      September 14, 2020

3. Ordinance No. 2020-078 rezoning Lots 1, 2 and 3, Block 14, South Texarkana Addition, located at 205 Lubbock Street. Agriculture to Single Family-3. C. D. Little, applicant.

Public Hearing: September 14, 2020

Council Vote:     September 14, 2020

4. Ordinance No. 2020-079 granting Specific Use Permit to allow the location of a single-wide HUD code manufactured home on Lots 1, 2 and 3, Block 14, South Texarkana Addition, located at 205 Lubbock Street.  C. D. Little, applicant.

Public Hearing: September 14, 2020

Council Vote:     September 14, 2020

5. Ordinance No. 2020-080 rezoning Lot 2, Rose Acres Addition, located at 4600 Rose Acres Drive. Agriculture to Neighborhood Service.  Jerry Hildebrand, applicant.

Public Hearing: September 14, 2020

Council Vote:     September 14, 2020

6. Ordinance No. 2020-091 fixing the tax rate and levy in and for the City of Texarkana, Texas, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2021, upon all taxable property in the City of Texarkana, Texas.

Public Hearing:  September 14, 2020

Council Vote:      September 14, 2020

7. Ordinance No. 2020-092 ratifying the recently adopted budget that contains a property tax rate that raises more total property taxes than the previous year.

Public Hearing: September 14, 2020

Council Vote:     September 14, 2020

IX.              ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION

              Staff Updates

X.              ADMINISTRATIVE COMMENTS

1.              City Council

2.              City Staff

XI.              CLOSED SESSION

The City Council will convene into closed session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071 – Consultation with the City Attorney.  The closed session will include legal consultation regarding the 1914 “Conveyance in Trust” of the land in downtown Texarkana, Texas, bordered by Fifth St., State Line Ave., and Olive St., conveyed to and accepted by “Howell W. Runnells, as Mayor of the City of Texarkana, Texas, John P. Kline, as Mayor of the City of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Mrs. A. J. Allen, as ‘President of the Daughters of the Confederacy’, jointly, and to their respective successors in office”.

Note: The Council does not anticipate taking any action after closed session other than reconvening in open session and adjourning the meeting.  If an agenda item for a future meeting relates to any matter discussed in this closed session, an opportunity for public comment will be provided before or during the Council’s consideration of the item.

              (“Conveyance in Trust” document)

XII.              RECONVENE INTO OPEN SESSION

XIII.              ADJOURNMENT

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