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CITY OF LUBBOCK
SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING
September 7, 2021
3:30 P.M.


 
The City Council of the City of Lubbock, Texas met in special session on the 7th of September, 2021, in City Council Chambers, Citizens Tower, 1314 Avenue K, Lubbock, Texas at 3:30 p.m.

 
3:33 P.M.               CITY COUNCIL CONVENED
City Council Chambers, Citizens Tower, 1314 Avenue K, Lubbock, Texas 
Present:
Mayor Daniel M. Pope; Mayor Pro Tem Steve Massengale; Council Member Juan A. Chadis; Council Member Randy Christian; Council Member Jeff Griffith; Council Member Latrelle Joy; Council Member Shelia Patterson Harris; City Manager W. Jarrett Atkinson; City Secretary Rebecca Garza; City Attorney Chad Weaver
Note:      City Council addressed agenda items in the following order:
  • Executive Session; 2.1-2.4; Citizen Comments 2.5; 2.6-2.10.





             
   1. Executive Session

The meeting recessed at 3:34 p.m. and reconvened in Executive Session under the provisions of Section 551, Texas Government Code. City Council reconvened in open session at 5:24 p.m.
             
   1. Hold an executive session in accordance with the Texas Government Code, Section 551.074, to discuss personnel matters, the appointment, employment, evaluation or reassignment of the following:
             
   1.
City Attorney
             
   2.
City Manager
             
   3.
City Secretary
             
             
5:00 p.m. - City Council reconvened in Regular Session

City Council reconvened at 5:24 p.m.
             
   2. Regular Agenda
             
   1. Public Hearing - Finance: Hold a public hearing on the Proposed FY 2021-22 Operating Budget and Capital Program.

Public Hearing Only.

Jarrett Atkinson, city manager, gave a presentation and answered questions from City Council.

Mayor Pope opened the public hearing at 5:41 p.m.

Adam Hernandez, Joshua Shankles, and Mikel Ward appeared to speak on this item. 

Mayor Pope closed the public hearing at 5:58 p.m.
             
   2. Public Hearing - Finance: Hold a public hearing on a proposal to increase total tax revenues from properties on the tax roll in the preceding tax year by 5.13% (percentage by which the proposed tax rate exceeds the No-New-Revenue tax rate calculated under Chapter 26, Tax Code).

Public Hearing Only.

Jarrett Atkinson, city manager, gave a presentation and answered questions from City Council.

Mayor Daniel M. Pope, read into the record, the following statement:

"City Council will now hold a public hearing on a proposal to increase the total tax revenues from properties on the tax roll in the preceding year by 5.13 percent."

Mayor Pope opened the public hearing at 5:59 p.m.

Mikel Ward appeared to speak on this item. 

Mayor Pope closed the public hearing at 6:03 p.m.
             
   3. Ordinance 1st Reading - Finance: Ordinance No. 2021-O0126, approving and adopting a budget for Fiscal Year 2021-22; approving summary of estimated and forecasted revenues, appropriations, and use of excess reserves for all funds of the city; providing for necessary transfers of funds between accounts and departments, if required; authorizing reduction of spending by City Manager if necessary; re-appropriation of balances which support authorized obligations or encumbered; providing for filing of Adopted Budget; establishing civil service classifications and positions; appropriating funds for the Fiscal Year 2021-22 Operating Budget and Capital Program of the City of Lubbock; approving all permit, license, fees, and charges for service recommended to be adjusted; approving the pay plan and positions; approving personnel; amending Section 22.03.084 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Lubbock by revising the water base rate fees as contained therein; amending Section 22.03.085 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Lubbock by establishing an industrial volume rate class as contained therein; amending Section 22.03.090(a) of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Lubbock by revising the water service (water tap) connection fees as contained therein; amending Section 22.04.041(a) of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Lubbock by revising the wastewater base rate fees as contained therein; amending Section 22.04.045(a) of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Lubbock by revising the sewer service connection fees as contained therein; amending Section 22.04.174 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Lubbock by revising language on septic tank emptying as contained therein; amending Section 22.06.051 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Lubbock by revising the solid waste landfill service fees as contained therein; amending Section 22.06.185(a) of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Lubbock by revising the solid waste collections service fees as contained therein; accepting the budgets for Lubbock Economic Development Alliance, Market Lubbock, Inc., Civic Lubbock, Inc., and Vintage Township Public Facilities Corporation;  finding that proper notice of meeting provided by law and ratifying such; providing for publication; and providing for a savings clause.

Jarrett Atkinson, city manager, gave comments and answered questions from City Council. Mayor Pope gave direction for staff to research and determine if the City of Lubbock qualifies for participation in the Tree City USA Program. 
             
  Motion by Council Member Juan A. Chadis, seconded by Council Member Randy Christian to approve Ordinance No. 2021-O0126.


  Vote: 7 - 0 Motion carried
             
   4. Ordinance 1st Reading - Finance: Ordinance No. 2021-O0127, setting the tax rate and levying a tax upon all property subject to taxation with the City of Lubbock for 2021; apportioning said levy among the various funds and items for which revenue must be raised; fixing the times in which said taxes shall be paid and assessing penalty and interest for nonpayment of such taxes within the time provided.

Mayor Daniel M. Pope, read into the record, the following statement:

"The City Council will vote on the tax rate, on the second and final reading, at the September 14, 2021, City Council Meeting, in City Council Chambers, 1314 Avenue K, beginning at 5:00 p.m."
             
  Motion by Council Member Jeff Griffith, seconded by Council Member Latrelle Joy to approve Ordinance No. 2021-O0127, increasing the property tax rate by the adoption of the tax rate of 0.523230, which is effectively a 5.13 percent increase in the tax rate.


  Vote: 7 - 0 Motion carried
             
   5. Citizen Comments - According to Lubbock City Council Rules, any citizen wishing to appear in-person before a meeting of the City Council, regarding any matter posted on the City Council Agenda below, shall complete the sign-up form provided at the meeting, no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 7, 2021. Citizen Comments is an opportunity for citizens to make comments and express a position on agenda items. Any comment received that is in the nature of asking a question will be referred to an appropriate member of the City staff for a response.

No one appeared to speak in person.


Citizen comment submitted in writing:
  • Mary Harrington addressed City Council, in writing, to express opposition of items 2.1-2.4 (public hearings and adoption of Proposed FY 2021-22 Operating Budget and Capital Program and tax rate). Ms. Harrington's comment was read aloud by Courtney Paz, deputy city secretary.
             
   6. Ordinance 2nd Reading - Planning: Ordinance No. 2021-O0114, for Zone Case 2538-V, a request of AMD Engineering, LLC for 806 Land Group, LLC, 806 Land Development Group, LLC, A&J Flatland Properties, Lubbock Lifetime Homes, LLC, Westex J-Mar, LLC, Noe Torres, Inc., and Parker Signature Homes, LLC, for a zone change from Single-Family District (R-1) to Reduced Setback Single-Family District (R-1A), generally located south of 4th Street and east of Upland Avenue, on 145.14 acres of unplatted land out of Block JS, Section 10, Lubbock, Texas.

Bryan Isham, director of planning, gave a presentation and answered questions from City Council.
             
  Motion by Council Member Jeff Griffith, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Steve Massengale to approve Ordinance No. 2021-O0114.


  Vote: 7 - 0 Motion carried
             
   7. Ordinance 2nd Reading - Planning: Ordinance No. 2021-O0116, for Zone Case 2926-E, a request of AMD Engineering, LLC for Salyer Homes, LS Kingdom Homes, LLC, Lakeridge Estates of Lubbock, LTD, Frankie and Vicki Tipton, Aaron Texas Ventures, LLC, Philip and Dana Reeger, Hartline Companies, LLC, Wooded Forest, LLC, and Platinum Homes of Lubbock, LLC, for a zone change from Single-Family District (R-1) Specific Use to Reduced Setback Single-Family District (R-1A) with Specific Use for Garden Homes, at 10501, 10502, 10503, 10504, 10506, and 10508 Troy Avenue, and 10501 – 10508 Toledo Avenue located south of 105th Street and east of Vicksburg Avenue, Lakeridge Estates of Lubbock Addition, Lots 315 – 324 and Lots 327 – 330.

Bryan Isham, director of planning, gave a presentation and answered questions from City Council.
             
  Motion by Council Member Jeff Griffith, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Steve Massengale to approve Ordinance No. 2021-O0116.


  Vote: 7 - 0 Motion carried
             
   8. Ordinance 1st Reading - Right-of-Way: Ordinance No. 2021-O0128, abandoning and closing portions of 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th Streets, and portions of Avenue B, and portions of the alleys located in Blocks 63, 79, and 95, Original Town of Lubbock to the City of Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas.

Jarrett Atkinson, city manager; Josh Kristinek, assistant city engineer; and John Zwiacher, member of the Panhandle South Plains Fair Board of Directors, gave comments and answered questions from City Council.
             
  Motion by Council Member Jeff Griffith, seconded by Council Member Latrelle Joy to approve Ordinance No. 2021-O0128.


  Vote: 7 - 0 Motion carried
             
   9. Resolution - Public Health Services: Resolution No. 2021-R0327 ratifying the actions of the Mayor in executing Amendment No. 1 to Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Contract No. HHS000812700012 and related documents, by and between the City of Lubbock and the State of Texas, acting by and through DSHS, under the COVID-19 Grant Program, to provide funding for COVID-19 activities.

Katherine Wells, director of public health, gave comments and answered questions from City Council.
             
  Motion by Council Member Shelia Patterson Harris, seconded by Council Member Juan A. Chadis to approve Resolution No. 2021-R0327.


  Vote: 7 - 0 Motion carried
             
   10. Resolution - Public Health Services: Resolution No. 2021-R0328 ratifying the actions of the Mayor in executing Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Contract HHS001057600030 and all related documents, by and between the City of Lubbock and the Department of State Health Services, to provide funding under the COVID-19 Health Disparities Grant.

Katherine Wells, director of public health, gave comments and answered questions from City Council.
             
  Motion by Council Member Shelia Patterson Harris, seconded by Council Member Juan A. Chadis to approve Resolution No. 2021-R0328.

  Vote: 7 - 0 Motion carried
6:47 P.M. CITY COUNCIL ADJOURNED
 
There being no further business to come before Council, Mayor Pope adjourned the meeting.


 
The September 7, 2021 Special City Council Meeting minutes were approved by the City Council on the 28th day of September, 2021.

 
  ____________________________________
DANIEL M. POPE, MAYOR
ATTEST:
 
 
___________________________________
Rebecca Garza, City Secretary
 

    

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