May 6, 2019 Newsletter
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Mayor – Jeff Williams (59%)
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District 4 – Andrew Piel (57%)
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May 6, 2019 – Volume 12 Number 18
Tuesday, May 7: City Council Meetings, Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram Street, times TBD.
Sunday, May 12: Mothers' Day.
Tuesday, May 14: City Council Meeting to canvas the vote, Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram Street, time TBD.
Thursday, May 16: AISD Board Meeting, 1203 W. Pioneer Parkway, 7:00pm.
Tuesday, May 21: City Council Meetings, Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram Street, times TBD.
Monday, May 27: Memorial Day.
From THE LOCKER ROOM
Arlington City Council Update
The Arlington City Council met this past Monday, April 29 for their council retreat. All council members were present. They will meet again this Tuesday, May 7. The only committee meeting is at 12:45pm. The afternoon session begins in executive session at 1:30pm. The open portion of the meeting will start no sooner than 3:00pm. The evening meeting begins at 6:30pm.
The city council met for the council retreat this past Monday, April 29. The mayor arrived 40-45 minutes late, leaving Mr. Glaspie to open/run the meeting.
The financial update was a typical example of the good, the bad, and the ugly.
The Good: Financially, the city is very, very strong.
The Bad: However, they looked at different spending limitations of HB2/SB2, the bills that would lower the potential rollback election percentages. They seem to have absolutely NO desire to slow their government spending growth. More and more spending is the plan.
The Ugly: The mayor is dead-set on increasing the spending for VIA and other forms of transportation.
The only other financial note is the Parks Department Performance Fund will have trouble meeting its goal, since it takes projects about four years to produce. [Probably what also hurts, but was definitely NOT stated, is the $21+ million golf club investment by the citizens who received $0 in naming rights, since it was just given away to the Texas Rangers, well, because it is important to keep special buddies happy. It isn't like we haven't already given the Texas Rangers enough.]
Erosion and Flooding: The watershed studies are to be finished next year. Projects from the watershed studies are working their way into the prioritization plans.
Water and Wastewater Update: The Arlington Water Director stated the department would be hiring a consultant for a water rate study, to possibly go into effect FY2021 (October 2020), not this fall. They want to go towards more fixed rate revenue [high monthly fees vs. higher prices on water usage]. The 5-year rate forecast had the rates increasing all five years. The most was next year at 3.43%. The least was 2.31%.
There is only one committee meeting. It begins at 12:45pm and is scheduled for 30 minutes. They will be further discussing the naming of new facilities, specifically the two recreation centers (east and southeast).
The afternoon session begins in executive session at 1:30pm. There are four items on the consent agenda. The most interesting is a discussion of purchase, lease, and sales of property for a future fire station.
The open portion of the session has four work session items, one informal staff report, and the normal hot items added to every agenda.
The four work session items are: an animal services update, beautification initiatives, retaining college graduates, and the amended and restated tax increment reinvestment zone (TIRZ) #5.
Animal Services Update presentation: [https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/352996/Animal_Services_Update_5-7-19__FINAL_.pdf].
Beautification Initiatives presentation: [https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/352781/Presentation_-_Beautification_Initiatives_2019.pdf].
Retaining College Graduates presentation: [https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/351092/05-07-19_College_Graduate_Retention.pdf].
Informal Staff Report (Mobility Newsletter): [https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/351556/Newsletter_-_Enhance_Regional_Mobility_FY2019Q3.pdf].
The agenda for the 6:30 meeting has two executive session items, two sets of minutes, 22 consent agenda items, four public hearings, and three ordinances.
One of the executive session items is the purchase of 2906 Lakeshore Court.
Consent agenda item 8.3 is for $2.353 million for two years of additional Handitran taxi operations.
Consent agenda item 8.5 is for $2.4 million for three fire apparatus.
Consent agenda item 8.11 is the second reading for 170 units, mostly single-family cottages, at Webb Ferrell Road, Ragland Road, and Debbie Lane.
Consent agenda item 8.12 is for the second reading of 346 apartments at 715/735 Washington Drive.
Consent agenda item 8.14 establishes the $500 short-term rental permit fee.
Public hearing #1 is for commercial and small lot residential at 4500 W. Pioneer Parkway and 1611 W. Green Oaks Boulevard. A major concern of the neighborhood is a flooding issue. The developer is only using about 50% of the land because of the drainage issue. The public hearing was continued from the last meeting.
Public hearing #2 is adding new school zones and one-way traffic zones.
Public hearing #3 is a twenty-year extension of TIRZ#5. The original TIRZ was to be 30 years, 2006-2036. This extension is 30 years from now through 2049.
Public hearing #4 is a new plan for TIRZ#5. It reworks the financial plan. The staff report claims the funding assumptions are incorrect from the initial setup, but now wants to extend and correct.
Ordinance #1 is an interlocal agreement with Grand Prairie regarding the municipal boundaries along State Highway 360 Frontage Road. Staff report: [https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/348414/Staff_Report-Ordinance-Boundary_Adjustment_Agreement_SH360.pdf].
Ordinance #2 is a modification to the gas drilling ordinance requiring a super-majority vote of the council to approve drilling within the 600-foot minimum set back. Staff report: [https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/353112/Staff_Report_GW_Setback_Reduction_process_amendment_5_7_2019.pdf].
Ordinance #3 is a modification to the Health and Sanitary Chapter requiring more from hotels. Staff report: [https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/353573/Staff_Report_for_Hotel_Sanitation_final.pdf].
The next scheduled AISD Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 16.
Abram Street in front of City Hall is expected to be closed May 1 – June 30.
Downtown businesses could be affected. [http://www.theshorthorn.com/news/abram-street-rebuild-project-could-affect-downtown-businesses/article_b38041dc-6224-11e9-a74c-a3fc1b669399.html?utm_source=The+Shorthorn+Newsletter+%5B4-30-2019%5D&utm_campaign=The+Shorthorn+analytics&utm_medium=email].
The golf club in which taxpayers have recently invested $21+ million over the past few years was to have its official opening ceremony this past Thursday, May 2. The event was postponed because of possible bad weather. The 1:00pm event would have been sunny with no wind.
Of course this is the golf club that your mayor and city council gave away the naming right to the Texas Rangers for $0…
VIA by the Numbers
On December 11, the VIA pilot program began its second year. The City Council approved the second year of the pilot program [for $2.1 million] on December 4.
When the pilot started, the staff report stated it expected to reach I-20 within four to six months of the pilot’s initiation. That did not happen until September 20, more than nine months after the pilot began. The project has been a disaster and a major waste of taxpayers' dollars.
Even with its newly expanded area, it only covers about 25% of the city, meaning most of the taxpayers have to pay for VIA, but receive no benefit from it. All those taxpayers are paying for something that competes against the private sector Lyft and Uber services.
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