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Town of Little Elm
100 W Eldorado Parkway
Little Elm, Texas 75068
214-975-0404
http://www.littleelm.org

REGULAR TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
TUESDAY DECEMBER 7, 2021 - 6:00 p.m.
Present:
Mayor Curtis J. Cornelious; Mayor Pro Tem Neil Blais; Council Member Tony Singh; Council Member Lisa Norman; Council Member Michael McClellan
Absent:
Council Member Jeremy Lukas
Staff Present:
Joe Florentino, Assistant Town Manager; Matt Mueller, Town Manager; Chad Hyde, Director of Community Services; Deidre Hale, Human Resources Director; Doug Peach, Deputy Town Manager; Fred Gibbs, Director of Development Services; Hayden Brodowsky, Development Services Manager; Jason Shroyer, Director of Public Works; Jennette Espinosa, EDC Executive Director; Kate Graham, Assistant to the Town Manager; Kelly Wilson, Chief Financial Officer; Paul Rust, Fire Chief; Robert Brown, Town Attorney; Rodney Harrison, Police Chief; Caitlan Biggs, Director of Administrative Services/Town Secretary; Erin Mudie, Managing Director of Communications/PIO; Jeremy Wilson, Assistant Fire Chief


             
   1. Call to Order Council Workshop at 6:00 p.m.
  Meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m.
             
   A. Invocation.
  Mayor Pro Tem Neil Blais gave the invocation.
             
   B. Pledge to Flags.
             
   C. Items to be Withdrawn from Consent Agenda.
  None.
             
   D. Emergency Items if Posted.
  None.
             
   E. Request by the Town Council for Items to be Placed on a Future Agenda for Discussion and Recognition of Excused Absences.
  None.
             
   F. Presentation of Monthly Updates.
  Director of Community Services Chad Hyde gave a recap of the Christmas Parade and commended staff on the great job they did. He stated that there were more floats in the parade than any other previous parade, approximately 70. 
             
   G. Town Council to Highlight Items on the Agenda Needing Further Discussion or Comments Prior to the Regular Session.
  None.
             
   2. Presentations.
             
   A. Present a Proclamation Declaring the Month of December 2021 as Christian Heritage Month.
  Mayor Curtis Cornelious presented the proclamation.
             
   B. Present Town Manager Special Recognition.
  Town Manager Matt Mueller presented the challenge coins to Kate Graham and Caitlan Biggs.
             
   3. Workshop.
             
   4. Roll Call/Call to Order Regular Town Council Immediately Following Council Workshop.
             
   5. Public Comments
Persons may address the Town Council on any issue. This is the appropriate time for citizens to address the Council on any concern whether on this agenda or not. In accordance with the State of Texas Open Meeting Act, the council may not comment or deliberate such statements during this period, except as authorized by Section 551.072, Texas Government Code.
  Richard Hayes introduced himself as a candidate for House District 57.
             
   6. Consent Agenda
All matters listed under the Consent Agenda are considered to be routine by the Town Council and require little or no deliberation. There will not be a separate discussion of these items and the agenda will be enacted by one vote. If the Council expresses a desire to discuss a matter listed, that item will be removed from the consent agenda and considered separately.
             
  Motion by Council Member Michael McClellan, seconded by Council Member Lisa Norman to approve the Consent Agenda.








  Vote: 5 - 0 - Unanimously
             
   A. Consider Action to Approve the Minutes from the November 16, 2021 Regular Town Council Meeting.
             
   B. Consider Action to Approve the Minutes from the December 2, 2021 Special Town Council Meeting.
             
   C. Consider Action to Approve Resolution No. 1207202101 Approving an Amendment to the Town’s Investment Policy; Authorized Broker/Dealers; Recording the Annual Review; and an Effective Date.
             
   D. Consider Action to Approve a Purchase Sales Agreement between the Town of Little Elm and Integrity Group, LLC of Real Property containing Approximately 4.956 acres in the D.M. Cule Survey, Abstract 226, and being part of Lot 1, Block A, and part of Lot 2, Block A of Dennis Whitsone Addition in the Town of Little Elm, Denton County, Texas.
             
   E. Consider Action to Approve Resolution 1207202103 for the Town of Little Elm Police Department to Receive Grant Funding for Night Vision Devices for the Little Elm Police Department SWAT Team, as required by the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division.
             
   F. Consider Action to Approve a Ground and Tower Lease Agreement with T-Mobile West LLC, for the Installation, Maintenance, and Operation of Telecommunication Equipment and Associated Antenna at the Town's Elevated Storage Tank Located on the Southwest Corner of Little Elm Parkway and Eldorado Parkway.
             
   7. Public Hearings.
             
   A. Hold a Public Hearing, Present, Discuss, and Consider Action on Ordinance No. 1647 regarding accepting and approving a Service and Assessment Plan ("SAP") and Assessment Roll for the Valencia Public Improvement District (the "District"); Phase #2B-1.

Open Public Hearing:
Receive Public Comments:
Close Public Hearing:
Take Action on Ordinance No. 1647
  Open Public Hearing: 6:20 p.m.
Receive Public Comments: 
  • Robert Miklose, 1800 Valley View Lane Suite 350, Farmers Branch, TX - attorney for property owner who wants it to move forward
Close Public Hearing: 6:21 p.m.
             
  Motion by Mayor Pro Tem Neil Blais, seconded by Council Member Tony Singh to approve Ordinance 1647.


  Vote: 5 - 0 - Unanimously
             
   B. Hold a Public Hearing, Present, Discuss, and Consider Action on Ordinance No. 1651 Regarding a Proposed Text Amendment to Chapter 106, Zoning Ordinance, by Amending Sec.106.04.02 Lakefront District, in Order to Clarify Height Requirements.

Open Public Hearing:
Receive Public Comments:
Close Public Hearing:
Take Action on Ordinance No. 1651:
  Director of Development Services Fred Gibbs presented an overview of the item. He stated that this item had been discussed with Town Council during a previous workshop item and incorporates feedback received. He stated that this item was brought forward to the Planning and Zoning Commission and was approved 6-0. 

Open Public Hearing: 6:29 p.m.
Receive Public Comments: None
Close Public Hearing: 6:30 p.m.
             
  Motion by Council Member Michael McClellan, seconded by Council Member Tony Singh to approve Ordinance No. 1651.


  Vote: 5 - 0 - Unanimously
             
   8. Reports and Requests for Town Council Consideration.
             
   A. Present, Discuss, and Consider Action on Ordinance No. 1648 Approving and Authorizing the Issuance and Sale of the Town of Little Elm, Texas, Special Assessment Revenue Bonds, Series 2021 (Valencia Public Improvement District Improvement Area #3 Project); and Approving and Authorizing Related Agreements.
  EDC Executive Director Jennette Espinosa introduced Mark McCliney, the Town's Financial Advisor, to give Council an overview of the item. He also introduced Jordan Sawyer who is with the Town's Bond Council, Norton Fulbright. He gave Council a summary of the bond pricing that is included in the attached presentation.
             
  Motion by Council Member Tony Singh, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Neil Blais to approve Ordinance No. 1648.



  Vote: 5 - 0 - Unanimously
             
   B. Present, Discuss, and Consider Action on Resolution No. 1207202102, Casting 65 Votes for a Candidate for Appointment to the Denton Central Appraisal District Board of Directors.
  Town Manager Matt Mueller gave an overview of the item, stating that their nominee, David Terry, who was agreed upon at a prior Council meeting, had called Council Member Singh and asked the Town to release our votes to him and to vote for David Johnson.

Town Manager Mueller stated that our votes are due next Wednesday and that this item could be pushed to the special meeting next Tuesday, December 14, for consideration.

Town Council tabled this item to the December 14, 2021, special meeting.
             
   C. Present, Discuss, and Consider Action on an Amendment to the Tax Abatement Agreement between the Town of Little Elm and Retractable Technologies, Inc. for Financial Assistance to Operate the Facility, on Approximately 34 Acres, Generally Located at 511 Lobo Lane, in the Town of Little Elm, Denton County, Texas. Said Property Owned by Retractable Technologies, Inc., is Located in Reinvestment Zone #5 and Thomas J. Shaw, CEO of Retractable Technologies, Inc., is Requesting an Amendment to the Property Tax Abatement.
  EDC Executive Director Jennette Espinosa gave an overview of the item. 
             
  Motion by Council Member Lisa Norman, seconded by Council Member Michael McClellan to approve the amendment.

  Vote: 5 - 0 - Unanimously
             
   9. Convene in Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code:
  • Section 551.071 for private consultation with the Town Attorney to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and municipal authority to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and to seek legal advice with respect to pending and contemplated litigation and including all matters on this agenda to which the Town Attorney has a duty under the Texas Rules of Discipline and Professional conduct regarding confidential communication with the Town Council.
  • Section 551.072 to discuss certain matters regarding real property.
  • Section 551.074 of the Texas Government Code to discuss and deliberate personal matters to evaluate performance duties, of a public officer or employee(s).
  • Section 551.076 to discuss security matters.
  • Section 551.087 to discuss Economic Development.
  No Executive Session.
             
   10. Reconvene into Open Session

Discussion and consideration to take any action necessary as the result of the Executive Session:
  • COVID-19 Pandemic and the Town’s response thereto, including the consideration of an emergency declaration ordinance.
  • Section 551.071 for private consultation with the Town Attorney to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and municipal authority to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and to seek legal advice with respect to pending and contemplated litigation and including all matters on this agenda to which the Town Attorney has a duty under the Texas Rules of Discipline and Professional conduct regarding confidential communication with the Town Council.
  • Section 551.072 to discuss certain matters regarding real property.
  • Section 551.074 of the Texas Government Code to discuss and deliberate personal matters to evaluate performance duties, of a public officer or employee(s).
  • Section 551.076 to discuss security matters.
  • Section 551.087 to discuss Economic Development.
             
   11. Adjourn.
  Meeting was adjourned at 6:43 p.m.
Respectfully,
 
Caitlan Biggs
Town Secretary

 
Passed and Approved this 21st day of December 2021
 

    

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