Leon Valley
TX

Ordinance
Ordinance 17-023

Discuss and Consider Possible Action on an Ordinance Amending Chapter 1, Article 1.04, Section 1.04.001 entitled “Meetings” to Revise the Schedule of Regular City Council Meetings to Change the Start Time; and Making the Change Consistent with Tex. Gov't. Code Ann. ch. 551 ("The Texas Open Meetings Act")

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Item Discussion

PURPOSE

 

This item was placed on the City Council agenda for City Council consideration of beginning Regular City Council meetings earlier to accommodate citizens, presenters, City Council members and staff. The idea would be that starting meetings earlier would eliminate the need for these people to have to be present later than necessary.

 

It is proposed that this meeting time change go into effect at the next Regular City Council meeting which is June 20, 2017.

 

FISCAL IMPACT

 

None

 

STRATEGIC GOALS

 

N/A

 

Document Comments

RECOMMENDATION

 

Staff recommends the approval of this ordinance as captioned.

 

Body

AUTHORIZING THE AMENDMENT OF CHAPTER 1, ARTICLE 1.04, SECTION 1.04.001 OF THE LEON VALLEY CODE OF ORDINANCES, ENTITLED “MEETINGS”, TO REVISE THE SCHEDULE OF REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS TO CHANGE THE START TIME; AND MAKING THE CHANGE CONSISTENT WITH TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE CHAPTER 551 (“THE TEXAS OPEN MEETINGS ACT”).

 

WHEREAS, the City of Leon Valley’s current Code of Ordinances provides that a regular council meeting shall be held on both the first and third Tuesdays of each month beginning at 7:00 p.m.; and

 

WHEREAS, it has been established that starting meetings at an earlier time will better accommodate citizens, presenters, City Council members and staff; and

 

WHEREAS, it is desirable that Regular City Council meetings should begin at 6:00 p.m., instead of 7:00 p.m.; and

 

WHEREAS, the City Council of Leon Valley desires to authorize the amendment of Chapter 1, Article 1.04, Section 1.04.001 of the Leon Valley Code of Ordinances, entitled “Meetings”, to revise the schedule of Regular City Council Meetings to change the start time; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LEON VALLEY, TEXAS, THAT:

 

SECTION 1. Chapter 1, Article 1.04, Section 1.04.001, entitled Meetings is hereby amended to read as follows:

 

“A regular council meeting shall be held on both the first and third Tuesdays of each month beginning at 6:00 p.m. Regular City Council meetings may be cancelled or rescheduled, and the meeting time adjusted upon a majority vote by City Council.  Special meetings may be called as provided by law. Meetings of the council shall always be open to the general public except as may be specifically provided by state law, and no vote or action of any kind shall ever be taken by the council except at a regular meeting or at a lawfully called Special meeting. In the event that the meeting date falls on a holiday, the meeting will be rescheduled to the following Tuesday.”

 

 

SECTION 2.              This Ordinance shall be effective immediately upon passage by four (4) or more affirmative votes; otherwise, it shall be effective on the tenth (10th) day after passage.

 

Meeting History

Jun 6, 2017 7:00 PM  City Council Regular Meeting

This item was placed on the City Council agenda for City Council consideration of beginning Regular City Council meetings earlier to accommodate citizens, presenters, City Council members and staff. The idea would be that starting meetings earlier would eliminate the need for these people to have to be present later than necessary. It is proposed that this meeting time change go into effect at the next Regular City Council meeting which is June 20, 2017.

· Bryant (inaudible last name and no address other than a “non-Leon Valley resident” given) spoke in favor of keeping the meetings with a start time of 7:00 p.m. which is convenient to the public.

A motion was made by Council Member Benny Martinez to keep the Regular City Council meetings with a start time of 7:00 PM. There was no second to this motion. The motion failed.

A motion was made by Council Member David Edwards and seconded by Council Member David Jordan to table the item until the July 18, 2017 City Council meeting for further study and staff recommendation. Before a vote could be taken, Council Member Edwards withdrew his motion.

A motion was made by Council Member David Edwards and seconded Council Member David Jordan to change the start time of Regular City Council meetings from 7:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Council Member Benny Martinez asked to amend the motion to include a three (3) month trial period and to revisit the item in September 2017. Council Member David Edwards accepted the amendment.

RESULT:ADOPTED [3 TO 1]
MOVER:David Edwards, Benny Martinez
SECONDER:David Jordan, Mayor Pro Tem
AYES:David Jordan, David Edwards, Belinda Ealy
NAYS:Benny Martinez
EXCUSED:Monica Alcocer

Discussion