Leon Valley
TX

Ordinance
Ordinance 17-041

Discuss and Consider Possible Action on an Amendment to City Of Leon Valley Code of Ordinances, Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article 1.06 BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES, Section 1.06.003 Police Department Police Advisory Committee to Delete and Replace Language in the Current Ordinance and Code, and Add Additional Language to the Same Ordinance and Code

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PURPOSE

 

The purpose of this item is to amend the City of Leon Valley Code of Ordinances, Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article 1.06 BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES, Section 1.06.003, Police Department Citizens Advisory Committee name to the Leon Valley Police Department Citizens Police Advisory Committee, or Citizens Police Advisory Committee for short. In addition, our purpose is to amend the same ordinance and code to add language to include additional committee members to ensure all neighborhoods are represented on the Committee, as well as language to further explain the nomination process for adding future members by neighborhood in which they reside.

 

SEE LEON VALLEY

 

Social Equity - This proposal is in consistent with the City Council's goal of ensuring representation of citizens from throughout the City of Leon Valley community.

Economic Development - This proposal ensures members from throughout the City of Leon Valley have input on law enforcement related expenditures, providing feedback on issues in their neighborhoods and the business community. This input ensures the police department addresses issues in the community that drives away businesses and home owners, promoting economic growth and stability in the community.

Environmental Stewardship - The representation of citizens from all communities allows for community input on environmental issues ranging from discarded debris, junk vehicles, and health and safety issues in our community. Taking care of these issues immediately as they arise helps keep the environment healthy and our community safe and clean. 

 

FISCAL IMPACT

 

There is a positive fiscal impact as representation from additional citizens help us expend our community provided resources in a manner consistent with the needs of our community. The additional personnel also allows us to save fuel and wear on our vehicles as it pinpoints our responses versus driving the City to discover community issues on our own.

 

STRATEGIC GOALS

 

The overall goal of the Department is to provide the best possible service to our residents, visitors, and City staff. The addition of members from all neighborhoods and two apartment complexes will help us meet our goal of providing efficient services to the residents throughout the community. It will also further open additional lines of communication with a larger swath of our residents, allowing for citizen input on issues important to both the department and the community we serve.

Document Comments

RECOMMENDATION

 

The City Manager and Chief of Police Recommend the City Council Approve the Recommended Changes to City Ordinance No. 16-019 and to the Codified Code of Ordinances of the City of Leon Valley, Texas, Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article 1.06 BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES, Section 1.06.003 Police Department Police Advisory Committee

 

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AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CITY OF LEON VALLEY CODE OF ORDINANCES, CHAPTER 1 GENERAL PROVISIONS, ARTICLE 1.06 BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES, SECTION 1.06.003, TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO THE LEON VALLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT CITIZENS POLICE ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND TO DELETE AND REPLACE SECTIONS OF THE ORDINANCE AND CODE TO ADD ADDITIONAL MEMBERS TO THE COMMITTEE.

 

WHEREAS, on May 16, 2016, the City Council of the City of Leon Valley adopted City Ordinance No. 16-019 creating the Police Department Citizens Advisory Committee; and

 

WHEREAS, on May 16, 2016, the City Council of the City of Leon Valley amended Chapter 1 General Provisions, Article 1.06 BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES, of the City of Leon Valley Code of Ordinances to add Section 1.06.003, Police Department Citizens Advisory Committee; and

 

WHEREAS, the Committee finds it necessary to change the name of the Police Department Citizens Advisory Committee to the Leon Valley Police Department Citizens Police Advisory Committee; and

 

WHEREAS, the Committee also finds it necessary to amend Ordinance No. 16-019 and the City of Leon Valley Code of Ordinances to add additional committee members to ensure all residents in each Leon Valley neighborhood are equally represented; and

 

WHEREAS, it is now the desire of City Council to amend Ordinance No. 16-019 and approve amendments to Chapter 1 General Provisions, Article 1.06 BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES, Section 1.06.003 of the Codified Leon Valley City Code of Ordinances; NOW, THEREFORE

 

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

 

Section 1.               The City of Leon Valley Code of Ordinances, Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article 1.06 BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES, Section 1.06.003, Police Department Citizens Advisory Committee is hereby amended to delete the current language and replace it with the following language:

 

              “1.06.003 Leon Valley Police Department Citizen’s Police Advisory Committee”

 


Section 2. The City of Leon Valley Code of Ordinances, Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article 1.06 BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES, Section 1.06.003(d)(1) is hereby amended to delete the current language and replace it with the following:

 

(1) The Committee has ___23___ voting members appointed by the Mayor and City Council.  Appointments to the Committee will be for a two-year term, starting on the day of their appointment. Terms may be extended for additional one-year term upon approval by the Mayor and City Council.  The Committee will consist of a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, and up to two (2) City Council liaison non-voting members.

             

Section 3. The City of Leon Valley Code of Ordinances, Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article 1.06 BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES, Section 1.06.003(d)(13) is hereby amended to delete the current language and replace it with the following: 

 

“(13) The Committee will geographically represent the City of Leon Valley with an individual representative from the following neighborhoods: Forest Oaks, Forest Oaks Estates (Canterfield II), Seneca I, Seneca II, Seneca West, The Ridge, Monte Robles, the Althea area, Hodges area, Old Mill, Linkwood, Shadow Mist, Pavona Place, the El Verde Road area, Bandera Pass, Canterfield I, Canterfield II, Grass Valley, Leon Valley Ranches, Sun Valley, and Castle Estates neighborhoods. The apartment communities in Leon Valley will be represented by two citizens who live or work in an apartment complex in the City.”

 

Section 4. The City of Leon Valley Code of Ordinances, Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article 1.06 BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES, Section 1.06.003(d)(14) is hereby amended to delete the current language and replace it with the following: 

 

“(14) New Committee members will be considered and appointed according to the neighborhood they currently live in. Replacements will be considered and appointed based on a vacancy in a neighborhood. When someone leaves or is replaced, the new appointee will come from the same neighborhood or a neighborhood not currently represented on the Committee.”

 


Section 5. The City of Leon Valley Code of Ordinances, Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article 1.06 BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES, Section 1.06.003(d)(15) is hereby amended to delete the current language and replace it with the following: 

 

“(15)              If a Committee member moves out of the neighborhood they currently represent, they will be required to resign from the Committee, unless there is a current vacancy in the neighborhood to which they have moved in the City of Leon Valley;

 

Section 6. 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

Aug 1, 2017 6:00 PM  City Council Regular Meeting

Leon Valley Police Chief Joseph Salvaggio presented this item seeking City Council approval to amend the City of Leon Valley Code of Ordinances, Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article 1.06 BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES, Section 1.06.003, Police Department Citizens Advisory Committee name to the Leon Valley Police Department Citizens Police Advisory Committee, or Citizens Police Advisory Committee for short. In addition, our purpose is to amend the same ordinance and code to add language to include additional committee members to ensure all neighborhoods are represented on the Committee, as well as language to further explain the nomination process for adding future members by neighborhood in which they reside.

The City Manager and Chief of Police Recommend the City Council Approve the Recommended Changes to City Ordinance No. 16-019 and to the Codified Code of Ordinances of the City of Leon Valley, Texas, Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article 1.06 BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES, Section 1.06.003 Police Department Police Advisory Committee.

Council Member Monica Alcocer said that all of the neighborhoods within Leon Valley should be addressed and that they are not at this time.

· Olen Yarnell 7230 Sulky Lane voiced his concerns and questioned how this would fit into the Master Plan.

City Attorney Denise Frederick called for a point of order and asked the Mr. Yarnell to allow the presenter to finish and to wait to address the Council until he is recognized by the Mayor.

Council Member David Jordan said that this should have been done when the committee was first created.

Council Member David Edwards suggested that the changes be made now and worry about the Master Plan later.

Council Member Belinda Ealy said that the Earthwise and Beautification Committees do consider all of the neighborhoods in Leon Valley.

· Olen Yarnell was recognized by Mayor Riley and spoke again saying that the Zoning Commission has approved the Master Plan and has plans to bring it to City Council for approval very soon. Mr. Yarnell added that there are sixteen (16) neighborhoods identified in the Master Plan.

Council Member Benny Martinez asked about the apartment complexes and wanted Council to consider at least one (1) business owner to be part of the committee.

Council Member Belinda Ealy suggested adding a Chamber of Commerce person.

Mayor Riley asked City Attorney Frederick if there was a legal concern if the Council did not follow what is in the Master Plan. City Attorney Frederick responded that she would have to look that up to see how the Master Plan affects everything as far as the committees are concerned and that she would get back to her tomorrow.

Council Member Alcocer said she could tell Ms. Frederick that she was told that the Master Plan was “just a plan”.

City Attorney Frederick said that what will control it is what is in the Code and that the City Council may amend that Code as long as it stays within State regulations.

Council Member Monica Alcocer that Section 3 should read “The Committee will geographically represent the City of Leon Valley with an individual representative from the following neighborhoods: Forest Oaks, Forest Oaks Estates, Seneca I, Seneca II, Seneca West, The Ridge, Monte Robles, the Althea area, Hodges area, Old Mill, Linkwood, Shadow Mist, Pavona Place, the El Verde Road area, Bandera Pass, Canterfield I, Canterfield II, Grass Valley, Leon Valley Ranches, Sun Valley, and Castle Estates neighborhoods. Remove the following sentence and then say that the apartment communities in Leon Valley will be represented by two citizens who live or work in an apartment complex in the City.”

Council Member Ealy asked to amend the motion to include a correction to the “horse related named streets” to which Council Member Alcocer suggested adding Canterfield II in parenthesis following Forest Oaks Estates.

City Attorney Frederick informed the Council that they could vote on this contingent upon whether or not it’s allowable under State law.

A motion was made by Council Member Monica Alcocer and seconded by Council Member David Edwards that Section 3 read: “The Committee will geographically represent the City of Leon Valley with an individual representative from the following neighborhoods: Forest Oaks, Forest Oaks Estates (Canterfield II), Seneca I, Seneca II, Seneca West, The Ridge, Monte Robles, the Althea area, Hodges area, Old Mill, Linkwood, Shadow Mist, Pavona Place, the El Verde Road area, Bandera Pass, Canterfield I, Canterfield II, Grass Valley, Leon Valley Ranches, Sun Valley, and Castle Estates neighborhoods. The apartment communities in Leon Valley will be represented by two citizens who live or work in an apartment complex in the City”; and changing the committee member number to twenty-three (23) to not include the two (2) Leon Valley City Council liaisons; and with a minor change to paragraph 15 where it states “If a Committee member moves out of the neighborhood they currently represent, they will be required to resign from the Committee, unless there is a current vacancy in the neighborhood to which they have moved in the City of Leon Valley.”.

Council Member Alcocer asked Council Member Edwards if he would allow an amendment to which he replied “yes”. Council Member Alcocer then amended her previous motion to include “contingent upon whether or not it’s allowable under State law of Texas.”

City Attorney Frederick asked that Council Member Alcocer reword her amendment to say “to differ from the Master Plan.”

Council Member Alcocer replied that there is no State Law but City Attorney Frederick said that since she just told the Mayor she would look it up she would like it in the motion to be on the safe side.

Mayor Riley repeated the motion as a motion was made by Council Member Monica Alcocer and seconded by Council Member David Edwards to change the name to the Citizens Policy Advisory Committee; and that Section 3 read: “The Committee will geographically represent the City of Leon Valley with an individual representative from the following neighborhoods: Forest Oaks, Forest Oaks Estates (Canterfield II), Seneca I, Seneca II, Seneca West, The Ridge, Monte Robles, the Althea area, Hodges area, Old Mill, Linkwood, Shadow Mist, Pavona Place, the El Verde Road area, Bandera Pass, Canterfield I, Canterfield II, Grass Valley, Leon Valley Ranches, Sun Valley, and Castle Estates neighborhoods. The apartment communities in Leon Valley will be represented by two citizens who live or work in an apartment complex in the City”; and changing the committee member number to twenty-three (23) to not include the two (2) Leon Valley City Council liaisons; and with a minor change to paragraph 15 where it states “If a Committee member moves out of the neighborhood they currently represent, they will be required to resign from the Committee, unless there is a current vacancy in the neighborhood to which they have moved in the City of Leon Valley; contingent upon whether or not it’s allowable under State law of Texas.

Council Member Benny Martinez asked if he could suggest amending the motion to include a member of the Leon Valley Chamber of Commerce. This was followed by a very brief discussion but no motion was made to amend.

RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Monica Alcocer, Council Place 3
SECONDER:David Edwards, Council Place 1
AYES:Benny Martinez, David Edwards, Belinda Ealy, Monica Alcocer, David Jordan

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