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[1. CALL TO ORDER]

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AUGUST 10, 2020 AT 5:30 P.M. THIS MEETING MAY BE CONVENED IN A CLOSED EXECUTIVE SESSION ON ANY AGENDA ITEM HERE IN.

DUE TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY AND COMPLYING WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIREMENTS THE MEETINGS WILL BE HELD BY TELECONFERENCING. I WILL CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER AND I WILL ASK AT THIS TIME DID WE GET ANY PUBLIC COMMENTS?

[2A. Consider action to approve a resolution to call for public hearings on the FY2021 tax rate and provide direction to staff as to what tax rate to include in the Proposed Tax Rate public notice.]

STACEY? >> NO.

WE DID NOT. >> SO THE FIRST ITEM THAT WE WILL CONSIDER IS ITEM 2A. I ASSUME THAT IS YOU, BRIAN.

>> ACTUALLY WENDY WILL BE DOING THAT.

I DO HAVE SOME OF COMMENTS AT THE END.

>> GOOD EVENING, COUNCIL. YOU CAN GO TO THE SECOND SLIDE,

PLEASE, LAURA. >> THAT WAS NOT MY CAT MEOWING.

>> IT WAS MINE. GOOD EVENING, COUNCIL.

OF COURSE SHE WOULD START BEING LOUD RIGHT NOW.

TONIGHT WE'LL CONSIDER -- >> WENDY YOU MIGHT NEED TO SPEAK

UP JUST A LITTLE BIT. >> TONIGHT WE'LL CONSIDER ACTION TO APPROVE A RESOLUTION TO CALL FOR TWO HEARINGS AND ALSO VOTE ON THE TAX RATE. TRUTH IN TAXATION IS A CONCEPT AND A TAX CODE THAT REQUIRES LOCAL TAXING UNITS TO BE AWARE OF LOCAL PROPOSALS. WHEN IT EXCEEDS HAD LOWER OF THE LOWER VOTER APPROVAL RATE OR THE NEW NEW REVENUE RATE WHICHEVER IS LOWER THE TAXING UNIT GOVERNING BODY MUST VOTE TO ADOPT A RATE ON THE AGENDA OF A FUTURE MEETING AS AN ACTION ITEM. THE THIS VOTE MUST BE RECORDED AND THE PROPOSAL MUST SPECIFY THE DESIRED RATE.

IF THIS MOTION PASSES A HEARING MUST BE PROPOSED.

PROPERTY OWNERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW ABOUT INCREASES IN THEIR PROPERTY'S APPRAISED VALUES AND TO BE NOTIFIED.

ALSO THAT A TAXING UNIT MUST PUBLISH ITS NO NEW REVENUE AND RATE TAXES BEFORE ADOPTING A TAX RATE.

A TAXING UNIT MUST PUBLISH NOTICES AND HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING -- AND THAT IF A TAXING UNIT ADOPTION A RATE THAT THE REGISTERED VOTERS AT ANN A ELECTION HELD MUST DETERMINE THE ADOPTION OF THE TAX RATE. NO NEW REVENUE RATE, FIRST I WANT TO GIVE A SPECIAL NOTE THAT AT THE TIME OF THIS PUBLICATION THE FINAL PROPERTY TAX VALUES FROM DALLAS COUNTY HAD NOT YET BEEN CERTIFIED. INSTEAD A CERTIFIED ESTIMATE BECAUSE OF THE RECORD NUMBER OF PROTESTS AND THE NUMBER OF HEARINGS THAT COULD BE HELD DAILY WERE LIMITED AND THERE WAS ABOUT $839 MILLION UNDER PROTEST AT THE TIME THAT THE APPRAISAL DISTRICTS GAVE THEIR ESTIMATE IN LATE JULY.

THE TAX VALUE STILL UNDER PROTEST WAS ONLY $64 MILLION COMPARED TO THIS YEAR $893 MILLION.

THE CURRENT VALUE IS SO LARGE THAT IT DOES IMPACT THE RATES BY SEVERAL PENNIES AND IT WILL RESULT IN DALLAS COUNTY HAVING TO -- PUBLISH. SENATOR BILL TWO DOES PROVIDE FOR THE TAX RATES TO BE OFFICIALLY CALCULATED WITH THE ESTIMATED AMOUNTS PROVIDED IN JULY AND THESE RATES WILL BE PUBLISHED TO THE PUBLIC TO COMPLY WITH STATE LAW.

THE PROPOSED RATE THAT COUNCIL WILL VOTE OFF TO -- ON TONIGHT

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WILL ALSO BE PUBLISHED AS WELL. I WANT TO LOOK INTO THE ACTUAL AND GIVE YOU EXPLANATION. DIFFERENT RATES.

THE NO NEW REVENUE RATE IS CALCULATED -- ACTUALLY I WANT TO START BY SAYING THAT COUNCIL DID OPT INTO THE -- BY APPROVING A RESOLUTION TO CALCULATE THE VOTER APPROVAL RATE AS PROVIDED BY A SPECIAL TAXING UNIT WHICH IS 8% INSTEAD OF 3.5%.

DUE TO DECLARATIONS OF THE DISASTER.

AND THE PASSING OF THIS RESOLUTION REQUIRES THE OFFICIAL TAX RATE TO BE CALCULATED IN THIS MANNER.

HOWEVER, IT DOES NOT REQUIRE COUNCIL TO ADOPT THIS RATE.

THE PURPOSE OF THE CALCULATION IS TO PROVIDE A CEILING OR A MAXIMUM RATE THAT COUNCIL CAN ADOPT WITHOUT BEING SUBJECT TO AN AUTOMATIC ELECTION AT THE NOVEMBER UNIFORM ELECTION DATE.

SO NOW WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THE THREE DIFFERENT TAX RATES.

THE RATES ARE CALCULATED USING THE REQUIRED COMPTROLLER 2020 TAX RATE WORKSHEET AND THEY ARE BASED ON THE CERTIFIED VALUES AND THE CERTIFIED ESTIMATE VALUES.

AT THE TIME OF THE PUBLICATION THE TAX TONIGHT INTO THE CITY'S PACKET AS WELL ASS TONIGHT'S PRESENTATION THE CALCULATION HAS BEEN PROVIDED AND CERTIFIED WITH DALLAS COUNTY AS REQUIRED.

BASED ON THE CERTIFIED TAX RATE CALCULATIONS THE NO NEW REVENUE TAX RATE WHICH SHOWS THE RELATION HAS BEEN CALCULATED TO BE 787935. THE MAXIMUM RATE HAS BEEN CALCULATED TO BE .838653. IN BOTH OF THESE CASES THE DEBT RATE IS STEADY AND BASED ON THE AMOUNT OF DEBT PAYMENTS COMING UP IN FISCAL YEAR 2021 AND THAT IS .233532.

THE PROPOSED TAX RATE THAT STAFF IS PROPOSING TO BE INCLUDED IN THE NOTICE IS .787935. THIS RELATES THE NO NEW REVENUE RATE AND PROVIDES THE SAME TAX REVENUE SPENT FOR DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS. BECAUSE THIS RATE DOES NOT EXCEED THAT STAFF IS PROPOSING COUNCIL TO ADOPT AS THE PROPOSED RATE BECAUSE IT DOES NOT EXCEED THE LOWER OF THE CERTIFIED NO NEW REVENUE RATE OR THE VOTER APPROVAL RATE THE GOVERNING BODY IS NOT REQUIRED TO VOTE TO CALL FOR A PUBLIC HEARING.

HOWEVER FOR FULL TRANSPARENCY SURROUNDING THE UNCERTAINTY OF THE CERTIFIED OF VALUES CAUSING INSTABILITY OF THE BUDGET PROCESS STAFF IS REQUESTING THAT COUNCIL DO VOTE TO CALL FOR TWO PUBLIC HEARINGS PRIOR TO THE ADOPTION OF THE TAX RATE.

SO AS PREVIOUSLY OF STATED IN THAT FINAL COLUMN STAFF IS RECOMMENDING PUBLISHING THE TAX RATE -- INCLUDING AN OPERATION'S .554403 AND A DEBT SERVICE MINUS TAX RATE OF -- PER 100 IN TAXABLE VALUE WHICH IS EQUIVALENT TO THE NO NEW REVENUE RATE AS PROVIDED BY THE WORKSHEET.

IF COUNCIL VOTES TO PROPOSED RATES THESE ARE THE THREE RATES THAT WILL BE PUBLISHED. I DO WANT TO NOTE THAT FISCAL YEAR 2021 PROPOSED BUDGET THE CITY MANAGER IS VOTING TO REDUCE THE RATE BY APPROXIMATELY A PENNY TO .747343.

AND ALSO THIS FY21 PROPOSED NOTICE IS JUST TO SET A CREEL SO THAT COUNCIL CANNOT ADOPT AN AMOUNT ABOVE THIS TAX RATE BUT THEY CAN GO UP TO IT. IT DOES NOT HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE TO GO ANYWHERE UP TO THAT NUMBER.

ALSO CITY STAFF PROPOSES THAT PUBLIC HEARINGS BE HELD ON TUESDAY AUGUST 18 AND AUGUST 24. IF COUNCIL CHOOSES TO -- TO HAVE A PROPOSED RATE OF HIGHER THAN THE NO NEW REVENUE RATE THEN WE WILL BE REQUIRED TO HAVE IN PERSON COUNCIL MEETING HEARINGS

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ON THOSE ON SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2020.

WE CAN HAVE OUR PUBLIC HEARINGS VIRTUALLY THROUGH ZOOM.

>> WHICH NO NEW REVENUE RATE. THE ONE THAT WE'RE PUBLISHING OR

THE FINAL CALCULATION. >> THIS IS THE FINAL CALCULATION. THOSE ARE THE OFFICIAL FINAL CALCULATIONS. BECAUSE THE BILL ALLOWS FOR THE CALCULATION TO BE CONCLUDED OR CALCULATED USING AN ESTIMATED RATE IF THE COUNTY CANNOT PROVIDE A CERTIFIED RATE IN JULY. SO THOSE ARE THE FINAL RATES THAT WILL STAND AND AS LONG AS COUNCIL DOES NOT PROPOSE A RATE THAT IS HIGHER THEN WE CAN HAVE OUR HEARINGS VIRTUALLY VIA ZOOM.

>> BUT THE NO NEW REVENUE RATE IS GOING TO GO DOWN.

WE ALL KNOW THAT. >> YES.

>> AND YOU'RE SAYING THAT THE IN PERSON PUBLIC HEARINGS ARE BASED ON THIS NO NEW REVENUE RATE NOT THE ULTIMATE FINAL ONE WHEN WE

GET THE FINAL CERTIFIED -- >> THAT IS CORRECT.

>> THAT IS CRAZIER. ARE YOU SAYING SENATE BILL 2 WITH THE THREE AND A HALF% CAP IS BASED ON THIS CALCULATION AND

NOT THE FINAL VALUES. >> IT SAYS THAT THE APPRAISAL DISTRICT QUESTIONS PROVIDE A CERTIFIED ESTIMATE THAT WOULD BE USED IN THIS CALCULATION WORKSHEET.

SO YES THE ESTIMATE IS CONSIDERED WHAT IS USED IN THIS

WORKSHEET. >> THAT TO ME IS UNBELIEVABLE.

>> WENDY, I HAVE A FEW COMMENTS WHEN YOU'RE DONE WITH THE

PRESENTATION PART. >> I'M FINISHED WITH THE PRESENTATION IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO INCLUDE YOUR COMMENTS.

>> OKAY. COUNCIL AS YOU KNOW AND WHAT WE INCLUDED IN THE PROPOSED BUDGET UH-HO -- THAT WHAT WE INCLUDED IN THE PROPOSED BUDGET SO WE HAVE TO PUBLISH ONE SET OF RATES WHICH IS LEGALLY CALCULATED. IT'S A STATUTORY FORM OF COURSE IT'S BEEN TWEAKED FROM YEARS PAST BUT DALLAS COUNTY CALCULATES IT. WE ALSO USE IT FOREST MATE PURPOSES. SO -- SO NO MATTER HOW YOU SHAKE IT BECAUSE OF THE $893 MILLION AMOUNT THAT IS UNDER PROTEST WE'LL HAVE TO PUBLISH A TAX RATE HIGHER THAN OUR CURRENT RATE.

AND SO EVERY YEAR YOU GO THROUGH THIS PART OF THE ANNUAL BUDGET PROCESS WHICH YOU SET THE CEILING.

THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT YOU'RE WILLING TO CONSIDER AND YOU HAVE TO DO THAT AHEAD OF ALL OF THE BUDGET MEETINGS SO IN YEAR'S PAST YOU'VE GOT TO HEDGE YOUR BETS A LITTLE BIT AND COUNCIL HAS TO BE COMFORTABLE THAT NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS WE'RE NOT GOING TO GO ABOVE WHATEVER THAT AMOUNT IS SO YOU'VE BEEN HERE BEFORE. WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS IS THIS LARGE UNCERTAINTY OUT THERE THIS $900 MILLION THAT YOU DEPARTMENT KNOW ABOUT. NOBODY COULD HAVE KNOWN ABOUT AND IT IS SIMPLY BECAUSE OR IN PART DUE TO COVID YOU HAVE 20,000 MORE PROTESTS THIS YEAR THAN IN PRIOR YEARS AND BECAUSE OF COVID THEM STARTING LATER IN TERMS OF THE MEETINGS WITH THOSE THAT ARE PROTESTING THEIR VALUE AND WITH THE FACT THEY COULD NOT WORK AS MANY PEOPLE AT A TIME IT TOOK A WHILE TO BUILD UP AND SO WHEN THEY GOT TO THIS STAGE 176,000 PROTESTS THEY COULD NOT FINISH THEM ALL AND I CAN REMEMBER SOME PEOPLE TELLING ME THEY PROTEST AND THEY HAD NOT GOTTEN A CALL TO SCHEDULE YET.

SO IN THE PROPOSED BUDGET WE DID TWO THINGS.

WE IN ADDITION TO WHAT WAS GOING TO HAVE TO BE OUR PUBLISHED RATE WE OF CALCULATED BASED ON INFORMATION WE GOT FROM DALLAS COUNTY HOW MUCH OF THE RATE WOULD TYPICALLY BE UPHILL WHICH IS WHAT WE'VE TOLD US IS GENERALLY BEFORE 80% TO 90% SO WE CALCULATED TWO ADDITIONAL SCENARIOS.

ONE AT 80% AND ONE AT 90% AND AT 80% WHAT IT DOES IT TAKES THE $893 MILLION AND ASSUMES THAT 80% OF THAT WILL BE UPHELD AND BASED ON THAT WE PROPOSED OUR BUDGET ON THAT WHICH IS ABOUT A

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ONE PENNY DECREASE. IF IT WAS AS MUCH AS 90% IT COULD AFFECT THE TAX RATE BY ALMOST TWO AND A HALF PENNIES.

THE PROBLEM IS TONIGHT YOU DON'T KNOW THAT AMOUNT AND WE DON'T KNOW THAT AMOUNT. BECAUSE UNDER STATE LAW THEY CANNOT INCLUDE ANY AMOUNT UNDER PROTEST.

SO THE VALUE THAT THE APPRAISAL DISTRICTS THINK THE PROPERTIES ARE IS $893 MILLION. THE AMOUNT THAT THE TAXPAYERS HAVE SAID IT IS BASED ON THE PROTEST IS $474 MILLION SO MOST CERTAINLY WILL NOT BE CAN LOW $474 AND IT WILL NOT BE ABOVE 893. BUT SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 80% AND 90% OF THAT 893 IS WHERE WE'LL END UP WITH.

HERE IS THE DILEMMA IN FRONT OF US.

WE'RE PROPOSING ONE RATE THAT IS GOING TO BE LOWER BASED ON AN 80% ESTIMATE AND WE THINK THAT WOULD BE RIGHT.

COULD COME IN AT 70% BUT MOST LIKELY WILL NOT AND THIS IS BASED ON HISTORICAL DATA THAT DALLAS COUNTY HAS TOLD US.

WHAT WE DON'T WANT TO DO IS PAINT YOU INTO A CORNER WHERE YOU CAN'T REACT TO THE INFORMATION YOU'RE GOING TO FIND OUT THROUGH THE REST OF THE BUDGET PROCESS OVER THE NEXT THREE OR FOUR WEEKS. WE'VE HAD BUDGET MEETINGS THIS SUMMER, WORK SESSIONS AND I KNOW THAT WE'RE ALL THINKING THE SAME THING IS THAT WE WANT TO BE SENSITIVE TO WHAT COVID HAS DONE TO OUR ECONOMY AND RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES BUT TONIGHT THINK ABOUT IT FROM THIS PERSPECTIVE. PUT ASIDE WHAT WE'RE GOING TO PUBLISH. PUT ASIDE WHAT WE HOPE WILL HAPPEN. AND JUST THINK ABOUT WHAT IS -- YOU DON'T WANT TO GET CAUGHT OFF GUARD.

WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM RATE YOU'RE WILLING TO CONSIDER THAT CEILING AND SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN THERE AND THE DISCUSSION SHOULD BE THE

RIGHT ANSWER. >> SO TONIGHT THE RECOMMENDED ACTIONS ARE NUMBER ONE TO VOTE THE MAXIMUM TAX RATE TO INCLUDE AS THE PROPOSED TAX RATE. AND NUMBER TWO MOVE TO APPROVE A RESOLUTION TO CALL FOR TWO PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE FISCAL

YEAR 2021 TAX RATE. >> COUNCIL, THIS IS VERY, VERY COMPLICATED AND EVEN MORE DIFFICULT THAN IN PAST YEARS.

WE'VE ALWAYS HAD TO PUBLISH A RATE THAT DIDN'T MAKE A WHOLE LOT OF ESSENTIALS UNTIL WE WERE THROUGH WITH THE ---WITH THE BUDGET PROCESS. IT'S 100% OUT OF OUR TAX ROLES IN THIS TAX CALCULATION WHICH IS UNPRECEDENTED.

SO ALL OF THE DISCUSSIONS ABOUT NO NEW TAX RATE.

NO NEW TAX RATE PLUS 8% -- ALL OF THAT IS IRRELEVANT IN THIS DISCUSSION IN REGARDS TO THIS PUBLISHED RATE.

IT IS JUST WHAT IT IS. IT'S A PUBLISHED RATE THAT WE CANNOT GO OVER. IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT IS WHERE WE'RE HEADED. IT MEANS WE'RE COMPLYING WITH STATE LAW A AND I KNOW YOU ALL KNOW THIS BUT I'M ALSO SAYING IT FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PUBLIC -- IT'S STRANGE WHAT IS GOING ON.

THE STATE LAW REQUIRES US TO CALCULATE IT A CERTAIN WAY.

DECAT AND R CAT PROVIDED US THE INFORMATION THAT THEY COULD PROVIDE AT THE TIME AND THIS IS THE HAND THAT WE'RE DEALT WITH AND WE ALL KNOW WE'RE GOING TO DO WHAT WE NEED TO DO IN THE BUDGET PROCESS TO MAKE SURE WE'RE IMPLEMENTING THE CORRECT BUDGET AND THE CORRECT TAX RATE AND THIS IS PUBLISHING A RATE THAT IS HARD TO EXPLAIN BUT EVERY CITY AT LEAST IN DALLAS COUNTY IS IN THIS SITUATION AND I WOULD MCMANNY OTHER COUNTIES ARE IN SIMILAR SITUATIONS. IT'S UNFORTUNATE AND ACTUALLY ALMOST TRAGIC AND HILARIOUS WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT SENATE BILL 2 WAS ALL ABOUT. AND ALL OF THE HOOPLA ABOUT THAT. AND ALL OF THESE CITIES RIGHT NOW COULD BE IMPLEMENTING MUCH HIGHER TAX RATES THAN THE 3.5% WITHOUT GOING TO A TAXPAYER VOTE NOT THAT WE'RE GOING TO.

IT'S JUST KIND OF ALMOST HILARIOUS WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT. SO, COMMENTS, QUESTIONS?

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DOES ANYBODY HAVE -- BRIAN YOU HAVE YOUR HAND UP.

>> YES. I THINK I HEARD YOU SAY THIS.

JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE. DIDN'T YOU SAY THAT THE .78 AND I DON'T REMEMBER THE REST OF THE NUMBERS IS BASED ON THAT

$893 MILLION OR $900 MILLION. >> IT'S A TWO PART ANSWER BROWNIE. FIRST AND FOREMOST NONE OF THE $893 MILLION CAN BE INCLUDED IN THE CERTIFIED VALUE NUMBER THAT WE BASE OUR CALCULATIONS ON OUR REVENUE NUMBER.

THIS IS FOR THE PUBLICATION PART.

NOT WHAT I BUDGETED OR PROPOSE TO BUDGET.

THE SECOND PIECE IS THAT THE CALCULATE THE NO NEW REVENUE RATE AND ROLL BACK RATE THEY HAVE TO USE THE LOWER OF EITHER THE APPRAISAL DISTRICT NUMBER OR THE TAXPAYER PROTEST NUMBER AND THAT NUMBER IS $474 MILLION. SO THE $474 MILLION COMES INTO PLAY IN THE NO NEW REVENUE RATE BUT IN THE CERTIFIED VALUE THERE IS NONE OF IT IN THERE WHICH IS WHY WE HAD TO DO AN ESTIMATE OF ABOUT 80% TO 90%. I'M NOT SURE I ANSWERED THE

QUESTION BUT I TRIED. >> YOU DID.

JUST SAYING THAT THAT 78 CENTS IS GOING TO BE THE HIGHEST BECAUSE WE WILL HAVE MORE TO WORK WITH TO BRING IT DOWN.

>> LET ME SAY THIS. YOU ACTUALLY ARE RIGHT IN A WAY AND YOU HIT ON SOMETHING THAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE FOR THE CALCULATION OF THE NO NEW REVENUE RATE YOU DO PUT IN AT LEAST THE VALUE THAT EVEN THE TAXPAYERS AGREE ON WHICH IS THE $474 MILLION SO IN THEORY IT WON'T BE HIGHER THAN THE 78 CENTS BECAUSE YOU SHOULD COLLECT AT LEAST THAT BUT IN REALITY WE WILL COLLECT SOME OF THE AMOUNT ABOVE THAT UP TO THE $893 MILLION SO, THAT IS A GOOD POINT TO MAKE.

>> WHERE DO YOU THINK WE WOULD LAND WHEN EVERYTHING IS DONE AT 80% CALCULATION WITH A NO NEW REVENUE TAX RATE?

IS THAT THE PENNY? >> THAT IS THE PENNY, MAYOR BUT HONESTLY I'M TAKING THE LOWER AMOUNT BECAUSE I THINK IT WILL FALL BETWEEN 80% AND 90% AND THE HIGHER IT GOES THE LOWER THE NO

NEW REVENUE RATE WOULD BE. >> BUT IF IT'S 80% THE NO NEW REVENUE RATE WOULD BE A PENNY LESS THAN OUR CURRENT RATE.

>> RIGHT AT A PENNY. >> AND THE THEN PLUS 3.5% DO YOU

KNOW WHERE THAT WOULD BE? >> SO IF YOU START IT FROM THE ACTUAL RATE TODAY IT WOULD BE ABOUT 77 -- .34 CENTS.

BASED ON TODAY'S RATE. WHAT THE 3.5 IS USUALLY CALCULATED ON THE NO NEW REVENUE RATE BUT I WOULD NOT START AT THE 78 CENTS SO IT WOULD BE LESS THAN THE 78 CENTS AT A MINIMUM.

77.34 IF IT ENDS UP FLAT. IF IT IS BELOW THAT --

>> 76.34. >> I HIT SOMETHING WRONG HERE.

IT COULD BE AS LOW AS 76 CENTS, MAYOR.

>> OKAY. AND ONE MORE QUESTION.

ASSUMING THE 80% PLUS 8% WHICH IS THE MAX WE CAN GO UP TO BECAUSE WE ADOPTED SB2 KIND OF BUT WE COULD GO HIGHER BECAUSE OF THE WEIRD LAW BUT PRETEND WE DON'T HAVE THAT.

WHAT WOULD THE ACTUAL TAX RATE BE AT THE 80% PLUS 8%?

>> WE DO HAVE THAT NUMBER, MAYOR.

IF THE VOTER APPROVAL ASSUMING THAT WE COLLECT THE CERTIFIED PLUS THE 80% WHICH IS THE FIRST -- THE SECOND SCENARIO IN THE BUDGET ON PAGE 13 THE VOTER APPROVAL RATE WOULD GO UP TO

77.19 CENTS. >> BELOW THE 78 THAT WE'RE GOING

TO PUBLISH. >> STILL BELOW.

THAT IT'S RIGHT. THAT IS CORRECT.

>> THAT IS THE POINT I WAS TRYING TO MAKE.

WOULD IT STILL BE LOW THE PUBLISHED RATE?

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>> IT WOULD BE, MAYOR. >> SO LET ME SAY IT.

SEE IF I GOT THIS RIGHT. AT ASSUMPTION OF THE 80% OF THE VALUES WILL BE UPHELD THAT ARE UNDER PROTEST THE -- IF WE WENT TO THE NO NEW TAX RATE PLUS 8% WHICH IS THE MAX WE COULD GO TO WITHOUT A VOTE WE WOULD STILL BE UNDER THE PUBLISHED RATE OF 7

78-79.35. >> YES, MAYOR.

>> ENDS UP BEING OF 70% THEN MAYBE THAT IS NOT TRUE.

>> YES. >> EVERYBODY GET THAT? ANYBODY WANT TO SUPPORT THE STAFF'S RECOMMENDATION OF THE PUBLISHED RATE? OR MAKE A NEW PROPOSAL? BECAUSE IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THE PUBLISHED RATE IS JUST THE RATE YOU CANNOT EXCEED. IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THE NO NEW TAX RATE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE APPRAISAL DISTRICT CALCULATIONS.

BROWNIE. YOU HAVE YOUR HAND UP?

>> YES. I MOVE THAT WE SUPPORT THE STAFF'S RECOMMENDATION OF THE .78 AND I CANNOT SEE THE NUMBER

BUT THAT IS ALL I KNOW. >> BEFORE WE MAKE THE MOTIONS I WANT TO SEE -- THANK YOU -- THEY HAVE TO BE TWO SEPARATE.

>> YES. >> MATT, YOU HAVE YOUR HAND UP?

>> I SUPPORT THE STAFF'S RECOMMENDATION.

I HEAR EVERYTHING THAT YOU SAID AND IT'S A BIG SHELL GAME THIS YEAR SO THE MORE FLEXIBILITY THAT WE CAN HAVE EVEN THOUGH I REALIZE THAT IF IT'S AT 80% PLUS 8% IS STILL BELOW IT THEY ARE STILL GIVING US THAT FLEXIBILITY AND WE HAVE THIS CONVERSATION EVERY YEAR AND IT'S A BIG EDUCATION THAT HAS TO HAPPEN WITH THE PUBLIC AND UNDERSTANDING WHY THAT HAS TO BE THERE. KNOWING THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO DON'T ANYTHING NEAR THAT BUT MORE FLEXIBILITY THE BETTER SO I WILL BE SUPPORTING THE STAFF'S RECOMMENDATION.

>> IS EVERYBODY ELSE OKAY WITH THAT.

DOES ANYONE ELSE WANTS TO SUGGEST A DIFFERENT RECOMMENDATION. OKAY.

SO BROWNIE IF YOU COULD LOOK AT ITEM 2A ON THE AGENDA AND TRY AND WORD YOUR MOTION TO COVER THE TAX RATE PORTION OF THAT NOT THE PUBLIC HEARING PORTION OF THAT?

>> I WILL BUT I'LL HAVE TO LOOK UP THE AGENDA.

OR WENDY? >> IT'S A TOTAL PROPOSED RATE OF .787935 THAT INCLUDES A DEBT INS RATE OF .233532 AND AN

OPERATION'S OM RATE OF .554403. >> BROWNIE, I THINK YOU'RE WANTING TO MAKE A MOTION OF APPROVING THAT AS A PUBLISHED

RATE. >> I DO.

I MOVE TO APPROVE WHAT WENDY JUST SAID.

>> IS THAT APPROPRIATE? IS THAT WHAT YOU NEEDED TO HEAR?

>> IS THAT APPROPRIATE DAVID? >> NEED A VOTE, EVERYONE?

>> WENDY, DON'T CALL THE VOTE?

>> HANG ON, WENDY. I HAVE TWO PEOPLE'S HANDS UP.

PAM SECONDED IT. MARTHA DID YOU WANT TO COMMENT?

>> NO I WAS JUST GOING TO SECOND.

>> WE HAVE A MOTION FROM BROWNIE AND A SECOND FROM PAM.

ANY OTHER DISCUSSION. PAM, CAN YOU LOWER YOUR HAND PLEASE. WITH NO DISCUSSION ALL OF THOSE IN FAVOR PLEASE RAISE YOUR PHYSICAL HAND AND THAT MOTION PASSES 7-0. WE NEED A SECOND MOTION TO CALL FOR THE PUBLIC HEARINGS? MARTHA.

>> I'LL MAKE A MOTION THAT WE CALL PUBLIC HEARINGS?

IS THAT GOOD ENOUGH, DAVID? >> IT'S TUESDAY AUGUST 18,2020.

AND MONDAY SEPTEMBER 14,2020 AT 7:30 P.M.

>> TO APPROVE A RESOLUTION THAT CALLS FOR THE PUBLIC HEARINGS.

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>> I MAKE A MOTION THAT WE APPROVE THE RESOLUTION TO CALL FOR THE PUBLIC HEARINGS AS DESCRIBED BY WENDY.

>> OKAY. I HAVE A MOTION.

DO I HAVE A SECOND BY BROWNIE? >> SECOND.

>> ANY DISCUSSION? I CAN'T TELL BECAUSE THREE PEOPLE HAVE THEIR HANDS UP. SEEING NONE, CALL THE VOTE.

ALL OF THOSE IN FAVOR RAISE YOUR PHYSICAL HAND AND THAT MOTION CARRIES 7-0. JUST EVERYBODY DO THE BEST YOU CAN WITH TRYING TO EXPLAIN THIS AS THESE QUESTIONS COME UP BECAUSE IT'S VERY, VERY CONFUSING.

ALL RIGHT. DOES THAT CONCLUDE THAT ITEM

WENDY AND BRIAN. >> THANK YOU, MAYOR.

[3A. Discuss Departmental Budget Presentations (180 minutes)]

THANK YOU, COUNCIL. >> THE NEXT ITEM AND LAST ITEM

IS ITEM 3A. >> PART OF OUR BUDGET STRATEGY SESSIONS THAT WE HAD EARLIER THIS SUMMER THERE WAS A REQUEST THAT WE BRING BACK THE DEPARTMENTS AND HAVE A DIALOGUE IN TERMS OF KIND OF LIKE WHERE THERE ARE CHALLENGES AND OBSTACLES AND WHERE THINGS HAVE GONE WELL AND WHERE THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES. WE'VE GOT THESE PLANNED TONIGHT AND THURSDAY. REALLY GREAT TIMING BECAUSE GIVEN WHAT WE JUST TALKED ABOUT AND THE UNCERTAINTY WITH THE PROTEST VALUES IT'S NOT REALLY THE BEST TIME FOR US TO DISCUSS THE BUDGET BECAUSE THERE IS SUCH A LARGE UNKNOWN BUT IT'S A GREAT TIME TO HAVE THE CONVERSATION WITH THE DEPARTMENTS AND GET FEEDBACK ON WHAT THEIR CONCERNS ARE AND KIND OF LIKE WHERE THEY THINK WE NEED TO HEAD SO TONIGHT WE'RE GOING TO START OFF WITH FIRE AND POLICE. CHIEF HOWARD IS GOING TO PRESENT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE REALLY GOOD TO HAVE FIRE AND POLICE TOGETHER SO THAT WE COULD HAVE AN EXTENDED CONVERSATION IF WE NEED TO PARTICULARLY ABOUT SAPPHIRE BAY AND THEN I THINK THE THIRD ONE IS TO HAVE GARY FROM PUBLIC WORKS AND THEN WE JUST HAVE APECING ORDER WITH ALL OF THE DEPARTMENTS. I DO NOT EXPECT TO GET THROUGH ALL OF THEM TONIGHT UNLESS YOU ARE WILLING TO STAY PAST MIDNIGHT BUT I WOULD LIKE TO GO UNTIL ABOUT 9:00 AND HOPEFULLY KNOCKOUT FOUR OR FIVE OF THE BIGGER DEPARTMENTS AND THEN ON THURSDAY HOPEFULLY FINISH OFF THE REST OF THEM SO WE'RE FLEXIBLE. STAFF IS FLEXIBLE.

THEY KNOW WE MAY GO LONG OR HAVE OTHERS THAT MAY GO FASTER.

THE OTHER THING IS WE SENT YOU THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS AHEAD OF TIMES SO HOPEFULLY I HOPE TO NOT SPEND MORE THAN SEVEN TO 10 MINUTES HITTING HIGHLIGHTS AND THEN HAVE A DIALOGUE WITH COUNCIL. THAT IS OUR GOAL FOR TONIGHT.

WITH THAT I'LL TURN IT OVER TO CHIEF HOWARD AND HE IS GOING TO

KICK US OFF WITH FIRE. >> GOOD EVENING, MAYOR AND COUNCIL. IT'S EXCITING TO BE ABLE TO SHARE INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT GOES ON IN OUR DEPARTMENT.

START OFF TALKING ABOUT OUR MISSION IS TO PROTECT THE LIVES AND PROPERTY AND COMMUNITY WE SERVE.

SOME ACCOMPLISHMENTS WE HAVE HAD A GREAT BIG ACCOMPLISHMENT IS GETTING THE TRAINING TOWER UP. WE PROMOTED A CHIEF WHICH WE APPRECIATE COUNCIL SUPPORTING THAT FOR US.

IT'S MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN OUR ABILITY TO BE MORE EFFICIENT. THAT OPENED UP A POSITION AND THE EMS DIVISION WHICH WE PROMOTED CAPTAIN HOOKER TO A BATTALION CHIEF. WE HIRED THOMAS COOPER.

HE HAS DONE A REALLY GOOD JOB AND WE OPENED THE TRAINING TOWER AND THAT HAS BEEN A BIG PLUS FOR OUR TEAM AND WE'VE BEEN USING IT VERY EFFICIENTLY AND VERY OFTEN LATELY.

STATION TWO IS ANOTHER THING THAT WE'RE SUCCESSFULLY UNDERWAY WITH IT. SO COUNCIL APPROVED OUR GMP A FEW WEEKS AGO AND SO WE'RE MAKING SOME CHANGES OUT THERE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. SO OUR STRATEGY IS TO ALIGN WITH THE GOALS AND THE PROCESSES OUTLINED IN THE CITY'S STRATEGIC PLAN. THE TEXAS COMMISSION AND FIRE COMMISSION STANDARDS. THERE ARE SEVERAL STANDARDS THAT ARE ON THE NEXT SLIDE. WE HAVE WANT TO COMPLY WITH OTHER STANDARDS -- REDUCE OUR RESPONSE TIMES.

OBTAIN ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO HAVE SUFFICIENT STAFF ON THE SCENE OF A FIRE AT 8 MINUTES OR LESS 90% OF THE TIME.

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FOR SAPPHIRE BAY AND PLAN FOR FUTURE STATIONS THAT WE'LL NEED.

I WON'T SPEND A LOT OF TIME ON THE SLIDE.

IT CAN GET VERY IN-DEPTH. I WANT TO SHOW YOU THE STANDARDS THAT WE HAVE TO FOLLOW BY CODE THAT WE'RE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR.

ANY OTHER STANDARDS THAT I DISCUSSED THAT WE TRY TO COMPLY WITH -- WE GIVE EXTRA PHYSICALS TO FIREFIGHTERS AND TESTS AND TEST CARDIOVASCULAR. WE DO CANCER TESTING NOW.

-- ALSO TO TRY TO -- THE OTHER ONE IS 1710 GETTING ENOUGH PEOPLE ON THE FIRE GROUND AND ALLOTTED TIME IN ORDER FOR US TO DO OUR JOB AND PROTECT OUR CITIZENS AND PROPERTY.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. I SHOWED YOU HOW OUR CALL VOLUME HAS INCREASED. WE STARTED WITH 2004 THEN BECAUSE THAT WAS THE LAST TIME WE ADDED PERSONNEL TO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. TO GET US CLOSER TO THE COMPLYING WITH 1710 LAST YEAR. AND AS YOU CAN SEE FROM 2004 TO TODAY OUR CALL VOLUME HAS INCREASED 100% AND WE HAVE NOT ADDED PERSONNEL TO COMPENSATE FOR THAT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. SOME OF OUR OPERATIONAL CHALLENGES IS BEING ABLE TO COMPLY WITH THE ESTABLISHED BENCHMARKS OF 1710. RESPONSE TIMES CONTINUE TO INCREASE DUE TO THE SOMEWHAT UNDER STAFFING AND OUR TRAVEL TIME IS KILLING US ON THAT. GEOGRAPHICALLY WE'RE SET UP BAD AND THE MORE PEOPLE WE HAVE AND THE MORE TRAFFIC WE HAVE AND THE GREATER THE RESPONSE TIME IS. APPARATUS MAINTENANCE IS A BIG ISSUE. WE'RE TRYING TO MAINTAIN OUR FLEET AND REPLACEMENT SCHEDULE AS I MENTIONED EARLIER.

I'VE INCLUDED THEY HAD FACT SHEET SO YOU COULD HAVE A SNAP SHOT. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

STAFFING CHALLENGES WE HAVE IN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT -- WE NEED ANOTHER INSPECTOR IN ORDER TO TRY TO KEEP UP THE SAPPHIRE BAY.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE SOMEBODY DOWN THERE ALMOST ALL THE TIME. LOGISTICS AND SUPPORT OFFICER.

WE NEED SOMEBODY THAT IS MAINTAINING EVERY NEW ANC OF THE FLEET AND ALL OF THE SUPPLIES THAT OUR FIREFIGHTERS NEED ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASES BECAUSE WE'VE DONE THAT WITH PEOPLE ON SHIFTS AND IT'S NOT EFFECTIVE OR EFFICIENT AS IT WAS WHEN WE WERE SMALLER. A TRAINING OFFICER.

SOMEBODY WHO'S DEDICATED TO PUTTING THE TRAINING SCENARIOS TOGETHER. TO MAKE SURE WE STAY ON TRACK WITH THE TYPE OF TRAINING THAT WE NEED IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO RESPOND TO THE NEEDS OF OUR CITIZENS AND WE'RE WORKING ON THAT POSITION TO HELP ED WITH HIS DUTIES AND IS YOU KNOW -- HAVE SOME HELP THERE. OPERATIONALLY, STAFF TO COMPLY WITH 1710. WE NEED TO INCREASE OUR STAFFING. TODAY IN ORDER FOR US TO MEET THE -- HAVING 15 FIREFIGHTERS ON THE FIRE GROUND IN 8 MINUTES OR LESS 90% OF THE TIME THAT IS ANOTHER UNIT.

WHICH IS ABOUT 15 PEOPLE FOR EACH UNIT TO MAKE SURE WE COVER VERY CRAIGSES. -- VACATIONS AND ALL OF THAT STUFF. WE NEED A LADDER TRUCK AND AN AMBULANCE FOR SAPPHIRE BAY. NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

WE'RE MAKING MORE CALLS SO OUR MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS ARE GOING UP BECAUSE THE MORE YOU RUN THE MORE WEAR AND TEAR HAPPENS. WE NEED TO DO OUR REPLACEMENT -- EVALUATE THEM AT SEVEN YEARS AND REPLACE THEM BEFORE THEY GET TO

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10 YEARS OLD. WE NEED TO CREATE A NEW REPLACEMENT SCHEDULE AND STICK TO IT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. ALSO WANT TO SHARE WITH COUNCIL BECAUSE I KNOW THIS IS A HOT TOPIC IS OVER TIME.

THIS IS THE LAST SLIDE. FIVE YEARS OF OVER TIME.

2016 A LITTLE OVER -- UP IN OUR BUDGET. LAST YEAR WE KIND OF WENT OVER BUT THAT WAS DUE TO HAVING SO MANY OF THE FIREFIGHTERS COMING IN AND -- SHIFT AS WELL AS WE HAD A COUPLE OF RETIREMENT.

ACTUALLY HAD 40 RETIREMENT LAST YEAR THAT AFFECT THIS OVER TIME NUMBER. BUT -- NEXT SLIDE.

SAPPHIRE BAY. DO YOU WANT TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT WE'RE GOING THROUGH SO FAR? OKAY. I'LL KEEP MOVING THEN.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH SAPPHIRE BAY AND THEY GAVE US THESE LOCATIONS THAT YOU CAN SEE HIGHLIGHTED IN RED TO PUT THE FIRE STATION THERE.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU CAN SEE THERE IS A -- ON THE LEFT SIDE.

THE ONE IS THE CENTER IS THE ONE THAT WE CHOSE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT FOOTPRINT WE WANTED. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

I WORKED WITH THE TEAM THAT IS HELPING US DESIGN FIRE STATION 2 AND OUR PROJECT MANAGER. WE CAME ONE THIS CONCEPT IN THE AREA AND SENT IT BACK TO THE DEVELOPER AND THEY SAID WE DON'T WANT YOU TO USE IT NOW. CAN YOU BACK UP ONE? BECAUSE THEY'VE GOT SOMETHING ELSE GOING ON.

I SAID THIS IS FINE. HERE IS YOUR FOOTPRINT.

HERE IS WHAT WE WILL HAVE TO HAVE AND WE'LL GO FROM THERE.

OKAY. YOU CAN GO TO THE NEXT ONE.

SO, IN ORDER TO OPEN THAT STATION -- THE CONSTRUCTION COST IS GOING TO BE $10 MILLION TO $12 MILLION.

A LADDER TRUCK AND FULL BUILD OUT.

39 FIREFIGHTER POSITIONS. THE MINIMUM IS 21.

WE CAN USE A SAFER GRANT TO HELP US WITH THAT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. THIS SLIDE OUTLINES WHAT THE PERSONNEL COSTS WOULD BE AND THIS SLIDE INDICATES 24 BUT THE MINIMUM IS 21. 24 IS A COVER FOR VACATIONS AND TIME OFF AND THINGS LIKE THAT. SICK TIME FOR THOSE POSITIONS.

NEXT SLIDE. AND I'M READY FOR ANY QUESTIONS

OR COMMENTS. >> CAN YOU GO TO THE NOT THE PRESENTATION VIEW -- WHOEVER IS CONTROLLING.

THANK YOU. MARTHA, YOU HAVE YOUR HAND UP.

>> YES, I DO. WITH THE PERSONNEL NEEDS FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ARE VERY SOBERING TO ME.

I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS. CHIEF DO YOU KNOW THE PERCENTAGE OF CALLS THAT ARE I30 CALLS AS COMPARED TO THE CALLS TO OUR

RESIDENTS? >> WE RETURN ABOUT 200-250 ON I30 ANNUALLY. I DON'T HAVE THAT PERCENTAGE OFF

THE TOP OF MY HEAD. >> THAT'S OKAY.

I CAN FIGURE THAT OUT. MY NEXT QUESTION IS ARE THERE ANY GRANT OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE OEM POSITION?

>> WE CAN USE THE GRANT TO FUND PART OF IT AS LONG AS THOSE FUNDS ARE STILL AVAILABLE AND THAT IS OUR PLAN TO DO THAT AS WELL. THE CARS ACT FUNDING TO GET US

THROUGH. >> OKAY.

WELL I KNOW WHEN ED FIRST CAME ON HE CAME ON WITH A GRANT THAT WAS KIND OF LIKE THE SAFER GRANT IN THE YEAR AFTER YEAR WE ASSUMED A GREATER PERCENTAGE OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIS SALARY SO I DIDN'T KNOW IF THAT PARTICULAR GRANT WAS STILL AVAILABLE OR NOT. BUT IF THERE IS SOME FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES WHERE EVER THEY COME FROM THAT IS GOOD TO HEAR AND THEN MY LAST QUESTION IS HOW MANY HIRES CAN WE DO WITH THE SAFER GRANT? THERE IS A LIMIT?

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>> THERE IS NOT ONLY A LIMIT -- BUT I KNOW -- AS MANY AS 18.

SOME OF THE SMALLER CITIES IN THE AREA.

SO THERE IS NOT A LIMIT ON WHAT WE CAN GET.

THIS YEAR IT'S THE SAFER GRANT WAS PUT OUT AND IT'S THREE YEARS 100% COST FOR THE -- AND BENEFITS.

>> I SURE HOPE WE CAN BEEF UP OUR REQUEST AS HIGH AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT 100% BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THE LAST GRANT THAT WE GOT IT WENT DOWN INCREMENTALLY OVER THREE YEARS SO MAN IF WE CAN GET 100% FOR THREE YEARS AND GET SAPPHIRE BAY UP AND RUNNING THAT WOULD BE A TREMENDOUS BOOST AND FROM MY PERSPECTIVE WITH THE NUMBER OF PERSONNEL THAT WE NEED AND ARE SHORT WITH FIRE I WOULD JUST ENCOURAGE LET'S GET AS MANY GUYS AS WE CAN HOPEFULLY HIRED UNDER THAT SAFER GRANT.

>> THAT IS THE PLAN IS TO TRY TO USE THAT GRANT TO HELP US GET WHERE WE NEED TO BE. IT'S BEEN OUT THERE FOR A WHILE AND I DON'T SEE IT GOING AWAY ESPECIALLY WITH THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY. I THINK THAT IS ONE OF THE REASONS THEY DID THE 100% THIS YEAR FOR THREE YEARS IS BECAUSE PEOPLE WEREN'T APPLYING FOR IT AND THEY WANT TO KEEP THEM DEDICATED TO THAT PARTICULAR GRANT.

>> CHIEF, DID WE APPLY FOR THAT THIS YEAR?

>> YES, MA'AM. WE ASKED FOR NINE POSITIONS.

>> WHEN WILL WE HEAR ON THAT? >> PROBABLY SEPTEMBER SOME TIME I'M HOPING. WHEN THEY START AWARDING THOSE.

>> OKAY. WE WILL LOOK FORWARD TO GOOD

NEWS ON THAT. >> ABSOLUTELY.

>> MARTHA, GOING BACK TO YOUR QUESTION SO WITH THE NUMBER OF CALLS ON I-30 IT'S ABOUT 3% TO 4% OF THE TOTAL CALLS.

AND THEN JUST TO POINT OUT ON THAT SAFER GRANT EVEN THOUGH THIS LAST ONE WAS NOT 100% IT STILL SAVED US $1.5 MILLION.

A HUGE BOON. >> I'M GOING TO MAKE SURE WE

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT. >> ABSOLUTELY.

THANK YOU, CHIEF. >> -- YOU HAVE YOUR HAND UP?

>> YES. CHIEF, CAN YOU EXPLAIN HOW WE'RE MANAGING HAVING A TRAINING CENTER BUT NOT A DEDICATED TRAINING CAPTAIN. CAN YOU EXPLAIN HOW YOU'RE

GETTING BY? >> I HAD TO MOVE SOMEBODY DOWN HERE TO FILL THAT ROLE SO WE CAN GET THIS PROGRAM UP AND OFF THE GROUND. THAT WAS ONE OF MY BIG THINGS IN THE ASSESSMENT WAS TRAINING AND IT WAS RIGHT AFTER WE GOT THE TOWER UP AND BEFORE WE STARTED TRAINING BUT I HAD TO PULL

SOMEBODY TO WORK ON THAT FOR US. >> OKAY.

AND THEN CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE LOGISTIC'S OFFICER.

>> LOGISTICS IN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT THERE IS STUFF.

SO IF IT'S HOSES AND NOZZLES AND GEAR AND APPARATUS, THEY TAKE CARE OF ALL OF THOSE THINGS. WE HAD THAT FUNNELED OUT TO PEOPLE ON SHIFT AND EVERY THIRD DAY TRYING TO DO SOMETHING IT'S NOT EFFECTIVE. WE'VE GOT -- I'VE GOT SO MANYIC GO TO AND SAY WHAT ABOUT THIS? WHAT ABOUT THIS.

WHERE ARE WE AND I'VE GOT TO TRACK SOMEBODY DOWN WHEN THEY

ARE OFF. >> AND THEN GOING BACK TO THE TRAINING THING, ARE WE PAYING AS MUCH AS WE WOULD PAY TO BRING THIS PERSON INTO FIRE ADMIN AS WE WOULD BE HIRING SOMEONE.

CAN YOU EXPLAIN? >> I WAS TAKING SOMEBODY AND REASSIGNED HIM TO THAT POSITION TEMPORARILY TO GET THIS PROGRAM UP AND OFF THE GROUND TO GET THINGS MOVING.

>> ARE WE PAYING THAT FOR OVER TIME COSTS?

>> WHEN IT COMES UP FOR OVER TIME IT'S GETTING OVER TIME COSTS. IT'S NOT VERY OFTEN THAT IT IS

COSTING US OVER TIME TO DO THAT. >> OKAY.

>> IT'S NOT LIKE IT'S OVER TIME EVER TIME THAT GUY IS DOWN HERE.

>> RIGHT, RIGHT. AND THEN SO HOW MANY PERSONNEL DO WE NEED TO MAINTAIN THE NFPA1710 POLICY? FOR TODAY BEFORE SAPPHIRE BAY? WHICH WOULD BE ABOUT 12-15 PEOPLE ON EACH UNIT SO ABOUT 30

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FOLKS. WE WILL HAVE MORE INFORMATION THE DFCI WILL BE ON ON-SITE TOMORROW TO GIVE AN EVALUATION.

THAT IS MY ESTIMATE. >> AND LAST QUESTION, HOW MANY FIREFIGHTERS DO YOU HAVE ON DUTY AT ONE TIME?

WAS THAT 23? >> WE HAVE OUR NORMAL STAFFING IS 21. BUT 27 ASSIGNED AND AT 70% OF THE TIME WE'RE AT MINIMUM STAFFING AT 21.

>> AND WHAT WAS THE --

AERIAL? >> SO WE WOULD HAVE TO CALL ANOTHER AGENCY TO ASSIST WITH MUTUAL AID ON FIRST ALARM? ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU.

>> MARTHA -- LET'S GO TO MATT. I DON'T KNOW MARTHA DID YO WANT ANOTHER QUESTION? MAT.

>> THANK YOU, CHIEF. I HAD A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS.

THE FIRST ONE IS PROBABLY FOR% BRIAN.

WHAT IS THE BUILD OUT ON SAPPHIRE BAY?

WHAT ARE THEY ANTICIPATING? >> JUST OVER A BILLION DOLLARS.

>> NO. WHAT TIME FRAME OF COMPLETE

BUILD OUT? >> WE KEEP SAYING FIV FIVE TO SN FIVE TO EIGHT YEARS. FOR COMPLETE BUILD OUT.

AS YOU KNOW PHASE I WILL PROBABLY BE IN ABOUT TWO AND A HALF TO THREE YEARS WE WILL BE OPEN SO, THAT IS OUR TIME FRAME TO START WITH PHASE I AND COMPLETE BUILD OUT IN SEVEN TO

EIGHT YEARS. >> OKAY.

I JUST THINK WHERE IS THAT -- SWEET SPOT? BECAUSE YOU DON'T NEED TO HAVE AN ENGINE OUT THERE AND EVERYTHING ON DAY ONE WHEN THE FIRST THING OPENS EVEN THOUGH IT WOULD BE NICE BUT IN TERMS OF THE TIMING AS TO WHEN THEY GO IN -- AND HOW YOU COULD MAYBE PHASE THAT OVER TIME WOULD BE KIND OF INTERESTING TO LAYOUT. TO SEE WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE.

>> I'VE ASKED THE SAME QUESTION AND I SHOULD HEAR THE CHIEF'S

ANSWER ON THAT. >> ALL RIGHT.

GO AHEAD, CHIEF. >> WE SHOULD BE OUT THERE TODAY.

THERE IS A BIGGER RISK TODAY AS THERE WILL BE AT BUILD OUT.

IF YOU LOOK BACK AT THE PARTICULAR ONE I KNOW IS THEY WERE BUILDING APARTMENT IN HOUSTON AND THEY CAUGHT ON FIRE UNDER CONSTRUCTION. AND THERE IS A VIDEO AND I WILL SEE IF I CAN FIND IT OF A WORKER THAT WAS WORKING AND HE GOT TRAPPED AND COULDN'T GET OUT AND HE JUMPED PROBABLY 10 FEET TO GET TO THE END OF IT SO HE COULD GET AWAY FROM THE FIRE.

SO THINK ABOUT THIS. ONE WAY IN AND ONE WAY OUT DOWN THERE. AND THE RISK OF WHAT IS GOING ON DOWN THERE AS THEY DO CONSTRUCTION IS GOING AS GREAT AS AFTER WE GET PEOPLE GOING DOWN THERE FOR THE EVENT.

SO THERE IS CONSTRUCTION. A LOT OF THINGS GOING ON.

WE HAD A FIRE AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO.

IT COULD AFFECT SOME OF THE ISO RATINGS IN THE AREA.

WE COULD GET A SPLIT RATING AND WE'RE UP FOR A RATING IN 2023.

SO THERE ARE A COUPLE OF BIG CAVEATS THERE THAT WE HAVE GOT TO PLAN AND TRY TO GET SOMETHING DOWN THERE AS SOON AS WE CAN.

>> OKAY. HAVE WE TALKED TO SAPPHIRE BAY BEFORE HELPING WITH CONSTRUCTION COSTS? THAT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE WE'VE HAD A SAPPHIRE BAY

CONVERSATION. >> WHEN WE WENT THROUGH THE NEGOTIATIONS WITH SAPPHIRE BAY ONE THING THAT WE DID TALK TO THEM ABOUT WAS PROVIDING THE LAND.

IF YOU REMEMBER IN THE ORIGINAL CONTRACT THEY DID NOT PROVIDE SPACE FOR, IT WAS ALWAYS UNDERSTOOD BUT NOT CONTRACTUALLY SO WE MADE SURE WITH SAPPHIRE BAY THAT WE HAD A CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION FOR A FULL ACRE. IT WAS A CONCEPT DESIGN BUT THE CONFIGURATION THE CHIEF WAS SHOWING YOU WAS RIGHT AT AN ACRE

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BECAUSE WHAT WE WERE THINKING ABOUT IS COMBINING OUR POLICE SUBSTATION ALONG WITH THE FIRE STATION DOWN THERE AND ORIGINALLY WE WERE THINKING THAT MIGHT BE LIKE AN OFFICE BUILDING

NEAR THE LAGOON. >> ANY PARTICIPATION FROM DALLAS ON THAT AS FAR AS COMBINING FACILITIES?

>> CHIEF, YOU MIGHT WANT TO TELL THEM WHAT YOU'VE BEEN TOLD.

>> I'VE HAD SOME CONVERSATIONS WITH DALLAS FIRE CHIEF AND HE KIND OF HE HAS NOT COMMITTED TO ANYTHING.

I'VE ASKED HIM IF HE IS INTERESTED.

AND THEN I THINK THE ABILITY TO US TO COME DOWN -- THERE IS NOT ENOUGH PROPERTY THE WAY THAT SAL FIRE BAY SOLD THE MARINA OFF.

MY ORIGINAL CONCEPT WAS TRYING TO GET IN ONE OF THE -- BUT THEY ARE NOT BUILDING ONE EARLY ENOUGH BECAUSE THAT WOULD SAVE US AND THEM SOME MONEY AND EFFORT BUT THAT IS KIND OF WHERE WE'RE AT AND I WON'T SPEAK FOR CHIEF GODFREY BUT I THINK THE DALLES POLICE DISTRICT SAID NO. SO I DON'T KNOW.

IT'S UP IN THE AIR. I'M WILLING TO CONTINUE TO TRY TO TALK TO HIM TO SEE BUT I'M NOT SURE WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE.

>> OKAY. YOU TALK ABOUT EQUIPMENT AND NEEDING TO START REPLACING THAT STUFF NOW.

HOW MANY OF OUR TRUCKS ARE IN THE SEVEN YEAR RANGE?

>> WE'VE GOT TWO THAT ARE 10 YEARS OLD THAT ARE UP FOR REPLACEMENT. WE'VE GOT A 2004 AND 2006 MODEL THAT WE RECYCLED IN 2015. SO WHEN I SAY RECYCLE WE WENT THROUGH THE PUMPS AND THE MOTORS AND DRIVE TRAINS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. ENOUGH TO GET US BY.

WE'VE GOT TWO UNITS THAT ARE 2015 MODELS THAT WERE BUILT NEW AND THAT SAVED US A LOT OF MONEY.

WE'VE GOT TWO UNITS THAT NEED TO BE REPLACED AND TWO UNITS THAT ARE RECYCLED THAT ARE OLD TO BEGIN WITH THAT PROBABLY MY PLAN WAS TO WHEN WE REPLACE THESE TWO ENGINES IS TO CONTINUE TO KEEP THEM IN RESERVE AND TAKE THE TWO THAT WERE RECYCLED AND THEY WOULD BE IN RESERVE AS WELL AND PUT THESE TWO NEW UNITS UP FRONT. SO WE'VE GOT A PRETTY GOOD RESERVE FLEET AT THAT POINT. I KNOW THAT YOU PROBABLY REMEMBER WHEN WE HAD ONE OF THE TRUCKS HIT WE HAD TO -- WE WERE UNDER ONE RESERVE. SOMETIMES WE END UP WITH ZERO RESERVES.

DOWN. WE ALSO NEED TO DECREASE THE TIME BECAUSE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SEE AND I'VE DONE THIS -- I CAN'T PUT MY FINGER ON WHY AND I'VE TALKED TO OTHER PEOPLE AND THESE LADDER TRUCKS THE MAINTENANCE STARTS TO ESCALATE.

WE NEED TO GET THAT REPLACEMENT SCHEDULE AND EVALUATE IT ON YEAR SEVEN AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE REPLACING AND GOING INTO RESERVE STATUS BEFORE THEY GET 10 YEARS OLD.

AND IT TAKES A YEAR TO BUILD A FIRE TRUCK.

>> I WANT TO FOLLOW-UP ON A QUESTION.

WE'VE GOT TWO THAT NEED TO BE REPLACED AND IT TAKES A YEAR TO BUILD SO HAVE WE PUT THAT INTO MOTION TO GET THOSE TWO

REPLACED? >> NOT AT THIS TIME.

>> MAYOR IT'S IN THE PROPOSED BUDGET FOR THOSE TWO VEHICLES.

>> IT'S IN YOUR PROPOSED BUDGET SO WE WILL BE MAKING THAT

DECISION SOON. >> YES.

AS A MATTER OF FACT QUITE FRANKLY IF I GET CONSENSUS FROM COUNCIL WE'LL START THE ORDER PROCESS NOW AND GET THE RESOLUTION TO PHYSICALLY ORDER THEM.

>> IS IT A LEASE PAYMENT? >> YES, MA'AM.

>> AND IS IT INCREASE IN THE BUDGET COST?

>> IT IS BECAUSE OF THE EXTRA LADDER TRUCK.

I CAN'T REMEMBER THE EXACT LISA MOUNT BUT IT IS HIGHER THAN OUR CURRENT. THE ONES THAT ARE BEING PAID OFF THIS YEAR BECAUSE THAT IS OUR SCHEDULE NOW ON THE LEASES WHEN THE LEADSES PAY OFF THEN WE REORDER AT THAT TIME BUT THE FACT THAT ALL OF THOSE LEASES FOR THE FIRE ENGINES ARE IN 10 YEAR SCHEDULES AND HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE A SEVEN YEAR SCHEDULE.

>> BUT WE'RE ON THESE 10 YEARS NOW SO I WAS WONDERING WHAT THE

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PLAN IS FOR THOSE TWO. >> WE WILL BE MAKING THAT

DECISION OVER THE NEXT 30 DAYS. >> YES, MA'AM.

>> THANK YOU. MATT, SORRY.

>> REMIND ME HOW MANY LADDER TRUCKS DO WE HAVE.

>> TWO LADDER TRUCKS AND FOUR ENGINES AND THE TWO ENGINES IN RESERVE AND I WANT TO PUT THE LADDER TRUCK THAT HAS BEEN REFURBISHED IN RESERVE. THAT WAY WE HAVE GOOD FRONT LINE EQUIPMENT OUT THERE AND GOOD RESERVE EQUIPMENT.

>> OKAY AND THEN MY LAST QUESTION IS ABOUT THE TELL METRIC PROGRAM BECAUSE THAT SEEMS TO BE A PRETTY SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM. A LOT OF THAT WAS IMPLEMENTED BECAUSE OF COVID BUT DO YOU SEE THAT AS A POSSIBILITY OF CONTINUING THAT AND MAYBE REDUCE RUN TIMES? COULD MAYBE NOT PUT AS MUCH WEAR AND TEAR.

WALK ME THROUGH THAT PIECE OF IT AND HOW THAT PROGRAM IS WORKED

AND WHAT THE POSSIBILITIES ARE? >> THERE IS A LOT OF POSSIBILITIES FOR THAT PROGRAM. WE HAVE NOT EXPLORED THEM VERY DEEP. BUT CAME ON COUNCIL WE DID A PILOT PROGRAM FOR COMMUNITY PARAMEDIC BASICALLY GOING INTO THE COMMUNITY AND TAKING CARE OF SOME OF OUR ELDERLY PATIENTS.

IT WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL. IF THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE WANT TO EXPLORE I'M ALL ABOUT LOOKING INTO IT.

ANYTHING THAT WE CAN DO TO GET HELP OR INFORMATION TO THE CUSTOMER FASTER I'M 100%. THAT IS WHAT I WANT TO DO.

GET TO OUR CUSTOMERS AS SOON AS WE CAN.

THAT IS WHY I'M CONCERNED ABOUT WHERE WE'RE LOCATED IN SAPPHIRE BAY. WE MAY BE ABLE TO GET TO THE FRONT DOOR OF THE HOTEL BUT IT MAY TAKE US ANOTHER FOUR OR FIVE MINUTES FROM THE FRONT DOOR TO THE LOCATION OF THE PATIENT.

>> RIGHT. SO, THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IF THERE IS A CONSENSUS TO DO WE CAN LOOK AT THAT AND TRY TO IMPLEMENT AND EXPAND THAT PROGRAM IN THE FUTURE.

>> TO ME IT SEEMS LIKE LOGICAL SENSE ONE IF YOU CAN GET CARE QUICKER AND HELP SOMEBODY QUICKER BUT AT THE SAME TIME AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT PERCENTAGE OF YOUR RUNS REQUIRE EVERYBODY TO SHOW UP BUT IT HAPPENS AND IF YOU'RE ABLE TO REDUCE THAT BY EVEN 2% THAT HAS ADDED ADDITION TO THE WE'RE WEAR AND TEAR ON YOUR EQUIPMENT SO IT SEEMS TO ME LIKE ALL OF THE DEPARTMENTS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE VERY STRATEGIC ABOUT HOW THEY DO ALL OF THEIR OPERATIONS ESPECIALLY OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS WHEN WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THIS IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE FOR COVID ESPECIALLY AS WE START TO GROW. ANYTHING THAT WE CAN DO AND UTILIZE TECHNOLOGY BECAUSE 2%, 3% THAT YOU CAN REDUCE THAT SEEMS LIKE IT MIGHT ADD A LITTLE BIT DOWN THE LINE.

>> AND ANOTHER GOOD POINT ABOUT THAT COMMUNITY HEALTH PROGRAM IS THAT A LOT OF CALLS ARE PATIENTS THAT ARE RUN ON MANY TIMES OVER AND SO THIS WOULD REDUCE US HAVING TO BRING AN AMBULANCE AND FIRE ENGINE AND JUST BRING A SMALLER VEHICLE USING LESS GAS AND ONLY TWO PEOPLE SO IT WOULD SAVE MONEY OVER TIME.

SO I THINK IT'S A VERY PROACTIVE PROGRAM.

IT WAS UNDER LAKE POINT AT THE TIME AND WHEN THEY WERE BOUGHT OUT THAT PROGRAM WENT AWAY BUT IT WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL WHEN WE

HAD IT. >> AND SOME AREAS THAT WE TALKED ABOUT -- IS OF COURSE STAFFING. WE HAD THREE PEOPLE OFF THE AMBULANCE.

PEOPLE -- A THIRDED PERSON MOST OF THE TIME THEY CAN -- HANDLE

-- LIKE CPR. >> WE'VE GOT OTHER PEOPLE THAT HAVE THEIR HANDS UP. PUBLIC COGNIZANT OF TIME.

THESE ARE ALL IMPORTANT DISCUSSIONS.

IF WE'RE GOING TO GET INTO A DEEP DISCUSSION ABOUT A PARTICULAR AREA WE MAY NEED TO PUT IT ON A WORK SESSION ITEM SO I DON'T KNOW HOW TO BALANCE THE NECESSARY DETAILED DISCUSSION AND THE TIME COMMITMENT SO JUST KIND OF BE A LITTLE BIT AWARE OF

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THAT. BLAKE, YOU HAVE YOUR HAND UP.

>> QUICKLY YOU MENTIONED ISO RATING.

CUFF EXPLAIN TO COUNCIL AND THE PUBLIC WHAT THAT MEANS?

>> ISO IS HOW TO -- I THINK THEY USE IT NOW HOWEVER THEY CAN BENEFIT THE BEST FROM IT FOR INSURANCE RATINGS.

IT GIVES YOU A SCORE TO THE CITY AS TO HOW YOU RESPOND TO FIRES AND HOW MANY PEOPLE YOU GET ON THE FIRE AND HOW WE RESPOND TO INCIDENT. IT'S USED BY THE INSURANCE RATING TO GIVE THE INSURANCE SCORE SO, ITS ADJUSTED WITH WHAT

YOU PAY FOR INSURANCE ANNUALLY. >> THE LOWER THE RATING THE HIGHER THE INSURANCE FOR YOUR COMMUNITY.

>> NO. >> MOST INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE

NOT USING IT ANY MORE. >> THEY ARE USING IT FOR COMMERCIAL BUSINESSES MORE SO THAN RESIDENTIAL.

BUT THE LOWER THE NUMBER THE LOWER THE INSURANCE.

>> I SAID THAT BACKWARDS, CHIEF. THANK YOU.

>> IT'S STILL IMPORTANT FOR LOTS OF REASONS.

>> WHAT HAPPENS IN THE STATE OF TEXAS THAT GOT PEOPLE AWAY FROM IT IS SO MANY CITIES STARTED GETTING LOWER RATINGS AND THE INSURANCE COMPANIES COULD NOT BENEFIT FROM IT.

SO THEY STARTED USING OTHER WAYS.

IT'S BASED ON YOUR ISO. >> SO I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE ANSWER TO MY QUESTION IS HERE, CHIEF BUT YOU HAVE GIVEN US A LOT OF INFORMATION ON STAFFING NEEDS AND THEY ARE ALL VERY VALID AND INDUSTRY SUPPORTED. WOULD YOU HAVE A FEEL FOR HOW WE STAND IN REGARDS TO THAT COMPARED TO OUR OTHER DFQ SURROUNDING CITIES. ARE WE ABOUT THE SAME OR HURTING

MORE OR IN BETTER CONDITION? >> TO BE VERY HONEST I THINK WE'RE BEHIND. WE'RE PRETTY FAR BEHIND SOME.

NOT AS FAR BEHIND AS OTHERS. SO -- IT GIVES YOU GUYS SOMETHING TO SAY.

-- SOME TYPE OF PLAN WITH HOW WE'RE GOING TO ADDRESS THESE PROBLEMS AND YOU KNOW JUST TRYING TO FIGURE OUT AND DEVELOP A PLAN TO GET TO THE FINISH LINE.

IS WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR. THERE IS A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF RISK. BUT LET'S TRY TO DEVELOP A PLAN TO CLOSE THIS GAP AS MUCH AS WE CAN AS SOON AS WE CAN.

AND I KNOW WE CANNOT DO IT OVERNIGHT.

IT IS JUST TOO BIG OF A TICKET ITEM.

AND UNFORTUNATELY IT COST A LOT TO PROVIDE THAT SERVICE AND I'M JUST LOOKING FOR A PLAN THAT WE CAN IDENTIFY AND GO THIS IS WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO AND THIS IS HOW WE'RE GOING TO DO IT.

>> THANK YOU, CHIEF AND I SEE ONE MORE HAND UP AND WE'LL WRAP

FIRE UP AFTER THIS. >> BROWNIE.

>> I JUST WANT TO SAY I THINK I'M RIGHT.

BUT CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG. IF THEY WANT ONE PERSON THEY CAN GET ONE PERSON. BUT IF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT NEEDS ONE PERSON THEY NEED TO GET THREE.

YOU'VE GOT THREE SHIFTS. IF YOU HIRE ONE PERSON YOU NEED TO HIRE THREE, ONE FOR EACH SHIFT.

>> RIGHT. >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

ANY OTHER BURNING DISCUSSION YOU WANT TO HAVE? OKAY. THANK YOU, SIR.

>> THANK YOU ALL. I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.

HAVE A GOOD EVENING. >> CHIEF GODFREY.

>> THERE HE IS. >> READY.

GOOD EVENING, MAYOR AND COUNCIL. HOW IS EVERYBODY TONIGHT?

>> ARE YOU THE GOOD CHIEF OR THE BAD CHIEF?

>> DO YOU SEE THE VERY FIRST LINE HERE.

>> YOU'RE THE GOOD CHIEF. >> IF I HAD A MUSTACHE THAT IS WHAT I WOULD LOOK LIKE. OF COURSE I'M THE GOOD CHIEF.

THIS IS MY TURN. I WILL TRY TO FLY RIGHT THROUGH OR BREEZE THROUGH THE PRESENTATION.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, STACEY. THIS IS OUR PURPOSE.

SINCE BECOMING CHIEF IN FEBRUARY I HAVE NOT SAT DOWN AND REALLY ESTABLISHED A NEW MISSION, VISION, -- PHILOSOPHY BUT THIS IS WHAT WE'RE HERE TO DO. OUR PURPOSE IS TO SERVE AND PROTECT THE ROWLETT COMMUNITY. UTILIZING INNOVATIVE METHODS AND

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ESTABLISH POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS ENGAGES US TO SUCCESSFULLY ACHIEVE OUR MISSION OF PROVIDING SEPTEMBERS EXCEPTIONAL POLICE SERVICES TO OUR CITIZENS. THESE ARE A FEW OF THE AREAS SOME OF OUR MORE HIGHLIGHTED METRICS WHERE WE LIKE TO FOCUS AND SOME OF OUR ACTIVITY. WE TRACK THESE EVERY MONTH AND AS OF TODAY I WAS ABLE TO UPDATE THROUGH THE END OF JULY WHEN I INITIALLY COMPLETE THIS PRESENTATION AND SENT IT TO YOU IT ONLY HAD THROUGH THE END OF JUNE BUT THE NUMBERS WERE ALL IN. OUR PRIORITY ONE CALLS FOR SERVICE. 1214.

AS OF THE END OF JULY WE ARE AT 1054 SO WE'RE RIGHT OFF TRACK WHERE WE WERE LAST YEAR. OUR PRIORITY ONE RESPONSE TIMES WE'VE SHAVED ALMOST A MINUTE OFF THAT.

I ALSO HAD THAT LIVED LISTED IN ONE OF OUR ACHIEVEMENTS SO I'M GOING TO BRAG A LITTLE BIT TO BRING THAT UNDER CONTROL AND DOWN A LITTLE. OUR TOTAL CALLS ANSWERED BY OUR COMMUNICATION STAFF. LAST YEAR 82,000.

THIS YEAR WE'RE AT 75,000. SO WE'RE GOING TO BE EVERY BIT OF THAT IF NOT HIGHER. THE POLICE CALLS THAT WE HAVE RESPONDED TO LAST YEAR WE WERE A LITTLE OVER 48,000.

THIS YEAR TO DATE WE'RE 42,504 SO WE'RE ON TRACK TO MOST LIKELY SURPASS THAT EVEN THOUGH THE EARLY COVID MONTHS WERE A LITTLE SLOW FOR US. OUR TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE ON I-30 THIS YEAR SO FAR 1110. OUR TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE ON 190 LAST YEAR 1620. SO FAR THIS YEAR 1533.

AND AS SOON AS OUR CHEVY TALKING HOSE COME ON I INTEND TO -- PUT THOSE IN. SOME OF OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN FISCAL YEAR 2020 IT HAS BEEN AN INTERESTING YEAR FOR POLICE SO SAY THE LEAST. WE'VE HAD SOME SIGNIFICANT CHANGES BUT ALSO DONE SOME GREAT THINGS.

ONE OF WHICH YOU YOU ALL COUNCIL GAVE US 8 ADDITIONAL POLICE OFFICERS. THAT HAS BEEN FANTASTIC.

WE HAVE A LOT OF THEM IN FIELD TRAINING AND WE STILL HAVE A FEW OPENINGS BUT WE'RE WORKING ON BECOMING FULLY FUNCTIONAL.

WE ADDED ONE COMMUNICATION OFFICER WHICH HAS MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE. WE'RE NOW USING OUR FULL-TIME CRIME ANALYSTS DAILY. IT HAS PROVEN TO BE A HUGE BENEFIT FOR CIPD AND PATROL. WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY DURING COVID WITH THE ADDITION OF OUR SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS BRINGING THEM BACK INTO PATROL TO STAGGER OUR SHIFTS ON A POWER SHIFT SO WE WOULD HAVE A PRETTY GOOD IDEA AS TO WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE WHEN WE ARE FULLY FUNCTIONAL.

THEY HAVE NOW GONE BACK TO SCHOOL SO WE'LL HAVE A LULL BUT IT LOOKS GOOD. THOSE 8 OFFICERS ARE GOING TO MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE ONCE THEY ARE OUT ON THE STREET.

OF COURSE WITH THE PROTEST AND THE GEORGE FLOYD INCIDENT WE'VE TAKEN A SERIOUS LOOK AT SEVERAL OF OUR POLICIES.

WE'VE EVEN UPDATED A FEW SO WE'RE PROUD OF THAT AND OF COURSE YOU ALL COUNCIL HAVE AGREED TO, YOU'VE PROVED OUR AGREEMENT WITH SAXY TO BE THEIR DETENTION CENTER.

WE'RE WORKING OUT A FEW OPERATIONAL ISSUES AND WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF HIRING A DETENTION OFFICER TO FULFILL THAT AGREEMENT. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

A FEW MORE ACCOMPLISHMENTS. IT'S JUST BRAGGING TIME FOR ME.

DURING COVID AND THE CORONAVIRUS WE HAVE BEGAN DOING PHONE REPORTING. WE HAD NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE.

IT WORKED SO WELL AND WAS SO SUCCESSFUL THAT WE'VE DECIDED TO KEEP ONE OFFICER IN THAT CAPACITY MOVING FORWARD EVEN AFTER COVID AND PATROL LOVES IT. IT KEEPS OUR PATROL OFFICERS FROM RESPONDING TO REPORT CALLS SO, IT'S WORKED OUT WELL.

WE'RE LIVE WITH OUR EXPLORER PROGRAM.

WE HAVE NOT HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO A LOT WITH IT YET BECAUSE OF COVID AND EVERYTHING ELSE BEING SHUT DOWN BUT WE'RE EXCITED TO HAVE THAT ON BOARD AND WE HAVE A COUPLE OF EXPLORERS WHO ARE SIGNED UP WITH THE PROGRAM.

WE'VE BECOME A TRAINING PROVIDER.

WE'VE BEEN IN THE PROCESS FOR THREE YEARS TO PULL THIS OFF.

WE HAD IT YEARS AGO WHICH MEANS WE'RE ABLE TO PROVIDE CLASSES.

WE'RE ABLE TO SUBMIT TRAINING HOURS DIRECTLY TO OUR LICENSING

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AGENCY WITHOUT GOING THROUGH OTHER DEPARTMENTS THIS.

JUST BECAME FORMAL TODAY. SO VERY EXCITED ABOUT THAT.

CLASS C ENFORCEMENT BIG BOX STORES.

WALMART IS A HUGE CONSUMER OF PATROL RESOURCES.

THEFTS ALONE. WE HAVE A LOT OF SHOPLIFTING AT WALMART. ONE OF OUR PATROL SUPERVISORS PROPOSED THE IDEA TO CHANGE THE WAY WE HANDLE THE ENFORCEMENT AT THOSE STORES. NOW IMPLEMENTED AND LIVE AT WALMART AND WE'RE WORKING ON TARGET AND HOME DEPOT AND IT SAVES US A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF TIME.

WE'VE HAD NUMEROUS PROMOTIONS INCLUDING MINE JUST THROWING IT OUT THERE T. BUT AN ASSISTANT CHIEF AND SEVERAL SERGEANTS.

SO, IT'S BEEN A HUGE YEAR FOR UPWARD AND EVEN SOME CHANGE ACROSS THE BOARD. THIS IS A HUGE ONE THAT I HAVE TO BRAG ON. BETWEEN COVID, THE DART HIJACKING, THE PROTESTS, THE GEORGE FLOYD INCIDENT, THE DEFUND POLICE MOVEMENT I CANNOT BE MORE PROUD OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND HOW THEY'VE RESPONDED.

THAT IS A HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT. OUR RESPONSE TIMES PRIORITY ONE -- AND I SHOWED YOU SOME TIMES ON THOSE EARLIER AND THEN OUR OVER TIME MANAGEMENT. WE'RE ON TRACK TO COME IN UNDER OUR OVER TIME BUDGET. OF COURSE THIS YEAR WE WERE ALLOWED A LITTLE EXTRA OVER TIME.

YOU APPROVED AN INCREASE AND AS OF TODAY WITH THE CLOSING OF JULY WE SHOULD BE AT 83.3% OF OVER TIMEX PENNEDDED.

WE'RE AT 77.5% SO WE'RE WELL UNDER OUR BUDGET AND I'M EXCITED ABOUT THAT. WE HAVE A FEW CHALLENGES AND A LOT OF NEEDS AND EVEN MORE WANTS BUT I DIDN'T WANT TO TURN THIS INTO A SEVERAL HOUR PRESENTATION.

WE NEED MORE PEOPLE. WE JUST DO.

OUR THREE-YEAR PLAN TWO YEARS AGO WAS TO ADD 8 OFFICERS PER YEAR. WE WOULD STILL LOVE TO HAVE AS MANY OFFICERS AS WE CAN UNTIL WE'RE ABLE TO BRING THE RESPONSE TIME DOWN AND OPEN UP OPPORTUNITIES AND IMPLEMENT PROGRAMS AND WE HAVE TO ADD SUPPORT PERSONNEL.

RECORDS AND PROPERTY AND EVIDENCE.

DETENTION COMMUNICATIONS ARE PRETTY COMFORTABLE BUT DOWN THE ROAD WE WOULD LIKE EXTRA PEOPLE THERE TOO.

OUR BUILDING IS WELL IT'S IN BAD SHAPE.

AND I BELIEVE THE FACILITY STUDY INDICATES THAT.

SO WHEN OF OUR BIGGEST CHALLENGES IS WE'RE OUT OF SPACE. WE DON'T HAVE ANY MORE ROOM TO PUT PEOPLE. OUR LOCKER ROOM AND PATROL ROOM.

OUR COMMUNICATION'S DEPARTMENT IS BUSTING AT THE SEAMS. ONE CHALLENGE IS THE GROWTH OF THE CITY.

THE POPULATION AND NEW HOMES AND NEW APARTMENT.

IF WE HAPPEN TO SPREAD OUT IT INCREASES OUR BEAT SIZE AND RESPONSE TIME. SAPPHIRE BAY JUST BEING ABLE TO POLICE AND RESPOND TO THAT WHETHER IT'S WITH THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN A STAKES OR AN ADDITIONAL BEAT THERE IS A LOT OF DISCUSSIONS TO HAVE ABOUT THAT AND I'VE HAD A LOT OF DISCUSSIONS WITH THE CITY MANAGEMENT AND THE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND WE'RE WORKING ON THAT.

THE HOMELESS POPULATION I THINK EVERYBODY AGREES THAT WE'RE SEEING A FEW MORE HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS IN OUR CITY.

WE'RE WORKING ON SOME INITIATIVES FOR THAT WHICH INCLUDES COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND ENFORCEMENT IF WE HAVE TO.

BUT WE'RE RECEIVING MORE AND MORE CALLS SO WE HAVE SOME PLANS IN THE FUTURE AS WE INCREASE OUR STAFFING TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THAT EVEN MORE SO AND POSSIBLY COMBINING WITH THE NEXT TOPIC IS THE MENTAL ILLNESS AND CRISIS. OUR MENTAL ILLNESS AND CRISIS ASSISTANCE DEMANDS ARE GROWING. FLEET OPERATIONS AND THIS IS NOT ANYTHING NEGATIVE ABOUT THE CITY OF ROWLETT.

THIS IS SIMPLY TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH OUR VEHICLES.

ADDS ADDITIONAL VEHICLES. WE HAVE 13 VEHICLES ON ORDER FROM THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS BECAUSE FORD AND CHEVY ARE HAVING SUCH DIFFICULTY GETTING THEM TO US.

WE'RE GOING TO NEED MORE VEHICLES.

OPERATIONAL JURISDICTIONS. THE EAST SIDE IS PUSHING OUT BOTH NORTH AND SOUTH. WITH THE NEW SUBDIVISION AND

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WITH SAPPHIRE BAY GOING ON WE HAVE TO SERIOUSLY RECONSIDER HOW MANY OFFICERS WE HAVE ON THE STREET.

WHAT THOSE BEATS OR JURISDICTIONS ARE GOING TO LOOK

LIKE AND HOW WE RESPOND. >> TECHNOLOGY.

IT'S EXPENSIVE BUT IT HAS MADE SUCH A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS. THE DEMANDS FOR BODY CAMERAS.

THE DEMAND FOR MORE UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT WE DO AND WHAT WEAPONS WE RELY ON AND WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE OUT THERE FOR ADDITIONAL REPORTING AND WE HAVE TO CONTINUALLY LOOK AT THOSE AND OF COURSE THEY CONTINUALLY GO UP IN PRICE WHICH MAKES A HUGE CHALLENGE. AND THEN OF COURSE THE INCREASED TRAFFIC IN THE CITY OF WAY -- ROWLETT.

THIS CITY IS BECOMING BUSIER AND BUSIER AND WITH ONLY A COUPLE OF MAIN THOROUGHFARES EVEN THOUGH WITH ARE MOBILE WE HAVE TO ASSIGN OUR UNITS APPROPRIATELY SO WE CAN COVER BOTH SIDES OF TOWN AND RUSH HOUR LOCKS THE CITY DOWN.

LONG-TERM STRATEGIES. WE WILL CONTINUE TO IMPROVE AND REDUCE OUR RESPONSE TIMES. ADD MORE PEOPLE.

THAT IS ALWAYS SOMETHING WE'RE GOING TO STRIVE FOR.

IMPROVING RESPONSE TIME FOR HOMELESS.

AND WHAT I FORESEE IS ADDITIONAL STAFFING AND HELP FOR J. J. HE GOINGS TO NEED IT. HE IS BUSY AND THEN INCREASE OUR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT THROUGH EVENTS AND PROGRAMS AND ONCE WE ARE ABLE TO GET BACK OUT IN THE COMMUNITY IT'S IMPORTANT TO BE OUT THERE IN PERSON. WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO DO ZOOM AND TEAMS AND PHONE CALLS AND E-MAILS WITH THE COMMUNITY.

THEY HAVE TO SEE US AND KNOW THAT WE ARE THERE AND COMMUNICATE IN PERSON AND I FORESEE THAT BEING AN INCREASE IN STAFFING TO OUR CRIME PREVENTION AND COMMUNITY PREVENTION SYSTEM. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

A FEW MORE LONG-TERM STRATEGIES. WE'VE GOT A LOT GOING ON.

AT SOME POINT WE NEED TO IMPROVE AND INCREASE THE NARCOTICS DIVISION. WE HAVE DON'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND AS MUCH TIME AS WE WOULD LIKE FOCUSING ON THAT ISSUE BUT WE'RE WORKING TOWARD IT AND WE HAVE A FEW PLANS. AT SOME POINT WE'RE GOING TO MOVE INTO A NEW PD HEADQUARTERS. THE SOONER THE BETTER BUT I'M NOT SAYING ANYTHING. MAINTAINING OUR RECOGNITION PROGRAM. THAT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR THE PROFESSIONALISM OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

LEGAL AND PROCEDURAL CHANGES THERE.

ARE SOME COMING. NO DOUBT AS A RESULT OF EVERYTHING THAT HAS HAPPENED THIS YEAR SO WE NEED TO BEGIN PREPARING AND RESPOND. HAVE NOT SEEN MUCH LATELY AS BEING PUSHED DOWN FROM OUR STATE LEGISLATURE.

BUT I'M SURE THERE ARE GOING TO BE NEW RULES AND UPDATES AND CHANGES IN NUMEROUS AREAS OF POLICING.

.-- AND USE OUR OWN INSTRUCTORS AND BRING INSTRUCTORS IN.

A COUPLE OF OBSTACLES. THE BUDGET IS ALWAYS NUMBER ONE.

IF THE MONEY IS NOT THERE WE CANNOT DO IT.

AND OUR BUILDING. JUST DON'T HAVE ANY ROOM.

WE'RE AT CAPACITY. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THAT IS IT. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND CONSIDERATION AND LET'S UP THE CONVERSATION.

>> THANK YOU, SO MUCH, CHIEF. BLAKE, YOU HAVE YOUR HAND UP?

>> YES. CHIEF, I DON'T KNOW THAT WE WOULD HAVE A NEW BUILDING WITHIN EVEN FIVE YEARS BUT FOR PD BUT DO YOU THINK THAT THERE WOULD BE A NEED FOR SOME SORT OF TEMPORARY MANUFACTURERRED BUILDING TO GO BEHIND PD.

S IT TO THAT LEVEL? WHERE SOME AREAS ARE BUSTING AT

THE SCENES? >> THANKS FOR BEING OPTIMISTIC.

FIVE YEARS. THE FIRST ANSWERS YES BUT WE DON'T HAVE ROOM HERE AT OUR CURRENT FACILITY.

WE'RE BUSTING AT SEAMS. SO NOT TO GET TOO FAR AHEAD OF OURSELVES BUT IF WE WERE ABLE TO DO A JOINT PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING AT SAPPHIRE BAY THAT WOULD SUFFICE UNTIL WE CAN GET A

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NEW BUILDING. WE CAN HOUSE ENOUGH FOLKS DOWN THERE BASED ON THE SEITZ SIZE AND SQUARE FOOT UNTIL WE WERE

ABLE TO GET A NEW FACILITY. >> IS THERE A PREFERRED SOME STANDARD FOR POLICE RESPONSE TIMES AND WHERE ARE WE AT IN

RELATION TO THAT? >> AND THERE ARE VERY FEW STANDARDS AS COMPARED TO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.

IT'S REALLY WHAT YOU'RE COMFORTABLE WITH AND WHAT YOU'RE HAPPY WITH AND WHAT YOUR EXPECTATIONS ARE.

WHEN IT COMES TO STAFFING STANDARDS AND RESPONSE STANDARDS AND SO MANY OTHER THINGS IN POLICING IT BOILS DOWN TO WHAT YOUR COMMUNITY EXPECTS. SO THERE ARE DIFFERENT CRITERIA AND DIFFERENT NUMBERS BUT THEY ARE VARIED AMONG THE POLICE SO WHAT WE'VE TRIED TO FOCUS ON FOR OUR RESPONSE TIMES IS WE GET THERE AS FAST AS WE CAN BUT WE HOPE TO BE THERE IN FIVE OR SIX MINUTES AT THE MOST BECAUSE SOMETIMES WE'RE THERE WITHIN A MINUTE OR TWO BECAUSE WE'RE MOBILE.

AND SOMETIMES IT'S 7 OR 8 MINUTES.

BECAUSE EVERYBODY IS BUSY. TO GIVE YOU A STANDARD OR CRITERIA THAT IS MISLEADING BECAUSE IN POLICE THEY ARE ALL

OVER THE BOARD. >> I FIND THAT INTERESTING THAT PD DOESN'T HAVE AS MANY STANDARDS AS FIRE DOES.

THAT IS INTERESTING. HOW MANY MORE DISPATCHERS ARE WE NEEDING AT THIS LEVEL TODAY? ARE WE RUNNING BEHIND ON THAT? OR IS THAT SOMETHING THAT WE'LL NEED TO INCREASE LATER ON DUE TO

SAPPHIRE BAY? >> WE'RE ABSOLUTELY PERFECT ON COMMUNICATION OFFICERS TODAY. AS WE ADD PEOPLE AND CALLS FOR SERVICE WE MIGHT NEED TO ADD THAT DOWN THE ROAD BUT WE DON'T NEED TO DO THAT UNTIL WE'RE ABLE TO ADD SOME MORE POSITIONS.

WE HAVE A THREE COMMUNICATION OFFICER MINIMUM.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE FOUR BUT WE'RE NOT THERE YET SO WE'RE STILL A FEW YEARS AGO AWAY FROM NEEDING TO ADD MORE

COMMUNICATION OFFICERS. >> GREAT.

THANK YOU. CHIEF.

ANN I BELIEVE YOU WERE NEXT. >> YES.

I JUST HAVE ONE QUESTION CHIEF. WHAT IS CLASS C ENFORCEMENT?

>> THAT IS EQUIVALENT TO A TRAFFIC TICKET.

IT'S A SHOPLIFTER. WHEN WE RESPOND TO WALMART AND IT'S A SMALL OR LOW DOLLAR AMOUNT WE CAN GENERALLY ISSUE THEM A CITATION AND THEY WILL RESPOND TO COURT SO IT'S AT LOWEST MINIMAL LEVEL OF VIOLATION OR ENFORCEMENT IN TEXAS. HAND AT THE MUNICIPAL COURT

LEVEL. >> I SEE THEM IN WALMART AND

THEY HAVE THEIR OWN ROOM THERE. >> YES, MA'AM.

>> THANK YOU. >> BROWNIE, I THINK YOU WERE

NEXT. >> I WANTED TO RESPONDS ABOUT THE RESPONSE TIME. IT'S JUST LOGISTICS.

THE FIRE DEPARTMENT COMES FROM A BUILDING.

THAT IS WHERE THEY ARE AND IF THEIR RESPONSE TIME IS SLOW THEN THEY PROBABLY NEED ANOTHER BUILDING CLOSE BY BUT YOU COULD HAVE FIVE POLICE ON THE STREET AND FOUR OF THEM ARE ON A CALL AND THEN YOU HAVE GET A PRIORITY CALL.

THEY ARE MOBILE ALL THE TIME SO I DON'T THINK YOU CAN COME UP WITH A RESPONSE TIME ONLY BECAUSE THEY DON'T COME FROM THE POLICE STATION. THEY COME FROM EVERYWHERE.

>> HOWEVER WHEN THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH POLICE OFFICERS ON THE STREETS OUR RESPONSE TIMES ARE SCARY AND DANGEROUS.

BUT I HEAR YOUWNIE. GOOD POINT.

MARTHA, YOU HAD YOUR HAND UP. >> YES.

I JUST WANTED TO FOLLOW-UP ON BLAKE'S QUESTION ABOUT DISPATCH.

WE'RE NOT HAVING TO CALL IN OFFICERS THEN LIKE WE WERE LAST YEAR TO FILL THOSE POSITIONS FOR DISPATCH.

>> VERY RARELY ONLY BECAUSE WE'VE HAD A COUPLE OUT OFF COVID AND TRAINING. WE'RE FULLY STASHED BUT NOT FULLY FUNCTIONAL. NOTHING LIKE IT WAS LAST YEAR.

>> GREAT. SO THE PEOPLE YOU HAVE IN TRAINING ARE DISPATCH PEOPLE THAT WILL BE ABLE TO FILL THOSE

GAPS? >> CORRECT.

YES, MA'AM. VERY CLOSE.

>> AND WE HAVE POLICE OFFICERS IN TRAINING TOO.

>> THAT IS CERTAINLY GOOD NEWS. GLAD TO HEAR IT.

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>> PAM, YOU HAVE YOUR HAND UP AGAIN.

>> NOPE. MOVE TO WHITNEY.

7. >> YOU DIDN'T INCLUDE IT IN YOUR PRESENTATION BUT I KNOW YOU HAVE A VERY WELL HUNG COMMERCIAL VEHICLE ENFORCEMENT DIVISION. THAT DOES AN EXCELLENT JOB IN THE CITY AND WITH THIS NEW BUILDING GOING ON I WONDER IF YOU HAVE PUT ANY THOUGHTS INTO EXPANDING THAT EFFORT.

>> WE HAVE AND OUR OFFICERS STAY EXTREMELY BUSY.

ABOUT 600 STOPS A YEAR WHICH IS JUST HOPPING.

7 TO KEEP OUR STREETS SAFE AND TO KEEP THE TRUCKS INSPECTED.

SO EVENTUALLY IT WOULD PROBABLY, YOU KNOW IT'S HARD TO SAY.

WE HAVE DISCUSSED IT. SO AS BUILDING DECREASES WE HAVE FEWER TRUCKS COMING THROUGH THE CITY.

AND SO A LOT OF IT DEPENDS ON THE NUMBER OF TRUCKS.

I'M ALWAYS OPEN TO ADDING ADDITIONAL OFFICERS AND UNITS AND WHATEVER IT MAY BE. WE HAVE NOT DISCUSSED IT IN ANY TYPE OF DEPTH OR DETAIL ABOUT ADDING ANOTHER OFFICER.

HE COULD AND WE PROBABLY COULD ADD A SECOND ONE BUT MY CONCERN OR WORRY IS THAT IT WOULD SATURATE THE CITY.

WE HAVE A LOT OF TRUCKERS WHO I CAN'T GET FROM EDGE OF TOWN TO EDGE OF TOWN WITHOUT BEING STOPPED BY URUGUAY.

SORRY. THAT IS YOUR JOHN HE IS THERE TO MAKE SURE THE TRUCKS ARE SAFE. SITES OF POSSIBLE AS WE GET CLOSER ESPECIALLY WITH I-30 AND THE TRUCKS ON THERE AS WE GET A COUPLE OF YEARS DOWN THE ROAD THAT WOULD BE -- A VIABLE

OPTION. >> IT BASICALLY PAYS FOR ITSELF

FIVE TIMES OVER. >> IT DOES.

>> I'M SURE WE'RE GETTING A REPUTATION.

>> A LITTLE. >> I'VE GOT TWO THINGS.

8 ONE, YOU ISSUED CRIME STATS TODAY AND I WAS VERY HAPPY TO SEE THAT IT LOOKS LIKE OUR CRIME LEVELS ACROSS THE BOARD ARE NOT

RISING. >> CORRECT.

>> AND OUR POPULATION IS INCREASING AND CERTAINLY PEOPLE'S MENTAL CONDITION IS WORSENING.

SO I JUST WANT THE PUBLIC TO KNOW THAT WE'RE WATCHING THAT CAREFULLY AND ACROSS THE BOARD IT LOOKS LIKE WE'RE CONSISTENT WITH HISTORICAL LEVELS. WOULD YOU AGREE WITH THAT?

>> YES, MA'AM. I WOULD COMPLETELY AGREE THAT OUR CRIME IS STAYING CONSISTENT IF NOT DECREASING.

NOT SEEING HUGE INCREASES IN SOME OF THE MAJOR HIGH-PROFILE TYPE CRIMES. WE'RE BUSY BUT WE'RE MUCH BUSIER WITH COMMUNITY OR SOCIETY RELATED INCIDENTS AND SO YES I

WOULD AGREE WITH YOU, MA'AM. >> EVEN IN THE BURGLARIES AND SUCH AND MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT. I'M SORRY IF I'M USING THE WRONG TERMINOLOGY. IT APPEARS THAT WE'RE STABLE.

>> CORRECT. >> MY SECOND COMMENT.

WE HAVE NOT GONE THROUGH THE DETAILS OF THE UPCOMING BUDGET BUT I HEARD WHAT YOU SAID A MINUTE AGO.

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE ANOTHER RESOURCE IN THE CRISIS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM NOT NECESSARILY A POLICE OFFICER.

I'M HOPING, I HOPE THAT THE POLICE BUDGET HAS ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ALLOCATED TO THAT PROGRAM.

>> ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME OR BRIAN?

>> ON MY SCREEN YOU'RE NEXT TO EACH OTHER.

>> AS YOU KNOW FROM THE BUDGET WE DID NOT ADD ANY EMPLOYEES

THAT INCLUDES CRISIS ASSISTANCE. >> I'LL DEFINITELY WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT WHEN WE TALK THROUGH THE BUDGET.

MATT. >> I DIDN'T HAVE ANYTHING.

THANKS FOR.PRESENTATION. THIS IS AN EDITORIAL.

WE NEED TO HAVE A WORK SESSION ON THE HOMELESS PIECE OF IT AND WHAT YOU'RE COMING ONE THAT. WE SHOULD NOT BE SEEING THE NUMBER OF PANHANDLER AROUND TOWN.

SO WHEN YOU'RE READY. >> THE HOMELESS INITIATIVES THAT WE STARTED BEFORE COVID HAS KIND OF STALLED BAUGH BECAUSE OF COVID. THE ASSISTANT CHIEF MILLER HAS BEEN LEADING THAT GROUP AND HE HAS MADE A LOT OF HEADWAY AND

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LOCATED SEVERAL RESOURCES SO PART OF THE DISCUSSION AT THIS POINT COMES WHAT DO WE DO WITH THEM? WHETHER WE PUT THEM ON A TRAIN AND SEND THEM TO DALLAS OR ARREST THEM. AND NONE OF THOSE ARE THE SOLUTION. THERE ARE BITS AND PIECES OF THE OPTIONS BUT WE'RE ANSWERING MORE AND SEEING AN INFLUX OF HOW MANY

HOMELESS AS WELL. >> THAT IS WHAT FORT WORTH DID.

THEY WERE BUYING TICKETS AND SENDING THEM TO DALLAS.

PEOPLE HAVE DONE IT. >> AND WE'VE READ OUR ORDINANCES. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'VE RECOMMENDED ANY CHANGES TO THOSE AS A RESULT OF YOUR INITIATIVE BUT WE HAVE SOME PLACES THAT DON'T ALLOW THE PANHANDLING.

MANY TIMES YOUR OFFICERS CANNOT BE EVERYWHERE AT ONE TIME.

IF THERE IS PANHANDLING GOING ON WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE'RE CALLING 9-1-1 AND REPORTING THAT SO YOU ALL CAN MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE NOT HAVING ISSUES AGAINST OUR ORDINANCES.

>> ABSOLUTELY. WE DO NEED THE COMMUNITY'S HELP AND IT'S A BIG ASSISTANCE WHEN WE RECEIVE CALLS.

NORMALLY WE LIKE TO BEGIN WITH EDUCATION AND A WARNING AND IF THEY REFUSE TO LEAVE OR WE GET MULTIPLE CALLS WE'LL TALK OTHER ACTIONS. BUT WE'RE SEEING IT AS WELL AND

WE'RE TRYING TO FOCUS ON IT. >> BUT THOSE ARE TWO RELATED ISSUES. HOMELESSNESS AND THE

PANHANDLING. >> CORRECT.

>> THE PANHANDLING ORDINANCE IS I THINK DIFFICULT FOR POLICE DEPARTMENTS TO ENFORCE BECAUSE OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE AROUND THAT WHICH IS IF THEY ARE IN A PUBLIC AREA THEY ARE ALLOWED TO PANHANDLE BUT IF THEY ARE IMPEDING RIGHT-OF-WAY THAT IS WHERE THAT CHANGES BUT I'VE LOOKED AT THAT AND I CAN SEE THAT BEING VERY DIFFICULT FOR PD TO ENFORCE.

>> AND IT DOES HAVE ITS CHALLENGES.

THAT IS WHY WE'RE LABELED AS AGGRESSIVE PANHANDLING BECAUSE

IT TAKES IT TO THE NEXT STEP. >> ALL RIGHT.

ANYONE ELSE? THANK YOU, CHIEF.

I REALLY APPRECIATE. WE REALLY APPRECIATE SOME OF THE INNOVATION THAT YOU HAVE IN THE RECENT PAST AND CERTAINLY TOTALLY SUPPORT YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT HOW WELL, THE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS DONE IN THE FACE OF SO MANY CHALLENGES OVER THE

LAST SEVERAL MONTHS. >> YOU'RE VERY WELCOMED AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

Y'ALL HAVE A GREAT NIGHT. >> THANK YOU.

>> ALL RIGHT. NEXT IS GARY IN A OUR PUBLIC

WORKS -- >> MAYOR AND COUNCIL, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME TONIGHT. TOM HARRIS OUR CITY ENGINEER WITH US TO HELP SUPPORT. WE ENSURE ALL OF OUR PRIORITIES ALIGN WITH OUR STRATEGIC GOALS. BEFORE I START THE PROGRAM LET ME BACK UP. I DID THIS EXERCISE FOR ALL OF THE DEPARTMENTS SO, ITS A SLIDE HEAVY SO WITH THAT IN MIND I'M GOING TO ZIP THROUGH IT. OBVIOUSLY STOP ME IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS. 2018 BOND PROGRAM WE HAVE 47 ALLIES IN THE PROCESS. AND OF THE 47 HOURS WE COMPLETED 10 OF THEM WHICH IS A SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENT MOVING FROM 58 TO 63. EITHER DESIGN OR CONSTRUCTION.

SO WE COMPLETED 11.2 LANE MILES AND RECONSTRUCTION AND SUBDIVISIONS AND THAT PIECE WENT FROM 75 TO 77 AND TO ME THAT IS SIGNIFICANT AS WELL CONSIDERING WE HAVE OVER 500 MILES OF ROAD.

AND THEN THE WATER LINE AND SEWER LINE REPLACEMENT IN A SUBDIVISION AS WELL. NOT IN THE MAIN STREETS.

SO DEFINITELY INCREASED THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN THOSE SUBDIVISIONS AND THE PATTERN TONIGHT IS DISCUSSING THE EFFECTS OF SAPPHIRE BAY. CURRENTLY ABOUT 9,000 LINEAR FEET AND GRAVITY LINES. SO SOME OF THE CHALLENGES WE HAVE WE'RE WORKING WITH THE CIFB ON IDENTIFYING PROJECT THERE ARE

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MORE PROJECT --S THAN WE HAVE MONEY.

WE'RE LOOKING AT $75 MILLION TO RECONSTRUCT THOSE PROJECTS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. SO WE GET TO WATER AND WASTEWATER TO MEET THE STRATEGIC PRIORITIES OF THE CITY.

PUBLIC -- SINCE 2012 WE REPLACED 15,000 LINEAR FEET OF AGING AC PIPE. OUR MOST PRONE PIPE TYPE THAT WILL CAUSE A LEAK OR FAIL AND WE HAVE A LOT OF THAT PIPE ON MILLER -- AND EVERY TIME I GET A CALL ABOUT A WATER LEAK I KNOW WHERE IT IS. OUR GOAL IS TO REPLACE ALL OF THAT AC PIPE WITHIN FOUR YEARS. AND UNFORTUNATELY BECAUSE OF COVID WE ONLY DID 500 FEET THIS YEAR INSTEAD OF 3,000 FEET.

BECAUSE THAT PROJECT TAKES A LOT OF STAFF AND WITH OUR WATER AND SEWER ON SPLIT SHIFTS WE WOULD HAVE TO PULL PEOPLE FROM ANOTHER SHIFT JUST TO DO THAT AND OBVIOUSLY WENT INTO THIS THINKING IT WAS GOING TO BE A TWO MONTH ORDEAL AND WE SEE HOW LONG IT'S BEEN GOING ON. SO FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE THAT'S AN EFFECT OF COVID AND -- HOURS ON THE WEEKEND. 8 SO ANOTHER ACCOMPLISHMENT IS TELEVISING -- NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

TELEVISING ALMOST 229,000 FEET OF WASTEWATER MAINS.

SO WE TELEVISE A LINE WE TELEVISE INTO TWO CONDITIONS.

TO LOOK AT THE CONDITION OF THE ASSET AND IF THERE IS A CLOG.

SO WE CAN SEE WHAT IS CLOGGING IT AND THE NEXT BULLET POINT IS 471,000 FEET OF WASTEWATER MAINS CLEANED AND THAT IS THE CONDITION OF HEY WE HAVE A CLOG. OUR NUMBER ONE CLOG IS GREASE.

RESTAURANTS AND HOME OWNERS PLEASE DON'T PUT THE HOT GREASE DOWN THE DRAIN. BECAUSE IT CONGEALS AND BACKS UP THE SYSTEM AND IT CAN AFFECTED YOUR HOME AND THE PLUMBING.

A BIG ACCOMPLISHMENT IS BEING PREEMPTIVE AND CLEANING THOSE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. SO THERE IS A LOT OF DATA ON HERE ON THIS SLIDE AND CONTACTS. THE SAPPHIRE WILL ADD -- 40 HYDRANTS. THE MAINTENANCE IS TWO MONTHS OF WORK FOR ONE FTE. SO YOU HAVE TO EXERCISE THE VALUES AND THE FIRE HYDRANTS AND MAINTAIN THE WATER AND WASTEWATER SYSTEM. SO SAPPHIRE BAY ITSELF WILL BE MORE MAINTENANCE BEFORE IT'S OCCUPIED BECAUSE WHEN YOU PUT YOUR INFRASTRUCTURE IN YOU HAVE THE WATER LINES IN AND THEY ARE ALL PRESSURIZED AND YOU DON'T HAVE ANYONE USING THE WATER SO YOU HAVE A WATER QUALITY ISSUE. WITH -- FLUSHING TO KEEP THE CHLORINE RESIDUALS OUT. 7 IT IS THE FURTHEST POINT OF OUR RECEIVING POINT. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO ANOTHER NEW PROGRAM AND STRATEGY IS TO DEVELOP OUR OWN STAFF. WE HAVE DIFFICULTY FINDING TRAINED PERSONNEL TO WORK IN PUBLIC WORKS AND WATER AND SEWER ESPECIALLY BECAUSE WE REQUIRE AND CDO.

A WATER LICENSE AND SEWER LICENSE AND IT'S DIFFICULT TO PULL SOMEONE FROM ANOTHER CITY ANOTHER ENTITY ESPECIALLY THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND THIS IS NOT A BIG CAREER PUNCH FOR THE YOUNGER PEOPLE SO WE HIRE PEOPLE FROM HOME DEPOT.

FROM RESTAURANTS. WE EXPLAIN THE PROJECTS AND WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO AND THE LINE OF WORK HERE AND THEN AFTER A COUPLE OF THEY ARE LIKE THAT IS NOT FOR ME.

A KEY STRATEGY FOR US IS RETAINING THE PEOPLE WE HAVE AND TRAINING AND GETTING LICENSES RIGHT NOW.

WE HAVE TO DO IT ON-LINE. USUALLY WE SEND THEM OUT FOR CLASSES. THREE-DAY CLASSES AND THE LICENSE IS A THREE-YEAR TERM SO WE HAVE TO DO IT ON-LINE SO WE

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HAVE TO MAKE TIME FOR THAT. AND THE STREETS DEPARTMENT -- THIS ONE WE HAVE 16,000 SIGNS IN THE SYSTEM.

AND WE HAVE TO REPLACE 16,000 SIGNS EVERY SEVEN TO EIGHT YEARS PER THE FHA REFLECTIVITY REQUIREMENTS.

FOR AGE AND POPULATION. SO WE DIVIDE THAT UP BY THE SEVEN YEARS AND KEEP TRACK. WE HAVE THREE PEOPLE IN THE DEPARTMENT. ONE IS THE SUPERVISOR AND ONE DEDICATED TO SIGNS AND ONE DEDICATED IS TO SIGNALS SO AS THE CITY GROWS WE WILL BE SEEKING MORE BODIES IN THAT DEPARTMENT. SO AS EVERYONE KNOWS IF YOU WANT SOMETHING CHANGED MESH IT. THE BLUE BARS THE WORK ORDERS THE ORANGE LINE THE DOTS IS THE AVERAGE DAYS TO CLOSE OUR WORK ORDER SO I'M VERY HAPPY TO SEE IN Q2 OF 2020 OUR WORK ORDERS ARE INCREASING AND WE'RE CLOSING THE WORK ORDERS FASTER.

AND WHAT IS IMPORTANT IF YOU HAVE A -- IN FRONT OF YOUR HOUSE YOU'RE GOING TO KNOW THAT IT'S REPAIRED.

BUZZ YOU JUST DROVE BY AND YOU SEE IT ONCE A MONTH OR INFREQUENTLY WE MAKE THE REPAIR AND CLOSE THE WORK ORDER AND IT SEND AN E-MAIL BACK TO THE RESIDENT AND SAYS IT'S COMPLETE.

SO, ITS NOT ONLY IMPORTANT TO TAKE THE WORK ORDER BUT TO LET THEM KNOW WHEN IT'S DONE. THE FIRST BULLET POINT 22% INCREASE IN STREETS IN 2019. AND OBVIOUSLY NEW STREETS WERE CONSTRUCTED AND THEY DON'T NEED MAINTENANCE IN THE FIRST FIVE YEARS. AND THE FIRST THING DO YOU IS CRACKED CEILING IN THE JOINTS SO WE ARE EXCITED WITH THE NEW CONSTRUCTION STANDARDS. BUT AS THE ROADS START AGING WE DO HAVE ROADS INCREASE IN THERE FOR SURE PERCENTAGE.

7 ANOTHER BULLET POINT IS CHANGING THE SIGNALS TO RADAR VEHICLE DETECTION. INCREASE THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC.

SO SOME OF OUR SIGNALS ARE ON VIDEO.

IT'S OLDER TECHNOLOGY AND WITH THE RADAR DETECTION IT'S SAFER ENVIRONMENT FOR CARS THAT WHEN YOU GET A YELLOW SIGNAL IT HAS A NO GO ZONE. IT WILL HOLD THE SIGNAL FOR HALF A SECOND. WON'T CHANGE IT TO RED SO YOU'RE NOT SLAMMING ON THE BRAKES. SO WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT MOVING THAT RADAR SYSTEM TO ALL SIGNALS IN THE FUTURE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

FACILITIES. 8 JIM AND HIS GROUP THE CUSS STOWEDDIAL WORKERS AND THE RESPONSE TO THE COVID INSTALLING SNEEZE GUARDS IN A TIMELY MANNER, DISINFECTING ALL FACILITIES AND OBVIOUSLY THE PUBLIC THAT COMES TO VISIT OUR PUBLIC. THEY ARE DOING A GREAT JOB AND VERY PROUD OF THAT AND THE RESPONSE THAT THEY PERFORM.

THE AN EXLOBBY UPGRADE. BETTER LIGHTING.

COOLER FOR THE BUILDING SO IT REDUCES THE NEED FOR THE HVAC SYSTEM AND LOW ENERGY. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO ONE OF THE CHALLENGES THE ROOFING REPLACEMENTS.

THE ROOF AT CITY HALL HAS A SPECIAL TILE THAT IS NOT MANUFACTURED ANY MORE SO OUR ROOFER HE SCOURS THE INTERNET AND LOOKS FOR BUILD THINGS ARE BEING DEMOLISHED AND HE BUYS EVERY TILE HE CAN AND KEEPS IN IT STORAGE FOR US SO WE CAN MAINTAIN THE BUILDING. THAT'S AN EXAMPLE OF HAVING AN OLDER BUILDING WITH THAT NOSTALGIA.

THIS CHART HERE SHOWS THE COST PER SQUARE FOOT OF OUR BUILDINGS. AND THE AVERAGE AGE AND THAT IS 34 YEARS OLD THERE IS SOME OUTLIERS AT 102 YEARS OLD.

CITY HALL IS 82 YEARS OLD. AND THEN THE ROWLETT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS 97 YEARS OLD. WE HAVE SOME AGING

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INFRASTRUCTURE AND JUST MAINTAINING AND TRYING TO BE MORE EFFICIENT WITH THE PROCESS. FLEET DON'T.

MAINTAINED 455 VEHICLES AND THE FUEL DELIVERY AND STORAGE.

SO WE HAD AN INTENSIVE TCQ UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANK INSPECTION. IT'S WAY MORE INTENSIVE THAN AN A ABOVE GROUND BECAUSE OF LEAKING AND SEEPAGE INTO THE SOIL AND WE NOT ONLY PASSED BUT RECEIVED HIGH REGARD FROM THE INSPECTOR OF OUR SYSTEM. SO VERY EXCITED ABOUT THAT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. ONE OF OUR CHALLENGES IS MAINTAINING THE EQUIPMENT. ANOTHER ONE IS CHANGE OF SCHEDULES. WATER, SEWER AND STREETS ARE WORKING SIX DAYS A WEEK 12 HOURS A DAY.

TWO GUYS WORK 8 HOURS A DAY. SOMETIMES THEY HAVE TO STAY LATE TO REPAIR ITEMS. IMPRESSIVE ARE THE TWO THEY MAINTAIN 40 DIFFERENT MANUFACTURERS.

ABOVE THE GENERAL KNOWLEDGE OF 40 DIFFERENT MANUFACTURERS.

VERY IMPRESSIVE AND THE AMOUNT OF TOOLS TO DO THAT IS IMPRESSIVE AS WELL. PART OF OUR KEY STRATEGY IS BEING MORE EFFICIENT. WE'RE ANALYZING A PROPOSAL FROM ENTERPRISE FLEET TO LOOK AT THE LEADING PROGRAM TO SEE IF IT'S A FIT FOR OUR CITY AND HOW WE OPERATE VEHICLES AND THE LIFE CYCLE SO THEY CAN REALIZE SOME SAVINGS.

AND THE NEXT BULLET POINT IS PURCHASE 1-2-3-4 MACHINE.

EVERY COUPLE OF YEARS THE GOVERNMENT CHANGES THE MAKE UP OF FREON AND YOU HAVE TO HAVE A SPECIALIZED EQUIPMENT EVERY YEAR TO SERVICE AIR-CONDITIONS. AND WHEN THE AIR-CONDITIONER GOES OUT IN THE VEHICLE IN THE SUMMER AND YOU SEND IT TO A REPAIR SHOP IT'S GOING TO BE WEEKS BEFORE YOU GET IT BACK SO WE DO OUR OWN AC REPAIR AND IT KEEPS THE FLEET MOVING AND KEEPS VEHICLES AVAILABLE. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THAT IS LONG AND I'M DONE AND I APOLOGIZE FOR THE LENGTH.

I DID CUT IT DOWN BY 10 SLIDES AFTER BRIAN TOLD ME TO SHORTEN IT. THERE YOU GO.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH, GARY. REALLY APPRECIATE THE PRESENTATION. WHITNEY, YOU HAVE YOUR HAND RAISE GEED GARY, JUST ONE COMMENT.

I SAW THROUGH YOUR KEY PROGRAM STRATEGIES THAT YOU WERE DEVELOPING STAFF ON-LINE AND THAT LED ME TO A QUESTION AS TO WHETHER YOU'VE REACHED OUT TO GARLAND'S -- CAREER AND TECHNICAL CENTER TO SEE IF YOU'RE ABLE TO PARTNER WITH THEM WITH THE GRADUATING STUDENTS TO HAVE EARLY ENTRY INTO THE PROGRAM OR EVEN INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AND EVEN THE GREATEST THING WOULD BE FOR THEM TO CREATE A PUBLIC WORKS KIND OF TRADE. THAT WOULD FIT RIGHT INTO OUR BAILIWICK AND WE WOULD ABLE TO HIRE FOLKS RIGHT FROM SCHOOL.

THEY ARE ADDING DISCIPLINES THERE EVERY YEAR AND THAT MIGHT BE SOMETHING WE WOULD WANT TO APPROACH THEM ABOUT.

>> THAT IS A GREAT IDEA AND EVERY YEAR WHEN THEY GO AND ASK FOR VOLUNTEERS OUR DEPARTMENT SEND THE MOST OVER THERE.

IT'S A GREAT PROGRAM AND THAT IS RAY GREAT IDEA TO USE IT AS A RESOURCE. THANK YOU FOR THAT.

>> THAT IS A GOOD IDEA, WHITNEY. BLAKE.

>> HOW MUCH FUNDING ARE WE ALLOCATING TO A YEAR TO CREATE A CITYWIDE LOOPING SYSTEM FOR OUR WATER SO THAT WE CAN REDUCE THE

EXCESSIVE HYDRANTS FLUSHING. >> WE DOAL QUIET INDICATE OF FUNDING FOR THAT. -- ALLOCATING FUNDING AND RIGHT NOW THAT PROJECT IS ON HOLD AS WE ON THE SPLIT SHIFTS.

SOME OF THE DEAD ENDS YOU WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO GET AROUND THAT

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BECAUSE THEY ARE IN CUL-DE-SACS. SO YOU HAVE TO OF A FLUSH POINT INTO A STORM DRAIN BUT THAT IS A KEY PROGRAM AND IT'S IN LINE WITH THE RIGHT TURN LANES. THAT ONLY FREES UP STAFF BUT ALSO KEEPS THE WATER QUALITY UP SO WE VALUE THAT PROGRAM.

8 IT'S ON HOLD AT THE TIME. BUT IT IS FUNDED.

>> THANK YOU. GIVEN THE STAFFING ISSUES THAT WE HAVE IN PUBLIC WORKS DO YOU BELIEVE THERE ARE AREAS THAT WE WILL NEED TO CONTRACT OUT ESPECIALLY IN ENGINEERING.

IS THAT SOMETHING THAT WE ALREADY DO?

>> RELY ON OUR CONSULTANTS FOR DESIGNING BUT WHEN THE PROJECT DESIGN -- WE INSPECT THEM. TOM'S GROUP DOES A GREAT JOB OF INSPECTING THE PROJECTS BUT WHERE I SEE AND A NEED IS MORE INSPECTORS. YOU HAVE TO BE THERE PRETTY MUCH ALL DAY ON-SITE SO THAT LIMITS THE AMOUNT OF PROJECTS YOU CAN START BECAUSE YOU ONLY HAVE FIVE INSPECTORS.

WHEN YOU POUR CONCRETE YOU CANNOT MOVE UNTIL IT'S DONE.

>> WE WOULD NOT BE IMPEDING PROGRESS AND CONTRACTS WAITING ON US IF WE STARTED MORE PROJECTS.

BUT WE DID THINK ABOUT USING CONSULTANTS FOR ININSPECTORS.

WE'RE VETTING THAT TO KEEP UP WITH THE PROJECTS AND DEFINITELY LOOK AT THE NEXT BOND ELECTION AND WHAT PROJECTS ARE SELECTED

TO SEE IF WE WILL USE THIS. >> DO YOU FORESEE US HAVING ANY WATER PRESSURE ISSUES AT SAPPHIRE BAY LEADING US TO NEED

A NEW WATER TOWER? >> THE MARTHA WATER TOWER.

THAT WAS ABSORBED IN THE SYSTEM BUT THERE IS A TRIGGER POINT WHEN A POPULATION NOT ONLY WITH SAPPHIRE BAY AND THE BAY SIDE DEVELOPMENT WE WILL NEED ANOTHER GROUND STORAGE TANK AND MAYBE ANOTHER ELEVATED STORAGE TANK BUT IT'S GOING TO BE THE PIPING AND THE GROUND STORAGE TANK I DO NOT FORESEE WATER PRESSURE ISSUES MOVING THE DIRECTION ON THE 24-INCH WATER LINE -- THAT WILL HELP THE SAPPHIRE BAY AND THE BAY SIDE AREA AND THAT WILL HELP WITH THE WATER QUALITY AS WELL WHEN YOU'RE FLUSHING THE HYDRANTS IN THE SUMMER AND THAT HAS AN A EFFECT AS WELL.

IT REDUCES THE HEIGHT OF YOUR TANK WHICH IS WHERE YOU GET YOUR

PRESSURE. >> THANK YOU, GARY.

>> I DON'T SEE ANYBODY ELSE'S HAND UP AT THIS TIME.

GARY, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE'VE BEEN PRETTY FORTUNATE WITH AT THE CITY OF ROWLETT IS WE'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE LAYOFFS AS A RESULT OF ECONOMIC DOWNTURN AND I KNOW THERE ARE LOTS OF CITIES EXPERIENCING VERY DIFFICULT LAYOFFS.

ANY RIGHT SIDE OF THAT OF WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO FILL SOME OF THE POSITION THAT'S HAVE BEEN OPEN FOR A WHILE? CURRENTLY OUR POSITIONS ARE FROZEN UNTIL WE FIND OUT THE FULL EFFECT OF COVID. ONCE BRIAN ASSURED US THAT THE DECISION IS COMING SOON AND WE CAN REOPEN THESE POSITIONS.

7 THEN WE'LL IDENTIFY THE NEED OF PEOPLE IN PUBLIC WORKS AND HE ASSURED ME AS SOON AS THAT NUMBER FOR COVID COMES OUT TO THE POSITIVE THAT WE'RE GOING TO OPEN THESE POSITIONS AND

IMMEDIATELY START HIRING. >> LET ME CLARIFY.

ABOUT A WEEK OR SO AGO WE FREED UP TWO OF THE POSITION THAT'S WERE IN THE UTILITY FUND AND I TOLD GARY AND A COUPLE OF OTHER DEPARTMENTS WE WERE WAITING FOR THE JUNE SALES TAX NUMBERS AND IF THAT NUMBER IS STILL WHERE WE THINK IT WILL BE I TOLD GARY WE'LL FREE UP SOME MORE PARTICULARLY HIS MAINTENANCE WORKERS. BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU JUST SAID MAYOR IT DOES LOOK LIKE THE NUMBERS ARE MUCH BETTER AND PUBLIC WORKS IS ONE OF THE AREAS THAT IS REALLY SUFFERING THE

MOST WITH THIS. >> I WOULD HATE TO LOSE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO PICK UP SOME GOOD STAFF AND THERE IS LOTS OF PEOPLE OUT THEREOF LOOKING FOR POSITIONS SO IF WE HAVE THAT

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ABILITY TO PICK UP THOSE PEOPLE WE NEED TO DO THAT AS SOON AS

POSSIBLE. >> THAT WOULD BE EXCELLENT.

>> JUST TO FOLLOW-UP ON THAT AND THAT WAS A GREAT QUESTION, MAYOR AND ONE THAT I'VE BEEN HOPEFUL THAT WE CAN FILL SOME OF THE POSITIONS BECAUSE OF THE LAYOFFS AND PEOPLE THAT ARE OUT THERE LOOKING BUT JUST TO CLARIFY THESE ARE NOT NEW POSITIONS.

THESE ARE VACANCIES THAT NEED TO BE FILLED IF THAT DEPARTMENT.

AND SO ARE YOU SAYING THAT THE HIRING OF THOSE POSITIONS THAT ARE VACANT HAVE BEEN ON HOLD UNTIL WE GOT OUR SALES TAX

REPORT? >> YES.

>> THEY WERE OFF HOLD WHEN WE DETERMINED THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN WITH COVID AND WE WENT THROUGH THE BUDGET PROCESS OF MAKING SURE WE HAVE UNDERSTOOD EXACTLY WHAT COVID WAS GOING TO DO TO

US. >> JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE

THESE WERE VACANCIES. >> AND COUNCIL, REMEMBER THIS DEPARTMENT HAS NOT BEEN FULL SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE IN WATER AND SEWER. SO THAT JOB POSTING HAS BEEN PERPETUALLY OPEN IN MY THREE AND A HALF YEARS SO, ITS DIFFICULT FINDING EMPLOYEES THAT WANT TO BE IN THIS FIELD BECAUSE YOU THINK ABOUT THE LICENSING AND CERTIFICATES THAT WE MAKE YOU HAVE AND WE PUT YOU IN A TEN-FOOT HOLE FULL OF SEWER WATER SAYING I WOULD RATHER WORK AT QT OR BUCK EQUAL.

SO, IT'S PRETTY CHALLENGING TO THAT HAS THIS CALLING.

7. >> JUST FINAL EDITORIAL COMMENT FROM ME. THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE HARD WORK THAT YOU GUYS DO. Y'ALL HAVE JUST SOME OF THE YUCKIEST STUFF THAT YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH ALL OF THE TIME.

AND JUST APPRECIATE THE GREAT ATTITUDE THAT YOU AND YOUR GUYS HAVE, THE HARD WORK THAT YOU DO THAT A LOT OF US NEVER SEE.

AND YOU'RE DOING IT SHORT STAFFED AND HAVE FOR AS LONG AS I'VE BEEN ON COUNCIL AND BEFORE. A BIG KUDOS AND THANK YOU FOR

ALL OF THAT DO. >> THANK YOU FOR THAT AND I'LL SHARE IS THAT WITH THE TEAM AND I KNOW COUNCIL IS VERY

SUPPORTIVE OF PUBLIC WORKS. >> ABSOLUTELY.

>> I REALLY THANK YOU FOR THAT. >> ANYBODY ELSE?

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, GARY. AND TOM, THANK YOU.

WE'RE GLAD YOU HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO TAKE THOSE VACATIONS

RECENTLY. >> THAT'S WHY I'M HERE.

I'M JUST RELAXING. 7.

>> ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, GUYS.

>> SO MAYOR WHAT WE THOUGHT WE WOULD DO IS GO TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. SO JIM, IF YOU'LL JUMP ON.

7 AND WE ARE ON SCHEDULE, MAYOR. >> GOOD EVENING, MAYOR.

GOOD EVENING, COUNCIL. 7 THANK YOU, STACEY.

MISSION FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

-- TO ENHANCE AND DIVERSITY ROWLETT'S TAX BASE TO ENSURE SUSTAINABILITY WHILE PROMOTING OUR ROWLETT VISION.

NEXT SLIDE, STACEY. AND SO SOME OF THE PERFORMANCE METRICS THAT OUR DEPARTMENT TRACKS AND THESE ARE AVAILABLE.

WE PUBLISH THEM QUARTERLY ON THE CITY'S WEBSITE ON THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WEBSITE. ROWLETT ON THE MOVE .COM AND YOU CAN SEE THAT WE TRACK TAXABLE SALES ON A QUARTERLY BASES.

WE LOOK AT OUR CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCIES.

THE COMMERCIAL SIDE AND THE NUMBER OF NEW BUSINESSES THAT ARE OPENING. THE NUMBER OF NEW COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITS AND EVALUATIONS.

IT HAS AN IMPACT ON THE TAX BASE FOR ROWLETT.

WE HAVE LOOK AT OUR EXISTING COMMERCIAL BASE AND EXPANSIONS THAT ARE HAPPENING. AND THEN WE TRACK OUR WEBSITE PAGE VIEWS AS WELL AS OUR WEBSITE DOWNLOADS AND THEN A KEY

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THING IS OUR BUSINESS RETENTION AND EXPANSION PROGRAM AND THE NUMBER OF VISITS THAT WE MAKE TO OUR EXISTING BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND THAT HAS BECOME A PRIORITY IN THE COVID ENVIRONMENT THAT WE'RE IN RIGHT NOW. NEXT SLIDE.

AND SO YOU CAN SEE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT PRECOVID.

WE HAVE TALK ABOUT THE COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION UNDERWAY.

WE'VE GOT OVER A BILLION AND A HALF IN PRIVATE ECONOMIC INVESTMENT HAPPENING IN ROWLETT.

OUR MARRY FOCUS AREAS HAVE BEEN OUR NORTHSHORE AND SAPPHIRE BAY.

PROMOTING THEM AT A NATIONAL STATE, REGION AND LOCAL LEVEL.

NEXT SLIDE. OUR FISCAL YEAR 2020 GOALS AND ACHIEVEMENTS AND IN 2019 COUNCIL ADOPTED AN UPDATED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIC PLAN SO WE BEGAN THAT IMPLEMENTATION OF THAT STRATEGIC PLAN FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

WE CONTINUE OUR STRATEGIC OF MARKETING AND RECRUITMENT EFFORTS. OUR PLIERY GROWTH AREAS ARE NORTHSHORE, VILLAGE OF ROWLETT DOWNTOWN AND SAPPHIRE BAY.

YOU ALL ARWE'RE THAT WE ENGAGED CHRIS IN A PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AGREEMENT FOR OUR NORTHSHORE EFFORT AND CONTINUE WITH OUR TARGETED MARKET TECHNICAL -- MAG CAMPAIGN FOR THESE KEY GROWTH AREAS. NEXT SLIDE.

FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021 THE GOALS THAT WE IDENTIFIED PRECOVID WERE SAPPHIRE BAY. OUR GOAL WAS TO BE IN A POSITION TO ANNOUNCE THE RESORT FLAG FOR THE RESORT CONFERENCE CENTER TO GET OUR CONFERENCE CENTER FINANCING STRUCTURED AND THEN THE -- TEX-DOT CONSTRUCTION PROJECT UNDERWAY.

PILLS A GOAL WAS TO SECURE A CATALYST PROJECT FOR NORTHSHORE DISTRICT AND CONTINUE OUR PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP IN CONVERSATIONS WITH GISD ON THE 90 PLUS ACRE SITE THAT THEY OWN CURRENTLY IN OUR NORTHSHORE DISTRICT.

CONTINUE OUR STRATEGIC MARKETING AND RECRUITMENT EFFORTS AND OUR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR POSITION HAS BEEN VACANT AND THE GOAL WAS TO EVER THAT POSITION FILLED SOME TIME THIS UP COMING FISCAL YEAR.

SO GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT POST COVID-19 AND SOME OF THE CHALLENGES. UNCERTAINTY, SURVIVAL IN THE POST COVID SOCIETY. SEVERAL PROJECTS THAT WE WERE WORKING ON -- AND THE INVESTMENT THAT IT'S GOING TO TAKE TO MOVE THEM FORWARD. WILL PRIVATE EQUITY AND LENDING CONTINUE? SOME OF THE FOCUS ON NORTHSHORE MAY BE DIFFERENT DEPENDING ON THE LENDING ENVIRONMENT, DEPENDING ON EXPANSIONS AND CONTINUE OUR FOCUS ON SAPPHIRE BAY AND I'LL TALK MORE ABOUT SOME OF OUR EFFORTS THAT MAY LOOK DIFFERENT IN NORTHSHORE. AND THEN I MENTIONED BUSINESS RETENTION AND EXPANSION. THAT IS CLEARLY GOING TO BE A PRIORITY FOR OUR DEPARTMENT AND HOPEFULLY COUNCIL AND OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY HAS SEEN THAT SINCE THE COVID EVENT HAS STARTED. AND OUR OUTREACH EFFORTS TO OUR LOCAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY AS WELL AS OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ROWLETT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN PROVIDING NOT ONLY FINANCIAL RESOURCES BUT NONFINANCIAL RESOURCES AS WELL.

AND SO SOME GOALS THAT HAVE BEEN ADJUSTED AS A RESULT OF COVID-19 AS I MENTIONED BUSINESS RETENTION AND EXPANSION.

THAT HAS BEEN ONE OF OUR PRIMARY FOCUSES SINCE MARCH THIS YEAR.

AND IDENTIFYING RESOURCES FINANCIAL AND NONFINANCIAL, CONTINUE OUR STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, REGIONAL LEVEL AND STATE AND NATIONAL LEVEL.

OUR NORTH SHORE DISTRICT A -- OUR GOAL IS TO LOOK FOR SHOVEL READY PROJECTS. SO IF DOLLARS BECOME AVAILABLE FOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THAT COUNCIL IS AWARE OF WE HAVE AN ADDITIONAL WATER LINE THAT IS NEEDED TO SERVE THE EAST SIDE OF OUR NORTHSHORE DISTRICT.

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WE HAVE THE FRONT AGE ROADS THAT WOULD BE AN INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT AS WELL AS POTENTIAL INTERCHANGE WITH NORTHSHORE DISTRICT SO BEING IN A POSITION TO HAVE THOSE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTION SHOVEL READY MAY BE A MORE CRITICAL FOCUS DEPENDING ON FUNDING AVAILABILITY AND THEN SAPPHIRE BAY, CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON THE OFF-SITE AND ON-SITE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS THAT ARE CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION. COUNCIL IS FAMILIAR WITH THE SEWER PROJECTS AS WELL AS THE RECENT DISCUSSION ON THE OFF-SITE WATER LINE THAT NEEDS TO OCCUR.

WE CONTINUE TO WORK WITH TEX-DOT ON THE INTERSTATE HIGHWAY 30 PROJECT AND ANTICIPATE THAT TO GET STARTED IN SOME TIME FIRST QUARTER OF 2021 TO LET THE CONTRACT AND PROBABLY SEE PHYSICAL CONSTRUCTION HAPPENING AROUND JUNE OF 2021.

AND THEN AS A RESULT OF COVID AND COMMENTS BEFORE -- SUSPENDED TEMPORARILY FOR THE VACANT POSITION AS A RESULT OF HIRING FREEZE. SO SOME OF THE BUDGET CHALLENGES THAT WE HAVE WE HAVE PROPOSED FOR THE UPCOMING FISCAL YEAR.

A FLAT BUDGET SO THAT HAS MET OUR TARGET.

SO THAT WILL CONTINUE OUR STRATEGIC FUNDING WITH THE ROWLETT CLAM HER THAT WE HAVE. IT CONTINUES OUR TARGETED ADVERTISING AND RECRUITMENT FUNDING.

CONTINUES OUR PARTICIPATION IN REGIONAL AND STATE AND NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS. AND IT CONTINUES TO ALLOW US TO DO THE LEASE AGREEMENT. FOR THE DOWNTOWN PARKING THAT WE HAVE AND THEN DEPENDING ON COUNCIL DIRECTION THAT WOULD ALLOW US IN FISCAL YEAR 2021 TO RECRUIT FOR THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR POSITION.

IF THERE WAS A BUDGET DIRECTION ONE OF THE TARGETS WAS 5%.

OUR GOAL WOULD BE IN ORDER TO ACCOMPLISH THAT WE WOULD CONTINUE TO LEAVE THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR POSITION VACANT.

WE WOULD CONTINUE ON WITH OUR PROFESSIONAL CONSULTING AGREEMENT FOR SERVICES FOR NORTH SHORE.

AND THE POTENTIAL TO REDUCE SOME OF ADVERTISING FUNDING AND LIMIT PARTICIPATION IN CERTAIN REGIONAL AND STATE AND NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS. 8 NEXT SLIDE.

SO COUNCIL WITH THAT I WOULD BE HAPPY TO OPEN IT UP AND ANSWER

ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY HAVE. >> OKAY.

THANK YOU, JIM. MARTHA, YOU HAVE YOUR HAND UP?

>> YES. JIM, I HAD A QUESTION ABOUT THE CONSULTANT. ARE YOU PROPOSING TO HIRE AN ASSISTANT AND ALSO CONTINUE TO RETAIN THE CONSULTANT FOR THE

NORTHSHORE? >> NO.

IN FISCAL YEAR 2021 BUDGET IT WOULD BE ONE OR THE OTHER.

SO RIGHT NOW IT'S PROPOSED THAT WE WOULD START THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS IN OCTOBER AND WITH THE GOAL OF TRYING TO FILL THAT

POSITION. >> WHAT IS THE TERM OF THE

CONTRACTS WITH OUR CONSULTANT? >> IT RUNS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30TH. THROUGH THIS CURRENT FISCAL YEAR. WE HAVE AND THE ABILITY TO EXTEND THAT. HAVE HAD THAT CONVERSATION WITH CHRIS AND HE IS INTERESTED IN EXTENDING THAT IF THAT IS THE DIRECTION THAT COUNCIL GIVES STAFF.

>> AND SO WOULD THAT BE A MONTH TO MONTH EXTENSION?

>> WE COULD STRUCTURE IT MONTH TO MONTH OR FOR A SET TERM.

RIGHT NOW WE DID ROUGHLY A SIX MONTH TERM THAT WE HAD WITH HIM.

>> OKAY. THAT WAS THE ONLY QUESTION I

HAD. >> THANK YOU, MARTHA.

BLAKE. >> YES.

HOW MANY ADS DO WE TYPICALLY RUN ANNUALLY AND THERE IS A NEED TO PUT MORE MONEY IN THAT FUND? INSTEAD OF REDUCING IT AND PUTTING MORE MONEY THROUGH THE INCENTIVE FUND THAT WE HAVE? IS THAT SOMETHING THAT YOU'VE THOUGHT ABOUT?

>> ONE OF THE THINGS THAT FROM OUR ADVERTISING AND RECRUIT ME.

FUNDS THAT WE HAVE WE HAVE HAVE INSTITUTED A CAMPAIGN WHERE

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WE'RE DOING DIRECT MARKETING TO SITE SELECTORS AND WE'RE GOING TO DO A QUARTERLY NEWS DIRECTOR THAT GOES OUT NATIONWIDE AND REGIONALLY. WE ALSO HAVE A TARGETED MONTHLY E-MAIL CAMPAIGN THAT WILL GO OUT TO THE SAME GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS. WE HAVE A SOCIAL MEDIA.

WE RECENTLY LAUNCHED INSTAGRAM, TWITTER AND LINKED IN.

AND WE'RE TARGETING ONE POST A WEEK.

A LOT OF TIMES IT MAY BE MORE THAN THAT.

BUT AT A MINIMUM IT'S ONE POST A WEEK ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN AND OUR DIRECT E-MAIL PROGRAM IS ONE PER QUARTER AND OUR NEWSLETTER WOULD GO OUT ONCE PER QUARTER AND WE HAVE GOT A DATABASE OF BEFORE 3,000 NATIONAL SITE SELECTORS.

>> ONE PER QUARTER. S THAT WHAT YOU SAID?

>> OUR DIRECT E-MAIL PROGRAM IS ONE E-MAIL TO THIS TARGETED GROUP OF FOLKS ON A QUARTERLY BASES.

>> THAT SEEMS LOW BUT THERE ARE INDUSTRY STANDARDS THAT TELLS

YOU THE BEST PRACTICE. >> WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE DON'T OVERWHELM THEM WITH MULTIPLE E-MAILS SO WE WANTED TO BE SENSITIVE TO AGAIN GETTING AND KEEPING AN AWARENESS OF NORTHSHORE AND SAPPHIRE BAY WITH SITE SELECTORS AND BROKERS.

>> BLAKE. >> HAVE WE THOUGHT ABOUT EXPANDING OUR ADVERTISING TO REGIONAL OR OTHER STATE ORGANIZATIONS? IS THAT SOMETHING -- DO WE DO THAT? I THINK WE DOO-DOO THAT --

>> WE HAVE PART OF OUR VARIOUS ASSOCIATIONS, TEAM TEXAS IS A STATEWIDE ASSOCIATION THAT DOES RECRUITMENT AND ADVERTISING SO WE PARTICIPATE WITH THEM. WE ALSO PARTICIPATE IN THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE HAS A MARKETING CAMPAIGN THAT ROWLETT PARTICIPATES IN. REGIONALLY THE NORTH TEXAS COMMERCIAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS HAS AN ANNUAL EXPO SO WE PARTICIPATE IN THAT. IT'S ABOUT 2,000 BROKERS ON A LOCAL LEVEL THAT WE HAVE MAKE AWARENESS TO.

SOME OF THE QUESTIONS ABOUT TRADE PUBLICATIONS.

WE TYPICALLY HAVE NOT DONE ADVERTISING IN TRADE PUBLICATIONS JUST BECAUSE THE SHORT SHELF LIFE.

THE THINGS THAT WE'VE BEEN FOCUSED ON ARE DIRECT E-MAIL CAMPAIGNS AND DIRECT CONTACTS WITH THE SITE SELECTORS.

WE FIND QUICK THINGS ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

SEEMS TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE. >> AND LAST QUESTION -- DO YOU BELIEVE WE CAN HIRE AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST IN THE PLACE OF AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR DUE TO THE COST DIFFERENCE OF THE TITLE? IS THAT POSSIBLE OR IS IT MORE FEASIBLE TO STAY WITH AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR POSITION?

>> OUR GOAL HAS BEEN THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR IS TO BRING SOMEONE IN FULL-TIME THAT FOCUSES ON OUR NORTHSHORE DISTRICT SO THAT HAS BEEN OUR STRATEGY THERE.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SPECIALISTS TYPICALLY IN THAT PAY RANGE WOULD NOT HAVE THE LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE OR THE NETWORK BUILT UP THAT THE DIRECTOR SKILL LEVEL AND YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND SOME OF THE CERTIFICATIONS AS WELL. THAT HAS BEEN OUR STRATEGY IS TO HAVE THAT ASSISTANT DIRECTOR POSITION TO BE ABLE TO FOCUS

SPECIFICALLY ON NORTHSHORE. >> THANK YOU, JIM.

>> MATT. >> I HAD A STRATEGY QUESTION FOR YOU. KNOWING WHAT NEXT YEAR IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE WITH NOT KNOWING WHERE THINGS ARE COVID WISE.

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WHAT IS YOUR RECOMMENDATION? KNOWING YOU'RE OUT THERE AND TALKING TO THE BROKERS AND LOOKING AT WHAT BUSINESSES ARE LOOKING FOR. IS IT BETTER TO SPEND RESOURCES THIS YEAR FOCUSING ON FISH THAT WE MIGHT HAVE ON THE LINE OR ALMOST ON THE LINE VERSUS THE BROAD PUTTING OUT E-MAIL BLASTS AND NEWSLETTERS KNOWING THAT THIS NEXT YEAR IS PROBABLY GOING TO BE A LITTLE TUMULTUOUS. I'M CURIOUS WHAT YOUR THOUGHTS ARE STRATEGY WISE AS WE GO INTO THIS YEAR WITH ALL OF THE

UNCERTAINTY. >> I THINK MATT, THE CHALLENGE IS GOING TO BE IS THE UNCERTAINTY IN THE LENGTH OF POTENTIAL FOR COVID TO DRAG ON. THE QUICKER WE HAVE GET SOME CERTAINTY AND WHAT THE FUTURE LOOKS LIKE I THINK THE QUICKER WE'LL START TO SEE MORE INTEREST, MORE LENDING, THE ABILITY TO GET SITE VISITS GOING AGAIN SO, ITS GOT TO BE A BALANCING ACT. WE HAVE TO CONTINUE KEEPING AWARENESS ABOUT ROWLETT AND THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE HERE.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I DON'T WANT TO HAVE US DO IS FOCUS SLOWLY ON TWO OR THREE PROJECTS THAT WE MAY BE WORKING ON AND LOSE SITE THAT THE NORTHSHORE DISTRICT IS SO LARGE AND WE'RE GOING TO NEED TO HAVE THAT AWARENESS OUT THERE ON A NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LEVEL TO MAKE SURE THAT AS NEW PROJECTS START TO COME ON-LINE WHETHER THAT IS SIX MONTHS FROM NOW OR 12 MONTHS FROM NOW THAT THEY ARE AWARE OF THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT NORTHSHORE HAS.

THAT IS A BALANCING ACT. CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON A TARGETED

STRATEGY. >> OKAY.

THANK YOU. >> ANYTHING ELSE FOR JIM?

1 THANK YOU VERY MUCH, JIM. >> THANKS.

7 HAVE A GOOD EVENING. >> YOU TOO.

>> ALL RIGHT. COUNCIL, MAYOR, WOULD YOU WANT

TO TAKE A BREAK OR KEEP GOING? >> THAT IS UP TO COUNCIL.

I'M FINE. I THINK WE HAVE ONE MORE

PRESENTATION. >> YES, MA'AM.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. THAT COULD BE 20 MINUTES.

DOES ANYONE NEED A BREAK OR POWER THROUGH.

WE'RE GOING TO POWER THROUGH. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH.

GOOD EVENING, COUNCIL. THANK YOU FOR THE COMMUNITY.

I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE PAST TWO YEARS IN TERMS OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS PARTICULARLY DEALING WITH 2020 AND I WANTED TO HIT SOME OF THE MAJOR ONES BECAUSE THEY ARE RATHER EXCITING. I WOULD LIKE TO TALK FIRST ABOUT THE IMPLEMENTATION ABOUT MY PAPER LESS SYSTEM.

AND AGAIN THE PAYMENTS ARE ON-LINE.

IT'S A WONDERFUL STEP FORWARD. WHAT IT ALLOWS US TO DO IS MANAGE OUR METRICS AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS BETTER.

VERY EXCITING. WE'RE LOOKING TO CONVERT OUR ANNUAL SERVICES DIVISION ON TO THIS PLATFORM SO BIG PAT ON THE BACK TO ALL OF MY TEAM. WE'VE PUT OUR HEAD DOWN AND TRIED TO CREATE A SYSTEM THAT WORKS FOR US.

WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THAT. WE HAD EXHAUSTIVE ANALYSIS OF OUR FEE SCHEDULE. WE'VE UPDATED OUR IMPACT FEES.

WE'VE REVISED OUR CO PROCESSES. CLOSED OUT PERMITS THAT HAVE BEEN OPEN FOR MANY YEARS. WE'VE BEEN WORKING DILIGENTLY BEHIND THE SCENES. WE'RE TRYING TO INJECT EFFICIENCIES IN OUR PROCESSES FROM INSPECTIONS TO REVIEW.

ALL OF THOSE ELEMENTS. WE'RE ALSO UPDATING OUR DESIGN CRITERIA MANUAL AND THAT TAKES TIME.

WE'RE IN ADOPT THON AND RAISE MONEY TOWARD THE REMODEL.

AND THEN WE'VE COMPLETED OUR INTERNAL ASSISTMENT.

WE DID HAVE SOME OF ELEMENTS OR PROJECT THAT'S WE HAD TO PAUSE AS A RESULT OF COVID AND THAT WAS OUR LANDSCAPE AND CONSERVATION ORDINANCE. WE'RE GOING TO KICK THAT OFF QUICKLY. WE'RE GOING TO REINSTITUTE THOSE MEETINGS AGAIN. WE'RE LOOKING AT OUR CODE.

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THE REMODEL HAS BEEN PAUSED NOW AS A RESULT OF CO-AVAILABLE.

WE HAD STARTED TALKING ABOUT A COMMERCIAL OF CODE ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM BUT WE'VE HAD TO PUT THE BRAKES ON THAT AND REPROGRAM OURSELVES TO TACKLE COVID BUT I THINK THAT IS GOING TO COME BACK AGAIN. AND NOW WHAT OUR GOALS ARE FOR NEXT YEAR. HOW DO WE PICK THIS UP FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR. WE WANT TO SEE WHAT WE CAN DO WITH BUILDING RENOVATIONS AGAIN. THAT MIGHT BE A TWO STEP PERHAPS A THREE STEP PROCESS BUT WE WANT TO LOOK AT THAT OPPORTUNITY AND CONTINUE TO WORK ON OUR -- DATE AND COMPLETE IT AND WORK ON OUR REVISED SOP FOR ANIMAL SERVICES. WE REALLY NEED TO LOOK AT THE RDC AND FBC AND CODE OVERHAUL. IT NEEDS SOME FINE-TUNING.

OTHER TENTACLES STEM FROM IT AS IT RELATES TO NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING. WE STARTED OUR WEEKLY CODE TRAINING SECTIONS. WE'RE REALIZING FREQUENT SEES AND IN INSPECTIONS. NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES TEAM WE HAVE JANET TUCKER AND I'M PROUD OF HER.

WE'RE GOING TO START TO LOOK AT RESTABBING OUR GREASE TRAP.

FOOD STABMENT INSPECTIONS. FOOD TRUCK ORDINANCES.

WE ALREADY CONTINUE TO HOPEFULLY FINALIZE OUR DESIGN CRITERIA AND DEPARTMENT WISE CONTINUE WITH TRAINING.

HOW TO ENGAGE THE TEAM. AFTER THIS SLIDE IT WON'T BE SO WORDY BUT I HAD SO MUCH TO PRESENT TO YOU ALL AND TELL YOU HOW MUCH PROGRESS WE'VE MADE. WHAT ARE OUR CHALLENGES? KEEPING UP WITH TECHNOLOGY AND MAKING SURE WE'RE CONNECTED FOR ALL OF THE CHANGES. 79 BUILDING INSPECTION, WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT SOPS INCREASE OUR KNOWLEDGE.

MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE APPROPRIATE COS.

ANIMAL SERVICES. WE TALKED ABOUT THAT.

AND THEN NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES I MENTIONED.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. REALLY LIKE THIS SLIDE.

IT'S SIMPLE BUT IT -- TRIES TO GIVE YOU HAVE A GOOD IDEA OF WHERE WE THOUGHT WE WOULD BE WITHOUT COVID AND WHERE WE ARE POST COVID AND WHAT WE'RE PROPOSING.

THIS IS A VERY TELLING SLIDE BECAUSE WE HAVE HAD AN IMPACT AS FAR AS THE ACTIVITY VOLUME IS CONCERNED WITH PERMITTING.

WE'VE GOT PERMITS MOVING AND WE'RE BUSY BUT WE HAVE NOT SEEN MANY LARGE PROJECTS COME WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ONE.

7 IT'S ALWAYS ADVANTAGEOUS TO LOOK AT YOUR KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS. WE ARE SUBJECT TO THE 30 DAY SHOP CLOCK. AND WE'VE HIT OUR 30 DAY SHOP CLOCK VERY WELL. WE'VE NOT HAD ANY PARTICULAR UPS BECAUSE WE'VE REVISED THE PROCESS.

IN TERMS OF REVIEW OF OUR PERMIT APPLICATIONRE PRETTY MUCH ON TARGET. THERE IS SOME SLIP AGE THERE AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO WORK ON THAT. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO I LIKE TO DO RISK ASSESSMENT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT ETHICACY OF DEPARTMENT AND I WANTED TO USE THAT MODEL AND INTERPRET IT INTO WHAT WOULD HAPPEN ON OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE LEVELS WITH OR WITHOUT SOME OF THE ELEMENTS THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT.

FULLY UNDERSTANDING THAT WE'RE DEALING WITH A PANDEMIC.

7 ALSO YOU RECALL WE DISCUSSED THE ANIMAL SERVICES MANAGER POSITION. I'VE NOT ASKED FOR IT THIS YEAR JUST TO WORK WITH THE COVID SCENARIO THAT WE HAVE ON OUR HANDS AND OUR INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL LEVEL OF SERVICE WILL NOT BE COMPROMISED. AND AGAIN OUR CUSTOMERS ALSO

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DON'T LOOK UPON IT TOO KINDLY BUT SOMETIMES WE'RE RESTRICTED WITH THE PHYSICAL CONSTRAINTS THAT WE HAVE.

A VEHICLE AND BRIAN AND I HAVE CHATTED ABOUT THIS IN TERMS OF OUR IMPACT ON LEVEL OF SERVICE. 8 THE RDC FROM AN INTERN UNANIMOUS OUR CODES DO CURRENTLY NEED SOME ASSISTANCE.

SOME TWEAKING AND CHANGES TO KEEP UP FROM A DISCIPLINE LEVEL AS WELL AS REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS SO SOMETIMES DIFFICULT TO INTERPRET. AND WE NEED TO START TACKLING THOSE. CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER.

WE NEED TO START INVESTING THE GREASE TRAP INSPECTOR POSITION.

IT DOES HAVE SOME IMPACT WITH PUBLIC WORKS.

WE CURRENTLY DO NOT HAVE A DIRECTOR FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. PERHAPS REVISITING EACH DEPARTMENT WE HAVE MANAGER LEVELS.

THAT IS SOMETHING THAT BRIAN AND I WILL HOPEFULLY START DISCUSSION SOON BUT WE'RE HOPEFUL THAT WE CAN FILL IT IN THE FUTURE. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

WE HAVE A THREE-YEAR STAFFING PROJECTIONS AND THEY ARE PRETTY MUCH IN LINE WITH WHAT I DISCUSSED WITH YOU.

IF WE LOOK AT 22-23 AND 24 IS WHEN WE SEE ADDITIONS TO INSPECTORS. BUT NO MAJOR IMPACT ON OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AGAIN SAME INFORMATION THAT I JUST ITERATED EARLIER.

THIS JUST SHOWS OUR UNIT COUNT AND HOPEFULLY BY 2024 STARTING IN 2022 WE SHOULD START RAMPING UP SOME OF OUR POSITIONS IN LIGHT OF THE DEVELOPMENT THAT WE'VE SEEN.

THE LAND BANK -- BUT WE ALSO HAVE THE SUSTAINABLE FUNCTION AND WE HAVE THE ENFORCEMENT FUNCTION OF THINGS AS WELL AND WE OFFER SERVICES TO OUR COMMUNITY SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE TURNKEY SUFFICIENT.

THIS IS MY LAST SLIDE AND I'LL TRY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

I BEG YOUR PARDON. IT'S NOT.

THE COUNTY MOSQUITO -- WE HAVE A PROGRAM.

WE HAVE A MOWING CONTRACT THAT SERVICES.

SO THEY ARE ONGOING OBLIGATIONSS THAT THAT WE CANNOT TWEAK THOSE AND THAT IS ALL I HAVE FOR NOW. JUST A SNAPSHOT OF WHAT IS GOING ON AND WHERE WE WANT TO BE IN 2021 AND HOPEFULLY IN 2022 FROM

A BUDGETING STANDPOINT. >> THANK YOU, VERY MUCH.

I JUST WANT TO SAY WE SO APPRECIATE THE IN OH VAGUES THAT YOU'VE BROUGHT INNOVATION THAT YOU'VE BROUGHT TO THE DEPARTMENT AND THE CITY. VERY WELL NEEDED AND BENEFICIAL TO EVERYTHING THAT YOU'RE DOING. 8 BLAKE.

>> JUST ONE QUESTION. ALSO THERE ANYTHING BRIAN THAT WE CAN DO TO RESUME THE PURCHASE OF THE NEW ANIMAL SERVE SIS --

SERVICE VEHICLE? >> NEXT TUESDAY NIGHT WHAT I WANT TO DO IS PROPOSE RELEASING SOME OF THE RESTRICTIONS GIVEN KIND OF WHERE WE'RE AT FINANCIALLY.

NOT NEARLY AS BAD AS WHAT WE THOUGHT WE WOULD BE.

THERE IS SOME BUILDING RENOVATIONS.

I WOULD LIKE TO GET BACK ON SOME EQUIPMENT.

ONE OF WHICH IS THE VEHICLE THAT RENAL IS MENTIONING.

THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT I WOULD LIKE TO PROPOSE.

AND EVEN THOUGH TECHNICALLY SOME OF THESE MAY BE OPERATIONAL I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE PARTICULARLY ON THE BIG TICKET ITEMS THAT WE'RE ALL ON THE SAME PAGE.

>> I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT YOU CAME ONE A PLAN.

YOU HAVE PRESENTED IT TO COUNCIL AND COUNCIL SUPPORTED IT AND MADE TWEAKS TO IT. IT'S IMPORTANT TO GO BACK TO THE PUBLIC AND COUNCIL AND LET US KNOW.

THIS ENTIRE STAFF OF YOURS HAS BEEN VERY, VERY SUPPORTIVE IN PUTTING THE BRAKES ON SOME THINGS WHILE WE FIGURED OUT WHAT THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN WOULD DO TO US.

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THANK YOU, BRIAN AND TO YOUR ENTIRE STAFF FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND WORKING THROUGH THAT SITUATION.

>> THANK YOU, MAYOR. >> LAST THING, I JUST WANT TO REITERATE WHAT SAID, MAYOR. I'M REALLY IMPRESSED WHAT YOU'VE DONE IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND IT SEEMS LIKE IT WENT FROM A MOSTLY REACTIVE TO NOW PROACTIVE DEPARTMENT SO THANK YOU TO YOU AND YOUR TEAM FOR ALL OF THE HARD WORK THAT YOU'VE DONE.

>> THANK YOU, COUNCIL. I'LL RELAY THAT TO MY TEAM.

WITHOUT THEM I'M NOWHERE AND I THANK BRIAN TOO.

I REALLY APPRECIATE THIS OPPORTUNITY.

>> MARTHA. >> YES.

I THINK YOUR TEAM HAS A GREAT LEADER.

AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU'VE DONE REALLY AND TRULY.

YOU'VE REORGANIZED. REVAMPED THAT ENTIRE DEPARTMENT.

AND JUST KUDOS TO YOU AND THE TEAM YOU'VE BUILT.

AND THEN TO THE MAYOR'S STATEMENT AND ALSO TO BRIAN AND TO BLAKE'S I WOULD SUPPORT TAKING ANOTHER LOOK AT THAT VEHICLE FOR ANIMAL SERVICES AND ALSO THE RENOVATIONS.

WE'RE IN A POSITION TO HAVE ANOTHER LOOK AT IT.

>> THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. 8.

>> COUNCIL, ANY OTHER COMMENTS, QUESTIONS FOR MENAL?

8 MARTHA, YOUR HAND IS STILL UP? >> I DON'T.

I'M SORRY. I THOUGHT I LOWERED IT.

>> IT'S GOOD. >> I DON'T THINK WE HAVE ANYTHING ELSE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

ARE WE ADJOURNED? >> WE CAN KEEP GOING IF YOU WANT

TO, MAYOR? >> I HAVE NOT EATEN DINNER AND I

BLAME BLAKE FOR THAT. >> I'M HUNGRY TOO.

>> I HAVEN'T EATEN ICE CREAM YET.

>> THAT WAS ALL THAT WAS SCHEDULED, CORRECT?

>> IT WAS, MAYOR. >> DID MORRIS SEND THAT TO YOU?

>> I ATE THE WHOLE BAG DURING THE MEETING.

>> I'VE TRIED TO FIND MAPLE OREOS ON-LINE AND THEY ARE NOT

SELLING THEM. >> KEEPING AN EYE OUT FOR YOU.

>> PLEASE. >> MAPLE OREOS.

>> THEY ARE THE BEST THINGS IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD.

>> THEY ARE ADDICTING. IT'S A GOOD THING THEY ARE

SEASONAL. >> THEY WERE BETTER THAN GIRL

SCOUT COOKIES. >> CHIPS A'HOY HAS COOKIES WITH MY NAME ON THE PACK. I'VE BEEN BUYING THOSE.

THEY'VE GOT MY NAME ON THEM. >> OKAY.

ARE WE DONE. >> GOOD SYNC, EVERYONE.

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