Summary of July 26 meeting of Cedar Hill City Council
At the City Council’s Briefing Session before the regular meeting on July 26, Duy Vu, the City’s Environmental Manager, presented a streamlined and updated Adopt Cedar Hill program to stimulate more citizen engagement in keeping our community litter free by encouraging them to adopt specific areas. Families, neighborhood organizations, churches or other groups can select a street, park, creek bed or other location they wish to maintain with a minimum of four annual cleanups. Signs will be posted at each location, proudly letting the community know who is helping keep Cedar Hill beautiful. Sign up is quick and easy online at cedarhilltx.com/ADOPT, where there is more information about the program.
During the regular meeting, Michelle Ebanks, Neighborhood Services Coordinator, updated the City Council on the efforts of Mission Cedar Hill this June. She presented a video showing several dozen teens, under the direction of Daniel Foster, the Youth Minister at High Pointe Baptist, along with several other adults, serving Cedar Hill residents and non-profit organizations by cleaning, constructing, painting and providing other manual labor. The Mission Cedar Hill program is designed to help teens and adults see the value of helping others. This program has been effective in Cedar Hill since 2005. City Council members came down from the dais to greet the group and presented them with a Certificate of Appreciation.
The Consent Agenda included:
receiving the Quarterly Investment Report for the quarter ended June 30, 2016,
adopting a resolution to coordinate funding from Dallas County for the upcoming FM 1382 Hike & Bike Trail,
adopting an ordinance lowering the speed limit on the Hwy. 67 northbound access road from 50 to 45 m.p.h., and
authorizing the Mayor to complete an agreement with Dallas County Health and Human Services to continue certain health care services for Fiscal 2017.
On the Regular Agenda, City Council members authorized the Mayor to continue using Crowe Horwath, LLP as the City’s auditors for FYE 2016.
Finance Director Alan Dickerson reported that the City’s bond ratings were judged “very strong” and “very favorable” by national rating services Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s. By refinancing some older bond issues the City will save $3.2 million. The term of the bonds remains the same.
Then, the City Council met in closed session on contemplated and pending litigation. When they returned to the open meeting they took no action and adjourned.
The full agenda packets provided to City Council members are available at: cedarhilltx.com/75/Agendas-Minutes