A. Competitive Matters Concerning Public Power Utilities - Under Texas Government Code Section 551.086.
1. Receive competitive public power information from staff regarding plans and proposals respecting the Denton Municipal Electric ("DME") system and its resources; and discuss, deliberate and provide staff with direction regarding such matters.
B. Consultation with Attorneys - Under Texas Government Code Section 551.071.
1. Consult with the City's attorneys regarding legal issues associated with the delegation of authority to the City Manager to make offers and accept counter offers to purchase real property for public works and electric utility capital projects where the duty of the City's attorneys to the City of Denton and the Denton City Council under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of Texas clearly conflicts with the provisions of the Open Meetings Act, Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code.
2. Consult with and provide direction to City's attorneys regarding legal issues associated with the regulation of gas well drilling and production with the City Limits and the extraterritorial jurisdiction, including Constitutional limitations, current and proposed statutory limitations upon municipal regulatory authority, current and proposed statutory preemption and/or impacts of current and proposed federal and state law, including case law, regulations, and proposed legislation as it concerns municipal regulatory authority and matters relating to enforcement of the ordinance.
Note: The City Council reserves the right to adjourn into a Closed Meeting on any item on its Open Meeting agenda consistent with Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code, as amended, or as otherwise allowed by law.
Following the completion of the Closed Session, the City Council will convene in a 2nd Tuesday Session to consider the following:
NOTE: A Work Session is used to explore matters of interest to one or more City Council Members or the City Manager for the purpose of giving staff direction into whether or not such matters should be placed on a future regular or special meeting of the Council for citizen input, City Council deliberation and formal City action. At a Work Session, the City Council generally receives informal and preliminary reports and information from City staff, officials, members of City committees, and the individual or organization proposing council action, if invited by City Council or City Manager to participate in the session. Participation by individuals and members of organizations invited to speak ceases when the Mayor announces the session is being closed to public input. Although Work Sessions are public meetings, and citizens have a legal right to attend, they are not public hearings, so citizens are not allowed to participate in the session unless invited to do so by the Mayor. Any citizen may supply to the City Council, prior to the beginning of the session, a written report regarding the citizen's opinion on the matter being explored. Should the Council direct the matter be placed on a regular meeting agenda, the staff will generally prepare a final report defining the proposed action, which will be made available to all citizens prior to the regular meeting at which citizen input is sought. The purpose of this procedure is to allow citizens attending the regular meeting the opportunity to hear the views of their fellow citizens without having to attend two meetings.
Following the completion of the 2nd Tuesday Session, the Council will convene in a Special Called Session to consider the following:
1. Consider adoption of an ordinance of the City of Denton, Texas, delegating certain authority to the City Manager to make offers and to accept counter offers to purchase eligible real property interests necessary for City of Denton public works and electric utility capital improvement projects; authorizing the City Manager to execute contracts to purchase said real property interests for and on behalf of the City of Denton; authorizing the City Manager to expend funds in accordance with the terms of said contracts; providing a severability clause; and providing an effective date.
2. Under Section 551.042 of the Texas Open Meetings Act, respond to inquiries from the City Council or the public with specific factual information or recitation of policy, or accept a proposal to place the matter on the agenda for an upcoming meeting AND
Under Section 551.0415 of the Texas Open Meetings Act, provide reports about items of community interest regarding which no action will be taken, to include: expressions of thanks, congratulations, or condolence; information regarding holiday schedules; an honorary or salutary recognition of a public official, public employee, or other citizen; a reminder about an upcoming event organized or sponsored by the governing body; information regarding a social, ceremonial, or community event organized or sponsored by an entity other than the governing body that was attended or is scheduled to be attended by a member of the governing body or an official or employee of the municipality; or an announcement involving an imminent threat to the public health and safety of people in the municipality that has arisen after the posting of the agenda.