CHAPTER 9

PERSONNEL

   ARTICLE 9.01 GENERAL PROVISIONS

   Sec. 9.01.001     Personnel policies manual adopted

The city council hereby adopts a personnel policies manual, with amendments as may be subsequently approved by the city council, as the official policy of the city with regard to personnel administration. A copy of the manual shall be kept on file in the office of the city secretary, and it shall be the duty of the city secretary to keep the manual updated when amendments are approved by the city council. (1991 Code, sec. 7.100)

   Sec. 9.01.002     Position classification plan established

The position classification plan of 1983, with amendments as may be subsequently approved by the city council, is hereby adopted and designated as the position classification plan for the city with regard to employee salary administration. A copy of the plan shall be kept on file in the office of the city secretary, and it shall be the duty of the city secretary to keep the plan updated when amendments are approved by the city council. (1991 Code, sec. 7.200)

   Sec. 9.01.003     Texas Municipal Retirement System*

The city council hereby exercises its option and elects to have the city and all employees of all departments now existing or hereafter established participate in the Texas Municipal Retirement System as provided in subtitle G, title 110B, Public Retirement Systems, V.T.C.S. (1991 Code, sec. 7.300)

   Sec. 9.01.004     Social security

The city council acting for and on behalf of the city shall enter into all necessary agreements for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Program (social security). (1991 Code, sec. 7.400)

   Sec. 9.01.005     Emergency action by officer, agent or employee of city

Every officer, agent or employee of the city, while responding to emergency situations, is hereby authorized to act in such a reasonable and prudent manner as to most effectively deal with the emergency. This provision shall prevail over every other ordinance of the city and, to the extent to which the city has the authority to so authorize, over any other law establishing a standard of care in conflict with this section. Neither the city nor the employee shall be liable for any failure to use ordinary care in such emergency. (1991 Code, sec. 7.900)

   Sec. 9.01.006     Investigations by city council

The city council shall have power to inquire into the conduct of any office, department, agency, officer or employee of the city and to make investigations as to municipal affairs, and for that purpose may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths and compel the production of books, papers and other evidence, as ordered under the provisions of this section shall constitute a misdemeanor and shall be punishable by fine not to exceed the limits established by state statute. This section shall be enforced by the municipal court. (1991 Code, sec. 7.1000)

   ARTICLE 9.02 DEPARTMENTS

   Division 1. Generally

   Sec. 9.02.001     Administrative organizational structure of city

In addition to the departments authorized by the city charter, or otherwise specifically provided for herein, the following administrative departments are hereby established:

(1)     Financial services department. The financial services department is responsible for all financial services for the city. This includes: cash management, investment of funds, maintenance of accounting records, preparation of utility bills, collection of accounts receivable, and preparation and payment of payroll for all city employees. It also includes the budgeting of funds for all operations and monitoring the execution of that budget throughout the budget year.

(2)     Community development department. The community development department is responsible for planning and supervising all development within the city limits and the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the city. This department coordinates planning and execution of all construction whether by city or private contract; reviews plans and permits for each project in coordination with the city inspector; and is also responsible for supervision and direction of all activities of the electric department.

(1991 Code, sec. 7.700)

(3)     Public works department. The public works department consists of the building inspections/permit department, the street department, the parks department, and the water/wastewater department. The building inspection/permit department is responsible for the review of construction drawings, issuing and recording of electrical and plumbing permits. This department also does health inspections and code enforcement of city ordinances. This department also serves as city manager designee to the building code board of appeals and, for appeals under the electric code, the building standards, plumbing, adjustment and appeals board. The street department's duties include maintenance and reconstruction of streets and maintenance of the water drainage system through the city. The parks department oversees the maintenance, mowing and cleaning up of the city parks, cemetery and airport. The water/wastewater department operates the water and wastewater infrastructures along with the water wells and wastewater lift stations. The public works department also acts as the city manager's designee for the airport board, parks and recreation board and the town square historical committee. (Ordinance 11-458, sec. 13, adopted 2/8/11)

(4)     Warehouse, purchasing and maintenance department. The warehouse, purchasing, and maintenance department is responsible for procurement of all supplies and materials and inventory maintenance for the city. This department is responsible for maintenance of all city vehicles and equipment and operation of the municipal service center.

(5)     Personnel department. The city secretary shall also serve as personnel director. The personnel department is responsible for all personnel administration administrative functions assigned by the city manager.

(1991 Code, sec. 7.700)

   Secs. 9.02.002–9.02.030     Reserved

   Division 2. Police Department

   Sec. 9.02.031     Members

The police department shall consist of a police chief and such other and additional police officers as the city council may from time to time deem necessary and proper. (1991 Code, sec. 7.601)

   Sec. 9.02.032     Chief

The chief of police shall be the chief police officer of the city and, as such, shall have supervision subordinate to that of the city manager over the other members of the police department. (1991 Code, sec. 7.602)

   Sec. 9.02.033     Acting chief

In case of the absence, sickness or inability to act on the part of the chief of police, the city manager shall designate some other member of the police department, or other suitable person, as acting chief of police during the period of such absence, sickness or inability to act, and such person shall exercise all the rights, powers, and duties of the chief of police during such period. (1991 Code, sec. 7.603)

   Sec. 9.02.034     Uniform, badges, etc.

A metallic badge, identifying the police chief and each police officer as a member of the police department, shall be issued to each member of such police department. The chief of police and each police officer, while on duty, shall wear such uniform and manner of dress as may be prescribed by the city manager from time to time. (1991 Code, sec. 7.604)

   Sec. 9.02.035     Impounded property

(a)     Lien. The city shall have a lien on all impounded personal property for all costs incurred in impounding, storing, and advertising such property for sale at public auction, and such lien shall be prior and superior to any other liens of any kind which may exist on the property, save and except liens for ad valorem taxes, and the city may retain possession thereof until all costs are paid and may sell the same at public auction as provided in this section.

(b)     Redemption. The owner or any person legally entitled to possession of any impounded property may redeem the same by proof of ownership and by paying to the police chief the fees and expenses incurred by the city in impounding and keeping the property.

(c)     Sale of unredeemed property.

(1)     All abandoned, stolen, or recovered property, with the exception of illegal weapons, covered by the provisions of this section which shall remain unclaimed with the police department for a period of thirty (30) days, without being claimed or reclaimed by the true owner or person legally entitled to possession of the same, whether known or not, may be sold and disposed of at public auction as provided for herein.

(2)     The chief of police shall, after thirty (30) days, advertise in a newspaper of general circulation setting forth a description of said property and setting a time and date for public auction. All property will be sold to the highest bidder and the monies from said sale deposited in the general fund of the city. Any property unsold will be donated to a charitable organization such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army or Goodwill Industries.

(1991 Code, sec. 7.605)

   ARTICLE 9.03 BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS*

   Division 1. Generally

   Sec. 9.03.001     Membership

(a)      Members of city advisory boards, commissions and committees who miss in sequence three (3) regularly scheduled meetings without advance concurrence having been given by the chairman for such absence will be considered to have resigned from the advisory body by failure to fulfill membership obligations.

(b)      The chairman or acting chairman shall notify in writing any member who has so resigned that the matter is being called to the attention of the mayor.

(c)      The mayor shall initiate such action as is appropriate to assure full membership participation in the actions of said advisory body.

   Sec. 9.03.002     Meetings

(a)      Meetings of city advisory boards, commissions and committees shall be held at regularly established meeting dates and times to be determined by the advisory body.

(b)      Advance notice of at least seventy-two hours will be given for regular and special meetings, unless it is determined by the chairman or the acting chairman that a condition of emergency exists requiring immediate attention, for which three (3) hours' notice shall apply.

(c)      Notice of each meeting date, place and time, and the agenda for each meeting, shall be posted in the city hall at least seventy-two (72) hours prior to the meeting, unless it is determined by the chairman or the acting chairman that a condition of emergency exists requiring immediate attention, for which three (3) hours' notice shall apply.

(d)      The mayor and/or city manager shall be notified of any emergency condition requiring an emergency meeting.

   Sec. 9.03.003     Nonconflict clause

The provisions of this division are not intended to conflict with any provisions of any state statute or ordinance regarding membership or meeting requirements, but are intended to provide direction for those boards, commissions and committees not acting under previous provisions.

(1991 Code, sec. 1.1700)

   Secs. 9.03.004–9.03.030     Reserved

   Division 2. Reserved*

   Secs. 9.03.031–9.03.060     Reserved

   Division 3. Capital Improvements Advisory Committee*

   Sec. 9.03.061     Created

There is hereby created and established for the city a capital improvements advisory committee; which committee shall have the stated purposes as set out in Texas Administrative Code, section 395.058. (Ordinance 15-27 adopted 7/7/15)

   Sec. 9.03.062     Membership

The committee shall consist of not less than (5) five members from the community at-large; not less than forty percent (40%) of whom shall be representatives of the real estate, development or building industries and whom are not employees or officials of the city. As well, one member of the committee shall represent and maintain a residence in the extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) of the city. All members of the committee shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the city council. A chairman of the committee will be elected by majority vote of the committee itself annually following appointment or reappointment of members.

   Sec. 9.03.063     Appointments

(a)     The members of the committee shall be appointed for staggered terms of two (2) years. Vacancies shall be filled for an unexpired term in the manner in which original appointments are required to be made. Members who miss in sequence three (3) regularly scheduled meetings without advance concurrence having been given by the chairman for such absence will be considered to have resigned from the advisory body by failure to fulfill membership obligations.

(b)     Members shall serve without pay and shall adopt such rules as may be necessary for the regulation of its business and affairs. The committee shall meet on a regular basis at a time and date to be decided upon by the members of the committee. All meetings of the committee shall be conducted at a city-owned facility and shall comply with the regulations of the Texas Open Meetings Act.

(Ordinance 17-25 adopted 5/2/17)

   Sec. 9.03.064     Powers and duties

The committee shall serve in an advisory capacity to the city council and shall:

(1)     Advise and assist the city council in adopting land use assumptions;

(2)     Review the capital improvements plan and file written comments on said plan;

(3)     Monitor and evaluate the implementation of the capital improvements plan;

(4)     File semi-annual reports with respect to the progress of the capital improvements plan and report to the city council any perceived inequities in implementing the plan or imposing an impact fee; and

(5)     Advise the city council of the need to update or revise the land use assumptions, capital improvements plan, and impact fees.

(Ordinance 15-27 adopted 7/7/15)

   Secs. 9.03.065–9.03.090     Reserved

   Division 4. Parks Board

   Sec. 9.03.091     Establishment

There is hereby established a board to be called the parks board (herein called the board), which shall consist of nine (9) members. The board shall be appointed by the city council. A chairman for this board will be elected by the members of the board. The director of city services and the parks and recreation director will be considered ex officio members of the board. (1991 Code, sec. 1.2401)

   Sec. 9.03.092     Terms of office; vacancies

Of the voting members appointed to the board, members shall be appointed for staggered terms of two (2) years. Vacancies shall be filled for an unexpired term in the manner in which original appointments are required to be made. Continued unexcused absences of three (3) consecutive meetings of any member from regular meetings of the board shall, by the recommendation of the board and at the discretion of the city council, render any such member liable to immediate removal from office. (1991 Code, sec. 1.2402)

   Sec. 9.03.093     Powers and duties

The board's powers and duties shall be as follows:

(1)     To advise the city council on issues pertaining to municipal parks;

(2)     To recommend policies in operation and maintenance of municipal parks;

(3)     To assist the city council in any decisions related to municipal parks including but not limited to development of park lands, financing of park projects and programs, and location of parks.

(1991 Code, sec. 1.2403)

   Secs. 9.03.094–9.03.100     Reserved

   Division 5. Reserved*

   Secs. 9.03.101–9.03.130     Reserved

   Division 6. Public Television Channel Advisory Board

   Sec. 9.03.131     Establishment

There is hereby created and established for the city the public television channel advisory board (hereafter the board) with a stated purpose of assisting in the oversight of the operations of city public television channel (formerly referred to as channel 27), as well as the additional eligible platforms connected to the channel, which may include radio, sports, social media, and additional platforms created in the future.

   Sec. 9.03.132     Members

The board shall consist of seven (7) members from the community at large and one (1) member of the city staff whom shall serve in an ex officio capacity. All eight (8) members of the board shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the city council. The city council shall select one of the seven (7) members of the public to serve as chairman of the board. Each member of the public appointed to the board shall be a resident of the county, but at no time shall a majority of the members not be residents of the city or owners of property inside the city's corporate boundaries.

   Sec. 9.03.133     Term

The members shall be appointed for a term of two (2) years, provided three (3) members shall be appointed each odd-numbered year and four (4) members each even-numbered year. The members of the board shall serve without pay and shall adopt such rules as may be necessary for the regulation of its business and affairs. The board shall meet on a monthly basis at a time and date to be decided upon by the board. The board may further meet at other times and dates at the discretion of the board. All meetings of the board shall be conducted at city hall and shall comply with the regulations in the Texas Open Meetings Act.

   Sec. 9.03.134     Powers and duties

The powers and duties of the public television channel advisory board shall be as follows:

(1)     The board shall receive suggestions and recommendations from the citizens of the city respecting the development and improvement of the city public television channel and make recommendations to the city council regarding the same if deemed necessary or desirable.

(2)     The board shall serve as an advisory board to the city council, the mayor, the city staff and the community; but shall not have any legislative or executive authority over the public officials or employees of the city in the implementation of policies or the operation of the city public television channel.

(3)     The board members shall actively participate in the projects, goals, and volunteer opportunities related to the city public television channel and the additional platforms connected to it.

(4)     The board may make periodic reports to the city council, at the pleasure of the council.

(5)     The board shall perform any other duties as may be requested by the city manager, the city staff or the city council.

(6)     The board shall have no power to obligate the city in any financial way.

   Sec. 9.03.135     Rules, regulations and standards

The board shall make suggestions for rules, regulations and standards governing the programming to be broadcast on city public television channel. Any rules, regulations and suggestions made by the board shall be in conformity with the city public television channel programming guidelines as set out in the attached “exhibit A” to Ordinance 18-32. The board shall present their rules, regulations and suggestions to the city manager, city staff and city council for approval prior to implementation.

(Ordinance 18-32 adopted 5/15/18)

   Secs. 9.03.136–9.03.160     Reserved

   Division 7. Granbury Cultural Arts Commission

   Sec. 9.03.161     Creation and establishment

There is hereby created and established the Granbury Cultural Arts Commission (“GCAC”) in the city. The GCAC shall report to and act solely in an advisory capacity to the city council.

   Sec. 9.03.162     Commissioners and appointment

There shall be seven (7) commissioners of the GCAC. At least four (4) commissioners shall be residents of the city. Three (3) commissioners of the GCAC may reside outside the corporate city limits of the city. The city council shall appoint the members to the GCAC. The board of directors of the Granbury Arts Alliance may recommend to the city council nominations for membership of the GCAC. The commissioners shall serve at the pleasure of the city council without compensation. Any commissioner may be removed by the city council at any time, with or without cause. Any seated commissioner shall not participate or vote on any matter involving any organization of which he is a member, employee, board member or officer. The Granbury Arts Alliance Board Chairman or his/her designee and the city manager or his/her designee shall serve as ex-officio members of the GCAC. The two ex-officio members shall not be counted toward a quorum and do not vote on any matter before the GCAC.

   Sec. 9.03.163     Election of officers

The GCAC shall elect its own chairperson and vice-chairperson and may create and fill such other offices as may be determined to be required. Election of officers shall be held annually at its first meeting following the city council's appointment of at least a quorum of commissioners.

   Sec. 9.03.164     Terms of office

After the initial staggered terms are completed, commissioners of the GCAC shall serve for a term of two years, unless a commissioner is removed from office, dies or resigns from office prior to the expiration of his term. Appointments to the GCAC shall be made in the same manner and time as all city boards and commissions, except for the initial appointment to establish the commission, which may occur at any time when placed on the city council agenda. Each term shall end on the date established by the city council for all city boards and commissions. Vacancies are to be filled by appointment by the city council for the length of the unexpired term. The commissioners shall serve staggered terms with the even-numbered positions serving an initial term of less than two years. No commissioner of the GCAC shall serve more than three (3) consecutive two-year terms.

   Sec. 9.03.165     Rules of procedure

The GCAC is authorized to establish and adopt rules, regulations, policies and procedures for the conduct of its meetings; however, such rules, regulations, policies and procedures shall be consistent with the general laws of the state, the city charter and any other ordinances of the city or policies of the city council. The GCAC shall comply with the Texas Open Meetings Act.

   Sec. 9.03.166     Expenses and administrative support

The city council may appropriate a budget for use of the GCAC in meeting such expenses and expenditures as may be necessary in the exercise of its duties. All commission expenditures shall be processed through the city manager's office. The city may provide to the GCAC necessary administrative and executive level support, such as recordkeeping, posting agendas, similar to any other city board or commission, to facilitate the official business of the GCAC. The city council may establish a line item in the city's budget which shall represent an allocation of funds to be expended on arts projects and which may be in accordance with the GCAC periodic recommendations to the city council.

   Sec. 9.03.167     Meetings

The GCAC shall meet not less than four times annually or at such times as may be deemed necessary by the commission for the completion of its responsibilities. The initially-appointed commissioners however, shall meet as often as may be deemed necessary by the commission for purposes of, but not limited to, developing work plans; creating subcommittees; establishing guidelines, subject to approval by the city council; and receiving training, including training from outside consultants and experts. A majority of the commissioners being four (4) of the GCAC shall constitute a quorum for transacting business. Any action taken by a majority of the commissioners present, when those present constitute a quorum, at any regular or special meeting of the GCAC shall be deemed to be the action of the commission.

   Sec. 9.03.168     Duties and responsibilities

The GCAC shall discharge the following responsibilities:

(1)     Develop for adoption and approval by the city council a public arts policy and master plan.

(2)     Develop cooperation and coordination with private citizens, institutions, agencies and local, regional and national art organizations interested in conducting activities related to the arts.

(3)     Provide and assist in the development of the arts in the city by providing a biannual “state of the arts” assessment to the city council.

(4)     Make recommendations to the city council relative to expenditures of budgeted and allocated city funds for the purpose of promoting and sustaining the arts as well as tourism and economic development in the city and its environs.

(5)     Advise and assist the city council in connection with proposed arts related programs within the community.

(6)     Recommend, advise, cultivate and create a robust arts ecosystem for the city.

(Ordinance 18-42 adopted 6/19/18)