Haslet City Council adopts new ethics, conduct codes

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The Haslet City Council at its Nov. 18 meeting passed two items that clarify existing guidelines for the city's elected and appointed officials to follow.

One of those items is a new code of ethics and conduct. Golden said this city ordinance “mainly reiterates and defines regulations that are already covered by the Texas Local Government Code.”

The council also approved a resolution adopting a board and commission relations policy. This item, Golden said, “is designed to make public meetings and the process of municipal government run more smoothly.”

Basically, other than providing greater clarity, these new guidelines are a formality that shouldn't change the way the Council and other city boards operate, Golden said.

“From a practical standpoint, very little if anything will change in the way we do business as a result of these policies being enacted,” he said. “Council just wanted there to be clear guidelines for all of us to follow.”

Also, the Council discussed a conceptual plan for building facade improvements to the Haslet Community Center.

The Main Street facility is where council meetings and other boards and commission conduct public meetings. Community groups also use the facility.

Golden said the council has asked staff to provide more information so that council members can consider the scope of the work and its proposed cost.

The City Council and staff continue to court quality businesses to bolster Haslet’s commercial tax base, but within the city limits, it’s a bit light on the kinds of places shoppers flock to, such as big-box retailers and specialty or boutique stores.

Holiday shoppers in the Alliance Corridor will find no shortage of retail options near Haslet – a Wal-Mart on U.S. 287, the Alliance Town Center shopping center on I-35W, to name a few.

But Mayor Bob Golden expects no big bump in the city’s tax base due to the holiday shopping rush.

“Haslet has so little retail at this point that we are not really impacted by Christmas shopping,” Golden said.

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