Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. Term is two years.
DutiesEnacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salary$50 per Council meeting attended; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsCouncil meetings twice monthly; special meetings called as needed.
City contact informationContact City Secretary
citysecretary@nrhtx.com
817-427-6016
Patrick FaramEmail: patrickfornrhtx@gmail.com
Crystal Ndidi IbeWebsite: IbeForNRH.mailchimpsites.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/IbeForNRH
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/IbeForNRH
Email: crystalnibe.esq@gmail.com
Emmanuel NgemtoEmail: nngemto02@gmail.com

Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Patrick Faram
Crystal Ndidi Ibe
I am the best qualified candidate for this position, because my background and education prove I’m qualified and my work ethic, demeanor, and determination prove I will excel. My adult life has focused on service and advocacy; I attended the United States Naval Academy prior to obtaining my bachelor's degree and graduating from law school, and I currently serve on the city's Zoning Board of Adjustment.
I have the will and determination to effectuate positive change as a true representative for all of the residents of North Richland Hills. The residents of my city deserve a representative who listens to their needs, develops a plan to achieve those needs, and actively fights for what’s best for them. That’s what I do for my clients as an attorney, and that – along with my education – is what prepared me for this office.
Emmanuel Ngemto
I am the best Candidate because my back ground Skills and Personality represents what the NRH council board need to represent the new Diversity in the NRH community. I am a Black Veteran, Master degree in Public Administration and a good community Leader. The Board need someone who can suggest and articulate Minorities and Majority issues from an experience standpoint. Resident need someone whom people can reach out to without fear or concern of their Originality. I represent that Courage and I am the Best among the rest
2. WHAT ARE THE CURRENT NEEDS OF YOUR DISTRICT/AREA AND WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR ADDRESSING THEM?
Patrick Faram
Crystal Ndidi Ibe
North Richland Hills needs to improve the roads and traffic safety. While the city did just pass a bond to improve the roads, it will not cover everything that needs to be fixed. Also, many residents do not feel safe due to people speeding and violating traffic laws. We need to identify where most of these violations are taking place and implement measures to improve safety and enforce the traffic laws.
Additionally, equity and inclusivity are critical issues facing the city right now. In terms of equity, there are areas of NRH that are overlooked when it comes to developments. I would like to see an incentive program specifically for the revitalization of older areas of the city, which would also improve the economy. The entirety of NRH - not just select areas - should have access to new developments.
For inclusivity, North Richland Hills is growing and getting more diverse, but many demographic groups are not represented by those who run the city. Representation matters. I am not only representative of many groups; I am a qualified candidate for this position.
Emmanuel Ngemto
firstly the Board composition needs to reflect the Community Composition of NRH residence. this will enable us to deal with issues from a Preventive view point rather than Solving view point.
I want the Voices and concern of all the different groups such as black, Colored , Veteran and others to consider me as a save channel to suggest solutions for the NRH community.
First priority is to Promote Sport, health and Socialization among all other age groups in NRH. these three is the most effective Medicines for a Healthy Community.
secondly Promote Social Political and economic discussion to understand Where we are coming from as a community, who we are now and what are the forecast in the Future for Us. when we start those type of conversation in NRH, We will be able to focus on the Lapses of our Progress.
3. THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS AFFECTED THE CITY’S BUDGET AND SERVICES, AS WELL AS THE LIVES OF RESIDENTS. HOW WOULD YOU GRADE YOUR CITY’S RESPONSE AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY?
Patrick Faram
Crystal Ndidi Ibe
The pandemic caused many businesses to downsize, limit operating hours, and/or shut down completely. This greatly impacted NRH's revenue since sales tax collections account for more than 20% of the city’s annual funding. The pandemic also brought a decrease in the revenue the city gets from permits and fees for service. The city also had to limit non-emergency city operations and cut operating budgets to offset revenue reductions.
Moving forward, a conscious effort should be put into planning for the future and bringing sustainable businesses to the city so that the city’s services and operations will not have to be limited should something like this happen again. While we see that some large corporate businesses have been bringing in revenue, so have locally owned businesses. The planning is identifying the needs of our city while also keeping in mind the businesses that have sustainability and longevity. It’s not about have a preference for large corporations over locally owned businesses or vice versa; rather, it is about what is in the best interest of the city and its residents.
Emmanuel Ngemto
The City has done a Good Job In Implementing some of the regulations to help minimize the the Impact of the Pandemic but still need to put in Place an Outreach team to better understand some other Covid Related concerns from different group in the NRH community on things like Home Schooling , Sports and health care activities.
4. HOW SHOULD THE CITY ADDRESS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING? WHAT ROLE SHOULD CITY GOVERNMENT PLAY IN RESPONDING TO PANDEMIC-RELATED EVICTIONS?
Patrick Faram
Crystal Ndidi Ibe
The availability of affordable housing is an issue that goes hand-in-hand with equity. The city needs to provide equitable solutions to many issues facing the city right now. Pandemic relief packages and the eviction moratorium were good solutions to make sure tenants and landlords were covered during the pandemic. Affordable housing can be an issue that the city communicates with the state government about. The state can provide funding for the city to help ensure the city is able to provide affordable housing to its residents.
Emmanuel Ngemto
The city is has a big role to play in term of ensuring that members in the Community are fairly treated during sure Challenging Moments. the city needs to ensure that community members are not being evicted during a Pandemic because of their inability to Pay rate/ Mortgage. The city should Negotiate with housing/ Rental properties in NRH to provide some form of Relief for tenants over a certain time frame.
5. HOW TO BEST ENSURE PUBLIC SAFETY IS AN IMPORTANT TOPIC. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BALANCING THE FUNDING AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF BOTH POLICE AND COMMUNITY SERVICES?
Patrick Faram
Crystal Ndidi Ibe
Police and community services both play an important role in public safety. The two are intertwined, and they must be able to work well together in order to ensure the safety of the residents. The responsibilities and funding for both go hand-in-hand as well and must be allocated properly.
Emmanuel Ngemto
One of the Ways to ensure the city can balance the funding and responsibilities for both police and other community services is to create community outreach representative who can help provide better Inside of some other Specific challenges that some parts of NRH might be facing and how we can use other soft Power tools to resolve them rather than just the Police or City Direct Resources Such as NON Profits and churches
6. IN THE LAST TERM, WHAT DO YOU THINK WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT VOTE? WHY? HOW DID OR WOULD YOU HAVE VOTED ON THE ISSUE AND WHY?
Patrick Faram
Crystal Ndidi Ibe
In each election, I believe it's always important to do your research on the candidates and find out who will actually put the needs of the constituents first.
Emmanuel Ngemto
N/A i am a new and first timers running for the City
7. DO YOU THINK IT IS EVER APPROPRIATE FOR STATE LAWS TO OVERRIDE LOCAL CONTROL OF ISSUES THAT AFFECT THE CITY? IF SO, PLEASE PROVIDE AN EXAMPLE.
Patrick Faram
Crystal Ndidi Ibe
When it comes to laws and regulations - whether they are at the local, state, or federal level - it is common to see the laws at a higher level override those below them. However, the state government can give more power to local governments when it comes to issues specifically affecting the city. For example, when it comes to the "big freeze" that happened in February, the electric grid for Texas is run by the state, which limits the local government’s control over it. The city does need to take more control over the resources it provides to its residents.
Emmanuel Ngemto
I do not think the state laws should override the Local Control. we have to make sure that aligning local laws along with State and Federal laws help to create Consistency and efficiency. Its more Expensive once we start Making Local Laws that derail completed from state Laws turn to consume a lot of Local resources during implementation. again the Local cities Stand a Better chance to understand and deal with community issues.
8. THE RECENT “BIG FREEZE” CAUSED MANY RESIDENTS TO GO WITHOUT POWER OR WATER FOR HOURS OR EVEN DAYS. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE CITY’S RESPONSE? HOW WOULD YOU WORK TO IMPROVE ELECTRIC/GAS/WATER INFRASTRUCTURE SO THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN?
Patrick Faram
Crystal Ndidi Ibe
One of the reasons so many went without power for so long was a result of not being close enough to a hospital, fire station, or other emergency service provider. Additionally, the electric grid for Texas is run by the state, which limits the local government’s control over it. To fix this issue, we must improve the communication and coordination between the local governments and state government; I would put pressure on the state to investigate why something of this magnitude happened and fight for ways to ensure it doesn’t happen again. But NRH itself must also start thinking more long-term when it comes to potential disasters - weather or otherwise. Specifically, the city needs to take more control over the resources it provides to its residents. It also needs to implement better strategies for communicating with its residents in times of crisis; when there is no electricity and no Internet, reliance on social media to disseminate information is unwise.
Emmanuel Ngemto
well Moment like those are Very challenging, it was some thing that took everybody by surprise. In my understanding is that the city did not have enough information on the Magnitude of the Power Outage . weather Analyst at the State and City Level needs to be able to provide good enough data to help law makers Make the correct decision at the City Level
9. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Patrick Faram
Crystal Ndidi Ibe
Emmanuel Ngemto
I am a Veteran and I have spend a most of my educational life studying Government ( Master In Public Administration). I am A community Leader who Love to Play Soccer. I have put together an NGO with is Made up of more than 60 men just to Play Adult soccer socialize and Promote healthy community engagement forum.
I will make sure i serve as the Voice of those who do not have the courage the participate in City Programs