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Council of the City of Taylor
met on November 22, 2005, at City Hall, 400 Porter St., Taylor, Texas.
After participating in a short ceremony for the lighting of Heritage Square, Mayor
Donald Hill declared a quorum and called the meeting to order at 6:10 p.m. with
the following present:
Mayor Pro Tem
John McDonald City
Manager, Frank Salvato
Council Member Rod Hortenstine City Clerk, Susan Brock
Council Member Ella Jez Assistant City Attorney, Kyle Hensley
Police Chief Jeff Straub led the group in prayer.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
No citizens came forward during
REGULAR AGENDA –
REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:
CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARING AND INTRODUCE ORDINANCE
2005-21 AMENDING THE ZONING MAP OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR AS REQUESTED BY JAMES AND BETTY ANN
NAIVAR FOR PROPERTY GENERALLY LOCATED AT 506 (206) CARLOS G. PARKER BLVD., TAYLOR
TEXAS ALSO DESCRIBED AS BEING 0.46 ACRES OF LAND OUT OF THE P. COURSEY SURVEY
FROM R, SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL TO M-1, LIGHT INDUSTRIAL.
Bob VanTil, Director of Community
Development, presented information regarding a zoning request from James and
Betty Ann Naivar to change the property from R, Single Family Residential to M-1
Light Industrial. Mr. Kyle Hensley, Assistant
City Attorney, read the caption of Ordinance 2005-21. Mayor Hill declared the Public Hearing
open. Mr. Glenn Naivar came forward in
support of the zoning change, and Mr. James Naivar provided information regarding
the proposed tenant interested in locating on the property. With no further comment, Mayor Hill declared
the Public Hearing closed.
Mr. VanTil informed the Council that the Planning and Zoning Commission recommends
approval. With no further questions or
concerns, Ordinance 2005-21 was declared officially introduced.
HEARING AND INTRODUCE ORDINANCE 2005-22 AMENDING THE ZONING MAP OF THE CITY OF
TAYLOR AS REQUESTED BY CANDACE A. BUZAN FOR PROPERTY GENERALLY DESCRIBED AS
BEING 0.73 ACRES OF LAND OUT OF THE W. J. BAKER SURVEY FROM R, SINGLE FAMILY
RESIDENTIAL TO MF-1, MULTI FAMILY
Mr. Kyle Hensley, Assistant
City Attorney, read the caption of Ordinance 2005-22. Mr. Bob VanTil, Director of Community
Development, presented information regarding a zoning request from Candace
Buzan to change the property from R, Single Family Residential to MF-1 Multi
Family. Mayor Hill declared the Public
Hearing open. There was no public
comment and no further discussion on this issue. Mayor Hill declared the Public Hearing closed
and Ordinance 2005-22 was declared officially introduced.
(Council member Gonzales joined the meeting at 6:30 pm.)
COnsider AWARDING CONTRACTS FOR LIBRARY, FIRE STATION, AND PARK
Casey Sledge, engineering
consultant to the City, and Jim Dunaway, Director of Public Works, presented a review of all bids received for
each project. Staff noted that
construction costs have risen nationwide due to an increase in fuel costs and a
demand for materials to rebuild hurricane damaged areas of the country. Anticipating a possible increase in costs,
staff asked that bids be submitted with alternate bid options that could be
deducted if the costs estimates came in too high.
The City received six bids for construction
of the new Library ranging from $2,835,000 to $3,210,000. Base bids for the Fire Station came in
between $1,760,000 and $2,049,000. In
order to fund both the Library and the Fire Station at the recommended levels,
Council will need to authorize the use of $410,000 from the Operating Budget
for Fiscal Year 2006 and an additional $95,000 from a future CO Bond issue to
cover utility relocation. Mr. Salvato
also recommended using funding currently slated for Sloan Street seal coating and issuing
CO’s next year to complete the work on Sloan Street.
Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved that the bid for the Library be awarded to
Vanguard Contractors, Inc. for $2,835,000 with no deductions for alternate bids. Motion seconded by Council member Jez. VOTE:
Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved that the bid for the Fire Station be awarded to J.
L. Construction, Inc. with alternate bids 5 (remodeling of current
Administration Building), 6 (emergency generator), and 7 (vehicle exhaust
system) deducted resulting in a total bid award of $1,640,000. Motion seconded by Council member Gonzales. VOTE:
Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
Five bids were received for the Park Restrooms project, with the lowest bid
being thrown out due to an error in bid specifications submitted. Remaining bids ranged from $372,000 to
$440,695. All included stainless steel
fixtures for less maintenance. Mayor Pro
Tem John McDonald moved that the bid for the Park Restrooms be awarded to Vanguard
Contractors, Inc. for the base bid of $372,000.
Motion seconded by Council member Jez.
VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT FOR HOME GRANT PROJECT.
Mr. VanTil presented a
review of bids received for the HOME grant project. Ms. Monica Washington with Leo Wood and
Associates was present to respond to questions from the Council. Mayor Hill inquired about the use of local
contractors and Ms. Washington
assured him that they would like to see that happen through their partnership
program of subcontracting the work. She
said the contractor being recommended estimates it will take 45 days to
complete each home and that the entire project will be finished in 45 days with
the eight houses being done simultaneously.
However, this does not include time for the residents to vacate their
existing homes and their demolition; all of the homes in the project will be
completely new, not rehabilitated.
Council member Jez moved that the bid for the HOME grant project be awarded to
J. W. Turner at $42,780 per house.
Council member Gonzales seconded the motion. VOTE:
Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
AMENDING AGREEMENT WITH MALLARD PARK TAYLOR, LP AND LENNAR HOMES OF TEXAS LAND
AND CONSTRUCTION, LTD. FOR MEADOW LANE DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS.
Mayor Pro Tem McDonald
recused himself from this discussion due a conflict of interest regarding the
agreement which would directly affect his property. Mr. Salvato presented
background information regarding the history of this project and its current status.
In the original agreement the developer
was to install a pump station in the drainage pond and pay the City $25,000 to
maintain the station once built. The
agreement was amended in October to allow the developer to install a storm
drain pipe down Meadow Lane
in lieu of the planned storm drainage pump station and additional funds are now
needed to complete the project. Council
member Hortenstine moved that the agreement be amended from $115,000 to not more
than $135,000 and Council member Gonzales seconded the motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE. Motion passed.
Mayor Pro Tem McDonald rejoined the Council.
ACCEPTING PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS FOR NORTHPARK PHASE IV.
Mr. Dunaway presented a
request from KB Homes to consider accepting the public infrastructure
improvements for their NorthPark Phase IV development. Mr. Dunaway informed Council that the punch list
shows only minor items in need of correction and the maintenance bond and he
recommends accepting the improvements contingent on the completion of the punch
list with staff approval. Mayor Pro Tem
McDonald moved to accept the public infrastructure improvements as presented
contingent on all fees being paid and punch list completed to city staff satisfaction. Council member Hortenstine seconded the
motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
10. CONSIDER SETTING PRIORITIES FOR MURPHY AND
Mr. Salvato, Mr. VanTil,
and a representative from Hall Bargainer provided information to the Council
regarding the process leading up to setting the priorities for the parks. During the most recent meeting of the Parks
and Recreation Board some of the priorities were readdressed and adjusted as
deemed necessary in order to make the plans more feasible. Some of the changes were based on actual
scheduling of work needing to be done prior to a specific item could be built,
others based on specific needs of the particular park. Public surveys, council comments, and the
original Master Parks Plan were all taken into consideration during the
meetings. Council member Hortenstine
expressed concern about ensuring these latest recommendations were still in
line with the original public intent.
After a lengthy discussion, Council member Jez moved to table this issue for
more time to review the information and Council member Hortenstine seconded the
motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE: Motion passed.
11. CONSIDER ADOPTING STRATEGIC PLAN.
Frank Salvato, City
Manager, presented the original Strategic Plan developed by the Council earlier
in the year. Additional background
information provided by staff included worksheets and accomplishments since the
plan was drafted. Council member
Hortenstine moved that the Strategic Plan be adopted as presented and reviewed
and updated in January, 2006. Mayor Pro
Tem McDonald seconded the motion.
VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
CHANGE IN CITY MANAGER EVALUATION FORM.
Mayor Pro Tem McDonald reminded Council about the development of a new
evaluation form last year. His desire is
to change to a format that would allow Council more opportunity to evaluate the
City Manager’s performance in greater detail than with the current format. After much discussion, Mayor Pro Tem McDonald
moved to use the new form and the Self Evaluation form; Council member Jez
seconded the motion. VOTE: Two voted AYE, Three voted NO. Motion failed. Council member Gonzales moved that the old
from be used with the new Self Evaluation form.
Council member Hortenstine seconded the motion. VOTE:
Three voted AYE; Two voted NO.
With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m.
R. Hill, Mayor
Susan Brock, City Clerk