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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on December 22, 2005, at City Hall, 400 Porter St., Taylor, Texas.  Mayor Donald Hill declared a quorum and called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with the following present:

 

Mayor Pro Tem John McDonald                         City Manager, Frank Salvato

Council Member Benito Gonzales                      City Clerk, Susan Brock

Council Member Rod Hortenstine                      City Attorney, Ted Hejl

Council Member Ella Jez

 

INVOCATION

Police Chief Jeff Straub led the group in prayer.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

CITIZENS COMMUNICATION

No citizens came forward during this time.

 

CONSENT AGENDA

  1. MINUTES FROM NOVEMBER 22 AND DECEMBER 8, 2005.
  2. FINANCIALS FOR NOVEMBER, 2005.

    Mayor Pro Tem McDonald motioned that the Consent Agenda be approved as presented and Council member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:

3.      CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARING AND INTRODUCE ORDINANCE 2005-24  REGARDING A REQUEST BY WHATABURGER, INC. TO REZONE 0.84 ACRES OUT OF THE J. PHARRASS SURVEY, A-495, FROM R, SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL TO B-2, GENERAL BUSINESS ZONING.
Bob VanTil, Director of Community Development, presented information regarding a  request from Whataburger, Inc. to change the property from R, Single Family Residential to B-2 General Business.  A representative from Whataburger was present and gave a general timeline for the project with a permit expected in January, and construction to being within ninety days from the date of the permit.  The restaurant will be open 24 hours a day and is expected to employ from twenty to thirty staff.  Mr. Ted Hejl read the caption of Ordinance 2005-24 and Mayor Hill declared the Public Hearing open.  As a representative of the Taylor Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Johnny Sanford spoke in favor of the project and extended a welcome from the City.  With no further public 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 2005-24 was declared officially introduced.

4.      CoNDUCT PUBLIC HEARING AND INTRODUCE ORDINANCE 2005-25 REGARDING A REQUEST BY HEARTWOOD NURSING AND REHABILITATION, INC. TO REZONE 5.0 ACRES OF LAND OUT OF THE  J. PHARASS SURVEY, A-495  FROM R, SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL TO B-1, LOCAL BUSINESS
Mr. Bob VanTil, Director of Community Development, presented a request from the Planning and Zoning Commission to postpone the Public Hearing.  No representative was present at the Planning and Zoning meeting when this item was reviewed and the Board postponed any decision until they could meet with Heartwood at their next meeting.  Mayor Hill declared the Public Hearing postponed with plans to be rescheduled at the request of the Planning and Zoning Commission.   

Mayor Pro Tem McDonald motioned that this item be passed on until further information could be provided by the Planning and Zoning Commission and Council member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

5.      COnsider INFORMATION REPORT FROM  IESI, INC. SOLID WASTE SERVICES.
Jim Dunaway, Director of Public Works, presented background information on the current solid waste management provider, IESI, Inc. and introduced Mr. Chuck Munsey and Jason Rowe as representatives from the company requesting the opportunity to present a report to the Council.  Mr. Munsey stated that he met with City staff last week regarding ongoing problems with carts and has since contracted with a new vendor to deliver between 500 and 600 new carts to the City beginning the Tuesday after Christmas.  Council member Jez expressed her appreciation for their prompt concern and action to correct problems.  Council member Gonzales questioned how customers will be notified of this action and Mayor Pro Tem McDonald requested that the company take out an ad in the Taylor Daily Press to notify citizens of the cart delivery.   Mr. Munsey agreed. 

6.      CONSIDER WILLIAMSON COUNTY AND CITIES HEALTH DISTRICT (WCCHD) COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF TAYLOR. 
Mr. Salvato presented an overview of the current agreement with the WCCHD and pointed out the proposed changes which address the issue of liability insurance for their health care providers and physicians.  The WCCHD originally approached the City and other individual cities to contribute to the insurance coverage costs, but has since made a decision to contract with the Texas Medical Liability and Trust for insurance.  The new agreement is only requesting legal assistance in the event of a lawsuit against the District.

Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved that the agreement with the WCCHD be approved as presented and Council member Gonzales seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

7.      CONSIDER  AGREEMENT WITH LANGFORD COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR ADMINISTRATIVE GRANT SERVICES FOR DICKEY STREET DRAINAGE PROJECT. 
Mr. Dunaway presented background information regarding the Dickey Street drainage project and its current status.  To acquire an administrative service provider for the most recent grant, City staff sent out a Request for Proposals and only received one response which was from Langford.  Ms. Judy Langford, President of the company, was present and addressed the Council to respond to questions regarding the level of services her firm provides.  The fee is still to be negotiated but is not expected to exceed $50,000. 

Mayor Pro Tem McDonald motioned to approve the agreement with Langford Community Management Services for grant administrative services and Council member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

8.      CONSIDER TAYLOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE THIRD QUARTERLY REPORT AND ANNUAL HOTEL/MOTEL BUDGET FOR 2006.
Ms. Shanta Kuhl, Executive Director, presented a packet of information to the Council for their review.  She indicated that the Budget has already been reviewed and approved by the Chamber of Commerce Board.  Council member Hortenstine made a request of Ms. Kuhl to provide the Council with a more detailed report in the future.  He expressed concern over the lack of information being presented and stated that he would appreciate seeing an itemized statement with the Budget Summary.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald asked for a copy of the Chamber goals to see if they are being met within the budget structure and to provide the Council with more detail as the City also moves towards a system of accountability. 

Council member Jez motioned to accept the Chamber Report and Budget with additional information to be provided at the next regularly scheduled City Council meeting.  Council member Gonzales seconded the motion.   VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

9.      CONSIDER LIBRARY USE AGREEMENT GRANTING PRIVILEGES TO TEMPLE COLLEGE STUDENTS TO USE THE TAYLOR PUBLIC LIBRARY.
Ms. Karen Ellis, Library Director, presented a request to review and approve a formal agreement extending library privileges to students at Temple College at Taylor (TCAT).  Currently, there exists an informal agreement with Temple College for students to borrow the health science related materials purchased by the College but housed in the Taylor Public Library.  This request is an attempt to formalize this agreement.  In exchange for the housing of the collection, the Library receives a part time student intern at no cost and all library users have on-site access to these materials.  Temple College materials are only available for check out by TCAT students. 

Council member Jez moved to accept the recommendation by the Library Board and approve the agreement as presented.  Council member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE:  Motion passed.

10.  CONSIDER PURCHASE OF LAND AND EASEMENT FOR UPPER PRESSURE PLANE WATER TOWER.
Mr. Jim Dunaway, Director of Public Works, presented a request to approve funding to secure a parcel of land for a new water tower site in the upper pressure plane.  The 0.85 acres of property is located on CR 373 and includes a 10 foot permanent utility easement.  During the discussion, staff noted that the easement as drawn on the survey document was incorrect and needs to be extended to the end of the property lines.

Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved to approve the purchase of land with a survey and easement changes as discussed for a price not to exceed $15,000.  Council member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

11.  CONSIDER AMENDING GENERAL ORDERS FOR POLICE PERSONNEL TO ADD LIMITED DUTY.
Chief Jeff Straub presented a request for Council support for a change in policy to incorporate a limited duty assignment to allow officers injured, pregnant, or otherwise unable to temporarily meet the duties of their job description, to work in another position within the City at a reduced salary.  If no such position is available, the officer would use workers’ compensation.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald asked about the availability of short term disability to cover this need in lieu of a change in policy.  Staff had not researched this type of coverage for this purpose and agreed to bring back additional information if needed.  Chief Straub stated that this policy change could be made at an administrative level without Council approval, but he was seeking Council support since it was such a major change from the current policy and practice.

Council member Gonzales moved to table the request for additional information and Council member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE, One voted NO (Hortenstine).  Motion passed. 

 

12.  CONSIDER APPOINTMENT TO TAYLOR PARK FOUNDATION BOARD.
Mr. Salvato briefed the Council on the need for this appointment and that the original By-Laws state that the Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Board should also serve on the Park Foundation Board.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald questioned the inconsistency in the terms of office for these positions.  Mr Hejl explained how he had intended the terms to be the same as the length of office.  Council member Hortenstine motioned to appoint Candy Patschke-Bolding to the Taylor Park Foundation Board.   After some debate, Council member Hortenstine amended his motion to appoint the current Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Board to the Taylor Park Foundation Board with no term of office detailed.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

13.  CONSIDER APPOINTMENT TO BOARD OF HEALTH.
Mr. Salvato presented a request from the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) to consider reappointing Angela Tietz to the Board of Health.  The five governmental entities that form the Health District appoint citizen representatives to the Williamson County Board of Health.  Ms. Tietz has expressed interest in serving for another three year term and has the support of Karen Wilson, Director of the WCCHD.  

Council member Jez motioned to reappoint Angela Tietz to the Board of Health and Mayor Pro Tem McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

14.  CONSIDER APPOINTMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE ETJ TO THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE.
The City is currently in the process of evaluating our water and wastewater impact fees.  Since our fee service area includes our statutory ETJ the Texas Local Government Code requires that at least one member of the Capital Improvement Plan Advisory Committee (CIPAC) be a representative from the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction.  Mr. VanTil presented a list of potential applicants to the Council for their review.

Mayor Pro Tem McDonald motioned to table the request for appointment until more applicants were available for review.  Council member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  One voted NO (Jez).  Motion passed.

 

15.  CONSIDER APPOINTMENTS TO ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS.
Currently, terms have expired for all five members of the Zoning Board of Adjustments.   Mr. VanTil presented a list of applicants to be considered to fill the three Alternate positions.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald motioned to reappoint existing members.  There was no second to the motion on the floor.  Council member Jez made a request to City Staff to review and redesign the existing Board Application form.  Council member Gonzales motioned to reappoint existing members but not to appoint any alternates at this time.  Council member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

16.  EXECUTIVE SESSION
Mayor Hill adjourned the Council into Executive Session at 7:50 p.m. to discuss the performance evaluation of the City Manager. 

 

17.  CONSIDER ACTION FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION;  CITY MANAGER PERFORMANCE EVALUATION.
Mayor Hill resumed Open Session of the Council Meeting at 10:00 p.m. and announced that no action or vote was taken on any matter discussed in Executive Session.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald stated that as a result of a successful review he moved that the Council award a 3.5% salary increase to the City Manager effective December 26, 2005 with an additional one time bonus of $2,000.00.  Council member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

ADJOURN
With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 10:02 p.m.

 

                                                                                                     

                                                                                                      ___________________________

                                                                                                      Donald R. Hill, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

___________________________

Susan Brock, City Clerk