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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on January 24, 2006, 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

Council member Hortenstine led the group in prayer.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

CITIZENS COMMUNICATION

No citizens came forward during this time.

 

CONSENT AGENDA

  1. MINUTES FROM DECEMBER 11, 2005, JANUARY 12, JANUARY 19, JANUARY 24, JANUARY 30, AND FEBRUARY 6, 2006..
  2. ORDINANCE 2006-2 BUDGET AMENDMENT.
  3. ORDINANCE 2006-3 REGARDING A REQUEST BY MARILYN MORGAN TO VOLUNTARILY ADD 3.53 ACRES TO THE CITY OF TAYLOR’S EXTRA TERRITORIAL JURISDICTION
  4. ORDINANCE 2006-4 AMENDING PEDDLER’S ORDINANCE 2003-5
    Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved to accept the Consent Agenda items as presented and Council member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:

5.      PROCLAMATION FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH AND PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION.
Mayor Hill proclaimed February as Black History Month in the City of Taylor.  He also presented certificates of appreciation to Mr. Royal Hawthorne to recognize individuals of the community who helped make the Martin Luther King celebration on January 17 a success.       

 

6.      COnsider CONFIRMATION OF NEWLY ELECTED OFFICERS OF THE TAYLOR VOLUNTEER DEPARTMENT.   
City Clerk Susan Brock presented a request by the Taylor Volunteer Fire Department to confirm officers elected at their January 17, 2006 meeting.  Officers elected included:        

Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved that all officers elected be confirmed and Council member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.   Ms. Brock issued oaths to those elected officers present. 

7.      CONSIDER DISPOSITION OF DONATIONS FROM NOBLE TRUST TO TAYLOR PUBLIC LIBRARY AND CITY CEMETERY.   
Mr. Salvato provided background information regarding a req

Council member Jez moved to accept the donations from the Noble Trust, to establish two new accounts for deposit of the funds, and to approve the letter of appreciation as presented.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.




8.      CONSIDER AMENDING NOACK WATER AGREEMENT
Mr. Jim Dunaway, Director of Public Works, presented

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

9.      CONSIDER PLAN FOR TCEQ IMPROVEMENTS TO BASINS 4, 5, AND 7.
Mr. Dunaway presented

Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved that the plan be accepted as presented and that financing options be presented at a later date.  Council member Gonzales seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

10.  CONSIDER ACCEPTING PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS TO MALLARD PARK PHASE II. 
Mayor Hill requested this item be moved to Executive Session for further discussion. 

11.  CONSIDER TAYLOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE REPORT.
Chief Straub readdressed the Council on the issue of Limited Duty for Police personnel.  Previously at the January 12th Council meeting, Chief Straub was asked to bring back alternate options to the Limited Duty Policy including information on short-term disability insurance.  Ms Starla Hall had asked our insurance representatives with BeneTex to provide background information on short term and long-term disability rates and program availability to City employees.    A chart with detailed information was provided to Council and a short discussion on actual rates produced the general consensus that these options should be considered in more depth during the next year’s budget process.

Council member Hortenstine moved to amend the General Orders to include Limited Duty for Police personnel and Council member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  One NAY (Gonzales).  Motion passed.

12.  CONSIDER RESOLUTION R06-1 SUPPORTING APPLICATION FOR CRIME VICTIM ASSISTANCE GRANT.
Chief Straub presented a Resolution in support of an application for Crime Victim Assistance grant funds.  Grant funds up to $40,000 are available through the Criminal Justice Division of the Office of the Governor to hire a crime victims’ liaison and to develop a crime victims’ liaison program.  If funded, the program will allow the City to train and mobilize volunteers from our community to assist in providing victims’ services.  Terms of the grant were clarified to state that funds were only for salary and that the City would be responsible for providing a benefits package, equipment, supplies, and a place to house the individual hired with these grant monies.

Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved that Resolution R06-1 be approved and Council member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

13.  INTRODUCE ORDINANCE 2006-2 BUDGET AMENDMENT 31.
Ms. Jon-Etta Ross presented Ordinance 2006-2 to Council for consideration as the first budget amendment to the Fiscal Year 2005/2006.  Mr. Hejl read the caption of Ordinance 2006-2.  Ms. Ross provided details regarding specific changes to line items.  With no further discussion, Mayor Hill declared Ordinance 2006-2 officially introduced.

14.  INTRODUCE ORDINANCE 2006-4 AMENDING PEDDLERS ORDINANCE 2003-5
Mr. Salvato submitted a request to Council to consider the introduction of an amendment to the Peddler’s Ordinance adopted in 2003.  Due to a recent incident in which a permit was revoked due to numerous citizen complaints against the solicitors, Chief Straub revised the Ordinance to include the ability for staff to deny a permit if it is determined that any individual seeking a permit has a criminal background or if more than three complaints are received from the public once the permit has been granted.  Mr. Hejl read the caption to Ordinance 2006-4.  With no further discussion, Mayor Hill declared Ordinance 2006-4 officially introduced.

15.  CONSIDER APPOINTMENTS TO PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION.
Mr. VanTil presented a request to Council to reappoint current members whose terms have expired.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved to reappoint Don McAlister, Randolph Griffin, Sr., and Kent Kostka to the Planning and Zoning Commission for three-year terms.  Council member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

16.  CONSIDER APPOINTMENTS TO BUILDING AND STANDARDS COMMISSION.
Mr. VanTil presented a request to Council to reappoint current members and to bring their terms up to date.  He briefly explained how the Commission was created to hear cases concerning alleged violations or ordinances and that they rarely meet.  In 2004, when it came time to make reappointments the Council opted to not take any action and to seek additional applicants for consideration.  However it has been difficult to attract new applicants due to the lack of activity.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved to reappoint Roy Rogers and Cornelius Ray Henry to terms that will expire in January 2008 and to reappoint John Thompson and Keith Hagler to terms that will expire in January 2007.  Council member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

17.  CONSIDER APPOINTMENTS TO AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD.
Mr. VanTil presented a request to Council to fill three vacancies on the Airport Advisory Board.  Six applicants were presented for consideration and the remaining Board members indicated their preferences to Council.  Council member Jez moved to appoint James Rossie, Larry Haggerman, and Efrain Lopez to the Airport Advisory Board.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

18.  EXECUTIVE SESSION.  THE TAYLOR CITY COUNCIL WILL HOLD A CLOSED EXECUTIVE MEETING PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE OPEN MEETINGS LAW, CHAPTER 551, GOVERNMENT CODE, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AUTHORITY CONTAINED IN SECTION 551.074 TO DISCUSS MUNICIPAL JUDGES PERFORMANCE EVALUATION.
Mayor Hill adjourned Council to Executive Session at 8:10 pm to discuss the performance evaluation of Judge Randall Pick. 

19.  CONSIDER ACTION FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION; MUNICIPAL JUDGES PERFORMANCE EVALUATION.
Mayor Hill called the meeting back to order at 9:35 p.m.  After a successful review, Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved to reappoint Judge Randall Pick for another two year term and to grant Judge Pick a 10% increase in salary effective immediately.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald pointed out that Judge Pick has not had a salary increase in over three years.  Council member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

20.  EXECUTIVE SESSION.  THE TAYLOR CITY COUNCIL WILL HOLD A CLOSED ESECUTIVE MEETING PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE OPEN MEETINGS LAW, CHAPTER 551, GOVERNMENT CODE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AUTHORITY CONTAINED IN SECTION 551.071 TO CONSULT WITH THE CITY ATTORNEY.
Mayor Hill adjourned to Executive Session at 9:41 p.m. to meet with the City Attorney.

21.  CONSIDER ACTION FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION.
Mayor Hill called the meeting back to order at 10:45 p.m. and stated that no action was taken during Executive Session.
 

22.  ADJOURN
With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 10:46 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                                     

                                                                                                      ___________________________

                                                                                                      Donald R. Hill, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk