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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
Council member Hortenstine led the group in prayer.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
No citizens came forward during this time.
REGULAR AGENDA –
REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Mayor Hill adjourned to Executive Session at 9:41 p.m. to meet with the
21. CONSIDER ACTION FROM
Mayor Hill called the meeting back to order at 10:45 p.m. and stated that
no action was taken during Executive Session.
With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 10:46 p.m.
R. Hill, Mayor
Susan Brock, City Clerk