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The City Council of the City of
Taylor met on February 28 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 Rod Hortenstine City
Clerk, Susan Brock
Council Member Ella Jez City
Attorney, Ted Hejl
(Council member Benito Gonzales was absent)
Council member Hortenstine led the group in prayer.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
No citizens came forward during this time. Mayor Hill
read a news release regarding the unexpected death of County Commissioner S.
Thomas McDaniel and expressed condolences to his family.
REGULAR AGENDA –
REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:
3. COnsider LICENSE AGREEMENT WITH MRS. JONE
HENSON TO ALLOW FOR AN ENCROACHMENT INTO THE PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY OF A STRUCTURE
OF APPROXIMATELY 29 FEET BY 2.5 FEET.
Mr. Bob VanTil presented a request by Mrs. Jone Henson for the City
to approve a license agreement that would allow her to continue to have her
house encroaching on the City right of way. The agreement states that if the
home is removed for any reason or if the property is sold, the agreement
becomes null and void. The Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed the request
and recommends approval of the agreement.
Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved that the license agreement be approved as
presented and Council member Jez seconded the motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE.
PUBLIC HEARING AND CONSIDER INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCE 2006-5 FOR A SPECIAL USE
PERMIT FOR THE OPERATION OF A BAR LOCATED AT 3311 W. 2ND STREET (US
HWY 79) AS REQUESTED BY MR. MANOJ NAIK.
Mr. VanTil provided background information regarding a request from Mr.
Manoj Naik for a Special Use Permit (SUP) to open a bar at a location that was
previously owned and operated by the Knights of Columbus. Mr. Hejl read the
caption to Ordinance 2006-5 and Mayor Hill declared the Public Hearing open.
Mayor Hill expressed concern about increased traffic in that area and Council
member Jez asked about the effect of the new highway construction on the
property. Mr. Naik addressed the Council and stated that the facility will be
available for rent and could possibly become a Sports Bar that will only be
serving beer. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of the
request. With no further discussion, Mayor Hill declared the Public Hearing
closed and Ordinance 2006-5 officially introduced.
PUBLIC HEARING AND CONSIDER INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCE 2006-6 TO REZONE 400
SYMES FROM R1, SINGLE FAMILY, TO D, DUPLEX AS REQUESTED BY PACIFICA
Mr. VanTil presented a request from Mr. B. K. Paryani of Pacifica
Investments to build a duplex at 400 Symes Street. Mr. Hejl read the caption
to Ordinance 2006-6 and Mayor Hill declared the Public Hearing open. Mr.
Paryani addressed the Council regarding his request and explained how much work
has been done on the property to date. He has remodeled the existing house on
the lot and would like to increase the amount of square footage to incorporate
enough living area to create a duplex apartment home. The Planning and Zoning
Commission reviewed this request and voted 7 to 1 to approve the request. The
one no vote was in support of keeping the neighborhood a single family
residential area. It was pointed out that there are several other duplexes
already in the area and this would not be the first. No neighbors have
exhibited any protest against this request for a change in zoning. Council
member Jez raised the issue of parking and was assured that the lot can
accommodate two covered parking areas as required by City code. With no
further discussion Mayor Hill declared the Public Hearing closed and Ordinance
2006-6 officially introduced.
SKYVUEUSA TRANSFER AGREEMENT TO ERF WIRELESS, INC.
Mr. Salvato presented a request from Mr. John Burns, President of Skyvue USA to transfer the assets and assign the contract to ERF Wireless. This item was
originally presented for consideration at the January 24th Council
meeting without an actual agreement. The agreement is now being presented for
Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved that the transfer agreement be approved as
presented and Council member Hortenstine seconded the motion. VOTE: Four
voted AYE. Motion passed.
LEASE AGREEMENT WITH AUTOROTATE, INC. AND BRUNDAGE AVIATION, INC.
Mr. VanTil presented a request from Mr. Bert Brundage to consider a lease
agreement for a hangar at the Taylor Municipal Airport with AutoRotate, Inc.
and Brundage Aviation, Inc. The current contract expires on March 31, 2006
and this is a request to extend the lease for five years.
Council member Hortenstine moved that the lease agreement be approved as
presented and Council member Jez seconded the motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE.
QUARTERLY CIP REPORT.
Mr. Jim Dunaway, Assistant City Manager, and Mr. Casey Sledge presented an
overview of progress on CIP projects for the first quarter and since November,
2005. Mr. Sledge provided Council with a detailed spreadsheet of all Capital
projects currently underway or proposed. Additional financial data was also
included and provided funding balances for each project. Mayor Pro Tem
McDonald expressed his appreciation for the detailed report and requested that
staff place the document on the City website for the public to review as well.
Council member Jez also requested photos be included on the website as each
DISPOSITION OF CITY OWNED PROPERTIES.
Mr. Salvato presented an overview of city owned properties that may be
considered for disposal. Maps and photos were provided and legal property
descriptions on 24 properties under consideration. Mayor Pro Tem McDonald
would like to see these properties disposed of since they represent
non-performing assets to the City. Council member Jez made a request to other
Council to view the actual properties since their location and condition may
affect their final decision on any future use.
Council member Jez moved that this item be tabled excluding the house and
property located at the water treatment plant and Council member Hortenstine
seconded the motion. VOTE: Three voted AYE. One vote NO. (John McDonald) Motion
10. CONSIDER APPLICATIONS TO
THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR A STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION
ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM GRANT.
Mr. VanTil presented a request to submit one or more applications for a
transportation enhancement program grant from the Texas Department of
Transportation (TXDOT). Mr. VanTil provided examples of what enhancements are
likely to be funded including facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists,
acquisition of scenic and historic sites, landscaping, and historic
preservation. Having consulted with staff at TXDOT, it became apparent that
two specific projects in Taylor would have a higher probability for funding:
Phase 2 of the Downtown Streetscape Project or Sidewalk improvements on Main Street. The grant program requires matching funds from the City and staff is seeking
direction prior to submitting applications. Council member Hortenstine
considers both projects proposed as good enhancements for the community and moved
that the City submit applications for two grants through the Statewide
Transportation Enhancement Program. Council member Jez seconded the motion.
VOTE: Four voted AYE. Motion passed.
11. 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 551.071 TO CONSULT WITH THE
Mayor Hill announced that there was no need to meet in Executive Session and
this item was canceled.
12. CONSIDER ACTION FROM
No Executive Session was held.
With no further business, Mayor Hill adjourned the meeting at 8:15 p.m.
R. Hill, Mayor
Susan Brock, City Clerk