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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)

 

INVOCATION

Council member Hortenstine led the group in prayer.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

CITIZENS COMMUNICATION

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.

 

CONSENT AGENDA

  1. MINUTES FROM FEBRUARY 16, 2006.
  2. FINANCIALS FROM JANUARY, 2006
    Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved to accept the Consent Agenda items as presented and Council member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

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.  Motion passed.    

4.      CONDUCT 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.

5.      CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARING AND CONSIDER INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCE 2006-6 TO REZONE 400 SYMES FROM R1, SINGLE FAMILY, TO D, DUPLEX AS REQUESTED BY PACIFICA INVESTMENTS, INC.   
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.

6.      CONSIDER 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 consideration.

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.

7.      CONSIDER 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.  Motion passed.     

8.      CONSIDER 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 project progresses.

9.      CONSIDER 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 passed.

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 CITY ATTORNEY. 
Mayor Hill announced that there was no need to meet in Executive Session and this item was canceled.    

12.  CONSIDER ACTION FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION.
No Executive Session was held.
 

13.  ADJOURN
With no further business, Mayor Hill adjourned the meeting at 8:15 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                                     

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                                                                                                      Donald R. Hill, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk