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The City Council of the City of
Taylor met on March 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 Benito Gonzales City
Clerk, Susan Brock
Council Member Rod Hortenstine City
Attorney, Ted Hejl
Council member Ella Jez
Police Chief Jeff Straub led the group in prayer.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
No citizens came forward during this time.
REGULAR AGENDA –
REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:
THE 2005 COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT.
Ms. Jon-Etta Ross, Director of Finance, presented a brief overview of the annual
auditing process and introduced Mr. Rodney Greenway with Freemon, Shapard and
Story, the firm hired to conduct this year’s audit. Mr. Greenway provided
Council with a letter summarizing recommendations regarding specific accounting
procedures and a copy of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for
the fiscal year ended September 30, 2005. In his opinion, the issues that are
highlighted are already being addressed by City Staff and the financial
condition of the City is sound. Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved that the CAFR for
2005 be approved as presented and Council member Gonzales seconded the motion.
VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
ANNUAL CONTRACTS WITH YMCA OF GREATER WILLIAMSON COUNTY FOR MANAGEMENT OF MURPHY PARK AND ROBINSON PARK SWIMMING POOLS.
As a member of the YMCA Board, Council member Jez recused herself due to a
conflict of interest with this agenda item. Mr. Bob VanTil, Director of
Community Development, presented Council with a request to reconsider the
contracts with the YMCA after staff had successfully renegotiated with local
day cares for specific pool use times. He stated that the contracts have not
been changed since the originals were presented at the last meeting. Mayor
Hill inquired how any additional requests from other day cares would be met and
Ms. Ellie Pauley, YMCA Director, responded that any additional requests for
special use would be considered on an individual basis and efforts would be
made to accommodate everyone’s needs with Council approval. Mayor Pro Tem
McDonald asked for clarification on lifeguard scheduling at Robinson Pool and
was assured that guards are scheduled to be present the entire time the pool is
open and any reduced hours are more than likely due to chemical or mechanical
problems with the pool equipment due to its aging infrastructure. Mr. McDonald
asked for increased promotion of the Robinson Pool and Ms. Pauley said there
are plans underway to contact neighborhood churches to encourage more pool
activities at Robinson. Mr. Salvato also asked Ms. Pauley to address the
problem of reduced lifeguard staff during the end of the summer season and Ms.
Pauley said they are offering a monetary bonus this year to those guards who
remain the entire season and that every effort will be made to ensure that the operation
of the pool is not affected by a lack of life guards available for duty.
With no further comment or discussion, Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved that the
contracts with the YMCA of Greater Williamson County for management of the Murphy Park and Robinson Park pools be approved as presented and Council member Gonzales
seconded the motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE. Motion passed.
Council member Jez rejoined the Council.
REQUEST FROM TAYLOR AREA FARMER’S MARKET VENDORS FOR TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURE
OF 5TH STREET FROM MAIN TO PORTER.
Leroy Paul presented a letter to
City Council requesting permission to close the 100 block of 5th
street from on Monday’s and Wednesday’s afternoons between the hours of 3:30 pm
and 6:30 pm from May through fall to allow local farmers the opportunity to
sell their home grown fruits and vegetables at the Farmer’s Market. Mayor Pro
Tem McDonald moved to approve the request from the Farmers Market and the motion
was seconded by Council member Gonzales. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion
REPORT FROM TAYLOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (TEDC)
Mr. John Nelson, Executive Director of the Taylor Economic Development
Corporation (TEDC), presented an overview of the development of the TEDC and
highlighted activities over its seven year history. This report was for
information only and no action was taken on this item.
7. Presentation of annual racial profiling
Chief Jeff Straub
presented the Annual Racial Profiling Report as required by law. He stated that
the statistics vary little from last year and that the department is doing a
good job with regards to racial and demographic statistics. Council member Jez
moved to accept the report as presented and Mayor Pro Tem McDonald seconded the
motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
8. conduct public hearing regarding water and
WASTEWATER IMPACT FEES.
Mr. VanTil provided Council with a brief overview of the process the
City has been undergoing to evaluate water and wastewater impact fees. Mayor
Hill declared the Public Hearing open. Ms. Mickey Fishbeck with Rimrock Consulting
presented a ten year plan for addressing new growth with respect to impact
fees. Mayor Pro Tem McDonald expressed his concern about the accuracy of these
projections and was assured that the fees must be amended at least every five
years. A comment from Mr. Joe Naizer was focused on what specific areas have
been targeted for new growth and staff responded that the plan includes the
current city limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction. Additional comments
included concern for these fees being in line with other comparable communities
and staff responded that even with the proposed increases, Taylor fees will be
among the lowest. With no further comment or discussion, Mayor Hill declared
the hearing closed. No action was taken on this item.
9. CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED GRANT
APPLICATIONS TO THE STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM (STEP)
Mr. VanTil presented background information regarding the
application process for the Texas Department of Transportation’s Statewide
Transportation Enhancement Program (STEP) and the two grant applications the
City would like to submit. One project under consideration is a request to
fund Phase 2 of the Downtown Streetscape which would allow the Phase 1
improvements to the downtown area to be expanded to include a broader area.
The second project is a proposed sidewalk on the west side of Main Street from Walnut Street to the Carlos G. Parker Loop. Mayor Hill asked if the
proposal could be amended to include the sidewalk extended farther south on
Main to Rio Grande. Staff agreed to look at the change and any additional
costs to the plan. Mayor Hill declared the Public Hearing open. With no
public comment or additional discussion, he declared the Public Hearing
closed. No action was taken on this item.
10. consider amendments to the dan moody museum rental contract.
Mr. VanTil provided an overview of the current rental program of the
Museum and introduced Ms. Susan Komandosky, President of the Moody Museum
Board. She addressed specific issues that have caused the Board to review the
rental agreement and make changes including reducing the occupancy limit for
events and a requirement to have a Museum “monitor” on the premises during all
events. She stressed that the museum has become a popular place for rentals
and the Board feels these changes are in the best interest of protecting and
preserving the condition of the Museum. Council member Jez asked for
clarification on specific details of the new contract and Mayor Pro Tem
McDonald praised the Board for being conscientious and taking action. He than
moved that the amendments to the rental contract be approved as presented and
Council member Jez seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
11. update report on taylor downtown streetscape project.
Mr. Casey Sledge, engineering consultant, provided an update from
the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDoT) regarding the Downtown
Streetscape Project. He reported that environmental clearance was received
three weeks ago and a letter was sent to City staff regarding the project
schedule. Ms. Patricia Crews-Weight, TXDoT Director of Design for the project,
stated that, although delayed again, bids are now expected to be received
before August. Mayor Pro Tem McDonald expressed his dissatisfaction with the
overall lack of progress with the project and moved that letters be sent from
Council to Senator Ogden and Representative Krusee requesting assistance in
moving this project forward. Council member Jez seconded the motion. VOTE:
Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
12. consider professional services agreement with sledge engineering,
l.l.c. for capital improvement management services for bull branch creek north
hike and bike trail project.
Mr. Dunaway presented an overview of the grant funded Bull Branch
Creek trail project. He asked to formally place this project in the Capital
Improvement Project listing to track its progress, and presented a request to
enter into an agreement with Sledge Engineering to provide necessary
engineering services for the project. Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved to approve
the agreement with Sledge Engineering for an amount not to exceed $30,000 with
funds to come from proceeds from the sale of parkland. Council member
Hortenstine seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
13. consider management consultant agreement with langford community
management services for bull branch hike and bike trail and east williamson county park projects.
Mr. Dunaway introduced Ms. Judy Langford with Langford Community
Management Services who was available to respond to questions concerning a
proposed agreement to administer the grant funds for the Bull Branch Hike and
Bike Trail as well as funds received for the East Williamson County Park. Council member Jez moved to approve the agreement with Langford Community
management Services for $30,000 with the funds to come from the sale of
parkland fund. Mayor Pro Tem McDonald seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted
AYE. Motion passed.
14. Consider bid(s) for the sale of surplus city owned property located
adjacent to and east of the brazos river authority water treatment plant.
Mr. Dunaway provided Council with a brief overview of the bid
process for property located adjacent to the water treatment plant. The
property consists of 1.05 acres of land with a 1,506 square foot single family
residence built on it in 1991 for use by the operator of the water treatment
plant. Since the sale of the plant to the Brazos River Authority (BRA) the
home has been vacant and the City placed the property up for bid. The 2005
assessed value by the Williamson County Appraisal District is $102,039 and an
appraisal conducted by Kokel-Oberrender-Wood in October, 2005 sets the total
value of the property at $112,000. Only one bid was received, and it was
submitted by the BRA in the amount of $117,600.
Council member Jez moved that the bid from BRA for $117,000 be
accepted and Council member Gonzales seconded the motion. Mayor Pro Tem
McDonald asked that the motion be amended to state that the funds would be
deposited into the Utility Fund. Council member Jez amended the motion to
reflect this change and Council member Gonzales seconded the amended motion.
VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
15. consider sale of wine and/or beer at bloomin’ fest dance.
Ms. Jean Johnson, Main Street Director, presented a request to
Council to allow the temporary sale of beer and wine at the Bloomin’ Fest Dance
this year. This issue was presented for discussion at a previous meeting on February
16, 2006 and Council asked for more detailed plans to be presented to ensure
specific security and policing efforts were addressed that would keep the
alcohol out of the regular festival area. Ms. Johnson reported that the Main
Street Board has plans to hold the dance at the East Williamson County Park
Arena, therefore offering more parking, better security, and ease of
concessions. Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved to allow the sale of beer and wine
at the Bloomin’ Fest Dance at the East Williamson County Park Arena on May 6,
2006. Council member Jez seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion
16. consider resolution r06-7 canceling the municipal election on may
Susan Brock, City
Clerk, presented a request to Council to consider Resolution R06-7 to cancel
the municipal election for Districts 2 and 3 council positions. Ms. Brock
stated that the incumbents were the only candidates submitting applications and
therefore are officially unopposed. By Resolution, Council may cancel the
election and conduct the swearing in of John McDonald for District 3 and Benito
Gonzales for District 2 at the May 23, 2006 Council meeting. Council member
Jez moved to approve Resolution R06-7 to cancel the May 13th
election and declare the incumbents reelected to their respective offices.
Council member Hortenstine seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion
17. STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATE
WITH STAFF REVISIONS.
Mr. Salvato presented an overview of work on updating the Strategic Plan. Mayor
Pro Tem McDonald requested that staff provide quarterly updates to Council
during the year. Council member Jez moved that Council approve the plan as
presented and for staff to provide quarterly updates and 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 551.071 TO CONSULT WITH THE CITY
Mayor Hill announced that the Council would adjourn to enter into Executive
Session at 8:00 p.m.
19. CONSIDER ACTION FROM
No action was taken during Executive Session.
With no further business, Mayor Hill adjourned the meeting at 9:48 p.m.
R. Hill, Mayor
Susan Brock, City Clerk