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The City Council of the City of Taylor met at a joint meeting with the Taylor Independent School District (TISD) on April 18, 2006, at Sirloin Stockade, 200 West Lake Drive., Taylor, Texas.  Mayor Donald Hill declared a quorum and called the council meeting to order at 7:20 a.m. with the following present:

 

Mayor Pro Tem John McDonald                         Assistant City Manager, Jim Dunaway

Council Member Benito Gonzales                      City Clerk, Susan Brock

Council Member Ella Jez                                    

 

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:

1.      UPDATE ON ‘VISION FOR TEMPLE COLLEGE AT TAYLOR’.
Dr. Marc Nigliazzo, President of Temple College, presented an overview of accomplishments and future plans for the Taylor campus of Temple College.  He remarked that the campus currently has 700 students enrolled at the Taylor campus with the potential to grow beyond 2,000 students within the next five years.  He warned officials that it may be time to begin to consider some form of “maintenance tax” to accommodate future growth.  He encouraged community partners to continue to move the Center for Advanced Technology project forward as a way of developing a qualified workforce for future employers.    

2.      CONSIDER CITY TO RETURN 1 ACRE TRACT ON NORTHEAST CORNER OF NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL PROPERTY TO TISD. 
Assistant City Manager, Mr. Jim Dunaway, provided background information on a piece of property that may have been previously deeded to the City for use as a possible construction site for a water tower.  However, the City has relocated the water tower site and is no longer in need of keeping the property.  Mr. Dunaway presented a request to Council by the TISD to return the one acre tract of land near the new Middle School to them since the City has no future plans or use for the property.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved that the City return the one acre tract of land to the TISD and Council Member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

3.      DISCUSS JOINT USE OF FACILITIES AND PURCHASING POLICIES.
Dr. Bruce Scott, TISD Superintendent, presented an overview of a plan for discussion on the possibility of sharing resources between the City and the TISD. Some of the areas of interest include pest control, vehicle maintenance, fuel purchase, office supplies, lawn and building maintenance.   No action was taken on the topic but discussions will continue and additional information may be considered for presentation to Council and Board members again at a later date.

4.      UPDATE ON TISD GROWTH AND FUTURE NEEDS.
Dr. Scott reported that the lower elementary school enrollment continues to see a steady upward growth and are currently at peak enrollment levels with more students than ever before.  However, the high school is not experiencing the same level of growth.  His main concern at this point is not as much on facilities as on funding and he is anxious to see the outcome of the current special legislative session.  

5.      INTRODUCE CITY OF TAYLOR 2006 STRATEGIC PLAN.
Mr. Dunaway distributed copies of the 2006 Strategic Plan for the City to attendees and stressed the importance of continuing to work on the plan and make sure that the community views it as a working document. 

ADJOURN
With no further business, Mayor Hill adjourned the meeting at 8:10 a.m.

 

 

                                                                                                     

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                                                                                                      Donald R. Hill, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk