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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on April 25, 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                      Assistant City Manager, Jim Dunaway

Council Member Rod Hortenstine                      Susan Brock, City Clerk

Council member Ella Jez                                     City Attorney, Ted Hejl

 

INVOCATION

Ms. Jon-Etta Ross led the group in prayer.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

CITIZENS COMMUNICATION

No citizens came forward during this time.

CONSENT AGENDA

  1. MINUTES FROM APRIL 13, 2006.
  2. ORDINANCE 2006-7 ADOPTING AMENDED WATER AND WASTEWATER IMPACT FEES.
  3. ORDINANCE 2006-8 AMENDING THROUGH TRUCK ROUTE ORDINANCE 2002-1.
  4. CONCUR WITH FINANCIALS FOR MARCH, 2006

    Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved that the consent agenda with the corrected minutes be approved as presented and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:

5.      PROCLAMATION FOR DAY OF THE YOUNG CHILD.
Mayor Hill presented a Proclamation to Trish van Til and representatives from State Farm Insurance, Williamson County and Cities Health District, Texans in Motion, Taylor ISD, Friends of Public Health and the Interagency Council of Eastern Williamson County to celebrate the Day of the Young Child.    

6.      CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARING AND INTRODUCE ORDINANCE 2006-10 REZONING 0.403 ACRES, LOTS 9, 10, AND 11, WASHINGTON HEIGHTS ADDITION, LOCATED AT 1109 SYMES STREET FROM R1, SINGLE FAMILY, TO B1, LOCAL BUSINESS DISTRICT.
Mr. John Elsden, City Planner, presented a request from the Carranza family to rezone property at 1109 Symes Street.  The original request as submitted to the Planning and Zoning Commission on April 11, 2006 included three lots (9-11) to be rezoned from Single Family to Local Business.  However, the Planning and Zoning Commission recommends changing the zoning on only the two vacant lots (9 and 10) and leaving Lot 11 with the house on it zoned residential.  Council member Jez asked if any opposition has been raised by neighbors or anyone on the Commission and was told there was none brought forward.  Property owners would like to construct a restaurant and gift shop on the property if the zoning is approved.  With the permission of Mrs. Carranza, staff was asked to amend the application and Ordinance to reflect the change in zoning for only lots 9 and 10.

Mayor Hill declared the Public Hearing open.  Hearing no public comments, Mayor Hill declared the Public Hearing closed and asked Mr. Hejl to read the caption for Ordinance 2006-10.  With no further comment or discussion, Mayor Hill declared Ordinance 2006-10 officially introduced.

7.      CONSIDER LICENSE AGREEMENT WITH DURCON LABORATORY TOPS, INC. FOR THE ENCROACHMENT OF WATER LINE ON PUBLIC PROPERTY.

Mr. Jim Dunaway, Assistant City Manager, presented a request from Durcon Laboratory Tops, Inc. to the City for consideration of a license agreement to allow an existing water line to encroach on public property.  In 2005 Durcon began construction of a water line to extend water and fire service to a new building on their property.  When the line veered into the right of way on Allison Lane in September, 2005, an easement agreement was executed for 2,243 square feet of right-of-way.  The license agreement, if approved, allows the line to remain with certain terms and conditions.  Council Member Jez asked to have a statement included in the agreement that clearly states the city will have no maintenance responsibility for this line.  After much discussion, it was determined that neither Durcon nor the City have a clearly defined route or exact location of the line which could potentially become a problem in the future.   Council members Hortenstine and McDonald agreed that Durcon should conduct a survey at their own expense and provide the City with more detailed information about the location of the line.  

 

Council Member Hortenstine moved to not approve the license agreement as presented and to request additional clarification in the agreement concerning maintenance and a survey from Durcon Laboratory Tops.  The motion was seconded by Mayor Pro Tem McDonald.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

Council member Ella Jez recused herself due to a conflict of interest with the next agenda item.

 

8.      CONSIDER WHOLESALE WATER SERVICES CONTRACT WITH JONAH SPECIAL UTILITY DISTRICT.
Mr. Dunaway presented a brief history of the ongoing negotiations between Jonah and the City with regards to the sale of water.  Jonah’s recent growth and future development plans make it necessary for them to seek alternative sources of water.  As a result of our current contract with the Brazos River Authority, the City has surplus water available for sale to Jonah.  Jonah would like to have the water connection by this summer.

Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved to approve the wholesale water services contract with the Jonah special utility district and Council Member Gonzales seconded the motion.  VOTE:   Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

Council member Ella Jez rejoined the meeting.

 

9.      CONSIDER AUTHORIZING STAFF TO INITIATE THE PHASE I AND II ANNEXATION PROCESS AND TO PREPARE A SERVICE PLAN.
Mr. van Til presented background information regarding the work being done by staff to prepare for the possibility of annexation.  The area under consideration for annexation is west of the airport and north of Highway 79.  A two phase approach allows the City to annex property located in its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) in Phase I and then initiate Phase II to include properties within the newly created ETJ as a result of Phase I.  Phase I consists of approximately 1,054.90 acres (exclusive of right-of-ways).  Phase II consists of 252.20 acres.   Mr. van Til included a schedule of public hearings and a brief services plan for review by the Council. 

Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved to authorize staff to initiate the annexation process and to prepare a Service Plan and Council Member Gonzales seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

10.  INTRODUCE ORDINANCE 2006-11 BUDGET AMENDMENT FOR THE 2005-06 FISCAL YEAR.
Ms. Jon-Etta Ross, Director of Finance, provided Council with an overview of recent changes made in both revenue and expense categories of the Budget.  Mr. Hejl read the caption to Ordinance 2006-11 and Mayor Hill declared the Ordinance officially introduced.

11.  AUTHORIZE SUBMITTAL OF GRANT APPLICATION TO THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR TAYLOR MUNICIPAL AIRPORT IMPROVEMENTS.
Mr. VanTil presented information regarding the application process for a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Aviation Division for airport improvements.  The $250,000 grant would be used for the cost to remove intrusions into the runaway approach paths with the installation of a global positioning system (GPS) at the airport.  The GPS will enable aircraft to land and take off more safely from the Taylor Municipal airport using instrumentation as well as visual approach.  The TxDOT program requires a local match of 10% ($25,000) which has already been provided through a grant from the TEDC.

Council Member Hortenstine moved to authorize staff to submit an application and to accept the $25,000 from the TEDC as local match for the TxDOT grant for airport improvements.  Council Member Jez seconded the motion. VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.    

12.  consider aPPOINTMENTS TO THE TAYLOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION BOARD.
Mayor Hill presented the list of applicants and reappointments to Council for consideration for membership on the board of the Taylor Economic Development Corporation (TEDC).  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved to reappoint Johnny Mikeska and Christine Lopez to the TEDC Board and Council member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

13.  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 the Council would adjourn to enter into Executive Session at 7:35 p.m.      

14.  CONSIDER ACTION FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION.
Council reconvened from Executive Session at 8:59 p.m. and Mayor Hills stated that no action was taken during Executive Session I.

Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved to accept payment in arrears from the City of Hutto and to authorize the Mayor to sign the release.  Council member Gonzales seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed. 
 

15.  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 551.072 TO DELIBERATE REGARDING ACQUISITION OF REAL PROPERTY. 
Mayor Hill announced that the Council would adjourn to enter into Executive Session at 7:35 p.m.     

16.  CONSIDER ACTION FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION.
No action was taken during Executive Session II.

17.  ADJOURN
With no further business, Council Member Gonzales moved to adjourn and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  Mayor Hill adjourned the meeting at 9:00 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                                     

                                                                                                      ___________________________

                                                                                                      Donald R. Hill, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk