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The City Council of the City of
Taylor met on May 2, 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
Pastor Jim Newman came forward representing the
Ministerial Alliance to inform the Council of a new teen program for the
summer. In cooperation with the Taylor Police Department, the Taylor Independent School District, Life Steps and the YMCA, a “Midnight Basketball”
program is being developed to provide teens an alternative summer evening
activity. Pastor Newman’s plans include the use of the basketball courts on Threadgill Street adjacent to Robinson Park three nights a week from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. In
addition to the games, an educational component on substance abuse and other
relevant topics will be provided to encourage a positive lifestyle.
REGULAR AGENDA –
REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:
PARK PRIORITIES AND FUNDING FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO ROBINSON, MURPHY, BULL BRANCH,
AND EAST WILLIAMSON COUNTY PARKS.
Frank Salvato, City Manager, provided an overview of the process undertaken
so far in establishing park priorities and presented a request for Council to
consider recommendations by the Parks and Recreation Board in establishing
specific dollar amounts and improvements within each park. Mr. Philip Wanke
with BWM, Inc. provided Council with an updated chart of priorities and funding
options for each park to assist Council in making a decision regarding the
distribution of funds. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) policy
restricts the $500,000 grant funds to actual park enhancements and the funds
may not be applied to infrastructure costs. Council was informed that with
over $600,000 of infrastructure costs added to the $500,000 grant money the total
for the East Williamson County Park quickly exceeded the $1 million mark.
Improvements included in the TPWD grant for the East Williamson County Park include
playground with playscape, hike and bike trails, softball and baseball fields,
soccer and football fields, basketball court, picnic pavilion, park benches, a
wetland enhancement area, xeriscape garden and signage. Additional city funds
would have to be used for lights, parking, restrooms, and utility lines.
Of the remaining funds, Council agreed to set aside $200,000 for improvements
to Robinson Park which would include a new parking lot, playground with
playscape, pedestrian bridge over the creek, safety lighting, resurfaced
basketball courts, and new horseshoe and washer pits. Another $250,000 was
earmarked for improvements to Murphy Park which would include covered picnic
tables, park benches, playgrounds and playscapes, an observation deck near the
lake, sand volleyball courts, a xeriscape garden, safety lighting, and new
parking areas and trails.
Citing a recommendation from the Angelou study and Comprehensive Plan for the
City, Mayor Pro Tem McDonald encouraged Council to look for alternative funding
sources and to consider building out the County Park as much as possible. In
an effort to generate potential revenue to offset the costs of the county park
Mayor Pro Tem McDonald suggested redesigning the layout to accommodate baseball
and softball tournaments. Council Member Jez moved to authorize Mr. Wanke of
BWM to rework the proposal with a design to include a quad or quint design with
eight to ten ball fields for tournament play, phased in construction for
parking and lights and a lower contingency percentage on projected
infrastructure costs. Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion. VOTE:
Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
With no further business, Council Member Jez moved to adjourn and Council
Member Gonzales seconded the motion. Mayor Hill adjourned the meeting at 8:22 p.m.
R. Hill, Mayor
Susan Brock, City Clerk