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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on May 23, 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                      City Attorney, Ted Hejl

Council Member Ella Jez                                     City Clerk, Susan Brock    

 

INVOCATION

Chief Jeff Straub led the group in prayer.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

CITIZENS COMMUNICATION

No citizens came forward during this time.

CONSENT AGENDA

  1. MINUTES FROM MAY 11, 2006.
  2. ORDINANCE 2006-9 AMENDING FEE ORDINANCE 2004-17 REGARDING UTILITY SERVICE FEES.
  3. ORDINANCE 2006-12 AMENDING ANIMAL CONTROL APPEALS BOARD.
  4. CONCUR WITH FINANCIALS FOR APRIL 2006.

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

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:

5.      CONSIDER ANNUAL REPORT FROM KEEP TAYLOR BEAUTIFUL.  
Ms. Judie Gustafason, President of Keep Taylor Beautiful (KTB), presented a report to Council highlighting the history of the organization and current activities.  She presented a request for assistance in their recycling efforts and asked that Council consider donating any funds received from the recycling firm Abitibi to the KTB group as a way of providing financial support for their programs.   Mayor Pro Tem McDonald asked if these funds from the city could be earmarked to help defray the cost of maintenance of the right of way for the gateway beautification projects or if KTB could help develop a tree-planting program that might include the East Williamson County Park.  Ms. Gustafason agreed to keep these requests in mind but would need Board approval to make any commitments.  With no further questions of comments Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved that the City donate or redirect any future revenue received from recycling efforts, including Abitibi, be redirected to KTB.  Council member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed. 

6.      CONSIDER AWARDING CONTRACT FOR RELOCATING AIRPORT LIFT STATION. 
Mr. Dunaway presented the results of a request for bids to relocate the lift station at the Taylor Municipal Airport.  The current grinder pump is in need of repair and will be replaced.  Relocating it will allow the city to expand services to the west of the airport.  Seven bids were received and KC Construction of Georgetown submitted the low bid.  $164,471.40 will come from the 2003 Certificates of Obligation and $156,724.00 from a Texas Water Development Board Loan.

Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved to award the contract to KC Construction not to exceed $284,495.40 and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

7.      CONSIDER ACCEPTING MAINTENANCE OF DETENTION POND IN ROB ROY SUBDIVISION.  
This item was originally presented to Council at the May 11 meeting and staff was directed to gather additional information.  Mr. Dunaway presented information regarding other communities including Round Rock and Cedar Park and their approach to maintaining detention ponds.  Some communities use tax income to create a “drainage budget” or fund for maintenance of these ponds.  It appears it is common for developers to turn over maintenance of these detention ponds to the city.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald asked staff to investigate the possibility of amending the Subdivision Ordinance to include this issue for future development projects. 

Council Member Jez moved to accept the maintenance of the Rob Roy Subdivision detention pond and the $8,000.00 collected by the Home Owner’s Association and for the City to obtain a deed transfer for the property.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

8.      consider FINAL APPROVAL OF ORDINANCE 2006-11 BUDGET AMENDMENT NO. 2.
Mr. Dunaway presented additional information to Council regarding the budget amendment discussed and introduced at the April 25th meeting.  A detailed discussion of all items under consideration was provided and figures were corrected to reflect the actual transfer and reassignment of funds.  

Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved to adopt Ordinance 2006-11 as presented and Council Member Gonzales seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

9.      CONSIDER RESOLUTION R06-11 REQUESTING FUNDS FROM TXDOT AVIATION TO UPDATE TAYLOR MUNICIPAL AIRPORT LAYOUT PLAN.
Mr. Bob VanTil, Director of Community Development, presented a request to approve Resolution R06-11 in support of the city requesting funds from the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) Aviation Division for updating the Airport Layout Plan (ALP).  The current ALP is almost nine years old and indicates areas of development that are no longer appropriate.  The Resolution supports a 10% commitment, or $4,000.00, from the City as a local match for grant funds from the Federal Government.  If approved, these funds would be included in the budget for the 2006/2007 fiscal year.

Council Member Jez moved to approve Resolution R06-11 for funds to update the Airport Layout Plan and Mayor Pro Tem McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

10.  CONSIDER RESOLUTION R06-12 VOIDING THE AUSTIN ETJ AGREEMENT.
Mr. VanTil presented background information regarding an agreement with the City of Austin in relation to our extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).  In 1985 the cities of Austin and Taylor entered into an agreement regarding ETJ boundaries, which stated that the City of Austin would not expand into Williamson County and that the City of Taylor would not expand into Travis County.  Since that original agreement the City of Taylor has received requests from property owners near the county line to be included in our ETJ.  The City of Austin has agreed to repeal the 1985 agreement if the Council approves the request to void the agreement by Resolution.

Council Member Hortenstine moved to approve Resolution R06-12 and Council Member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

11.  CONSIDER SEMIANNUAL IMPACT FEE REPORT FOR JULY TO DECEMBER 2005.
Mr. VanTil presented a semiannual report on impact fees from July to December 2005.  In 2002, impact fees were enacted by an ordinance and a requirement for the Advisory Committee file semiannual reports.  The report includes total amount of funds collected for both water and wastewater impact fees and amount of funds distributed during the reporting period and since the inception of the program.

Council Member Jez moved to follow the recommendation of the Impact Fee Advisory Committee and to accept the semiannual impact fee report for July to December 2005 and Mayor Pro Tem McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

12.  CONSIDER REVISION TO FORDTEX LEASE AGREEMENT AND ESCROW AGREEMENT.

Mr. Salvato brought a request from FordTex to amend the original lease agreement and to execute an escrow agreement.  The original agreement signed on April 13, 2006 did not allow for the bank guaranteeing the loan to take ownership of the hangar in the event of default.  Staff is also requesting that $60,000 be set aside in an escrow agreement in the event that the project is not completed.

Mayor Pro Tem McDonald moved to approve the revised FordTex lease agreement and to execute the escrow agreement as presented and Council Member Gonzales seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed. 

 

13.  CONSIDER SYSTEM AGREEMENT WITH INCODE FOR UTILITY BILLING AND MUNICIPAL COURT ONLINE SERVICES.
Mr. Dunaway presented a System Agreement with INCODE for utility billing and municipal court online services.  The agreement would allow the City to accept online payments for both utility bills and municipal court service fees and fines.  Costs to institute the service include a onetime setup fee of $5,440.00 and an annual maintenance fee of $4,440.00 to operate the program.  The agreement also includes user convenience fees to both the customer and the City.  Council expressed concern for the fees and choice of vendor and would like to have staff bring back more options.

Council agreed to pass on this item and directed staff to continue to seek other service providers and provide competitive rates for these services. 

14.  CONSIDER QUARTERLY CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS REPORT.
Mr. Dunaway and Casey Sledge, Engineer, presented an updated report on Capital Improvement Projects (CIP).  Mr. Sledge provided details on projects behind schedule as well as plans for future projects including the hike and bike trail connection between Bull Branch and Murphy Park.  Staff mentioned the possibility of issuing bonds in the next few years for some of the larger projects.

Council accepted the report as presented for information.  No further action was taken.

15.  ADMINISTER OATH OF OFFICE TO UNOPPOSED COUNCIL MEMBER CANDIDATES BENITO GONZALES AND JOHN MCDONALD.
City Clerk, Susan Brock, administered the oath of office to Bernabe (Benito) Gonzales for Council Member in District 2 and John McDonald for Council Member in District 3.

16.  ELECT A MAYOR.
Council Member Jez moved to nominate Council Member Gonzales for Mayor and Council Member Don Hill for Mayor Pro Tem.  Council Member Gonzales seconded the motion.  VOTE: Three voted AYE (Council Members Jez, Gonzales, and Hortenstine); two voted NO (Council Members Hill and McDonald).   Motion passed.

17.  ELECT A MAYOR PRO TEM. 
Council Member Jez previously made a single motion to elect both Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem.

ADJOURN
With no further business, Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting.

 

 

                                                                                                     

                                                                                                      ___________________________

                                                                                                      Donald R. Hill, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk