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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on July 13, 2006, at City Hall, 400 Porter St., Taylor, Texas.  In the absence of Mayor Gonzales, Mayor Pro Tem Donald Hill declared a quorum and called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with the following present:

 

Council Member Rod Hortenstine                      City Manager, Frank Salvato

Council Member Ella Jez                                     Assistant City Manager, Jim Dunaway

Council Member John McDonald                       City Attorney, Ted Hejl

                                                                             City Clerk, Susan Brock    

 

INVOCATION

Chief of Police Jeff Straub led the group in prayer.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

CITIZENS COMMUNICATION

No citizens came forward during this time.

CONSENT AGENDA

  1. MINUTES FROM JUNE 27, 2006 AND JULY 3, 2006.

2.      ORDINANCE 2006-13 13 REZONING PROPERTY IN THE 500 AND 600 BLOCKS OF SOUTH DOAK STREET, LEGALLY DESCRIBED AS DOAK ADDITION, BLOCK 36, LOTS 1 -10, AND BLOCK 39, LOTS 3-9 AND A PORTION OF LOT 2 FROM M-1 (LIGHT INDUSTRIAL) TO R1 (SINGLE FAMILY).

3.      ORDINANCE 2006-14 REZONING PROPERTY OWNED BY LORENZA M. VASQUEZ LOCATED AT 1108 W. 2ND STREET LEGALLY DESCRIBED AS DOAK ADDITION, BLOCK 53, LOT 11, FROM B-1 (LOCAL BUSINESS) TO B-2 (GENERAL BUSINESS).

4.      ORDINANCE 2006-15.  EXTENDING THE BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS AND THE ANNEXATION OF TERRITORY CONSISTING OF 1,111.81 ACRES OF LAND LOCATED IN WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TEXAS, BEING 618.92 ACRES SITUATED IN THE JAMES C. EAVES SURVEY ABSTRACT NO. 213, AND 492.89 ACRES SITUATED IN THE SAMUEL PHARRASS SURVEY, ABSTRACT NO. 496. 

5.      ORDINANCE 2006-16.  ADOPTING THE INTERNATIONAL RESIDENTIAL CODE (IRC) AND THE INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE (IBC).

Council Member Jez asked to remove item number 3 from the Consent Agenda and Mayor Pro Tem Hill removed item number 4 for further discussion and withdrew item number 5 from consideration until additional information can be provided.  Council Member McDonald moved to approve the consent agenda items No. 1 and 2 as presented and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:

3.   ORDINANCE 2006-14 REZONING PROPERTY OWNED BY LORENZA M. VASQUEZ    LOCATED AT 1108 W. 2ND STREET LEGALLY DESCRIBED AS DOAK ADDITION,           BLOCK 53, LOT 11, FROM B-1 (LOCAL BUSINESS) TO B-2 (GENERAL BUSINESS).
      Council Member Jez removed this item from the consent agenda for further clarification on          future use of the property.  She expressed concern for the property being “spot zoned” for           General Business in a Local Business area, which could result in allowing a different type of business in the area not allowed in the original zoning plan.  Council Member Jez moved to       deny the request to approve Ordinance 2006-14; no second was heard and motion died.         Council Member Hortenstine moved to support the recommendation by the Planning and   Zoning Commission and approve Ordinance 2006-14.  Council Member McDonald       seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Three voted AYE; one vote NO (Jez).  Motion passed.

 

4.   ORDINANCE 2006-15 EXTENDING THE BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR,      TEXAS AND THE ANNEXATION OF TERRITORY CONSISTING OF 1,111.81 ACRES             OF LAND LOCATED IN WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TEXAS, BEING 618.92 ACRES            SITUATED IN THE JAMES C. EAVES SURVEY ABSTRACT NO. 213, AND 492.89     ACRES SITUATED IN THE SAMUEL PHARRASS SURVEY, ABSTRACT NO. 496.

      This item was removed from the Consent Agenda due to citizens in attendance with a       petition to submit to Council.  Mr. Bobby Naivar presented a petition in opposition to the             annexation proceedings.  The petition was signed by ten property owners and contained the   following statement: “We feel that annexation could take place at a later date when capital        improvements are planned for the area.  We believe money would best be spent toward the    existing City infrastructure.”  Mr. Mark Groba addressed the Council regarding the Service            Plan and requested arbitration to discuss the issue further.  Council Member McDonald       moved to approve Ordinance 2006-15 and Council Member Jez seconded the motion.       VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

5.   ORDINANCE 2006-16.  ADOPTING THE INTERNATIONAL RESIDENTIAL CODE (IRC) AND THE INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE (IBC).

      Removed from consent agenda with request by City Attorney for additional review.

  1. PROCLAMATION: NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: AUGUST 1, 2006.
    Mayor Pro Tem Hill read and presented a proclamation to Taylor Police Chief Straub designating August 1, 2006 as National Night Out.

  2. CONSIDER LICENSE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF TAYLOR AND MARJORIE DAUDRY TO ALLOW ENCROACHMENT OF CITY ALLEY AT 801 VICTORIA STREET.  
    John Elsden, Community Planner, presented a request from Ms. Marjorie Baudry (spelling corrected at meeting) to allow her to continue to have an outbuilding remain in the city alley at 801 Victoria Street.  The building was constructed by the previous property owner and included in the sale of the property to Ms. Baudry.  Council asked why the city would not abandon the alley in lieu of a license agreement.  Staff explained that it is a benefit to the city to have a license agreement with the property owner for each specific encroachment issue rather than abandon a whole alley in the event that the alley is ever needed for utility maintenance or other reasons for public access.

    Council Member Hortenstine moved to approve the license agreement as presented and Council Member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

  3. CONSIDER WATER QUALITY OF TAYLOR WATER SUPPLY.
    Mr. Dunaway presented background information regarding the quality of the City of Taylor’s water.  An article published in a local newspaper prompted questions and comments that Council thought needed a public response.  Mr. David Collinsworth with the Brazos Regional Authority, the City’s current provider of treated water, stated that the water being distributed by the City of Taylor has an acceptable rating by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.  He addressed the issue of taste and odor and said these past problems were identified and immediately rectified so that the quality of the water being distributed today is of the same quality of other area providers.  Mr. Collinsworth said that they have invested over $50,000 into a procedure to load carbon in the water before it gets to the plant to help prevent or completely eliminate any taste and/or odor problems.  He also provided a list of future improvements planned including expansion of the treatment facility and working with the Corps of Engineers to relocate the intake valve to a deeper part of the Granger Lake reservoir.  Council member McDonald expressed his appreciation to Mr. Collinsworth for providing accurate information and believes this type of information will be valuable for future wholesale water customers.

    This item was presented for information only and Council took no action.

  4. CONSIDER PARK PRIORITIES FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO ROBINSON, MURPHY, AND EAST WILLIAMSON COUNTY PARKS.
    Mr. Dunaway presented a brief overview of the proposed developments for the parks and introduced Mr. John Nelson, Director of the Taylor Economic Development Corporation, who made a presentation to Council on the economic potential of sports tournaments.  Following the presentation, Mr. Rob McQuillen expressed support for the park project and
    Mr. Shirl Frasier addressed the Council from the perspective of a former coach.  He pointed out that any community that hosts a “Select” team event receives economic benefits through the use of hotels, restaurants, and rental of the facility.  He says there is already a market and a shortage of state of the art facilities for both practice and play and he encouraged the Council to investigate the possibility of Taylor being able to take advantage of these events.  
    Mr. Casey Sledge and a representative from the BWM Group presented the previously established park priorities with revised costs.  Council Member Hortenstine expressed concern for a 20% contingency and was told that it was increased from 15% due to the continuing rise in construction costs.  He stated that bid prices are only good for thirty days and a larger contingency allows for flexibility in design options without exceeding the budget.

    Mayor Pro Tem Hill asked to consider adding a basketball court to the Robinson Park plans.  Ms. Candy Bolding, Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Board, asked Council to consider building out the East Williamson County Park as complete as possible, specifically with regards to the proposed ball fields.  She also agreed that these improvements would provide for the possibility of increased income to the area.

    This item was presented for information and no action was taken.
     
  5. CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARING AND CONSIDER RESOLUTION R06-16 APPROVING APPLICATION TO THE TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT FOR AN OUTDOOR RECREATION GRANT.
    Bob vanTil presented a request to approve a resolution in support of a grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for an outdoor recreation facility.  The City intends to apply for a grant for Phase II of the East Williamson County Park in the amount of $500,000 using land as the local match.  The grant would include high priority items plus a trail extension that will gain the City the maximum number of points.  The application may include additional baseball fields, trails, soccer fields, benches, and other amenities already listed in the master plan.  Mr. vanTil pointed out that the grant is for construction costs only and that an additional $880,000 would be needed for infrastructure and to make the park “tournament ready”.  Mr. vanTil reminded Council that they also had recently committed $750,000 from the Park Land Sales Proceeds Account to help with providing improvements in the Park.  The deadline to submit the application is July 28, 2006.     

    Council Member Hortenstine expressed his belief that this would be a great opportunity for the City to leverage its money and the potential to get additional improvements with outside funds.  Council Member Hortenstine moved to approve Resolution R06-16 and Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

  6. CONSIDER STRATEGIC PLANS FOR THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.
    Mr. vanTil presented an update of annual work plans for each department within his Division of Community Development.   The department plans are aligned with the City Annual Strategic Plan as well as the Comprehensive Plan.  These plans are reviewed each year to ensure all goals and objectives are still on track and play a vital role in developing the budget for each department within the division.  Departments represented include Planning, Inspections and Code Enforcement, Airport, Community Events, Main Street and the Moody Museum.  All of the plans are also reviewed by each Advisory Board where applicable. 

    Council Member Jez moved to accept the Strategic Plans as presented and Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

  7. CONSIDER CITY COUNCIL MEETING DATES FOR JULY.
    Mr. Salvato presented information to Council concerning upcoming Public Meetings and Public Hearings in the area that conflict with the next regular scheduled Council Meeting on July 25 and a special Budget meeting on July 27.  The Texas Department of Transportation has scheduled a Public Meeting on the Trans Texas Corridor for Tuesday, July 25 and the Williamson County Road Bond Advisory Committee has scheduled a Public Meeting on July 27.  Council agreed that some members and staff may want to attend these meetings and that the City should not plan to meet on those dates.

    Council Member Jez moved to cancel the next regularly scheduled Council meeting for July 25 and to call meetings on July 20 and August 3 to discuss the Budget.  Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four 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 551.072 TO DELIBERATE REGARDING ACQUISITION OF REAL PROPERTY. 
Mayor Pro Tem Hill announced that the Council would adjourn to enter into Executive Session at 8:55 p.m.     

14.  CONSIDER ACTION FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION.
Mayor Pro Tem Hill called the meeting back to order at 9:10 pm and stated that no action was taken during Executive Session.


ADJOURN
With no further business, Mayor Pro Tem Hill adjourned the meeting at 9:11 p.m.



                                                                                                     

                                                                                                      ___________________________

                                                                                                      Donald R. Hill, Mayor Pro Tem

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk