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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on August 10, 2006, at City Hall, 400 Porter St., Taylor, Texas.  Mayor Gonzales declared a quorum and called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with the following present:

 

Mayor Pro Tem Donald Hill                                City Manager, Frank Salvato

Council Member Rod Hortenstine                      Assistant City Manager, Jim Dunaway

Council Member Ella Jez                                     City Attorney, Ted Hejl

Council Member John McDonald                       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 JULY 6, JULY 13, JULY 20,  AND JULY 25, 2006.

2.      CONCUR WITH FINANCIALS FOR JUNE, 2006.

Council Member McDonald asked to remove July 13 minutes from Consent Agenda for discussion.  Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to approve the remaining items on the consent agenda as presented and Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

Council Member McDonald asked that the July 13 Minutes be corrected to include Mr. Rob McQuillen as present in the discussion on the East Williamson County Park and Mayor Gonzales asked to correct the wording in paragraph one on the Consent Agenda from “Mayor” to “Mayor Pro Tem” since he was absent at that meeting.  Council Member McDonald moved to accept these corrections and Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:

3.   AD VALOREM TAX RATE AND 2006-2007 BUDGET.            
      City Manager Frank Salvato presented current information regarding the City of Taylor    Effective Tax Rate and said the information provided by the County has not been correct and he would like Council to have more time to review the information at a special           workshop.  Having reviewed the information available, Council Member Hortenstine         moved to schedule a workshop for August 15 and to establish the upper limit of the ad       valorem tax rate at the roll back rate of 0.801937 and a Record Vote was taken as follows:

 

Council Member Jez:                          AYE

Council Member Hortenstine:             AYE

Mayor Gonzales:                                 AYE

Mayor Pro Tem Hill:                           AYE

Council Member McDonald:              AYE

VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

  1. CONSIDER REQUEST FROM ST. MARY’S PARENT TEACHER CLUB (PTC) FOR PERMISSION TO HAVE A CAR SHOW IN MURPHY PARK.
    Mr. J. Bohls with the St. Mary’s Parent Teachers Club (PTC) presented a request for permission to host a Custom Car Show in Murphy Park in conjunction with their Annual Church Picnic.  He said the event would be taking place in the parking lots near the Pavilion and the American Legion Hall which is also rented for the event.  He anticipates that between 25 and 50 cars would be invited to participate in the show and they would all be required to be street legal, custom, and no loud music will be allowed.  The event is scheduled for one day, September 10 from 11 am to 5 pm and the cars will be on exhibit and stationary.  Council Member Jez reminded Council that their decision to not allow the motorcycle show was denied on the basis that there was not enough information available about the number of vehicles and that the noise from motorcycles could be bothersome for the neighborhood residents.  She stated that this is a different type of event, church sponsored, and family picnic atmosphere.

    Council Member Jez moved to approve the request to host a car show in Murphy Park on September 10, 2006 and Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.
  2. CONSIDER AWARDING CONTRACT FOR AUDIT SERVICES.
    Mr. Jim Dunaway, Assistant City Manager, presented an overview of proposals solicited for the 2006/2007 audit services.  Four firms received packets and only one firm submitted a complete proposal.  The RFP stated that the audit must begin in early to mid September and all field work will be completed by December 1, 2006 with a presentation to Council at the second council meeting in January, 2007. 

    Council Member McDonald moved to award the bid for audit services to Brockway, Gersbach, McKinnon and Niemeier for $25,000 and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.
  3. CONSIDER AMENDMENT TO LEASE AGREEMENT WITH WILLIAMSON BURNET COUNTY OPPORTUNITIES (WBCO) FOR PROPERTY AT FERGUSON AND W. 4TH STREETS.
    Mr. John Elsden, City Planner, presented a request to amend the lease agreement with the Williamson Burnet County Opportunities (WBCO) organization for the property located at the corner of Ferguson and West 4th Streets.  This property is adjacent to the old school and the amendment would increase the lot size of the school property in the event that the school building is sold and parking is needed for any future use of the building.  The WBCO Board approved the lease amendment at their July 31st meeting.

    Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to approve the amendment to the lease agreement with WBCO and Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.
  4. APPOINT CITIZEN’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO REVIEW COUNCIL MEMBER SALARIES.
    Mayor Gonzales presented a brief background on how this item was conceived back in May prior to the election.  During his years on the Council, the issue of compensation has come up often and he addressed concern that it be discussed prior to the next budget year.  Council Member Jez suggested that a Citizen’s Advisory Board be appointed to consider this task and Council Member Hortenstine agreed that the issue should be addressed by the people they serve:  the citizens.  Council Member McDonald expressed concern that this Committee be given direction and criteria prior to their deliberation.  Further discussion included travel costs to County meetings and area wide events that might be considered in determining what type of compensation or stipend might be appropriate.  Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to have each Council member appoint a citizen to the Advisory Board and Council Member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.  The  appointments were as follows: 

                Council Member Jez:                          Don McAlister
                Council Member Hortenstine:             Roy Rogers

                  Mayor Gonzales:                                 Jorge Munoz
                  Mayor Pro Tem Hill:                           Evelyn Flowers-Cook
                  Council Member McDonald:              Leland Enochs

  1. CONSIDER AMENDING HOTEL/MOTEL TAX AGREEMENT WITH TAYLOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.
    Council considered this issue at the July Budget Workshop and asked to review the Hotel/Motel Tax agreement.  In 1998, the City entered into an agreement with the Chamber that allows 100% of the Hotel/Motel taxes received to be transferred to the chamber less a $4,500 retainer for the City.  During the budget discussion Council expressed an interest in providing support to community projects including the Lights of the Blackland, July 4th Fireworks, and the Moody Museum.  These projects may be eligible for Hotel/Motel Tax funds and the Council requested time to review the agreement.  Council Member McDonald moved to give ninety day notice to the Taylor Chamber of Commerce to terminate the existing Hotel/Motel Tax Agreement and to revisit the issue with a new contract.  Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.
  2. CONSIDER INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2006-17 BUDGET AMENDMENT TO CREATE CORPORAL POSITION IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.
    Police Chief Jeff Straub addressed the Council regarding the need to create a Corporal position in the Police Department after having an employee successfully complete the promotional test.  This Budget Amendment would provide for the reclassification of a Police Officer position to a Police Corporal position in the General Fund.  Cost to implement this change during the current budget year is $450.00.  Mr. Hejl read the caption to Ordinance 2006-17 and with no further discussion, Mayor Gonzales declared Ordinance 2006-17 officially introduced.

    (Council member Jez expressed her appreciation to Chief Straub for his assistance in making the first National Night Out a success.)
  3. PRESENTATION OF MAIN STREET PROGRAM ANNUAL REPORT.
    Jean Johnson, Main Street Program Manager, presented Council with an overview of the program and accomplishments.  This item was for information only.
  4. CONSIDER APPOINTMENT TO BOARD OF HEALTH.
    Mr. Salvato presented a request from Karen Wilson, Director of the Williamson County and Cities Health District to have the City appoint a new member to the Board of Health.  Our current representative, Angela Tietz, resigned due to relocating out of the City limits.  Council Member Jez asked to pass on this item until applicants can be recruited.  No further action was taken and the item will be readdressed at the next Council meeting on August 22, 2006.
  5. DISCUSS PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO SIGN ORDINANCE.
    Mr. Elsden presented information on a request from a property owner to relocate an existing sign to a new location.   The specific case relates to signage for the new Sirloin Stockade building at the corner of Main and T. H. Johnson Drive.  The request for a variance was presented to the Zoning Board of Adjustments and denied.  Staff met to develop alternative policy options to address this situation and presented the amendments for Council to review.  Council agreed to support Alternative #2 for this specific case at hand and to continue to review the Ordinance for additional options to be considered at a later date.  Alternative #2 allows the property owner to apply for an additional 50% of street frontage on Main Street (a major Arterial) where they have 150 feet of frontage.  Therefore, the result is a total of 225 of frontage that can be used to formulate the maximum sign size of 125 square feet as allowed in the existing Sign Ordinance.  This alternative could accommodate the Sirloin Stockade sign if the property owner agrees to remove the top section of the existing sign.  
  6. 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 Gonzales announced that the Council would adjourn to enter into Executive Session at 7:50 p.m.     
  7. CONSIDER ACTION FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION.
    Mayor Gonzales called the meeting back to order at 7:58 pm and stated that no action was taken during Executive Session.

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

 

                                                                                                     

                                                                                                      ___________________________

                                                                                                      Bernabe Gonzales, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk