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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on August 22, 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                                Assistant City Manager, Jim Dunaway

Council Member Rod Hortenstine                      City Attorney, Ted Hejl

Council Member Ella Jez                                     City Clerk, Susan Brock

Council Member John McDonald                      

                                                                                   

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 AUGUST 10, 2006.

2.      CONCUR WITH FINANCIALS FOR JULY, 2006.

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

4.      ORDINANCE 2006-17 BUDGET AMENDMENT, POLICE CORPORAL POSITION.
Council Member McDonald moved to approve the Consent Agenda as presented and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:

5.      CONDUCT FIRST PUBLIC HEARING ON AD VALOREM TAX RATE AND 2006-2007     BUDGET.
a)  Introduce Ordinance 2006-18 fixing and levying ad valorem tax rate for tax year 2006-2007.
Assistant City Manager Jim Dunaway presented information regarding the Effective Tax Rate.  He provided a comparison of different tax rates and the resulting revenue expected based on current property appraisals.  Several scenarios were discussed for setting the tax rate before recommending it be set at $0.795000 to allow adequate funding for capital improvement projects while reducing the debt service.  With the rate set at $0.795000, just below the roll back rate, the anticipated revenue would total approximately $509,000 which could help cover the costs to repave the streets around the new fire station, and provide funds to pay for debt service on $1 million for park improvements and another $1 million for the rehabilitation of Sloan Street.  Mayor Gonzales declared the Public Hearing open and invited those present to come forward.  With no public comment, Mayor Gonzales declared the Public Hearing closed.  Mr. Hejl read the caption to Ordinance 2006-18.  With no further discussion Mayor Gonzales declared the Ordinance officially introduced.

b)  Introduce Ordinance 2006-19 adopting the 2006-2007 annual budget excluding “Contributions to Civic Programs”.
Mr. Dunaway presented a recap on specific changes in some operating costs such as fuel, insurance, and other expenses that have increased and the need to ensure these increases are included in the proposed budget being presented.  Mr. Hejl read the caption to Ordinance 2006-19.  With no further discussion, Mayor Gonzales declared the Ordinance officially introduced.

c)  Introduce “Contributions to Civic Programs” from Ordinance 2006-19.
Council Member Hill recused himself from this discussion since he is employed by CARTS, one of the groups requesting funding from the City.  Council Member Jez requested specific information regarding the CAMPO Work Program and staff agreed to bring back this information detail before the next scheduled meeting.  Mr. Dunaway provided a brief overview of the other programs and explained that the funding to TaylorCNET had been reduced due to a change in program management.  It is no longer managed by a full time director and therefore, all partner contributions were reduced accordingly.

With no further comment or discussion, these items were accepted as presented.   

(Council member Hill rejoined the meeting.)

 

  1. CONSIDER INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2006-21 FOR ASSIGNMENT PAY IN POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS.
    Chief Jeff Straub, Taylor Police Department, presented Ordinance 2006-21 for consideration as a mandatory requirement of the Civil Service Law.  This Ordinance must be reviewed and adopted annually to ensure it remains relevant to the positions being addressed under the assignment pay provision of the Law.  Mr. Hejl read the caption to Ordinance 2006-21.  With no further comment or discussion, Mayor Gonzales declared Ordinance 2006-21 officially introduced.

  2. CONSIDER 2006/2007 BUDGET FOR TAYLOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.
    Council Member Hortenstine recused himself from the discussion since he serves on the Board of Directors for the Taylor Economic Development Corporation (TEDC).  Mr. John Nelson, Executive Director, TEDC, presented the budget as approved by the TEDC Board.  He highlighted one of the new programs to be emphasized in the 2006/2007 fiscal year is the development of the Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART) which is expected to help expand the local workforce in the technology fields. 
     
    Council Member Jez moved to accept the Budget as presented and Council Member Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

    (Council Member Hortenstine rejoined the meeting.)

  3. CONSIDER QUARTERLY REPORT FROM TAYLOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.
    Ms. Shanta Kuhl, Executive Director, Taylor Chamber of Commerce, presented the quarterly report to Council for information.  The report included revenues and expenses from April to June.  Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to accept the report as presented and Council Member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

  4. CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARING AND CONSIDER INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2006-22 FOR PROPOSED CHANGES OF THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP
    Mr. John Elsden, Community Planner, presented a proposed amended Future Land Use Map which is in need of updating with the most recent zoning changes approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Council.  The map reflects changes in zoning from single family, residential to business in areas previously designated as residential in the Comprehensive Plan.  Mayor Gonzales declared the Public Hearing open.  No citizens came forward and Mayor Gonzales declared the hearing closed.  Mr. Hejl read the caption to Ordinance 2006-22 and with no further discussion, Mayor Gonzales declared the Ordinance officially introduced.
               
  5. CONSIDER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT TO CREATE MUNICIPAL DRAINAGE UTILITY SYSTEM.
    Mr. Dunaway presented information on the feasibility of creating a Municipal Drainage Utility System to generate revenue for drainage system improvements.  One advantage to creating this fund is that it allows the city the ability to have monies available for drainage system maintenance other than the General Fund.  The process of creating such a system is complex and staff is recommending the city hire an outside firm to begin the process of gathering data to establish a storm water utility and to assist in preparing to bill the storm water utility using the current utility billing software, InVision.   Any fees would be added directly to customer water bills.  Rates would be determined once the study has been completed.  Documentation will include a summary of storm water utility rates for the cost-of-service, storm water rate design and a five year cash flow model. 

    Council Member McDonald moved to approve the services agreements with Sledge Engineering for $8,640 and with Halff and Associates for $91,160 not to exceed a total of $99,800.  Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

  6. CONSIDER INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2006-20 AMENDING SIGN ORDINANCE.
    Mr. Elsden reminded Council that this item was originally brought to them for discussion at the August 10th meeting.  The proposed amendments include the ability to allow a business to apply an additional 50% of street frontage when the property is located at the corner of a major arterial.  This particular amendment would be beneficial to the current Sirloin Stockade project which is now under construction and interested in relocating their existing sign to the new location.    

    Mr. Hejl read the caption to Ordinance 2006-20 and with no further discussion, Mayor Gonzales declared Ordinance 2006-20 officially introduced.

  7. CONSIDER SEMI ANNUAL IMPACT FEE REPORT FOR JANUARY 1 TO JUNE 30, 2006.
    Mr. Elsden presented the report to Council covering the period between January 1 and  June 30, 2006.  During this period a total of $63,117 was collected for both water and wastewater impact fees.  All construction in subdivisions before April were assessed fees at the old rate, therefore any new fees that went into effect with changes approved in April, 2006 will be reflected in the next report.   

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

  8. CONSIDER AWARDING BID FOR FURNISHINGS FOR FIRE STATION.
    Mr. Dunaway presented Council with only one bid for consideration for the fire station furnishings.  BKM, a Dallas based firm, submitted a bid below our budgeted amount.  Staff asked Komatsu to review the bid.  Komatsu is familiar with the firm and were actually able to renegotiate some of prices for items so that the final price was less and more accurate,  reflecting current pricing rather than estimates.   Bid packages were sent out to several prospective bidders but Komatsu theorizes that shipping costs may have become an issue with other firms who thought Austin firms would be able to offer more competitive pricing, and therefore, did not submit a bid for consideration.   

    Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to award the bid for fire station furnishings to BKM for $48,206.37 and Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

  9. CONSIDER QUARTERLY CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT REPORT.
    Mr. Casey Sledge, City Engineer, presented information to Council on the status of the city’s current and proposed projects.  He highlighted some of the active projects including the Dickey Street Drainage project, T-Hangers at the airport, the airport lift station, and Murphy Park and Bull Branch trail improvements.  Council Member McDonald asked about the plans for Sloan Street rehabilitation and Mr. Sledge explained that he would hope Council would agree to having the design plans include drainage improvements rather than just street rehabilitation.  While funding for this street was originally approved by voters in the 1998 bond election, the project costs have increased and additional funding is being considered as part of a proposed debt issuance by the City in the very near future.  Additional information was provided for several of the other projects with plans to continue to update the Council as new projects come on board. 

    Council Member McDonald moved to accept the report as presented and Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE. Motion passed.

  10. CONSIDER INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2006-24 AMENDING TAX ABATEMENT.
    Mr. vanTil, Community Development Director, presented a request to Council to consider introducing an ordinance amending the original tax abatement plan.  The proposed amendment includes incentives that differentiate the downtown area, the enterprise zones and neighborhood empowerment zones from “general projects” that are not located in either the downtown are or in an enterprise zone or neighborhood empowerment zone.  The amendments also include an incentive to preserve historical structures.  The current Tax Abatement Ordinance expires on September 9, 2006.

    Mr. Hejl read the caption to Ordinance 2006-24 and with no further comments or discussion Mayor Gonzales declared the ordinance officially introduced.
     
    (Mr. Salvato joined the meeting.)
     
  11. CONSIDER SALE OF CITY OWNED PROPERTY ON GLADNELL STREET.
    Mr. vanTil presented a request to Council to consider the sale of a city owned lot on Gladnell Street.  Concerns arose over the gas line that runs diagonally across the property and the actual size of the utility easement from TXU.  It appears the former owner issued a Quitclaim Deed to the City but no other information was available about the easement or any restrictions.  Council Member Jez moved to ask staff and Mr. Hejl to continue to research the property and bring back additional information prior to making any decision and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

  12. CONSIDER APPOINTMENT TO WILLIAMSON COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH.
    Council considered this item at a previous meeting but requested additional applicants be recruited.  Since that time, Ms. Pamela Sanford submitted her application for consideration.  Mayor Gonzales acknowledged her presence in the audience and Council Member Jez moved to appoint Pamela Sanford to serve as the city representative to the Williamson County Board of Health.  Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted Aye.  Motion passed.

  13. EXECUTIVE SESSION.  THE TAYLOR CITY COUNCIL WILL CONDUCT A CLOSED EXECUTIVE MEETING UNDER SECTION 551.074 OF THE TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE IN ORDER TO DELIBERATE THE APPOINTMENT, EMPLOYMENT, EVALUATION, REASSIGNMENT, DUTIES, DISCIPLINE, OR DISMISSAL OF A PUBLIC OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE, THE CITY ATTORNEY TED W. HEJL.    
    Mayor Gonzales announced that the Council would adjourn to enter into Executive Session at 8:20 p.m.     

  14. CONSIDER ACTION FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION.
    Mayor Gonzales called the meeting back to order at 8:52 pm and stated that no action was taken during Executive Session.

    Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to approve a raise in fees to Mr. Ted Hejl from $100 to $150 per hour and Council Member McDonald added this was after a successful and positive review by the City Council as he seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.
     

ADJOURN
With no further business, Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting at 8:53 pm.



                                                                                                     

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                                                                                                      Bernabe Gonzales, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk