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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on September 14, 2006, at City Hall, 400 Porter St., Taylor, Texas.  Mayor Bernabe Gonzales declared a quorum and called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with the following present:

 

Mayor Pro Tem Donald Hill                                Frank Salvato, City Manager

Council Member Rod Hortenstine                      Assistant City Manager, Jim Dunaway

Council Member John McDonald                       City Attorney, Ted Hejl

                                                                             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 AUGUST 22 AND AUGUST 29, 2006.

2.      ORDINANCE 2006-20 SIGN ORDINANCE AMENDMENT.

3.      ORDINANCE 2006-22 FUTURE LAND USE AMENDMENT.

4.      ORDINANCE 2006-24 TAX ABATEMENT.

5.      ORDINANCE 2006-25 REGARDING TMRS.
Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to approve the Consent Agenda as presented and Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:

  1. CONSIDER INCREASE IN FEES FOR IESI SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES.
    Mr. Dunaway presented a request from IESI for an increase in rates for waste collection services. Mr. Chuck Muncie, District Manager was present to provide additional information on the proposed changes for brush pickup.  Changes include the use of two trucks every day and once a week brush pickup for 5 cubic yards, bundled or unbundled.  Mr. Muncie explained the need for a rate increase based on several factors including increases in fuel costs, insurance, and landfill rates since 2003 when the original contract was signed.  Mr. Muncie presented three options for the city to consider if the increase is approved.   Option One is a 20% increase across the board for all customers.  Options Two and Three offer a higher percentage increase for commercial customers to keep the increase to residential customers to a minimum.   Council Member McDonald expressed his concern for making sure the fuel surcharge adjustment is monitored carefully and any savings to the City be made in a timely manner.

    Council Member Hortenstine moved to approve rate increase Option Three that would result in a 10 % increase in residential and a 26% increase in commercial rates based on a fuel surcharge adjustment.  Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.  Additionally, Council Member Hortenstine moved to make the new rates effective October 1 to appear on the November utility bills and Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

  2. CONSIDER AWARDING BIDS FOR SALE OF CITY OWNED PROPERTIES.
    Mr. Bob vanTil, Director of Community Development, reported to Council that three City owned properties were offered for bid: 23 lots on Doak Street, .413 acres on Rio Grande Street, and the West End School located on Ferguson and 4th Street.  The School property lease agreement with WBCO was amended to remove the basketball court and increase the size of land around the building in the event additional parking may be needed for development of the property.  Four bid packets were distributed on request and only one bid proposal received.  Mr. Dwight Schmidt offered $16,250 for the property on East Rio Grande. 

    Council Member McDonald moved to accept the bid from Mr. Schmidt of $16,250 for the property located on East Rio Grande and Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:   Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

  3. CONSIDER RESOLUTION R06-18 SUPPORTING EAST WILLIAMSON COUNTY HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER.
    No one was present to address this issue and Council Member McDonald moved to pass on this item until additional information can be provided by John Nelson or Dr. McCarter.   Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

  4. CONSIDER REQUEST FROM TAYLOR JAYCEES TO CLOSE 3RD STREET AND TO AUTHORIZE THE SALE OF ALCOHOL FOR A STREET DANCE ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2006.
    The Taylor Jaycees requested this item be removed from consideration; no further action was taken.

  5. CONSIDER PURCHASE OF TWO POLICE VEHICLES FROM HGAC.
    Jeff Straub, Police Chief, presented a request to Council to purchase two vehicles to replace two units damaged earlier this year.  The request is for two fully outfitted 2007 Chevrolet Impala police units through the HGAC purchasing contract service.

    Council Member McDonald moved to approve the purchase of two new police vehicles from HGAC not to exceed $54,404 and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

  6. CONSIDER DELETING SECTION 6.13 FROM THE PERSONNEL POLICY MANUAL REGARDING ON CALL/STANDBY PAY.
    Ms. Starla Hall, Director, Human Resources, presented Council with a request to formally delete the section in the Personnel Policy regarding on call/standby pay as a result of discussion and action on this issue at the September 7, 2006 Council meeting.  At the previous meeting Council approved a 2.5% increase in salary to compensate employees for any loss of on-call pay. 

    Council Member Hortenstine moved to approve the changes in the Personnel Policy Manual and remove On-Call/Standby Pay for employees effective immediately.  Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.


 

  1. CONSIDER LONG RANGE PLAN FOR TAYLOR PUBLIC LIBRARY.
    Ms. Karen Ellis, Library Director, presented a Long Range Plan for the Library written and approved by the Library Board and Library Staff.  The Plan is a requirement of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in order to continue to receive state and federal funds.  Staff used citizen surveys to assist in developing the plan and to ensure the community had input into the process. 

    Council Member McDonald moved to approve the Library Long Range Plan as presented and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

  2. CONSIDER RESOLUTION R06-20 RESCINDING AND REPEALING AN AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN REGARDING EXTRATERRITORIAL JURISDICTION.
    Mr. vanTil, Director of Community Development, presented a request from the City of Austin to formalize the repealing of a previous agreement by Resolution.  In May, 2006, Council approved Resolution R06-12 requesting the City of Austin rescind an agreement with the City regarding extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) issues across County lines.  As a result, the City of Austin also passed a Resolution in July authorizing the repeal of the agreement.  However, in order to be consistent, the City of Austin is requesting another Resolution on the same issue but with more precise language and to clarify the specific actions being taken.
      
    Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to approve Resolution R06-20 and Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

  3. CONSIDER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH LANGFORD COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR MURPHY PARK GRANT.
    Mr. Dunaway presented an agreement for consideration with Langford Community Management Services to administer the Small Parks Grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for Murphy Park.  Langford is already under contract to administer other grants received for Bull Branch Hike and Bike Trail, East Williamson County Park, and the Dickey Street Drainage Project and staff is pleased with the level and quality of services provided.

    Council member McDonald moved to approve the agreement with Langford not to exceed $7500 and Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE: Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

  4. CONSIDER AWARDING CONTRACT TO DIEBOLD-USA TO REPLACE DRIVE UP DRAWER AT CITY HALL ANNEX BUILDING.
    Mr. Dunaway presented a request to Council to approve a contract with Diebold USA to replace the drive-up drawer at the City Hall Annex building.  The drawer has been repaired several times over the past year and has now reached a point where it can no longer be serviced.   The contract proposal includes the replacement of the drawer and audio system.

    Council Member McDonald moved to approve the contract with Diebold-USA for $6,003 for the replacement of the drawer and not to exceed $7,000 for necessary electrical work to complete the project.  Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

  5. CONSIDER INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2006-23 FEES FOR SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE CITY.
    Mr. Dunaway presented Ordinance 2006-23 for consideration of fees for services provided by the City.  Staff is proposing an interim rate increase in both the water and wastewater rates to cover a debt issuance that is anticipated in November, 2006.  Additional increases will reflect the recently approved rates for IESI effective October 1.  Mr. Ted Hejl, City Attorney, read the caption to Ordinance 2006-23 and Mayor Gonzales declared the Ordinance officially introduced.

  6. CONSIDER INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2006-26 BUDGET AMENDMENT.
    Mr. Dunaway presented Ordinance 2006-26 to consider for introduction to formally adopt the final budget amendment for Fiscal Year 2005/2006.  The purpose of the amendment is to   
    balance the General Fund with regard to original appropriations and actual activity during the year.  Mr. Hejl read the caption to Ordinance 2006-26 and Mayor Gonzales declared the Ordinance officially introduced.

  7. CONSIDER APPOINTMENT OF INTERIM FIRE CHIEF.
    Mayor Gonzales asked that no action be taken on this item and that the Council adjourn into Executive Session.

  8. 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, INTERIM FIRE CHIEF.
    Mayor Gonzales announced that the Council would adjourn to enter into Executive Session at 7:45 p.m.     

  9. CONSIDER ACTION FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION.
    Mayor Gonzales called the meeting back to order at 8:16 pm and stated that no action was taken during Executive Session.
     

ADJOURN
With no further business, Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting at 8:16 pm.



                                                                                                     

                                                                                                      ___________________________

                                                                                                      Bernabe Gonzales, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk