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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on November 28, 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 Ella Jez                                     City Attorney, Ted Hejl

Council Member John McDonald                       City Clerk, Susan Brock


INVOCATION

Council Member Hortenstine led the group in prayer.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

CITIZENS COMMUNICATION

No citizens came forward during this time.

CONSENT AGENDA

1.      Ordinance 2006-30 authorizing the issuance of $4,200,000 City of Taylor, Texas combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 2006; levying an Ad Valorem Tax and pledging certain surplus revenues in support of the Certificates; approving an Official Statement; authorizing execution of a Paying Agent/Registrar Agreement and a Bond Purchase Agreement and ordaining other matters relating to the issuance of the Certificates. 

2.      Ordinance 2006-31 for voluntary ETJ request by Marilyn Morgan.

3.      Ordinance 2006-33 Fee Ordinance amending fees for airport hangars and cemetery services.

4.      Consider Financials for October, 2006.
Council Member McDonald moved to approve the Consent Agenda as presented and Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:
           

5.      Consider AWARDING BIDS FOR CERTIFICATES OF OBLIGATIONS.
Ms. Rose Dennis, Finance Director, presented information regarding the bids received for the $4.2 million in Certificates of Obligation.   Six bid packets were distributed and bid proposals were received from two lenders:  Bank of America and The Independent Bankers Bank (TIB).  Bank of America offered the lowest fixed interest rate at 4.45% while TIB offered two bids both at a slightly higher interest rate, fixed for the first 10 or 15 years and then reset at market rate for the remainder of the loan period.
 
Council Member McDonald moved to award the bid to Bank of America at a fixed interest rate of 4.45% and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed. 




6.      ConDUCT PUBLIC HEARING AND CONSIDER INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2006-29 FOR PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP.
John Elsden, City Planner, presented a request to conduct a public hearing and consider the proposed changes to the Future Land Use Map.  Mr. Elsden reminded Council that additional properties added during the recent annexation needed to be added to the City maps.  The Planning and Zoning Commission met and forwarded a recommendation that the newly annexed area and its extraterritorial jurisdiction be designated as Single Family excluding a 300 foot deep strip on the north and south side of US Hwy 79.  The north side would be changed from Single Family to Commercial and the south side of US 79 and Herman Sons Road changed from Agriculture/Open Space to Commercial. 

Mayor Gonzales declared the Public Hearing open; with no one coming forward for discussion or comment, Mayor Gonzales declared the hearing closed.  Mr. Hejl read the caption to Ordinance 2006-29 and Mayor Gonzales declared the ordinance officially introduced.

7.      CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARING AND CONSIDER INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2006-34 AMENDING SUBDIVISION ORDINANCE.  
Mr. Elsden presented a request to Council to consider amending the Subdivision Ordinance regarding performance and maintenance bonds.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended maintenance bond requirements be changed from 10% to 100% of the cost of the public improvements.  Staff discussed this change with the Austin Homebuilder’s Association and both agreed that this change would not create an undue burden on builders while providing the City with a bond equal to 100% of the value of the public improvements covered by the bond.

The Commission also recommended the performance and maintenance bonding requirements be waived for projects with less than $5,000 worth of public improvements.  This would eliminate the administrative process and the cost to the owner/builder to meet the bonding requirements for smaller projects.

Mayor Gonzales declared the Public Hearing open; with no one coming forward for discussion or comment, Mayor Gonzales declared the hearing closed.  Mr. Hejl read the caption to Ordinance 2006-34 and Mayor Gonzales declared the ordinance officially introduced.

8.      ConDUCT PUBLIC HEARING AND CONSIDER INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2006-35 AMENDING ZONING ORDINANCE 2001-17. 
Mr. Elsden presented a request to amend the Zoning Ordinance to include a Custom Manufacture and Assembly Shop definition of use to be included as a Specific Use Permit in the B-1 and B-2 Districts, and also allowed in the M-1 and M-2 Districts.  A request for a change in zoning would allow a custom motorcycle business to relocate to this site. 

Mayor Gonzales declared the Public Hearing open; with no one coming forward for discussion or comment, Mayor Gonzales declared the hearing closed.  Mr. Hejl read the caption to Ordinance 2006-35 and Mayor Gonzales declared the Ordinance officially introduced.

9.      Consider accepting public improvements for KB HOMES. 
Mr. Elsden presented a request for Council to accept the public improvements for KB Homes.  Mr. Elsden reported that the items remaining on the punch list were completed or scheduled to be completed within the next few days.  

Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to accept the public improvements for KB Homes and Council Member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

10.  UPDATE ON DOWNTOWN STREETSCAPE PROJECT.
Mr. Salvato presented the latest information available from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) regarding the Downtown Streetscape Project.  At the request of TxDOT, staff has been working to provide bid “deductions” in the event the bids received for the project are over the amount budgeted.  These deducts would allow Council the ability to review the bids and make decisions regarding the final design based on funds available and specific design elements.  This item was for information only and no action was taken. 

11.  Consider QUARTERLY CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PROJECTS UPDATE.
Mr. Dunaway and Mr. Casey Sledge, Engineering Consultant, presented an update on  projects currently underway as well as new projects about to begin.  Council expressed concern regarding the lack of progress on the high school crosswalk on SH 95 and considers it a safety issue that must be addressed.  Staff agreed to readdress the situation with Dr. Scott, TISD Superintendent, to see if the project was delayed due to funding or some other issue that the City may be able to assist them with to get the project completed.    
 

12.  Consider UPDATE ON STRATEGIC PLAN.
Mr. Salvato provided a brief overview of accomplishments to date.  Council and staff agreed to consider including TEDC in the review process for 2007 goals as related to economic development.
 

13.  Consider DECEMBER COUNCIL MEETINGS CALENDAR. 
Mayor Gonzales addressed the Council regarding the regularly scheduled meetings in December.  Generally, due to the holidays, regular Council meetings are limited to only one meeting.  Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to set a single Council meeting in December for December 14 and to cancel the regularly scheduled meeting on December 26 due to the Christmas holidays.  Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.
                       

ADJOURN
With no further business, Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting at 7:45 p.m.


                                                                                                     

                                                                                                      ___________________________

                                                                                                      Bernabe Gonzales, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk