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The City Council of the City of Taylor met in a Special Meeting on February 19, 2007 at City Hall, 400 Porter St. , Taylor, Texas.  Mayor Bernabe Gonzales noted the absence of Mayor Pro Tem Hill, declared a quorum and called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. with the following present:

 

Council Member Rod Hortenstine                      Frank Salvato, City Manager

Council Member Ella Jez                                     Assistant City Manager, Jim Dunaway

Council Member John McDonald                       City Attorney, Ted Hejl

                                                                             City Clerk, Susan Brock

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:
                                                                                   

1.      CONSIDER RESOLUTION R07-6 AMENDING RESOLUTION R07-2 REGARDING POLLING PLACES FOR THE CITY ELECTION ON MAY 12, 2007.
Ms. Susan Brock, City Clerk, presented a request to Council to consider amending the previously approved Resolution R07-2 calling the May 12, 2007 election and setting polling places.  Staff met with officials of the Williamson County Elections Division and the Taylor Independent School District (TISD) on February 5th and 12th to discuss the logistics of holding a joint election and designating common polling places as now required by law.  In an effort to assist the TISD in meeting the requirements of this new law, this resolution is necessary to relocate the polling place for City Council District 4 from the First Baptist Church at 701 Davis to Northside Elementary School which will also serve as the polling place for TISD Districts 3, 4 and 5.  Northside Elementary School is still within the City District 4 boundaries.  Mr. Willingham with the Williamson County Elections Division believes this site at Northside Elementary is the least disruptive to the smallest number of voters and still a convenient location to all eligible voters.  This amendment does not change the polling place for District 1 or for all early voting for the City and School Board elections which will remain at City Hall.


      With no further discussion, Council Member Hortenstine moved to approve Resolution     R07-6 amending Resolution R07-2 to relocate the polling place for City District 4 and    Council Member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

2.      CONSIDER JOINT RESOLUTION AND JOINT ELECTION AGREEMENT OF THE TAYLOR INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (TISD) AND THE CITY OF TAYLOR TO CONDUCT A JOINT ELECTION ON MAY 12, 2007.
Ms. Brock presented a request to consider approving a Joint Resolution and Joint Election Agreement from the TISD to conduct School Board elections with the City of Taylor on May 12, 2007.  Recent State Legislation amended the Texas Education Code and Subsection B of Section 11.0581 which now requires “Elections held on the same date…shall be held as a joint election under Chapter 271, Election Code.” and under Subsection C “The voters of a joint election under this section shall be served by common polling places…”   This has resulted in the TISD seeking a joint agreement with the City and to share polling places.  The school district has also contracted with  Williamson County to conduct their election in May.  Questions were raised concerning the need to repeat this procedure every year for all elections.  It appears the TISD School Board may eventually move their elections to November and contract with the county for joint elections, but this year they have chosen to contract with the City.   It was noted that the county will be notifying the affected voters of their polling place in an effort to avoid any confusion on Election Day.

Council Member McDonald moved to approve the joint resolution and the joint election agreement of the TISD and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

3.      CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARING AND CONSIDER INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCE 2007-4 ESTABLISHING A NO PARKING ZONE ON T.H.JOHNSON DRIVE.
Mr. Salvato provided background information on the purpose of this ordinance and how it relates to the Sirloin Stockade project.  At the last Council meeting, the issue of establishing a no parking zone on T. H. Johnson Drive was discussed during the agenda item about public improvements for Sirloin Stockade. One of the obstacles to accepting the public improvements         for the             restaurant project was the establishment of permanent grasses on 95% of the disturbed area on the north side of the road.   A no parking zone on the north side of the street would help protect the grass and also prevent damage to the road surface on the right of way on T. H. Johnson Drive near the         restaurant where large trucks and vehicles have begun to park.  Mr. Salvato clarified the exact site of the zone as being the north side of the street as well as the first 90 feet from the intersection of SH95 and T.H. Johnson Drive before the first entrance into the restaurant parking lot.

Mayor Gonzales declared the Public Hearing open; with no one present to comment, Mayor Gonzales closed the Public Hearing.  Mr. Hejl read the caption to Ordinance 2007-4 and Mayor Gonzales declared the ordinance officially introduced.

ADJOURN

With no further business, Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting at 5:50 p.m.

                                                                                               

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                                                                                                      Bernabe Gonzales, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk