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The City Council of the City of
Taylor met on March 27, 2007 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
Council Member Hortenstine led the group in prayer.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Mr. Richard Smith was not present to address the Council
and no one else came forward during this time.
MINUTES FROM MARCH 8,
CONSIDER FINANCIALS FOR
Council Member John McDonald moved to approve the consent agenda as
presented and Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE.
REGULAR AGENDA –
REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:
3. CONSIDER AGREEMENT WITH FIRST SOUTHWEST ASSET
MANAGEMENT, INC. FOR ARBITRAGE COMPLIANCE SERVICES.
Ms. Rosemarie Dennis, Finance Director, presented a request to enter into an
agreement for arbitrage rebate compliance services with First Southwest Asset
Management, Inc. Ms. Dennis stated that the City currently has a contract with
this firm that expired on February 13, 2007. The agreement is for a base fee
per computation of $2,000 with no increases for the next five years of the
contract. Additional fees will be charged for more complex scenarios
Council Member Jez moved to approve the agreement with First Southwest Asset
Management, Inc. for a base fee of $2,000 for each year of the five year
contract and Council Member McDonald seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted
AYE. Motion passed.
4. ConSIDER ACCEPTING PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS FOR
Mr. John Elsden, City Planner, presented a request to accept the
public improvements for Sirloin Stockade subject to one last item to be
completed, establishing grass along the north side of T. H. Johnson. Earlier
this year, Council agreed to make this area a “no parking” zone to help allow
grass to grow and to discourage people from parking on the shoulder of the
Council Member McDonald moved to accept the public improvements for Sirloin Stockade
subject to the one item still to be completed and Council Member Hortenstine
seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
ACCEPTING PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS FOR GARDENS OF TAYLOR.
Mr. Elsden presented a request for Council to accept the public
improvements for the Gardens of Taylor development. He cited one last item not
yet completed: the onsite drainage swales leading to the detention pond. The
recent rains have delayed the completion of this item and staff believes it
will be completed in a timely fashion as soon as the weather clears. Mayor Pro
Tem Hill asked if any of the units had residents ready to move in and was told that
Council Member Hortenstine moved to accept the public improvements for Gardens of
Taylor subject to the last item to be completed and Council Member Jez seconded
the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
REPORT FROM TAYLOR MARKETING TEAM.
Ms. Shanta Kuhl, President, Taylor Chamber of Commerce, presented a summary
of the past years activities of the Taylor Marketing Team. This item was for
information only and no action was taken. (Ms. Kuhl also reminded Council that
April 19th is Williamson County Legislative Day at the Capitol in Austin.)
POLICY FOR LIBRARY MEETING ROOM.
Ms. Karen Ellis, Library Director, presented a policy for use of the
meeting room in the new library facility. Council discussed the possibility
of altering the policy that restricts each individual or group to reserving the
meeting room only one time a month. Additional discussions included changes in
the hours of use and the ability of the City to cancel out someone’s
reservation. Mr. Salvato agreed to contact staff from ERCOT to determine what
their specific needs may be and how best to address corporate use of the
facility. Mayor Gonzales stressed the need to have a policy in place with the
option to revisit and alter it as specific needs arise once the facility is in
use. It was agreed that staff would provide Council with an update on
reservation requests within the next thirty days and also begin to develop a
use policy for the smaller Conference Room.
Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to approve the Library Meeting Room Policy with two
changes: to include a 7:00 a.m. start and 10:00 p.m. end time for use of the
room; and to add a supremacy clause in the event of cancellation due to a City
emergency function. Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion. VOTE:
Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
PURCHASE OF REPLACEMENT VEHICLE FOR FIRE CHIEF.
Chief Bruce Watson presented a request to award the bid to Philpot Ford for the
purchase of a new 2007 Ford Expedition to replace the existing vehicle for the
Fire Chief. Staff received bids from two vendors with Philpot Ford being the
lowest at $26,877.00. The new vehicle will be delivered fully outfitted and is
a continuation of the City’s vehicle replacement program.
Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to approve the purchase from Philpot Ford for $26,877 and
Council Member McDonald seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion
INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCE 2007-8 BUDGET AMENDMENT.
Ms. Dennis presented an overview of the items included in the Budget
Amendment being presented as Ordinance 2007-8. Significant changes included
unexpected vehicle maintenance, changes in grant revenue or expenditures, civil
service funds, access to Main Street funds, and the addition of a Main Street
Coordinator position. Council requested additional information regarding First
Responder fee revenues and staff agreed to provide an update.
With no further discussion, Mayor Gonzales declared Ordinance 2007-8
10. CONSIDER AUTHORIZING THE
MAYOR TO WAIVE DELINQUENT PROPERTY TAXES AND LIENS FOR PROPERTIES IN THE
SUBSTANDARD BUILDING ABATEMENT PROGRAM.
Mr. Bob vanTil, Director of Community Development, presented a request to
Council to take one more step towards managing the substandard properties in
the City by allowing the Mayor to waive delinquent property taxes and liens on
these properties. Mr. vanTil presented a list of nine properties in the
substandard building abatement program that have already been selected for
demolition. Once the buildings have been demolished, a petition will be filed
with the county to seize the properties and the Judge will transfer the
property to the City at which time the taxes and liens will be waived. Once
the property is clear the City plans to offer these properties as part of a
neighborhood revitalization strategy identified in the Comprehensive Plan and
also in the Strategic Plan.
Council Member Jez moved to authorize
the Mayor to waive delinquent property taxes and liens for properties in the
substandard building abatement program once the City acquires the titles. Mayor
Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
11. CONSIDER INTRODUCING
ORDINANCE 2007-7 AMENDING FRANCHISE AGREEMENT WITH TXU ELECTRIC.
Mr. Dunaway presented an overview regarding the need for the City to amend
the current franchise agreement with TXU Electric. At the request of Council
during a meeting last year, TXU has agreed to make quarterly payments to the
City of Taylor in exchange for an additional six year extension on their
franchise agreement. The advantage to the City is the ability to earn interest
on the quarterly payments rather than on a single annual payment. If approved,
the current agreement would be extended from 2016 to 2022.
With no further discussion, Mayor Gonzales declared Ordinance 2007-7 officially
12. CONSIDER RESOLUTION
R07-20 CANCELING MUNICIPAL ELECTION ON MAY 12, 2007.
Ms. Susan Brock, City Clerk, presented Council with a Certificate of Unopposed
Candidates and a request to approve Resolution R07-20 to cancel the Municipal
election previously set for May 12, 2007. No candidates other than the
incumbents had submitted applications by the March 19 deadlines. Upon approval
of Resolution R07-20 incumbents Don Hill, District 1 and Ella Jez, District 2
will be sworn in at the May 22, 2007 City Council meeting.
Council Member Hortenstine moved to approve Resolution R07-20 and Council
Member McDonald seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
13. CONSIDER APPOINTMENTS TO
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE.
Mr. Elsden presented a request to Council to approve two appointments to
complete the Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee. Earlier this year
Council approved appointments of Joel O’Shoney, William Maxwell, Scott Green
and Mike Harrel. Mr. Harrel is not able to keep his earlier commitment and
Mayor Pro Tem Hill is recommending a replacement with the appointment of Mr. A.
R. Spaights for consideration. Mayor Gonzales is recommending David Gonzales
Council Member Jez moved to appoint David Gonzales and A. R. Spaights to the
Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee and Council Member Hortenstine seconded
the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
14. EXECUTIVE SESSION. The Taylor City Council will conduct a closed executive meeting under Section 551.072 of the Texas Government Code in order to deliberate regarding acquisition of real property.
Mr. Salvato informed Council that there was no need to hold the Executive
15. CONSIDER ACTION ON
With no further business, Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting at 8:21 p.m.
Susan Brock, City Clerk