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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

INVOCATION

Council Member Hortenstine led the group in prayer.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

CITIZENS COMMUNICATION

Mr. Richard Smith was not present to address the Council and no one else came forward during this time.

CONSENT AGENDA

1.      MINUTES FROM MARCH 8, 2007.

2.      CONSIDER FINANCIALS FOR FEBRUARY 2007
Council Member John 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:
           

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 calculation.  

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 SIRLOIN STOCKADE. 
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 road.   

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.

5.      CONSIDER 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 there were.   

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.

6.      CONSIDER 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.) 

7.      CONSIDER 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.

8.      CONSIDER 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 passed.

9.      CONSIDER 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 officially introduced. 

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 introduced.

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 for appointment.     

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 Session.

15.  CONSIDER ACTION ON EXECUTIVE SESSION.

 


ADJOURN

With no further business, Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting at 8:21 p.m.


                                                                                                     

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                                                                                                      Bernabe Gonzales, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk