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The City Council of the City of
Taylor met on April 12, 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
Chief Jeff Straub led the group in
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Mr. Richard Smith was not present to address the Council regarding
the denial of his request for a sign variance. No other citizens came forward
during this time.
MINUTES FROM MARCH 27,
ORDINANCE 2007-7 TXU
ELECTRIC FRANCHISE AGREEMENT
ORDINANCE 2007-8 BUDGET
Council Member McDonald moved to approve the consent agenda as
presented and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion. VOTE: Five
voted AYE. Motion passed.
REGULAR AGENDA –
REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:
4. PROCLAMATION: RELAY FOR LIFE.
Mayor Gonzales presented a Proclamation to the Taylor Relay for Life Team
designating April 15-21 as Relay for Life Week. The date for the Relay event
in Taylor is scheduled for April 20-21 at Memorial Stadium.
5. PROCLAMATION: PUBLIC SAFETY TELECOMMUNICATIONS
WEEK, APRIL 8-14, 2007.
Mayor Gonzales presented a Proclamation to Chief Straub who accepted
on behalf of his communications staff designating April 8-14 as Public Safety
Telecommunications Week. Ms. Beryl Harris appeared later during the meeting and
was recognized for her service to the community.
APRIL AS FAIR HOUSING MONTH.
Mayor Gonzales presented a Proclamation to Mary Helen Gonzales on behalf of
the Taylor Housing Authority proclaiming April as Fair Housing Month.
PUBLIC HEARING ON SETTING A FEE FOR ROADWAY IMPACT FEES.
Mr. John Elsden introduced Ms. Mickey Fishbeck with Rimrock to respond to
questions during the Public Hearing. Mayor Gonzales declared the Public
Hearing open; with no further discussion, Mayor Gonzales closed the Public
INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2007-10 ESTABLISHING ROADWAY IMPACT FEES.
Mr. Elsden presented Ordinance 2007-10 for consideration by Council to
establish Roadway Impact Fees. Mr. Salvato reported that the Austin
Homebuilder’s Association continues to express concern for the fee calculation
method used. He responded by stating that using the City calculation method we
are recommending a conservative and reasonable fee well below the $1,567.00
maximum allowed. Council requested making sure this information was provided
to the public and to clarify that these fees are for future growth and the cost
is to the developer at the time a plat is filed and a permit granted. Mr. Hejl
read the caption of Ordinance 2007-10 and with no further discussion, Mayor
Gonzales declared Ordinance 2007-10 as officially introduced.
REQUEST BY MR. TOMMY WALDO TO INSTALL WINDSOCK AT TAYLOR MUNICIPAL AIRPORT.
Mr. vanTil introduced Mr. Tommy Waldo, Eagle Scout candidate with Boy Scout
Troop 8787. Mr. Waldo presented a request to approve his project that entails
installing a windsock near the southwest corner of the Taylor Municipal Airport runway. He believes this project will give pilots additional information
regarding wind direction when approaching from the south side crossing the
creek near the highway. He has secured most of the materials necessary and is
not seeking any funding from the City for the project. Council expressed their
appreciation for the presentation and Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to approve the project
as presented and Council Member Jez seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted
AYE. Motion passed.
10. CONSIDER REQUEST FROM TAYLOR AREA FARMERS TO CLOSE 5TH STREET BETWEEN MAIN AND PORTER FARMERS MARKET
BEGINNING MAY 2,2007.
Mr. Salvato presented a request from Mr. Le Roy Paul on behalf of the
Taylor Area Farmers to continue to close the block of 5th street
between Porter and Main during the summer growing season. The market is
expected to open on Wednesday, May 2 and be open every Monday and Wednesday
from 3:30 to 6:30 pm, continuing into the early Fall.
Council Member McDonald moved to approve the request from the Taylor Area
Farmers and Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE.
11. CONSIDER REQUEST FROM MR.
JOHN MATTHEWS TO RESERVE BASKETBALL COURTS AT ROBINSON PARK FOR MIDNIGHT
BASKETBALL FROM JUNE 12-AUGUST 4, 2007.
Mr. Dunaway presented a request from Mr. John Matthews to allow the
Midnight Basketball program to be held for a second year at the basketball
courts in Robinson Park. This program was held last summer and had an average
of forty youngsters attending most games. This request also includes trash
cans, lighting, and portable toilets, which may not be necessary with the
recent completion of the new restrooms in Robinson Park. The program is three
nights a week and games are usually over by 10:00 p.m. No complaints were
received from neighboring homes during last summer’s program.
Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to approve
the request to use the basketball courts at Robinson Park for a Midnight
Basketball program and Council Member McDonald seconded the motion. VOTE:
Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
12. CONSIDER INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCE
2007-13 ESTABLISHING PARK HOURS.
Mr. vanTil presented a recommendation from the Parks and Recreation Board to
consider the introduction of an ordinance establishing park hours. Mr. vanTil
explained that the Parks Board elected hours similar to the current juvenile
curfew in an effort to cause less confusion for both police and citizens using
the facilities. Some concern was expressed regarding the early morning hours
since the hike and bike trails are heavily used at the time. Staff agreed to
change the hours of curfew when the parks are closed to 11:00 pm to 4:00 am
Sunday through Thursday and from midnight to 4:00 am on Friday and Saturday.
Mr. Hejl read the caption of Ordinance 2007-13 and with no further discussion,
Mayor Gonzales declared Ordinance 2007-13 officially introduced.
13. CONSIDER INTRODUCTION OF
ORDINANCE 2007-9 AMENDING SIGN ORDINANCE 2003-42 REGARDING BILLBOARDS,
TEMPORARY USE OF DIRECTIONAL SIGNS, AND THE DOWNTOWN SIGN DISTRICT
Mr. Elsden presented Council with a proposed Ordinance addressing issues
specifically related to billboards, temporary use directional signs, and a
clarification on awning signs in the downtown district. Discussion on
temporary use directional signs resulted in a request to further study and
refine this part of the Ordinance, as well as the definition of the awning sign
in the Downtown District. Staff agreed to continue to develop this ordinance
and will consider comments presented prior to its adoption.
Mr. Hejl read the caption of Ordinance 2007-9 and with no further discussion,
Mayor Gonzales declared Ordinance 2007-9 officially introduced.
14. CONSIDER INTRODUCTION OF
ORDINANCE 2007-12 AMENDING PEDDLER’S ORDINANCE 2002-38 AND ALLOW TEMPORARY USE
DIRECTIONAL SIGNS IN THE CITY RIGHT OF WAY.
Mr. Elsden stated that this item directly relates to the prior Ordinance
amending the Sign Ordinance and will also need to be readdressed prior to
adoption. Mr. Hejl read the caption of Ordinance 2007-12 and with no further
discussion, Mayor Gonzales declared Ordinance 2007-12 officially introduced.
of ordinance 2007-11 amending fees for city services ordinance 2006-23.
Mr. Elsden stated that this item also relates to the prior Ordinance
amending the Sign Ordinance and will also need to be readdressed prior to
adoption. Mr. Hejl read the caption of Ordinance 2007-11 and with no further
discussion, Mayor Gonzales declared Ordinance 2007-11 officially introduced.
16. CONSIDER INTRODUCING
ORDINANCE 2007-5 REGARDING GARAGE SALES.
Mr. vanTil presented a request to consider Ordinance 2007-5 regulating
garage sales in the City limits. Council Member Jez expressed concern over
some of the elements included in this Ordinance and asked for clarification on
total number of days allowed, the permit process, and any potential fees.
Mr. Hejl read the caption of Ordinance 2007-5 and with no further discussion,
Mayor Gonzales declared Ordinance 2007-5 officially introduced.
17. CONSIDER AWARDING BIDS
FOR MATERIALS FOR THE FIRE STATION STREET REHABILITATION PROJECT.
Mr. Dunaway presented a review of the bid process and the tabulated results
of bids received.
Staff recommended award of the low bid in the amount of $67,870.91 to HD Pipe
Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to award the bid to HD Pipe & Supply for the fire
station street rehabilitation project and Council Member Hortenstine seconded
the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
18. CONSIDER RESOLUTION
R07-21 REQUESTING TO CLOSE STREETS FOR MAIN STREET PROGRAM ACTIVITIES.
Ms. Jean Johnson, Main Street Program Director, presented a request to Council
to consider adopting a resolution allowing the closing of Main Street for two
City sponsored activities: Bloomin’ Fest and Spooktacular. A resolution is
required and a necessary part of the process when working to close traffic on
streets that are part of the Texas Department of Transportation system.
Primary reasons for closing the street are safety and ease of movement for
participants involved in the event activities. The Main Street district
includes closing Main Street from Second to Fifth Streets and Third and Fourth
Streets between Porter and Talbot Streets.
Council Member Jez moved to approve Resolution R07-21 and Council Member
McDonald seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
19. CONSIDER AMENDING
AGREEMENT WITH WILLIAMSON COUNTY AND CITIES HEALTH DISTRICT (WCCHD).
Mr. Dunaway presented a request from the WCCHD to amend our current
agreement in an effort to attract non-participating Williamson County cities to join the District. Changes include funding and fees charged to member cities
as well as Board appointments. Cities are assessed fees based on their
population and are ultimately affected by the total number of participating
cities who contribute to the operational costs of the District. As an original
member of the District when it was created, Taylor will continue to retain a
position on the Board. Mr. Dunaway reported that both Hutto and Liberty Hill
are considering joining the District.
Council Member Jez moved to approve amending the agreement with the WCCHD and Mayor
Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
20. EXECUTIVE SESSION. The
Taylor City Council will conduct a closed executive meeting under Section
551.071 of the Texas Government Code which authorizes a governmental body to
consult with its City Attorney on a matter in which the City seeks the advice
of its attorney about pending or contemplated litigation or a settlement offer.
Mr. Salvato reported to Council that there was no need to hold this
Executive Session at this time and asked to cancel this item.
21. CONSIDER ACTION ON
No Executive Session was held, therefore there was no action.
With no further business, Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting at 7:25 p.m.
Susan Brock, City Clerk