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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

INVOCATION

Chief Jeff Straub led the group in prayer.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

CITIZENS COMMUNICATION

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.

CONSENT AGENDA

1.      MINUTES FROM MARCH 27, 2007.

2.      ORDINANCE 2007-7 TXU ELECTRIC FRANCHISE AGREEMENT

3.      ORDINANCE 2007-8 BUDGET AMENDMENT
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.

6.      PROCLAMATION: 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.

7.      CONDUCT 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 Hearing.

8.      CONSIDER 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.

9.      CONSIDER 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. Motion passed.

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 REQUIREMENTS.
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.

15.  consider introduction 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 & Supply.
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 EXECUTIVE SESSION.
No Executive Session was held, therefore there was no action.

ADJOURN

With no further business, Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting at 7:25 p.m.


                                                                                                     

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                                                                                                      Bernabe Gonzales, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk