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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on April 24, 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 Clerk, Susan Brock

Council Member John McDonald                      

INVOCATION

Council Member Hortenstine led the group in prayer.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

CITIZENS COMMUNICATION

Mr. Daniel Lai, Taylor Daily Press staff, informed the Council about his plans to relocate out of state and expressed his appreciation to Council and City Staff for their assistance and cooperation during his tenure. 

CONSENT AGENDA

1.      MINUTES FROM APRIL 12, 2007.

2.      CONSIDER FINANCIALS FOR MARCH, 2007

3.      ORDINANCE 2007-10 ESTABLISHING ROADWAY IMPACT FEES

4.      ORDINANCE 2007-13 PARK HOURS
Mayor Pro Tem Hill 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:
           

5.      CONSIDER AGREEMENTS WITH THE YMCA OF GREATER WILLIAMSON COUNTY FOR THE OPERATION OF MUNICIPAL SWIMMING POOLS.    
Mr. Bob vanTil, Director of Community Development, presented for consideration agreements between the City and the YMCA of Greater Williamson County to manage the two municipal pools.  Mr. Brian Erwin, newly appointed director of the Taylor Family YMCA, was present to respond to questions.  Council Member Jez asked about the current situation with daycare use prior to public open swim time and was reassured that there were no known problems with the current arrangement.  She also stressed that it is critical that the pool hours of operation as stated in the contract be honored during the entire length of the contract, and is hopeful that staffing will not be a problem during the end of the swim season.

With no further discussion, Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to approve the agreements with the YMCA to manage the swimming pools and Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

6.      CONSIDER REQUEST FROM TAYLOR FAMILY YMCA REGARDING USE OF MURPHY PARK PAVILION. 
Mr. vanTil presented a request from the Taylor Family YMCA to use the pavilion in Murphy Park for youth programs during the year when not otherwise in use.  Scheduled activities include basketball and a tot youth sport clinic.  The request also includes permission to waive the rental fees normally charged to use the facility.  Mr. Erwin noted that the program last year was a success and he is hopeful they will continue to attract more youths to the program this summer.

Council Member Jez moved to approve the request from the Taylor YMCA to use the pavilion and waive the rental fees and Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

7.      CONSIDER QUARTERLY REPORT FROM TAYLOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.
Ms. Shanta Kuhl, President, Taylor Chamber of Commerce, presented a report to Council including financials and survey information of local hotels and restaurants.  Council members had questions concerning the survey and suggestions on how to gather additional information in the future. 

Council Member Jez moved to approve the report as presented and Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

8.      CONSIDER ORDINANCE 2007-5 REGULATING GARAGE SALES.
Mr. vanTil reminded Council that this Ordinance was officially introduced at the April 12th meeting.  Since that time, additional information has been gathered and public comment that may alter the final content of the Ordinance.  Some changes that were suggested include reducing the number of consecutive days from four to two and to limit the total number of times to have a sale twice a year or perhaps once each quarter.  Council debated the option of permits, fees, and enforcement and after much discussion, Council Member McDonald moved to table Ordinance 2007-5 and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

9.      CONSIDER REINTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2007-9 AMENDING SIGN ORDINANCE 2003-42 REGARDING BILLBOARDS.
Mr. vanTil presented Ordinance 2007-10 for consideration by Council to amend the Sign Ordinance regarding variance requests for billboards.  The existing sign ordinance empowers the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) to grant variances to the sign ordinance.  This latitude has led the staff to bring variance requests to the board that relate to the category of “prohibited signs.”  Staff is recommending to clearly state that billboards, as prohibited signs, should not receive variances either in the City limits or the City’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.

In the absence of Mr. Ted Hejl, City Attorney, Ms. Brock read the caption of Ordinance 2007-9 and with no further discussion, Mayor Gonzales declared Ordinance 2007-9 officially reintroduced.

10.  CONSIDER INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCE 2007-14 AMENDING SIGN ORDINANCE 2003-42 REGARDING TEMPORARY USE DIRECTIONAL SIGNS AND THE DOWNTOWN SIGN DISTRICT REQUIREMENTS. 
Mr. Elsden reminded Council that this Ordinance was officially introduced at the April 12 meeting.  Since that time, additional information has resulted in further discussion of the temporary use directional signs.  In an effort to continue to develop an appropriate document and gather additional public input, Council agreed to allow temporary placement of signs as previously approved for realtors open house event, until the end of May.

Council Member Hortenstine moved to extend the previously approved agreement for placement of temporary use directional signs on Sunday afternoons between noon and 5:00 p.m. until the end of May, 2007 and Council Member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

11.  CONSIDER REINTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2007-11 AMENDING FEES ORDINANCE REGARDING ONLINE BILLING FEES, LIBRARY PROGRAM ROOM FEES, AND SIGN PERMIT FEES.
Ms. Rosemarie Dennis, Finance Director, presented a request to consider a processing fee for customers who elect to pay their bills using an online payment option soon to be available on the City website.  The City currently charges a 3% processing fee for payments paid with credit cards and processed in-house.  Ms. Dennis explained that many other cities have a flat fee for both credit card and online payments and provided a table with comparative information.   

Ms. Brock read the caption of Ordinance 2007-11 and with no further discussion, Mayor Gonzales declared Ordinance 2007-11 officially introduced to include a $3.00 processing flat fee  for both credit card and online payments.

12.  CONSIDER ORDINANCE 2007-12 AMENDING PEDDLER’S ORDINANCE 2002-38 AND ALLOW TEMPORARY USE DIRECTIONAL SIGNS IN THE CITY RIGHT OF WAY.
In lieu of the fact that no action was taken on the sign ordinance amendment, Mr. Elsden requested Council pass on this item and take no action.

13.  CONSIDER PURCHASE OF EQUIPMENT FOR PARKS DEPARTMENT.
Mr. Jim Dunaway, Assistant City Manager, presented a request to purchase two replacement mowers and one new tractor for the Parks Department.  These purchases were included in the budget approved for this fiscal year. 

Council Member Jez moved to approve the request to purchase equipment as presented through the Buyboard using a local vendor and not to exceed $88,829.  Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

14.  CONSIDER DONATIONS OF PUBLIC ART TO LIBRARY.
Ms. Karen Ellis, Library Director, presented Council with a request to consider accepting two recent donations of art for the new library facility.  One item is a bronze sculpture from the Woman’s Study Club and the other is a watercolor by Deborah Roberts donated by Calvin and Anna Jayroe.  Ms. Ellis would like Council approval to accept these two donations as well as guidance on developing a policy for future donations of art.  Council discussed the merits of developing a policy related to art donations and requested staff to bring guidelines at a later date.  Staff also suggested that all donors provide an estimate of appraised value and a letter transferring the donated property to the City.

Council Member Jez moved to approve the donations of art to the Taylor Public Library as recommended by the Library Board and to request all donors provide a letter transferring ownership of the property.  Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

15.  CONSIDER ESTABLISHING A TREE FUND ACCOUNT FOR THE CITY.
Mr. Dunaway requested approval to establish a line item in the budget for funds received to be used for the purchase of trees for City parks and other public areas in need of trees.  Council Member Jez donated her Council six month salary check of $150.00 to start the fund.   She stressed the need to begin replacing trees that are at the end of the life span and to add new trees in areas that have none, such as the East Williamson County Park.  Staff will begin publicizing the new fund once a policy has been developed regarding the use of these funds.  

Council Member Jez moved to approve the establishment of a tree fund account and Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

16.  consider APPOINTMENT TO PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION.
Mr. Elsden informed Council that there are currently three vacancies on the Planning and Zoning Commission.  At the recommendation from the Commission, he asked Council to consider appointing Mr. Jonathan Kamenicky to fill an unexpired term created when Mr. Brian Neidig resigned. 

After reviewing additional applications received, Council Member Jez moved to appoint Mr. Jonathan Kamenicky, Brandt Rydell, and Travis Wilkes to the Planning and Zoning Commission and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

17.  CONSIDER APPOINTMENT TO TAYLOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION BOARD (TEDC).
Mayor Gonzales asked Council to consider appointing a new member to the Taylor Economic Development Corporation Board to replace Carolyn Minzenmayer who does not wish to be reappointed when her term expires in May, 2007.

Council Member McDonald moved to approve the appointment of Nancy Fisher Tyson to the TEDC Board and Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

18.  CONSIDER AUTHORIZING CITY REPRESENTATIVE TO ATTEND LEGISLATIVE SESSION IN WASHINGTON, D.C. BY INVITATION FROM THE AUSTIN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.
Mr. Frank Salvato, City Manager, reported to Council that the Austin Chamber of Commerce has extended an invitation to the City to join them on a trip to Washington D. C.  to meet with legislators regarding Central Texas issues.  Council Member Hortenstine acknowledged what a great honor to be invited and moved to have Mr. Salvato go as the City representative and Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

ADJOURN

With no further business, Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting at 8:20 p.m.


                                                                                                     

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                                                                                                      Bernabe Gonzales, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk