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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on May 10, 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

Police Chaplain Jeff Ripple led the group in prayer.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

CITIZENS COMMUNICATION

No citizens came forward during this time. 

CONSENT AGENDA

1.      MINUTES FROM APRIL 24, 2007.

2.      ORDINANCE 2007-9 AMENDING SIGN ORDINANCE 2003-42

3.      ORDINANCE 2007-11 AMENDING FEES ORDINANCE, SETTING ONLINE PAY PROCESSING FEES AND LIBRARY MEETING ROOM FEES
Council Member Hortenstine moved to approve the consent agenda as presented and Council Member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.  

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:
           

4.      PROCLAMATION: NATIONAL POLICE WEEK, MAY 13-19, 2007.    
Mayor Gonzales presented a proclamation in honor of National Police Week for the week of May 13-19, 2007.  Chief Jeff Straub, Captain David Clawson, and Chaplain Jeff Ripple came forward to accept the proclamation.

5.      PROCLAMATION: nATIONAL hISTORIC PRESERVATION MONTH. 
Mayor Gonzales presented a proclamation naming the month of May as National Historical Preservation Month.   Ms. Marcella Schoener with the Taylor Conservation and Heritage Society came forward to accept the honor.

6.      CONSIDER PRESENTATION BY HOPE ALLIANCE.
In the absence of Ms. Patty Conner, Ms. Kate Tolliver, Resource Director of Hope Alliance, updated Council on the current programs and activities of their organization.  She also presented a request of $7,000 for support services to be considered in the 2007/2008 fiscal year budget.

7.      CONSIDER ADOPTION OF 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 changes made to the original Ordinance.  Some changes that were made include reducing the number of consecutive days from four to two and to limit the total number of times to have a sale to four times a year. 

Council Member Jez moved to adopt Ordinance 2007-5 and Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

8.      CONSIDER JOINT USE AGREEMENT TEMPLATE FOR PARK FACILITIES.
Mr. vanTil presented a sample template to be considered by Council for use when groups wish to use park facilities.  The template is designed to be a formal agreement between the City and a Sporting Association or League for use of any city-owned sporting facility, including softball and baseball fields.  The agreement includes rules and regulations and assignment of responsibilities to each party.  The agreement is meant to be used now as well as for current use with a new version to be developed when the East Williamson County Park is completed and available for scheduling of events.

Council Member McDonald moved to approve the joint use agreement template as presented and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

9.      CONSIDER RESOLUTION R07-22 APPROVING GRANT APPLICATION FOR THE SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAM. 
Mr. vanTil presented a request to approve a resolution authorizing the City to submit a grant application to the Texas Department of Transportation to fund a Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) program.  The program is designed to make walking and biking to school safe and funds can be used to address hazards, build pathways, bike lanes and sidewalks to schools.  The proposed project includes over 12,000 linear feet of sidewalks connecting our middle school and elementary schools and no matching funds are required for this program.

Council Member McDonald moved to approve Resolution R07-22 in support of a grant application for the Safe Routes to School program.  Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

10.  CONSIDER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH SLEDGE ENGINEERING, LLC, FOR 2007 STREET MAINTENANCE PROJECT.
Mr. Dunaway presented a request to consider a professional services agreement with Casey Sledge, of Sledge Engineering and Consulting Engineer to the City, for engineering services to design and prepare documents for bid of the street maintenance program.  

Council Member Jez moved to approve the agreement with Sledge Engineering for 2007 Street Maintenance Project not to exceed $7400 to come from the Annual Street Maintenance Fund.  Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.


 

11.  CONSIDER LIST OF STREETS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE 2007 STREET MAINTENANCE PROJECT.
Mr. Dunaway presented a list of streets under consideration for the 2007 street maintenance project, which includes nearly eight miles of city streets.  The list was created based on a number of criteria including current condition of the street, cost to repair or rehabilitate the street and street surface, and traffic volume.  Council discussion included questions about past programs and what percentage of streets has been completed since the inception of the Annual Street Maintenance Program.  All agreed that the list can be altered as needed and the list of streets can be reprioritized if desired.   An additional “supplemental list” of streets was presented for Council consideration if the amount requested were to be increased or if bids come in below the initial estimate. 

Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to approve the list as presented not to exceed $600,000 and Council Member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE. Motion passed.

12.  EXECUTIVE SESSION. 
The Taylor City Council will conduct a closed executive meeting under Section 551.071 of the Texas Government Code in order to meet with it’s City Attorney on a matter in which the duty of the Attorney to the governmental body under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of Texas authorize and allow such a closed meeting and which Rules conflict with the Texas Open Meetings Act.  

Mayor Gonzales adjourned Council into Executive Session at 7:30 p.m.


13.  CONSIDER ACTION FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION.
Mayor Gonzales rejoined the Council in regular session at 8:27 p.m. and announced that no action was taken on any matter during the Executive Session. 

ADJOURN

With no further business, Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting at 8:28 p.m.


                                                                                                     

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                                                                                                      Bernabe Gonzales, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk