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The City Council of the City of
Taylor met on June 14, 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
No citizens came forward during this time.
MINUTES FROM MAY 16 and
MAY 22, 2007.
subdivision ordinance amendment
zoning ordinance amendment
ordinance 2007-15, new
fire station property alley abandonment
ordinance 2007-16, new
library property alley abandonment
Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to approve the Consent Agenda as presented
and Council Member Jez seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion
REGULAR AGENDA –
REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:
6. PROCLAMATION: DEDICATION OF HISTORICAL MARKER
FOR HOME OF DR. JAMES DICKEY.
Mayor Gonzales presented a proclamation recognizing the placement of
a historical marker at the home of Dr. James Dickey, Sr. and a celebration to
be held on June 16, 2007 at the site of the future Dickey Museum. Ms.
Jennifer Harris was present to accept the proclamation.
APPROVING REAPPOINTMENT OF LEON NICKERSON TO THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION FOR A
THREE YEAR TERM.
Ms. Starla Hall presented a request to consider approving Mr. Salvato’s
reappointment of Leon Nickerson to the Civil Service Commission. Ms. Hall
reported that he has expressed an interest in continuing to serve and that his
attendance has been satisfactory.
Council Member McDonald moved to approve the reappointment of Leon Nickerson to
the Civil Service Commission for a three year term and Mayor Pro Tem Hill
seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted Aye. Motion passed.
ACCEPTING HOMELAND SECURITY FEDERAL GRANT AWARD.
Chief Jeff Straub presented a request to consider accepting an award from
the Federal Department of Homeland Security in the amount of $172,316. The
award allows the City of Taylor Police Department to purchase new digital
in-car video equipment, bullet resistant vests, and upgrade the mobile computer
Council Member McDonald moved to accept the Homeland Security Federal Grant
Award in the amount of $172,316 and Council Member Jez seconded the motion.
VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
ACCEPTING PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS FOR WHATABURGER.
Mr. John Elsden, City Planner, presented a request to consider accepting
the public improvements for the new WhataBurger restaurant located on North Main Street. The public improvements consist of a sidewalk, driveway and waterline
with hydrant totaling over $40,000. Items still remaining are the record
drawings (as builts) and engineering and inspection fees of $1,622,04. Mr.
Elsden also reported that the plat has not yet been filed. The General
Contractor was present to respond to questions. He stated that the project went
up very quickly and he appreciated the cooperation of the City staff in helping
it run so smoothly.
Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to accept the public improvements for Whataburger and
Council Member McDonald seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion
10. CONSIDER AMENDING
PERSONNEL POLICY REGARDING NEPOTISM.
Ms. Starla Hall presented a request to approve a change in the Personnel Policy
with regards to the hiring of employees of relatives. The revised statement
under consideration would read “No person may be hired who is related within
the second degree by affinity (marriage) or within the third degree by
consanguinity (blood) to any member of the City Council or the City Manager.”
The change removes the phrase “…or any other City Officer.” After careful
review of other surrounding cities, Ms. Hall recommends this change be made
which would remove the Municipal Court Judge, Associate Judge, and City
Attorney from this consideration.
An additional change Ms. Hall recommended is to include adding supervisory
statements to address the issue of relatives not being able to exercise
supervisory authority over any individual who is related within the second
degree of affinity or the third degree of consanguinity and to not allow
relatives to work for the same immediate supervisor. She added that there are
no current employees that would be affected by this change and that it would
apply to future applicants seeking employment with the City.
Council Member Jez moved to amend the Personnel Policy regarding nepotism and
Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion
11. CONSIDER REAPPOINTMENT OF
ASSOCIATE MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGE DOLORES CHAVANA.
Mr. Salvato presented a request to consider the reappointment of Associate
Municipal Court Judge Dolores Chavana. This position is a two year
appointment and Ms. Chavana has held the position since June, 2003.
Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to reappoint Ms. Chavana as the Associate Municipal
Judge and Council Member Jez seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE.
12. CONSIDER AMENDING LEASE
AGREEMENT WITH AUTOROTATE.
Mr. Bob vanTil, Director of Community Development, presented a request by
Mr. Bert Brundage to amend the lease agreement between the City and
AutoRotate. Mr. Brundage has shared the lease with Mr. Stuart Ashmun,
President of AutoRotate since the original lease was signed in 2001. Since
their working relationship is no longer the same as in 2001, Mr. Ashmun has
agreed to have Mr. Brundage’s name removed from the agreement.
Council Member Hortenstine moved to amend the lease agreement as presented and
Council Member McDonald seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion
13. CONSIDER INTRODUCTION OF
ORDINANCE 2007-18 AMENDING SIGN ORDINANCE 2003-42 REGARDING TEMPORARY USE
DIRECTIONAL SIGNS AND THE DOWNTOWN SIGN DISTRICT REQUIREMENTS.
Mr. Elsden presented a revised version of an Ordinance brought before the
Council earlier this year. Council had requested changes to the original
document to reflect comments intended to clarify the intent of the Ordinance.
Some of the issues still needing addressing include the specific distance
between individual signs, whether or not there is a maximum number of signs
allowed, and written permission from the property owner adjacent to the Right
of Way where the signs are placed. After some discussion, it became clear that
there were additional changes still to be made, but Council agreed to proceed
with the formal introduction of the Ordinance in an effort to move this issue
forward. Staff agreed to bring back the Ordinance for further consideration in
its corrected format.
With no further discussion, Mr. Hejl read the caption of Ordinance 2007-18 and
Mayor Gonzales declared Ordinance 2007-18 officially introduced.
ORDINANCE NO. 2007-18
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS AMENDING
ORDINANCE NO. 2003-42 WHICH ADOPTED THE SIGN ORDINANCE
14. CONSIDER INTRODUCTION OF
ORDINANCE 2007-19 AMENDING PEDDLER’S ORDINANCE 2002-38 AND ALLOW TEMPORARY USE
DIRECTIONAL SIGNS IN THE CITY RIGHT OF WAY.
Mr. Elsden stated that this amendment to the Peddler’s Ordinance is a necessary
step to be taken once the previously considered Sign Ordinance is adopted.
There was no discussion, and Mr. Hejl read the caption of Ordinance 2007-19 so
that Mayor Gonzales could declare its official introduction.
ORDINANCE NO. 2007-19
ORDINANCE OF THE CITY
OF TAYLOR, TEXAS AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2002-38 CITY CODE CHAPTER 20 PEDDLERS
15. CONSIDER INTRODUCTION OF
ORDINANCE 2007-20 AMENDING FEE SCHEDULE.
Mr. Elsden further stated that if the previous two ordinances are adopted, the
result would be a change in the Fee Schedule. Without further discussion, Mr.
Hejl read the caption of Ordinance 2007-20 and Mayor Gonzales declared the ordinance
ORDINANCE NO. 2007-20
ORDINANCE NO. 2006-23 ADOPTED ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2006 AND CHANGING CERTAIN RATES
FOR SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE CITY.
PROVIDING A LOCAL MATCH FOR GRANT APPLICATION TO THE SUMMERLEE FOUNDATION TO
PAINT THE MOODY MUSEUM.
Mr. vanTil presented background information regarding an application submitted
to the Summerlee Foundation on behalf of the Moody Advisory Board. Ms. Susan
Komandosky, President (Chair) of the Moody Advisory Board, was present to
address the Council. She reported that she contacted the Program Director for
Texas History of the Summerlee Foundation who informed her that the application
deadline is June 15 with their Board meeting in September to select grant
recipients. With a verbal estimate of $35,000 from a recommended contractor to
repair or replace wood and to paint the museum, the maximum amount the
Foundation would be considering for a grant award would be $17,500 with a
request for the City to match the grant award.
Council Member McDonald moved to approve the local match of $17,500 for the
Summerlee Foundation Grant if awarded with the monies to come from the
Hotel/Motel funds. Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted
AYE. Motion passed.
17. CONSIDER QUARTERLY
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT UPDATE.
Mr. Casey Sledge, consulting City Engineer, presented a review of current projects
and addressed timeline issues for specific projects. He also requested Council
begin to consider graphics to be applied to the new water towers and holding
tanks under design. Council Member Jez moved to accept the report as presented
and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE.
18. 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 7:40 p.m.
19. CONSIDER ACTION ON
Mayor Gonzales called the open meeting back to order at 8:00 p.m. and stated
that no action had been taken during Executive Session. With no further
discussion, Mayor Gonzales proceeded to the next item on the regular agenda.
20. ELECT A MAYOR.
Mr. Hejl requested a call for nominations for Mayor by resolution. Council
Member Jez moved to nominate Bernabe Gonzales as Mayor. Following the Roberts Rules
of Order, Mr. Hejl made the request for any other nominations three times.
With no additional responses, the call for nominations was closed and Council
Member Hill seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
21. ELECT A MAYOR PRO TEM
Mayor Gonzales called for nominations for Mayor Pro Tem. Council Member Jez
moved to elect Don Hill as Mayor Pro Tem citing his and Mayor Gonzales combined
years of service and experience and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the
motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
Without further business, Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting at 8:05 p.m.
Susan Brock, City Clerk