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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on June 26, 2007 at City Hall, 400 Porter St., Taylor, Texas.  In the absence of Mayor Bernabe Gonzales, Mayor Pro Tem Donald Hill declared a quorum and called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with the following present:

 

Council Member Rod Hortenstine                      Frank Salvato, City Manager

Council Member Ella Jez                                     Assistant City Manager, Jim Dunaway

Council Member John McDonald                       City Attorney, Ted Hejl

                                                                             City Clerk, Susan Brock

INVOCATION

Council Member Hortenstine led the group in prayer.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

CITIZENS COMMUNICATION

No citizens came forward during this time. 

CONSENT AGENDA

1.      MINUTES FROM JUNE 14, 2007.

2.      CONSIDER FINANCIALS FOR MAY, 2007.
Council Member McDonald requested the minutes be removed from consent agenda for corrections.  He asked that agenda item number sixteen be amended to read:  “Council Member McDonald moved to approve the local match of $17,500 for the Summerlee Foundation Grant if awarded with monies to come from the Hotel/Motel funds and to also encumber the same funds for painting in the event the grant is not awarded.”

Council Member McDonald moved to approve minutes with corrections and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

Council Member Jez moved to accept the financials as presented and Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.  

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:
           

3.      CONSIDER APPROVING ORDINANCE 2007-18 AMENDING SIGN ORDINANCE 2003-42 REGARDING TEMPORARY USE DIRECTIONAL SIGNS AND THE DOWNTOWN SIGN DISTRICT REQUIREMENTS.
Mr. John Elsden, City Planner, presented a request to consider approving Ordinance 2007-18 with revisions made to the version presented at the previous Council meetings.  One additional change was requested be made to Section 3f to read “In no event shall a Temporary Use Directional Sign be located closer than 100 feet from any other Temporary Use Directional Sign.”  Additionally, Council asked to add a section to require the identity of the realtor by name, address, and phone number be clearly indicated on each sign.

Council Member Jez moved to approve the Ordinance 2007-18 with changes as noted to section 3f and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

ORDINANCE NO. 2007-18

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2003-42 TO ALLOW TEMPORARY USE DIRECTIONAL SIGNS; AMENDING THE DESCRIPTION OF THE DOWNTOWN SIGN DISTRICT; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE.

 

4.      CONSIDER APPROVING ORDINANCE 2007-19 AMENDING PEDDLER’S ORDINANCE 2002-38 AND ALLOW TEMPORARY USE DIRECTIONAL SIGNS IN THE CITY RIGHT OF WAY.
As a result of having the previous Ordinance 2007-18 approved, Mr. Elsden explained that it is necessary to also amend the Peddler’s Ordinance with Ordinance 2007-19 which does not allow signs in the City right of way.

 

Council Member Hortenstine moved to approve Ordinance 2007-19 and Council Member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.


ORDINANCE NO. 2007-19

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2003-5, “PEDDLERS AND SOLICITORS”, PERMITTING TEMPORARY USE DIRECTIONAL SIGNS ALLOWED UNDER ORDINANCE 2003-42 AS AMENDED.

 

5.      CONSIDER APPROVING ORDINANCE 2007-20 AMENDING FEE SCHEDULE.
As a result of having the previous two ordinances approved, it becomes necessary to amend the Fee Schedule to provide a fee for Temporary Use Directional Signs.  Mr. Elsden presented a request from local realtor Mr. Brasfield to consider an annual one time fee for the first request and a $5 per additional sign for the remainder of the year.  Council requested additional information regarding policies from other cities regarding this issue and wanted additional time to study the fee structure.   

Until further information can be provided, Council Member Jez moved to table Ordinance 2007-20 amending the Fee Schedule and Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

6.      CONSIDER GIFT OF MICROFILM READER/PRINTER FOR THE TAYLOR PUBLIC LIBRARY. 
Ms. Karen Ellis, Library Director, presented a request to formally accept a gift of a Microfilm Reader from the Taylor Conservation and Heritage Society (TCHS).  The Society raised over $10,000 and along with a small contribution from the Taylor Area Business Women they were able to purchase raised a new one to be placed in the new Library.  Claire Maxwell, President of the TCHS, was present and accepted an acknowledgement from Council Member Hortenstine for this generous gift and their continued support of the Library preservation program.  Council Member McDonald also requested a plaque be attached to the equipment to publicly acknowledge the gift.

Council Member McDonald moved to accept the gift of a microfilm reader/printer from the Taylor Conservation and Heritage Society and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

7.      CONSIDER AWARDING BID FOR 2007 STREET REHABILITATION PROGRAM.
Mr. Casey Sledge, Consulting City Engineer presented a summary of the bid process for the 2007 Street Rehabilitation program.  He reported that only one bid was received and requested Council consider awarding the bid to J. R. Ramming Paving, Co..  Prior to the bidding, Mr. Sledge had provided a pre-bid estimate of the project of $680,363 and noted that the actual award amount can be raised or lowered depending on how many streets and which ones will be included in the project.  Mr. Salvato and Mr. Danny Thomas, the new Director of Public Works, visually surveyed the streets listed on the chart provided and recommended removing J.M. Cuba, Timbercrest, Cypress, and Pinehurst from the list in order to add Victoria, Wallace, Hosack, 4th and 3rd Streets.  This would result in a total project cost of $638,444.

Staff also reported that the contractor will be paying a portion of costs to repave and crack seal portions of Howard Street.  Council Member Jez stressed the importance of informing the public about seal coating on streets that may not look that bad and that it can be a preventive to more severe problems later on. 

After much discussion, Council Member Jez moved to award the bid for the 2007 Street Rehabilitation Program to J. R. Ramming Paving, Co. in an amount not to exceed $638,444 for the list of streets presented by the City Manager and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

8.      CONSIDER RESOLUTION R07-23 AUTHORIZING INTERVENTION IN THE PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION PROCEEDING TRANSFERRING THE OWNERSHIP OF TXU/ONCOR AND AUTHORIZING PARTICIPATION IN A COALITION OF MUNICIPALITIES KNOWN AS THE ALLIANCE OF TXU/ONCOR CUSTOMERS (ATOC).
Mr. Jim Dunaway, Assistant City Manager, presented a request to join a coalition of municipalities in order to receive information as discovered regarding the proceedings of the Public Utility Commission and the buyout of TXU/Oncor.  After much discussion, Council Member Hortenstine moved to table Resolution R07-23 and Council Member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE. Motion passed.

9.      CONSIDER PROPOSAL FROM KOMATSU FOR DESIGN SERVICES FOR RENOVATION OF CITY HALL.  
Mr. Dunaway presented a proposal from Komatsu Architecture for design services to renovate offices at City Hall.  Due to the current overcrowding situation for office space, staff is seeking to redesign the previous auditorium space where the Library was located.  As the discussion proceeded, Mr. Salvato provided an explanation of the difference between a Request for Proposal and a Professional Services Agreement.  He said Komatsu was selected for their past experience with projects in the City as well as their role in the initial redesign of the auditorium space for the temporary location of the Library.

Council Member Hortenstine moved to accept the proposal from Komatsu for design services for $59,000 and the fee schedule as presented with the funds to come from non-departmental contingency funds and Council Member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

10.  CONSIDER GRANTING A PETITION TO ANNEX TERRITORY WITH FEWER THAN THREE VOTERS, DESCRIBED AS 39.951 ACRES OF LAND SITUATED IN THE WILLIAM J. BAKER SURVEY, ABSTRACT NO. 65 AND LOCATED IN WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TEXAS BY THE CITY OF TAYLOR FOR CONSTRUCTION OF PARK IMPROVEMENTS PARTIALLY FUNDED BY A GRANT FROM THE TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT.
Mr. Elsden presented request to consider a petition to annex a portion of the East Williamson County Parkland outside of the City limits.  In order to proceed with construction of park improvements funded by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the City feels it is imperative that this land be within the City limits.

Council Member McDonald moved to accept and grant the petition to annex the territory as presented and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

11.  CONSIDER INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCE 2007-17 FOR ANNEXATION OF 39.951 ACRES OF LAND SITUATED IN THE WILLIAM J. BAKER SURVEY, ABSTRACT NO. 65 AND LOCATED IN WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TEXAS.
With the previous acceptance of the petition, Mr. Elsden stated that this action must be formally approved by Ordinance.

Without further discussion, Mr. Hejl read the caption of Ordinance 2007-17 and Mayor Pro Tem Hill declared the ordinance officially introduced.

ORDINANCE NO. 2007-17

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS, PROVIDING FOR THE ANNEXATION OF THE TRACT OF LAND HEREINAFTER MORE SPECIFICALLY DESCRIBED BY METES AND BOUNDS TO THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS, FOR ALL MUNICIPAL PURPOSES; AND LOCATED WITHIN THE EXTRATERRITORIAL JURISDICTION OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS; PROVIDING FOR AN ANNEXATION SERVICE PLAN AND THE EXTENSION OF THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS, TO INCLUDE THE ANNEXED TRACT; PROVIDING FOR PARTIAL INVALIDITY; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR SAVINGS; PROVIDING FOR FILING OF THIS ORDINANCE WITH THE WILLIAMSON COUNTY CLERK; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

ADJOURN

Without further business, Mayor Pro Tem Hill adjourned the meeting at 7:51 p.m.


                                                                                                     

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                                                                                                      Donald Hill, Mayor Pro Tem

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk