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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on July 12, 2007 at City Hall, 400 Porter St., Taylor, Texas.  Mayor Benito 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

No citizens came forward during this time. 

CONSENT AGENDA

1.      MINUTES FROM JUNE 26, 2007.

2.      ORDINANCE 2007-17 ANNEXATION OF 39.951 ACRES OF LAND FOR PARK IMPROVEMENTS.
Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to approve the consent agenda as presented and Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:
           

3.      UPDATE FROM BRAZOS RIVER AUTHORITY REGARDING WATER SUPPLY.
Mr. David Collinsworth, Brazos River Authority, presented an update on the current water supply situation as a result of recent flooding.  He reported that they have placed one temporary pump at the Lake and have ordered one more as a back up to ensure the water supply from the Lake meets the City’s demands.  He also emphasized that the quality of the water supply has never been compromised, only the quantity.  The intake structure was damaged by the flood debris and will take some time to repair, but Mr. Collinsworth does not foresee any problems in getting the repairs completed once the floodwaters recede and the divers can be brought back in to complete their work.  Both Mr. Collinsworth, City Council, and City Staff expressed their appreciation to the City of Hutto for their assistance in helping the City of Taylor keep their water towers full by releasing water back to the City at the same cost Hutto paid for the water.  He stressed their cooperation and willingness to help made the situation much less critical and allowed us to avoid more strict conservation guidelines.

4.      CONSIDER APPROVING ORDINANCE 2007-20 AMENDING FEE SCHEDULE.
As a result of having the two ordinances approved at the last Council meeting it is necessary to amend the Fee Schedule to provide a fee for Temporary Use Directional Signs.  Council requested additional information regarding policies from other cities regarding this issue and wanted additional time to study the fee structure.   

Mr. John Elsden, City Planner, presented Council with changes that included a $25 fee for the first sign per realty agency and based on a calendar year.  An additional $5 fee will be assessed for each additional sign and approved signs will be required to display a city issued decal.  Council Member McDonald moved to approve Ordinance 2007-20 amending the Fee Schedule and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

ORDINANCE NO. 2007-20

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2006-23 ADOPTED ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2006 AND CHANGING CERTAIN RATES FOR SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE CITY.

 

5.      CONSIDER REQUEST FROM POLICE DEPARTMENT TO USE DONATED FUNDS FOR NATIONAL NIGHT OUT PROGRAM. 
Chief Jeff Straub, Taylor Police Department, presented a request to expend funds not included in the approved budget for the 2006/2007 fiscal year.  Chief Straub explained that they have received $700 in donations they would like to use for the upcoming National Night program.

Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to approve the use of donated funds for purchasing supplies for the National Night Out program and Council Member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

6.      CONSIDER INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCE 2007-21 ENACTING A NEW FRANCHISE AGREEMENT WITH ATMOS ENERGY.  
Mr. Dunaway presented a request for Council to consider entering into a new franchise agreement with ATMOS Energy.  Mr. Randy Hartford was present to respond to questions or concerns regarding the agreement.  The most recent agreement expired in June, 2007 with a term of fifteen years.  The proposed agreement continues the 4% franchise fee but includes a change from annual to quarterly payments and also includes revised guidelines for public rights of way access.

Council Member Jez reminded Mr. Hartford of the residents who are still without natural gas in their businesses and residences.  Mr. Hartford said that they are continuing to study the financial benefit of extending service to these residents and how it may ultimately affect them as customers.  He is particularly concerned about the additional costs to residents to refit their appliances from propane to natural gas as well as any additional costs to extend the line beyond the 100 feet that ATMOS would pay for. 

Mayor Gonzales asked Mr. Ted Hejl to read the caption for Ordinance 2007-12 and declared it officially introduced.


 

ORDINANCE NO. 2007-21

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TEXAS, GRANTING TO ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION, A NON-EXCLUSIVE FRANCHISE TO USE PUBLIC RIGHTS-OF-WAY OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TEXAS FOR THE PURPOSES OF CONSTRUCTING, MAINTAINING, AND OPERATING PIPELINES AND EQUIPMENT IN THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS FOR THE TRANSPORTATION, DELIVERY, SALE AND DISTRIBUTION OF GAS; SETTING FORTH TERMS AND CONDITIONS TO GOVERN THE FRANCHISE; PROVIDING A REPEALING CLAUSE, A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE, A SAVINGS CLAUSE AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

7.      CONSIDER APPOINTMENTS TO THE MOODY ADVISORY BOARD
Mr. Bob vanTil, Director Community Development, presented a request from Ms. Susan Komandosky, Chair of the Moody Museum Advisory Board, to consider the appointment of  two new members to replace two members who do not wish to continue on the Board.  Upon the recommendation of Ms. Komandosky, Council Member McDonald moved to appoint Robert Franks and Samye Turner to the Moody Advisory Board and Council Member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE. Motion passed.

8.      CONSIDER APPROVAL OF THE CITY OF LIBERTY HILL’S APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE WILLIAMSON COUNTY AND CITIES HEALTH DISTRICT (WCCHD).  
Mr. Dunaway presented a request from Karen Wilson, Director of the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) to consider an application from the City of Liberty Hill to join the District.  As a participating member in the District, the City of Taylor must approve any new membership applications.  Ms. Wilson has pointed out that with the addition of any new member, each participating member’s contribution is reduced accordingly.

Council Member Hortenstine moved to approve the membership application from the City of Liberty Hill for membership in the WCCHD and Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

9.      CONSIDER CONCURRENCE WITH DETOUR PLANS BY TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO CLOSE THE STATE HIGHWAY 95 BRIDGE AT MUSTANG CREEK FOR REHABILITATION.
Mr. Dunaway presented request from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to approve a detour plan for the proposed rehabilitation of the bridge on SH 95 at Mustang Creek.  TxDOT estimates the two week project will begin in December, 2007.  Staff clarified the request is only for approval of the detour, not the project itself.

Council Member Jez moved to accept the detour plans by TxDOT for closing the State Highway 95 bridge at Mustang Creek for rehabilitation and Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

10.  REVIEW PROGRESS ON GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM PLAN.
Mr. vanTil provided Council with a draft version of a Geographic Information System (GIS) Plan for review.  The development of a GIS plan was included in the 2007 Strategic Plan and staff has been gathering information that will serve as its basis.  Staff is also in the process of developing an Information Technology Plan that will encompass the GIS Plan as a critical element.  This report was for information only and no action was taken.

11.  EXECUTIVE SESSION.
In accordance with Section 551.074 of the Texas Government Code, Mayor Gonzales adjourned Council into Executive Session at 8:00 pm to conduct a semiannual performance evaluation of the City Manager.

12.  CONSIDER ACTION FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION; CITY MANAGER PERFORMANCE EVALUATION.
Mayor Gonzales called the regular meeting back to order at 10:27 p.m. and stated that no action had been taken during Executive Session. 

 

ADJOURN

Without further business, Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting at 10:28 p.m.


                                                                                                     

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                                                                                                      Bernabe Gonzales, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk