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The City Council of the City of
Taylor met on August 9, 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
Chief Jeff Straub led the group in
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
No citizens came forward during this time.
MINUTES FROM JULY 24,
Council Member McDonald moved to approve the Minutes from July 24,
2007 as presented on the Consent Agenda and Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the
motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
REGULAR AGENDA –
REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:
QUARTERLY REPORT AND 2008 BUDGET FOR TAYLOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.
Ms. Shanta Kuhl presented the Quarterly Report on Hotel/Motel Tax to Council
for their review and provided additional detailed information through handouts
at the meeting. She also presented a proposed Budget for these funds for the
2008 year. With a few minor changes in calculations, Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved
to accept the Quarterly Report and 2008 Budget as presented and Council Member
Jez seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
APPOINTMENT TO COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE.
Mr. John Elsden, City Planner, presented a request to Council to appoint Mr.
Daniel Thomas to the Comprehensive Plan implementation Committee. Mr. Thomas
is a replacement for Mr. A. R. Spaights who was previously appointed by Mayor
Pro Tem Hill but has since resigned.
Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to appoint Mr. Danny Thomas to replace Reverend A. R.
Spaights to the Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee and Council Member Jez
seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
SEMI ANNUAL IMPACT FEE REPORT FOR JANUARY 1-JUNE 30, 2007.
Mr. Elsden presented a report on water and wastewater impact fees collected
between January 1 - June 30, 2007. He reported that $44,699 was collected for
water impact fees and $10,201 collected in wastewater impact fees. No roadway
impact fees were collected during this period. Mr. Elsden stated that they
have not experienced any problems implementing the plans, administrating the
impact fees or discovered any inequities in the administration of the fees.
Council Member McDonald moved to accept the report as presented and Council
Member Hortenstine seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
AMENDING MOODY MUSEUM RENTAL POLICY
Mr. Bob vanTil, Director of Community Development, presented a request from
the Moody Museum Advisory Board to amend the current rental policy for the Moody Museum. Due to the high risk of damage to the museum and its contents, the Board is
requesting that the City restrict the use of the facility for educational
purposes and events sponsored by the City, the Moody Museum Board, the Friends
of the Moody, TISD or other public agencies for business purposes and no longer
allow the Museum to be rented for social events.
Council Member Jez moved to amend the Moody Museum rental policy and Mayor Pro
Tem Hill seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
GRANTING A PETITION TO ANNEX TERRITORY WITH FEWER THAN THREE VOTES, DESCRIBED
AS 0.582 ACRES OF LAND SITUATED IN THE FRANCIS BRADLEY SURVEY, ABSTRACT NO. 74,
AND LOCATED IN WILLIAMSON COUNTY.
Mr. Elsden presented a petition from Mr. Eddie Jinkins to be voluntarily
annexed into the City of Taylor. This particular piece of land is currently
divided by the City limits and Mr. Jinkins would like to have the entire
property brought within the City limits. In accordance with the Texas Local
Government Code Section 43.028, this land less than ½ miles wide, contiguous to
the City and with fewer than three voters may be annexed by petition.
Council Member McDonald moved to grant the petition from Mr. Jinkins for
voluntary annexation of his property and Council Member Hortenstine seconded
the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCE 2007-22 FOR ANNEXATION OF 0.582 ACRES OF LAND
SITUATED IN THE FRANCIS BRADLEY SURVEY, ABSTRACT NO. 74 AND LOCATED IN WILLIAMSON COUNTY.
Mr. Elsden stated that once the petition is accepted by Council the next step
Mr. Hejl read the caption to Ordinance 2007-22 and with no further discussion
Mayor Gonzales declared the Ordinance officially introduced.
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
AND CONSIDER ACTION RELATED TO THE 2007/2008 FY BUDGET WHICH INCLUDES THE EFFECTIVE
RATE CALCULATIONS AND THE IMPACT OF DEBT ISSUANCE ON UTILITY RATES.
Mr. Salvato continued the discussion with Council regarding the budget for
fiscal year 2007/2008.
VALOREM TAX RATE AND 2007/2008 BUDGET.
After much discussion regarding the effective tax rate calculations and
proposed budget for 2007/2008, Council Member Hortenstine moved to establish
the upper limit of the ad valorem tax rate at 0.79000 and Council Member Jez
seconded the motion. Mayor Gonzales called for a record vote: Council Member
Jez voted AYE; Council Member Hortenstine voted AYE; Mayor Pro Tem Hill voted
AYE; Council Member McDonald voted AYE; and the Mayor voted AYE. VOTE: Five
voted AYE. Motion passed.
By law, municipalities are required to have two public hearings on the ad
valorem tax rate and budget. Council Member McDonald moved to set the public
hearings for August 21 and August 28 at 6:00 pm to be held at City Hall. Mayor
Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
Executive Session. The Taylor City Council will
hold a closed executive meeting pursuant to the provisions of the Open Meetings
Law, Chapter 551, Government Code, in accordance with the authority contained
in Section 551.087 to discuss or deliberate regarding commercial or financial
information that the governmental body has received from a business prospect
that the governmental body seeks to have locate, stay, or expand in or near the
territory of the governmental body and with which the governmental body is conducting
economic development negotiations; or to deliberate the offer of a financial or
other incentive to a business prospect described above.
Gonzales called for the City Council to conduct a closed executive
meeting under Section 551.087 of the Texas Government Code. Council
adjourned into Executive Session at 7:05 p.m.
Council returned from Executive Session at 7:55 p.m. and Mayor Gonzales
declared that no action had been taken during Executive Session.
With no further business, Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting at 8:00 p.m.
Susan Brock, City Clerk