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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

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 JULY 24, 2007.
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:
           

2.      CONSIDER 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.    

3.      CONSIDER 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.

 

4.      CONSIDER 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.

5.      CONSIDER 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. 

6.      CONSIDER 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.

7.      CONSIDER 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.



ORDINANCE 2007-22


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.



8.      DISCUSS 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.

9.      AD 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.

10.  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.

      Mayor 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. 

ADJOURN

With no further business, Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting at 8:00 p.m.


                                                                                                     

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                                                                                                      Bernabe Gonzales, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk