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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on September 6, 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 Straub led the group in prayer.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

CITIZENS COMMUNICATION

No citizens came forward during this time. 

CONSENT AGENDA

1.      ORDINANCE 2007-25, ASSIGNMENT PAY FOR FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS.

ORDINANCE  2007-25

 

AN ORDINANCE CREATING “ASSIGNMENT PAY” FOR CERTAIN ASSIGNMENTS WITHIN THE FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS; “SENIORITY PAY” IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT; PROVIDING A REPEALER CLAUSE AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE AND AN EXPIRATION DATE FOR THIS ORDINANCE.

 

2.      ORDINANCE 2007-28 REGARDING A REQUEST TO REZONE PROPERTY LOCATED IN THE 4100 BLOCK OF US 79 LEGALLY DESCRIBED AS 5 ACRES OUT OF THE W. M. KINCAID SURVEY A-373 FROM B1 AND R1 TO GENERAL BUSINESS (B2).

ORDINANCE 2007-28

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZONING MAP ADOPTED BY ORDINANCE NO. 2001-17 BY THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS ON APRIL 24, 2001 AS HERETOFORE AMENDED, BY CHANGING THE CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY DESCRIBED AS 5 ACRES OUT OF THE W. M. KINCAID SURVEY, A-373 LOCATED IN THE 4100 BLOCK OF US 79, FROM LOCAL BUSINESS (B-1) AND RESIDENTIAL (R1) DISTRICTS TO GENERAL BUSINESS (B-2) DISTRICT.

 

      Council Member Hortenstine moved to approve the Consent Agenda as presented and      Council Member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE: Five voted AYE; Motion passed.

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:
           

3.      CONSIDER ADOPTING ORDINANCE 2007-23 FIXING AND LEVYING AD VALOREM TAX RATE FOR 2007-2008 TAX YEAR.

ORDINANCE 2007-23

 

AN ORDINANCE LEVYING TAXES FOR THE MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION OF THE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS, AND PROVIDING FOR THE INTEREST AND SINKING FUND FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2007/2008


Council Member McDonald moved to adopt Ordinance 2007-23 fixing and levying the ad valorem tax rate of $0.79 for the tax year 2007/2008 and Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion.  RECORD VOTE:  Council Member Jez voted       AYE; Council Member Hortenstine voted AYE; Mayor Pro Tem Hill voted AYE; Council Member McDonald voted AYE; Mayor Gonzales voted AYE.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

4.      CONSIDER ADOPTING ORDINANCE 2007-24 ADOPTING THE 2007-2008 ANNUAL BUDGET*EXCLUDING “CONTRIBUTIONS TO CIVIC PROGRAMS”. 


ORDINANCE 2007-24

 

AN ORDINANCE APPROVING AND ADOPTING A BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS, FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2007 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2008


Council Member Hortenstine moved to adopt Ordinance 2007-24 and adopt the 2007/2008 Budget (excluding Contributions to Civic Programs) and Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

5.      CONSIDER APPROVING “CONTRIBUTIONS TO CIVIC PROGRAMS” FROM ORDINANCE 2007-24.
As an employee of one of the entities seeking funding from the City, Mayor Pro Tem Hill recused himself from any discussion or action on this item.  Mayor Gonzales asked for any additional comments; none were noted and Council Member Jez moved to approve the contributions to civic programs as presented and Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

Mayor Pro Tem Hill rejoined the meeting.

6.      RATIFY THE PROPERTY TAX REVENUE INCREASE REFLECTED IN THE 2007/2008 ANNUAL BUDGET.
Council Member McDonald moved to approve the property tax revenue increase in the 2007/2008 Budget which will raise more total property taxes than last year’s budget by $308,321 or 6.1% and of that amount $206,167 is tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the roll this year.  Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

7.      CONSIDER 2007/2008 BUDGET OF THE TAYLOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Mr. John Nelson, Executive Director for the Taylor Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) presented an overview of the proposed Budget for the TEDC. 

Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to approve the budget as presented and Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

8.      PRESENTATION AND UPDATE REPORT FROM TAYLOR CNET.
Ms. Denise Lieb presented a slide program regarding the current status of the program and information on who is being served in the community.  This item was for information and no action was taken.

9.       CONSIDER LIGHTING AND LOGO DESIGNS FOR NEW GROUND AND ELEVATED WATER STORAGE RESERVOIRS.
Mr. Casey Sledge, consulting City Engineer, provided a review of design and lighting options for the three water tower and/or storage tanks currently planned for construction.  Council agreed to consider having no design or lighting on the elevated tank at Murphy Park due to its location within the neighborhood.  They also agreed to consider a simple “Welcome to Taylor” message on the ground storage tank with no lighting.  The discussion regarding the new elevated tank on the North East side of town, and visible from Highway 79, was more involved and staff agreed to bring back new graphic designs as per Council comments.   

10.  DISCUSS AND CONSIDER TAKING ACTION TO SET RATES FOR CITY SERVICES INCLUDING WATER, CEMETERY FEES, SEWER TAPS, LICENSE AGREEMENTS, BUILDING PERMITS, AIRPORT HANGARS, FIRE ALARM SERVICES, AND ANIMAL CONTROL. 
Ms. Rosemarie Dennis, Director of Finance, provided Council with historical information regarding water rates.  During the discussion, Ms. Dennis provided information regarding the issuance of new debt for the Mustang Creek Interceptor and High Pressure Plane project and its potential impact on utility rates.  New penalty fees for specific code enforcement issues, changes in building permit fees, fire inspection fees, and animal control fees were all reviewed and discussed.  After much discussion, Council agreed to continue to review the proposed fees and, if approved, any changes in fees will be reflected in the proposed amendment to the Fee Ordinance 2007-26 which will be revised prior to the next Council meeting.  No action was taken on this item.

11.  CONSIDER INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2007-26 AMENDING FEE ORDINANCE.
Ms Dennis presented a request to Council to consider introducing the Fee Ordinance amendment with the understanding the staff will make changes as indicated in the preceding discussion and will have a chance to review the schedule again prior to approval. 

With no further discussion or comment Mayor Gonzales asked Mr. Hejl to read the caption and officially declared Ordinance 2007-26 introduced.

ORDINANCE  2007-26

 

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

 

12.  CONSIDER INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2007-27 AMENDING THE 2006/2007 FY BUDGET.
With no discussion or comment Mayor Gonzales asked Mr. Hejl to read the caption and officially declared Ordinance 2007-27 introduced.

      ORDINANCE  2007-27

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2006-19 ADOPTED ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2006, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE CITY FOR FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2006 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2007; BY AMENDING THE AMOUNT OF APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE GENERAL FUND AS WELL AS OTHER FUNDS THAT PROVIDE FOR THE PAYMENT OF OPERATING EXPENSES AND CAPITAL OUTLAY AND BY CHANGING THE AMOUNT APPROPRIATED FOR VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS OF THE CITY.

 

13.  CONSIDER SETTING NEW DATES FOR CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS IN OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, AND DECEMBER, 2007.
Mr. Salvato provided Council with information regarding upcoming meeting conflicts and conferences that Council members have registered to attend in October and November.  The International Conference on Shopping Centers (ICSC) is meeting in San Antonio from October 10-12 and the Annual Texas Municipal League Conference is meeting in Dallas from November 6-9. 

Council Member McDonald moved to accept the date changes as presented:  cancel the October 11th meeting and move it to October 9, cancel the November 8th meeting and move it to November 15, and cancel the December 25th meeting opting to have only one meeting in December on December 14th.  Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

ADJOURN

With no further business, Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting at 9:15 p.m.


                                                                                                     

                                                                                                      ___________________________

                                                                                                      Bernabe Gonzales, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk