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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
Chief Straub led the group in
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
No citizens came forward during this time.
ORDINANCE 2007-25, ASSIGNMENT
PAY FOR FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS.
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.
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).
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:
ADOPTING ORDINANCE 2007-23 FIXING AND LEVYING AD VALOREM TAX RATE FOR 2007-2008
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.
ADOPTING ORDINANCE 2007-24 ADOPTING THE 2007-2008 ANNUAL BUDGET*EXCLUDING
“CONTRIBUTIONS TO CIVIC PROGRAMS”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2006-23 ADOPTED ON
SEPTEMBER 26, 2006 BY CHANGING CERTAIN RATES AND OTHER SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE
12. CONSIDER INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2007-27 AMENDING THE 2006/2007 FY
With no discussion or comment Mayor Gonzales asked Mr. Hejl to read the caption
and officially declared Ordinance 2007-27 introduced.
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.
With no further business, Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting at 9:15 p.m.
Susan Brock, City Clerk