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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on August 28, 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

Council Member Hortenstine led the group in prayer.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

CITIZENS COMMUNICATION

No citizens came forward during this time. 

CONSENT AGENDA

1.      MINUTES FROM AUGUST 9 AND AUGUST 21, 2007.

2.      CONSIDER FINANCIALS FOR JULY, 2007

3.      ORDINANCE 2007-22, ANNEXATION OF 0.582 ACRES OF LAND SITUATED IN THE FRANCIS BRADLEY SURVEY, ABSTRACT NO. 74 AND LOCATED IN WILLIAMSON COUNTY.


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.


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:
           

4.      CONSIDER SECOND PUBLIC HEARING ON 2007/2008 AD VALOREM TAX RATE AND 2007-2008 BUDGET.
Mayor Gonzales declared the Public Hearing open and asked for any comments or discussion on the Ad Valorem Tax Rate.  With no comment, Mayor Gonzales closed the Public Hearing.

·         INTRODUCE ORDINANCE 2007-23 FIXING AND LEVYING AD VALOREM TAX RATE FOR TAX YEAR 2007-2008.
Mayor Gonzales asked Mr. Hejl to read the caption to the ordinance and with no further discussion, he declared Ordinance 2007-23 officially introduced.

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

 

·         INTRODUCE ORDINANCE 2007-24 ADOPTING THE 2007-2008 ANNUAL BUDGET*EXCLUDING “CONTRIBUTIONS TO CIVIC PROGRAMS”. 
Mayor Gonzales asked Mr. Hejl to read the caption to the ordinance and with no  discussion, he declared Ordinance 2007-24 officially introduced.

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



·         INTRODUCE “CONTRIBUTIONS TO CIVIC PROGRAMS” FROM ORDINANCE 2007-24.
Mayor Gonzales and Council took no action on this item.

 

5.      ANNOUNCEMENT: THE CITY OF TAYLOR CITY COUNCIL WILL VOTE ON THE TAX RATE AT A MEETING TO BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 6, 2007, AT CITY HALL.
Mayor Gonzales read the announcement as required by law.

6.      CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARING AND CONSIDER INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2007-28 REGARDING A REQUEST FROM BILL LOCKHART 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)
In Mr. Elsden’s absence, Mr. vanTil presented an overview of the zoning request and reported a recommendation to approve the request from the Planning and Zoning Commission.  Mayor Gonzales declared the Public Hearing open; the only testimony heard was from Ms. Ledawn Hoosier speaking on behalf of Mr. Lockhart and she encouraged the Council to consider this request to allow the property to be zoned under a single category.  She stated that there were no specific plans for the site at this time.

With no further discussion or comment, Mayor Gonzales declared the hearing closed and asked Mr. Hejl to read the caption to the ordinance, and declared Ordinance 2007-28 officially introduced.

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.

 

7.      CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING A REQUEST FROM CHISUM PIERCE TO REZONE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 200/220 E. 4TH STREET LEGALLY DESCRIBED AS CITY OF TAYLOR ADDITION, BLOCK 14, LOTS 3-12, 1-2 (W/PTS), 1.42 ACRES FROM LOCAL BUSINESS (B1) TO GENERAL BUSINESS (B2).
Council Member Jez recused herself due to a conflict as a relative of the party seeking the rezoning.  Mr. Bob vanTil, Director of Community Development, presented a request from the Planning and Zoning Commission to continue this hearing at the request of Mr. Pierce.  After submitting his request for a zoning change his prospective tenant was no longer a viable option and he requested additional time to find another prospect.  With  the Public Hearing already published in the newspaper, staff thought it best to leave the item on the agenda, but to take no action since the property owner was not present and there was no information being presented at this time.  Mr. Hejl recommended the Council not hold the Public Hearing, and to not “continue” it to a later date, but to have the property owner resubmit his request when ready.  Staff cautioned this would result in additional fees to file a new request and could create a hardship on the applicant.

Council Member Hortenstine moved to set a “renotice” for a Public Hearing on this issue and to waive fees to the applicant and Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed. 

Council Member Jez rejoined the meeting.

8.       CONSIDER REQUEST FROM NORMAN KLOTZ TO ACCEPT AN UNNAMED “PRIVATE DRIVE” AS PART OF THE CITY’S OVERALL STREET SYSTEM.
Mr. Danny Thomas, Director of Public Works, provided a brief history regarding a request from Mr. Norman Klotz for the City to take over maintenance of a private drive.  The property under discussion is approximately 400 feet long and forty feet wide and not dedicated as a public street nor ever accepted by the city as a public street.  After much discussion regarding city policies and the potential of setting a precedent for future requests, Council Member Jez moved to not accept the private drive and Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

9.      CONSIDER HEALTH INSURANCE BENEFITS FOR CITY EMPLOYEES. 
Ms. Starla Hall, Director of Human Resources, provided Council with historical information regarding employee health claims and costs.  Ms. Hall noted that while the Benetex group has aggressively worked to keep the increase in premiums to a minimum our Scott and White provider is requesting a 4% increase in City employee rates.    

Council Member McDonald moved to approve the 2007/2008 agreement with Scott and White for employee health insurance as presented and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

10.  CONSIDER REQUEST  FROM TAYLOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION TO WAIVE CITY ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL PERMIT FEES FOR TEMPLE COLLEGE WELDING PROGRAM .
Mr. vanTil presented a request to Council to consider waiving City permit fees for the Taylor Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) to remodel a facility that will house a welding program through Temple College.  With a loan from the TEDC, this program will be a joint effort of the Taylor Independent School District, Temple College, and Texas State Technical College and may allow high school students to receive college or dual credit while attending the program.

Council Member Jez moved to waive fees for the Temple College and Texas State Technical College welding program and Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE: Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

11.  CONSIDER AWARDING BID FOR MUSTANG CREEK WASTEWATER INTERCEPTOR PROJECT
Casey Sledge, Consulting City Engineer, presented an overview of the results of the bid process.  A total of six bids were received and all below the targeted budgeted amount.  By accepting the bid from S. J. Louis of Texas the City would be able to also add the alternate bid as well as additional monies for contingencies.  Mr. Sledge provided Council with another look at the overall project and requested input on how to proceed with the bid package presented.   With the added advantage of increasing the potential of growth to the northwest of the City, Council agreed that the project should proceed as far west as possible within the budgeted amount. 

Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to award the bid for the Mustang Creek Wastewater Interceptor Project to S. J. Louis of Texas with a base bid and alternate for a total of $4,804,863.45 and an additional $100,000 which includes the $15,000 contingency.  Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

12.  CONSIDER ACCEPTING AWARD FROM NATIONAL VOLUNTEER FIRE COUNCIL.
Chief Bruce Watson provided Council with information regarding a contest sponsored by the National Volunteer Fire Council earlier this year.  Taylor firefighters participated in the contest and achieved the highest score in Williamson County and were selected to receive a cash award of $1,500, seventy-five baseball tickets to the August 28, Round Rock Express game and log ball caps.  Chief Watson is requesting permission to use the funds to purchase equipment for the new weight room at the Central Fire Station.

Council Member Jez moved to accept the $1500 award from the National Volunteer Fire Council and to use it for equipment in the weight room.  Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

13.  CONSIDER INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2007-25 REGARDING ASSIGNMENT PAY FOR POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS.
Chief Straub presented a request to Council to consider an Ordinance addressing assignment pay for both police and firefighters.  Due to a requirement of Chapter 143 of the Texas Local Government Code that deals with Civil Service, this issue must be presented in an Ordinance and is typically discussed during the budget process.  He noted the only significant change in the Ordinance this year is a change in some specific titles of positions within the Ordinance to better define the current staffing situation.  With no further discussion or comment Mayor Gonzales asked Mr. Hejl to read the caption and officially declared Ordinance 2007-25 introduced.

ORDINANCE NO.  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.

 

14.  CONSIDER APPOINTMENTS TO THE MAIN STREET ADVISORY BOARD.
Ms. Jean Johnson, Main Street Director, presented a recommendation from the Main Street Organization Committee regarding board appointments.  The Committee selected six candidates after thoroughly reviewing a pool of twelve applications.  The candidates selected included:  Jarrell Boles (Insurance Business Professional), Joan Cabiness (Architect), Estrellita Doolin (Attorney), Mary Linda Hays (Retailer/Property Owner), Jan Konarik (Realtor) and Kayla Patschke (Retailer).   Council Member Jez moved to accept the recommendations for appointments as presented and Council Member McDonald seconded the motion. VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

15.  CONSIDER GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM (gis) REPORT.
Mr. vanTil presented the final draft of the Geographic Information System (GIS) Plan for Council approval.  The Plan includes a five year strategy to improve services within the City by using geographical data to manage and locate infrastructure assets.  
Council Member McDonald moved to accept the GIS report as presented and Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

16.  CONSIDER RESOLUTION R07-24 APPROVING A LETTER FROM THE CITIES OF GEORGETOWN, TAYLOR, ROUND ROCK, CEDAR PARK, LIBERTY HILL, TEXAS AND WILLIAMSON COUNTY TO CITIES IN WILLIAMSON COUNTY NOT CURRENTLY PARTICIPATING IN A COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT WITH THE WILLIAMSON COUNTY AND CITIES HEALTH DISTRICT AND AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO EXECUTE THE SAME.
Mr. Dunaway presented a request from the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) to authorize by Resolution the ability of the Mayor to sign a letter to inform those non-participating municipalities that a reduction in selected services may be instituted if they continue to choose not to share in the costs of providing these services.   

Council Member McDonald moved to authorize the Mayor to sign a letter as a member of the WCCHD and to adopt Resolution R07-24.  Council Member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

ADJOURN

With no further business, Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting at 7:55 p.m.


                                                                                                     

                                                                                                      ___________________________

                                                                                                      Bernabe Gonzales, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk