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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on January 13, 2005, at City Hall, 400 Porter St., Taylor, Texas.  Mayor Hill declared a quorum and opened the meeting at 6:00 p.m. with the following present:

 

Mayor Donald Hill                                                                    City Manager Frank Salvato

Mayor Pro Tem John McDonald                                              City Clerk Susan Brock

Council member Tim Mikeska                                                  City Attorney, Ted Hejl

Council member Ella Jez

Council member Bernabe Gonzales

 

CITIZENS COMMUNICATION

No citizens came forward during this time.

 

REGULAR AGENDA

 

CONSENT AGENDA

*Approve Minutes of December 9, 2004 and December 28, 2004

*Concur with financials for November, 2004

 

Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to approve the consent agenda as presented and the motion was seconded by Council member Jez.  VOTE:  5 voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

Proclamation in honor of “HEB Celebration 100” Day. 

Mayor Hill announced that this proclamation had been presented at the HEB Celebration on January 7.

 

CONSIDER HONORING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING WITH A STREET NAME.

Pastor Antonio Green of Zion Chapel Baptist Church at 612 East Walnut presented a request to honor Dr. Martin Luther King with a street.  He presented two proposals to the council for their consideration:  1) to rename only the East part of Walnut Street or 2) to place honorarium signs above the existing street signs on Walnut street to signify the designation of the street in Dr. King’s honor.  He stressed that he was willing to work towards a compromise in order to make this project a reality.  Mayor Hill reminded Council that this item had been previously presented in April of 2004 and was not acted upon due to citizen concern about the expense of changing their mailing addresses.  Council member Mikeska expressed his support for the second proposal in order to avoid any of these cost problems for citizens and businesses located on Walnut Street.  With no further discussion, Council member Jez made a motion to honor Dr. Martin Luther King by placing a sign on both East and West Walnut Streets and to refer all future requests for street name changes to the Planning and Zoning Commission.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

CONSIDER DISPOSITION OF STRUCTURE AT THE ORIGINAL SWIMMING POOL IN MURPHY PARK

Mayor Hill invited Ms. Neta Callahan to address the council regarding the possible restoration of the old swimming pool building.  Ms. Callahan presented council members with a proposed budget and additional information regarding her efforts in trying to secure grant funding to restore the building.

Mayor Pro Tem McDonald clarified the age of the building by citing a newspaper article, which stated that the original bathhouse - a two-story structure built in the 1920s - was torn down in 1946 and replaced by the concrete block building that currently stands on the site.  Claire Maxwell, President of the Taylor Heritage and Conservation Society, said although Murphy Park itself is eligible to be listed on historic registers, the building could not. She said due to the building's deteriorated condition and the lack of funds available to fix it, the society did not recommend the building be saved.  Councilman Tim Mikeska said although he supports a skate park and thinks the old swimming pool might be appropriate for that, the bathhouse is beyond salvage.

Citing safety and liability concerns, Council member Gonzales made a motion to dispose of the structure leaving the slab and the old swimming pool for possible future development.  Council member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

CONSIDER JOINT MARKETING PROPOSAL BETWEEN TEDC, CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND CITY.
John Nelson, Director, Taylor Economic Development Corporation and Shanta Kuhl, Executive Director, Taylor Chamber of Commerce, presented a proposal to the council regarding a joint marketing program.  The proposal is in response to a strategy outlined in the Comprehensive Plan, which addressed the development of a Marketing Committee or “Market Taylor Team” that would include representatives from Taylor Main Street, the Chamber, TEDC, the City, TaylorCNET, TCAT, and Taylor ISD.  Based on a RFP from The Perkins Group the cost of the proposed program would be divided among the participating entities with the TEDC and the Chamber already committed to contributing $20,000 to the Phase I effort.  This request was for the City to also contribute $20,000 towards the program.  Council member Jez expressed concern for ongoing maintenance of the program once it is established and was told it would be each organization’s responsibility to see that the information being promoted is update and accurate.  Council member Mikeska asked if a detailed budget had been proposed for the program, and was told that it had not but when it is developed the total amount budgeted would dictate how many phases of the plan would actually be implemented.  Council member Mikeska made a motion to join in the marketing project and to approve $20,000 towards the effort.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed. 

CONSIDER RESOLUTION 2005-01 A GUARANTEE BY THE TEDC FOR A LOAN TO SKYVUE USA EAST CENTRAL TEXAS, INC.
Mr. Nelson presented a request to the council to formally approve a $100,000 loan guaranty made by the TEDC Board for SKYVUE.  SKYVUE would use the funds to purchase Motorola wireless modules to increase their customer base, generate more revenue and ultimately contribute more towards TaylorCNET.  The First National Bank of Cameron has agreed to loan SKYVUE the funds.  Council member Mikeska made a motion to approve the resolution and the motion was seconded by Council member Jez.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

PUBLIC HEARING AND INTRODUCE ORDINANCE 2004-26, REZONING OF 6.4 ACRES FROM R/A TO B1 ON CARLOS PARKER BLVD.
Ted Hejl, City Attorney, read the caption of Ordinance 2004-26:

 

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 WILLIAM J BAKER SURVEY, AW0065, BEING A TRACT OF APPROXIMATELY 6.4 ACRES ON THE SOUTHEAST SIDE OF NORTH LOOP 397, CARLOS G. PARKER BLVD,  FROM RURAL AGRICULTURAL (RA) TO LOCAL BUSINESS (B-1) DISTRICT.

Mr. Bob VanTil, Director, Community Development, reminded the council that the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of this ordinance and that the proposed future land use map shows this land as commercial.  Mayor Hill declared the Public Hearing open.  Mr. Randall Woods of Fayetteville, Arkansas addressed the City Council on behalf of his family who currently own the property described in the ordinance.  He pointed out that this particular tract of land is located adjacent to the proposed mixed use “Taylor Town Center” tract and would hope that a change in zoning might allow them to sell their property in the future.  No other comments were presented and the public hearing was declared closed.  The Ordinance was officially introduced.

PUBLIC HEARING ON COMPREHENSIVE PLAN PLANNING GRANT: CLOSE OUT.
Mr. VanTil stated that in order to close out the project a final public hearing needed to be conducted.  Mayor Hill declared the Public Hearing open.  Ms. Marge Tripp came forward and expressed her appreciation to the council, the committee members, and to the public who participated in this project.  No other comments were heard and the Public Hearing was declared closed.  No Council action was taken on this item.

ADOPTION OF ORDINANCE 2004-27 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
Council member Mikeska thanked those involved in the development of the plan and made a motion to adopt Ordinance 2004-27.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

CONSIDER CONTRACT AMENDMENT WITH WILLIAMSON COUNTY AND CITIES HEALTH DISTRICT (WCCHD)
Charles Cunningham, Assistant City Manager, presented background information on the existing contract with the health district and the proposed amendment.  The City has been contracting with the District since 1989.  Mr. Dale Reye and Karen Wilson of the WCCHD stated that the amendment addresses the changes in recent medical malpractice lawsuits and further clarifies the fact that the “Health Authority” must be a licensed physician and an officer of the Health District.  As an employee of the District the amendment provides that member governments agree to pay a portion of any legal fees if a judgment is levied against the District or any employee.  Mr. Cunningham pointed out that while it appears that the potential for loss is relatively low the council should be aware that there is some risk in agreeing to the amendment.  As of this date, no other cities have agreed to the amendment but have scheduled it to be addressed at their next council meetings.  If all of the cities in the district do not agree to the amendment, the amendment will not be adopted.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to approve the amendment and council member Mikeska seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

CONSIDER AWARDING LEASE FOR CEMETERY PROPERTY
Frank Salvato, City Manager, stated that every year the council bids the lease to maintain city property near the city cemetery.  The 41.46 acres of land is both cultivated and pasture land and is fenced.  Bids were sent out in December and only one bid offer was received from Mr. Gary Richter, the current lessee, for the annual amount of $901.00.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald asked if the city was having any problems with the current lessee and was told that there were some issues in the past year but most have been resolved.  One potential bidder suggested that the city extend the lease for more than one year so that any agriculture use would be more worthwhile.  He did not submit a bid because the lease is for only one year.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to reject all bids and rebid the lease with an extended 3-5 year contract and an option to renew based on performance.  Council member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE; One vote NO, Council member Gonzales.  Motion passed.

CONSIDER AWARDING BID AND APPROVE CONTRACT FOR UTILITY BILL PRINTING SERVICES
Jon-Etta Ross, Finance Director, presented a proposal to award the bid for the utility bill printing services.  Bids were received from Centex, a local contractor, and from AVR, a Houston based company.  Centex submitted the lower bid for comparable services provided.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to award the bid to Centex in the amount of $19,947.22; the motion was seconded by Council member Jez.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

SANITARY SEWER SYSTEM EVALUATION STUDY UPDATE
Bill Brown, Interim Director of Public Works, presented a visual program on the current status of the most recent work being done on the city sanitary sewer system.  His presentation focused on the problems near the intersection of Main Street and First Street and involved the use of a camera to assist the staff in locating major problems with leaks and structural defects.  All the problems illustrated in the program have been fully addressed and staff continues to use this method of diagnosing problems in the system.

ADJOURN

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

 

 

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Donald R. Hill, Mayor

ATTEST:

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Susan Brock, City Clerk