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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on January 25,
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:
Council member Tim Mikeska City
Attorney, Ted Hejl
Council member Ella Jez
Council member Bernabe Gonzales
No citizens came forward during
*Ordinance 2004- 26 Rezoning of 6.4 acres from R/A to B1 on
Carlos Parker Blvd.
*Concur with financials for
Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a
motion to approve Ordinance 2004-26 as presented. Motion was seconded by Council member Jez. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion
Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a
motion to concur with the financials for December and Council member Gonzales
seconded the motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE. Council member Mikeska abstained. Motion passed.
Recognize the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, the Economic
Development Plan Steering Committees, and the Planning and Zoning Commission
for their work on the Comprehensive Plan
Bob VanTil, Directory of
Community Development, assisted Mayor Hill in presenting certificates of
appreciation to members of the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, the
Economic Development Plan Steering Committees and the Planning and Zoning
Commission for their efforts in developing the Comprehensive Plan for the city. In the fall of 2003, following the award of
a $36,900 grant from the Office of Rural and Community Affairs (ORCA) to
prepare our comprehensive plan, the City Council appointed 16 local citizens to
the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee.
In addition, the Board members of the TEDC appointed members to a
Steering Committee whose responsibility was to prepare the update to the City’s
Economic Development Plan. The plan was
completed and adopted on January 13, 2005.
Consider Acceptance of the ERCOT Expansion’s Public Improvements
Mayor Pro Tem McDonald and
Council member Gonzales recused themselves from the discussion. David Simons, Interim Director of
Engineering, presented a request to consider accepting the public improvements
associated with the ERCOT building expansion project. The public improvements include the extension of Airport Road to
Carlos Parker Blvd., drainage and detention facilities, and the extension of
water and wastewater lines to the property north of the new ERCOT
facility. Items still outstanding
include Record Drawings (paper and digital copies). Council member Mikeska made a motion to accept the public
improvements for the ERCOT expansion and release escrow monies with the
understanding that record drawings and any other deficiencies cited will be
completed within sixty days. Council
member Jez seconded the motion.
VOTE: Three voted AYE. Two abstained. Motion passed.
Consider Jaycees annual request to use City Facilities
On behalf of the Jaycees, Mark
Barron and Trey Keith presented a list of activities and a request for use of
the city owned facilities in Murphy Park in 2005. Police Chief Straub expressed his concern for a lack of security
at past activities and Mr. Keith assured council that they would be working
more closely with officers to develop a security plan prior to any planned
activities. In response to as to why
they have not moved their events to the East Williamson County Arena Mr. Keith
said they need more time to advertise any change in location and that some
events such as the BBQ Cookoff work better in Murphy Park because of the shade
trees. High electricity costs are also
a factor in using the Arena and the Rodeo Association is working on a way to
determine a more equitable method of charging for electricity. Mr. Keith stated that they will continue to
work with the Rodeo Association with the hope of moving events to the arena at
some point in the near future.
Council member Mikeska made a
motion to approve the request with the provision that security issues will be
addressed; motion seconded by Council member Jez. VOTE: Five voted AYE.
Conduct Public Hearing for and consider Resolution R05-4 approving
the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan.
Mayor Hill declared the Public
Hearing open and staff with Carter-Burgess presented an overview of the plan in
a slide presentation. Mayor Pro Tem
McDonald expressed his concern for the way the priority list was determined and
asked if it were permissible to move items up or down on the list as presented. It was explained that the list was a
combination of input from the Parks Board, citizen surveys, Council, and staff
and that it could be used to seek outside grant funding for any of the items on
the list. His concern was that more
emphasis be given to the hike and bike trail system and that he would like to
see this addressed in the plan. Mr. Joe
Kahler provided a comment regarding the limited use of the swimming pool and
any future water recreation facilities and echoed the need for hike and bike
trail improvements. The Public Hearing
was closed and Council member Mikeska made a motion to approve the resolution
as presented and Mayor Pro Tem McDonald seconded the motion. VOTE:
Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
Consider Purchase of Police Vehicles (3) from Houston Galveston Area
Jeff Straub, Police Chief, made a
request to council to approve the purchase of three new patrol vehicles through
the HGAC cooperative purchasing program.
This purchase is part of the City of Taylor’s vehicle replacement
program and was previously approved in the budget submitted for the fiscal year
2004-2005. Council member Mikeska
approved the purchase of three vehicles for a total price of $74,832.60. Council member Jez seconded the motion. VOTE:
Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
Consider Resolution R05-2 Atmos Texas Municipalities request and
Consider Resolution R05-3 Atmos Energy Gas Reliability
Infrastructure Program (GRIP) adjustments
Council considered these two items
at the same time in order to make the discussion more comprehensive. Resolution R05-2 is a request to join with
fifty-one cities working together as the Atmos Texas Municipalities (ATM) in
examining gas purchasing practices of TXU Gas (Atmos Energy) between November
1, 2000 and October 31, 2003.
Resolution R05-3 is a request to join the ATM and authorize suspension
of the effective date until May 15, 2005 for the GRIP adjustments proposed by
Charles Cunningham, Assistant
City Manager, explained that these two resolutions are an effort to get cities
involved in the municipal oversight of the Atmos management on issues that
ultimately effect their cities and customers.
During the discussion, Mr. John Taylor commented that he would like to
see our energy provider extend services to more of the citizens who are now
dependent on propane. Mr. Salvato
explained that such a decision was up to the provider. Citing no specific advantage in joining with
the ATM, Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to not approve the
resolutions; Council member Jez
seconded the motion; before a vote could be taken Mayor Pro Tem McDonald
amended his motion to a motion to approve the resolutions; there was no second
and the motion died.
Introduce Ordinance 2005-1 Utility Deposits
Mr. Hejl read the caption for
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS
“City” PROVIDING REGULATIONS FOR UTILITY DEPOSITS FOR NEW AND EXISTING ACCOUNTS
IN THE CUSTOMER’S NAME WITH THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS; AND HAVING
A SAVINGS CLAUSE; AND HAVING A REPEALING CLAUSE.
Ms. Jon-Etta Ross, Finance
Director, presented a historical overview of this ordinance and explained its
primary purpose was to reward those customers with good payment histories with
the city utility department by refunding deposits or by not requiring a deposit
for new connections. With no further
discussion, the ordinance was declared introduced.
no further business Mayor Hill adjourned the meeting at 7:40 p.m.
R. Hill, Mayor
Susan Brock, City Clerk