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The City Council of the City of
Taylor met on January 22, 2008 at City Hall, 400 Porter St., Taylor, Texas. Mayor Bernabe Gonzales noted the absence of Council Member Jez, 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 John McDonald City Attorney, Ted Hejl
Clerk, Susan Brock
Council Member Hortenstine led the
group in prayer.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Mr. Ed Komandosky addressed the City Council on the issue
of public participation.
1. MINUTES FROM JANUARY 10, 2008.
2. ORDINANCE 2008-1 SUBDIVISION AMENDMENT
WITH PRELIMINARY FINANCIALS FOR DECEMBER 2007.
Council Member McDonald moved
to approve the Consent Agenda as presented and Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded
the motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE; Motion passed.
REGULAR AGENDA –
REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:
BLACK HISTORY MONTH FEBRUARY, 2008.
Mayor Gonzales read a proclamation designating February as Black History Month.
INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2008-3 REGARDING SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FOR ATMOS RATE
Mr. Dunaway informed Council that a settlement agreement has been reached
between ATMOS and the ACSC Cities. Mr. Randy Hartford, ATMOS Public Affairs,
stated that the agreement allows ATMOS to recoup $10,000,000, rather than the
original $51,900,000 and provides for a new rate structure that will lower the
monthly residential base rate from $10.69 to $7.00. In the event that a
different agreement is negotiated with the ATM Cities, and the City of Taylor accepts this first agreement, the City would be eligible to benefit from any
additional changes in any other agreement reached.
With no further discussion, Mr. Hejl read the caption to Ordinance 2008-3 and
Mayor Gonzales declared the Ordinance officially introduced.
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS, ("CITY") APPROVING A SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY AND ATMOS ENERGY CORP.,
MID-TEX DIVISION ("ATMOS MID-TEX" OR "THE COMPANY")
REGARDING THE COMPANY'S STATEMENT OF INTENT
TO CHANGE GAS RATES IN ALL CITIES EXERCISING ORIGINAL JURISDICTION; DECLARING EXISTING RATES TO BE
UNREASONABLE; ADOPTING TARIFFS THAT REFLECT RATE ADJUSTMENTS CONSISTENT
WITH THE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND FINDING THE RATES TO BE SET BY THE ATTACHED
TARIFFS TO BE JUST AND REASONABLE; ADOPTING
A SAVINGS CLAUSE; DETERMINING THAT THIS ORDINANCE WAS PASSED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE TEXAS
OPEN MEETINGS ACT; DECLARING AN EFFECTIVE
DATE; AND REQUIRING DELIVERY OF THIS ORDINANCE TO THE COMPANY AND LEGAL
INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2007-29 TO DENY, OR INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2007-30
TO APPROVE A REQUEST TO INCREASE RATES BY ATMOS.
As a result of the action taken on the previous agenda item, no action was
necessary on this item and Council agreed to pass.
WORK AUTHORIZATION NO. 5 FROM BWM GROUP FOR THE REDESIGN OF THE
RESTROOM/CONCESSION BUILDINGS AT EAST WILLIAMSON COUNTY REGIONAL PARK.
Mr. Dunaway and Mr. Casey Sledge, consulting engineer, presented a request to
Council to authorize additional funds to cover the cost of redesigning the
restroom/concession buildings for the East Williamson County Regional Park. He reminded Council that this request was first considered at the January 10th
Council meeting and, at the request of Council, staff has continued to
renegotiate the amount of the request. Mr. Sledge pointed out that the amount
presented at this meeting reflects a $5001 reduction from the original amount
Council Member Hortenstine moved to approve Work Authorization No. 5 presented
by the BWM Group for the amount of $9,999 and Council Member McDonald seconded
the motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE. Motion passed.
LEASE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF TAYLOR AND ACME PARTNERSHIP, L.P. FOR A
BILLBOARD ON NORTH SH 95.
Mr. Dunaway presented for a revised lease agreement for consideration from ACME
Partnership to install a billboard on city owned property located on North SH
95 in Circleville. The original agreement submitted on January 10 has been
revised to reflect Council concerns regarding the termination clause, lighting,
advertising content (specifically sexually oriented), and maintenance.
Recognizing that these issues had been satisfactorily addressed, Council Member
McDonald moved to approve the lease agreement with ACME Partnership LP as
presented and Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE.
IESI CONTRACT EXTENSION.
Mr. Thomas, Director of Public Works, presented a request to Council from IESI
to consider extending their contract for one additional year. Under the terms
of the current contract, IESI has the ability to request an extension every
year. Mr. Gerry Reiger was present to respond to questions. Mayor Gonzales
expressed some concern over recent problems and stressed the need for better
communication between the City and IESI staff to ensure that customers are
getting problems addressed in a more timely manner. Mr. Reiger assured him
that procedures will be reevaluated and changes made as needed to ensure the
best possible service for the citizens of Taylor.
Council Member Hortenstine moved to extend the IESI contract for one additional
year (to expire February 1, 2010) and Council Member McDonald seconded the
motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE. Motion passed.
10. CONSIDER PARTICIPATING
WITH DAVITA DIALYSIS CENTER FOR WASTEWATER LINE OVER SIZING GENERALLY LOCATED
ON WEST US HWY 79.
Mr. Bob vanTil, Directory of Community Development, presented a request for
Council to consider moving forward with a project that would involve oversizing
a wastewater line on West US Hwy 79. Mr. David Cersonsky and Dr. Tim Hines
were present to respond to questions regarding this project which includes the
building of a dialysis center. Mr. vanTil noted that this request does not
conflict with the Wastewater Master Plan for the water basin in the northwest
side of town. The plan includes the extension of a line in this area for
Dr. Hines reported that he has identified at least 36 people in Taylor who are currently receiving dialysis three times a week and believes their facility
will be an asset to the community. Council expressed their appreciation to Mr.
Cersonsky and Dr. Hines for choosing Taylor and directed staff to move forward to
develop an agreement with the Davita Dialysis Center to oversize a wastewater
11. CONSIDER REQUEST FROM
TAYLOR JAYCEES TO RESERVE MURPHY PARK AND PAVILION FOR EVENTS IN 2008.
Mr. Thomas presented a request from the Taylor Jaycees. Mr. Trey Keith was
present as a representative of the Jaycees to respond to questions. Mayor
Gonzales expressed concern over a number of issues from past events: emergency
vehicle access; security; motorcycle rally promotion. Mr. Keith assured
Council that steps have been taken to addresses all of these concerns in the
future with better advanced planning on their part.
Council Member McDonald moved to approve the request from the Taylor Jaycees
and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE.
12. CONSIDER AMENDING POLICE
OFFICER SALARY CHART REGARDING PROBATIONARY PERIOD.
Chief Jeff Straub presented a request to Council to make changes in the Police
Officer Salary Chart to accommodate a new program for “police recruits” who
will have an opportunity to receive a raise in salary at the end of their
probationary period. Chief Straub says this program is in response to the
problem of ever increasing salaries making the recruiting of officers extremely
competitive. The program will allow applicants who are not yet licensed to
attend an academy and in turn make a three year commitment to the Taylor Police
Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to amend the Police Officer Salary Chart and Council
Member Hortenstine seconded the motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE. Motion passed.
13. CONSIDER AMENDING THE
NUMBER OF POSITIONS AND RANKS WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.
Chief Straub reported that the corporal position was previously
reclassified as “police officer” when it had remained vacant for some time with
no one passing the exam. Four officers recently passed the corporal’s
examination and the corporal position now needs to be reinstated.
Council Member Hortenstine moved to amend the number of positions and ranks
with the Police Department and Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion. VOTE:
Four voted AYE. Motion passed.
14. CONSIDER PARTICIPATING
WITH THE CENTRAL TEXAS FORT HOOD CHAPTER ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY
TO ADOPT A UNIT.
Mrs. Jean Johnson, Director of Main Street Program, and Jim Aanastoos, Taylor Chamber of Commerce recently attended a meeting with Congressman Carter’s staff regarding the
possibility of Williamson County adopting a unit at Fort Hood. This program
encourages cities of all sizes to participate at many different levels to
demonstrate support for troops and their families before and after their
deployment. Mr. Aanastoos stated the plan is to have Hutto and Taylor
co-sponsor a battalion of the 21st Aviation Brigade at Fort Hood.
Council Member Hortenstine moved to agree to participate in the Adopt a Unit
program and Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE.
15. CONSIDER ADDITIONAL
SERVICES FEE PROPOSAL FROM HEJL LEE 7 ASSOCIATES, INC. FOR THE MUSTANG CREEK
WASTEWATER INTERCEPTOR PROJECT AND IMPROVEMENTS TO THE WATER SYSTEM ON FM 112 (WALNUT
Mr. Dunaway presented a request for Council to consider adding items to the
Mustang Creek Wastewater Interceptor project. Mr. Dunaway reminded Council
that at the time the bid was awarded, it was under budget and that this request
is for additional items including the bore under the railroad tracks, and
extending service to Welch Street and then on to Sloan. If approved, the total
costs will still be less than the original estimate of $7 million.
Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to approve the Additional Services Fee Proposal in the
amount of $51,500 for Tasks A-E and Council Member McDonald seconded the
motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE. Motion passed.
16. CONSIDER CHANGING DATES
FOR COUNCIL MEETINGS IN FEBRUARY.
Council Member Hortenstine presented a request to consider moving the regularly
scheduled Council meeting on February 14th to Tuesday, February 12th
in recognition of Valentine’s Day.
Council Member Hortenstine moved to change the Council meeting to February 12th
and Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE. Motion
With no further business; Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting at 7:40
Susan Brock, City Clerk