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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

                                                                             City Clerk, Susan Brock

INVOCATION

Council Member Hortenstine led the group in prayer.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

CITIZENS COMMUNICATION

Mr. Ed Komandosky addressed the City Council on the issue of public participation.

CONSENT AGENDA

1.      MINUTES FROM JANUARY 10, 2008.

2.      ORDINANCE 2008-1 SUBDIVISION AMENDMENT

3.      CONCUR 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:
           

4.      PROCLAMATION: BLACK HISTORY MONTH FEBRUARY, 2008. 
Mayor Gonzales read a proclamation designating February as Black History Month.  

5.      CONSIDER  INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2008-3 REGARDING SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT FOR ATMOS RATE CASE.
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.


ORDINANCE 2008-3


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 COUNSEL.



6.      CONSIDER 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.

7.      CONSIDER 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 submitted. 

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.

8.      CONSIDER 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.  Motion passed.

9.      CONSIDER 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 future development.   

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 line.

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.  Motion passed.

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 Department.   

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.  Motion passed.

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 STREET).
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 passed.

 

ADJOURN

      With no further business; Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting at 7:40 p.m.


                                                                                                     

                                                                                                      ___________________________

                                                                                                      Bernabe Gonzales, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk