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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on February 10,
2005, at City Hall, 400 Porter St., Taylor, Texas. Mayor Hill declared a quorum with Council member Ella Jez absent
and opened the meeting at 6:00 p.m. with the following present:
Council member Tim Mikeska City
Attorney, Ted Hejl
Council member Bernabe Gonzales
No citizens came forward during
* Minutes from January 13, 2005
and January 25, 2005. (Susan)
* Ordinance 2005-1 Utility
Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a
motion to approve Ordinance 2005-1 and the minutes from January 13, 2005 as
presented. Motion was seconded by
Council member Gonzales. VOTE: Four voted AYE. Motion passed.
Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a
motion to approve the minutes from January 25, 2005 with corrections regarding public
comment from Mr. Joe Kahler regarding the park facilities and hike and bike
trail improvements. Council member
Mikeska seconded the motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE. Motion passed.
REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS &
Consider contract with Hall-Bargainer for
Master Planning of East Williamson County, Murphy, and Robinson Parks
casey Sledge, Engineering Consultant,
presented an overview of the contract with Hall-Bargainer for the master
planning project of East Williamson County, Murphy, and Robinson Parks. The plan includes public hearings in a
number of sites regarding each park.
The result will be a comprehensive needs assessment to be presented at
the end of the project. This project
does not include any mail surveys and will rely heavily on public input at the
meetings. The plan will specify items
to be included in each park and is a necessary component in completing the
Texas Parks and Wildlife grant application in July. Council member Gonzales expressed concern about ongoing projects
and he was assured that these will continue as planned with the master plan
taking these into consideration. Mayor
Hill expressed disappointment in the fact that the Doak Ball fields will not be
included in the plan and would like to see the lighting and restroom situation
at this site resolved.
Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to approve the contract not to
exceed a total of $38,500 with $17,000 from the Park Development Fund, a
$10,000 commitment from the county, and the remaining $11,500 from the sale of
the park land. Council member Mikeska
seconded the motion. VOTE : Four voted
AYE. Motion passed.
Consider Indoor Facility Needs Assessment
Update Contract with Carter –Burgess
Mr. Sledge presented a contract from
Carter-Burgess for review regarding an indoor facility needs assessment for the
parks. When the Parks Master Plan was
approved, an indoor recreation needs assessment was not included because the
city did not have any indoor facilities.
To apply for an indoor recreation grant from the Texas parks and
Wildlife for $750,000 it is necessary to have such an assessment
conducted. The proposal includes a
review of only 600 mail surveys returned to be analyzed, and Council member
Mikeska stated that he would like to have all surveys returned counted and
included in the final report. Mayor Pro
Tem McDonald made a motion to approve the contract with Carter-Burgess to
conduct an indoor recreation needs assessment with costs not to exceed $9,850. Council member Mikeska seconded the motion. VOTE:
Four voted AYE. Motion passed.
Introduce Ordinance 2005-3 Downtown Sign
Bob VanTil, Director of Community
Development, stated that the purpose of this ordinance was to amend Ordinance
2003-42 and require that sign variance requests be submitted to the Main Street
Design Committee as part of the sign variance request process. A sign installed at the corner of 5th
Street and Main Street by Temple College at Taylor was not reviewed by the Main
Street Design Committee who felt that the sign was not in line with their
guidelines for the area. In order to
help prevent this from occurring again, the committee requested that they be
included in the process when the sign is in the Downtown area as geographically
defined in the original ordinance. Mr.
Ted Hejl, City Attorney, read the caption to the ordinance and it was declared
ORDINANCE NO. 2005-3
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 5, VARIANCES; PROVIDING
FOR THE SUBMITTAL OF VARIANCE REQUESTS IN THE DOWNTOWN DESIGN DISTRICT TO THE
MAIN STREET DESIGN COMMITTEE; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES AND PARTS OF ORDINANCES
IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; PROVIDING CRIMINAL AND CIVIL VIOLATIONS AND PENALTIES;
PROVIDING A PENALTY NOT TO EXCEED FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($500.00) FOR EACH
OFFENSE EXCEPT WHERE A DIFFERENT PENALTY HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY STATE LAW AND
EACH AND EVERY DAY SAID VIOLATION IS CONTINUED SHALL CONSTITUTE A SEPARATE
OFFENSE; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING A REPEALER CLAUSE; AND
PROVIDING FOR PUBLICATION.
Consider Permit Fee Waiver Request By
Durcon- Laboratory Tops, Inc.
John Nelson, Director,
Taylor Economic Development Corporation (TEDC), presented the background information
on a request by Durcon-Laboratory Tops, Inc. to waive permit fees on a 40,000
square foot expansion of their existing facility. To assist with this expansion, the TEDC has already approved a
$50,000 grant. The permit fees
associated with this project are estimated to total $14,200 and include
building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and gas permit fees. Council member Mikeska expressed concern
over their recent decrease in jobs and whether or not they would be in a
position to actually add any new jobs with this expansion. Mr. Nelson presented a copy of their fourth
quarter report for their review and explained the decline in jobs was due to
the seasonal nature of their work. Many
of their clients are academic institutions and their busiest time is prior to
the beginning of the school year.
Council member Mikeska stated that he supports tax abatement incentives
for new businesses but does not support the waiving of permit fees in this
Council member Mikeska made a motion to deny the request to waive
permit fees for the Durcon-Laboratory Tops expansion. The motion did not receive a second. Council member Gonzales made a motion to approve the request and
Mayor Pro Tem McDonald seconded the motion.
VOTE: Three voted AYE. One NO: Council member Mikeska. Motion passed.
Consider Permit Fee Waiver Request By
Gardens of Texas, LLC.
Mr. Don Youngs presented a request to waive certain development permit
fees for a 36 unit senior housing development known as the Gardens of
Taylor. The proposed project is planned
for the 300 block of Sloan and includes one story, single housing units to be
built by a private developer under the Housing Tax Credit Program. The City already has a policy in place to
provide developments in a Neighborhood Empowerment Zone a 50% reduction in
development fees which in this case would total $28,403. This request is for the waiving of an
additional $7,636 in fees to allow the grant applicant to receive additional
points in the application process. It
was noted that school property taxes are not waived in this development. Mayor Pro Tem McDonald asked what the
proposed timeline was and Mr. Youngs explained the process and the possibility
of the units being completed and ready for move in by the end of 2006. Council member Mikeska made a motion to
approve Resolution R05-5 increasing the amount of development permit fees to be
waived to $36,036. Motion was seconded
by Mayor Pro Tem McDonald. VOTE: Four voted AYE. Motion passed.
Introduce Ordinance 2005-2 Budget
Ms. Jon-Etta Ross, Director of Finance, introduced for council
consideration the first budget amendment for the 2004-05 Fiscal year which
includes changes based on events that have occurred in the last four months
that require modifications of original appropriations. Mr. Hejl read the caption to the ordinance:
ORDINANCE NO. 2005-2
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS AMENDING
ORDINANCE NO. 2004-12 ADOPTED ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2004, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR
THE SUPPORT OF THE CITY FOR FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2004 AND ENDING
SEPTEMBER 30, 2005; BY AMENDING THE AMOUNT OF APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE GENERAL
FUND AS WELL AS OTHER FUNDS THAT PROVIDE FOR THE PAYMENT OF OPERATING EXPENSES
AND CAPITAL OUTLAY AND BY CHANGING THE AMOUNT APPROPRIATED FOR VARIOUS
DEPARTMENTS OF THE CITY.
Mayor Hill declared the ordinance introduced and Ms.Ross introduced Mr.
Jim Padgett as the new Accounting Manager.
With no further business, the council meeting was adjourned at 7:25 pm.
R. Hill, Mayor
Susan Brock, City Clerk