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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:

 

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 Bernabe Gonzales

 

CITIZENS COMMUNICATION

No citizens came forward during this time.

 

CONSENT AGENDA

 

* Minutes from January 13, 2005 and January 25, 2005.  (Susan)

* Ordinance 2005-1 Utility Deposits. (Jon-Etta)

 

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/ACTION:

 

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 Variance Ordinance.
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 introduced:

 

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 case. 

 

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 Amendment #1.

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. 

 

ADJOURN

With no further business, the council meeting was adjourned at 7:25 pm.

 

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                                                                                                      Donald R. Hill, Mayor

 

 

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk