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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on March 10, 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:

 

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

Council member Ella Jez

 

Invocation

Chief Jeff Straub led the meeting with a prayer.

 

CITIZENS COMMUNICATION

No citizens came forward during this time. 

 

CONSENT AGENDA

 

·        Minutes from February 22, 2005

 

Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to approve the consent agenda with corrections to the section of the minutes pertaining to the Bank Depository agenda item by adding the word “estimated” and by adding that the motion to this item “was seconded by Council member Mikeska”.  Council member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:

 

Proclamation to honor White Cane Week, March 13-19, 2005

Christopher Brown with the Taylor Lions Club addressed the council regarding the importance of White Cane Week.  He distributed white cane pins to the council members and encouraged them to support their program.  Mayor Hill read the proclamation and presented it to Mr. Brown.

 

Receive CAMPO 2030 Plan presentation

Mr. Michael Aulick, Executive Director of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), presented an overview of the CAMPO Mobility 2030 Transportation Plan draft to the council.  One of the goals of the organization is to review the plan every five years through public forums.  After a Public Hearing scheduled for March 14, adoption consideration of the plan is scheduled for April 11, 2005.

 

Consider IESI Annual Report; extension of contract; and temporary rate increase based on increases in fuel costs

Mr. Dean Gorby, Division Manager for Solid Waste Services with IESI, presented the 2004 Annual Report and a request for Council to consider approving a temporary increase in rates based on elevated fuel prices over the last year.  The request for an increase is allowed as outlined in Section 14.1.2.2 of their agreement with the City and will be of limited duration on the basis of actual commodity price.  The temporary surcharge would be in place until the commodity price dropped to within 10% of its benchmark price before the request for another adjustment is made.  Mr. Gorby stated that their fuel costs since the contract was signed in 2003 has increased from $1.387 per gallon to $2.054 for clear diesel.  If approved, the surcharge would result in an increase of 6.2% in current rates to both residential and commercial customers. 

 

Additionally, Mr. Gorby made a request to the Council to extend their contract with the City for an additional one or two years beyond the original contract which expires in February of 2006.  As stated in Section 4.2 of the Agreement: “The City may extend this agreement for an additional one-year period, or advise the contractor that the agreement will expire at the conclusion of the current term without extension.”  Last year, IESI did not request an extension of the contract and none was granted.  Mr. Gorby was requesting this year the Council considers extending the contract for at least one additional year and perhaps considering adding the year not granted last year.

 

Mayor Hill stated that he appreciated the IESI staff’s efforts to maintain a regular schedule for pick ups while Council member Jez and Mayor Pro Tem McDonald asked that the crews not put the trash carts in the street after they are emptied.  Mr. Gorby agreed to resolve this issue with his staff as soon as possible.  With no further discussion, Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to accept the annual report, extend the IESI contract for an additional twelve months, and approve the temporary fuel surcharge to increase garbage rates by 6.2%.  Council member Gonzales seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

Consider request from TAG to consider waiver of fees for use of Moody Museum

Ms. Nicole Filz, President of the Taylor Artist Guild, presented a request to the council to consider waiving the rental fee for an event they will be hosting at the Moody Museum in October.  The Moody Museum Board approved the request at their last Board meeting and supports the Guild’s efforts to use the Museum for their events as a way of promoting both groups.  At last year’s event, one of the attendees made a $1,000 donation to the Friends of the Moody Museum.  This event is the Guild’s major annual program and helps raise funds to add to their scholarship fund.  Council member Mikeska made a motion to approve the fee waiver and Mayor Pro Tem McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

Consider request to allow retired employees to remain on city health insurance past the five year limit

Starla Hall, Director of Human Resources, presented information to the Council regarding current retiree health benefits.  A former city employee has petitioned the City to revise the current policy, which allows retirees to stay on the City’s health insurance plan for up to five years after retirement.  The former employee is requesting that the City adopt a policy that would allow retirees to remain on the City’s health insurance plan indefinitely and continue to pay their own premiums.  Ms. Davidica Blum with the Scott and White Health Plan addressed the Council regarding the possible options to revise the current policy and how these options might impact current employee benefits. 

 

Council member Mikeska stressed the need for all employers to take care of their employees.  Ms. Blum stated that there are a variety of options and that she would like an opportunity to gather more information and present a complete list of viable alternatives to the Council before they make a decision.  Mayor Hill made a request that the Council take more time to evaluate those options and Council agreed to pass on this agenda item at this time.  Staff agreed to bring back more information for further consideration in this matter.

 

Consider Resolution R05-9 encouraging the State Legislature to restore funding for Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Mr. Salvato introduced the Resolution R05-9 in support of funding by matching grants to local political subdivisions for parks and recreation development in Texas.  The City relies heavily on matching grants from the Texas Parks and Wildlife to supplement City funds to finance large parks and recreation projects.  Funding for these grants was reduced by 30% during the last Texas Legislature.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to approve Resolution R05-9 encouraging the current State Legislature to restore funding for Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife.  Council member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

Consider Resolution R05-11, Authorizing signatures on the City’s investment accounts

Jon-Etta Ross, Director of Finance, presented a request to Council to approve Resolution R05-11 authorizing new signatures on the City’s financial accounts related to investment of local funds including bank accounts, investment pools and primary brokers.  There have been several significant staff changes over the last year and it is necessary to update this list of signatures of those City employees authorized to conduct this type of business on behalf of the City.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to approve Resolution R05-11 and Council member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

Consider letter requesting the State Legislature to oppose legislation inhibiting the city’s ability to provide internet access. 

Mr. Salvato presented a draft letter for Council to approve to be sent to Senator Ogden and Representative Krusee opposing HB 789 which would in effect ban municipal wireless networks, namely Taylor CNET.  Council member Jez made a motion for all Council members to sign the letters and to submit them to the appropriate legislators.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

Consider Logo DESIGN for Mallard Water TANK

David Simons, City Engineer, presented a request to Council to finalize the logo design for the Mallard Water Tower.  City staff presented five options with various sizes, shapes, and styles of lettering.  Council member Mikeska made a motion to approve option “E” which included large capital letters of “TAYLOR” and a mallard in flight centered below.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

Consider board appointments to Planning and Zoning Commission

The Planning and Zoning Commission has three members whose terms have expired and one vacancy to be filled as a result of the resignation of Laverne Caldwell.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to reappoint members Rod Hortenstine, David Scott Green and John Taylor, to appoint Linda Kaderka to fill the vacancy and to request that the City Clerk advertise for more applicants for the City boards and commissions.  Council member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

Consider board appointments to Parks and Recreation Board

The Parks and Recreation Board has two members whose terms have expired and two vacancies to fill as a result of resignations by Jan Kaiser and David Lawrence.  Council member Jez made a motion to reappoint Trey Keith and Andrew Gonzales and to appoint Norma Shorts to fill one of the vacancies.  Council member Gonzales seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.


 

ADJOURN

With no further business, the council meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

 

                                                                                                            _________________________

                                                                                                      Donald R. Hill, Mayor

 

 

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk