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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on March 13, 2008 at City Hall, 400 Porter St., Taylor, Texas.  Mayor Bernabe Gonzales 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 Ella Jez                                     City Attorney, Ted Hejl

Council Member John McDonald                       City Clerk, Susan Brock

INVOCATION

Chief Jeff Straub led the group in prayer.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

CITIZENS COMMUNICATION

No citizens came forward.

CONSENT AGENDA

1.      MINUTES FROM FEBRUARY 26, 2008, AND MARCH 6, 2008.
Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to approve the Consent Agenda as presented and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.

 

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:
           

2.      CONSIDER ACCEPTING DONATION OF A GAZEBO FOR MURPHY PARK FROM TAYLOR GARDEN CLUB. 
Mr. Dunaway presented a request from the Taylor Garden Club to donate a gazebo to be located in Murphy Park.  Staff met with several representatives of the Club to locate the appropriate site and discuss design concepts.  It was suggested that the structure be wired for lighting and electrical outlets which would require a change order from the firm PBC in the amount of $4,973.38.  Ms. Joan Cabiniss, an historical architect, was present to respond to questions.  She described the proposed design as an octagonal structure with a stepped design to allow for additional seating around the exterior.  She envisions a copper domed roof and double walled cast iron columns to match similar architectural features throughout the community.  Garden Club member Ms. Paulette McConchie provided a brief history of how the funds for the project were obtained and noted that the club would also like to include a plaque dedicating the facility to Lou Belle Harris.

Council expressed their appreciation to the Club for the gift and Council Member McDonald moved to accept the donation of a gazebo for Murphy Park in honor of Lou Belle Harris, approve the site, and authorizes the change order for electrical infrastructure in the amount of $4,973.38 and to make it contingent on final approval of the design.  Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

3.      CONSIDER REQUEST TO AMEND COMPENSATION AND RATES OF SOLID WASTE COLLECTION CONTRACTOR, IESI.
Mr. Dunaway presented a request from IESI to amend their compensation and adjust their rates to the City for solid waste collection services.  Mr. Hare with IESI was present to respond to questions.  Mr. Dunaway reminded Council that IESI had requested and received two rate increases since their initial contract in December 2002.  The current request for a rate increase represents a 5.5% increase and would result in the base fee for residential customers being raised from $8.45 to $8.92 per month (plus the franchise fee and state sales tax).  Additional residential carts would go from $2.75 to $2.90 per month.  Commercial rates would also be increased by 5.6% across the board.  Council Member Jez asked for clarification of the policy as it relates to brush and bulk services as well as additional containers.  Discussion included how to enforce citizens to pay for an extra cart when they regularly put out a non-IESI container.  Mr. Hare said they are aware of the problem and are continuing to work with staff and citizens to comply with the policy. Mr. Salvato requested IESI provide the city with a notice for those customers who continue to abuse the service so that appropriate action could be taken.
    
Council Member Hortenstine moved to amend compensation and rates for IESI as presented effective April 1, 2008 and Council Member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:   Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.  

4.      CONSIDER REQUEST FROM HIDALGO PARK PROPERTY OWNERS TO LEASE ADJACENT CITY PROPERTY FOR USE AS A PARKING LOT. 
Mayor Gonzales recused himself from discussion or vote on this item due to a conflict of interest. Mr. Salvato provided information to Council regarding a request from Mr. Andreas Leal to lease City property adjacent to Hidalgo Park to use for parking.  Mr. Leal and his partner, Mr. Munoj Naik, are in the process of remodeling the facility and are in need of additional parking.  Council discussed the possibility of selling the property rather than leasing it as a way to get the land back on the property tax rolls.  In order to sell the land the City would be required by State law to put it out for bid.


With out further discussion, Council Member McDonald moved to call for bids to sell the 2 acre property with no minimum bid required and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.


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Mayor Gonzales rejoined the Council.)

5.      DISCUSS EXTENDED LATE HOURS LICENSE FOR SALE AND CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL IN THE CITY OF TAYLOR.
Mr. Dunaway presented a request from Mr. Tony Gomes, a local business owner, to consider extending the hours for the sale and consumption of alcohol.  Under the current City Ordinance, the alcohol cannot be sold after midnight on Friday night or after 1:00 am on Saturday night.  In order to sell alcohol beyond those hours the City must adopt an Ordinance that would permit extended late hours until 2 am seven days a week.  Chief Straub provided comments on potential problems that could occur and Mr. Gomes expressed his thoughts about benefits of such a change including the ability to attract entertainment in an effort to keep more people in town rather than driving to Round Rock or Austin for entertainment.

Council requested staff to bring back an Ordinance and seek public input on the issue prior to any further discussion.
 

6.      CONSIDER INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2008-7 AUTHORIZING A BUDGET AMENDMENT TO THE FY 2007/2008 BUDGET.
Ms. Rosemarie Dennis, Finance Director, presented a detailed report on changes included in this amendment to the Budget adopted in September of last year.  Mayor Gonzales asked Mr. Hejl to read the caption to Ordinance 2008-7 and declared the Ordinance officially introduced.

ORDINANCE  2008-7

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2007-24 ADOPTED ON SEPTEMBER 6, 2007, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE CITY FOR FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2007 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2008; 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.

 

7.      CONSIDER COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IMPLEMENTATION STATUS REPORT.
Mr. John Elsden, City Planner, presented a detailed report on activities completed on the Comprehensive Plan Implementation project.  The Committee charged with overseeing the implementation of the Plan reports that 115 of the 128 actions needed have been fully or partially addressed.  Mr. Elsden reported that the remaining actions are either pending or slated to be addressed in the near future.

Council Member Jez moved to approve the report as presented and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

8.      CONSIDER NAMING OF STREETS IN THE TAYLOR CITY CEMETERY.
Mr. Dunaway presented a plan to consider naming the streets in the City Cemetery.  He explained that for years the public has had difficulty in locating their lots and staff is recommending a simple method that can be expanded as needed.  The proposed plan includes streets running north and south be identified with numbers and those running east and west, which are fewer, be alphabetical. 

Council Member Jez moved to approve the proposal for naming the streets in the Cemetery with markers and Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

9.      DISCUSS CHANGES TO TAYLOR CITY CEMETERY RULES AND REGULATIONS.
Mr. Dunaway presented an overview of current inconsistencies and problems in enforcing the current guidelines for beautification of the cemetery properties.  In 2002, Council adopted Ordinance 2002-34 outlining certain guidelines for what is acceptable as grave adornment and what is not.  He provided Council with a number of photos of current issues presenting problems for maintenance staff and asked Council for guidance on how to move forward with this sensitive situation.  Mrs. Preusse addressed the Council as the mother of two deceased sons and requested permission to continue to maintain her lot in its current state.  Council asked staff to bring back specific recommendations to review and continue the discussion prior to making any decisions.

 

10.  EXECUTIVE SESSION. The Taylor City Council will conduct a closed executive meeting under Section 551.071 of the Texas Government Code in order to meet with it’s City Attorney on a matter in which the duty of the Attorney to the governmental body under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of Texas authorize and allow such a closed meeting and which Rules conflict with the Texas Open Meetings Act.   


Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting into Executive Session at 8:04 p.m.

11.  ACTION FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION.
Mayor Gonzales reconvened the meeting into Open Session at 9:45 p.m. and stated that no action was taken during Executive Session.

ADJOURN

      With no further business; Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting at 9:45 p.m.


                                                                                                     

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                                                                                                      Bernabe Gonzales, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk