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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
Chief Jeff Straub led the group in
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
No citizens came forward.
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.
REGULAR AGENDA –
REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:
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.
REQUEST TO AMEND COMPENSATION AND RATES OF SOLID WASTE COLLECTION CONTRACTOR,
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.
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.
(Mayor Gonzales rejoined the Council.)
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
Council requested staff to bring back an Ordinance and seek public input on the
issue prior to any further discussion.
INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2008-7 AUTHORIZING A BUDGET AMENDMENT TO THE FY 2007/2008
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.
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.
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
Council Member Jez moved to approve the report as presented and Council Member Hortenstine
seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
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.
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
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
Mayor Gonzales reconvened the meeting into Open Session at 9:45 p.m. and
stated that no action was taken during Executive Session.
With no further business; Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting at 9:45
Susan Brock, City Clerk