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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on March 22,
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:
Council member Tim Mikeska City
Attorney, Ted Hejl
Council member Ella Jez
Jon-Etta Ross led the meeting
with a prayer.
No citizens came forward during
Minutes from March 10, 2005
Concur with financials for February, 2005.
Mayor Pro Tem
McDonald made a motion to approve the consent agenda. Council member Mikeska seconded the motion. VOTE:
Four voted AYE. Motion passed.
REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS &
Proclamation for Week of the Young Child.
Mayor Hill read and presented a proclamation declaring
April 3-9, 2005 as the “Week of the Young Child”. Trish VanTil accepted the proclamation on behalf of the
Williamson County and Cities Health District.
Review Comprehensive Annual Finance Report.
Ross, Finance Director, introduced Mr. Brett Wolfe and Mr. Jack Clark from
Freemon, Shapard and Story, the firm who conducted the review of the Annual
Audit. Mr. Wolfe presented a general
overview of the process and Mr. Clark provided a more detailed explanation of
the Comprehensive Annual Finance Report (CAFR) and how they are working towards
a more comprehensive report than previously provided.
Mayor Pro Tem McDonald raised
several questions regarding specific data included in the report and was told
those items would be researched and a response to be provided once the
information has been verified.
Council member Mikeska made a motion to approve the
Comprehensive Annual Finance Report with noted corrections and in lieu of
additional information to be provided regarding specific items as indicated
during the discussion. The motion was
seconded by Mayor Pro Tem McDonald.
VOTE: Four voted AYE. Motion Passed.
Review Conceptual Design Report for Upper Water Pressure Plane
Mr. Freese of Freese-Nichols,
Inc. presented the Conceptual Design Report to establish the size and location
of the facilities needed to create and operate the new pressure plane. Freese-Nichols began the preliminary
engineering work for this project last November and has continued to work with
City staff to resolve a number of issues including the City of Hutto’s
wholesale water needs, revised water demand predictions for the City of Taylor,
BRA’s water treatment plant expansion, size of the transmission lines, location
of facilities needed for the pressure plane split in town, and the site for the
pump station and ground storage tank, including future expansions
Cost of the project is estimated at $6.3 million
including the valves and new water lines needed to create the pressure plane
split within Taylor. Share of cost for
Hutto is $3.0 million and represents new system capacity required for Hutto’s
demand, which is approximately 50% of the new ground storage tank, pump
station, elevated storage tank, and transmission main. The Cities of Taylor and Hutto are using
this data to finalize the amended wholesale water agreement.
The Report includes cost estimates for replacement of
the Murphy Park elevated storage tank, $1.4 million, and new 20” transmission
main on Old Granger Road, $0.6 million.
The 20” transmission main being proposed will help the Mallard and
Murphy Park elevated storage tanks function better and result in the new 0.75
million gallon Murphy Park tank becoming the controlling tank in the lower
pressure plane. Once the agreement with
Hutto is completed, Council will be asked to authorize construction documents for
item was for information only and no action was taken.
fuel purchase agreement with Alliance Flight.
Mr. VanTil, Director of Community Development,
presented a request from Mr. Mike Dayon, with Alliance Flight to purchase fuel
from the City public fuel distribution system at the Taylor Municipal
Airport. Alliance Flight currently
rents aircraft to pilots and student pilots and is based at Austin-Bergstrom
International Airport. Aviation fuel
prices are lower in Taylor and Mr. Dayon would like permission to fuel his
aircraft in Taylor. No one from the
company was present to respond to any questions.
Council member Mikeska made a motion
to approve the agreement if the corporation can bring back a signed agreement
within fifteen days. Council member Jez
seconded the motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE. Motion passed.
Presentation by Keep Taylor Beautiful on improvement
to City Gateways.
Ms. Linda Wentrcek, Assistant Director of the TEDC and
member of the Keep Taylor Beautiful Association, made a presentation to Council
regarding a proposed project to beautify the city’s entry corridors or
gateways. Keep Taylor Beautiful has
successfully partnered with other local organizations and received two grants
for over $150,000 to beautify the community.
In 1999, grant monies were used to landscape the south side of City Hall
and the west side of the Temple College at Taylor campus. The 2002 grant monies will be use for
constructing entry gateways on State Highway 95 at Mustang Creek in South
Taylor. Council thanked Ms. Wentrcek
for her presentation and expressed appreciation to the organizations helping
make this possible.
Consider Resolution R05-12 to approve construction of
new building for WCAD.
Deborah Hunt, Williamson County Tax Assessor, presented a
request to the Council to approve a resolution to approve construction of the
new Williamson County Appraisal District building. Council previously approved a resolution for the purchase of the
property and this is a request to move forward with the construction of the
30,000 square foot facility. Council
member Mikeska made a motion to approve Resolution R05-12 and Council member
Jez seconded the motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE. Motion passed.
Consider agreement with Pop Warner for relocation of
During negotiations with Cedarwood Development
Incorporation for the sale of the parkland at the corner of Lake Drive and Main
Street the buyer was required to pay $75,000 to the City in addition to the
purchase price to cover the relocation costs of the Pop Warner Football
athletic facility and operations. This
agreement defines the responsibilities of each party related to a payment of
$15,000 by the City to Pop Warner for relocation expenses.
Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to approve the
agreement as presented and Council member Mikeska seconded the motion. VOTE:
Four voted AYE. Motion passed.
Consider Annual Racial Profiling Report.
Police Chief Jeff Straub presented the annual Racial Profiling
Data Report to the Council as required by the Texas Code of Criminal
Procedure. Chief Straub reported that
after careful analysis of the date there was no evidence of racial profiling
and no complaints of racial profiling in the City of Taylor for the year
2004. Council member Jez requested
additional information regarding specific types of arrests. Council member Mikeska made a motion to
accept the annual report as presented and Mayor Pro Tem McDonald seconded the
motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE. Motion
Consider authorizing contract to collect First
Responder Fees and Dispatch Fees.
Haywood Stanford presented background information and an overview of the
current status of First Responder Fees for the City as outlined in Ordinance
2004-17. Mr. John Lewis with Revenue
Rescue was present to respond to questions regarding current practices in
surrounding cities and estimates of income being generated in those cities his
company serves. Council member Jez
requested that this issue be discussed more thoroughly at the next Council
Workshop on April 21 and that staff provide them with additional information
and statistics from other cities currently collecting these fees.
Conduct Public Hearing and Introduce Ordinance 2005-4 requesting
zoning change of 1.76 acres located at 2008 Granger Road from Single Family to
Mr. VanTil presented background information on a request
for a zoning change for property at 2008 Granger Road. During the Planning and Zoning Commission’s
public hearing only one neighbor spoke against the change and the Commission
recommended approval of this request.
Mayor Hill declared the Public Hearing open. Because of its location, Ms. Jeanette Polach, realtor
representing the property, stated that she has received more inquiries on the
property from commercial developers than from residential buyers. With no further discussion, Mayor Hill
closed the Public Hearing and declared Ordinance 2005-4 introduced.
Introduce Ordinance 2005-5 amending Fee Schedule to increase Solid
waste collection rate.
Jon-Etta Ross, Director of Finance, presented background information regarding
a request to amend the fee schedule to reflect an increase in the solid waste
collection rate. Council received a
report from Mr. Dean Gorby, IESI Services, at the last Council meeting and
agreed to grant the fee increase on a temporary basis until the cost of fuel
decreases to within 10% of the original rate when the contract was signed in
2002. Ted Hejl, City Attorney, read the
caption of the ordinance:
ORDINANCE NO. 2005-5
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2004-17 ADOPTED ON
SEPTEMBER 28, 2004 BY CHANGING CERTAIN RATES AND OTHER SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE
further discussion, the Ordinance was declared introduced.
Consider Resolution R05-14 requesting County
grant funds for Doak Street Park improvements.
presented a resolution requesting council approval to submit an application to
the Williamson County Urban County’s program for Community Development Block
Grant (CDBG) Funds. As a result of
joining the County program in 2003 the City now competes for Federal dollars
through the county as an entitlement community and has already received $1
million dollars to repair drainage on Dickey Street. Additional funds not awarded in 2004 are still available and the
County is currently accepting applications for these funds. If approved, this new grant request would be
focused on Doak Street improvements and would require a local match of
approximately $20,000. Planned
improvements would include restrooms, benches, picnic areas, and a
play-scape. Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made
a motion to approve Resolution R05-14 and the motion was seconded by Council
member Jez. VOTE: Four voted AYE. Motion passed.
Consider Use of Non-primary
Entitlement (NPE) Funds for Construction of Hangars.
presented a proposal for construction of new hangars at the Taylor Municipal
Airport. Currently the City has 39
T-hangars with a waiting list of approximately 35 pilots seeking to rent a
hangar. In 2004, the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) added hangars as eligible projects that can be funded by
non-primary entitlement funds (NPE). Hangars
can be funded on a 75% to 25% basis with 75% from NPE funds and 25% from local
funds. Each year since 2001 the City
Airport has received $150,000 through the NPE.
In 2005, however, the allocation was only $66,667. Staff recommendation is to construct 12
T-hangars with the local share of the project to cost approximately $140,000. Since the hangars will generate additional
income through rental fees and aviation fuel sales, the debt to the City would
be more realistic than in past efforts to build new hangars.
member Mikeska made a motion to approve the use of NPE funds for the
construction of hangars and Council member Jez seconded the motion. VOTE:
Four voted AYE. Motion passed.
Consider request for Flour Drop at Taylor
Municipal Airport April 9, 2005.
presented a request from The University Flying Club to plan a Flour Drop event
at the Taylor Municipal Airport on April 9, 2005. The Club is associated with The University of Austin and has
submitted rules and regulations to be applied during the event. Council member Jez made a motion to approve
the request on the condition that the Club could provide proof of liability
insurance prior to the event. Council
member Mikeska seconded the motion.
VOTE: Four voted AYE. Motion passed.
Consider Resolution R05-13 to caNCEL May 7, 2005 CITY COUNCIL ELECTION
for at large position and declare unopposed candidate elected to office
City Clerk, stated that there has been only one candidate to file an
application: Rod Hortenstine and no
write in candidates. No other
propositions are on the ballot. Council
member Mikeska made a motion to approve the Resolution R05-13 canceling the
election on May 7 to elect a council member at large and declaring Rodney
Hortenstine duly elected. Mayor Pro Tem
McDonald seconded the motion.
VOTE: Four voted AYE. Motion passed.
With no further business, the council meeting was adjourned at 9:00 pm.
R. Hill, Mayor
Susan Brock, City Clerk