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The City Council of the City of
Taylor met on May 8, 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
Danny Thomas led the group in
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
No citizens came forward.
1. MINUTES FOR APRIL 22, 2008 AND APRIL 29, 2008.
2. ordinance 2008-14 amending sIGN ORDINANCE FOR
BED AND BREAKFAST FACILITIES
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2003-42 WHICH ADOPTED THE SIGN ORDINANCE.
Council Member Jez moved to approve
the Consent Agenda as presented and Council Member McDonald seconded the
motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
REGULAR AGENDA –
REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:
NATIONAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION MONTH.
Mayor Gonzales presented a proclamation to Ms. Irene Michna in honor of
National Historic Preservation Month.
REMOVAL OF 2ND AND 4TH STREETS FROM THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HIGHWAY SYSTEM AND IMPROVEMENTS TO 2ND STREET.
Mr. Salvato presented an overview of the most recent discussions with
Commissioner Morrison regarding improvements to 2nd Street. With a
lack of funding from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Mr.
Richard Ridings with HNTB presented a proposal from Williamson County using $14 million in funds from the County Road Bond fund. Under this proposal the
County would move forward without funding from the Texas Department of
Transportation (TxDOT) and rebuild 2nd Street from the western outer
loop as eastward to Main Street (Highway 95) as four lanes with a sidewalk and
turn lanes at Sloan and Howard. However, in order to make this happen, the
City would have to request these streets be removed from the State Highway
System and agree to take over maintenance of 2nd Street prior to the
onset of the project and 4th Street
within five years. Mr. Ridings pointed out advantages of this proposal include
the ability to move forward with the project this year, maintaining some
control over the design of the project, and the ability to do the project for
less by not having to relocate the utilities and acquire easements. Staff has
reviewed bridge inspection reports from TxDOT on bridges and culverts on these
streets and noted they are rated as in “satisfactory condition”. Maintenance
costs for these streets would revert to the City and could be estimated to be
between $1 million and $1.5 million over a twenty year period.
Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to authorize
the City to move forward with the project and allow the County to request the
Texas Department of Transportation to remove 2nd Street from the State Highway system now and 4th Street in five years. Council Member Hortenstine
seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
REQUEST TO PARTICIPATE WITH DAVITA DIALYSIS CENTER TO OVERSIZE A WASTEWATER
LINE ON PROPERTY LOCATED ON NORTH SIDE OF WEST U.S.HIGHWAY 79.
Bob van Til presented a request on behalf of Mr. David Cersonsky, developer
for the Davita Dialysis Center, to assist in providing an oversized wastewater
line to the property located on the north side of West Highway 79. Mr. Casey
Sledge, consulting engineer to the City, provided details for the three options
under consideration. Based on the wastewater master plan for future
development in this area Mr. Sledge recommended Option A where the cost to the
City would be $309,200 for a 24 inch line extending up Mustang Creek.
Council Member McDonald moved to engage option “A” and to bring back a
developer agreement for an amount not to exceed $309,200 and Council Member
Hortenstine seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
REQUEST TO PARTICIPATE WITH LOCKHART BUILDING SYSTEMS, INC. TO OVERSIZE WATER LINE
ON PROPERTY LOCATED ON SOUTH SIDE OF WEST U. S. HIGHWAY 79.
John Elsden, City Planner, presented a request on behalf of Mr. Bill Lockhart to
consider assistance in providing an oversized water line to his property on the
south side of West Highway 79. The project under construction only requires an
eight inch line but the City could opt to oversize the line to a 12 inch line
to prevent future bores under the highway as the area develops.
Council Member Jez moved to approve the request to participate and oversize the
waterline for Lockhart Building Systems not to exceed $44,548 and with funds to
come from Utility Reserves. Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion. VOTE:
Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
REQUEST FROM MR. JOHN MATTHEWS TO RESERVE BASKETBALL COURTS AT ROBINSON PARK
FOR MIDNIGHT BASKETBALL FROM JUNE 17-AUGUST 9, 2008.
Mr. Danny Thomas, Director of Public Works, presented a request from Mr. John
Matthews to continue his Midnight Basketball Program at Robinson Park this
summer. Mr. Matthews has managed the program for two years and expressed his
appreciation to Council for their continued support. Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved
to approve the request from Mr. Matthews as presented and Council Member Hortenstine
seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2008-15 TO INCREASE THE FRANCHISE FEE RATE FOR ATMOS.
Mr. Dunaway presented a request to amend the existing gas franchise fee between
the City and ATMOS Energy. As a part of the recent rate case settlement ATMOS
is offering its member cities the option of increasing the franchise rate from
4% to 5%. If approved, staff estimates this would increase the annual revenue
from the franchise by between $28-$29,000. Staff was instructed to proceed
with the “opt in” letter and with no other comment or discussion, Mayor
Gonzales asked Mr. Hejl to read the caption to Ordinance 2008-15, declaring it
AMENDING THE EXISTING GAS FRANCHISE BETWEEN THE CITY AND ATMOS ENERGY
CORPORATION TO PROVIDE FOR A DIFFERENT CONSIDERATION; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE
DATE; PROVIDING FOR ACCEPTANCE BY ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION; AND FINDING AND
DETERMINING THAT THE MEETING AT WHICH THIS ORDINANCE IS PASSED IS OPEN TO THE
PUBLIC AS REQUIRED BY LAW.
REQUEST TO RECLASSIFY/DELETE SERGEANT’S POSITION IN POLICE DEPARTMENT AND
REPLACE IT WITH EXISTING POLICE OFFICER/POLICE RECRUIT POSITION.
Previously, Council had approved a request from Chief Straub to “over hire” in
the event one of his officers passed the Sergeant’s Civil Service exam in April
and would be promoted, therefore creating a vacancy for a police officer/police
recruit. However, no one passed the examination and Chief Straub was presenting
a request to consider reclassifying the sergeant position to that of police
Council Member Hortenstine moved to approve the request to delete the
Sergeant’s position and replace it with an existing police officer position and
Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
10. CONSIDER AWARDING THE BID
FOR REHABILITATION OF THE STREETS SURROUNDING THE CENTRAL FIRE STATION.
Mr. Thomas presented a request to consider awarding the bid for street
rehabilitation near the Central Fire Station. Mr. Sledge provided an analysis
of the bid tabulations and recommended Patin Construction for the project with
the base bid and Alternates 1 and 2. He noted these bid figures do not include
any contingency funds.
Council Member McDonald moved to award the bids to Patin Construction for street
rehabilitation with Alternate bids 1 and 2 in an amount not to exceed $800,000 (including
contingencies) from the General Fund. Council Member Hortenstine seconded the
motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion Passed.
(Council Member Hortenstine
recused himself prior to agenda item 11.)
11. CONSIDER APPOINTMENTS TO
THE TAYLOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD.
Mayor Pro Tem Hill moved to reappoint William Maxwell and Rod Hortenstine to
another three year term with the new terms to expire January 31, 2011. Council
Member McDonald seconded the motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE. Motion passed.
(Council Member Hortenstine
rejoined the meeting.)
12. CONSIDER APPOINTMENTS TO
THE MOODY MUSEUM ADVISORY BOARD.
Council Member Jez moved to appoint Carrie Bond and Linda Looney to three year
terms ending January 31, 2011. Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.
VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
13. 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 f the Attorney to the governmental body under the
Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the Stat Bar of Texas
authorize and allow such a closed meeting and which Rules conflict with the
Texas Open Meetings Act.
14. CONSIDER ACTION ON
(Council took action on both sessions simultaneously.)
15. EXECUTIVE SESSION. The
Taylor City Council will hold a closed executive meeting pursuant to the
provisions of the Open Meetings Law, Chapter 551, Government Code, in
accordance with the authority contained in Section 551.087 to discuss or
deliberate regarding commercial and/or financial information on a business
prospect that the City of Taylor, Texas seeks to have locate, stay, or expand
in or near the city of Taylor, Texas and with which the City of Taylor, Texas
is conducting economic development negotiations and/or to deliberate the offer
of financial or other incentives to the business prospect.
Mayor Gonzales adjourned the
meeting into Executive Session at 7:52 p.m.
16. CONSIDER ACTION FROM
The two Executive Sessions were held consecutively and Mayor Gonzales
reconvened the meeting into Open Session at 10:12 p.m. and stated that no
action was taken during either Executive Session.
With no further business; Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting at 10:13
Susan Brock, City Clerk