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The City Council of the City of Taylor met with the Taylor
Independent School District (TISD) on April 6, 2005, at the Sirloin Stockade,
200 West Lake Drive. Mayor Hill
declared a quorum and opened the meeting at 7:10 a.m. with the following
council members and city staff present:
Council member Ella Jez David Simons,
Council member Benito Gonzales
REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS &
Update on pop
City Manager, provided an update on the status of the agreement between the
City and Pop Warner association regarding the property sale at the corner of
West Lake Drive and North Main Street.
The agreement was finalized last week and all monies have been
received. Cedarwood Development has
begun working on the site and plans to have the new CVS Pharmacy opened later
this year. Pop Warner has entered into
an agreement with the School District to have access to the field adjacent to
the Middle School. Mr. Salvato
expressed his appreciation to both groups for making this a successful
cooperative effort for everyone.
update on sh 95
David Simons, City
Engineer, provided information regarding the latest plans to reroute students
crossing SH 95 at Mallard to the Taylor Plaza Shopping Center. City Staff assisted in developing a design
for a sidewalk and highway crossing at the corner of Mallard and North
Main. One issue to be considered
includes the possibility of constructing a fence to run from the north driveway
of the High School all the way to Mallard to prevent students from continuing
to cross in the middle of the campus.
If this option were selected, additional driveway entrances from North
Main would be closed and replaced with landscaping. Staff will continue to work with the School District to address
this situation and help develop a safe alternative to the current crossing.
Update on new
public library facility.
presented artist renderings of the new library facility and an update on how
the project is progressing. Mr. Salvato
expressed his appreciation to the School District for their agreeing to allow
the City the additional fifteen feet to make the proposed design fit on the
property and meet all code requirements.
City staff continues to work with the architects in finalizing the plans
and hope to begin the bidding process by the end of the year.
UPDATE ON SCHOOL ISSUES
Dr. Bruce Scott, TISD Superintendent,
addressed a variety of issues facing the school system. He included a brief discussion on the
current Positive Behavior Support program being implemented at the High School
and how it is being received. Initial
results indicate the Zero Tolerance Tardy Policy has been very successful in
reducing the number of students arriving late to class. He stressed that these programs are also
part of a larger plan to address the recent release of District scores from the
Texas Education Agency. He acknowledged
the low scores in some areas and stated his desire to develop a plan to bring
the school district up to a higher level.
Dr. Scott mentioned that they are still in
need of a School Resource Officer and they may be looking to the County
Constable’s office for assistance since the City Police Department is currently
short of available staff. Dr. Scott
briefly mentioned the consolidation issues being raised in the legislature and
stated that it really had no bearing on Taylor due to the size of the student
body. He also stressed the need to
acknowledge the positive and good things about the school district and the
accomplishments of students as well as their achievements. Mr. Salvato agreed that we might be able to
include some of this information in the City newsletter.
goal setting strategies.
presented an overview of the city’s Strategic Planning process and requested
the Board consider setting a date for a future meeting where the Council can
share the details of the plan. It was
suggested that it might be best to postpone this meeting until after the
upcoming School Board election in May and give the new members an opportunity
to participate in this process.
With no further business, Mayor Hill adjourned the meeting at 8:25 am.
R. Hill, Mayor
Susan Brock, City Clerk