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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on April 22, 2008 at City Hall, 400 Porter St., Taylor, Texas.  Mayor Bernabe Gonzales declared a quorum and called the meeting to order at 6:03 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 FOR APRIL 10, 2008.

2.      consider financials for march, 2008

3.      ordinance 2008-8 amending subdivision ordinance for underground private utilities

ORDINANCE NO. 2008-08

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS, AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2001-16, THE TAYLOR SUBDIVISION ORDINANCE, WHICH WAS HERETOFORE AMENDED BY ORDINANCE NO. 2003-33, ORDINANCE NO. 2005-13, 2006-34, AND ORDINANCE NO. 2007-12 BY ADDING LANGUAGE REQUIRING PLACEMENT OF PRIVATE UTILITIES UNDERGROUND AND LANGUAGE REQUIRING PLACEMENT OF GAS METERS; AND PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE.

 

4.      ordinance 2008-10 st. paul’s lutheran church specific use permit

ORDINANCE NO. 2008-10

 

AN ORDINANCE ALLOWING A SPECIFIC USE PERMIT FOR A CHILD CARE CENTER ON PROPERTY DESCRIBED AS 401 WEST SEVENTH STREET; AND PROVIDING A SAVINGS CLAUSE

 

5.      ordinance 2008-11 bed and breakfast at 311 davis specific use permit

ORDINANCE NO. 2008-11

 

AN ORDINANCE ALLOWING A SPECIFIC USE PERMIT FOR A BED AND BREAKFAST FACILITY ON PROPERTY DESCRIBED AS 311 DAVIS STREET; AND PROVIDING A SAVINGS CLAUSE



6.      ordinance 2008-12 rezoning for marvin hegar property

ORDINANCE NO. 2008-12

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZONING MAP ADOPTED BY ORDINANCE NO. 2001-17 BY THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS ON APRIL 24, 2001 AS HERETOFORE AMENDED, BY CHANGING THE CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY DESCRIBED AS 1.5 ACRES IN THE WM. J. BAKER SURVEY, FROM SINGLE FAMILY (R-1) DISTRICT TO LOCAL BUSINESS (B-1) DISTRICT.



Council Member McDonald requested Consent Item number 2 be removed for discussion on the Regular Agenda.   Council Member Jez moved to approve the Consent Agenda items number 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 as presented and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.

 

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:

 

2.      CONSIDER FINANCIALS FOR MARCH, 2008
Council Member McDonald asked Ms. Rosemarie Dennis, Finance Director, to provide additional details regarding the sales tax estimates.  After some discussion, Council Member McDonald moved to approve the financials for March 2008 and Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.
                       

7.      PROCLAMATION: PUBLIC SERVICE RECOGNITION WEEK, MAY 5-11, 2008. 
Mayor Gonzales presented a proclamation honoring public service employees.

 

8.      PROCLAMATION: BUILDING SAFETY WEEK, MAY 5-11, 2008.
Mayor Gonzales presented a proclamation to recognize building safety officials and fire department inspectors.    Mr. Bob van Til, Director of Community Development, provided two Public Service Announcements for viewing that will be promoted during the week of May 5-11.

9.      CONSIDER ADOPTING ORDINANCE 2008-13 EXTENDING HOURS OF SALE AND CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL.
Having introduced Ordinance 2008-13 at the April 10th Council meeting, Mayor Gonzales opened the item for further discussion. Citizens who came forward to comment in favor of the Ordinance included Mr. Tony Gomes (219 N. Main), Mr. Marvin Hegar (616 Oak Grove) and Mr. Joe Naizer (701 Sloan).   Those opposed included Ms. Donna Frazier (1704 Carrie Avenue).

ORDINANCE NO. 2008-08

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS, AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2001-16, THE TAYLOR SUBDIVISION ORDINANCE, WHICH WAS HERETOFORE AMENDED BY ORDINANCE NO. 2003-33, ORDINANCE NO. 2005-13, 2006-34, AND ORDINANCE NO. 2007-12 BY ADDING LANGUAGE REQUIRING PLACEMENT OF PRIVATE UTILITIES UNDERGROUND AND LANGUAGE REQUIRING PLACEMENT OF GAS METERS; AND PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE.


Council Member Jez reiterated her previous stand that such an Ordinance reflects on the quality of life in Taylor and Council Member McDonald expressed his concerns about the previously submitted petition.  Mayor Pro Tem Hill proposed to approve the Ordinance with the knowledge that it could be repealed if problems occur.  He moved to approve Ordinance 2008-13 and due to a lack of a second, the motion died.  Council Member Jez moved to deny Ordinance 2008-13 and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE. One vote NO (Mayor Pro Tem Hill).  Motion to deny Ordinance 2008-13 passed.

 

10.  RECEIVE UPDATE ON WATER TREATMENT PLANT EXPANSION FROM BRAZOS RIVER AUTHORITY.
David Collinsworth, Brazos River Authority, provided Council with an update on the recent water pressure event as well as progress on the expansion of the plant.  He explained that the drop in water pressure was due to an operator error; a staff person failed to place the pumps on automatic before the end of his shift which resulted in no automatic monitoring of the water level in the tanks.  The result was the tanks were not kept filled at appropriate levels and thus a mandatory boil water notice had to be issued until the water quality could be tested for safety and health reasons.  Ultimately, the quality of the water was safe and citizens were not at risk.  Since this episode, City staff has installed sensors at two points in both the Mallard and Murphy Park water towers that will notify City staff if the water level gets too low.  Council Member asked that former city employee Mr. Alvin Faykus be recognized for his quick response to the situation and for his assistance in getting the towers refilled quickly.

Mr. Collinsworth informed Council that the expansion of the plant is on schedule and hopes to have the intake repairs and relocation complete by 2010.

 

11.  CONSIDER WORK AUTHORIZATION FOR HALFF AND ASSOCIATES REGARDING DICKEY STREET DRAINAGE.
Mr. Danny Thomas, Director of Public Works, presented a request to consider approving a work authorization for Halff and Associates to move forward with the next phase of the Dickey Street drainage project.  Mr. Casey Sledge, consulting City Engineer, stated that Williamson County has awarded the City a $100,000 grant (plus $22,500 in matching funds from the City) for engineering services on this project.    Mr. Sledge reminded Council that to date, including this latest grant, the City has received $1 million from Williamson County for this project.  Based on our past experience, the County has authorized the City to once again contract with Halff and Associates for engineering services without going through the Requests for Proposal (RFP) process.

Council Member McDonald moved to approve the work authorization for Halff and Associates in the amount of $29,500 from the Williamson County Grant Funds and Council Member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

12.  CONSIDER MEMO OF UNDERSTANDING WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF WILLIAMSON COUNTY FOR TRANSFER AND DEVELOPMENT OF FIVE LOTS ON DOAK STREET.  
Mr. van Til presented information regarding a request to enter into an agreement with the Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County where the City will donate City-owned properties for the purpose of building affordable housing in Taylor.  Ms. Debbie Hoffman, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity, was present to respond to questions.  She stated that two families have successfully completed the application process and their homes should be completed by November of this year.  Three more families are currently in the application process and should be selected later this year.

Council Member Jez moved to approve the Memo of Understanding with Habitat for Humanity and Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

13.  CONSIDER INTRODUCING ORDINANCE  2008-14 AMENDING THE SIGN ORDINANCE TO ALLOW SIGNS FOR BED AND BREAKFAST FACILITIES.
Mr. Elsden presented a request to amend the Sign Ordinance to allow signs at Bed and Breakfast facilities.  The current Ordinance does not allow business signs in residential zoning districts.  Mr. Doucet was present to respond to questions as the owner of a property located at 311 Davis and was making this request to promote his business once the house renovations are completed.  Council agreed that this is a positive use of property in this area and expressed support for the change in the Ordinance.

With no other comment or discussion, Mayor Gonzales asked Mr. Hejl to read the caption to Ordinance 2008-14 and it was declared officially introduced.

ORDINANCE NO. 2008-14

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2003-42 WHICH ADOPTED THE SIGN ORDINANCE.

 

14.  CONSIDER APPROVING AGREEMENTS WITH YMCA OF GREATER WILLIAMSON COUNTY FOR 2008 SWIM SEASON AT ROBINSON AND MURPHY PARK POOLS.
Mr. van Til presented a request to consider the annual contracts with the YMCA of Greater Williamson County to manage the City swimming pools.  Mr. Brian Erwin, local YMCA director, was present to respond to questions.

Mayor Pro Tem Hill requested three additional days be added to the operating schedule for Robinson Pool:  July 4, June 19 and June 20.  Staff noted that the contract amount would be increased slightly and the final contract would be amended as instructed.  Council Member McDonald asked to review pool fees for this season and staff agreed to provide a survey of surrounding area public pools fees.

As a swim instructor, Ms. Stacy Roznovak, 1105 Fowzer, expressed her concern that the City might not allow private swim lessons to continue at the pool.  She was assured that there did not appear to be any problems and Council was not requesting any change in the current arrangement.
Council Member Jez requested that Mr. Erwin ensure the citizens that the pools will be adequately staffed with life guards through the last day of operations.  Mr. Erwin assured Council that the pools would remain open and be fully staffed until the last day of the contract, September 1.

Council Member Hortenstine moved to approve the agreements with the YMCA with amendments to include three additional days of operation at Robinson Pool (July 4, June 18 and June 19) and to continue to allow private swim lessons to be conducted in the pool for profit.  Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed. 

15.  CONSIDER AWARDING BIDS FOR REPAIRS TO MURPHY PARK LAKE DAM.
Mr. Thomas presented a request to consider awarding the bid for repairs to the Murphy Park Lake Dam.  Four bids were received with the low bid from Austin Filter Systems, Inc. with a base bid of $218,860.00 and an Alternate Bid of $44,900.00.  The Freese and Nichols Engineering firm submitted a letter to staff recommending awarding the repairs to Murphy Park Lade dam to Austin Filter Systems, Inc. based on their past experience with the company.  Mr. Sledge estimates construction could start as early as May and be completed by September with no unforeseen problems.

Council Member McDonald moved to award the bids for repairs to Murphy Park Lake Dam to Austin Filter Systems, Inc. in the amount of $263,760 with funds from the 1998 G.O’s.   Mayor Pro Tem Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion Passed.

16.  CONSIDER AMENDING PERSONNEL POLICY SECTIONS 4.1 AND 4.2 REGARDING LEAVE TIME FOR POLICE RECRUITS.
Ms. Starla Hall, Human Resource Director, presented a request to amend the Personnel Policy which does not currently address Police Recruits.  Since Police Recruits are not civil service employees, Chief Straub is requesting to extend their probationary period to 18 months and to set their accrual at 6.66 hours for both personal (vacation) and sick leave during probation.  A Police Recruit who serves the entire probationary period automatically becomes a full fledged civil service employee and has full civil service protection.  As a civil service employee they would move to the next step on the pay scale and their leave time for personal and sick leave would increase to 10 hours per month.   Ms. Hall is requesting to amend the Policy Sections 4.1 and 4.2 changing the accrual period of one month but less than 12 months to probationary period which would allow a police employee to accrue 6.66 hours for 12 months if already a licensed police officer or 18 months for a Police Recruit.

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

17.  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 7:55 p.m.

18.  CONSIDER ACTION FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION.
Mayor Gonzales reconvened the meeting into Open Session at 8:35 p.m. and stated that no action was taken during Executive Session.

ADJOURN

      With no further business; Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting at 8:35 p.m.


                                                                                                     

                                                                                                      ___________________________

                                                                                                      Bernabe Gonzales, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk