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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
Chief Jeff Straub led the group in
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
No citizens came forward.
1. MINUTES FOR APRIL 10, 2008.
2. consider financials for march, 2008
3. ordinance 2008-8 amending subdivision
ordinance for underground private utilities
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
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
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
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:
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.
PUBLIC SERVICE RECOGNITION WEEK, MAY 5-11, 2008.
Mayor Gonzales presented a proclamation honoring public service employees.
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.
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).
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Mayor Gonzales reconvened the meeting into Open Session at 8:35 p.m. and stated
that no action was taken during Executive Session.
With no further business; Mayor Gonzales adjourned the meeting at 8:35
Susan Brock, City Clerk