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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on April 14, 2005, at City Hall, 400 Porter St., Taylor, Texas.  In the absence of Mayor Hill, Mayor Pro Tem McDonald declared a quorum and opened the meeting at 6:00 p.m. with the following present:

 

Mayor Pro Tem John McDonald                                              City Manager Frank Salvato

Council member Bernabe Gonzales                                           City Clerk Susan Brock

Council member Tim Mikeska                                                  City Attorney, Ted Hejl

Council member Ella Jez

 

Invocation

Chief Jeff Straub led the meeting with a prayer.

 

CITIZENS COMMUNICATION

No citizens came forward during this time. 

 

CONSENT AGENDA

Minutes from March 17, March 22, April 5, and April 6, 2005

Ordinance 2005-4 Zimmerhanzel zoning request

Ordinance 2005-5 Fee Ordinance Amendment

 

Council member Jez requested that minutes from the March 22 meeting be removed from the consent agenda so that corrections could be made.  Council member Mikeska made a motion to approve the consent agenda for all items except the March 22 minutes.  Council member Gonzales seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

Council member Jez asked that the words “crime statistics” be inserted into the discussion for the agenda item on the Racial Profiling Report.  Council member Jez made a motion to approve the Minutes from March 22 with corrections as indicated and Council member Mikeska seconded the motion. VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:

 

Proclamation for APRIL AS FAIR HOUSING MONTH.

Mayor Pro Tem McDonald read and presented a proclamation declaring April 2005 as Fair Housing Month.

 

CONSIDER MOODY MUSEUM CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS.

Bob VanTil, Director of Community Development, provided background information on the Board’s efforts to update their constitution and bylaws.  He introduced Ms. Susan Komandosky, President of the Moody Museum Advisory Board to provide more details.  Ms. Komandosky outlined the major changes to the document and how they would help update the document.  A major change cited is in the establishment of an Emeritus status for long time board members who are no longer active but wish to remain involved in the support of the museum’s efforts. 

 

Council member Jez made a motion to approve the Moody Museum revised Constitution and Bylaws as presented and the motion was seconded by Council member Mikeska.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion Passed.

 

 

 

CONSIDER REQUEST FROM FARMER’S MARKET FOR STREET CLOSURE

Mr. Leroy Paul presented a request from the Taylor Farmer’s Market for permission to close 5th street between North Main and Porter every Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 to 6:30 pm beginning May 2 and going all summer until fall.  This is an annual event and allows local vendors to sell their produce and attracts people to the downtown area during the weekdays.

 

Council member Mikeska made a motion to approve the request and Council member Gonzales seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

INTRODUCE ORDINANCE 2005-6 BUDGET AMENDMENT FOR THE 2004-05 FISCAL YEAR.

Ms. Jon-Etta Ross, Finance Director, presented the background information on this amendment to the budget and asked the City Attorney to read the caption of Ordinance 2005-6.

 

ORDINANCE NO. 2005-6

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2004-12 ADOPTED ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2004, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE CITY FOR FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2004 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2005; BY AMENDING THE AMOUNT OF APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE GENERAL FUND AS WELL AS OTHER FUNDS THAT PROVIDE FOR THE PAYMENT OF OPERATING EXPENSES AND CAPITAL OUTLAY AND BY CHANGING THE AMOUNT APPROPRIATED FOR VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS OF THE CITY.

 

The amendment includes a request by Police Chief Jeff Straub to consider a new compensation package for police officers.  He cited a lack of qualified applicants to fill the vacant positions and supports the proposed plans as a possible solution to the problem of retention.  Mr. Cunningham, Assistant City Manager, presented a Police Officer Compensation Study and a list of possible compensation plans that could provide an increase in both salary and benefits to officers based on their years of service.

 

Additional items included in the amendment were highlighted and staff responded to questions regarding the figures presented.  With no further discussion, Mayor Pro Tem McDonald declared the Ordinance officially introduced.

 

CONSIDER AGREEMENT WITH YMCA FOR MANAGEMENT OF THE CITY’S SWIMMING POOLS.

Mr. VanTil presented a request to consider the annual contract with the YMCA of Greater Williamson County to manage the city pools at Murphy Park and Robinson Park.  This year’s contract is similar to the previous years but includes the pool being open on July 4 which falls on a Monday and is a day normally closed for cleaning.

 

Council member Mikeska complimented the YMCA for providing good management of the pools and lifeguard staff and made a motion to approve both contracts as presented for at total cost of $61,286.07.  Council member Gonzales seconded the motion.  Council member Jez recused herself from the vote on this issue due to her current appointment with the YMCA Board.  VOTE:  Three voted AYE. One ABSTAINED.  Motion passed.

 

 

Consider changes in façade grant policies.

Mr. VanTil presented a request from the Design Committee of the Main Street Advisory Board to approve changes to the Main Street Façade Grant policies.  The revisions include a change in application procedures, meeting times, and the inclusion of the exterior of the building as well as the façade.  Council member Mikeska made a motion to accept the changes as presented and Council member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

Consider designation of streets for annual street maintenance program and authorization to go out to bid.

Bill Brown, Director of Public Works, presented the annual street maintenance program for review by the Council.  Mr. Brown pointed out that the streets on this list represent those that have structural integrity and have a high potential to be restored in a cost effective manner.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald asked about the Sloan Street project funded by a bond election in 1997.  Mr. Salvato stated that the Sloan Street project was part of a street rehabilitation project and therefore not addressed in this street maintenance proposal.  The funds for street rehabilitation are separate from the annual maintenance program and are currently being applied to the Davis and North Drive rehabilitation projects. 

 

Council member Mikeska made a motion to approve the Annual Street Maintenance Program as presented for a total cost not to exceed $505,334 and Council member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

Consider Awarding or rejecting bids for the purchase of four pick-up trucks.

Lisa Thompson, Department of Purchasing, presented information on bids received on the purchase of four pick up trucks for the public works department.  Four bids were received from outside vendors and staff also obtained pricing from two cooperative purchasing programs, the Texas Building and Procurement Commission (TBPC) and the Houston Galveston Area Council (HGAC).  There were no bids from local vendors.  All outside vendor bids exceeded the approved budget amount.  The total price for the four pick up trucks from the TBPC is $75,571.

 

Council member Mikeska made a motion to reject all bids and to purchase the vehicles from the TBPC for $75,571 and Council member Gonzales seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

ADJOURN

With no further business, the council meeting was adjourned at 7:35p.m.

 

                                                                                                            _________________________

                                                                                                      Donald R. Hill, Mayor

 

 

 

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk