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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on April 21,
2005, at City Hall, 400 Porter St., Taylor, Texas. Mayor Don Hill declared a quorum and called the meeting to order
at 6:00 p.m. with the following present:
Council member Bernabe Gonzales City Attorney, Ted
Council member Tim Mikeska
REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS &
contract to collect First Responder Fees and Dispatch Fees.
Stanford, Fire Chief, presented additional information gathered from other
cities regarding First Responder and Dispatch Fees received since the last
council meeting. A list of cities
surveyed included Georgetown, Liberty Hill, Pflugerville and Leander. These cities currently collect First
Responder and Dispatch Fees through the Revenue Rescue collection service. Cedar Park uses Specialized Billing and
Collection Systems of Texas. Chief
Stanford stressed that if the Council were to approve such a collection service
contract, he would prefer that the City only bill for services on incidents
other than fire calls, such as traffic accidents. Council member Mikeska referred to the fee as a “user fee”
whereby only the person using the service would have their insurance company
billed and the City would be reimbursed for expenses related to that particular
incident. Additional revenue from these
fees would be added to the General Fund.
Mayor Pro Tem McDonald expressed concern for citizens being forced to
pay for services if their insurance company does not reimburse the City for the
fees. At the end of the discussion,
council requested staff to bring back a contract for consideration for First
Responder and Dispatch Fees.
Consider amending board member residency requirements for TEDC.
Minzenmeyer, Chairman of the TEDC Board, presented a request to Council to
remove the voting residency requirement for members of the TEDC Board. She believes that there are several
potential applicants who work in Taylor but do not currently reside in the City
and feels that they could make a vital contribution to the community through
their participation on the Board.
Council member Mikeska made a motion to approve the request to remove
the voting residency requirement for TEDC Board members and to seek out any
Ordinance that might address these specific requirements. Mayor Pro Tem McDonald seconded the
motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE. Motion
Consider future Joint Goal Setting Conferences.
City Clerk, requested guidance from the Council to determine how to proceed
with meeting arrangements for upcoming joint goal setting conferences. Council agreed to group city boards and
commissions into two meetings and when possible, to schedule the remaining
entities for the third Thursdays of each month beginning in June. Council will try to meet with the Taylor
Realtors Association on Tuesday morning of the 14th or 21st
and the TCAT and TISD will be scheduled tentatively for June 16.
Consider Strategic Goal No. 8 on developing a Legislative Agenda.
Cunningham, Assistant City Manager, presented a compilation of responses from
council members and the action steps that might be considered to achieve their
proposed legislative goals. Council
member Gonzales asked that Step 2 be broadened to include individuals as well
Simons, Head of Engineering, presented an overview of current projects. He also provided information to the council
on a potential problem with the FEMA regulations and floodplain map
project. The most current maps are
dated 1991 and it appears that FEMA is not interested in providing an enormous
amount of detail to the new maps, which could result in an inaccurate set of
maps and poor data.
requested that Halff Associates provide more detail and that a letter be
forwarded to appropriate legislative representatives to address the problem.
With no further business, the council meeting was adjourned at 7:50p.m.
R. Hill, Mayor
Susan Brock, City Clerk