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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on August 26, 2008, at City Hall, 400 Porter St., Taylor, Texas.  Mayor Hortenstine declared a quorum and called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with the following present:

 

Mayor Pro Tem Ella Jez                                      Frank Salvato, City Manager

Council Member Bernabe Gonzales                    Assistant City Manager, Jim Dunaway

Council Member Don Hill                                   City Attorney, Ted Hejl

Council Member John McDonald                       City Clerk, Susan Brock

INVOCATION

Mr. Dunaway led the group in prayer.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

CITIZENS COMMUNICATION

Mayor Hortenstine welcomed Congressman John Carter who expressed his appreciation to the citizens of Taylor for their support of the Adopt A Unit project with Fort Hood.  Additionally, Mr. and Mrs. Toups of 516 W. 5th Street both addressed the Council separately and stated their continued desire to have the Animal Ordinance amended with regards to allowing citizens to keep chickens within city limits.

CONSENT AGENDA

1.      MINUTES FOR AUGUST 14, 2008.

2.      ORDINANCE 2008-24, INCREASE IN TMRS CONTRIBUTIONS.

ORDINANCE NO. 2008-24

 

AN ORDINANCE ELECTING FOR THE CITY TO MAKE CURRENT SERVICE AND PRIOR SERVICE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CITY’S ACCOUNT IN THE MUNICIPAL ACCUMULATION FUND OF THE TEXAS MUNICIPAL RETIREMENT SYSTEM AT THE ACTUARIALLY DETERMINED RATE OF TOTAL EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION.

                 

3.      ORDINANCE 2008-25, REZONING PROPERTY OWNED BY EDWARD TEALER, SR.

ORDINANCE 2008-25

 

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 BLOCK 1 LOTS 19 THROUGH 22, SITUATED IN THE ALEXANDER ADDITION, CITY OF TAYLOR, LOCATED AT 1013 TO 1019 SCOTT STREET, FROM LIGHT INDUSTRIAL (M-1) TO SINGLE FAMILY (R-1).

 

4.      ORDINANCE 2008-26, SIGN ORDINANCE AMENDED REGARDING MAILBOX AND SWINGING SIGNS.

ORDINANCE 2008-26

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS, AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2008-20 TO ADD DEFINITIONS FOR SIGNS WITHIN THE DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ZONING DISTRICT; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE.

     

5.      CONCUR WITH FINANCIALS FROM JULY, 2008
Council Member Hill moved to approve the consent agenda as presented and Mayor Pro Tem Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted Aye.  Motion passed.

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:

6.      RECOGNIZE MS. LESSIE GIVENS WITH A CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION. 
On behalf of Mayor Hortenstine and the Council, Council Member Hill presented a certificate of appreciation to Ms. Lessie Givens for her donation of a swing set located at Fannie Robinson Park.

7.      PRESENT DISTINGUISHED BUDGET PRESENTATION AWARD TO FINANCE DEPARTMENT.
Mayor Hortenstine presented an award to Ms. Rosemarie Dennis, Finance Director, and her staff which included Lillie Lawler, Terri Carrizales, Jade Garrett, and Alice Benjiman.  The award is given by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the Annual Budget beginning October 1, 2007.  In order to receive this award a governmental unit must publish a budget document that meets program criteria as a policy document, an operations guide, a financial plan, and as a communications device.  Under the direction of Ms. Dennis, the City budget for 2007/2008 met these criteria.

8.      CONDUCT SECOND PUBLIC HEARING ON 2008/2009 AD VALOREM TAX RATE AND DISCUSS 2008/2009 BUDGET

·         CONSIDER INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2008-27 FIXING AND LEVYING AD VALOREM TAX FOR THE 2008/2009 TAX YEAR.

Mayor Hortenstine asked Mr. Hejl to read the caption to Ordinance 2008-27 fixing and levying Ad Valorem taxes for the 2008/2009 year.  Mayor Hortenstine called the Public Hearing open; with no public comment, the hearing was closed.  The Ordinance was declared introduced.

ORDINANCE NO.  2008-27

 

AN ORDINANCE LEVYING TAXES FOR THE MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION OF THE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS, AND PROVIDING FOR THE INTEREST AND SINKING FUND FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2008/09

·         CONSIDER INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2008-28 ADOPTING THE 2008/2009 ANNUAL BUDGET*(EXCLUDING “CONTRIBUTIONS TO CIVIC PROGRAMS”).  NOTE: THIS BUDGET WILL RAISE MORE TOTAL PROPERTY TAXES THAN LAST YEAR’S BUDGET BY $346,169 OR 6% AND OF THAT AMOUNT $114,834 IS TAX REVENUE TO BE RAISED FROM NEW PROPERTY ADDED TO THE ROLL THIS YEAR.

Mayor Hortenstine asked Mr. Hejl to read the caption to Ordinance 2008-28 adopting the 2008/2009 annual budget for the City.  The Ordinance was declared introduced.

 

ORDINANCE NO.  2008-28

 

AN ORDINANCE APPROVING AND ADOPTING A BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS, FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2008, AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2009.

 

·         INTRODUCE “CONTRIBUTIONS TO CIVIC PROGRAMS” INCLUDED IN ORDINANCE 2008-28.

 

            This section of the Budget and Ordinance is removed for separate discussion and                                action so that Council Member Hill may participate in the overall discussion of the                               Budget for FY 2008/2009.  He is employed by an organization that receives                                         funding from the City under the “Contributions to Civic Programs” item.   No                                            discussion or action was taken on this item at this meeting.

 

9.      CONSIDER AWARDING BID FOR UNIFORM RENTAL SERVICES.
Ms. Lisa Thompson, Director of Fleet Services, presented a request to award the bid for uniform rental services to AmeriPride.  She reported that five bids were received and AmeriPride was the low bid.  The new contract provides enhanced visibility shirts with reflective striping for public works employees, replacing the current vests. 

Council Member Hill moved to award the bid for uniform rental services to AmeriPride in the amount of $11,908 and to approve an additional $6,120 to purchase jeans locally.   Council Member Jez seconded the motion.  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

10.  CONSIDER AWARDING COMPETITIVE PROPOSAL FOR WEST AND MURPHY ELEVATED STORAGE TANKS.
Mr. Thomas presented a recommendation to award the proposal for the elevated storage tanks project to Landmark Structures I, L.P.  Two Competitive Sealed Proposals were received and evaluated by Freese and Nichols, Inc. with regard to the bid documents.    

Council Member McDonald moved to award the competitive proposal to Landmark Structures I, L.P. for the base bid plus alternate bid items A1, A2, A3, and A4 for a total of $4,183,477 with funds to come from the 2007 C.O.’s.   Council Member Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

11.  CONSIDER APPROVING EXCHANGE OF ONE TRACT OF CITY OF TAYLOR REAL PROPERTY (87.797 ACRES) FOR TWO TRACTS OF TEDC REAL PROPERTY (39.3661 ACRES).
Mr. Salvato presented a request from the Taylor Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) to consider an exchange of property for future development.  The TEDC is interested in obtaining an 87.797 acre tract of land purchased by the City that is located on FM 112.  In exchange, the TEDC is proposing a swap of land they own which includes a 16.658 acre tract of land on FM 112 and a 22.7081 tract of land located at the northern edge of the Taylor airport.  Potential use of these properties by the City include the possibility of locating a public works maintenance facility on FM 112 and future expansion of the airport runway with the property on the west side of the City.  An appraisal of the properties indicates that the city property is valued at $15,000 more than the TEDC land.  The TEDC Board has approved an agreement that provides the exchange of the two properties plus $15,000 in cash to offset the difference in values.

Council Member McDonald moved to approve the exchange of property as presented and Mayor Pro Tem Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

12.  CONSIDER APPROVING LETTER OF AGREEMENT WITH DUNHAM ENGINEERS, INC. FOR ELEVATED WATER STORAGE TANK INSPECTIONS IN THE UPPER PRESSURE PLANE PROJECT.
Mr. Thomas and Mr. Casey Sledge, consulting engineer, presented a request to approve a Letter of Agreement between the City and Dunham Engineers for construction inspection of the two elevated water storage tanks as part of the High Plane project.  The agreement allows Dunham to conduct inspections to ensure compliance with the construction documents created by Freese and Nichols, Inc.

Mayor Pro Tem Jez moved to approve the Letter of Agreement with Dunham Engineers, Inc. for an amount not to exceed $70,000 and Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

13.  CONSIDER AWARDING CONSTRUCTION BID FOR WEST LAKE DRIVE CULVERT PROJECT.
Mr. Dunaway presented a request to consider awarding the bid for construction of the culvert on West Lake Drive.  Four bids were received and results tabulated.  In anticipation of the need for this project to proceed quickly, staff has already purchased the culverts which will be delivered directly to the job site and the cost of the culverts is not part of this bid.   

Council Member McDonald moved to award the construction bid for the West Lake Drive culvert project to Cash Construction for $114,758 and approved an additional $30,000 for contingencies.  Council Member Gonzales seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

14.  CONSIDER REIMBURSEMENT FOR LOCKHART BUILDING UPSIZING OF A WASTEWATER LINE.
Mr. Dunaway presented a request to consider authorizing the reimbursement of $44,548.78 to Mr. Bill Lockhart as outlined in the Developer’s Agreement for Construction of Water Line on U.S. Hwy 79.  Staff reported that the water line is complete and the only remaining public improvement not completed as outlined in the agreement is the construction of a sidewalk. 

Council Member Gonzales moved to approve the reimbursement of $44,548.78 for the Lockhart Building upsizing of the wastewater line and Mayor Pro Tem Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.
 

15.  CONSIDER RESOLUTION R08-11 AUTHORIZING THE SUBMITTAL OF A GRANT APPLICATION TO THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS (TDHCA) FOR A TEXAS HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP
PROGRAM’S OWNER-OCCUPIED HOUSING ASSISTANCE FUND (HOME GRANT).

Mr. Bob vanTil, Director of Community Development, presented a request to consider approving a resolution that would authorize the submittal of a grant application for housing grant funds from the TDHCA.  The grant program offers Owner Occupied Housing Assistance in the form of a five year deferred forgivable loan.  The City would be required to provide at least 12.5% as a local match either in-kind or cash and it is anticipated that six homes would be replaced under this program.  Ms. Robin Sisco with Langford and Associates was present to respond to questions and concerns about the citizen application process.  She indicated that previous applicants would be encouraged to apply for this loan program which is different than the initial HOME grant previously received by the City.  

Council Member Hill moved to approve Resolution R08-11 and Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

16.  CONSIDER ADOPTING ORDINANCE 2008-18 ESTABLISHING SPEED LIMITS ON HWY 95/MAIN STREET.
Mr. Thomas presented a request to consider adopting a revised copy of Ordinance 2008-18 previously reviewed by Council and staff.  The revised Ordinance includes changes made based on Council comments and concerns.  Council expressed their appreciation to Mr. Scott Cunningham with TxDOT for his diligence and cooperation in reaching an agreement on the changes to be made.

Council Member McDonald moved to adopt Ordinance 2008-18 as presented and Council Member Gonzales seconded the motion.  VOTE:   Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

17.  CONSIDER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVES GUIDELINES.
Mr. vanTil presented a draft of proposed guidelines intended to extend the City’s Economic Development Incentives for an additional two years and go beyond property tax abatements by including property tax rebates as well.  Council Member McDonald asked for clarification for the requirement to “reside in Taylor” is clear as to whether or not that is limited to the City limits or extends to the extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).  Without further discussion, Council Member McDonald moved to accept the guidelines for economic development incentives as presented and Mayor Pro Tem Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

18.  CONSIDER APPOINTING TWO MEMBERS TO THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE.
Mr. John Elsden, City Planner, presented a request to appoint Mr. Johnny Leschber and Ms. Jennifer Ramirez as replacements for two members who have since resigned.

Mayor Pro Tem Jez moved to appoint Mr. Leschber and Ms. Ramirez to the Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee and Council Member Gonzales seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

19.  CONSIDER SEMI-ANNUAL IMPACT FEE REPORT FOR JANUARY 1, 2008-JUNE 30, 2008.
Mr. Elsden presented the semi-annual Impact Fee Report for Council review.  Council Member McDonald moved to accept the semi annual impact fee report as presented and Council Member Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

(Council Member McDonald recused himself from the Executive Session due to a conflict.)

20.  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 551.071 in order to meet with it’s City Attorney on a matter in which the duty of the Attorney to the governmental body under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of Texas authorize and allow such a closed meeting and which Rules conflict with the Texas Open Meetings Act.  

21.  CONSIDER ACTION FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION.
Council met in Executive Session beginning at 7:45 p.m.  Mayor Hortenstine reconvened the meeting into Open Session at 8:20 p.m. and stated that no action was taken during any of the Executive Sessions.

ADJOURN

      With no further business; Mayor Hortenstine adjourned the meeting at 8:20 p.m.


                                                                                                     

                                                                                                      ___________________________

                                                                                                      Rod Hortenstine, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk