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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on September 4, 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

Ms. Gloria Cueva and Mr. Jesse Ancira, Jr. came forward to express their appreciation to Council for their continued support of the Literacy Council of Williamson County programs.  Mrs. Toups of 516 W. 5 th Street, Mr. Livie Gault of 212 N. Dolan, and Mr. Gary Sherrell of 514 Wyeth Street  addressed the Council expressing their desire to have the Animal Ordinance amended with regards to allowing citizens to keep chickens inside city limits. Ms. Idella Hunt of 606 Bland requested assistance in dealing with the condition of a neighbor’s property.

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:

1.      PROCLAMATION: DESIGNATING SEPTEMBER 4, 2008 AS UNITED WAY OF WILLIAMSON COUNTY DAY. 
Mayor Hortenstine presented a proclamation to Ms. LeAnn Powers proclaiming September 4, 2008 as United Way of Williamson County Day.


(Next agenda item was taken out of order after the Budget was approved in item no. 3.)

2.      CONSIDER ADOPTING ORDINANCE 2008-27 FIXING AND LEVYING AD VALOREM TAX FOR THE 2008/2009 TAX YEAR.
Mayor Pro Tem Jez moved to adopt Ordinance 2008-27 fixing and levying the ad valorem tax rate of $0.79 for the tax year 2008/2009 and Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.  Mayor Hortenstine called for a RECORD VOTE:  Mayor Pro Tem Jez voted AYE; Council Member Gonzales voted AYE; Council Member McDonald voted AYE; Council Member Hill voted AYE; Mayor Hortenstine voted AYE.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

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

3.      CONSIDER ADOPTING 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.)

Council Member Hill moved to adopt Ordinance 2008-28 approving the 2008/2009 Annual Budget and Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed. 

 

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.

 

(Council Member Hill recused himself for the following item due to a conflict as an employee of one of the groups requesting funds.)

 

4.      INTRODUCE “CONTRIBUTIONS TO CIVIC PROGRAMS” INCLUDED IN ORDINANCE 2008-28.
Council Member Gonzales moved to approve “Contributions to Civic Programs: as include in Ordinance 2008-28 and Mayor Pro Tem Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

(Council Member Hill rejoined the meeting.)

5.      CONSIDER INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2008-29 REGARDING ASSIGNMENT PAY FOR POLICE AND FIRE FIGHTER PERSONNEL.
Chief Straub and Chief Watson presented a request to introduce an ordinance that will renew the continuation of assignment pay and seniority pay as part of the annual budget.  The Fire Department request reflects an increase in assignment pay for two positions and creates a new assignment of Training Officer while deleting two assignments (arson investigator and peace officer) because no one is certified in these areas.  It was noted that any financial impact from these changes has already been incorporated into the FY2008/2009 Budget.  

Mayor Hortenstine asked Mr. Hejl to read the caption of the Ordinance and declared it introduced.

ORDINANCE NO.  2008-29             

 

AN ORDINANCE CREATING “ASSIGNMENT PAY” FOR CERTAIN ASSIGNMENTS WITHIN THE FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS; “SENIORITY PAY” IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT; PROVIDING A REPEALER CLAUSE; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE AND AN EXPIRATION DATE FOR THIS ORDINANCE.

 

 

6.      CONSIDER INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2008-30 AMENDING THE FY 2007/2008 BUDGET.
Ms. Dennis presented a request to introduce an ordinance to amend the FY 2007/2008 budget based on modifications from the original amounts.  Mayor Hortenstine asked Mr. Hejl to read the caption of the Ordinance and declared it introduced.
  

ORDINANCE NO. 2008-30

 

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2007-24 ADOPTED ON SEPTEMBER 6, 2007, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE CITY FOR FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2007 AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2008; 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.

 

7.       CONSIDER INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2008-31 AMENDING FEE SCHEDULE.
Ms. Dennis presented a request to amend the Fee Schedule for certain services provided by the City to recoup the actual cost to the City of providing these services.  Fees to be increased included certain permit fees, the hourly rate for police unit, utility deposit, cemetery lots and transfer fees, and airport hangar fees.  Council Member Hill requested a revisit of the cemetery deed transfer fees and Mr. Danny Thomas, Director of Public Works, reported that the Airport Advisory Board did not recommend any increase in hangar fees at this time. 

Mayor Hortenstine asked Mr. Hejl to read the caption of the Ordinance and declared it introduced.  

ORDINANCE NO. 2008-31

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2007-26 ADOPTED ON SEPTEMBER 25, 2007 BY CHANGING CERTAIN RATES AND OTHER SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE CITY

 

8.       CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARING AND CONSIDER INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2008-34 TO REZONE PROPERTY OWNED BY ASAEL RAMIRES LOCATED AT 1008 PRICE STREET, ALSO KNOWN AS LOT 1, BLOCK 10 ALEXANDER ADDITION, FROM LIGHT INDUSTRIAL (M-1) TO SINGLE FAMILY (R-1)
Mr. John Elsden, City Planner, presented a request from Mr. Asael Ramires to rezone property he owns at 1008 Price Street.  He stated that Mr. Ramires plans to build a single family house on the property and he was present to respond to any questions or concerns.    Mayor Hortenstine called the Public Hearing open; hearing no comments, the hearing was closed.

Mayor Hortenstine asked Mr. Hejl to read the caption of the Ordinance and declared it introduced.  


ORDINANCE NO. 2008-34

 

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 LOT 10, BLOCK 1, ALEXANDER ADDITION, CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS, FROM LIGHT INDUSTRIAL (M-1) TO  SINGLE FAMILY (R-1).

 

9.      CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARING AND CONSIDER INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2008-35 TO REZONE PROPERTY OWNED BY TRAVIS WILKES LOCATED IN THE VICINITY OF 809 CARLOS G. PARKER BLVD. ALSO KNOWN AS TRACT 1, 2.0 AXCRES IN THE WM. J. BAKER SURVEY, AW0065, CITY OF TAYLOR, FROM LOCAL BUSINESS (B-1) TO GENERAL BUSINESS (B-2).
Mr. Elsden presented a request to consider a request from Mr. Travis Wilkes to rezone his property located on Carlos G. Parker Blvd.  He stated that Mr. Wilkes was present and has no specific plans for the property at this time and is requesting the change to broaden the potential for selling the land in the future.  Mayor Hortenstine called the Public Hearing open; hearing no comment, the hearing was closed.

Mayor Hortenstine asked Mr. Hejl to read the caption of the Ordinance and declared it introduced.  

ORDINANCE NO.  2008-35

 

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 TRACT 1, 2.0 ACRES IN THE WM. J. BAKER SURVEY, AW0065, CITY OF TAYLOR, FROM LOCAL BUSINESS (B-1) TO GENERAL BUSINESS (B-2).



10.  CONSIDER INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2008-33 AMENDING THE SIGN ORDINANCE FOR PRIMARY SIGN CALCULATIONS IN THE DOWNTOWN HISTORIC DISTRICT.
Ms. Jean Johnson, Main Street Director, presented a request to consider amending the current Sign Ordinance to change the calculation of size of primary signs to allow for larger signs in the Downtown Historic District.   She noted that this does not apply to existing signs considered historic and that additional changes are being reviewed to address window signs and signs when more than one business is located in a single building.

Mayor Hortenstine asked Mr. Hejl to read the caption of the Ordinance and declared it introduced.  

ORDINANCE 2008-33

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS, AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2008-20 TO CHANGE THE PRIMARY SIGN SIZE CALCULATION WITHIN THE DOWNTOWN SIGN DISTRICT; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE.


 

11.  CONSIDER APPROVING RESOLUTION R08-10 SUPPORTING THE DISCONTINUATION OF THE DIVERSION OF TRANSPORTATION USER REVENUES TO NON-TRANSPORTATION USES AND THE APPROPRIATION OF ALL REVENUE GENERATED FROM HIGHWAY USER FEES AND TAXES TO FUND TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS.
Mr. Dunaway presented a request from Mayor Dorman of the City of Melissa, to consider approving a resolution that would end the way the State appropriates highway funds for other non related State expenses.    The Texas Municipal League Utilities and Transportation Policy Committee plans to move forward with this issue during the next Legislative session.

Mayor Pro Tem Jez moved to approve Resolution R08-10 and Council Member Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

12.  CONSIDER HOTEL/MOTEL AGREEMENT WITH THE TAYLOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.
Mr. Dunaway presented a request to Council to consider renewing the hotel/motel agreement with the Taylor Chamber of Commerce.  Mr. Jim Aanastoos, President of the Taylor Chamber of Commerce, was present to address the Council regarding any comments or concerns.  Mr. Salvato presented a “Post Event Form” to be considered as part of the agreement and completed by each entity that receives funding from the Chamber for specific events.  Council expressed some uncertainty as to the actual terms of the agreement and requested additional time to review the details.

Council agree to have the agreement brought back for further discussion at the September 23rd Council Meeting and to add the reporting form to the revised contract.  No further action was taken on this item.

13.  CONSIDER DATES OF CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS IN OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, AND DECEMBER.
Mr. Salvato presented a request to consider rescheduling some of the upcoming council meetings due to potential conflicts and the need for additional work on specific topics.  Recommended dates to consider were October 9 and 21 for regular Council meetings with Oct 27 reserved for a special workshop to consider bids for the East Williamson County Regional Park.  No changes for the meetings in November:  Regular meetings to be November 13 and 25 and to schedule only one meeting in December on December 16.

Mayor Pro Tem Jez moved to accept the dates as proposed and Council Member Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

14.  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.  

15.  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 8:25 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 8:25 p.m.


                                                                                                     

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                                                                                                      Rod Hortenstine, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk