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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on September 23, 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

Chief Straub led the group in prayer.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

CITIZENS COMMUNICATION

Ms. Judie Gustafson, Marketing Coordinator with the Taylor Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) read a statement from Mr. Jason Ford, President, TEDC, congratulating the City Council on their recent nomination for an Austin Business Journal Economic Development Award.   

CONSENT AGENDA

1.      MINUTES FOR AUGUST 26, 2008, SEPTEMBER 4, 2008 AND SEPTEMBER 19, 2008.

2.      ORDINANCE 2008-29, ASSIGNMENT PAY FOR POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS.

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.

                 

3.      ORDINANCE 2008-30, BUDGET AMENDMENT

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.

 

4.      ORDINANCE 2008-33, SIGN ORDINANCE AMENDED FOR DOWNTOWN.


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.

  1. ORDINANCE 2008-34 REZONING RAMIRES PROPERTY.

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).

     

6.      CONCUR WITH FINANCIALS FOR AUGUST, 2008
Council Member Hill moved to approve the consent agenda as presented and Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted Aye.  Motion passed.

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:

7.      CONSIDER ACCEPTING GRANT FROM ALCOA FOR HOUSING TRUST FUND.   
Mr. Jim Hodson, Mr. Mike Cooper, and Ms. Aloma Walker-Clayton of ALCOA, presented a grant award to the City for $15,000 to be applied to the Taylor Housing Weatherization Project Fund and a Housing Trust Fund grant application. 

8.      PROCLAMATION: DESIGNATING OCTOBER, 2008 AS BREAST CANCER MONTH.
Mayor Pro Tem Jez read a Proclamation designating October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

9.      CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION: EAGLE SCOUT SETH HARVEY.
Mayor Hortenstine presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Eagle Scout Seth Harvey for his work performed at the Taylor Public Library.  Ms. Ellis expressed her appreciation for the landscaping project on the north side of the building near a seating area with windows.  She believes the addition of the garden contributed to the Library’s designation in August as a Property of the Month with the Keep Taylor Beautiful organization.

 

10.  CONSIDER AMENDING ANIMAL ORDINANCE 2008-21 REGARDING FOWL.
Chief Straub responded to a request from the Mayor to bring back additional information from other cities regarding the keeping of fowl within City limits.  His results included a survey of over 150 cities and produced no real trend in how to handle the subject.  Ms. Toups submitted a petition from local citizens interested in amending the current ordinance to allow citizens to keep chickens with fewer restrictions. Mayor Hortenstine suggested that if chickens are to be kept within the City limits that some guidelines should be created.  He made a request that a work group be created to meet and bring back a recommendation to Council at a later date.  Mr. Brad Toups and Mr. Gary Sherrell expressed their appreciation to the Council for continuing to work with them on this issue.   

(Mayor Hortenstine recused himself from the next item due to a conflict of interest.)


11.  CONSIDER ADOPTING ORDINANCE 2008-35 REZONING WILKES PROPERTY.  
This Ordinance was introduced at the September 4 Council meeting and was placed back on the Regular Agenda for further discussion.  Mr. Paul Bennett, a resident at 2600 Northlawn, expressed his concerned for a zoning change with no real plans for the property.  Mr. Bennett believes that the types of businesses allowed in the B2 category may not be compatible with residential and commercial properties adjacent and that the City might be better served by designating properties along the ”corridors” to the city as B1 zoning.       

Mr. Travis Wilkes addressed the Council and expressed his concern for having difficulty in getting this property rezoned.  He stated that the B2 zoning is consistent with the City Future Land Use and that the request had received a favorable recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission. 

Mayor Pro Tem Jez asked for a motion; hearing no motion, no further action was taken and Council moved to the next item on the agenda.

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).

 

(Mayor Hortenstine rejoined the Council.)

 

12.  CONSIDER ADOPTING REVISED ORDINANCE 2008-31 FEE SCHEDULE AMENDMENT.
This Ordinance was introduced at the September 4th Council meeting and brought back on the Regular Agenda for further discussion.  Ms. Rosemarie Dennis, Director of Finance, presented additional background information on specific fee changes including cemetery deed transfers and airport hangar rentals.  She stated that Council may want to monitor the pricing of fuel at the airport and consider an increase in fuel rates while still remaining competitive in the market.   

Council Member McDonald moved to adopt Ordinance 2008-31 and Mayor Pro Tem Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

13.  CONSIDER AMENDING LIBRARY TEXSHARE CARD POLICY.
Ms. Karen Ellis, Library Director, presented a request to amend the current TexShare Card Policy.  Ms. Ellis stated that there were no major changes to the program and that the original policy needed updating to align with other existing Library policies.  The revisions were approved by the Library Board at their August 19, 2008 meeting. 

Council Member Hill moved to approve the amendments to the Library TexShare Card Policy as presented and Council Member Gonzales seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

14.  CONSIDER SELECTING CANDIDATES FOR TEXAS MUNICIPAL LEAGUE INTERGOVERNMENTAL RISK POOL BOARD OF TRUSTEES.
Mr. Dunaway presented a request from the Texas Municipal League to consider casting votes for four candidate positions with the Intergovernmental Risk Pool Board of Trustees.   

Council Member Gonzales moved to cast votes for Robert Herrera Place 1, Chris Jones, Place 2, Paul Parker, Place 3, and Rickey Childers, Place 4 for the TML Intergovernmental Risk Pool Board of Trustees.  Council Member Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

15.  CONSIDER ESTABLISHING A POLICY WAIVING PERMIT FEES FOR TAYLOR INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (TISD), WILLIAMSON COUNTY, AND THE STATE OF TEXAS.
Mr. vanTil presented a request to consider establishing a policy to waive permit fees for government agencies including the TISD, Williamson County, and the State of Texas.  Fees under consideration to be waived include design review fees and permit fees.  The policy would not waive impact fees, tap or new meter fees.  These organizations would still be required to meet design and development requirements and obtain inspections during construction.   Council Member McDonald suggested that the policy be limited to the TISD at this time.

Mayor Pro Tem Jez moved to approve the establishment of a policy to waive permit fees for the TISD and Council Member Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.
 

16.  CONSIDER AMENDING PERSONNEL POLICY REGARDING MILITARY LEAVE.
Ms. Starla Hall, Director of Human Resources, presented a request to consider amending the Personnel Policy to reflect new guidelines regarding military leave.  The Local Government Code Section 143.075 requires cities to maintain military leave time accounts for fire and police departments and a separate military leave time account for each department.  The account includes donated time from fire or police civil service employees and the leave time is only available for those employees who qualify based on established criteria. 

Council Member McDonald moved to amend the Personnel Policy with regards to Military Leave as presented and Council Member Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

17.  CONSIDER ORDINANCE 2008-36 ADOPTING FEMA FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES.
Mr. Dunaway presented a request to consider adopting Ordinance 2008-36 previously introduced at a special meeting on September 19, 2008.  Council Member Gonzales moved to adopt Ordinance 2008-36 as presented and Mayor Pro Tem Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:   Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

18.  CONSIDER HOTEL/MOTEL AGREEMENT WITH THE TAYLOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.
Mr. Dunaway presented an agreement for consideration with the Taylor Chamber of Commerce regarding the Hotel/Motel Tax revenue.  Mr. Joel O’Shoney, President of the Chamber Board and Ms. Deby Lannen, interim President of the Chamber, were present to respond to questions.  Ms. Lannen confirmed that unexpended funds from each year are carried over in a separate account.  She believes that a portion of these funds has actually been obligated but not yet expended.  Council Member McDonald expressed an interest in altering the percentage amount of revenue allocated to the Chamber or by placing a cap on the actual amount to be allocated each year.

Council Member McDonald moved to approve the agreement with the Taylor Chamber of Commerce as maintaining the 75/25% allocation of funds but adding a $60,000 cap to the total amount to be allocated.  Council Member Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE; One NO (Council Member Gonzales).  Motion passed.

19.  CONSIDER AUTHORIZING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH SLEDGE ENGINEERING, LLC, FOR THE LAKE DRIVE CULVERT REPLACEMENT PROJECT.
Mr. Dunaway presented a request to approve a professional services agreement with Mr. Casey Sledge of Sledge Engineering for the Lake Drive culvert replacement project.

Council Member Hill moved to approve the agreement with Sledge Engineering for $3800 and Mayor Pro Tem Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

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 551.087 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.  

21.  CONSIDER ACTION FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION.
Council met in Executive Session beginning at 7:31 p.m.  Mayor Hortenstine reconvened the meeting into Open Session at 8:07 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 8:08 p.m.


                                                                                                     

                                                                                                      ___________________________

                                                                                                      Rod Hortenstine, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk