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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on May 12, 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:

 

Mayor Don Hill                                             City Manager Frank Salvato

Mayor Pro Tem John McDonald                   Assistant City Manager, Charles Cunningham

Council Member Bernabe Gonzales               City Clerk Susan Brock

Council Member Ella Jez                               City Attorney, Ted Hejl  

 

INVOCATION

Police Chief Jeff Straub led the meeting with an invocation.

 

CONSENT AGENDA

1.     Minutes from April 21 and April 26, 2005.

 

Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to approve the consent agenda as presented and Council member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:

 

2.     PROCLAMATION FOR NATIONAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION MONTH

Mayor Hill read the proclamation and presented it to Irene Michna.

 

3.     CONSIDER RESOLUTION R05-16 IN SUPPORT OF NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES APPLICATION.

Bob VanTil, Director of Community Development, provided background information on the application process and introduced Ms. Claire Maxwell, President of the Taylor Conservation and Heritage Society.  Ms. Maxwell stressed the importance of the designation and how it could benefit the downtown businesses and residents by bringing national attention to the area.  Council member Jez made a motion to approve the resolution and Mayor Pro Tem McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

(Council Member Tim Mikeska arrived at 6:10 pm)

4.     CONDUCT TAX INCREMENT FINANCING (TIF) ZONE JOINT MEETING.

Bob VanTil requested Council to call to order a joint meeting regarding the establishment of a TIF with representatives from all affected taxing entities:  Taylor Independent School District (TISD); Williamson County, and the City of Taylor.  Mr. Bill Mikulencak from the TISD was present, however, no representatives from Williamson County were present.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the boundaries of the zone, the tax increment to be contributed to the tax increment fund, the appointment of a board of directors, and tax collection.  Some discussion regarding the residency requirements of board members resulted in a request to bring back more information about the board and the possibility of assigning board duties to the existing Main Street Advisory Board.  The meeting was adjourned and no action was taken on this agenda item.

5.     CONSIDER QUARTERLY HOTEL/MOTEL REPORT FROM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

Ms. Shanta Kuhl, President, Taylor Chamber of Commerce, presented a brief overview of the First Quarterly Report for the 2004/2005 FY budget.  Ms. Kuhl presented Council members with a variety of advertising done in the past three months and emphasized the need to continue to promote the city to as broad an audience as possible.  Council member Jez made a motion to accept the report as presented and Mayor Pro Tem McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

6.     CONSIDER RENEWAL OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN CITY AND LION’S CLUB OF TAYLOR FOR LEASE OR PARKLAND FOR MINIATURE GOLF COURSE.

Mr. Charles Cunningham, Assistant City Manager, presented a request for council to consider the renewal of an agreement with the Lion’s club of Taylor to continue to lease parkland for a miniature golf course located in Murphy Park.  The City entered into an agreement with the Lion’s Club in 1971 for a 10-year term with an option to extend the lease for an additional 10 years.  This agreement expired in 1991.  Mr. Cunningham noted that the Lion’s Club has recently approved $6,700 for improvements to the course if the lease is renewed.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to renew the lease agreement for 10 years beginning in May 2005 and expiring in May 2015.  Council member Mikeska seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

7.     HOLD PUBLIC HEARING AND CONSIDER RESOLUTION R05-15 SUPPLEMENT TO THE INDOOR PARK AND RECREATION MASTER PLAN.

Mayor Hill called the public hearing open and Mr. Bob VanTil presented information regarding the supplement to the indoor park and recreation Master Plan.  Mr. VanTil reported that the Parks and Recreation Board and the Planning and Zoning Commission both approved the plan unanimously at a joint meeting earlier in the week.  Staff from Carter Burgess presented an overview of steps taken to create the plan and how this supplement will be beneficial in the grant application process.  She commended the positive survey response from citizens and how crucial it was to the development of the priority list of indoor activities.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to approve the resolution and Council member Mikeska seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

8.     CONSIDER RESOLUTION R05-17 IN SUPPORT OF RECREATIONAL TRAIL GRANT APPLICATION TO THE TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT.

Mr. VanTil presented background information regarding a resolution in support of a recreational trail grant application to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).  The TPWD provides a $100,000 grant under its Recreational Trails Program with a 20 percent match.  The City is currently developing two trail projects: one linking Murphy Park with Bull Branch Park and another designed to extend the trail from Bull Branch Park across Mallard Lane to North Drive.  Through this resolution, staff is requesting Council commit $25,000 and an in-kind match of labor and equipment to maximize the potential for funding from the TPWD.  The application is due June 1, 2005.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to approve the resolution and Council member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

9.     INTRODUCE ORDINANCE 2005-7 SUBSTANDARD BUILDINGS.

Mr. VanTil provided additional background information regarding this ordinance since it was previously presented to the Council on April 26, 2005.  At that time Council member Gonzales had requested more details regarding the enforcement of this ordinance.  City Attorney Ted Hejl read the caption to the Ordinance:

 

 

ORDINANCE NO. 2005 7

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS ADOPTING CHAPTER 214, SUBCHAPTER A, OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT CODE, REPEALING CHAPTER 5, ARTICLE III AND IV OF THE TAYLOR CITY CODE, AND REPEALING ALL OTHER ORDINANCES AND PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; CONTAINING PENALTIES NOT TO EXCEED TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS ($2,000) FOR EACH OFFENSE EXCEPT WHERE A DIFFERENT PENALTY HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY STATE LAW AND EACH AND EVERY DAY SAID VIOLATION IS CONTINUED SHALL CONSTITUTE A SEPARATE OFFENSE; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE ; PROVIDING A REPEALER CLAUSE; AND PROVIDING FOR PUBLICATION.

 

With no further discussion, the Ordinance was declared introduced.

 

10.  PUBLIC HEARING AND INTRODUCE ORDINANCE 2005-10 SENIORITY PAY FOR POLICE OFFICERS

Mayor Hill declared the public hearing open.  Police Chief Jeff Straub presented background information regarding this Ordinance that would allow the City to advertise the entire salary range for police officer qualified with “Depending on Experience”.  He stressed that the ability to attract experienced police officers is contingent upon our ability to offer wages that are commensurate with experience.  Civil service requires the City adopt an Ordinance in support of and defining this practice and that officers who enter at a higher step based on previous experience, remain at that step until they accrue equal time in our agency.  Mr. Hejl read the caption to the Ordinance:

 

ORDINANCE NO. 2005-10

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS PROVIDING FOR SPECIAL SENIORITY PAY FOR POLICE OFFICERS, WHO HAVE PRIOR FULL-TIME PAID LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERIENCE; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

With no further discussion, the Ordinance was declared introduced.

 

11.  CONSIDER AMENDMENT TO WATER SERVICES AGREEMENT BETWEEN CITY OF TAYLOR AND NOACK WATER SUPPLY CORPORATION.
Mr. Cunningham presented to the Council a draft agreement to the wholesale water agreement currently in effect between the City and Noack Water Supply Corporation.  The latest agreement with Noack was in 1993 and does not allow for recalculation of rates as they increase.  The new agreement provides for a rate based on the same formulas proposed in the Hutto Water Agreement and includes a Base Rate of $1.68 per 1,000 gallons and $1.92 for and Excess Water Rate.  Both rates incorporate the base amount charged to Taylor by BRA for treated water plus an amount to reimburse the City for O & M Costs related to maintenance of the distribution and storage system. 

Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to authorize the amendment as presented and to authorize the City Attorney and City Manager to negotiate the rate as stated at $1.68 per 1,000 gallons and Excess Water Rate of $1.92.  Council member Mikeska seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

12.  CONSIDER RESOLUTION R05-18 IN SUPPORT OF APPLICATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TEXAS SHORT TERM ASSET RESERVE PROGRAM (TEXSTAR)
Mr. Cunningham presented to Council a request for the City to participate in the Texas Short Term Asset Reserve (TexSTAR) Program as a way of diversifying the City portfolio as required in II C of the current investment policy.  TexSTAR outperformed the Lone Star investment pool for the twelve-month period from April 2004 to March 2005 and has been consistently competitive.  Staff believes this pool could be added to the MBIA and TexPool investments already in place and enhance the City’s financial standing.  Council member Jez made a motion to approve Resolution R05-18 as presented and Mayor Pro Tem McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

13.  INTRODUCE ORDINANCE 2005-8 APPROVING ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION’S REQUEST TO AUTHORIZE THE COMPLIANCE TARIFFS FOR THE ANNUAL GAS RELIABILITY INFRASTRUCTURE RATE ADJUSTMENT.
Mr. Cunningham presented background information regarding the need for this Ordinance to approve ATMOS Energy’s request to authorize the compliance tariffs for the Annual Gas Reliability Infrastructure Rate Adjustment (GRIP).  The rate increases on base charges are 3.22% for residential customers, 6.19% for commercial customers, and 21.23% for industrial customers.  No increases for the volume rates in Mcf were requested.  Mr. Hejl read the caption to the Ordinance:

 

ORDINANCE NO. 2005-8

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR OF TAYLOR, TEXAS, APPROVING ATMOS ENERGY CORP., MID-TEX DIVISION’S REQUEST TO AUTHORIZE THE COMPLIANCE TARIFFS FOR THE ANNUAL GAS RELIABILITY INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM RATE ADJUSTMENT IN THIS MUNICIPALITY

With no further discussion, the Ordinance was declared introduced.

 

14.  CONSIDER BOARD APPOINTMENTS TO TAYLOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (TEDC).
Two vacancies were created when Brian Neidig and Ray Gonzales declined to accept reappointments to the Board.  Six applicants were considered and Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to appoint William Maxwell and Rod Hortenstine to the TEDC Board and Council member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE: Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

15.  CONSIDER REQUEST FOR AMENDMENT TO EXISTING LEASE.
In 2002 the City entered into a Lease Agreement with Credit-Line, Inc. for property owned by the City at North Main and East Lake Drive.  The Lessee is petitioning the Council to modify the Lease to allow for construction of a temporary 8’ x 8’ building on the land.  Proposed use is for a drop-off site for a dry cleaning service that is considering leasing the larger permanent building on the site.  Council member Mikeska made a motion to approve the amended lease agreement and Council member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

16.  RE-CONSIDER MALLARD WATER TANK EXTERIOR PAINT DESIGN.
Mr. John Nelson, Executive Director of the TEDC, presented a request to the Council to reconsider the final design for the Mallard Water Tower.  His power point presentation stressed a unified marketing approach for the city and that any message on the water tower should project community pride.  He presented several alternate designs for consideration.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald noted that this issue had already been determined at a previous council meeting.  Council member Jez made a motion to not change the duck logo tank design as previously approved by the Council and to change the color of the legs from green to beige.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

 

ADJOURN

With no further business, the council meeting was adjourned at 8:00p.m.

 

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                                                                             Donald R. Hill, Mayor

 

 

 

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk