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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on May 19, 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 Attorney, Ted Hejl

Council Member Ella Jez                                 City Clerk Susan Brock

Council Member Rod Hortenstine

 

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:

 

1.      REVIEW AND CONSIDER PRIORITIES FOR CITY PARKS AND RECREATION IMPROVEMENTS.
Mr. Frank Salvato,City Manager, and Bob VanTil, Director of Community Development, presented an overview of the planned improvements for the City Parks.  Mr. Tim Bargainer of Hall Bargainer, Inc., explained the project in detail and how the final site plans were determined.  Council had an opportunity to discuss and suggest changes to the site plans for all the parks and trail system while Mr. Bargainer emphasized the reasoning behind the placement of certain activities and facilities. 

 

Ms. Margaret Hardin of Langford and Associates presented background information on how the grant application process and requirements could affect the outcome of the final site plans.  Ms. Hardin stated that the grant awards are heavily based on our previously determined priority list and how many of those items are included in the grant application.  Additional points may be earned for non-activity elements including population, age related needs, and donations in kind.  The application is due June 1, 2005.  No action was taken on this item.

 

2.      UPDATE ON CIP PROJECTS AND FUNDING.
Mr. Charles Cunningham, Assistant City Manager, presented an analysis of the potential impact of debt issues on utility and tax rates.  Discussion included the possible issuance of debt to fund various projects including the park improvements mentioned in the earlier presentation.  Mr. Cunningham presented a number of options and calculations for issuing debt for the sewer interceptor and high-pressure plane, rescheduling the debt on the same or extended terms.  Discussion on alternative funding options led to additional questions about the possibility of projected revenue and the increase in sales tax.  It was agreed that these issues would be discussed in further detail as the budget process moves forward.  Council took no action on this item.
 

ADJOURN

With no further business, the council meeting was adjourned at 10:00p.m.

 

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                        Donald R. Hill, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk