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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on May 31, 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                                  City Attorney, Ted Hejl

Council Member Bernabe Gonzales                              City Clerk Susan Brock

Council Member Ella Jez                                                     

Council Member Rod Hortenstine

 

INVOCATION

Police Chief Jeff Straub led the meeting with an invocation.

 

CONSENT AGENDA

1.         Minutes from MAY 12, MAY 16, AND MAY 19, 2005.

2.         CONCUR WITH FINANCIALS FOR APRIL, 2005

3.         ORDINANCE 2005-7 SUBSTANDARD BUILDINGS

4.         oRDINANCE 2005-8 APPROVING ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION’S REQUEST TO AUTHORIZE THE COMPLIANCE TARIFFS FOR THE ANNUAL GAS RELIABILITY INFRASTRUCTURE RATE ADJUSTMENT

5.         ORDINANCE 2005-10 SENIORITY PAY FOR POLICE OFFICERS

 

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

 

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:

 

6.         RECOGNIZE EAGLE SCOUT BYRON LANTZSCH.
Mayor Hill presented a certificate of recognition to Byron Lantzsch in honor of his achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.

 

7.         CONSIDER RESOLUTION R05-20 AUTHORIZING THE CITY’S FINANCIAL ADVISOR AND BOND COUNSEL TO BEGIN PREPARATIONS FOR CERTAIN BOND ISSUANCES.
Ms. Jon-Etta Ross, Director of Finance, presented background information regarding this Resolution and how the issuance of the GO Bonds is in response to the outcome of an election held in November 2003 when voters approved the construction of a new public library and fire station.  Mr. Dan Weggmiller from First Southwest Company presented an overview of the options available to Council regarding the planned issuance of $5.1 million General Obligation Bonds, series 2005 and Mr. Burt Fowler with McCall, Parkhurst and Horton was on hand to address the possible refund of 1997 Revenue Bonds.  Both were present to clarify the information provided earlier through a Debt Service Analysis study, which included several different options and the impact each option would have on the tax rate.  Council agreed to look review the options at another meeting prior to any final decision on how to best proceed.       

Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to approve Resolution R05-20 authorizing the City’s Financial Advisor and Bond Counsel to begin preparations for bond issuances and Council member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

8.         PUBLIC HEARING AND CONSIDER RESOLUTION R05-19 ADOPTING PARKS MASTER PLAN.
Mr. Tim Bargainer of Hall-Bargainer, Inc., presented revised park site plans in which he incorporated changes recommended by Council at the last meeting.  Mayor Hill declared the Public Hearing open and Ms. Michelle Johnson came forward to thank the Council for their efforts in trying to gain public input for the plans.  Mr. Johnny Sanford requested that the parks be made handicapped accessible and he was assured the plans had already addressed that issue. 
 

Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to approve Resolution R05-19 approving the Mater Plans as presented and Council member Gonzales seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

9.         CONSIDER REVISED LIBRARY CIRCULATION POLICY.
Ms. Karen Ellis, Library Director, presented a written Circulation Policy for the Taylor Public Library.  While the guidelines were already in use, Ms. Ellis made note of the fact that they had never been officially adopted, therefore, making them more difficult to enforce.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald asked how this policy compared to other public libraries in cities of our size and Ms. Ellis responded that our policy is very consistent with the surrounding community libraries including Round Rock, Cedar Park, and Georgetown.  Council member Hortenstine asked that this information be conveyed to the public as soon as possible so that everyone would be aware of any changes in the current policy. 

Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to approve the Library Circulation Policy as presented and Council member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.  

 

10.   CONSIDER AWARDING CONTRACT FOR STREET MAINTENANCE.
Mr. Bill Brown, Director of Public Works, presented the results of a bid for the annual street maintenance program.  Bids were opened on May 27 and both bids received were more than the amount budgeted.  To accommodate this situation, staff plans to reduce the scope of the project by including fewer streets than planned for 2005.  Staff recommended awarding the bid to J. D. Ramming Paving Company who presented the lowest bid and have also had previous work experience with the City.  Bid Alternate 1 from Ramming includes $46,833.75 for paving work for the Housing Authority for streets at the Sunset Apartments and the parking lot of the Mallard Run Apartments.  The Housing Authority has agreed to reimburse the City for this expense and a letter to that effect is included in the bid packet.  Bid Alternate 2 includes an amount to repair the Hike and Bike Trail at Bull Branch Park. 

Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to award the bid for street maintenance to Ramming Paving not to exceed $560,033.75, with an additional Bid Alternate 1 of  $46,833.75 for paving Housing Authority properties and $16,200 to repair the Hike and Bike Trail.  Council member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

11.   CONSIDER PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION APPOINTMENTS.
Mayor Hill made note that three of the four applicants were present and had them introduce themselves.  After careful review of their applications, Council member Jez made a motion to appoint Brian Neidig to fill Mr. Hortenstine’s term which expires in January 2008, and to appoint Mr. Kent Kostka to fill Mr. Maxwell’s term which expires in January 2006.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.


ADJOURN

With no further business, the council meeting was adjourned at 7:00p.m.

 

                                                                                                                                                        

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                                                                                                                                                         Donald R. Hill, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk