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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on June 28, 2005, at City Hall, 400 Porter St., Taylor, Texas.  Mayor Don Hill declared a quorum and called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. with the following present:

 

Mayor Don Hill                                                      City Manager Frank Salvato

Council Member Bernabe Gonzales                        City Attorney, Ted Hejl

Council Member Ella Jez                                        City Clerk Susan Brock

Council Member Rod Hortenstine

 

INVOCATION

Ms. Jon-Etta Ross led the meeting with an invocation.

 

CONSENT AGENDA

1.      Minutes from JUNE 9, 2005.

2.       Concur with financials for may, 2005.

3.       ordinance 2005-9 tif district.

ORDINANCE No. 2005-9

AN ORDINANCE DESIGNATING A CONTIGUOUS GEOGRAPHIC AREA WITHIN THE CITY OF TAYLOR CONSISTING OF APPROXIMATELY 128 ACRES IN SIZE, GENERALLY LOCATED IN THE TAYLOR DOWNTOWN AREA, FOR TAX INCREMENT FINANCING PURPOSES PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 311 OF THE TEXAS TAX CODE; CREATING A BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR SUCH ZONE; ESTABLISHING A TAX INCREMENT FUND (TIF); CONTAINING FINDINGS AND PROVISIONS RELATED TO THE FOREGOING SUBJECT; AND PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE.

 

Mayor Hill requested that Agenda Item 1 be removed from the Consent Agenda due to a correction in the Minutes.  Council member Hortenstine made a motion to approve consent Agenda Items 2 and 3 as presented and Council member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

Council member Jez made a motion that Agenda Item 1, the Minutes from June 9, be approved with a correction to the paragraph on item number 4 regarding the airport hangars and that the figure regarding amortization rate be changed from 3 to 4% to reflect the actual motion made during the meeting.  Council member Gonzales seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:

 

4.      Present certificate of appreciation to william maxwell.
Mr. Bob VanTil, Director of Community Development, presented Mr. William Maxwell with a certificate of appreciation for his five years of service on the Planning and Zoning Commission.  Mr. Maxwell resigned from the Commission in order to accept an appointment to the Taylor Economic Development Corporation Board in May. 

5.      CONSIDER AWARDING A CONTRACT TO COLLECT FIRST RESPONDER FEES.
Chief Haywood Stanford presented background information regarding the recent council decision to proceed with securing a contract to collect First Responder Fees.  A request for proposals was published on May 16, 2005 and bids opened June 9.  Revenue Rescue was the only bid received; one of the contractors contacted declined to submit a bid because they were unable to meet the bid specifications.  Revenue Rescue submitted a bid to collect First Responder Fees for 20% of amount collected.  Council member  Gonzales made a motion to approve the contract with Revenue Rescue subject to clarifications in the termination clause and a change in venue from Travis County to Williamson County.  Council member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed. 

6.      CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARING AND INTRODUCE ORDINANCE 2005-12 ZONING CHANGE FOR EL CORRAL LOZANO.    
Mr. VanTil addressed the Council regarding a request for a zoning change for a current property owner who is interested in expanding his business and is concerned about parking requirements.  Staff suggested that the entire block be rezoned to B3, Central Business Zoning to allow the business to keep their existing parking arrangement and to offer more flexibility in their buildable area.  All property owners adjacent to the business were notified of this request and agreed to the zoning change. Mr. Lozano was present to respond to any questions or concerns.  Mayor Hill declared the Public Hearing open and  Ted Hejl, City Attorney, read the caption to the Ordinance:

ORDINANCE 2005-12


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 LOTS 1 – 12, BLOCK 17, CITY OF TAYLOR ADDITION, BEING APPROXIMATELY A 1.550 ACRE TRACT LOCATED ON THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF 4TH STREET AND VANCE STREET FROM LOCAL BUSINESS (B-1) TO CENTRAL BUSINESS (B-3) DISTRICT

 

No citizens came forward.  Council member Jez reported that the owner of the house just south of the business property is concerned about car lights from the parking lot and would appreciate a privacy fence or some sort of shielding to prevent car headlights from becoming a problem to the residents of the house behind the restaurant.   Mr. Lozano agreed to provide such a fence.  With no further comments, Mayor Hill declared the Public Hearing closed and Ordinance 2005-12 officially introduced.

 

7.      CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARING AND INTRODUCE ORDINANCE 2005-11 ADOPTING THE NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (NIMS) AS THE STANDARD FOR INCIDENT MANAGEMENT.
Lieutenant Jon Fontenot with the Taylor Fire Department presented a request to the Council to consider adopting the National Incident Management System (NIMS) in order to comply with the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5 (HSPD-5).  The NIMS is a comprehensive approach to incident management and Lt. Fontenot stated that his department is currently in compliance with many of the system requirements and that the adoption of the NIMS would place no additional demands on them.  Mayor Hill declared the Public Hearing open and City Attorney Mr. Hejl read the caption of the ordinance:


 ORDINANCE 2005-11

 

AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (NIMS) AS THE STANDARD FOR INCIDENT MANAGEMENT BY THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS

 

No citizens came forward and no further comments were presented, therefore, Mayor Hill
declared the Public Hearing closed and Ordinance 2005-11 officially introduced.

 

8.      CONSIDER EXPANDING 2ND STREET DAZE TO INCLUDE MAIN STREET FOR JULY 9, 2005 EVENT.
Ms. Jean Johnson, Main Street Manager, presented a request on behalf of the Taylor Merchant’s Association to expand the current 2nd Street Daze sidewalk event to include the first few blocks of Main Street as well as 2nd Street as previously approved by Council last fall.  This would allow the merchant’s and vendors to include the Howard Theatre in their promotion of the event as a free movie will be showing on the day of the event.  Ms. Cherie Wolbrueck, President of Taylor Merchant’s Association, displayed a poster and other promotional items being used to promote the event.  This request is to specifically waive the vendor registration fee for peddlers to participate in this one-day event. 

Council member Jez made a motion to waive the peddler fees for the Merchant’s event on July 9, 2005 and Council member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

9.      CONSIDER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONTRACT WITH SLEDGE ENGINEERING FOR ENGINEERING SERVICES.
Frank Salvato, City Manager, presented background information regarding a request to enter into a contract for professional engineering services with Sledge Engineering.  Mr. Salvato reminded Council that city projects require the oversight of a certified engineer and with the recent departure of Mr. David Simons, the city no longer has a certified engineer on staff and over twenty-five capital improvement projects currently underway.  Mr. Casey Sledge, President of Sledge Engineering, is a former employee of the City and Mr. Salvato believes he has both the knowledge and skill to assist the city in seeing these projects to completion.  Council member Gonzales expressed his concern regarding Mr. Sledge’s ability to devote sufficient time to the city projects while heading his own engineering business.  Mr. Sledge responded by saying that he is currently at a point where he can delay any new contracts with other clients until the city projects are adequately addressed and/or complete.  He also stated that he has access to several additional qualified engineers with city experience on a contract basis that could assist him if necessary.  Because this is a professional services contract the service does not need to be presented for public bid.

Council member Hortenstine offered his vote of confidence in selecting Mr. Sledge and made a motion to award the professional services contract to Sledge Engineering for $4700 per month and, based on the terms of the agreement, to approve the contract for other CIP services as needed not to exceed a total of $369,500 based on an hourly rate as presented.  Council member Gonzales seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

10.  CONSIDER REAPPOINTMENT OF LELAND ENOCHS TO CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION FOR A THREE-YEAR TERM.
Mr. Salvato presented a request to Council to reappoint Mr. Leland Enochs to the Civil Service Commission and to make the new appointment for a three-year term.  The three members of the commission have staggered terms in order to maintain consistency in the event that one of the members does not wish to be reappointed when their term expires.  Mr. Enoch’s original appointment was for only one year and is set to expire on July 8, 2005.  Mr. Enochs has agreed to continue to serve on the Commission if reappointed.

Council member Gonzales made a motion to approve the three-year appointment for Mr. Leland Enochs and Council member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.

11.  CONSIDER RESOLUTION R05-22 UPDATING THE NON-DISCRIMINATION FOR HANDICAPPED POLICY.
Ms. Jon-Etta Ross, Finance Director, presented information regarding the current city policy with regards to non-discrimination of the handicapped.  During a recent audit for an Office of Rural Community Affairs (ORCA) grant, staff discovered the City policy from 1995 was in need of updating.  The resolution presented includes recent changes to staff designees and new wording as required by authorities.  Council member Jez made a motion to approve Resolution R05-22 and council member Gonzales seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed. 

12.  CONSIDER INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT WITH WILLIAMSON COUNTY FOR PARTIAL REIMBURSEMENT OF PROFESSIONAL PARK PLANNING SERVICES BY HALL BARGAINER.
Mr. Salvato presented a request to formally accept funds from Williamson County  towards the planning of the East Williamson County Park.  The Council hired Hall-Bargainer Architects to conduct the planning for $38,500 and the County is offering to contribute $10,000 towards this effort through this intergovernmental agreement.  Council member Jez made a motion to publicly thank Mr. Limmer for the funds and to accept the agreement and Council member Gonzales seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed. 

13.  CONSIDER APPOINTMENTS TO THE PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD.
Mayor Hill presented five applicants for consideration for appointment to fill four vacancies on the Parks and Recreation Board.  Two of the applicants were present in the council chambers.  Council member Hortenstine made a motion to appoint Jimmy Ellis, Candy Patschke, Ron Randig and Claude Snider to the Board.  There was no second.  Council member Jez made a motion to appoint John Carter, Jimmy Ellis, Candy Patschke, and Ron Randig to the Board and Council member Gonzales seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Three voted AYE.  ONE vote NO (Council member Hortenstine).  Motion passed.

 

ADJOURN

          With no further business, the council meeting was adjourned at 6:45p.m.

 

 

                        _________________________

                        Donald R. Hill, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

___________________________

Susan Brock, City Clerk