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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
Council Member Rod Hortenstine
Ms. Jon-Etta Ross
led the meeting with an invocation.
Minutes from JUNE 9, 2005.
Concur with financials for may, 2005.
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:
of appreciation to william maxwell.
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.
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
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:
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)
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
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:
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.
EXPANDING 2ND STREET DAZE TO INCLUDE MAIN STREET FOR JULY 9, 2005
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
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONTRACT WITH SLEDGE ENGINEERING FOR ENGINEERING
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
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
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
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.
With no further
business, the council meeting was adjourned at 6:45p.m.
Susan Brock, City Clerk