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Council of the City of Taylor met on July 14, 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
Council Member Bernabe Gonzales
Council Member Ella Jez
Ms. Jon-Etta Ross
led the meeting with an invocation.
Minutes from JUNE 28, 2005.
ordinance 2005-11 ADOPTING THE NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
(NIMS) AS THE STANDARD FOR INCIDENT MANAGEMENT.
ADOPTING THE NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (NIMS) AS THE STANDARD FOR
INCIDENT MANAGEMENT BY THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS
zoning change for el corral lozano.
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
Council member Jez
requested that Agenda Item 1 be removed from the Consent Agenda due to a correction in the
Minutes as submitted. Council member
Gonzales made a motion to
approve consent Agenda Items 2 and 3 as presented and Council member Jez seconded the motion. VOTE:
Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:
Minutes from JUNE 28,
Council member Jez made a motion to approve Agenda Item 1, the Minutes
from June 28, with a correction to
Agenda Item number 12 regarding the East Williamson County Park funds. Ms. Jez asked that the wording be changed to
“Council member Jez made a motion to accept the funds if awarded by the County
…”. Council member Gonzales seconded the motion. VOTE:
Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
CONSIDER $5.1 GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND,
PRELIMINARY OFFICIAL STATEMENT AND RECEIVE UPDATE ON GENERAL OBLIGATION (GO)
BOND SALE FROM FIRST SOUTHWEST COMPANY.
Frank Salvato, City
Manager, asked that this item be removed from this agenda and rescheduled for
the next council meeting to due to an error in the posting language. The word “million” was inadvertently left
off after the $5.1 and staff was advised that it would be best to repost the
item with the correct wording.
CONSIDER SETTLEMENT BETWEEN TXU
ELECTRIC DELIVERY AND THE STEERING COMMITTEE OF CITIES SERVED BY TXU ELECTRIC
Mr. Salvato presented a brief overview of how this settlement came about
and the history behind the development of the agreement. Mr. Salvato reminded Council members that
the City earlier in the year had opted not to join in a 2004 rate case against
the TXU. Currently, twenty-three TXU
Cities and TXU Electric Delivery have negotiated a settlement agreement. This agreement allows the TXU to issue
payments to the City if we agree not to intervene or participate in any Show
Cause Action initiated at the Public Utilities Commission. Mr. David Bryan with TXU Electric provided
details of the settlement and what payments would be forthcoming to the City if
the agreement were accepted. For the
current year the payment would be $28,442.54 and for each successive year until
the new tariff is approved, would be $27,088.13 annually.
Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a
motion to accept the agreement as presented and Council member Hortenstine
seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
AUTHORIZING AMENDMENTS TO DESIGN CONTRACT FOR NORTH DRIVE IMPROVEMENT.
Casey Sledge, Engineering
Consultant to the City, presented background information regarding these change
orders requested for the North Drive project.
Mr. Salvato informed Council members that earlier in the week he had
been asked to approve change order Number 4 in an effort to let the project
continue without delay. The remaining
two change orders were still under consideration by the Council and Mr. Sledge
explained how the increased costs were due to some unknown factors of the
project discovered once the bridge construction was underway. It appears there is a water main line
directly under the bridge that would be covered with concrete culverts unless
the city agreed to relocate the line.
This Change order #3R is for $32,575 and is deemed necessary to avoid future
problems in the event that the water line were to break or need repairs which
would then entail tearing down the bridge in order to get to the water line.
Change Order #5 deals with the
drainage design of a low valley at T. H. Johnson Drive. The current design calls for street run off
to drain into a grass channel on a vacant residential lot. Staff feels this is not the best solution to
the problem and is seeking approval for this change order to allow crews to
relocate the sidewalk to the south side of T. H. Johnson drive and save a tree
on the Greiger’s property while letting the runoff go into a storm drain pipe.
Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to approve all three change orders as
presented and Council member Jez seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
AUTHORIZING UTILITY FUNDS FOR RIO GRANDE WASTEWATER IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT PAVING
Mr. Sledge reminded Council
that they had previously awarded a contract to Smetana & Associates for the
TCDP funded Rio Grande Street Wastewater Improvements Project totaling
$278,075.88. Once the repairs were made
to the wastewater lines, Smetana attempted to repair the cuts in the streets
but city staff feel the repairs are unsatisfactory and that additional paving
is necessary. Mr. Sledge presented two
options to consider to make this project complete. Council member Hortenstine made a motion to authorize staff to
negotiate repairs with Smetana where they pay $9,200 and the City pays no more
than $8,100 to perform a full-width seal-coat on Mustang and Full-width HMAC
overlays on Bland and Rio Grande. Mayor
Pro Tem McDonald seconded the motion.
VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
PUBLIC HEARING AND INTRODUCE ORDINANCE 2005-13 AMENDING THE TAYLOR SUBDIVISION
CODE TO PERMIT ADMINISTRATIVE APPROVAL OF AMENDED PLATS.
Mr. Bob VanTil, Directory
of Community Development, requested Council hold a Public Hearing to introduce
Ordinance2005-13. He stated that
currently, State law already allows cities the ability to approve three levels
of plats. The Planning and Zoning
Commission held a Public Hearing and forwarded their recommendation to Council
to approve the Ordinance with changes to subsection 8 regarding the relocation
of lot lines. Commission members asked
that in these instances the plats be referred back to them for further
discussion and for a decision. Mayor
Hill declared the Public Hearing open and City Attorney, Ted Hejl, read the
caption to the Ordinance:
OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS
AMENDING APPENDIX C, SUBDIVISION ORDINANCE, OF THE TAYLOR CITY CODE, AS
AMENDED, TO ADD STAFF APPROVAL OF AMENDED PLATS, PROVIDING A REPEALING CLAUSE,
PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE, AND PROVIDING A SAVINGS CLAUSE.
No public comment was received, the Public Hearing was closed and the
Ordinance was officially declared introduced.
AWARD OF BIDS FOR REPAIRS TO THE DAN MOODY MUSEUM.
Mr. VanTil presented an
overview of a plan to address needed repairs at the Moody Museum. Last year the Moody Museum Advisory Board
identified over $200,000 worth of repairs at the Museum, with $50,000 of those
repairs considered to be in need of
immediate attention. Council
approved $20,000 in the 2004-05 budget for repairs with the directive that
staff would seek additional funding through grant applications. Staff submitted a grant application to the
Meadows Foundation earlier this year and the grant request was not funded. With the lack of alternative funding, the
Board made a request to the Council on April 26 for an additional $15,000 so
the project could move forward and the repairs could be made in a timely
manner. Council approved the
additional funds, bids were solicited and opened on July 5. Only one bid was received, from John Hughes
Ceramic Tile Contractors of Taylor, and the bid total was higher than the
$35,000 amount budgeted. Susan
Komandosky, President, Moody Museum Board, worked with board members and city
staff to develop a priority list for council consideration; the list included
roof repair, window repair rather than replacement, yard drain, and foundation
leveling with work scheduled to begin this month with every effort to be made
to accommodate those people who have already made reservations to hold events
at the museum.
Council member Jez made a motion to award the contract to John Hughes
Ceramic Tile Contractors of Taylor not to exceed the amount of $35,000. Council member Gonzales seconded the
motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion
10. CONSIDER AWARDING CONTRACT FOR
Ms. Ross, Finance Director,
presented background information regarding the six bid proposals received for a
lease agreement for Copier Services and two new copy machines, one to be
located at City Hall and the other at the Police Department. Based on past service record and reasonable
cost for service, staff recommended a lease agreement with Seamless
Solutions. Council member Jez
questioned the possibility of Taylor Office Equipment providing the service
since they are a local vendor. Ms. Ross
explained that staff is very satisfied with the current level of service from
Seamless Solutions and the bid for services from Taylor Office Equipment was
higher and would cost the city more if they were to contract with the local
vendor. Mr. David Bogan, the local
vendor, was present and responded to council questions regarding their ability
to respond to service calls in a timely manner and reminded Council that they
are currently providing service to three machines in a separate contract with
Council member Jez made a motion to award the contract to Taylor Office
Equipment and support the local vendor; Council member Hortenstine seconded the
motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE, One NO (Council member Gonzales). Motion passed.
11. CONSIDER AGREEMENT WITH e.LocalLink TO PROVIDE
PROMOTIONAL VIDEOS, WEB-STREAMING AND VINYL BANNERS AT NO COST TO THE CITY OF
Jeff Straub, Police Chief,
provided information to Council on a company offering the City an opportunity
to produce promotional videos, web-streaming on the Internet, and vinyl banners
at no cost to the City. The company,
e.LocalLink, and CGI Communications, Inc.
recoups their costs by contacting local businesses to serve as sponsors
of the products and includes them in a business directory that would be
available on the website.
Council member Jez made a motion to accept the agreement as presented and Mayor
Pro Tem McDonald seconded the motion.
VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
With no further business, the council meeting was adjourned at 7:35p.m.
Susan Brock, City Clerk