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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on January 27, 2009 at City Hall, 400 Porter St., Taylor, Texas.  Mayor Hortenstine declared a quorum and called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with the following present:

 

Mayor Pro Tem Ella Pumphrey Jez                     Interim City Manager, Jim Dunaway

Council Member Bernabe Gonzales                    City Attorney, Ted Hejl

Council Member Don Hill                                   City Clerk, Susan Brock

Council Member John McDonald                      

INVOCATION

Chief Straub led the group in prayer.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


CITIZENS COMMUNICATION

No citizens came forward.

CONSENT AGENDA

1.      MINUTES FOR JANUARY 6, 2009 AND JANUARY 8, 2009.

2.      CONCUR WITH PRELIMINARY FINANCIALS FOR DECEMBER, 2008.
Council Member McDonald moved to approve the consent agenda as presented and Council Member Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted Aye.  Motion passed.

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:

3.      PROCLAMATION: RECOGNIZING FEBRUARY AS BLACK HISTORY MONTH.
Mayor Hortenstine presented a proclamation recognizing February as Black History Month.  Council Member Hill accepted the proclamation.

4.      CONSIDER BOARD APPOINTMENTS FOR THE LIBRARY AND MAIN STREET BOARDS, AND THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION AND THE ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS.
Ms. Brock presented a request to Council to consider appointments to committees and/or boards with members whose terms have expired or to fill vacancies created by resignations.  Last year, Council approved changing all board appointments to expire in January of each year.  It was agreed to make the change in terms as they come up for reappointment.  Each Board and/or staff has submitted their recommendations for reappointments or new appointments as follows:

 

·         Reappoint Teresa Gardner and Vicki Thornton to the Library Board and continue to seek applicants for one remaining vacancy

 

·         Reappoint Jan Konarik, Dana Moehnke, Janette Polach, Irene Michna to the Main Street Advisory Board and continue to seek new applicants.

 

·         Reappoint Don McAlister, and Randolph Griffin, Sr. and to the Planning and Zoning Commission and continue to seek applicants for one remaining vacancy.

 

·         Reappoint John Sanford and Michael Aplin to the Zoning Board of Adjustments and to appoint new applicant Thomas W. Rohlack as an alternate member.


Council Member Hill moved to approve the board appointments as presented and Mayor Pro Tem Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

(Mayor Pro Tem Jez recused herself from the discussion on the following agenda item.)

 

5.      CONSIDER REAPPOINTMENTS TO THE MOODY MUSEUM ADVISORY BOARD.    
Ms. Brock presented a request from the Moody Museum Advisory Board to consider reappointing four members of the Board and to seek applicants to fill the vacancy created by not reappointing Mr. Tim Trembly.       


Council Member McDonald moved to reappoint Cissie Pierce, Claire Maxwell, Gracie Yanez, and Nicole Filz and Council Member Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed.   


(Following the vote, Mayor Pro Tem Jez rejoined the meeting.)

6.      CONSIDER INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2009-3 REGARDING THE HOTEL/MOTEL TAX.
Mr. Dunaway presented a request to consider an ordinance

Mayor Hortenstine asked Mr. Hejl to read the caption and declared Ordinance 2009-3 introduced. 

ORDINANCE 2009-3

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS, REGARDING THE COLLECTION OF HOTEL MOTEL TAXES WITHIN THE CITY; PROVIDING FOR A FINE OR PENALTY OF THIS ORDINANCE AS A MISDEMEANOR NOT TO EXCEED $500.00 FOR EACH OFFENSE, EXCEPT HOWEVER, WHERE A DIFFERENT PENALTY HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY STATE LAW FOR SUCH OFFENSE, IN WHICH EVENT THE PENALTY SHALL BE FIXED BY STATE LAW AND IF DEEMED A VIOLATION OF ANY PROVISIONAL LAW THAT GOVERNS FIRE SAFETY, ZONING, OR PUBLIC HEALTH AND SANITATION, THE PENALTY SHALL NOT EXCEED THE SUM OF $2,000.00 FOR EACH OFFENSE; PROVIDING A SAVINGS, REPEALER, SEVERABILITY, AND EFFECTIVE DATE CLAUSES.

 

7.      CONSIDER APPROVING RESOLUTION R09-4 IN SUPPORT OF THE INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION TO AMEND THE TAX CODE TO ALLOW THE CITY TO USE HOTEL TAX FOR SPORTING VENUES.  
Mr. Bob van Til, Director of Community Development, presented a request to consider approving a resolution in support of

Council Member McDonald moved to approve Resolution R09-4 in support of legislation amending the tax code and Council Member Gonzales seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

8.      CONSIDER AGREEMENT WITH THE TAYLOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BUSINESS RETENTION AND EXPANSION (BRE) PROGRAM.
Mr. van Til presented a request from the Taylor Chamber of Commerce to consider

Mayor Pro Tem Jez moved to approve the agreement for the BRE Program as presented and Council Member Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

9.      CONSIDER ALLOWING THE U. S. CENSUS BUREAU USE OF THE CITY BUILDING LOCATED AT 1301 4TH STREET TO INTERVIEW, TEST, AND TRAIN LOCAL RESIDENTS TO CONDUCT 2010 CENSUS SURVEY IN TAYLOR.
Mr. Dunaway presented a request to 

Council agreed to pass on this item until additional information regarding costs to repair and maintain the facility could be provided. 

10.  CONSIDER AWARDING BID FOR JANITORIAL SERVICES.
Ms. Lisa Thompson presented a request to consider awarding the bid for

Council Member Hill moved to award the bid for janitorial services to Bonus Building Care in the amount of $53,592 and Council Member McDonald seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

11.  CONSIDER INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2009-7 AMENDING ANIMAL ORDINANCE 2008-21 WITH REGARDS TO CHICKENS IN THE CITY LIMITS.
Chief Straub presented an amended ordinance     

Mayor Hortenstine asked Mr. Hejl to read the caption and declared Ordinance 2009-7 officially introduced.


ORDINANCE NO. 2009-7

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS, ESTABLISHING GENERAL REGULATIONS FOR THE CONTROL OF ANIMALS WITHIN THE CITY; ESTABLISHING AN ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER; ESTABLISHING AN ANIMAL CONTROL APPEALS BOARD; REQUIRING VACCINATIONS AND REGISTRATIONS OF REQUIRED ANIMALS; PROHIBITING ANIMALS FROM RUNNING AT LARGE; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING A REPEALING CLAUSE; PROVIDING A PENALTY OF FINE NOT TO EXCEED THE SUM OF FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($500.00) FOR EACH OFFENSE, EXCEPT WHERE A DIFFERENT PENALTY HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY STATE LAW FOR SUCH OFFENSE, OR FOR ANY VIOLATION OF ANY PROVISION WHICH GOVERNS PUBLIC HEALTH OR SANITATION WHICH SHALL BE PUNISHED BY PENALTY OF FINE NOT TO EXCEED THE SUM OF TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS ($2,000.00); PROVIDING FOR PUBLICATION; AND PROVIDING EFFECTIVE DATE.


12.  CONSIDER ESTABLISHING A POLICY FOR RENTAL OF CITY FACILITIES TO NON-PROFIT AGENCIES OR GROUPS.
Mr. Danny Thomas, Director of Public Works, presented a request for Council to consider

Council agreed to pass on this item and to bring back a specific policy regarding the use of the Murphy Park pavilion by non-profit groups. 

13.  CONSIDER APPROVING RESOLUTION R09-5 ESTABLISHING POLICY TO NAME STREETS AND PUBLIC FACILITIES WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS.
Mr. John Elsden, City Planner, presented a request to Council to consider approving Resolution R09-5 and a policyxx,dkeihjd

Council Member McDonald moved to approve Resolution R09-5 and the policy as presented and Council Member Gonzales seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

14.  CONSIDER APPROVING REVISIONS TO SECTION 4.13 FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE POLICY.
Ms. Starla Hall, Director of Human Resources, presented a request to

Mayor Pro Tem Jez moved to approve the revised Family and Medical Leave Policy as presented and Council Member Hill seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

15.  CONSIDER DESIGNATING FUNDS FROM TXU SETTLEMENT OF MAY, 2006 FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE EAST WILLIAMSON COUNTY REGIONAL PARK.
Mr. Dunaway presented a request to

Council Member McDonald moved to approve the use of $182,187.11 funds received as a result of the TXU settlement of their rate case for improvements to the East Williamson County Regional Park.  Council Member Gonzales seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

16.  CONSIDER APPROVING RESOLUTION R09-3 CALLING FOR AN ELECTION FOR TWO COUNCIL MEMBERS, DISTRICT 2 AND DISTRICT 3 ON MAY 9, 2009.
Ms. Brock presented a request to Council to approve a resolution calling a city election for two council member positions that expire in May. 

Council Member Hill moved to approve Resolution R09-3 and Mayor Pro Tem Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

17.  CONSIDER AUTHORIZING A JOINT ELECTION AGREEMENT AND CONTRACT FOR ELECTION SERVICES WITH THE WILLIAMSON COUNTY ELECTIONS DIVISION TO CONDUCT A MUNICIPAL ELECTION ON MAY 9, 2009.
Ms. Brock presented a request to Council to

Council Member Hill moved to approve the Joint Election Agreement and the Contract for Election Services with the Williamson County Elections Division as presented.  Council Member Gonzales seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

18.  CONSIDER APPROVING FUNDING FOR ADDITIONAL SECURITY MEASURES AT THE TAYLOR CITY CEMETERY.
Mr. Thomas presented a request to

Council agreed to pass on this item.

19.  CONSIDER ACCEPTING DONATION FROM THE WAL-MART FOUNDATION TO THE TAYLOR FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Mr. Dunaway presented this item in the absence of Chief Bruce Watson due to illness.  The Fire Department recently received a donation from the Wal-Mart Foundation in the amount of $xxx for the purchase of educational materials.   

Council Member McDonald moved to accept the donation from the Wal-Mart Foundation and Mayor Pro Tem Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

20.  EXECUTIVE SESSION I. 
The Taylor City Council will conduct a closed executive meeting pursuant to the provisions of the Open Meetings Law, Chapter 551, Government Code, in accordance with the authority contained in Section 551.072 in order to deliberate regarding acquisition of real property.

21.  EXECUTIVE SESSION II.  The Taylor City Council will hold a closed executive meeting pursuant to the provisions of the Open Meetings Law, Chapter 551, Government Code, in accordance with the authority contained in Section 551.087 to discuss or deliberate regarding commercial and/or financial information on a business prospect that the City of Taylor, Texas seeks to have locate, stay, or expand in or near the city of Taylor, Texas and with which the City of Taylor, Texas is conducting economic development negotiations and/or to deliberate the offer of financial or other incentives to the business prospect.  

Mayor Hortenstine adjourned Council into closed session at 7:45 pm.

22.  CONSIDER ACTION FROM EXECUTIVE SESSIONS I AND II.
Mayor Hortenstine reconvened Council into open session at 9:13 p.m. and stated that no action was taken on any mater discussed in any Executive Session. 

ADJOURN

            With no further business; Mayor Hortenstine adjourned the meeting at 9:13 p.m.


                                                                                                     

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                                                                                                      Rod Hortenstine, Mayor 

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk