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The City Council of the City of Taylor held a special meeting on March 3, 2009 at City Hall, 400 Porter St. , Taylor, Texas.  Mayor Hortenstine declared a quorum (Council Member Hill was absent) and called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm with the following present:

 

Mayor Pro Tem Ella Pumphrey Jez                             Jim Dunaway, City Manager

Council Member Bernabe Gonzales                            Ted Hejl, City Attorney

Council Member John McDonald                               Susan Brock, City Clerk

                                                                            

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:

1.      DISCUSS, REVIEW, AND TAKE POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUES CONCERNING THE EGRET POPULATION IN TAYLOR, TEXAS INCLUDING WAIVERS OF ENFORCEMENT AND BUDGETARY ITEMS REGARDING THE SAME.
Mayor Hortenstine invited Captain Don Georgens and Chief Jeff Straub to present a “plan of action” for the City in addition to the information provided to the public on February 25, 2009 at the Taylor Public Library.  Chief Straub stressed the need for multiple methods of action including the ability to address the use of noise and/or fireworks or pyrotechnics within the current Ordinances.  It was noted that the City Manager has the authority to waive the noise ordinance but the county prohibits the use of fireworks during a burn ban.  Council encouraged citizens to take action on their own and remain alert to any sighting of egrets in the community.  Member Gonzales reminded the community that any action taken should be aimed at preventing the birds to nest and is not intended kill or harm them in any way.  Information has been made available on the city website, in the most recent issue of Community Connections, and meeting notices published in the local newspaper as well as through the use of the CONNECT-CTY notification system.  Citing the fact that the City had already previously sponsored public meetings on this issue the Mayor did not entertain any public comment at this meeting.

Mayor Pro Tem Jez moved to name the Police Department to oversee this program, authorize the City Manager to spend up to $10,000 to implement the program, continue to educate the public, and offer assistance with dumpsters for limb disposal.  The motion was seconded by Council Member McDonald.  VOTE:  Four voted AYE.  Motion passed. 

ADJOURN

            With no further business; Mayor Hortenstine adjourned the meeting at 6:46 p.m.


                                                                                                     

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                                                                                                      Rod Hortenstine, Mayor 

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk