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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:
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.
With no further business; Mayor Hortenstine adjourned the
meeting at 6:46 p.m.
Susan Brock, City Clerk