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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on July 26, 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 following present:

 

Mayor Don Hill                                                  City Manager Frank Salvato

Mayor Pro Tem John McDonald                        City Clerk Susan Brock

Council Member Rod Hortenstine                       City Attorney Ted Hejl

Council Member Bernabe Gonzales

Council Member Ella Jez

 

INVOCATION

Ms. Jon-Etta Ross led the meeting with an invocation.

 

CONSENT AGENDA

1.      CONCUR WITH FINANCIALS FOR JUNE, 2005

2.      ORDINANCE 2005-13 AMENDING THE TAYLOR SUBDIVISION CODE TO PERMIT ADMINISTRATIVE APPROVAL OF AMENDED PLATS

 

Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to approve the consent agenda as presented and Council member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed. 

 

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:

3.      PROCLAMATION FOR AUGUST AS BREAST FEEDING MONTH.
Mayor Hill presented a proclamation to Sandi Halstead-Bohac with the WIC program proclaiming August as Breast Feeding Month.
    

 

4.      CONSIDER A WATER TOWER CO-LOCATION LEASE AGREEMENT WITH HOUSTON CELLULAR TELEPHONE COMPANY, LP, AND ITS GENERAL PARTNER NEW CINGULAR WIRELESS PCS, LLC.  Mr. Bob VanTil, Director of Community Development, presented a request from Cingular Wireless to install an antenna on the leg of the Mallard Street water tower.  Mr. VanTil and Mr. Hejl, City Attorney, both agreed that the agreement being presented was in need of additional clarification of certain language regarding access to the property.  There were additional concerns regarding the location of existing TaylorCNET equipment and future potential conflicts that need to be addressed and better defined prior to approval of this agreement.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a request to consider the possibility of encumbering lease payments to be applied for future maintenance of the water tower, including painting.  Council agreed to table this item until additional details could be addressed.  No action was taken.

 

5.      CONSIDER AWARDING CONTRACT WITH FIRST SOUTHWEST FOR FINANCIAL ADVISORY SERVICES.  Mr. Dan Wegmiller with First Southwest presented a brief history of their relationship with the City of Taylor and explained how through an oversight their contract with the City had expired last month.  Council member Hortenstine expressed his disappointment with the firm’s lack of attention to such details as well as the presentation of inaccurate information at the last budget workshop.  Staff explained how the budget and bond information presented was gathered and that it was only meant to serve as a guideline until the final figures could be inserted and apologized for any confusion regarding the budget information.  With no further discussion, Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to award the contract to First Southwest and Council member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  5 voted AYE.  Motion passed.

 

6.      CONSIDER AND TAKE ACTION WITH RESPECT TO Ordinance 2005-14 authorizing the issuance of $5.1 million General Obligation Bonds, levying and Ad Valorem Tax in support of the Bonds, approving an Official Statement and authorizing the execution of a Paying Agent/Registrar Agreement and a Purchase Contract and ordaining other matters relating to the Bonds.  Ordinance to be read only once as authorized in Section 1201.028 Texas Government Code.  Ms. Ross presented a request for the introduction of Ordinance 2005-14 to authorize the issuance of $5.1 million in General Obligation Bonds as a result of the November, 2003 election when citizens approved the funds to build a new public library and a new fire station.  Mayor Hill asked Mr. Hejl to read the caption of the ordinance:

 

ORDINANCE 2005-14

 

ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF $5,100,000 CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, SERIES 2005; LEVYING AN AD VALOREM TAX IN SUPPORT OF THE BONDS; APPROVING AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT; AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF A PAYING AGENT/REGISTRAR AGREEMENT AND A PURCHASE CONTRACT; AND ORDAINING OTHER MATTERS RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF THE BONDS

 

                Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to approve the Ordinance as read and adopt on        one reading.  Council member Gonzales seconded the motion.  Mayor Hill requested a             roll call on the vote:      

                                                Mayor Hill:                              Aye

                                                Mayor Pro Tem McDonald:            Aye

                                                Council member Jez:                 Aye

                                                Council member Gonzales:            Aye

                                                Council member Hortenstine:            Aye

           

            VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

7.      CONSIDER DEVELOPER AGREEMENTS REGARDING MALLARD PARK PHASES I AND II.  City Manager, Frank Salvato, presented background information regarding the developer agreements being considered for council approval.  Both Mr. Salvato and Mr. Hejl have agreed to continue to work with the developer to finalize these agreements and were seeking council support to move forward with the documents.   Council agreed to allow            staff to continue to develop the necessary language to create these documents and took no further action on this item.

 

8.      CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARING AND CONSIDER RESOLUTION R05-23 APPROVING SUBMITTAL OF AN APPLICATION TO THE TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT FOR AN OUTDOOR RECREATION GRANT.  Mr. VanTil presented a request to council to conduct a public hearing and consider this resolution for a $500,000 grant using approximately 40.5 acres of land as a local match.  The $500,000 grant will pay for the high priority items outlined in the Parks Master Plan and additional trails into and throughout the park.  In addition to the land match, the city will also provide a $250,000 cash match from funds received from the sale of land at the corners of North Main and Lake Drive.  Mayor Hill declared the Public Hearing open and Mr. Johnny Sanford expressed his support for the project.  Mayor Hill declared the Hearing closed and there was no further discussion.  Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to approve Resolution R05-23 and Council member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

9.      CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARING AND CONSIDER RESOLUTION R05-24 APPROVING SUBMITTAL OF AN APPLICATION TO THE TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT FOR AN INDOOR RECREATION GRANT.  Mr. VanTil presented a request to council to conduct a public hearing and consider this resolution for a $750,000 grant with the city providing three acres of land and a cash match of $713,000.  Mr. Salvato recommends that the cash match come from the issuance of a Certificate of Obligation rather than the sale of land at the corners of North Main and Lake Drive.  Mayor Hill declared the Public Hearing open; no citizen comment was heard.  Mayor Hill declared the Hearing closed and Council member Jez made a motion to approve Resolution R05-24 and Council member Hortenstine seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

10.  CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARING AND CONSIDER RESOLUTION R05-25 AMENDING THE SITE PLAN FOR EAST WILLIAMSON COUNTY PARK SITE PLAN.  Mr. VanTil told Council that this Resolution has been withdrawn, but due to the fact that the notice for the Public Hearing had already been published he wanted the opportunity to make the announcement during the council meeting.  No action is necessary on this agenda item and none was taken.

11.  CONSIDER REAPPOINTMENT OF ASSOCIATE MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGE.
Mr. Salvato informed Council that the appointment for the current Associate Municipal Court Judge, Dolores Chavana, has expired and it is necessary to make the reappointment at this time.    This appointment is for a two-year term.  Council member Hortenstine made a motion to reappoint Ms. Chavana as the Associate Municipal Court Judge for a two-year term to expire in June, 2007.  Council member Jez seconded the motion.  VOTE:  Five voted AYE.  Motion passed.

ADJOURN

With no further business, the council meeting was adjourned at 7:10 p.m.

 

                       

                        _________________________

                        Donald R. Hill, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk