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Council of the City of Taylor met on August 11, 2005, at City Hall, 400 Porter
St., Taylor, Texas. Mayor Don Hill
declared a quorum and called the special meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with the
Council Member Bernabe Gonzales
Council Member Ella Jez
Police Chief Jeff Straub led the
group in prayer.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
No citizens came forward at this
FROM JULY 14, JULY 21, AND JULY 26, 2005.
Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to accept the minutes as presented and
Council member Hortenstine seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted
AYE. Motion passed.
BY KEEP TAYLOR BEAUTIFUL TO RECOGNIZE THE CITY OF TAYLOR AS A KEEP TEXAS
BEAUTIFUL GOLD STAR AFFILIATE.
Baska, President of Keep Taylor Beautiful, Lee Anderson, and Jonathan Kamenicky
presented an award to the Mayor and City Council recognizing the City of Taylor
as a Gold Star Affiliate of the Keep Texas Beautiful Organization. The award is given to cities who have
implemented community programs to prevent litter, minimize solid waste,
beautify public areas, and to educate citizens.
EMPLOYEE AND RETIREE HEALTH BENEFITS.
Starla Hall, Director of Human Resources, presented Council with information
regarding several health benefits options for both employees and retirees as a
result of recent bids received. Only
three bids were received and staff believes that the bid submitted by Scott
& White is the best one for the City based on services and costs. Scott & White is offering three
plans: the Current Custom plan, Plan
20, and Consumer Choice Plan 30. Ms.
Hall met with 79 of the 126 current employees to explain the different plans
being presented and how much of an increase each one would be. They were asked to complete a survey form
indicating which plan they prefer and the majority of respondents selected the
Current Custom Plan without any deductible.
a) Based on the survey results and
Council opinion, Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to select the Current
Plan without Deductible and to also offer employees the Consumer Plan 30 for
the 2005/2006 Fiscal Year. Council
member Gonzales seconded the motion.
VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed. Council also supported an option for employees to retain the dollar
amount difference from what the city pays under the current plan or to apply it
to the premium of any other employee benefit selected if the cost is less than
the Current Plan.
b) Ms. Hall also provided council with
information regarding alternative plans for retirees including a separate pool
or a “blended” option. Based on the
information and figures presented, Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a motion to keep
the retirees in a separate pool and Council member Jez seconded the
motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion
c) In a separate motion, Mayor Pro Tem
McDonald made a motion to continue to pay the full premium for the current
retirees but beginning with new retirees entering the plan to only pay the same
amount designated for the active employees.
Council member Hortenstine seconded the motion. VOTE:
Four voted AYE; One voted NO= Council member Gonzales.
d) Council also agreed to continue to keep
the current policy of extending health benefits for retirees for five years or
until they reach the age of 65.
AWARDING HOME GRANT TO NEW RECIPIENT.
Bob VanTil, Director of Community Development, presented background
information on the HOME grant program and the current status of the recipients
list. The grant is administered through
the City by James Conquest of Leo Woods and Associates, our grant
administrator. Since the grant was
awarded, one of the recipients, Mrs. Henderson, has passed away and the
Committee was able to reconsider an “8th Recipient” to receive an
award. The Committee asked Mr.
Conquest to revisit the two applicants who they ranked as next in line. Committee members received his information
and made a recommendation to select Mrs. Strather at 120 Royal Street as the
next recipient of the HOME grant award.
As per the Committee’s recommendation, Mayor Pro Tem McDonald made a
motion to award the next HOME Grant award to Mrs. Ray Ella Strather and Council
member Jez seconded the motion.
VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
PURCHASE OF NEW LIGHTING FOR ROBINSON PARK BASEBALL FIELDS.
Mr. Salvato presented a request to purchase new lighting for the
baseball field at Robinson Park. It
appears the light poles and equipment are no longer serviceable due to their
age and condition. Mr. Salvato
presented an estimate of costs to replace only the broken bulbs at this time to
provide lighting immediately for any night games. Ultimately, staff recommend replacing the existing poles and
lighting with new equipment. However, the
cost for replacement exceeds $25,000 and the project will have to go out for
bid and require the field to be out of use while the repairs are being made. Members from the local soft ball league were
present and urged council to take action as soon as possible due to the
popularity of the fields. Council
member Gonzales made it clear that anything less than complete replacement of
the faulty equipment would be unsatisfactory to him. Mayor Pro Tem McDonald expressed his concern that staff follow
the Parks Plan recommendations for any improvements at the City Parks and that
any monies spent on the light repairs be considered as part of the total monies
targeted for the entire Robinson Park improvement plan. Council member Jez made a motion to replace
the eleven bulbs immediately and begin the process of prioritizing the needs
outlined in the Murphy and Robinson Park Plans and have Hall Bargainer present
a proposal to replace the poles and lights.
Council member Hortenstine seconded the motion. VOTE:
Three voted AYE (Jez, Hortenstine, Hill) and two voted NO: (Gonzales and McDonald).
TAX RATE AND 2005-2006 BUDGET
UPPER LIMIT OF THE AD VALOREM TAX RATE AND TAKE RECORD VOTE, TO BE DISCUSSED AT
A PUBLIC HEARING.
DAY TIME, AND PLACE OF A PUBLIC HEARING ON AD VALOREM TAX RATE AND 2005-2006
Staff presented council with a chart detailing the impact of ad valorem tax
rates and the effect they would have on the 2005/2006 Fiscal Year Budget. After reviewing the data presented, Council
member Hortenstine made a motion to set the upper limit of the ad valorem tax
rate for 2205/2006 at 0.7865 and Council member Jez seconded the motion. RECORD VOTE:
Mayor Hill Aye
Mayor Pro Tem
Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
Council member Jez made a motion to set the dates for the public
hearings for August 23 and August 30, 2005 to be held at City Hall, 400 Porter
Street, at 6:00 pm. Mayor Pro Tem
McDonald seconded the motion.
VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
REIMBURSEMENT RESOLUTION R05-26 TO REIMBURSE FOR CERTAIN COSTS.
Mr. Salvato presented a Resolution addressing the need for staff to move
forward with the planning and design for the street repairs and utility line
relocation around the new fire station and park improvements (which may include
an indoor recreational facility). Prior
to spending funds that might be received from a future Certificate of
Obligation Bond issue, Council is required to adopt a reimbursement
resolution. However, adopting the
resolution does not obligate the City to proceed with these projects. Mayor
Pro Tem McDonald expressed his concern about repairing these streets near the
new fire station while other residential streets are also in need of
repair. Mr. Salvato reminded council
that there is a Street Rehabilitation Program in place to rank the needs for
street repairs and that it is reviewed annually. Continued discussion led to a comment that it could become a
safety issue for the fire trucks if the streets are in disrepair as the trucks
leave the new station. Council member
Hortenstine made a motion to approve Resolution R05-26 and Council member Jez
seconded the motion. VOTE: Five voted AYE. Motion passed.
SESSIONS: The Taylor City
Council will hold closed executive meetings 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 deliberate the offer of financial or other
incentives to the business prospect; and Section 551.071 of the Texas Government Code in order to meet with its
City Attorney on a matter in which the duty of the Attorney to the governmental
body under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the State
Bar of Texas authorize and allow such a closed meeting and
which Rules conflict with the Texas Open Meetings Act.
Mayor Hill Mayor
Hill closed the public meeting pursuant to Section 551.071 and Section 551.087
of the Texas Government Code to adjourn into executive session.
ACTION ON EXECUTIVE SESSION
Mayor Hill called the meeting
back to order at 8:37 pm and announced that there was no action taken during
the Executive Sessions.
With no further business, the council meeting was adjourned at 8:40
R. Hill, Mayor
Susan Brock, City Clerk