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The City Council of the City of
Taylor met on June 11, 2009 at City Hall, 400 Porter St., Taylor, Texas. Noting
the absence of Council Member John McDonald, 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 City
Manager, Jim Dunaway
Council Member Christopher Gonzales City
Attorney, Ted Hejl
Council Member Donald Hill City
Clerk, Susan Brock
Mayor Hortenstine led the group in
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Mr. Chester Davis came forward to address the Council in
opposition to the proposed Fireworks Ordinance 2009-14.
MINUTES FOR MAY 14, AND MAY 26, 2009.
Mayor Pro Tem Jez moved to approve
the consent agenda as presented and Council Member Hill seconded the motion.
VOTE: Four voted Aye. Motion passed.
REGULAR AGENDA ?
REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:
BLACKSHEAR/O. L. PRICE EX-STUDENT ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REUNION.
Mayor Hortenstine presented a proclamation to Mr. David Williams recognizing
the annual reunion of the Blackshear/O. L. Price Ex-Student Association.
REAPPOINTMENT OF DOLORES CHAVANA AS ASSOCIATE MUNICIPAL JUDGE.
Mr. Dunaway presented a request to reappoint Ms. Dolores Chavana as the
Associate Municipal Judge for the city.
Council Member Hill expressed his appreciation for her service and moved to
approve the reappointment of Dolores Chavana as Associate Municipal Judge and Council
Member Gonzales seconded the motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE. Motion passed.
INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2009-16 REGARDING NAMING OF STREETS IN CITY LIMITS.
Mr. John Elsden presented a request to consider introducing Ordinance
2009-16 to name specific streets as addressed by the Street Naming Committee.
He stated that the thirty day period for public input has passed and the
Committee has forwarded their recommendation to the Council for action. Council
Member Gonzales asked for further clarification on Prather, Speegle, and Center
Streets. Based on public comment received, Mayor Pro Tem Jez made a request
for Council to consider changing the name of Larry Street to Our Lady of
Guadalupe Cemetery Road and be abbreviated OLG Cemetery Road if necessary.
Council Member Hill asked for further clarification on the committee review of
the proposed street names. He expressed concern that the process did not allow
the committee to meet and review the public comments and he asked that this
information and the recommendations be referred back to the Committee for
Mayor Hortenstine asked Mr. Hejl to read the caption to Ordinance 2009-16 and
declared it introduced.
AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE NAMING OF STREETS WITHIN THE CITY OF TAYLOR,
TEXAS; PROVIDING A REPEALING CLAUSE; AND PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE?
GOVERNMENT FINANCE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED BUDGET
Mr. Dunaway presented a request to recognize Ms. Rosemarie Dennis, Finance
Director, and her staff for receiving the Distinguished Budget Presentation
Award from the Government Finance Officers Association. This is the second
year in a row for the City to receive this award and Ms. Alice Benjiman and
Terri Carrizales were also present to accept the award.
INTRODUCING ORDINANCE 2009-14 AMENDING THE ORDINANCE 98-19 PROHIBITING
FIREWORKS WITHIN 5,000 FEET OUTSIDE CITY LIMITS.
Chief Bruce Watson presented a request to consider introducing an ordinance
to amend the existing ordinance regarding fireworks. He expressed his concern
that the current ordinance allows for fireworks stands to locate too close to
the city limits. He believes by requiring fireworks stands to be a greater
distance from the city limits it will be more apparent that fireworks are
prohibited in the city limits and that it is ultimately in the best interest of
the general welfare and safety of the citizens of Taylor.
Mayor Hortenstine asked Mr. Hejl to read the caption to Ordinance 2009-14 and
declared it introduced.
AN ORDINANCE TO PROHIBIT THE STORAGE, SALE AND USE OF
EXPLOSIVES AND FIREWORKS WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS OF TAYLOR, TEXAS, AND WITHIN
5,000 FEET OUTSIDE THE CITY LIMITS; DECLARING THE STORAGE, SALE AND USE OF
FIREWORKS TO BE A NUISANCE AND PROVIDING FOR INJUNCTION RELIEF, EXCLUDING,
HOWEVER, FROM THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ORDINANCE, THE USE OF FIREWORKS FOR
AGRICULTURAL PURPOSES AS HEREINAFTER SET FORTH; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY
CLAUSE; PROVIDING A REPEALING CLAUSE; PROVIDING A PENALTY OF FIVE HUNDRED
DOLLARS ($500.00) FOR EACH OFFENSE EXCEPT WHERE A DIFFERENT PENALTY HAS BEEN
ESTABLISHED BY STATE LAW FOR ANY OFFENSE WHICH PENALTY SHALL BE THAT FIXED BY
STATE LAW, AND FOR ANY OFFENSE WHICH IS A VIOLATION OF ANY PROVISION OF LAW THAT
GOVERNS FIRE SAFETY, ZONING, OR PUBLIC HEALTH AND SANITATION, INCLUDING DUMPING
OF REFUSE, THE PENALTY SHALL BE A FINE NOT TO EXCEED THE SUM OF TWO THOUSAND
DOLLARS ($2,000.00) FOR EACH OFFENSE AND EACH AND EVERY DAY SAID VIOLATION IS
CONTINUED SHALL CONSTITUTE A SEPARATE OFFENSE; AND PROVIDING FOR PUBLICATION.
AWARDING A CONTRACT FOR SERVICES FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE HOME AND HOUSING
TRUST FUND WEATHERIZATION PROGRAMS.
Mr. Bob vanTil, Director of Community Development, presented a request to
approve a contract for grant administrative services with Langford Community
Management Services, Inc. Langford would be responsible for managing both the
2008 HOME and 2009 Housing Trust Fund Programs. Estimated costs for these
services are not expected to exceed $99,280 including a 12 percent fee for soft
costs expenses which is covered by the grant funds.
Mayor Pro Tem Jez moved to award
the contract for grant administration services to Langford Community Management
Services and Council Member Hill seconded the motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE.
APPOINTMENTS TO MAIN STREET ADVISORY BOARD.
Ms. Jean Johnson, Director of Main Street Program, presented a request to
consider appointing two new members to the board for fill recent vacancies.
Council Member Hill moved to approve the recommendation of the Board to appoint
A. P. Patschke and John Youngblood to the Main Street Advisory Board and Mayor
Pro Tem Jez seconded the motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE. Motion passed.
With no further business; Mayor Hortenstine adjourned the
meeting at 6:52 p.m.
Rod Hortenstine, Mayor
Susan Brock, City Clerk