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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

 

INVOCATION

Mayor Hortenstine led the group in prayer.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


CITIZENS COMMUNICATION

Mr. Chester Davis came forward to address the Council in opposition to the proposed Fireworks Ordinance 2009-14.

CONSENT AGENDA

1.      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:

2.      PROCLAMATION: 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. 

 

3.      CONSIDER 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.  

 

4.      CONSIDER 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 further discussion.

Mayor Hortenstine asked Mr. Hejl to read the caption to Ordinance 2009-16 and declared it introduced.

 

ORDINANCE 2009-16

 
AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE NAMING OF STREETS WITHIN THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS; PROVIDING A REPEALING CLAUSE; AND PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE?



5.      RECOGNIZE GOVERNMENT FINANCE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED BUDGET PRESENTATION AWARD.
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.

6.      CONSIDER 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.

 

ORDINANCE 2009-14

 

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.

 

 

 

7.      CONSIDER 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.  Motion passed.

8.      CONSIDER 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.     

ADJOURN

            With no further business; Mayor Hortenstine adjourned the meeting at 6:52 p.m.


                                                                                                     

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Rod Hortenstine, Mayor 

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk