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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on September 23, 2005, at the Taylor Police Station, 500 S. Main St., Taylor, Texas designated as the City Emergency Operations Center.  Mayor Don Hill declared a quorum and called the special meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. with the following present:

 

Mayor Don Hill                                               City Manager Frank Salvato

Council Member Bernabe Gonzales                  City Clerk, Susan Brock

Council Member Rod Hortenstine                     City Attorney, Ted Hejl

Council Member Ella Jez                                 Chief Haywood Stanford

Mayor Pro Tem John McDonald                     Chief Jeff Straub

Dr. Bruce Scott, TISD Superintendent             Finance Director, Jon-Etta Ross

Tim Mikeska, Chief, Taylor VFD                     Interim Public Works Director, Dennis Kleppe

David King, Taylor Daily Press                        Communications Director, Jean Johnson

Lt. Jon Fontenot

 

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:
 

1.      HURRICANE RITA HAS CREATED AN EMERGENCY FOR WHICH THE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND WELFARE OF THE CITIZENS OF TAYLOR IS TO BE CONSIDERED AND CAUSES A NECESSITY FOR THE CITY COUNCIL TO CONVENE IN EMERGENCY SESSION TO REVIEW THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PLAN, EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER, STAFF PREPAREDNESS, IN GENERAL PREPARATION FOR HURRICANE RITA.  MEETING MAY BE ADJOURNED AND RECONVENED AT SUBSEQUENT TIME AS NECESSITATED BY WEATHER, HEALTH, SAFETY, OR WELFARE ISSUES.

 

Frank Salvato, City Manager, updated the Council and staff in attendance at the City Emergency  Operations Center (EOC) with the most current information regarding the Hurricane.   Mr. Salvato reviewed the City Emergency Management Plan and provided information on how staff has responded and the various levels of preparedness.  He informed Council that staff had already held several meetings earlier during the week with key local contacts including representatives from TXU, Taylor Chamber of Commerce, Taylor Ministerial Alliance, TEDC, Williamson County Judge Hobbs, Johns Community Hospital, TISD, Taylor and Coupland Volunteer Fire Departments, Taylor Daily Press, and the Taylor Housing Authority.  These meetings were designed to bring these groups in the community up to speed on initial preparations in the event that the storm would affect the City of Taylor and to make sure plans were in place to respond on all fronts.  Staff wanted the community to know the city was taking steps in the event of the impending disaster and to also ensure that efforts were not being duplicated within the community.

 

Lt. Jon Fontenot, Taylor Fire Department, and head of the Emergency Operations, relayed information from the Williamson County Emergency Operations Center and a request from the American Red Cross regarding community shelters.  The smaller rural cities were being asked to refer all evacuees to their central location and to call the Hotline so as not to scatter evacuees.  The City had already made plans for a storm shelter, primarily for post storm sheltering of citizens who may have needed shelter if their homes were damaged.

 

In lieu of this information, Council agreed not to open the city shelter at this time but to continue with plans for other disaster relief efforts.  Lt. Fontenot suggested that a better use of staff and volunteer time at this point might be to open a Rest Stop at the corner of 4th and Main Street at the Fire Station.  Heavy traffic and reports of people sleeping in their cars all over town made this a more timely solution to responding to evacuees traveling through town.  Council agreed to let staff set up the Rest Stop immediately and stock it with water, snacks, maps, and shelter information for those in need.


RECESS

With no further business or information, at 9:50 am, Mayor Hill declared the council meeting recessed until further notice.  Staff agreed to meet again at 2:00 pm with updated information at the EOC.

 

                       

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                        Donald R. Hill, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk