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The City Council of the City of Taylor met jointly with the Taylor Independent School District for a special meeting on October 11, 2005, at Sirloin Stockade, 200 West Lake Drive, Taylor, Texas.  Mayor Don Hill declared a quorum and called the special meeting to order at 7:20 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                Main Street Manager, Jean Johnson

Council Member Ella Jez                              Library Director, Karen Ellis

Mayor Pro Tem John McDonald

 

REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:
 

1.      UPDATE ON SCHOOL ISSUES
Dr. Bruce Scott, TISD Superintendent, commented on current growth issues and facility planning efforts to meet the 5-6% increase in school enrollment at the elementary level.  He stated that both T.H.Johnson and Pasemann Elementary Schools are at or nearing capacity.  He added a comment that only 5 to 6 students have been enrolled as a result of families relocating after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

2.      UPDATE ON ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CENTER
Dr. Scott provided an update on the status of a joint project between the TEDC and TISD to develop an Advanced Technology Center in Taylor.  He distributed brochures illustrating the advantages these Centers and the details of “Project Lead the Way” which is a non-profit organization involved in the development of such a center.  He pointed out that a Center could have an enormous effect on the future job market in Taylor and serve as a training ground for new positions of future employers in the area.  A grant was submitted to Department of Labor for $2.2 million to facilitate this project and a decision should be forthcoming by early next year.
 

3.      UPDATE ON SCHOOL ENROLLMENT
Dr. Scott added to his previous statement on school enrollment by stating that the current count is 3,013 students, slightly less than when the District was at its peak three years ago, and they currently have a 97% attendance rate. 

4.      REVIEW HURRICANE RITA COORDINATION AND PLANNING EFFORTS
Mr. Frank Salvato, City Manager, provided a summary of the events leading up to the opening of the City Shelter for Hurricane Rita evacuees in September.  He acknowledged the cooperation received from the TISD, staff, and general public in making the shelter as successful as it was.  He stressed that staff are still trying to gather information regarding the experience and he hopes the event will prove useful in future emergency management planning in the event of a disaster.

5.      UPDATE ON CITY ISSUES
Mr. Salvato provided an update regarding the Pop Warner, TISD, and City cooperative efforts to relocate the athletic fields as a result of the construction of the new CVS Pharmacy at the corner of West Lake Drive and Main Street.  Mr. Shorty Mitchell has reported that the fields are better than expected and he and the Pop Warner league are very appreciative for the way the project was handled by all entities.

6.      UPDATE ON NEW LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION
Mr. Salvato stated that bids for the construction of the Library, Fire Station, and Park Restrooms have been advertised and are scheduled to be opened on November 10.  He thanked the TISD for their assistance in getting the library site finalized thus allowing the City to build in the same area as the old library.
 

7.      UPDATE ON NEW BRIDGE AND ROAD ON NORTH DRIVE AND OTHER TRAFFIC CONCERNS
Mr. Casey Sledge, Engineering Consultant to the City, provided an updated schedule for completion of the North Drive project and the bridge near Pasemann Elementary School.  He also stated that the Mallard Drive and North Drive intersection work is being planned around the school schedule to minimize traffic concerns.  If the project continues as planned, the bridge should be completed by the end of October.

8.      UPDATE ON FUTURE CITY RETAIL COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH
Mr. Salvato provided information on several projects in various stages of development around the City.  Additional homes are currently under construction and more planned on the Northwest side of town.  Retailers are continuing to show interest in locating in the City and efforts are underway to focus on apparel stores.
 

9.      SHARE CITY STRATEGIC PLAN
Mr. Salvato presented a draft version of the City Strategic Plan for review with plans to continue to update the process on an annual basis.

 

ADJOURN

With no further business, the council meeting was adjourned at 8:05 a.m.

 

                       

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                        Donald R. Hill, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Susan Brock, City Clerk