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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:
Council Member Bernabe Gonzales City Clerk, Susan Brock
Council Member Ella Jez Library Director, Karen
Mayor Pro Tem John McDonald
REGULAR AGENDA –
REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
With no further business, the council meeting was adjourned at 8:05 a.m.
Susan Brock, City Clerk