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The City Council of the City of Taylor met on October 25, 2005, at City Hall, 400 Porter St., Taylor, Texas. In the absence of Mayor Hill, Mayor Pro Tem McDonald declared a quorum and called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with the following present:
Mayor Pro Tem John McDonald City Manager, Frank Salvato
Council Member Bernabe Gonzales City Clerk, Susan Brock
Council Member Ella Jez
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Ms. Deanne Kerlin addressed the Council on a matter concerning the current policy of charging non residents of Taylor a fee to use the Library.
REGULAR AGENDA – REVIEW/DISCUSS & CONSIDER/ACTION:
2. PRESENTATION REGARDING THE EASTERN WILLIAMSON COUNTY CENTER FOR ADVANCED RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGYDr. Bruce Scott, Superintendent of the Taylor Independent School District, presented an overview of the proposed joint project for an Eastern Williamson County Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART). This program is designed to be a partnership with the Taylor Economic Development Corporation and other local educational and business entities. This item was for information and no action was taken.
3. Consider Semi-annual Impact Fee Report from January 1, to June 30, 2005. Bob VanTil, Director of Community Development, presented Council with information regarding the Semi-Annual Impact Fee Report from January 1 to June 30, 2005. The report was submitted and approved by the Capital Improvement Plan Advisory Committee on October 11. Mayor Pro Tem McDonald expressed concern regarding the fact that the current rates were set in 2001 and asked about a study to evaluate impact fee rates. Mr. VanTil stated that Rimrock Consulting is currently conducting such a study and should have results in early 2006. Council member Jez moved to accept the semi-annual impact fee report as presented and Council member Gonzales seconded the motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE. Motion passed.
4. CONSIDER APPROVING ATMOS ENERGY CORPORATION’S REQUEST TO ALLOW THE INTERIM GAS RELIABILITY INFRASTRUCTURE RATE ADJUSTMENT (GRIP) TO TAKE EFFECT. Frank Salvato, City Manager, presented a request from Mr. Randy Hartford of ATMOS Energy Corporation regarding their filing of an interim Gas Reliability Infrastructure Rate Adjustment (GRIP). Mr. Hartford explained the process of how rate adjustments are determined and the need for a rate increase to allow them to earn a regulated rate of return by reducing regulatory lag on invested capital for infrastructure costs. ATMOS is requesting that the City not suspend consideration of this filing and that the City allow the interim rate adjustment to go into effect. The rate adjustments would result in increases in residential, commercial and industrial charges. Council member Jez asked Mr. Hartford to consider expanding services to those residents currently without natural gas service connections and using propane. A list of these residents will be provided to ATMOS for their consideration. As detailed in the information presented, the City was given the option of supporting the request, denying the filing, or taking no action. After some discussion, Council member Hortenstine moved to not take any action and Council member Jez seconded the motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE. Motion passed.
5. CONSIDER ACCEPTING STAFF RECOMMENDATION FOR ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR AIRPORT HANGAR CONSTRUCTION.Mr. VanTil presented Council with information regarding the awarding of a contract for engineering services to design the new airport hangars as previously approved for a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation, Aviation Division. Five proposals were received and each firm was evaluated on criteria that included their experience with airport projects, technical approach to the project, ability to meet deadlines, project design schedule, and construction management experience. Staff met with the Chair of the Airport Advisory Committee to review the proposals and the firm with the highest overall rating was KSA Engineers of Austin. Council member Hortenstine moved to accept the recommendation of the Airport Advisory Board and support the plan for the State to begin negotiations with KSA Engineers. Council member Gonzales seconded the motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE. Motion passed.
6. CONSIDER RESOLUTION R05-30 AND CAST VOTES FOR WILLIAMSON COUNTY APPRAISAL DISTRICT (WCAD) BOARD OF DIRECTORS.Every two years the Williamson County Appraisal District (WCAD) requests that each taxing unit submit candidates for the Board. On September 27, 2005, Council nominated by Resolution R05-28 Ed Komandosky as a candidate for the Board of Directors. Council received the Official Ballot, which contained Mr. Komandosky and nine other candidates. Council member Jez moved that the City of Taylor cast thirty (30) votes for Ed Komandosky by approving Resolution R05-30 and Council member Hortenstine seconded the motion. VOTE: Four voted AYE. Motion passed.
With no further business, the council meeting was adjourned at 7:10 p.m.
John McDonald, Mayor Pro Tem
Susan Brock, City Clerk