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1 >>> I WOULD LIKE TO

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2 BRING ABILENE CITY COUNCIL 3 TO ORDER.

[CALL TO ORDER]

4 IT IS 5:30 P.M.

5 ON THIS DAY 6 AUGUST 22ND.

7 AT THIS TIME WE RECESS TO

[1.  

Executive Session - City Council will convene into Executive Session at 4:30 p.m.

Reconvene - City Council will reconvene into open session at 5:30 p.m.

]

8 EXECUTIVE SESSION.

9 SECTION 551.071.

10 SECTION 551.072 ABOUT REAL 11 PROPERTY.

12 SECTION 551.073 ABOUT GIFT 13 AND DONATIONS.

14 SECTION 551.074 PERSONNEL 15 MATTERS.

16 SECTION 551./O 076 ABOUT 17 SECURITY DEVICE AND SECTION 18 51.087 ABOUT PROSPECTS AND 19 LAND DEVELOPMENT.

20 >>> WE'LL RECONVENE TO 21 OPEN SESSION.

22 I ASK COUNCIL TO REST 23 PROVIDE THE INVOCATION ON 24 TODAY AND THEN WE'RE GOING 25 TO ANNOUNCE A VERY SPECIAL 26 GUEST THAT WE HAVE WITH US.

27 >>> JOIN ME IN PRAYER.

[INVOCATION]

28 HEAVILY FATHER THANK YOU 29 FOR THE BLESSING TODAY AND 30 THE ABILITY TO SERVE.

31 WE'RE 32 THANKFUL FOR THE FIRST 33 RESPONDER MINIMIZING THE 34 DAMAGE OF THE RECENT FIRES.

35 WATCH OVER THE MEN AND 36 WOMEN IN ARMED FORCES AND 37 GRANT THEM A SAFE RETURN 38 HOME.

39 PLEASE DON'T TAKE THE WORK 40 OF THESE FINE PEOPLE FOR 41 GRANTED.

42 HELP US TO THINK ABOUT THE 43 FUTURE OF ABILENE AND LET 44 THE DECISIONS WE MAKE BE 45 THE ONES THAT HELP ABILENE 46 BECOME A BETTER CITY FOR 47 ALL WHO LIVE HERE.

48 HELP US TO BE THE KIND OF 49 LEADER WE WERE ELECTED TO 50 BE AND OUR ACTIONS REFLECT 51 THAT.

[PLEDGE TO THE UNITED STATES FLAG AND THE TEXAS FLAG]

52 IN YOUR NAME WE PRAY.

53 AMEN.

54 >>> NORMALLY IT'S OUR 55 TRADITION TO HAVE ONE OF 56 OUR YOUNG STUDENTS IN OUR 57 COMMUNITY LEAD US IN THE 58 PLEDGES.

59 OFTEN, YOU KNOW, THE 50 OR 60 SO FEET BETWEEN THE OFFICE 61 IS ONE IN WHICH WE HAVE TO 62 SOMETIMES ENCOURAGE THOSE 63 TO COME OUT BECAUSE OF 64 SHYNESS.

65 THAT'S NOT THE CASE TODAY.

66 I PROMISE YOU THAT.

67 LORI SAWYERS IS READY FOR 68 TODAY AND MENTIONED THIS 69 TO CHERYL AND JASON.

70 BUT WE'LL MENTION HER 71 SIBLINGS.

72 LAUREN, LANI AND LOGAN 73 COULD NOT BE HERE TODAY.

74 MAYBE BECAUSE IT TAKES 75 SUNSHINE AWAY FROM HER.

76 WE'LL MENTION THAT.

77 WYLIE WEST STARTED SCHOOL 78 YESTERDAY AND SHE'S STILL 79 SMILING.

80 LORI IS GOING TO PROVIDE 81 BOTH PLEDGES THIS EVENING.

82 I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE 83 FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF 84 AMERICA AND TO THE 85 REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT 86 STANDS.

87 ONE NATION UNDER GOD, 88 INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND 89 JUSTICE FOR ALL.

90 HONOR THE TEXAS FLAG.

91 I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO 92 TEXAS.

93 ONE STATE UNDER GOD.

94 ONE AND INDIVISIBLE.

95 >>> CHERYL WORKS FOR 96 THE CITY FOR THE SECOND 97 TIME.

98 I HAVE A LITTLE CHEAT NOTICE 99 RECEIVED.

100 I WANT TO ARTICULATE WHAT 101 COUNCILMAN SAID.

102 WE'LL LEAVE THAT THE WAY IT 103 IS.

104 YOU DID GREAT JOB FOR US.

105 JASON SERVED OUR COUNTRY 106 AS NEW RETIREMENT, 107 UNDERSTAND.

108 SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR 109 SERVICE AND THANK YOU 110 CHERYL FOR SERVING THIS 111 COMMUNITY AND THIS LITTLE 112 ANGEL HERE, TOO.

113 >>> COME DOWN HERE AND 114 SHAKE MY HAND.

115 >>> COUNCILMAN HURT 116 COULD NOT BE HERE WITH US 117 ON TODAY.

118 HE'LL RETURN ON THE FIRST 119 MEETING IN SEPTEMBER.

120 AS YOU CAN SEE WE ALL HAVE 121 T-SHIRTS, AS WELL AS, SOME IN 122 THE AUDIENCE.

123 WE'LL TALK ABOUT THE 124 REASON WHY IN JUST A BIT.

125 WE'LL MOVE TO CONSENT

[CONSENT AGENDA]

126 AGENDA ITEMS THREE 127 THROUGH ITEM 12.

128 THESE ITEMS WILL BE 129 CONSIDERED WITH ONE 130 MOTION.

131 THERE WILL BE NO SEPARATE 132 DISCUSSION UNLESS A COUNCIL 133 MEMBER OR CITIZEN REQUESTS 134 A DISCUSSION.

135 ANY COUNCIL WISH TO

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136 CONSIDER ANY ITEM 137 INDIVIDUALLY? 138 DON'T SEE ANY CARDS 139 INDICATING ANY SPECIFIC 140 AGENDA.

141 WE WILL PULL NUMBER NINE 142 FOR MR. SCHWARTZ.

143 ANY OTHER CITIZEN WANT TO 144 PULL ANY ITEM SEPARATELY 145 ON THE CONSENT AGENDA? 146 I'LL TAKE A MOTION FOR ITEMS 147 THREE THROUGH ITEM 12 WITH 148 THE EXCEPTION OF ITEM 149 NUMBER NINE.

150 >>> SO MOVED.

151 >> SECOND.

152 >> A MOTION BY 153 COUNCILMAN PRICE AND A 154 SECOND BY COUNCILMAN 155 RENTZ.

156 DISCUSSION? 157 READY TO VOTE.

158 >>> MOTION CARRIES.

159 >>> ITEM NINE AND 160 MR. SCHWARTZ ALLOW YOU TO

[9.  Resolution: Receive a Report, Hold a Discussion and Take Action on Awarding the Bid for the Ridgemont Drive Reconstruction Project to Bontke Brothers Construction Co. Inc. (Greg McCaffery)]

161 INQUIRE IN REGARD TO YOUR 162 QUESTION FOR ITEM NUMBER 163 NINE.

164 >>> GOOD EVENING 165 COUNCIL, MAYOR.

166 TODAY BEFORE YOU IS THE 167 FIRST OF MANY TO COME OF 168 THE STREET MAINTENANCE FEE 169 IN ACTION FINALLY FOR THE 170 PEOPLE OUT THERE ON SOCIAL 171 MEDIA THAT SCREAM 172 CONSTANTLY.

173 FIX OUR STREETS.

174 FIX OUR STREETS.

175 I WOULD SAY COME TO THE 176 STREET MAINTENANCE 177 MEETING.

178 FIND THAT ON ABILENE TX.GOV 179 OR CALL THE MAYOR OR CITY 180 SECRETARY OFFICE.

181 THE PROOF ON THE AGENDA 182 ITEM SAYS THE CITY HAS 183 HEARD YOU AND THIS IS THE 184 FIRST OF MANY TO COME.

185 THIS IS FROM THE 186 CONTRIBUTION AND IT 187 REACHED MY DRIVE.

188 SO I'M GLAD TO SEE THIS.

189 THAT'S THE MAIN REASON I 190 WANTED TO SPEAK TODAY WAS 191 TO TELL PEOPLE OUT THERE 192 THAT CONSTANTLY SCREAM 193 PLEASE FIX OUR STREETS.

194 WHEN SOME TOPIC COMES UP IN 195 THE MEDIA OR ON SOCIAL 196 MEDIA ABOUT STUFF.

197 THIS IS PROOF.

198 THIS REACHED MY DRIVE 199 PROJECT.

200 IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING.

201 I WAS HOPING IT WOULD START 202 IN THE SPRING BUT NOW THAT 203 WE'RE REACHING THE FALL 204 PERIOD MAYBE THEY CAN DO 205 SOME CONSTRUCTION BEFORE 206 IF WE GET ANY WINTER 207 WEATHER.

208 OTHER THAN THAT, COUNCIL 209 MEMBERS, I WANTED TO 210 CONGRATULATIONS YOU ON 211 YOUR FIRST PROJECT OF THE 212 NEW STREET MAINTENANCE FEE 213 PROGRAM.

214 THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

215 THAT'S ALL I HAVE.

216 >>> THANK YOU.

217 >>> THANK YOU.

218 >>> COUNCIL HAVE ANY 219 QUESTIONS OR FEEDBACK OF 220 THIS ITEM NUMBER?

221 >> I WOULD LIKE TO ADD 222 WHAT DAVID SAID.

223 THIS MONEY COMES FROM THE 224 D-C-O-A.

225 IT GETS A LOT OF CRITICISM 226 BUT THEY ARE PITCHING IN 227 HELPING AND THAT'S 228 IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO 229 KNOW.

230 >> TO THE END I THINK 231 DCOA IS SCHEDULED TO 232 CONTRIBUTE $8 MILLION TOUR 233 STREETS IN A FOUR-YEAR 234 PERIOD.

235 ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS OR 236 COMMENTS FROM THE 237 COUNCIL? 238 I'LL TAKE A MOTION AND 239 SECOND.

240 >>> SO MOVED.

241 >>> MOTION BY 242 COUNCILMAN MAYOR PRO TEM 243 KYLE MCALISTER AND A 244 SECOND BY DONNA ALBUS.

245 >>> READY TO VOTE.

246 MOTION CARRIES.

[13.  Resolution: Receive Report, Hold a Discussion and Take Action to approve Task Order 2 with Corgan to design a new Airport Fire Station for its Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting operation (Don Green)]

247 >>> WHAT I MOVE TO ITEM 248 13.

249 WE'LL ASK GREG MCCAFFERY 250 DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS TO 251 PRESENT THIS ITEM.

252 WHILE HE'S DOING SO, I WOULD 253 BE REMISS.

254 WE ALL HAVE SPECIAL T-SHIRTS 255 ON TODAY.

256 SAVE OUR CITY ATTORNEY AND 257 CITY MANAGE.

258 SHAME ON THEM.

259 BUT THIS IS, IT MEANS AN 260 AWFUL LOT TO THIS 261 COMMUNITY.

262 WHEN I WAS TALKING TO 263 CURRENT CHAIR WE HAD A 264 CONVERSATION.

265 TO BE VERY, VERY BRIEF AND 266 YIELD TO DONNA ALBUS.

267 FOR 30 YEARS, DONNA ALBUS, 268 FROM A STAFF TO 269 REPRESENTING ON A STATE 270 LEVEL HAS BEEN INVOLVED 271 WITH THIS COMMUNITY.

272 I /WA*F TO GIVE WAY PRIOR TO 273 THE PRESENTATION AND LET 274 DONNA SAY ANYTHING SHE 275 THINKS MIGHT BE 276 APPROPRIATE.

277 >> I AM SO PROUD OF 278 ABILENE AND THE EFFORTS 279 THAT WE'VE MADE OVER THESE

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280 YEARS TO KEEP OUR 281 COMMUNITY CLEAN AND 282 BEAUTIFUL.

283 THE RECYCLING 284 EFFORTS THAT WE'VE MADE IN 285 THE PAST AND WHAT WE'LL DO 286 IN THE FUTURE.

287 PEOPLE JUDGE YOU BY THE 288 WAY YOU LOOK.

289 I THINK THAT ABILENE HAS 290 REALLY MADE AN EFFORT FROM 291 THE RAILROAD RIGHT OF WAY 292 OF WHICH PEOPLE USED TO 293 COME TO TOWN AND SAY 294 ABILENE IS SO CLEAN.

295 I'D SAY, WHAT PART OF TOWN 296 DID YOU GO IN? 297 WE ARE AND WE CARE ABOUT 298 EACH OTHER AND I THINK THAT 299 KEEP ABILENE BEAUTIFUL 300 KEEPS THAT MESSAGE OUT TO 301 THE PUBLIC THAT IT REALLY 302 TAKES ALL OF US TO MAKE AN 303 IN THE COMMUNITY THAT WE 304 LOVE.

305 >> THANK YOU 306 COUNCILMAN ALBUS.

307 THANK YOU FOR YOUR ALMOST 308 THREE DECADES OF SERVICE.

309 >> THANK YOU.

310 >>> MR. GREG MCCAFFERY.

311 >>> MAYOR AND COUNCIL 312 YOU HAVE AN ITEM BEFORE 313 YOU FOR A BRIEF 314 PRESENTATION BY THE K-E-B 315 BOARD.

316 JUST TO SHARE WITH YOU A 317 COUPLE OF ITEMS. 318 AS YOU KNOW, PAIGE SNYDER 319 WHO WAS THE KB 320 COORDINATOR OVER THE LAST 321 YEAR HAS LEFT US FOR 322 PASTURES IN SOUTH CAROLINA.

323 WE HAVE SINCE THEN HIRED A 324 NEW K-E-B COORDINATOR.

325 SHE STARTED ON MONDAY.

326 HER NAME IS CATHERINE 327 BAEMAN.

328 SHE'S GOING TO HEAD UP OUR 329 K-A-B GROUP AND AS YOU 330 RECALL, WE CAME BACK TO 331 YOU SEVERAL MONTHS AGO 332 WITH SOME BYLAW 333 AMENDMENTS.

334 I CAN SAY THAT THE BOARD, I 335 THINK IS IN MY MIND THE BRIEF 336 TIME I'VE BEEN HERE IS 337 REENERGIZED.

338 PARTICULARLY BY PAIGE.

339 I THINK IN PART THAT'S WHY 340 YOU'RE GOING TO SEE, AS FAR 341 AS THIS PRESENTATION THIS 342 EVENING, I THINK THE BOARD 343 AT LEAST FROM MY 344 PERCEPTION AND HEARING 345 FROM STAFF IS EXCITED AND 346 REJUVENATED.

347 I THINK WE'RE LOOKING 348 FORWARD TO THAT FROM MRS. 349 BEEMAN GOING FORWARD.

350 WITH THAT I TURN IT OVER TO 351 BRANDON, THE PRESIDENT OF 352 KAB.

353 >>> THANK YOU GREG.

354 MR. MAYOR, MEMBERS OF THE 355 COUNCIL.

356 MIGHT I SAY YOU LOOK 357 WONDERFUL IF THOSE SHIRTS.

358 LIKE HE WAS SAYING WE DO 359 ONCE A YEAR WE COME BEFORE 360 THE COUNCIL TO MAKE A 361 PRESENTATION ON WHAT WE'VE 362 DONE OVER THE PAST YEAR.

363 TODAY WE'RE LOOKING BACK 364 ALL THE WAY TO START OF 2018.

365 OUR MISSION WITH K-E-B IS TO 366 EDUCATE AND ENGAGE THE 367 CITIZENS OF ABILENE TO TAKE 368 RESPONSIBILITY FOR 369 IMPROVING THEIR COMMUNITY 370 ENVIRONMENT.

371 THAT'S SOMETHING THAT 372 STARTED COUNCILWOMAN 373 ALBUS AND FOR THE PAST YEAR 374 LEADING THE BOARD I'VE BEEN 375 HONORED TO FOLLOW IN HER 376 FOOTSTEP AND REALLY LEARN 377 FROM GREAT PEOPLE.

378 NOT JUST FELLOW BOARD 379 MEMBERS BUT ALSO 380 COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND 381 SEEING THE DIFFERENCE WE 382 MAKE ON A DAILY BASIS.

383 SOME OF THE THING WE DO 384 THROUGHOUT THE YEAR IS 385 COMMUNITY CLEANUPS, ADOPT 386 A STREET, ADOPT A CREEK.

387 YOU'LL SEE SIGNAGE FOR THOSE 388 AROUND TOWN.

389 WE DO SINGLE EVENT 390 VOLUNTEER CLEANUPS AND 391 COMMUNITY SERVICE EFFORTS.

392 IF YOU SEE THIS YEAR WE HAVE 393 SEEN A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN 394 CLEANUP EFFORTS 395 THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

396 DESPITE DOING SO WITH FEWER 397 VOLUNTEERS.

398 1500 HOURS OF CLEANUP.

399 I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT 400 THAT'S A TESTAMENT TO THE 401 VOLUNTEERS THAT WORK FOR 402 K-A-B.

403 WE CLEANED UP OVER A 404 THOUSAND BAGS OF TRASH.

405 YOU THINK ABOUT IT DRIVING 406 AROUND TOWN YOU DON'T SEE 407 A LOT OF TRASH LITTERING THE 408 ROADWAYS BECAUSE OF THE 409 EFFORTS OF VOLUNTEERS WHO 410 HELP OUT ONCE A QUARTER 411 DOING THEIR ADOPT A STREET 412 CLEANUPS.

413 WHEN YOU LOOK AT GRANTS IN 414 THE 2018-CALENDAR YEAR WE 415 DONATED $6,520 TO DIFFERENT 416 AREAS WITHIN THE 417 COMMUNITY.

418 LITTLE OVER $5,400 HAS A 419 DIRECT CITY DEPARTMENTAL 420 OR CONNECTION BENEFIT.

421 WE RECEIVED THE CATEGORY 9 422 GOVERNMENT COMMUNITY 423 ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 424 BRINGING A $2,090 GRANT WITH 425 THE CITY.

426 THAT'S THE FOURTH TIME WE 427 WON IT.

428 I KNOW THAT WE'RE IN THE 429 FINAL STAGES OF THE 430 PLANNING TO BE ABLE TO GET 431 THAT STARTED AND GET THE 432 BIDS PUT OUT.

433 THIS YEAR SO FAR WE'VE 434 DONATED A LITTLE OVER $5,300 435 IN THE COMMUNITY WITH JUST 436 UNDER $5,000 BEING A DIRECT 437 CITY BENEFIT.

438 AND WE HAVE A $20,000 439 PENDING GRANT APPLICATION 440 IF I A PROVED WILL SUPPORT 441 PARK CLEANUP EFFORTS, AS 442 WELL AS, PROJECTS AT LAKE 443 KIRBY AND THE SOUTHWEST 444 DETENTION POND.

445 THAT'S SOMETHING THAT CAN 446 GO A LONG WAY.

447 SOME OF THAT CAN ALSO BE 448 USED FOR ONGOING PROJECTS 449 WE HAVE AT THE ZOO.

450 IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'RE

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451 EXCITED TO BE A PART OF AND 452 HOPEFULLY THAT DOES COME 453 THROUGH AND WE'RE ABLE TO 454 KEEP MAKING A DIFFERENCE 455 BECAUSE WITH THE BUDGET 456 LIKE OURS THAT'S SOMETHING 457 THAT CAN MAKE A REAL 458 DIFFERENCE.

459 SOME OF THE PROJECTS WE DID 460 THIS YEAR.

461 WE HAD A BIRDING TRAIL WE 462 DONATED A COUPLE OF 463 BENCHES TO AT NELSON PARK.

464 ARBOR DAY Y'ALL HAVE THE 465 SHIRT THAT IS WE PROMOTE 466 AND WE DO SELL FOR $15, AS 467 WELL AS THROUGH THE K-A-B 468 OFFICES AT CITY HALL.

469 WE LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE.

470 IT'S A SHIRT WE REDESIGNED 471 FOR THIS YEAR AND WE 472 COULDN'T BE PROUDER OF HOW 473 IT TURNED OUT.

474 THEN ANOTHER THING IS WE 475 STARTED A STADIUM PROJECT, 476 CLEANUP PROJECT, WITH WYLIE 477 ISD THAT HOPEFULLY IN THE 478 FUTURE WE CAN EXPAND WITH 479 A-I-S-D AS PART OF AN 480 ANTI-LITTERING CAMPAIGN.

481 ONE OF THE THINGS THE 482 SUPERINTENDENT TOLD ME 483 THEY SEE A LOT OF LITTER AT 484 FOOTBALL GAMES AND 485 EVERYBODY KNOWS HIGH 486 SCHOOL FOOTBALL IS KING 487 HERE IN TEXAS.

488 IT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS 489 WHERE WE WENT HEY.

490 LET'S SEE IF WE CAN MAKE A 491 PARTNERSHIP WORK AND SEE 492 HOW IT GOES.

493 JUST KIND OF A FEW 494 ADMINISTRATIVE THINGS.

495 WE DID GROW THE BOARD SIZE, 496 ALMOST DOUBLED IT OVER THE 497 PAST YEAR.

498 CREATED A NEWS LETTER 499 WE'VE GROWN AND WE HAVE 500 COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS 501 FOR BUSINESSES TO BE ABLE TO 502 PARTNER WITH K-A-B.

503 DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS 504 FOR US?

505 >> I THINK THAT YOUR 506 PRESENTATION THANK YOU FOR 507 YOUR LEADERSHIP AND 508 SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY.

509 QUESTIONS FOR BRANDON 510 FROM COUNCIL?

511 >> I THINK THE DEAL WITH 512 WYLIE AND THE STADIUM 513 CLEANUP IS LONG OVERDO.

514 WE BUY DRINK AND POPCORN 515 AND WALK OFF AND LEAVE 516 THAT SUCH.

517 YOUR BIG PEOPLE, PICK YOUR 518 TRASH UP AND PUT IT IN THE 519 BARREL.

520 >> I AM A SPORTS 521 JOURNALISTS AND LAST FALL I 522 WAS COVERING A PLAYOFF 523 GAME IN PLAINVIEW.

524 AT THEIR STADIUM THEY HAD 525 PARTNERED WITH PLAINVIEW 526 BEAUTIFUL AND IT WAS 527 SOMETHING I SAW THAT.

528 I WAS LIKE WE HAVE TO GET 529 THAT GOING HERE.

530 >> SAVES THE CITY MONEY 531 ON CLEANUP AND MAKES 532 SENSE.

533 >> YES, SIR.

534 >> WE ANNOUNCED IT AS A 535 LITTER FREE EVENT.

536 THE MONEYS THAT YOU WON 537 WITH THE GOVERNOR 538 COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT 539 AWARD HAD THOSE PROJECTS 540 ALREADY BEEN IDENTIFIED?

541 >> THEY HAVE I KNOW THEY 542 ARE SUPPOSED TO DO THE 543 FINAL PLANNING, MEETING 544 NEXT MONTH.

545 IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE LAST 546 WEEK AND TX DOT ASKED FOR 547 AN EXTENSION.

548 WE'RE HAPPY TO WORK WITH 549 THEM AND GIVE THE TIME THEY 550 NEED AND GET IT RIGHT FOR 551 ABILENE.

552 >> THAT FULL $290,000 WILL 553 BE SPENT ON STATE HIGHWAY 554 RIGHT OF WAY WITHIN THE CITY 555 LIMITS, RIGHT?

556 >> YES, MA'AM.

557 >> EXCITING.

558 >> QUESTIONS FOR 559 BRANDON?

560 >> ONE QUESTION I HAD IS 561 YOU PARTNER WITH A LOT OF 562 DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS IN 563 THE CITY.

564 WHAT DEMOGRAPHIC WOULD 565 YOU SAY YOU PROBABLY LEAST 566 LIKELY HAVE TO GREATEST 567 IMPACT WITH? 568 YOUNGER STUDENTS?

569 >> I KNOW IN THE PAST 570 YEAR WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON 571 REALLY TRYING TO MAKE IN 572 ROADS WITH THE STUDENTS.

573 WE RECOGNIZE THEY ARE THE 574 FUTURE OF ABILENE AND WE 575 WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY, I 576 KNOW ABILENE HAS THE 577 REPUTATION OF BEING A GREAT 578 PLACE TO COME TO RETIRE TO.

579 WE WANT TO MAKE SURE KIDS 580 THAT ARE RAISED HERE ARE 581 STAYING HERE.

582 >> TRUE.

583 >> QUESTIONS FOR 584 BRANDON? 585 THANK YOU SO MUCH AND 586 YOU RECOGNIZE ANY OF YOUR 587 BOARD MEMBERS?

588 >> YES, SIR

589 >> STAND UP.

590 >> CATHERINE OUR NEW 591 BOARD COORDINATOR.

592 >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

593 APPRECIATE IT.

594

595 >> NOW MOVE TO ITEM 14.

[14.  

Resolution: Receive a Report, Hold a Discussion and Take Action on Authorizing the City Manager to Negotiate and Execute an Interlocal Agreement with the Abilene Independent School District for the Relocation of a Water Pipeline at the Dyess Elementary School Campus (Rodney Taylor)

]

596 WE'LL ASK DON GREEN THE 597 DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION 598 TO PRESENT THIS ITEM.

599 >> GOOD EVENING MAYOR, 600 COUNCIL, DON GREEN 601 DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION 602 SERVICES.

603 FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION 604 TONIGHT A TASK ORDER 605 CORGAN.

606 THE ARCHITECT THE AIRPORT IS 607 WITH THE MASTER AGREEMENT 608 FOR OUR DESIGN SERVICES FOR 609 PROJECTS THAT 610 MISCELLANEOUS PROJECTS 611 WITH THE AIRPORT OVER THE 612 NEXT FIVE YEARS.

613 THIS TASK ORDER IS TO DESIGN 614 THE NEW OR A NEW AIRCRAFT 615 RESCUE FIRE FIGHTING STATION 616 AT THE AIRPORT.

617 THIS TASK ORDER STARTED OUT 618 AS A DESIGN TO MODIFY THE 619 EXISTING FIRE STATION DUE TO 620 THE AIRCRAFT RESCUE FIRE 621 FIGHTING TRUCKS.

622 FIRE EQUIPMENT GETTING 623 BIGGER PREDICTED TO GET

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624 BIGGER BY THE F-A-A AND THE 625 MANUFACTURERS.

626 THESE TRUCKS CARRY FOR OUR 627 CATEGORY OF AIRPORT 628 1500 GALLONS OF WATER, AS 629 WELL AS ABOUT 400 POUNDS OF 630 POWDERED FOAM.

631 THAT IS MORE THAN WHAT A 632 STRUCTURAL FIRE TRUCK 633 CARRIES.

634 THAT THE ABILENE FIRE 635 DEPARTMENT HAS.

636 OUR TRUCKS HAVE A LITTLE BIT 637 BIGGER FOOTPRINT THAN SOME 638 OF THOSE TRUCKS.

639 THEY ARE WIDER.

640 IN SOME INSTANCES WE ARE 641 SEEING BECAUSE OF THE 642 BUMPER YOU ARE THEIT AT THE 643 FRONT THAT TRUCK WE HAVE 644 NOW BARELY FITS IN TO OUR 645 BAY AND WE KNOW THAT THE 646 FUTURE, AGAIN, THE FUTURE 647 TRUCKS ARE GOING TO GET 648 BIGGER.

649 WE TOOK THAT OPPORTUNITY 650 TO WORK ON DESIGN OF A 651 RENOVATION.

652 WE LOOKED AT THAT AND AS 653 WE WERE GOING THROUGH 654 THAT WE STARTED THINKING 655 THAT'S GOING TO SOLVE A 656 COUPLE OF PROBLEMS FOR US.

657 IT DOESN'T GIVE US SOME OF 658 THE THINGS THE 659 IMPROVEMENTS WE NEED IN 660 THE FIRE STATION GOING TO 661 THE FUTURE IMPROVE LIVING 662 QUARTERS AND IMPROVED 663 TRAINING AREA.

664 WE SAID WHY DON'T WE LOOK 665 AT A NEW FIRE STATION? 666 WE TALKED WITH F-A-A, THEY 667 WERE ON BOARD WITH THIS.

668 WE HAVE THE FUNDING TO DO 669 THE DESIGN.

670 THIS TASK ORDER IS $308,020 671 WITH CORGAN AND WE HAVE 672 THE FUNDING IDENTIFIED 673 THROUGH OUR F-A-A AIRPORT 674 IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM 675 GRANTS TO CONSTRUCT WHAT 676 WE ESTIMATE WOULD BE THE 677 BALLPARK COST OF THE FIRE 678 STATION IN THE FUTURE WHICH 679 WE EXPECT TO BID MIDSUMMER 680 OF NEXT YEAR.

681 SO WITH THAT, AGAIN, THIS 682 WOULD BE TASK ORDER TWO 683 WITH CORGAN.

684 TASK ORDER ONE WAS THE 685 ORIGINAL REDESIGN OF THE 686 FIRE STATION.

687 TASK ORDER TWO IS WHAT'S 688 BEFORE YOU TODAY.

689 THIS IS A LOOK AT THE FIRE 690 STATION WE HAVE EXISTING 691 TODAY.

692 SOUTH OF THE TERMINAL.

693 IT HAS TWO BAYS.

694 WE HAVE TWO TRUCKS.

695 I'D BE GLAD TO ANSWER ANY 696 QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.

697 >> THANK YOU DON AND 698 FOR CLARIFICATION SO THE 699 TOTAL EXPENSE IS $308,000.

700 THE CITIES PORTION IS $30,000?

701 >> THE CITIES PORTION IS 702 90% OF THAT.

703 SO THE CITIES PORTION IS 277 -- 704 I'M SORRY.

705 >> I WAS GOING TO SAY 706 DON.

707 >> F-A-A'S PORTION.

708 >> REWIND.

709 >> THIS IS A 90%/10% GRANT.

710 THE CITIES PORTION IS $30,802.

711 THIS COMES FROM THE 2015 712 FUND.

713 >> SAY THAT AGAIN.

714 >> SO $30,802 WILL BUY US 715 $308,000 IN DESIGN.

716 >> QUESTIONS OF 717 MR. GREEN?

718 >> I DIDN'T KNOW IF WE 719 WERE GOING TO HAVE TO DO A 720 HEIMLICH ON THE CITY 721 MANAGER.

722 >> I WAS ABOUT TO COME 723 UNGLUED.

724 >> WE GET AROUND 725 BUILDING A NEW FIRE STATION.

726 WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE 727 OLD ONE? 728 WILL YOU HAVE GOOD USE FOR 729 IT?

730 >> WE DO.

731 WE'LL USE THAT FOR THE 732 AIRFIELD MAINTENANCE 733 WORKERS TO HAVE A PLACE 734 THAT IS ADEQUATE.

735 RIGHT NOW THEY ARE IN A 736 METAL BUILDING ON THE 737 NORTH SIDE OF THE AIRPORT.

738 THIS WILL GET THEM CLOSER 739 TO THE TERMINAL, WHICH IS 740 WHERE MOST OF THE ACTIVITY 741 IS.

742 THEY'LL BE NEXT DOOR TO THE 743 FIRE STATION! 744 DON, WILL IT BE IN THE SAME 745 LOCATION? 746 IS IT REQUIRED TO BE IN A 747 CERTAIN LOCATION?

748 >> IT'LL BE JUST TO THE 749 WEST.

750 SO TO THE RIGHT OF THE VIEW 751 THAT YOU SEE NOW.

752 THERE IS A REQUIREMENT THAT 753 THE FIRST TRUCK BE ON SCENE 754 TO THE MIDDLE OF THAT 755 RUNWAY WITHIN THREE 756 MINUTES OF A CALL FROM THE 757 TOWER THAT WE HAVE AN 758 AIRCRAFT EMERGENCIES.

759 >> THANK YOU.

760 >> QUESTIONS OF DON? 761 AND THANK YOU COUNCILMAN 762 PRICE.

763 THIS IS NOT A PUBLIC HEARING 764 BUT WE WILL ALLOW PUBLIC 765 COMMENT ON THIS.

766 MR. SCHWARTZ WANTS TO 767 PARTICIPATE IN THE 768 CONVERSATION.

769 YOU CAN ASK ANY QUESTIONS 770 YOU LIKE IN REGARDS TO THIS 771 TRANSACTION.

772 >> THANK YOU MAYOR AND 773 COUNCIL.

774 WELL, IT SAID ON THE AGENDA 775 IT /SEUD PUBLIC HEARING.

776 I WENT AHEAD AND FILLED OUT 777 A CARD.

778 ANSWER TO /O SOME OF MY 779 QUESTIONS WAS THE SIZE OF 780 THE RESCUE VEHICLES.

781 24 YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS AT A 782 DICE, WHEN THEY GOT NEW 783 RESCUE 3 AND 4, WHICH WERE 6 784 WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLES THEY 785 WERE IMPRESSIVE.

786 THAT PARTIALLY ANSWERED 787 MY QUESTION.

788 PREVIOUSLY, YEARS AGO, 789 THING MAY CHANGE, BUT THEY 790 DID KIND OF DOUBLE DUTY OUT 791 THERE.

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792 THEY DIDN'T REALLY HAVE A 793 STAFFED, I UNDERSTAND, FIRE 794 STATION ALL THE TIME 795 BECAUSE OF THE TRAFFIC.

796 SOUNDS LIKE THAT YOU MAY 797 BE GOING FORWARD WITH THIS 798 NEW STATION HERE TODAY 799 THAT WILL ACTUALLY HAVE 800 STAFFED PEOPLE OUT THERE 801 ALL THE TIME.

802 I KNOW PREVIOUSLY IN YEARS 803 PAST THERE'S BEEN AN 804 EMERGENCY.

805 I DON'T KNOW ABOUT 806 YESTERDAY WITH THE AIR BUS 807 LAND IF STATION TWO 808 RESPONDED, ALSO, TO BACKUP 809 THE LOCAL AIRPORT FIRE 810 DEPARTMENT.

811 LIKE MR. GREEN SAID TRUCKS 812 ARE GETTING BIGGER.

813 24 YEARS AGO THAT 6 WHEEL 814 DRIVE RESCUE FOUR I WAS 815 WORKING ON IT CAME ON THE 816 RADIO AND SAID IN BOUND 817 HEAVY FOUR SOULS ON BOARD.

818 COLLECTION WENT ON AND 819 SAID WE HAVE TO HAVE THE 820 TRUCK RIGHT NOW.

821 YOU CAN IMAGINE IF A 822 MILITARY HAS A TRUCK THAT 823 SIZE 24 YEARS AGO AND HE 824 ELUDED THAT'S THE REASON TO 825 HAVE A NEW BUILDING FOR 826 BIGGER TRUCKS IN THE FUTURE.

827 I COULD SEE WHY THAT IT'S 828 PROBABLY A GOOD IDEA TO GO 829 AHEAD WITH THIS NEW DESIGN 830 AND $30,000 OF THE CITIES 831 PORTION SOUNDS LIKE A 832 BARGAIN COMPARED TO 833 SPENDING THE WHOLE AMOUNT 834 WHEN THE F-A-A WILL BOOT 835 THE REST.

836 THIS SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD 837 INVESTMENT FOR THE FUTURE 838 OF THE CITY AIRPORT AS I HOPE 839 WE CAN SEE EXPANSION.

840 THIS IS ONE OF THE MANY 841 TOOLS TO HAVE A BETTER FIRE 842 STATION OUT THERE TO SERVE 843 THE CITIZENS AND NEED LIKE 844 YESTERDAY WITH EMERGENCY 845 LANDING OF THE AIR BUS THAT 846 WAS DIVERTED FROM L-A-X TO 847 J-F-K THAT LANDED HERE 848 YESTERDAY.

849 IT WAS A GOOD THING WE DO 850 HAVE A STATION NOW THAT 851 CAN HANDLE THAT AND IN THE 852 FUTURE BE GROWING.

853 THANK YOU VERY MUCH 854 COUNCIL.

855 ALL THE OTHER QUESTIONS I 856 BELIEVE WERE COVERED IN THE 857 PRESENTATION.

858 THANK YOU VERY MUCH THIS 859 AFTERNOON.

860 >> THANK YOU.

861 >> COUNCIL HAVE ANY 862 ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS OF 863 MR. GREEN?

864 >> MOVE FOR APPROVAL.

865 >> MOTION BY 866 COUNCILMAN PRICE.

867 >> SECOND.

868 >> SECOND BY /AOEU CAV 869 CAV.

870 READY TO VOTE.

871 MOTION CARRIES.

872 >>> MOVE TO ITEM 15.

[15.  Resolution: Receive a report, hold a discussion and take action on Approving a Single-Family Rehabilitation/Reconstruction Project and Award Bid to C.E. Vann Construction of Abilene, LLC for 1902 Clinton. (Joana Wuest)]

873 I WILL ASK RODNEY TAYLOR TO 874 PRESENT THIS ITEM.

875 >>> GOOD EVENING.

876 RODNEY TAYLOR DIRECTOR OF 877 WATER UTILITIESES.

878 THE RESOLUTION BEFORE YOU 879 IS FOR AN AUTHORIZATION FOR 880 THE CITY MANAGER TO 881 NEGOTIATE AND EXECUTE AN 882 AGREEMENT WITH THE ABILENE 883 INDEPENDENT SCHOOL 884 DISTRICT FOR THE RELOCATION 885 OF A WATER PIPELINE ON THE 886 CAMPUS OF DYESS ELEMENT 887 STAIR COOL.

888 THE A-I-S-D IS PREPARING FOR A 889 NEW BUILDING COMPLEX ON 890 THAT SCHOOL CAMPUS.

891 THERE IS A CONFLICT BETWEEN 892 THE PROPOSED BUILDING PLANS 893 AND THE WATER LINE THAT 894 EXISTS ON THAT SITE.

895 THAT WATER LINE WAS PART OF 896 AN EXTENSION TO DYESS WHEN 897 IT WAS BUILT, PUT IN THE MID 898 50S.

899 IT IS AN AGED WATER LINE AND 900 NOT IN THE BEST OF LOCATIONS 901 SO IT REALLY IS AN 902 OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO SHARE 903 WITH A-I-S-D IN THE 904 RELOCATION OF THIS LINE.

905 WHAT WE'RE ASKING TO DO IS 906 TO COMMIT TO SHARE HALF OF 907 THE COST OF RELOCATING THIS 908 LINE UP TO A MAXIMUM OF A 909 HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.

910 WE DO NOT ANTICIPATE THIS 911 PROJECT REALLY COST MORE 912 THAN ABOUT $140,000 TO 913 $150,000.

914 HOWEVER, BECAUSE IT HAS NOT 915 BEEN IN FINAL DESIGN, IF IT HAS 916 TO BE SHIFTED OUT INTO THE 917 STREET THE COST WILL GO UP 918 SIGNIFICANTLY AND WE JUST 919 HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THAT IT 920 COULD BE AS MUCH AS $300,000.

921 OUR CONTRIBUTION WOULD BE 922 CAPPED AT A HUNDRED 923 THOUSAND DOLLARS.

924 HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY 925 QUESTIONS.

926 >> QUESTIONS OF 927 MR. TAYLOR? 928 THANK YOU RODNEY.

929 TAKE A MOTION AND SECOND.

930 >>> MOTION BY 931 COUNCILMAN MAYOR PRO TEM 932 KYLE MCALISTER.

933 >>> A SECOND FROM 934 COUNCILMAN RENNER.

935 ANY DISCUSSION? 936 READY TO VOTE.

937 MOTION CARRIES.

938 >>> NOW MOVE TO ITEM 16.

[16.  Resolution: Receive a Report, Hold a Discussion, and Take Action on Approving the Meet and Confer Agreement with the Abilene Police Officers' Association (Robert Hanna)]

939 WE'LL ASK CITY AN IMAGINER 940 ROBERT HANNA TO PRESENT 941 THIS ITEM.

942 A.

943 BEFORE YOU TODAY IS THE 944 POLICE DEPARTMENTS MEET 945 AND CONFER OPPORTUNITY.

946 IF YOU ALLOW ME TO CLOSE

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947 THE ROLL.

948 THIS CITY OF ABILENE AND 949 ABILENE /PHREUFRS 950 ASSOCIATION HAVE 951 CONCLUDED NEGOTIATIONS 952 FOR A NEW FIVE-YEAR MEET 953 AND CONFER AGREEMENT.

954 THE PROPOSED AGREEMENT 955 HAS BEEN APPROVED BY A 956 MAJORITY VOTE OF THE 957 DEPARTMENT.

958 WE HAVE SIGNED THE 959 TENTATIVE AGREEMENT AND 960 NOW IT IS UP TO COUNCIL TO 961 APPROVE THE MEET AND 962 CONFER AGREEMENT AS VOTED 963 ON BY THE DEPARTMENT 964 MEMBERSHIP.

965 THE SALARY GOAL OF THIS 966 AGREEMENT IS TO ACHIEVE A 967 PAY FOR ALL OFFICERS THAT IS 968 THE AVERAGE BASE PAY FOR 969 /PHREUFRS AMONG OUR PEER 970 CITIES.

971 COUNCIL APPROVED TEN PEER 972 CITIES WE GAUGE OURSELF 973 WITH FROM A SALARY 974 STANDPOINT.

975 THE GOAL OF THAT IS TO BRING 976 OFFICERS WAGES UP TO THE 977 AVERAGE, PLUS 4%.

978 THERE ARE ADDITIONAL 979 CHANGES IMPACTING 980 ELIGIBILITY FOR VACANT 981 POSITIONS SPECIFICALLY 982 ALLOWING OFFICERS UP TO AGE 983 45 FOR LATERAL TRANSFERS.

984 THERE'S SOME PAY PARODY 985 AND EQUITY CONCERNS WITH 986 HOLIDAY PAY WE ADDRESSED 987 FOR OFFICERS AND CID.

988 EDUCATION PAY, CELL PHONE 989 STIPEND PAY.

990 AT THE MOMENT OFFICERS 991 RECEIVE A LOWER AMOUNT 992 THAN REALLY DEVICES THEY 993 ARE USING.

994 WE WANT TO INCREASE THAT 995 TO GIVE THEM EQUITY FOR 996 THAT.

997 WE'VE MADE SOME MINOR 998 CHANGES TO THE PHYSICAL 999 FITNESS ASSESSMENT IN THE 1000 EVENT SOMEONE IS SICK OR 1001 INJURED BASED ON THE 1002 ASSESSMENT DATE.

1003 WE CHANGED THE WAY THEY 1004 CAN COME BACK AND GET 1005 RETESTED.

1006 THEY DON'T GET PENALIZED.

1007 WE'VE ALSO MADE SOME SMALL 1008 CHANGES TO THE UNIFORM 1009 ALLOWANCE.

1010 WE SPENT A FAIR BIT OF TIME 1011 NEGOTIATING THIS 1012 AGREEMENT.

1013 THE INTENT WAS TO MAKE 1014 SURE, THE PRIMARY THING IS 1015 AVERAGE PLUS FOUR PERCENT.

1016 THE INTENT IS MAKING SURE 1017 WE'RE RECRUITING AND 1018 RETAINING THE BEST POSSIBLE 1019 OFFICERS TO SERVE OUR 1020 COMMUNITY.

1021 RIGHT NOW WE JUST FINISHED 1022 AN ACADEMY AND ABOUT TO 1023 START ANOTHER ONE.

1024 WE HIRE THE BEST WE CAN.

1025 IT'S INEVITABLE THAT MAYBE 1026 EVEN 50% OF THOSE AT THE 1027 START DON'T FINISH.

1028 IT'S PART OF JUST THE RIGGERS 1029 OF THAT ACADEMY PROCESS.

1030 IT'S SOMETHING I THINK 1031 ANYBODY WHO GRADUATES 1032 AND BECOMES AN OFFICER CAN 1033 BE PROUD THEY'VE DONE THAT.

1034 THEY WEAR THE BADGE WITH 1035 HONOR AND THIS IS AN 1036 OPPORTUNITY TO PAY THEM IN 1037 A MANNER TO KEEP THEM HERE 1038 FOR THEIR ENTIRE CAREER.

1039 THAT CONCLUDED MY 1040 PRESENTATION.

1041 >>> THANK YOU.

1042 COUNCIL HAVE ANY QUESTIONS 1043 OF MR. HANNA?

1044 >> THIS IS ALWAYS A 1045 PROCESS FOR BOTH STAFF AND 1046 ASSOCIATION.

1047 I APPRECIATE EVERYONE'S TIME 1048 AND EFFORT.

1049 >> WE HAVE VERY 1050 PRODUCTIVE DISCUSSIONS.

1051 I APPRECIATE THAT.

1052 >> THIS IS FOR FIVE YEARS?

1053 >> FIVE YEARS.

1054 >> NO DISCUSSION.

1055 PRETTY MUCH IT'S AUTOMATIC.

1056 >> IT IS AUTOMATIC.

1057 UNLESS THERE ARE FINANCIAL 1058 CONDITIONS THAT WOULD 1059 PROHIBIT THE CITY FROM 1060 DOING THIS.

1061 FOR EXAMPLE, IF WE WENT INTO 1062 A MAJOR RECESSION.

1063 WE HAD TO MAKE BUDGET CUT 1064 ACE CROSS THE ORGANIZATION 1065 THAT MEET AND CONFER 1066 AGREEMENT CONTEMPLATES 1067 THERE'S A FUND /-BLT 1068 REQUIREMENT.

1069 >> THANK YOU.

1070 AND STAFF FOR ALL THE DUE 1071 DILIGENCE OVER THE LAST 1072 YEAR.

1073 THIS COUNCIL AND THIS 1074 COMMUNITY MADE A 1075 SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT IN 1076 OUR CIVIL SERVICE.

1077 THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO 1078 AND APPRECIATE THE 1079 OPPORTUNITY TO RATIFY THIS 1080 AGREEMENT.

1081 >> ANY OTHER QUESTIONS 1082 FROM COUNCIL? 1083 IF NOT ACCEPT THE MOTION 1084 AND SECOND.

1085 >>> SO MOTION.

1086 >>> MOTION BY 1087 COUNCILMAN ANN RENNER AND 1088 SECOND BY PRICE.

1089 READY TO VOTE.

1090 >>> HURT IS ABSENT.

1091 DEPUTY MAYOR ALBUS? 1092 YES.

1093 >> PRICE? 1094 YES.

1095 ANN RENNER? 1096 YES.

1097 AND MAYOR WILLIAMS? 1098 YES.

1099 MOTION CARRIES.

1100 A.

[17.  9.  Resolution: Receive a Report, Hold a Discussion, and Take Action on Approving the Meet and Confer Agreement with the Abilene Professional Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 1044 (Robert Hanna)]

1101 ITEM 17.

1102 WE ASK MR. HANNA TO 1103 PRESENT THIS ITEM.

1104 >>> MAYOR, FIREFIGHTER 1105 FOUND AN ISSUE WITH THE 1106 MEET AND CONFER 1107 AGREEMENT.

1108 THERE IS A PROVISION THAT 1109 WAS INACCURATE.

1110 IT WAS JUST A MISTAKE.

1111 WE TALKED ABOUT IT ON 1112 NEGOTIATIONS WE JUST DIDN'T 1113 UPDATE THE AGREEMENT.

1114 WE HAVE TO REJOIN IN THE 1115 DISCUSSION TO SIGN NEW 1116 TEMPORARY AGREEMENTS.

1117 THAT'LL HAPPEN ON THE 27TH 1118 AT 9:00 A.M.

1119 THEN WE'LL BRING COUNCIL 1120 THE FIRE DEPARTMENTS MEET 1121 AND CONFER AGREEMENT AT 1122 THE FIRST MEETING IN 1123 SEPTEMBER.

1124 SO WE ASK COUNCIL TO TABLE 1125 THIS ITEM UNTIL THAT TIME.

1126 >> VERY GOOD.

1127 >> QUESTIONS BY COUNCIL?

1128 >> MOVE TO TABLE.

1129 >> MOTION TO TABLE BY 1130 COUNCILMAN PRICE.

1131 A SECOND?

1132 >> SECOND.

1133 >> SECOND BY 1134 COUNCILMAN ANN RENNER.

1135 DISCUSSION? 1136 READY TO VOTE.

1137 HURT IS ABMOTION CARRIES.

[00:35:08]

1138 >>> I MOVE TO ITEM 18.

[18.  Ordinance & Public Hearing: Receive a Report, Hold a Discussion and Public Hearing, on the Proposed FY 2020 Tax Rate; and Take Action on Setting a Public Hearing for September 5 and Final Vote on September 12, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. (Mike Rains)]

1139 I'LL ASK MARJORY KNIGHT 1140 ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF 1141 FINANCE TO PRESENT THIS 1142 ITEM.

1143 >>> MARJORY KNIGHT 1144 ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF 1145 FINANCE.

1146 I HAVE BEFORE YOU TODAY THE 1147 FIRST PUBLIC HEARING ON THE 1148 PROPOSED 20 TAX RATE.

1149 ON JULY 22ND CITY COUNCIL 1150 APPROVED THE PROPOSED 1151 BUDGET FOR 2020.

1152 THE BUDGET WILL REQUIRE A 1153 TAX RATE OF .

1154 6069 PER 1155 HUNDRED HUNDRED DOLLARS 1156 FOR OPERATIONS WITH A TOTAL 1157 TAX RATE OF .

1158 7877 PER $100 1159 EVALUATION.

1160 STATE LAW REQUIRES TWO 1161 PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE TAX 1162 RATE.

1163 TODAY IS OUR FIRST /HAERG.

1164 THE NEXT PUBLIC HEARING 1165 WILL BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 5, 1166 2019, AT 8:30 A.M.

1167 AT CITY HALL.

1168 THE FINAL PUBLIC HEARING 1169 AND VOTE ON THE TAX RATE 1170 AND BUDGET WILL BE ON 1171 SEPTEMBER 12TH AT 8:30 A.M.

1172 AT CITY HALL.

1173 I'LL WALK YOU THROUGH A 1174 RECAP OF WHAT HAPPENED 1175 SINCE THE LAST MEETING.

1176 IF YOU RECALL WE FOUND OUT 1177 OUR CERTIFIED VALUE WERE 1178 HIGHER THAN ORIGINAL 1179 ESTIMATES.

1180 WE LOWERED THE TAX RATE 1181 WHILE GENERATING 1182 APPROXIMATELY THE SAME 1183 AMOUNT OF REVENUE.

1184 THE CHANGES TO REVENUE 1185 INCREASED US SLIGHTLY BY 1186 $4,000.

1187 WE HAD TO MAKE 1188 ADJUSTMENTS TO THE PENNY 1189 TRANSFER TO THE 1190 SELF-INSURANCE FUND.

1191 OVERALL REVENUES AND 1192 EXPENSES ARE AT 1193 APPROXIMATELY 1194 $106.5 MILLION.

1195 REVENUE AND EXPENSES WITH 1196 A SURPLUS OF $42,210.

1197 THIS WALKS FORWARD OUR 1198 TAX RATE FROM 2019 TO THE 1199 TAX RATE ORIGINALLY A 1200 PROVED BY COUNCIL IN THE 1201 FIRST READING.

1202 WE WERE ABLE TO BRING DOWN 1203 WHAT WE ORIGINALLY 1204 THOUGHT.

1205 LEAVING OUR 2020 1206 RECOMMENDED TAX RATE AT 1207 .

1208 7877, WHICH IS ABOUT A 1.5 1209 $0.55 INCREASE OVER 2019.

1210 ANYONE HAVE ANY 1211 QUESTIONS?

1212 >> QUESTIONS OF 1213 MS. KNIGHT?

1214 >> I'LL POINT OUT THE NEXT 1215 PUBLIC HEARING IS A SPECIAL 1216 CALLED MEETING NOT THE 1217 REGULAR MEETING.

1218 >> SEPTEMBER 12TH AT 8:30 1219 A.M.

1220 SEPTEMBER 5TH AT 8:30 A.M.

1221 >> OKAY.

1222 >> BACK TO BACK 1223 MEETINGS IN SEPTEMBER.

1224 THANK YOU.

1225 THIS ITEM DOES CALL FOR A 1226 PUBLIC HEARING.

1227 SO AT THIS TIME I WILL OPEN UP 1228 THE PUBLIC HEARING.

1229 IS THERE ANYONE WHO WOULD 1230 LIKE TO SPEAK FOR OR AGAINST 1231 THIS ITEM? 1232 IF SO COME FORWARD AND 1233 GIVE YOUR NAME FOR THE 1234 RECORD.

1235 >> GOOD EVENING.

1236 I'M BOB THOMAS.

1237 THANK YOU FOR THIS 1238 OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO 1239 YOU HERE.

1240 I'M LOOKING AT YOUR BUDGET 1241 THIS YEAR OF $106 MILLION.

1242 THAT'S DEFINITELY AN 1243 INCREASE.

1244 I CAN TELL YOU THERE'S A LOT 1245 OF PEOPLE IN THIS CITY THAT 1246 THIS IS GOING TO HURT.

1247 I URGE YOU TO RECONSIDER 1248 AND GO BACK TO YOUR 1249 EFFECTIVE TAX RATE BECAUSE 1250 IN THE COUNTY WE HAVE HAD 1251 ALMOST $3 BILLION TAX CREEP 1252 IN PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS IN 1253 THE CITY OF ABILENE.

1254 THAT'S A LOT TO DRAW FROM 1255 PLUS THIS.

1256 THIS IS A DEAL BREAKER.

1257 THANK YOU.

1258 >> THANK YOU.

1259 >> ANYONE ELSE LIKE TO 1260 SPEAK FOR OR AGAINST THIS 1261 ITEM? 1262 WE WILL CLOSE THE PUBLIC 1263 HEARING.

1264 DOES COUNCIL HAVE 1265 ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS? 1266 I'LL EXCEPT A MOTION.

1267 >> THERE IS NO ACTION ON 1268 THIS ITEM.

1269 NO.

1270 IS THAT CORRECT? 1271 THAT'S CORRECT.

1272 IT'S JUST A PUBLIC HEARING.

1273 >> ALL RIGHT.

1274 >> THANK YOU.

1275 MOVE TO -- ITEM 19?

1276 >> 20.

1277 >> WE'RE GOING TO PULL 20.

1278 WE'RE GOING TO PULL 20.

1279 MR. HANNA.

1280 >> THERE'S NO ACTION ON 1281 20.

1282 WE'RE NOT PREPARED.

1283 OPPOSING COUNSEL HAS NOT 1284 COMPLETED THE REVIEW.

[00:40:02]

1285 >> WE MOVE TO ITEM 21 AT

[21.  Oral Resolution: Receive a Report, Hold a Discussion and Take Action on the Employment, Compensation and/or Evaluation of the City Manager ]

1286 THIS TIME.

1287 I'LL ASK FOR A MOTION AND 1288 SECOND FROM COUNCIL TO 1289 APPROVE BY ORAL RESOLUTION 1290 THE EMPLOYMENT 1291 COMPENSATION AND OR 1292 EVALUATION CITY MANAGER 1293 ROBERT HANNA.

1294 >> SO MOVED.

1295 >> SECOND.

1296 >> MOTION BY 1297 COUNCILMAN MAYOR PRO TEM 1298 KYLE MCALISTER AND A 1299 SECOND BY COUNCILMAN ANN 1300 RENNER.

1301 >> I'D LIKE TO MAKE 1302 COMMENT THAT I VERY MUCH 1303 APPRECIATE ROBERT HANNA 1304 AND HIS POSITION AS CITY 1305 MANAGER.

1306 HE HAS LED MANY EXCITING 1307 PROJECTS AND CONTINUES TO 1308 PUSH FORWARD ON THINGS 1309 THAT COUNCIL DIRECTION AND 1310 APPRECIATE ALL THE WORK 1311 AND TIME HE PUTS IN TO THIS 1312 AND THE PROFESSIONALISM HE 1313 SHOWS AND ALL HE DOES.

1314 >> THANK YOU 1315 COUNCILMAN PRICE IT'S MY

[PUBLIC COMMENTS]

1316 HONOR TO SERVE THIS 1317 COMMUNITY.

1318 >> COMMENTS FROM 1319 COUNCIL? 1320 THANK YOU MR. HANNA.

1321 WE HAVE A MOTION AND A 1322 SECOND.

1323 FURTHER DISCUSSION? 1324 READY TO VOTE.

1325 >>> HURT IS ABSENT.

1326 MOTION CARRIES.

1327 >>> NOW MOVE TO THE 1328 PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD.

1329 THERE WILL BE NO VOTES OR 1330 ANY FORM OF ACTIONS TAKEN 1331 ON SUBJECTS PRESENTED 1332 DURING PUBLIC CONGRESSMEN.

1333 PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ONLY 1334 ALLOWS MEMBERS OF THE 1335 PUBLIC TO PRESENT IDEAS AND 1336 INFORMATION TO CITY STAFF.

1337 WE DO HAVE TWO CARDS ON 1338 THIS MORNING.

1339 ON THIS EVENING FOR PUBLIC 1340 COMMENT.

1341 WE HAVE JOSEPH BECKER 1342 FOLLOWED BY JEREMY WOOD.

1343 JUST GIVE YOUR NAME FOR 1344 THE RECORD.

1345 A THREE-MINUTE TIME LIMIT ON 1346 YOUR PRESENTATION.

1347 >> COUNCIL, MAYOR, MY 1348 NAME IS JOSEPH BECKER.

1349 I AM ONE OF YOUR DISABLED 1350 CITIZENS OF ABILENE.

1351 WE DO HAVE SEVERAL OTHERS.

1352 I ALSO AM A MEMBER OF 1353 ABILENE ON HANDS FISHING 1354 CLUB.

1355 LAST TIME I WAS OUT AT KIRBY 1356 LAKE AND THIS HAPPENED 1357 BEFORE, I WAS ON MY WAY OUT 1358 OF THE PARK AND I WAS 1359 APPROACHED BY ONE OF THE 1360 ABILENE POLICE DEPARTMENT 1361 OFFICERS WHO WAS NOT TOO 1362 THRILLED I WAS THERE AFTER 1363 HOURS.

1364 KIRBY LAKE AS IT STANDS IS A 1365 LAKE, NOT A PARK.

1366 IT STATES OUT THERE KIRBY 1367 LAKE.

1368 I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU GUYS 1369 TO AT LEAST DO SOMETHING 1370 WITH THE CURFEW AT THE 1371 LAKE.

1372 I UNDERSTAND THERE IS A PARK 1373 THERE BUT THERE'S A LOT OF 1374 US THAT GO OUT AND FISH 1375 AFTER HOURS FOR CAT FISH 1376 AND CAT FISH ARE NOCTURNAL 1377 CREATURES.

1378 IF YOU WANT TO CATCH A BIG 1379 ONE YOU HAVE TO BE THERE 1380 AFTER HOURS.

1381 OTHER OFFICERS WILL COME 1382 OUT THERE AND ASK YOU HOW 1383 YOU'RE DOING.

1384 NO BIG DEAL AND GO ABOUT 1385 THEIR BUSINESS.

1386 A LOT /-F US WOULD LIKE TO BE 1387 ABLE TO STAY OUT THERE AND 1388 FISH AFTER HOURS.

1389 IF WE CAN GET THAT 1390 ADDRESSED AND DO 1391 SOMETHING ABOUT IT WHERE 1392 SOME OF US CAN THAT WOULD 1393 BE APPRECIATED.

1394 NOT ALL OF US LIKE THE 1395 OFFICER MENTIONED, HE SAID IF 1396 YOU WANT TO FISH AFTER 1397 HOURS GO OUT TO PORT 1398 PHANTOM.

1399 NOT ALL OF US CAN AFFORD TO 1400 GO OUT THERE.

1401 THERE'S A LOT OF AFTER HOURS 1402 SHENANIGANS THAT GO ON AT 1403 BOTH PHANTOM AND KIRBY 1404 AND THERE'S NOTHING THAT 1405 REALLY CAN BE DONE WITH IT 1406 OTHER THAN TO KEEP 1407 EVERYBODY OUT.

1408 AGAIN, YOU HAVE A LOT OF US 1409 OUT THERE FISHING.

1410 WE'RE NOT CAUSING ANY 1411 PROBLEMS. 1412 FOR THOSE OF US THAT ARE /O 1413 OUT THERE WE WOULD LIKE TO 1414 BE ABLE TO STAY.

1415 IF YOU CAN ADDRESS THIS IT 1416 WOULD BE GREATLY 1417 APPRECIATED BY EVERYBODY 1418 THAT GOES OUT THERE AND 1419 FISHES.

1420 THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

1421 THAT'S ALL I HAVE.

1422 >> THANK YOU.

1423 MR. JEREMY WOOD.

1424 >>> MAYOR, COUNCIL, 1425 JEREMY WOOD.

1426 BEFORE I GET STARTED HURRAY 1427 FOR KEEP ABILENE BEAUTIFUL.

1428 I'M PROUD TO SAY THE ATHEIST 1429 COMMUNITY DOES OUR PART 1430 BY ADOPTING A PARK.

1431 WE QUALIFIED OURSELVES FOR 1432 OUR SIGN.

1433 I'M HERE TODAY TO SPEAK IN 1434 PROTEST OF THE IMPLICATIONS 1435 PRACTICES OF THIS COUNCIL.

1436 COUNCIL POLICIES REGARDING 1437 WHO DELIVERS THE 1438 INVOCATION AND MAKING 1439 EXCEPTIONS TO THOSE POLICIES 1440 AS LONG AS THE INVOCATION IS 1441 A CHRISTIAN PRAYER GIVES 1442 PRIVILEGED POSITION TO THOSE 1443 WILLING TO PAY TO THE 1444 RELIGIOUS BELIEFS OF THE 1445 MAJORITY.

1446 THE NONCHRISTIAN MINORITY

[00:45:03]

1447 IN ABILENE IS NOT A GROUP OF 1448 PEOPLE WHO ARE TO BE 1449 TOLERATED.

1450 RATHER THEY ARE EQUALS.

1451 TOLERANCE IMPLIES THAT THE 1452 TOLERATED GROUP ONLY HAS 1453 RIGHTS BY THE GRACE OF THE 1454 MAJORITY GROUP WHO IS 1455 TOLERATING THEM.

1456 WE ARE NOT TOLERATED WE 1457 ARE EQUALS.

1458 WE DESERVE EQUAL 1459 TREATMENT.

1460 A RELIGIOUS MINORITY GROUPS 1461 ABILITY TO HAVE EQUAL 1462 FOOTING INSIDE THIS ROOM.

1463 EQUAL FOOTING WITH 1464 CHRISTIANS SHOULD NOT RELY 1465 ON THE ABILITY TO ELECT A 1466 REPRESENTATIVE TO THIS 1467 COUNCIL.

1468 SUCH A REQUIREMENT LEAVES 1469 OUR CONSTITUTIONAL 1470 DEMOCRACY WITH RELIGIOUS 1471 NATIONALISM.

1472 THIS IS WHY THE BILL OF 1473 RIGHTS WAS DRAFTED AND 1474 EVENTUALLY INCORPORATED 1475 INTO STATE LAW TO PROTECT 1476 THE BASIC RIGHTS OF THE 1477 MINORITY.

1478 I ASK ONCE AGAIN PLEASE STOP 1479 THE NEEDLESS PRACTICE OF 1480 HAVING AN INVOCATION ALL 1481 TOGETHER OR CHANGE YOUR 1482 POLICY TO ALLOW ANYONE IN 1483 THE COMMUNITY WHO WANTS 1484 TO PARTICIPATE TO 1485 PARTICIPATE.

1486 THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

1487 HAVE A GREAT DAY.

1488 >> THANK YOU MR. WOOD.

1489 THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD.

1490 ANYBODY ELSE WANT TO 1491 SPEAK ON ANY ISSUE WITH 1492 REGARDS TO THE PUBLIC 1493 COMMENT PERIOD?

1494 >> DAVID SCHWARTZ.

1495 I WOULD LIKE TO TOUCH ON A 1496 COUPLE OF THINGS THAT HAVE 1497 COME UP RECENTLY.

1498 THE CITY MANAGER ALWAYS 1499 ELUDED THAT THE CITY IS A 1500 SERVICE BASED ORGANIZATION.

1501 WHEN YOU CALL A CERTAIN 1502 DEPARTMENT AND THEY HAVE 1503 A RECORDING ON THEIR 1504 DEPARTMENT LINE THAT 1505 SOUNDS PRETTY CURT.

1506 IT'S LIKE YOU'RE IN THE 1507 BUSINESS AND CALL UP A 1508 SPECIFIC BANK AND THEY ARE 1509 LIKE DON'T CALL US.

1510 CALL ANOTHER BANK.

1511 WHEN YOU CALL THE TRAFFIC 1512 SIGNAL SHOP ON THEIR 1513 RECORDING IT SAYS, IF YOU'RE 1514 CALLING ABOUT A STREET 1515 LIGHT CALL A-E-P.

1516 PRETTY CURT.

1517 WHAT THEY SHOULD SAY ON 1518 THE RECORDING IS SOMETHING 1519 ALONG THESE LINES.

1520 YOU REACH CITY OF ABILENE 1521 SIGNAL SHOP.

1522 WE MAINTAIN STREET LIGHTS 1523 ATTACHED TOUR SIGNAL 1524 SYSTEM.

1525 IF YOU'RE CALLING IN 1526 REFERENCE TO ONE OF THOSE 1527 PLEASE LEAVE THE LOCATION 1528 THAT IS LOCATED.

1529 IF YOU'RE CALLING ABOUT A 1530 FREE STANDING STREET LIGHT 1531 THAT IS ON A POLE NOT 1532 ATTACHED TO THE SIGNAL ARM 1533 CONTACT A-E-P AS THEY 1534 MAINTAIN THOSE.

1535 CALL THEM DIRECTLY AND 1536 HAVE A NICE DAY.

1537 SOMETHING LIKE THAT WOULD 1538 BE A LOT BETTER THAN HAVING 1539 LIKE ID SAY.

1540 WITH THAT KIND OF MESSAGE 1541 ON YOUR RECORDING IF YOU'RE 1542 IN A REGULAR BUSINESS WORLD 1543 YOU WOULDN'T MAKE IT.

1544 THE OTHER THING IS WATER 1545 UTILITY OFFICE.

1546 WHEN YOU CALL 676-6405 THEIR 1547 GREETING IS PRETTY PLAIN.

1548 I WOULD THINK THEY ADD ON 1549 THERE WE HAVE MOVED TO 1550 OUR NEW LOCATION AND THEY 1551 WOULD GIVE THE ADDRESS OF 1552 THE NEW LOCATION.

1553 CONNECT SERVICE THERE AND 1554 CHANGE SERVICE AND SUCH 1555 LIKE THAT.

1556 BUT THEY DON'T HAVE THE 1557 NEW LOCATION ON THERE.

1558 ALSO, WHEN THEY GIVE THEIR 1559 WEBSITE THEY SAY YOU CAN 1560 DO THIS ON OUR WEBSITE.

1561 THEY GIVE THE OLD ONE 1562 ABILENE TX.COM.

1563 IT SHOULD BE ABILENE TX.GOV.

1564 IF THEY WOULD DO THAT IT 1565 WOULD BE MORE BENEFICIAL 1566 TO THE CITIZENS THAT MAY 1567 NOT KNOW THE CUSTOMER 1568 SERVICE OR WATER UTILITY 1569 OFFICE MOVED TO THE 1570 LOCATION ON SOUTH FIRST.

1571 THAT WOULD BE GOOD IF THEY 1572 UPDATE THAT.

1573 LAST, TALKING ABOUT WEB 1574 PAGES IN GENERAL.

1575 A FEW DAYS AGO GOVERNOR 1576 ABBOTT ISSUED A LEVEL TWO 1577 ALERT ABOUT CITIES UNDER 1578 CYBER ATTACK.

1579 I HAD BROUGHT THIS UP 1580 BEFORE SEVERAL MONTHS AGO 1581 THAT THE CITY PAGE IS NOT 1582 ENCRYPTED.

1583 I KNOW THAT YOU'LL BE 1584 CHANGING PROVIDERS AFTER 1585 OCTOBER.

1586 THAT'S JUST COME IN AND TELL 1587 YOU THAT IT WOULD BE A GOOD 1588 IDEA TO HAVE IT ENCRYPTED 1589 BUT WITH A NEW PROVIDER I'M 1590 SURE THEY'LL COVER THAT.

1591 THAT'S ALL I HAVE TONIGHT.

1592 THANK YOU COUNCIL.

1593 >> THANK YOU.

1594 >> THANK YOU DAVID.

1595 >>> IS THERE ANYONE 1596 THAT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK IN 1597 THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD?

1598 >> GOOD EVENING.

1599 I'M CHARLES BURN.

1600 I'M HERE TO SPEAK AGAIN ON 1601 THE /SAPBGT /WEUR CITY FOR 1602 THE UNBORN.

1603 I'M GLAD YOU DO AN 1604 INVOCATION AT EVERY 1605 MEETING.

1606 IT'S SOMETHING WE SHOULD DO 1607 ON A DAILY BASIS.

1608 I'M UP HERE, AGAIN, ASKING 1609 FOR THIS ORDNANCE TO BE PUT 1610 ON THE AGENDA.

[00:50:01]

1611 ALSO, TO STATE THAT IT IS NOT, 1612 I WANT TO REPEAT, NOT A P-R 1613 STUNT AS WE HAVE BEEN TOLD 1614 IN E-MAILS WE'VE RECEIVED.

1615 THIS IS SOMETHING SERIOUS TO 1616 US AND TO OUR GROUP WEST 1617 TEXANS FOR LIFE.

1618 WE WANT TO KEEP PLANNED 1619 PARENTHOOD OUT OF HERE 1620 AND STOP ABORTION IN 1621 ABILENE.

1622 THEY WANT TO COME BACK.

1623 I'VE SPOKEN TO THE MAYOR ON 1624 THIS ISSUE.

1625 I WOULD ASK THAT IN THE 1626 NEAR FUTURE WE HAVE IT PUT 1627 ON THE AGENDA TO BE ABLE TO 1628 SPEAK /THABT ITEM.

1629 THANK YOU.

1630 >> THANK YOU CHARLES.

1631 >>> ANYONE ELSE LIKE TO 1632 PARTICIPATE IN THE PUBLIC 1633 COMMENT PERIOD ON THIS 1634 EVENING? 1635 I'LL CLOSE THE PUBLIC 1636 COMMENT PERIOD.

1637 IT IS 6:21 P.M.

1638 THIS MEETING OF THE ABILENE 1639 CITY COUNCIL IS ADJOURNED.



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