Council Meeting Minutes for the City of Georgetown, Texas
June 8, 2009
The City Council of the City of Georgetown, Texas, met in
Session on the above date with Mayor
Dale Ross, Ben Oliver, Pat Berryman, Bill Sattler, Patty Eason
Keith Brainard, Gabe Sansing
Paul E. Brandenburg, City Manager; Patricia E. Carls, City Attorney; Jessica Hamilton, City Secretary; Micki Rundell, Chief Financial Officer; Keith Hutchinson, Public Information Officer; Jim Briggs, Assistant City Manager for Utility Operations; Glenn Dishong, Water Services Director; Lorie Lankford, Accounting Supervisor; Laurie Brewer; Assistant Finance Director; Tom Benz, Systems Engineering Manager; Randy Morrow, Community Services Director; Kimberly Garrett, Director of Parks and Recreation;
Policy Development/Review Workshop
A Presentation by YMCA of Williamson County -- Paul E. Brandenburg, City Manager
Brandenburg thanked the Mayor Pro Tem and gave a brief overview of the item. He introduced the representative from YMCA, David Hays. Hays said he strongly endorses the YMCA and what they have done in surrounding communities. He spoke about the history of local YMCAs and invited the Councilmembers to go visit the facilities if they have not already done so. He said, in growing cities and suburbs, there is always a need for the services a YMCA can provide. He said the YMCA partners with the cities in order to leverage the dollars. He added it is critical to find a piece of land that is easily accessible and is a good match for a YMCA. He gave Council an update on the market research the YMCA conducted of the surrounding communities. He said they studied Leander, Hutto, Georgetown and Northeast Round Rock. He said there were 400 phone surveys completed in Georgetown focusing on the area west of I-35. He spoke briefly about the types of questions included in those surveys and the resulting statistics. He showed Council a graph of the comparison of potential sites for a new YMCA. He spoke about the top requests for programs and noted the City would need to build a 49,000 square feet facility in order to fulfill the requests gathered from the survey. He spoke about how the project works and mentioned capital construction and how part is built through fundraising efforts as well as a percent in debt service. He summarized the process of financing a YMCA. He said, in terms of operating costs, it takes 12,000 participating individuals to cover the cost associated with the YMCA service. He showed Council the membership units projected for Georgetown. He said the study indicates that there is a definite need for a YMCA west of I-35 in Georgetown and added the City would be able to serve 8,000-10,000 people. He spoke about why a municipality would want to partner with a YMCA and summarized capitol construction costs as well as operating costs. He noted a YMCA will be able to address the needs of the community quicker and more efficiently. He listed other benefits of having a YMCA program. He said 65% of all YMCA's in the United States are built through partnerships. He spoke about the common partners and examples of some of those partnerships. He said he is hoping that Council would be interested in building a YMCA in Georgetown sometime in the near future.
B Presentation and discussion on the 2009/10 Capital Improvement Projects -- Paul E. Brandenburg, City Manager; Jim Briggs, Assistant City Manager for Utility Operations and Micki Rundell, Chief Financial Officer
With a Powerpoint presentation, Brandenburg reviewed the item and gave an outline of the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). He said this works parallel to the budget process. He spoke about the CIP process and summarized its month to month plan. He said the CIP will get adopted as part of the City's Annual Operating Plan in September. He said the program funding comes from a variety of sources including operating revenue, street maintenance sale tax, utility revenue, and general obligation bonds. He said the projected cost for the 09/10 CIP is $35.6 million. He explained why the City has a CIP process and added it ensures the City has superior water, wastewater and irrigation service. He also mentioned how it will affect annexations, rehabilitation of aging infrastructures and meeting state mandates. He mentioned the importance of impact fees and how they will help new growth pay for itself. He summarized a few of the projects in the CIP including waterline upgrades, street maintenance, servicing newly annexed areas according to annexation law, Sun City pump station upgrade, Edwards Aquifer compliance, wastewater line upgrades, lift station upgrades and lift station decommissioning. He said, with regard to Transportation Services, the CIP provides maintenance and rehabilitation of road segments identified by the Pavement Management Information System. He said the five year plan is funded from the General Fund and the street maintenance sales tax. He listed the many transportation 2009/10 projects listed on the CIP and added stormwater services are also on the CIP. He spoke again about the street maintenance projects listed on the CIP. He said the funding for the five year capital program comes from drainage, utility and debt financing. He listed the stormwater 2009/10 Projects. He said General Government is also part of the CIP and he spoke briefly about the various City facilities. He spoke about the next steps in the process and noted the full project list is finalized during the budget process. He said the Council can recommend what should be included or excluded on the project list.
C Presentation and possible action to provide direction to staff regarding the 2009 Facilities Plan Update -- Paul E. Brandenburg, City Manager
This item was pulled by staff.
Recessed to Executive Session under Sections 55.071, 551.074, and 551.086 -- 4:30 p.m.
Returned to Open Session and adjourned -- 5:38 p.m.
Statutory Consent Agenda
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