Council Unanimously Opposes Road Expansion and Extension
January 2, 2017 - In the lead up to the individual consideration items, Tiffany Turnbull, new director of Murphy Chamber of Commerce, introduced herself. Christmas in the Park was reviewed by City of Murphy Special Events Coordinator, Kayla McFarland. The third mini-parade had 18 entries. Three food vendors produced hot treats on the freezing cold night to go along with the popular marshmallow roast (Sprouts donated bananas to roast). Ten craft vendors plied their wares alongside the splendid pictures with Santa. The Trout Round Up and Daddy Daughter Dance were also highlighted as events in February.
A round of applause followed the passage of Resolution 18-R-861 regarding the recommendations of the North Central Texas Council of Government’s Mobility 2045 strategic plan and Murphy’s response to it. Mobility 2045 is used to procure future federal dollars to meet the needs of the 16 county areas belonging to NCTCOG. To meet future population expansion and the resulting traffic congestion as denser development straddles Lake Lavon, a couple of east-west road expansions were proposed that met with less than enthusiastic response from Murphy’s citizens. The Renner and Betsy expansion options, and the study itself, were addressed by council in the following resolution which passed unanimously:
“That the City Council does hereby state its position on the following projects proposed within the City of Murphy and/or its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction: A. The City Council opposes the extension of Renner Road through the City of Murphy. B. The City Council opposes the expansion of Betsy Lane through the City of Murphy. C. The City Council opposes further study of the Oncor Utility Easement as an alternate to proposed east-west corridor alignments through the City of Murphy. D. The City Council encourages further study of north-south and east-west thoroughfares throughout Collin County. E. The City Council encourages further study of operational improvements to existing thoroughfares within Murphy, including but not limited to, signalization timing, intersection improvements, and safety enhancements.”
Council considered a resolution to issue a new request for proposals (RFP), for new solid waste services. According to city staff,” In the fall of 2017, City staff began discussing with Waste Connections the possibility of exercising the first one (1) year renewal option. Upon learning that there would likely be cost increases and/or service reductions for solid waste and recycling collection, the City Manager directed staff to prepare a Request for Proposals (RFP).” A selection committee was formed to hire a consulting firm. It was decided that Burns & McDonnell out of Austin would be paid $23,180 for their services as the consulting firm. On December 15th, the City received five (5) proposals from interested vendors. An error in the RFP was found and deemed worthy of a new RFP. Council voted to put out the new RFP. February 6th has tentatively been identified as a work session date to brief the Council on the recommended vendor, with February 20th being the date for Council action on the contract.
Other issues considered by Council was approval of a contract with Trane for new boilers, part of the bond expenditures, and the 2018 sidewalk rehabilitation program which may be viewed on the City’s website.