Council Hears Light Agenda
The first agenda in October reflected a relief from budget season intensity and recognition for National Night Out, containing a few proclamations, a public hearing on an impact fee amendment and consideration of a final plat for Murphy Four Addition.
A proclamation of fire prevention week was made for October 7th-13th. The 2018 theme for fire prevention week is, “Look. Listen. Learn-Be Aware. Fire Can Happen Anywhere.” Mayor Scott Bradley urges everyone to participate in the public safety activities and efforts of the Murphy Fire-Rescue Open House public education event October 13th.
A proclamation of Community Planning Month was made for October. The American Planning Association uses National Community Planning Month as an opportunity to highlight the contributions that sound planning and plan implementation make to the quality of our communities and environment. The proclamation creates an opportunity to publicly recognize the participation and dedication of the members of the planning and zoning commission and other citizen planners who have contributed their time and expertise to the improvement of the City of Murphy; as well as the professionals on the Community Development staff of the City of Murphy.
A presentation of a Certificate of Achievement for Planning Excellence was made. The Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association also recognized the excellence of, “the level of training for Planning Commissioners and planning staff, professional qualifications of the planning staff, currency of master plan components and the completion of planning related projects.
The first hearing on the update to water and wastewater fees, paid by developers, was held. City staff provided the following explanation of the purpose for impact fees. “The basic principle behind the adoption of an impact fee is that growth, as evidenced by new land development, should help pay its own way. The purpose of an impact fee is to require a land developer to pay for a share of the City's cost of providing off-site infrastructure to serve the developing property. In Texas, there are generally four types of development impact fees that can be assessed: roadway, water, wastewater and storm drainage. Murphy chooses to assess two of the four; water and wastewater.” The City last updated its plan in 2007. A copy of the Water and Wastewater Impact Fee Update report can be found in the agenda packet for the October 2nd City Council meeting.
The Final Plat for Murphy Four Addition was approved by City Council. The property contains the four lots east of N. Maxwell Creek Road, popularly known for the Race-Trac and new Pet Suites location.