City Council Meeting Report
October 16. 2018 - Drainage easements were discussed with Travis Estates and the Timber addition in mind. The resulting review provided clarity that no prior notice is needed for the city to ingress the area for purposes relating to the specified purpose of the easement. Also any encroachments, defined as but not limited to as buildings, fences, trees, shrubs, and other improvements or growths not specifically intended for the easement. Of particular note; the City is not required to repair or replace fencing, provide notice of being there and may remove any encroachments. It also requires any fencing to be approved in writing by the city, built to the ordinance and be detachable. The city attorney advised that access to an easement is for the specified purpose of the easement and does not give the general public access or right of way to the easement.
City Council adopted Ordinance Number 18-10-1104, an amendment to Chapter 23, "Administration and General Provisions" of Title II, "Building and Development" of the Code of Ordinances. That approved the amended Murphy Capital Improvements Plan, and Land Use Assumptions, which updated the city’s water and wastewater impact fees. Passage of Ordinance Number 18-10-1105 amended the actual fee schedule of the code of ordinances and set an effective date of October 17, 2018.
Council took no action on the options presented for road improvements to Bunny Run at the request of the property owners. The roadway options were put together in an effort to solve a subdivision obstacle to the properties now up for sale as-is.
Resolution 18-R-896 was approved to authorize the city manager to execute a scope of services agreement with Birkhoff, Hendricks, and Carter LLP for eight inch water line loops on North and South Murphy Roads. A water line loop is an addition of line or upsize of an existing line. According to the schedule, the construction phase would begin after the notice to proceed is given by the city.
Passage of Resolution 18-R-897 authorized the city manager to execute an agreement with Neel-Schaffer, Inc. to provide engineering services related to a back-up generator at the Hawthorne Drive pump station.
City Council made a move to reduce the meeting load of two advisory boards. Ordinance Number 18-10-1106 adopted an amendment to Chapter 16, “Public Ways and Places”, Article 16.03, “Tree Care Program” of the Code of Ordinances amending Section 16.03.003 (c) to reduce the minimum meeting requirement from six times a year to three of the Tree Preservation Board. Ordinance Number 18-10-1107 adopted an amendment to Chapter 24, “Buildings and Building Regulations”, Article 24.02 “Building and Fire Codes Appeal Board” of the Code of Ordinances amending Section 24.02.009 to reduce the minimum meeting requirements of the Building and Fire Codes Appeal Board.
City Council has heard concern from residents and discussed possible approval of roadway design modifications or the placement of a no left turn sign at the intersection of N. Murphy Road at Shirehurst Drive commonly referred to as the entrance into the PSA North driveway. TxDOT is currently responsible for the road, so only suggestions from the city would be possible and while the city is awaiting only paperwork processing by TxDOT to take responsibility of the road, future action will probably be folded into a larger discussion of intersection safety in the city.