Council Approves Indo Pak Appeal
Indo Pak appealed a Planning and Zoning Commission denial to locate a new market for property on Village Drive behind Christian Brothers Automotive. The Planning and Zoning denial meant needing a super majority approval from Council. Unlike at the Planning and Zoning meeting, Indo Pak brought a presentation. IndoPak Supermarket is a grocery store specializing in African, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian items, including spices, meat and gift items. Started in 1989, the company has six locations throughout the DFW metroplex. The proposed Murphy location will have a cafe within the store. Operating hours are from 10am to 10pm, 7 days a week. According to Indo Pak they would bring an initial 60 jobs that would stabilize at 35 to 40 near the end of the first year after opening. They expect up to 5 million dollars in gross revenues projecting from many other stores around the DFW metroplex. They also cited the 33 percent Asian demographic of Murphy as proof of an underserved market. Council’s only reservation was about traffic into and out of the facility.
Councilman Owais Siddiqui gave his testimonial of his experiences with the store in Richardson giving voice to the Asian community having to leave Murphy to do their complete shopping. Indo Pak won their super majority vote after extensive back and forth in which Chief Cotten calmed fears about the potential traffic issues saying, “He was not going to lose sleep over it.” Chris George was the lone dissenting vote with reservations about the traffic pattern.
Council also approved an update to its notice of public hearing ordinance. A courtesy notice shall also be sent to properties located outside the 200 feet but within 500 feet of the property of which the change is proposed.
Council gave approval of Ordinance No. 18-01-1076 which authorized the issuance of General Obligation Bonds Series 2018, specifying the terms and features of such bonds; levying a continuing direct annual ad valorem tax for the payment of such bonds; and resolving other matters incident and related to the issuance, sale, payment and delivery of such bonds. The GO bonds will be divided into two (2) issues, the first of which is for $13,510,000. The second GO bond issue will be for $8,135,000 and is expected to take place in August 2020.
Council approved Ordinance Number 18-01-1077 allowing water consumption to be estimated when a meter is confirmed to be non-functioning or city personnel is unable to obtain a read from a meter. The City is currently absorbing the cost of water for non-functioning meter registers. 130 locations were determined to have meters that were not reading consumption, the City would be absorbing the cost of potentially 2,444,000 gallons of water per month (this is based on the city residential water monthly average use of 18,800 gallons). This amount of loss would calculate to approximately $10,000 per month based on the lowest tier volumetric rate in the City Fee Schedule. The ordinance passed a method for bill estimation necessary for the city to recover the cost associated with water and sewer meter malfunction.
Through Friday, February 2, 2018, the Murphy Community Center (MCC) Gym is CLOSED for floor recoating, other parts of the MCC will be open for other activities. Thursday, February 1, 2018, the Biannual Murphy Recreation Guide will be sent to all Murphy residents as an insert in the Murphy Messenger. Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM - 2nd Annual Daddy Daughter Dance at the Murphy Community Center - 205 North Murphy Road, Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 9:00 AM until NOON - fishing for Rainbow Trout will be held at the Murphy City Pond