Renewal of Juvenile Curfew and Repair of Timbers Nature Trail Highlight Brisk Council Meeting
May 1, 2018 - A light agenda made for a speedy council meeting, with only 4 items on the individual consideration calendar. The consent calendar contained two items relating to nominees to the Regional Transportation Council of the North Central Texas Council of Governments and updating the Commercial Account Signature Card which allows certain officers to sign checks from the city.
Resolution Number 18-R-873 was passed supporting the nomination of representatives to serve as primary and alternate members from the cities of Murphy, Wylie, Sachse, Richardson, and Addison on the Regional Transportation Council of the North Central Texas Council of Governments. This resolution follows up on Resolution 16-R-828 that gave Council’s support to Mayor Stephen Terrell of Allen and Mayor Eric Hogue of Wylie as primary and alternate representatives.
Ernest Bannister joined the City of Murphy as Controller on March 26, 2018. Resolution Number 18-R-874 was passed authorizing him to sign and endorse checks and drafts of the City of Murphy bank accounts. The city maintains 18 accounts with Wells Fargo Bank.
The first of two public hearings for the continuation of the juvenile curfew regulations ordinance was held. Texas Local Government Code 370.002 requires that every three years the City Council review the current Curfew Ordinance and conduct public hearings on the need to continue or abolish the ordinance. Murphy has passed and continually renewed the ordinance since 2003. Officers have cited 93 minors, under the age of 17 in the last 3 years. Curfew hours: (1) 11:00 p.m. on any Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday until 6:00 a.m. of the following day. (2) 12:01 a.m. until 6:00 a.m. on any Saturday or Sunday.
Council passed Resolution Number 18-R-875 which opposes Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC’s application for approval of a Distribution Cost Recovery Factor to increase distribution rates within the city. Staff explains, “The resolution authorizes the City to join with the Steering Committee of Cities Served by Oncor (“OCSC”) to evaluate the filing, determine whether the filing complies with law, and if lawful, to determine what further strategy, including settlement, to pursue. OCSC has engaged the services of a consultant, Mr. Karl Nalepa to review the Company’s filing. Mr. Nalepa will review the filing and identify adjustments that should be made to the Company's request.”
Council passed Ordinance Number 18-04-1086 amending the FY18 revenue, expenditures and fund balance of the General Fund for reconstruction of Timbers Trail due to extensive storm damage. The crushed limestone and decomposed granite trail has proved ineffective against major rain events which have damaged 3000 of the 4000 feet of the trail. Staff’s study of the problem concludes that replacing the trail with concrete is the most cost responsible action moving forward. The cost of 240,000 dollars will be taken from a surplus in the cumulative net drainage fees. . Drainage fees are generated with a $3.00 per month fee on all residential and commercial utility bills. The FY19 budget process has a staff proposed Storm Water Fund that will be accounted separately from the General Fund to address issues such as this.