Median Improvements and Subdivision Denial Top Council Meeting
July 17, 2018 - Murphy City Council gave guidance on median irrigation and landscape improvement, approved an Impact Fee Credit Agreement, denied a subdivision of land on Bunny Run and approved a contract amendment for the N. Maxwell Creek Rd. Replacement and Drainage Improvements Project.
Two project numbers have been assigned to median improvements in an effort to address concerns that some medians have become visually below Murphy’s standards. The first Project No. 2018-11 will deal with Heritage Park by installation of irrigation within medians, retrofitting bed areas with drip irrigation, top soil, landscape and sod. The same will be done for project No. 2018-14 focusing on Betsy, N. Murphy Rd., and McCreary. Hardscapes may be used in some of the narrow medians but landscaping will be at Heritage, East Betsy, North McCreary and West Betsy. Guidance was given by approval of existing landscapes at Heritage and John Close as being desirable. Determining factors for each location will be a combination of aesthetics, maintenance, watering requirements, effects on drivers, and matching botanical characteristics.
Anderson IHL, LLC, was approved for a Developer Participation and Impact Fee Credit Agreement for a public utility improvement outside what was the minimum they had to do and is in line with improvements the city had planned on executing. They will extend an 8” water line along the west side of N. Murphy Road from the Murphy Community Center to the northern right-of-way line of Glen Ridge Drive, then west approximately 150 ft. to tie into an existing water line near the HOA community pool. The improvement was necessary to provide adequate fire protection.
In a three to three vote, a motion to approve was defeated for a variance to the Subdivision Regulations requested by Maxwell and Jerry Huffman of 4 Bunny Run. 4 Bunny Run is a private road abutting the Timber’s Nature Preserve. The City owns a 25 ft. right of way on the South side in effect half the road and has previously paved the road to aid in maintenance. In 1999, a waiver had been granted preventing the need for road improvement to public standards when the lot was split. According to the application, the need for the variance now is due to their desire to create three one acre lots along the road to sell because shifting flood plains has rendered one home unlivable. The applicant, while acting as a developer in subdividing the property, lacks the funds of a traditional developer to improve the street so asked again for a variance to be able to sell the land. Mayor Bradly, Mayor Pro Tem Berthiaume, and Councilmember Siddiqi voted to approve the variance while Deputy Pro Tem Fincanon, Councilmembers Reilly and George voted not to approve the variance. The denial of the variance doesn’t prevent the landowner from subdivision but in effect, insists that a resolution to the road improvement will have to be found before moving forward.
Resolution 18-R-886 amended a services contract with Binkley & Barfield Engineering for an additional 29,300. The amendment was needed because unanticipated land acquisition for construction in the N. Maxwell Creek Rd. and Drainage Improvements Project makes survey work necessary to the acquisition.