Progress for Park Renovation, Water Conservation and Fiscal Year 19
Sept. 4, 2018 - City Council moved agenda items along towards conclusions on Tuesday the 18th. Adoption of 2015 and 2017 International Building Code and National Electric Code with a new Murphy Irrigation Code was discussed and moved on to vote on the 18th. Council gave staff directions for bids to be put out for the Waters Edge Park Renovation Plan. The first of two public hearings about the fiscal yr. 19 city budget and tax rates was also held, with the second public hearing scheduled for Sept. 11 and a final vote on Sept. 18. Finally, Council denied two applications. One for a specific use change to a planned development and one for a development variance, both were appeals from planning and zoning denials. Council did some housekeeping measures passing two resolutions and an ordinance before conducting reviews of the City Manager and City Secretary in Executive Session. Finally, Council created a committee with staff to work with Philips Edison, the property management company for Murphy Marketplace on fulfillment of the property beautification requirements of their 380 incentive agreement with the city.
An update of Murphy’s codes is in progress with water conservation being included by way of a new irrigation code. According to staff:
The International Code Council and National Fire Protection Agency, (2017 NEC, NFPA 70) codes are updated in three-year cycles and reviewed by the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG). The NCTCOG recommends amendments for North Texas Municipalities to reflect standard regional practices and maintain consistency among municipalities. Municipalities typically adopt many of the amendments as recommended, while revising or altering other amendments to comply with local practices. Currently, the building code is governed by the 2006 International Codes, adopted on January 20, 2009. The current fire code is governed by the 2006 International Fire Code, adopted on March 16, 2009. In addition to adopting new building codes, we are requesting the adoption of an irrigation code. The City of Murphy currently issues permits for residential and commercial irrigation systems, but it does not have an adopted standard or ordinance for the systems. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the typical single-family suburban household uses at least 30 percent of its water for landscape irrigation. Some experts estimate that more than 50 percent of landscape water used goes to waste due to evaporation or runoff caused by overwatering. In an effort to help conserve water and ensure compliance with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) irrigation requirements, we propose the adoption of an irrigation code. The irrigation code is based on a TCEQ proposed model ordinance that has been widely adopted throughout north Texas municipalities.
Council additionally passed Resolution 18-R-893, ratifying an authorizing contract with Valor Water Analytics executed by then acting city manager Chief Cotten. They then passed Ordinance 18-08-1097 amending the utility fund to account for the funds and promote a public works employee from temporary to a full time employee.
Council continued a public hearing and super majority appeals vote from last meeting to consider approval of Ordinance Number 18-08-1096 amending Planned Development (PD) 08-11-771 to add a child day care as an approved use; allow asphalt shingles as roof material; allow rooftop mechanical equipment; follow Section 30.07.036 for parking requirements; and allow external lighting at the rear of the building, for property located at 615 W. FM 544. Despite the developer acquiescing to objections on the building material and mechanical placement, Council denied the application and did not see this as the best use or worthy of a change to the Murphy Medical Center addition.
Council denied the application of Maxwell Huffman to be allowed to subdivide property without performing the required public improvements to Bunny Run. Council took the opportunity to workshop some solutions for the applicant in the future.
Council put out to bid the Waters Edge Park Renovation Plan. Two popular additions were put on an alternate list pending bid results, Disc Golf and a Unisex Family Bathroom. Two child play areas, a picnic area and four ADA compliant parking spaces were approved.
Finally, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Sara Fincanon gave a proclamation for National Night Out, a police attended block party opportunity on October 2nd.