City Council Meeting Report
The signs in Murphy that lead you to the District 89 State Representative office will now actually lead you to an office at City Hall. Passage of Resolution 19-R-906 authorized the mayor to execute a State of Texas House of Representatives Donated Space Agreement between the City of Murphy and District 89 State Representative Candy Noble. The State provides Murphy with the equipment and space with an understanding that council will be sought out when Rep. Noble visits. Council also took the opportunity to convey its disappointment with Rep. Nobles’ support of the 2.5% property tax cap proposal by Governor Abbott.
The city manager was authorized to sign the Inter Local Agreement (ILA) between North Central Texas (NCT) Emergency Communications District and the City of Murphy for Regional 911 service.
A few housekeeping measures were needed for this City Council election year, so Ordinance Number 19-02-1113 was passed calling for elections on May 4. Also of note, voters will be asked to vote on the Municipal Development District Sales and Use Tax imposed at the rate of one-half of one percent (0.50%) be reduced to one-fourth of one percent (0.25%) for the purpose of financing development projects beneficial to the district and authorize the adoption of a local sales and use tax at the rate of one-fourth of one percent (0.25%) to provide revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets. The purpose of those is a tax neutral restructuring to create a capital asset maintenance program.
The city manager was authorized to execute a Joint Election Agreement between the City of Murphy, the Board of Trustees of the Plano Independent School District and the Board of Trustees of Collin College District.
Council directed staff to place the Sign Ordinance, Article 26.02 of the Murphy Code of Ordinances on an upcoming Planning & Zoning Commission agenda as it relates to real estate signage.
Passage of Ordinance Number 19-02-1114 updated the Murphy Code of Ordinances, regulating Unattended Donation/ Collection Boxes (UDCB). The reason and changes as laid out by city staff was:
“World Wear Project, LLC, the donation box operator working with PISD schools has indicated that this code is too restrictive. At the Jan. 8, 2019 City Council meeting, staff was directed to develop code amendments to offer some additional flexibility. The proposed amendments were shared with World Wear Project and their input is incorporated herein. The following revision is proposed to Section 24.11.012 Location: Remove the requirement for the UDCB to be visible from the principal building. The following are proposed revisions to Section 24.11.013 Physical Attributes: Eliminate the extra metal tray requirement in favor of requiring all bins to be constructed of steel capable of preventing leaking or seepage. Increase the bin size from 60" x 60" to 72" x 72". Reduce the information required to be displayed on the UDCB. Reduce the font size of the state law disclosure from 5-inch to 2-inch lettering. The following revision is proposed to Section 24.11.014 Maintenance: Decrease the required service time from weekly to bi-weekly. The proposed changes were adopted.”