City Council Report
TFeb. 19, 2019 - The latest council meeting began with public comments. Julie Richards, Executive Director, Murphy Chamber of Commerce thanked council for their attendance of the Black and White Gala and congratulated Betty Spraggins for receiving the this year’s Chairman Award. Richards also informed council of the annual Chamber event, Spring Fever, which will occur on Sat. Mar. 30 in the Lowes parking lot.
Council was unanimous in approval of the purchase of a table for the Murphy Veterans Tribute Fundraising Dinner. The city has donated land at Central Park to be the home of a memorial. The gala is March 22.
Resolution Number 19-R-907 was approved, designating three City employees as investment officers to be responsible for the investment of City funds consistent with the investment policy adopted on Jan. 8, 2019.
Ordinance Number 19-02-1116 amended the FY19 revenue, expenditures and fund balance in the police seizure fund. A budget amendment is necessary to spend those funds. Collin County is remitted 20% of the proceeds of the fund, which for Murphy is approximately $15,000. Police seizure funds have come under heightened scrutiny as a tool to increase budgets for law enforcement around the country. It should be noted, that no one in the room could answer with certainty that a conviction was necessary to sell seized vehicles or other property.
Resolution Number 19-R-908 was passed, authorizing the City Manager to execute a purchase order with Sigma Surveillance, Inc. for the purchase of physical access control and video surveillance equipment and professional installation services in the amount of $321,428.38. Taylor Prentice, IT Director presented a report that said, “IT worked closely with police and 911 communications staff to understand the challenges in our existing systems, and what aspects of a new system were most important to consider, as well as identify where improvements could be made, such as better camera angles/placements and additional security doors/cameras to improve our overall security level. The solution includes 89 badge readers and 74 cameras. That breaks down to 71 existing secured doors, 18 new doors, 54 existing cameras and 20 new cameras. The new additions are mainly to add security at the Activity Center, pump station, two water towers and the lift station, which currently have no centralized security systems in place. Additionally, we are adding motors to the gates at both water towers providing easier access for staff, and a secure way to allow vendors access as well. This solution also replaces all panic buttons and adds new ones.”
Council approved revisions to the City of Murphy Policies and Procedures Employee Handbook to take effect March 2, 2019. Jana Traxler, SPHR, Human Resources Director presented the changes.
Nima Homes, Inc. received approval of a final plat of Luxury Creek Road Addition. This is for property located on the northwest corner of Bunny Run and S. Maxwell Creek Road. Jared Mayfield, AICP, Director of Community & Economic Development presented.