City Council Designates July as Parks and Recreation Month
Pictured Above: Councilwoman Jene Butler (front row, fourth from left) is joined by Parks and Recreation staff.
Jun. 18, 2019 – Council began the meeting with item four on the agenda, which was public comments. Executive Director for the Chamber of Commerce, Julie Richards, presented chamber updates including recent ribbon cuttings and the addition of new members.
Surrounded by Parks and Recreation staff, Councilwoman Jene Butler presented the proclamation designating July as Parks and Recreation Month. The proclamation highlighted the importance of Parks and Recreation programs throughout communities across the United States and in Murphy, as well as being vitally important in establishing and maintaining the quality of life in our community.
City of Murphy Controller, Ernest Bannister, presented the financial report for the month ending May 31, 2019. Bannister gave a recap of bank account balances explaining a decrease of over $1 million compared to April. The decrease is in part due to spending for bond programs and the general fund. Permits and licenses for the month are higher than May of last year due to Bluff Creek. Also, the drainage fees the City used to have in the general fund are now applied to the storm water fund. Court revenues continue to run below budget. Overall expenses for the month of May, compared to last year, shows a $500,000 difference. May 2019 had three payroll periods which accounts for around $200,000. There was $67,000 in capital from IT. Year-to-date the City is at about 60% of the budget.
Bannister continued with a presentation of the General Obligation (GO) Bond dashboard report for the month ending May 31, 2019. He explained that so far they have spent $1.5 million of the bond proceeds (12.8% of the budget) and $3 million (22.8%) of the total project budget has been spent. An additional bond sale scheduled for the fall is $8,571,197.
Bond Project Manager, Kenneth Lee, discussed the North Maxwell Creek Road Project stating three land acquisitions have been finalized. The remaining six acquisitions will be presented at the next Council meeting. DENCO Construction Specialists recently began installing a temporary locker room wall for Murphy PD. Travis Estates received street and drainage improvements. Lee discussed the recent opening of the right turn lane on S. Murphy Road and FM 544. Mayor Bradley asked Police Chief Trey Cotten to give a briefing on his perspective of traffic flow. Cotten explained that people are utilizing right turn lane properly and it has alleviated a lot of previous issues. He expressed happiness stating the new addition is working out great for the City of Murphy.
Council approved Regular Council Meeting minutes from June 4, 2019. Council then held a public hearing to consider and/or act on Ordinance Number 19-06-1130 amending Chapter 26, Section 26.02.012, Political Signs, of the Murphy Code of Ordinances. A concerned citizen addressed Council expressing concern regarding political signage. A motion to approve the ordinance was made with one change stating a total of five signs per organization would be allowed.
Council held a public hearing to consider and/or act on Ordinance Number 19-06-1131 amending Chapter 6, Article 6.05, Garage Sales, and Chapter 26, portions of Section 26.02, Signs, of the Murphy Code of Ordinances. Director of Community and Economic Development, Jared Mayfield, presented ordinance revisions to Council. A motion to approve was made with one change increasing the number of signs to five.
Next on the agenda was to consider and/or act on Ordinance Number 19-06-1132 amending Appendix A, Fee Schedule, of the Code of Ordinances of the City by amending Section A9.001 “Building/Construction Plan Review Fees." Customer Service Manager, Teresa Thompson, presented a proposed fee schedule to Council that was ultimately approved.
Bannister returned to the podium to request approval for Resolution Number 19-R-914, which is a written policy to accept primary depository bank services applications from financial institutions not doing business within the City of Murphy municipal boundaries. The motion passed unanimously.
Public Services Director Tim Rogers spoke to Council regarding Resolution Number 19-R-915 rejecting all proposals submitted on May 14, 2019, in response to the solicitation of General Obligation Bond Project No. 2018-09, Waters Edge Park Renovations and Timbers Nature Preserve Trail Renovation. The motion passed unanimously.
Council moved on to consider and/or act on Resolution Number 19-R-916 authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with Central North Construction, LLC in the amount of $1,454,427.29 for the construction of General Obligation Bond Project Nos. 2018-011, and 2018-14, Murphy Median Landscape and Irrigation (Heritage Parkway, Betsy Lane, Murphy Road, and McCreary Road). Rogers recommended the bid be awarded, then Council voted and approved.
After returning from executive session, Council approved the appointment of Diana Cain and Patricia Meaux to fill the Parks and Recreation Board member vacancies. Council also approved Mike Jenkins to fill the Planning and Zoning Commission member vacancy.