City Council Discusses FY2020 Budget; Approves Consent Agenda Items

City Council Discusses FY2020 Budget; Approves Consent Agenda Items

Aug. 6, 2019 - At the conclusion of council’s last work session meeting, questions remained regarding FY2020 budget and the data council was provided. Questions pertained to property appraisal increases, as well as the possibility of a 49.5 cents tax rate as opposed to 49 cents. Finance Director Karen Montgomery presented a slideshow to council that helped answer their remaining questions. Mayor Bradley then called the regular council meeting to order.

City Manager Mike Castro discussed upcoming events and public service announcements. “Clear the Shelter” will take place Aug. 19 from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Murphy Animal Shelter. Two Town Hall meetings regarding changes to storm water fees are scheduled for Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. and Aug. 24 at 9 a.m. at City Council Chambers. City Hall will be closed Sept. 2 in honor of Labor Day and Maize Days will be held Sept. 28 at 10 a.m.

Council then moved on to the meeting’s consent agenda items. The Budget Work Session minutes from July 15, 22 and 26 were approved, along with the Regular City Council meeting minutes from July 16. Council also approved the issuance of a special permit to allow a fireworks display during the Murphy Maize Days celebration on Sept. 28.

Fire Chief Del Albright spoke to Council regarding Ordinance Number 19-08-1135, Article 10.02 dealing with "Emergency Medical Services" and the need to adopt Subsection 10.02.006 "Duty to Transport." In essence, Albright feels a change in the ordinance’s wording would prevent future problems. The ordinance presently has a list of hospitals in which one has closed and another changed its name. Albright suggested changing the wording to follow the medical director’s protocol since he is the person who develops the list of hospitals that MFD takes patients. Council voted to approve the motion.

Albright also requested approval of Resolution Number 19-R-924 authorizing the City Manager to execute a one-year extension option of the Clinical Affiliation Agreement and the Emergency Medical Advisory Services Agreement between the City of Murphy on behalf of Murphy Fire Department and Columbia Medical Center of Plano. The motion was unanimously approved by Council.

Montgomery returned to request approval of Ordinance Number 19-08-1136, amending the FY19 revenue and expenditures in the general fund to appropriate insurance proceeds and a donation to the Fire Department budget. Council approved the request and also approved Resolution Number 19-R-925 establishing Sept. 3 and10 as the two public hearing dates on the FY20 tax rate and proposed budget.

Council approved the request by a developer for an extension of the Construction Plat and Engineering Plans for Oasis Springs Manor Phase II, for property located at 11 and 15 Maxwell Lane. Before recessing into Executive Session, Council approved the application of Design Consulting Group, LLC requesting approval of a site plan, landscape plan, building elevations and construction plat for Service First Automotive Center for property located at 610 E. FM 544.

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