OVILLA – Place One Council Member Ralph Hall was named unanimously as the city’s new mayor pro tem at Monday night’s Ovilla City Council meeting.  

The council had included the item on this week’s agenda after being unsuccessful in naming a council member to the position in several past meetings.  

At Monday night’s meeting Hall was the lone nomination. This will be Hall’s second time to sit in the seat of mayor pro tem, he also sat in the position during a stint on the council several years ago.

The council also held two public hearings and voted in favor of passing a 

new code of ordinance for the city in regard to residential parking regulations and development standards. This new ordinance means that residents will be required to put up screening walls to hide vehicles and other equipment on their property, however, the ordinance also allows for certain vehicles to sit behind or beside a home if on an improved surface, but not behind a screening wall.  

A second public hearing was held and a replat passed to combine two residential lots in the Ovilla Park Phase 2 residential development.

Two new Planning and Zoning Commission members were nominated and approved at Monday’s meeting and the council also approved an ordinance regarding fences and construction in regard to Ovilla’s Code of Ordinances.  The repeal was needed in order to be cohesive with a recent council ruling that changed the old fence and construction ordinance, this new vote being an effort to modify the material and construction of new fences being built in Ovilla to match the current code. 

Council voted on and swore in Dean Oberg to sit in the vacant seat in Place 5, which was vacated by Mayor Richard Dormier after he was elected to the city’s mayoral position in May.

Consent agenda items passed including minutes from the June 10 and 17 special meetings and the June 10 and 24 regular meetings, as well as financial transactions for the month.