The Waxahachie City Council approved entering into a vehicle lease agreement with Enterprise Fleet Management during its Monday meeting.

Under this agreement the city will lease vehicles from Enterprise for a period of five years.

The vehicles that will be targeted are non-emergency and non-pursuit vehicles. Some of these vehicles include trucks, sport utility vehicles, passenger vehicles and vans.

The city owns 100 non-emergency and non-pursuit vehicles and 28 of these vehicles will be replaced in this lease. Factors considered include mileage, fuel efficiency and model year.

Enterprise will replace and sell these vehicles through its network of contacts.

“Due to the large number of initial replacements, the first year’s cost is estimated at approximately $112,102. As additional vehicles are procured through this program the lease payments will increase accordingly,” said Assistant City Manager Michael Scott. “In addition to the lease costs, the city will be responsible for the fixed maintenance costs. The maintenance (package) covers all routine maintenance and any necessary repairs. Only fuel and tires are not covered under this program. The first year maintenance cost is estimated at $13,750.”

Scott said Enterprise has indicated if the city places an order for vehicles before the end of August that the company can take advantage of some manufacturer rebates that will further reduce the lease payment. The cost of the lease program will be taken out of the city’s 2013-2014 fiscal year budget.

City Councilor Mark Singleton voted against entering into a lease program with Enterprise and stated he is not an advocate of leasing. Singleton’s main concern was that the city would be stuck with unforeseen charges at the end of the lease period and could be fleeced in this manner.

In other action, Director of Public Works Jeff Chambers came before the council and presented the bids received for the Kirven Avenue project.

The first bid was from JLB Contracting in the amount of $1,489,404.20 and the second bid was from A&M Construction and Utilities, Inc. in the amount of $1,621,775. The engineer’s estimate on the project was $1.5 million.

Chambers said because of the economic downturn and rise in work throughout the state at this time, there were few available contractors to bid on this project. JLB Contracting and A&M Construction and Utilities were the only two bidders.

Chambers recommended that they accept the bid from JLB Contracting. The council approved and accepted the bid from JLB Contracting.

Leadership Waxahachie representative Melissa Chapman provided the council with an update on the future disc golf course that will be located at Brown-Singleton Park, located at Farley and Elmwood Streets.  

Chapman said at this stage in the project they have 17 committed sponsors, which more than covers the cost of constructing the course. The sponsors for this course are all local  businesses. The construction and installation of the course is planned to take place at the end of July. There is no cost to the city for this project. Leadership Waxahachie class members raised all of the funds needed to complete the project.

The course will feature concrete T-pads, course signage and hole baskets. The baskets are attached to a metal pole and have chains hanging above the basket to catch the plastic disc thrown by the players.

In other action, the city council approved a request made by Crannell, Crannell and Martin Engineering for a zoning change from single family-three to planned development-single family three. This request allows the development to provide lot sizes ranging from 7,000-10,000 square feet. The proposed development is located at the northeast corner of Parks School House Road and Peter Street on 48.57 acres.

The council approved a replat of two lots located on Cynisca Street.

A request made by Kenneth Baca of Victron Energy for a specific use permit within a commercial zoning district for a convenience store with fuel, fast food restaurant and diesel fuel islands located at 625 Farm-to-Market Road 664 was continued to the next city council meeting.

Council members approved a request for a variance made by ShowBiz Cinemas for a mixed beverage restaurant permit with food and beverage located at 108 Broadhead Road.

A request made by Osuba Japanese Hibachi Sushi and Bar for a mixed beverage restaurant permit with food and beverage located at 606 N. U.S. Highway 77 was also approved by the council.

Following the regular session the council convened into executive session. Upon reconvening to open session the council approved to have six lieutenants and five sergeants at the police department, changing the personnel structure which previously allowed for five lieutenants and six sergeants.

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