The Waxahachie City Council approved a request for a specific use permit for a convenience store with a fast food restaurant and gasoline and diesel fuel stations during its Monday night meeting.

The new development will be located at 625 Farm-to-Market Road 664.

Presenting the request before the council was Victron Energy Representative Kenneth Baca. Baca said the new development would contain a 6,500 square feet building that will house both an Exxon Tiger Mart convenience store and Go Loco fast food Mexican restaurant.

Go Loco would occupy 1,879 square feet of the building. The building is 95 percent masonry and 30 percent stucco.

The Exxon station would feature four-gasoline fuel dispensers in the front of the building and three-diesel fuel dispensers behind the building. The new station would also feature a 75-feet tall pole sign with a sign that is 463 square feet. The base of the sign would be composed of stone or brick and the sign would be set back 25 feet from the U.S. Highway 287 frontage road.

Baca said the reason Victron is requesting such a large sign is that the proposed development is located near a three-story office building, which obstructs it from view.

In other action, Director of Environmental Health Sonny Wilson presented a request from Progressive Waste Solutions, formerly IESI, for a rate increase.

“Progressive Waste Solutions has requested a rate increase for solid waste and recycling services due to an increase in operating costs. In the current franchise agreement there are provisions that allow the adjustment of the rate to address changes in the cost of operations as reflected by fluctuations in the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index for urban consumer for the Dallas-Fort Worth area,” Wilson said. “Progressive Waste Solutions has met the parameters of the franchise agreement by filing the request for the rate adjustment before the June 30 deadline. The formal request is to adjust the rate of services for the franchise agreement by 1.62 percent.”

Wilson said he checked the percentage requested by Progress with the Department of Labor index and recommended the increase. The council approved the request for the increase that will take effect Oct. 1.

At the present time residents are paying $13.87 a month for garbage pickup, recycling, use of the citizens convenience station, garbage bags, a street maintenance fee and sales tax. When the new rates go into effect the new total will be $15.46 a month.  

The council also approved a final plat for two lots totaling 11.781 acres located at 4300 North Interstate Highway 35E in the Lofland Development Addition. The lots will be used for overflow parking for local business Coal City Cob.

Councilors approved a preliminary plot of the second phase of the Taylor Ridge subdivision. The second phase is 14.972 acres, which will contain 10 lots. This development is located in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction south of Farm-to-Market  Road 1446 on Oak Vista Road.

Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Strength presented a proclamation naming Aug.11-17 as National Health Center Week to members of Hope Clinic.

Following the regular session the council convened into executive session to discuss the purchase or of lease of real estate.  

Upon return to open session the council approved the acquisition of property for Mid-Way Regional Airport on the west side of the airport for the expansion of the apron or airplane parking area at the airport.

This property would allow for proper drainage. Since the airport is jointly owned with the city of Midlothian, Midlothian will have to approve the agreement at its next city council meeting. Cost of the property would be finalized once both council agreements are ratified.

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