FERRIS – The Ferris City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission held a joint meeting Monday night. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the city of Ferris 2013 Comprehensive Plan.

City Manager Dennis Burn said it was imperative to present the plan to the city council members and receive comments and input before adopting the plan.

“Several meetings of the Planning and Zoning Commission have taken place prior to this meeting,” Burn said. “At those meetings our consultant, The Wallace Group, has made presentations of the comprehensive plan. The comprehensive plan has evolved to the point that a preliminary draft is presented to you with all components in place.”

Making the presentation on behalf of The Wallace Group was Project Manager Kevin Glovier. He addressed the vision of the plan, recommendations, implementations and utilities. He said a city’s comprehensive plan can generally be defined as a long-range planning tool intended to be used by municipal staff, decision-makers and citizens to direct the growth and physical development of a community for 10 to 20 years.

As he made his way through the presentation, Glovier said there were several areas of concern. The main concern involved the city’s lift station 1.

“Lift station 1 contains 200-300 gallons per minute (gpm) pumps,” Glovier said. “Wastewater flows to the lift station via an 8-inch gravity line and is then pumped through a 6-inch force main to the 12-inch line along Business I-45.”

He said the concern is that the design flow into the lift station at peak flow is 436 gpm, and does not meet the TCEQ regulations with the largest pump out of service.

“Both pumps at the lift station would be needed to handle the peak flow,” Glovier said. “With both pumps running, the forced main would be required to flow 600 gpm. This flow exceeds the 6 fps, but is less than the 8 fps.”

Upon hearing his concerns, Mayor Bill Pardue assured Glovier that the issue is under control based on an agreement the city has with the Rocket Special Utility District. Once Glovier was made aware of the agreement, he said the city should have no problems with meeting the standards of the proposed plan.

At the conclusion of the presentation, Burn said the final produced plan will consist of an electronic version as well as printed copies with full size maps. He said the city’s consultant will incorporate the comments and input by city council members and P&Z members when he makes the final presentation at a special called meeting Sept. 30. He said they will then conduct a public hearing which will be followed by the adoption of the plan.

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