The Waxahachie City Council voted unanimously to appoint Mike Ramsey to fill the unexpired term of Councilman Buck Jordan, who passed away earlier this month.
“I feel truly honored, and it is a real privilege to be named to fill this seat,” Ramsey said.
Immediately following the vote to seat Ramsey, City Attorney Jim Chapman presided over the swearing in of Ramsey.
“Mike is a longtime resident and a volunteer contributor to our city,” Mayor John Wray said.
Ramsey will fill the vacated seat until the city’s May election when voters will elect a candidate.
“I don’t plan to run as I have other economic interests,” Ramsey said. “I’ll step aside to let someone else fill this position.”
Board members of Big Brothers Big Sisters attended the council meeting and spoke to the council members and audience about the program's success in mentoring young children and teens.
The members joined Wray in proclaiming January 2014 as National Mentoring Month.
Reading the proclamation Wray stated, “We call upon all citizens to join me in recognizing and comending mentors in our community for providing the confidence and knowledge to succeed.”
In other action, two action items for preliminary plat plans were heard before the council.
The first was a request by owner Dan G. and Margret Walker for a 43.90 acre tract along Farm-to-Market 66 across from Scarborough Fare. The applicant Encore Land LLC proposed developing the tract into 36 lots.
Among the requirement from the Planning and Zoning Commission; a homeowners association must be formed for continuing maintenance of this area, roadway and brick covering requirements were also reviewed by Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Strength.
The council unanimously approved the request.
The other request was from Jimmy Morrow requesting to develop 66. 601 acres into 126 single family residential lots. Morrow's request was also unanimously approved provided staff and Planning and Zoning recommendations are met. The proposed development is located on Farm-to-Market 817.
The council considered a resolution for the formation of the Waxahachie Finance Corporation and the appointment of its initial board members.
In December, the council approved the creation of the nonprofit corporation, named the Waxahachie Education Finance Corporation.
“The purpose is to create a conduit for financing needed facilities and improvements of institutions of education,” Wray said describing the function of the corporation.
Approved as incorporators were Chuck Beaty, Mark Singleton and Kevin Strength. Nine members were also approved to serve on the board or directors.
A presentation was made to the council and staff by John Poston for a planned residential community for adults with handicaps.
“This community will not be an institutionalized community. It will be more of an independent living community offering these people opportunities to receive an education necessary to get a job and be productive citizens,” Poston said. “This community would also offer these people to have a social life that is typically not available.”
The community he described would be several individual homes that could support both married couples and singles.
“The singles would not be dorm type living,” Poston said, adding, “We will be teaming with local businesses to provide jobs for these people.”
Poston received several comments of support from many on the council with Wray saying, “I personally like the concept.”
Poston said, when fully developed, the community will have between 200 and 300 residents.
“These will be high-functioning persons that will be able to hold a job,” Poston said.
The community will be located at Interstate 35 and Cantrell Road.