OVILLA – The Ovilla City Council approved an abatement order for a residence at its Monday night meeting. The order is in connection with a city resident's storage of several items outside of the home that has become a public nuisance.

According to article 8.02 of the city ordinances related to nuisances, its purpose is to promote the public health, safety and welfare by requiring a minimum level of maintenance of private property to protect the livability, appearance and economic stability of the city.

Ovilla City Manager John Dean said the abatement order gives the resident 30 days to clean up the property. He added that the residence is not considered to be a health hazard at this time, only a public nuisance.

The council also approved amending the current budget to allow for an adjustment of $40,000 for the 12-inch Red Oak Creek water line project. The water line would extend down Farm-to-Market Road 664 to give better coverage for residents of the Ovilla Oaks subdivision.

Dean said the city is in the process of acquiring the remaining easement for the project. The bids for waterline project will be presented to the city council at its meeting in August.

The council approved a budget amendment of $25,000 for the installation of an 11GHz microwave link at the city’s water tower for public safety communications link, which connects Ovilla and the City of Midlothian.

“This is communications equipment for police and fire departments. We are replacing the old equipment that is on our tower so our system will be completely upgraded,” Dean said. “From my understanding, they have been putting bandaids on it for a while. We are at the point where we just need to fix it and get the new stuff in.”

In other business the council:

Discussed the budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The council has not passed the budget at this time. Appointed Bob Betik to serve on the Economic Development Corporation board. Approved for the purchase of a refurbished jetting machine and for Dean to execute any documents associated with the purchase. A jetting machine uses high-pressure water to clean sewers and drains. Approved to amend the 2016-2017 fiscal year water and sewer fund budget and annual program of services to allow the transfer of funds for the purchase of a jetting machine. ---

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