WAXAHACHIE — The Waxahachie City Council awarded the contract for engineering services to Kimley-Horn for improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment plant at its Monday night meeting.

Director of Utilities David Bailey told the council that the improvements would address the limitations in the plant. He explained that when the city expanded the plant 10 years ago, it increased capacity to treat wastewater. The proposed upgrades would allow the facility to process biosolids better in preparation to be appropriately disposed of at the landfill in Alvarado.

“Kimley-Horn is the engineering firm that did our biosolids study and master plan for the wastewater treatment plant. In that plan, it reviewed items in the plant as far as biosolids handling and dewatering (finding) that are antiqued and deficient,” Bailey said. “What has been brought before you tonight is a proposal to begin the engineering services portion of the design for improvements.”

Bailey noted if the improvements are not made the city runs the risk of violating wastewater discharge permits. The upgrades at the plant are estimated between $12.5- $13 million.

Bailey presented a recommendation to award the bid for a six-inch water line relocation to Circle H Contractors to the council. The water line would be moved from its current location at Interstate Highway 35E and Farm-to-Market Road 66 near Compton Road and I-35E. The line would be upgraded to a 12-inch pipe.

Bailey stated this relocation is because of the improvements that the Texas Department of Transportation is doing on I-35E. The current location of the water line is in conflict with the work they are doing to the storm drainage system in that area.

He added that TxDOT will fully reimburse the cost to relocate the water line.

The council approved the contract with Circle H Contractors for $182,859.50.

Following the regular agenda, the council convened into executive session to seek legal advice from City Attorney Robert Brown on a proposed homeless action plan and discussion about the value or transfer of real property. Upon returning to open session took no action.

In other business the council,

• Presented a proclamation naming Nov. 6-10 as municipal court week.

• Named Waxahachie High School senior Braden Roux the honorary councilmember for November.

• Presented a proclamation naming November as national hospice and palliative care month.

• Heard the 2017 annual report from Sims Library.

• Approved a request from Chris Maddox from the Cowboy Church of Ellis County for a zoning change from a commercial zoning district to a planned development located at 2374 W. U.S. Highway 287 Bypass.

• Approved a request from Ronnell Hambric for a specific use permit to allow a convenience store use with a central area-zoning district. The store is to be located at 110 E. Franklin.

• Continued a request from Reginald Coulsell for a zoning change from a planned development 23 single-family one zoning to a planned development single family one with a concept plan. The site of the zoning change is to be located north of Hunter Pass on FM 877 to the Nov. 20 city council meeting

• Approved a request from Brad Yates for a replat and to close a section of an alley.

• Approved request from Chris Acker for a zoning change from light industrial one zoning to a planned development general retail with a concept plan located at 2181 N. U.S. Highway 77.

• Approved a request from Acker on a replat of one lot to create two lots.

• Approved a request from Leah Ball with Keller Williams for replat of four lots located in the Emerald Forest subdivision, which is in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.

• Approved a request from Jeff Crannell with Crannell Engineering for a preliminary plat of phase two of the Camden park subdivision. This phase will contain 91 lots and will be located in the city’s ETJ.

• Approved landscape plan for phase two of the Camden park subdivision.

• Approved a preliminary plat of lot one in the Garden Valley addition subdivision.

• Approved a landscape plan for the Garden Valley subdivision.