The Ovilla City Council denied a request for a $2,500 increase to an engineering contract with Birkhoff, Hendricks, and Carter at its Monday night meeting. The firm is working on the Red Oak Creek 12-inch water line project.

“This is a water line extension across Red Oak Creek and Farm-to-Market Road 664 to help increase the water into the Ovilla Oaks (subdivision) and that part of town. It has been ongoing for about 18 months,” Ovilla City Manager John Dean said. “The initial part the city did. They did the part from the water tower to get the line to the creek. Across the creek and up the hill is all going to be contracted. The engineer worked on the whole project, but this piece is the last piece of this project. Our guys don’t have the equipment, which is why we are having to contract it out.”

Dean said the city council previously approved a $3,000 increase to the contract.

The council approved a request from Waste Connections of Texas, who provide trash pick up for the city, for consumer price increase of 3.2 percent for services. This increase will amount to $0.42 per customer.

Dean stated that the city would absorb this increase for a yearly cost of $7,500.

In other business the council,

• Took no action on a revised strategic plan. The strategic plan will be present back to the council at the Dec. 11 meeting.

• Took no action on a review and revision of the city code of ordinances regarding the mowing of rights of way. City staff will do further research on the topic and will present it to the council at the Jan. 8 meeting.

• Approved to purchase and place road reflectors on Silverwood and Shadowwood Trail.

• Approved a replat of one lot into two lots located at 845 E. Highland Road.

• Took no action to purchase a speed-monitoring device.