WAXAHACHIE — The local Knights of Columbus chapter will soon have a new smokehouse thanks to a zoning change approved Monday evening by the Waxahachie City Council.

The organization plans to build the smokehouse next to its existing building on Broadhead Road.

“We are a fundraising organization, and we try to do as much for the community as possible. One of our primary fundraising events is the smoked brisket. The reason that we are building this building is, if we don’t build the smoker house, the health inspector has told us that we will have to stop doing it as a fundraiser,” Knights of Columbus member Michael Rapavi said. “Our options would be to build this building as we requested or to borrow a facility where we would be at the mercy of another organization on their time schedule or to rent one, which would take away from the funds that we would be able to raise.”

Rapavi stated that the building would have the same look — metal building with a brick front — as the existing structure currently used by the organization.

The council also approved a zoning request to allow the expansion of Kika’s Grilled Chicken restaurant. This expansion will more than double the size of the existing restaurant.

Director of Planning Shon Brooks stated that the current restaurant is 910 square feet and the expansion would add an additional 980 square feet. The extra space would be used to create an indoor dining area. The project would also create parking on the site as well. Currently, customers are limited to outdoor dining only. The restaurant is located at 317 N. Elm Street.

In other business the council,

• Approved a request by Nancy Post for a zoning change form single family two zoning two a planned development-single family zoning with a concept plan for a garage to be located at 606 of Sycamore Street.

• Approved a resolution to cast votes in favor of Tommy Hamilton to be elected to the Ellis Appraisal District Board of Directors for the years 2018-2019.