MIDLOTHIAN

An engineering services agreement for the new Midlothian Fire Department's training facility will be considered by the city council at its Tuesday night meeting.

The proposed $60,000 contract is with Freeze and Nichols.

Funding for the new training facility along with a new fire station was a part of three propositions passed by Midlothian voters in November 2017. The bond funding the two projects totaled around $9 million.

“We have never had a training facility for the fire department here. All of the firefighters have to go outside the community to get that training, Midlothian City Manager Chris Dick previously said. "So we would like to bring that training in town.”

Midlothian Fire Chief Dale McCaskill previously stated the city does not currently have a training facility. The department has to rely on other cities, such as Waxahachie. The department has also used the parking lot at the Midlothian ISD Multi-Purpose Stadium as well as homes donated by residents for training.

According to the Freese and Nichols website, the company provides a broad range of services to plan, design, and manage public infrastructure projects. They aid clients through every stage of the project that includes planning, design, program management, funding procurement, regulatory compliance, construction management and operations, and maintenance.

Some of the company’s clients include the City of Fort Worth, City of Houston, City of Waco, City of Port Arthur, City of San Antonio, and DFW International Airport.

In other business the council,

• Will consider a resolution authorizing a community Easter egg hunt hosted by the city on March 24.

• Will consider a resolution authorizing the Rowdy Run 5K hosted by the Midlothian Independent School District Education Foundation for April 21.

• Will consider a resolution authorizing the Shamrock Shimmy 5K hosted by the Navarro College Student Government Association for March 3.

• Will consider a resolution authorizing representative for TexPool and designating investment officers.

• Will host a public hearing and consider an ordinance amending the zoning ordinance use tables and retail sections adding titles and a definition for body art studio.

• Will host a public hearing and consider an ordinance amending and restating the development and use regulations of planned development district 103 located at the southwest corner of U.S. Highway 287 and Farm-to-Market Road 663 to include a change to the sign regulations.

• Will host a public hearing an consider amending the use and development regulations of planned development district 21 by amending the garage door setback regulations located at 3613 Barby Court in Midlothian.

• Will host a public hearing to look to amend the city’s comprehensive plan’s future land use map relating to the development of property located at Mockingbird Lane east of Walnut Grove Road. This proposed amendment would change the land use designation from rural module to the suburban module.

• Will host a public hearing to consider and act upon an ordinance relating to the use and development of property located south of Mockingbird Lane and east of Walnut Grove Road by changing the zoning from agricultural to a planned development district.

• Will host a public hearing to consider and act upon an ordinance amending and restating the development regulations of planned development district 101 to include the addition of beauty and barber shops as a permitted use. The property is located south on West Avenue H between Fifth and South Fourth Street.

• Will consider right-of-use licenses and hold harmless agreement for the use of the southern 26 feet of the right of Way for Avenue H adjacent to 203 S. Fifth Street for parking.

• Will consider a resolution authorizing the Spring Wine and Arts Festival hosted by the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce set to take place on April 28.

The city council will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at city hall located at 104 W. Avenue E in downtown Midlothian.