WAXAHACHIE

Approval was given to allow the Waxahachie Fire Department to apply for a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant by the Waxahachie City Council on Monday.

Fire Chief Ricky Boyd told the council that this federal program, which funds a portion of the salary and benefits of a position.

“This is a three-year commitment where they pay 75 percent for the first two years and 35 percent for the third year,” Boyd said. “This not a request for the city’s portion of the funding but a request to apply for the grant that closes on April 27.”

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency website, the SAFER grant program was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organization to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, frontline, firefighters for their communities. In 2016 383 grants were awarded to fire departments.

Following the regular session, the council convened into executive session to discuss the value or transfer of real property. Upon returning to open session no action was taken.

In other the business the council,

• Approved a request from Michael Westall with Westfall Engineering for a preliminary plat and a final plat of two lots on 14.252 acres in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.

• Approved a replat of two lots in the Lindmark Estates subdivision into on lot.

• Approved a request by Michael Yarborough for a replat to create two lots in phase two of the Brookbend Grove.

• Approved a request by Danny Scroggins for a replat of one lot to create two lots in the Buena Vista Heights in the city’s ETJ.

• Approved a request by Reginald Coulsell for a specific use permit to allow private stable use within a planned development-23 single-family zoning. The stables would be located north of Hunter Pass on Farm-to-Market Road 877.

• Named Waxahachie High School senior Raymond Kennedy as the honorary council member for April.