Members of the Waxahachie City Council approved an expansion of Hope Clinic at their Monday night meeting. A requested zoning change will allow the clinic to expand its services for dental and mental health.

Presenting the request was Hope Clinic board president and general director Dr. Jeff Kosoris.

“This zoning change was approved by Planning and Zoning and it will enable us to construct a modular building. This will take us from one barely serviceable dental treatment room to four completely modern and better equipped dental treatment rooms. The facility will also hold administrative offices and a conference room,” Kosoris said, noting that landscaping also is planned.

“Hope Clinic in 2009 has gone from 4,000 patients visits to over 11,000. We have gone from nine employees to 28,” he said.

In other business, the council approved the street closures for the eight annual Waxahachie Lions Club Mini Grand Prix Race, which will take place May 14-15 in downtown Waxahachie. Presenting the request was Lions Club member Rich Hobart, who said that despite the rainy weather last year the event was able to raise about $12,000 for the organization’s charitable work.

The council also presented the Lions Club with a proclamation for the 85th anniversary to honor its service to the community.

A final plat for the north water treatment plant at 126 Alton Adams Drive was approved as well as a request by Jim and Becky Kauffman to close an alley abutting 813 and 817 W. Main St. An ordinance amending utility rates and charges was approved.

A contract with Freese and Nichols Inc. for $18,500 for a South Prong dam simplified breach analysis and emergency action plan for the dam at Lake Waxahachie was approved. Director of utilities David Bailey said the study was mandated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to estimate the impact of a failure of the dam and or spillway on the area downstream. 

The council also approved a developer liability fee agreement with Crepe Myrtle Enterprises. A request from Cory Lucas of Freedom Fellowship Church for the use of Getzendaner Park for a citywide Easter egg hunt was approved.

Dr. Kirk Lipscomb was honored as the honorary councilor for the month of February.

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