The Waxahachie City Council gave final zoning approval for a branch of First State Bank during its meeting Monday night.

The new branch will be located on the corner of Broadhead Road and U.S. Highway 287 in the development where ShowBiz Cinemas is under construction.

Speaking for the zoning amendment request was the project’s architect, Joe McCall, who presented the council with a site plan, artist’s drawing of the building and samples of the different materials to be used in the construction.

“The outside of the building is a combination of rough and smooth Texas limestone,” McCall said. “Clear glass is going to be incorporated into the design to allow a lot of natural light into the building.”

Director of planning Clyde Melick said the Planning and Zoning Commission had approved the project, saying all of its questions had been addressed. One of those included the business using a poly-cart system to dispose of trash instead of a Dumpster.

Jeff Young also presented a request for a zoning amendment, asking the council for a specific use permit within a single family-two zoning district to add additional living space.

“Currently, our house is only a two bedroom and we need some additional space for my brother-in-law, who is living with us at this time. What we are looking to do is to build what is essentially called a carriage house but it is a lot like a master suite,” Young said.

“It will have a large bedroom with a fully accessible handicapped bathroom,” he said. “The outside would match the main house with things such as color and would have the same type of roof line.”

The council approved the project.

Parade permit

College Street Pub owner Wayne Strickland appeared before the council to obtain a parade permit for the sixth annual Mardi Gras Parade on Feb. 21.

“I’m here tonight to ask the council for a parade permit and a few other special items to go along with it,” Strickland said.

“This year we have a few special requests, which include blocking off a few streets to allow vendors who have expressed interest in setting up along the route and to have police for traffic support and crowd control,” he said. “Also, we would like to extend an invitation for you, mayor, to be king of the parade.”

Mayor Ron Wilkinson accepted the invitation and the council passed the measure.

A request from Rock Solid Boxing to use the Penn Park Youth Center for boxing training was granted under certain conditions. Council members will require the organization to carry its own insurance, make improvements to the building and send an annual status report back to them reporting on the progress their organization has made.

A public hearing was held on a request from Sandra Clark for a replat of lot 3A and 3B, block two, of the Hugh McDaniel Addition. The council continued the item to the next meeting because Clark has to get a variance from the county.

The council appointed Jim Cooper and Glenn Hall as representatives from the city to the Joint Airport Zoning Board.

Director of finance Charles Harris presented the monthly finance report for November. He said revenues from sales taxes in the general fund would have been flat for the month but, due to a large adjustment from state in the city’s favor, they are not. He also said reports for December and January should give a better picture of the current state of the economy.

Members looked into setting a possible council work session in February with no date set at this time. 

Citizens National Bank Vice President Steve Murphree was recognized as the honorary councilman for January.

Members went into closed, executive session to discuss pending or contemplated litigation with the attorney in regard to billboard advertising and also pending deliberation regarding real property relating to the Midway Regional Airport runway expansion project. 

Results, if any, from the executive session were not immediately available.

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