Representatives of Freese and Nichols, along with Waxahachie Public Works Director Jeff Chambers, this week presented council members a request for a study to implement a roadway impact fee.
“This is normally used for water and sewer systems, however with growing development many cities are looking at roadway impact fees,” Chambers told council members, explaining the need for the study.
The purpose of the project is to develop and implement a roadway impact fee system by examining existing roadway systems and determining future demands for a 10- year planning period. The plan would also assist with a capitol improvement program and calculate a fee schedule.
“This would establish a method of accessing fees to developers to improve current roadway or create new roadways based on the impact of the current infrastructure,” Chambers said.
He added the fees charged would go into a roadway fund for future use as needed.
Mayor Joe Jenkins asked if the expenses for the quiet zone improvements be included.
Bill Grozdanich of Freese and Nichols responded they could.
Jenkins asked approximately what portion can be recovered.
“Fifteen percent or higher,” Chambers responded.
Mayor Pro-tem Ron Wilkinson asked how long the study would take.
“The study would last approximately nine months. The final phase II would take three months,” Grozdanich said.
In other action concerning the city’s roadways, Chambers asked the council to approve the awarding of a contract for the 2007 Street Rehabilitation Program.
Chambers told council members bids for the project ranged from $930,908 to a high of $1,870,012.
Chamber said after the bids were received, he reviewed the financials of the low bidder, Peachtree Construction.
“I found everything in order,” Chambers said.
“Does the low bidder have the ability to do the job?” Wilkinson asked.
Chambers said he was comfortable with them.
Jenkins inquired about when the project would begin.
“It will start in four to five weeks,” Chambers said.
“As the bid is low, can we add streets on the 2009 plan?” Wilkinson asked.
“We can add up to 25 percent to the original bid and it would be my recommendation to add those streets,” Chambers responded.
Following a short discussion, the program bid was accepted.
The council also considered the approval of a contract for Townscape Planning Inc., to prepare standards for development.
“These standards would be implemented into the city’s zoning ordinances,” Director of Planning Clyde Melick informed council members.
Melick said the cost of the plan for the city would be $10,000 and the first draft would be ready within 30 days.
The finalized plan would be completed in 90 to 120 days.
Council members gave the approval to begin with the implementation.