MIDLOTHIAN — The Midlothian City Council passed a motion during its meeting Tuesday night approving a negotiated settlement between steering committees of cities served by Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC in relation to the company’s request to raise electric rates.

The company originally sought a $353 million increase and the ordinance resolves the filing by authorizing the base rate increase of $136.7 million. Chris Dick, financial director, said the impact for residential customers will average $2.35 rather than the $5 per month original proposed.

In other business, the council conducted a continuation of a public hearing regarding the planned independent senior living development in MidTowne. An ordinance reflecting the requested changes to deed restrictions was presented to the council including raising the minimum resident age limit from 55 to 60 years of age, designating that no dependent or independent child would be allowed to live on the premises with the lease holder, and restricting that carports for cottages only be used for storage of a vehicle or trash cans. After the public hearing was closed, the council voted to approve the ordinance as presented.

“This offers independence to seniors and adds diversity to the neighborhood. Staff did a great job in addressing our concerns,” Whatley said.

The council unanimously approved the acquisition of a 1989 Peacekeeper Armored Rescue vehicle by the Midlothian Police Department for use in the tactical unit and special response team. Police Chief Carl Smith said the vehicle was acquired at no cost to the department and, except for engine maintenance, all necessary renovations were donated.

Smith said the vehicle presented an opportunity to provide a measure of safety in approaching a building with someone inside shooting live rounds like the shooting that occurred in 2006 and meets the requirements of a FEMA Type II Team. The vehicle is expected to be in service sometime next month.

“It’s an older vehicle – but it stops bullets and that’s what we’re concerned with,” Lt. Garland Wolf said, saying Capt. Don Cole transported the vehicle from El Paso using his own vehicle so no transport costs were incurred.

The next item for consideration saw unanimous authorization to replace lighting fixtures at the Justice Center to increase efficiency at a cost not to exceed $50,000.

Smith thanked John Garfield, director of planning, for soliciting a matching grant of $50,000 from Oncor.

“The (Justice Center) building was constructed several decades ago and has a lot of opportunity for improvement. We have sought a lot of creative ways to get that building brought into the century and be an efficient user of electricity,” Smith said.

The council approved a request from the Corporation for Economic Development of Midlothian to provide funding to remodel a classroom at Navarro College Building II to provide administrative offices for Texas A&M University Commerce and Tarleton State University. The estimated cost of the project is $22,799.43.

Judge Carol Bush administered the oath of office to Wayne Sibley, Place 1; Bill Houston, Place 2; and Mayor Boyce Whatley.

Bush spoke briefly on the merits of choosing a life in public service and the elected officials’ obligation to the voters who put their faith in them.

Joe Frizzell was selected to continue in the mayor pro tem position for the ensuing term.

Whatley administered the oath of honor to new police officer Cedric Taylor.

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