The Waxahachie City Council is scheduled to continue discussions on the railroad quiet zone which may include three street closings during tonight’s council meeting.
The council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 401 S. Rogers St. The meeting is open to the public.
As part of the city’s quiet zone project, three railroad crossings have been identified for possible closure: North Highland Street, Hawkins Street and N. Aiken Street.
During the Jan. 7 meeting, the council was informed of the project and need to make a key decision on the next step — identify possible closings.
“We have received the 30 percent submittal engineering drawings for the project,” Waxahachie City Manager Paul Stevens informed the council, noting city staff is reviewing the drawings and will need to provide comments to the engineering firm in February.
While viewed as a quality of life issue to reduce noise caused by trains passing through town, the quiet zone project will enhance safety by providing more secure crossing guards at crossing to prevent vehicles from breaching the tracks in front of oncoming trains.
“The more pressing issue at this point is the consideration of potentially closing three existing crossings,” Stevens said. “These crossings have previously been identified by the Federal Railroad Administration, Union Pacific and the Texas Department of Transportation as crossings that should be closed and they have requested the closures in the past.”
In other action scheduled for tonight’s meeting, the council is scheduled to:
• Consider a final plat of the Buffalo Ridge Addition, which includes 43 lots being constructed on 10.112 acres at the intersection of Broadhead Road and Bison Meadow Drive.
• Conduct a public hearing on a zoning amendment request filed by Jagdish Patel for a site plan approval for a hotel to be located at RVG Parkway and U.S. Highway 287. The council is expected to vote on the request following the public hearing.
• Conduct a public hearing on a zoning amendment request filed by Larry Burns for a zoning amendment for used car auto sales at 204 S. Elm Street. The council is expected to vote on the request following the public hearing.
• Consider an agreement for professional services with Freese and Nichols, Inc. for roadway impact fee study.
• Consider a contract awarding the 2007 street rehabilitation program.
• Consider a letter of intent for implementation for retail development standards.
• Consider T and T’s decision to void contract for code violation cleanup with city code enforcement and authorize a call for bids.
• Convene into executive session to review performance evaluation for city manager and municipal judge.
• Hear a request to appear by Debbie Aday of First Christian Day School to receive permission to use the Scout Cabin on Brown Street as a classroom.
• Hear a request to appear by Richard Hobart to discuss the 6th annual Waxahachie Lions Club Mini Grand Prix Race scheduled for May 16 and authorize street closures for the race.