Members of the Waxahachie City Council met Dec. 22 to discus the condition of city streets and the possibility of drafting an alarm ordinance during a work session.
Assistant Police Chief Brad Doughty informed the council at the Nov. 22 regularly scheduled council meeting that between Jan. 1 and Nov. 14, officers responded to 1,521 business alarms and 582 residential alarms. Out of those calls for service about 90 percent were false alarms. Each time an alarm is sounded the police department dispatches two units to the scene.
Council members discussed the possibility of having residents and businesses register their alarms with the police department.
The council also discussed the possibility of working with local security companies to compile a database of alarms that are throughout the city and assess fines through a personís water bill for repeated false alarms.
Councilors talked about who the fine would be addressed to ó either the property owner or the tenant.
Police Chief Chuck Edge said the goal of the ordinance is not to be a revenue generator for the city, but to reduce the number of false alarms that officers must respond to on a daily basis.
With the adoption of such an ordinance, Edge said he would like to see the number of false alarms drop by as much as 60 percent.
The council directed Edge to draft an ordinance that would help reduce the number of false alarms through education and fines if necessary.
Street repair projects
In other business, Director of Public Works Jeff Chambers presented a plan showing when street repairs would take place in the city.
The Emmanuel Street reconstruction project will open up for bids on Jan. 10 and bonds in the amount of $476,000 have been approved for the project.
Chambers said the weather conditions have further deteriorated Wyatt Streetís road surface where it has become a priority to fix during this fiscal year.
An extension to RVG Boulevard is scheduled to take place as well. The extension will allow traffic to connect to Solon Road and relieve congestion from the U.S. 287 Bypass and U.S. Highway 77.
Existing bond funds will pay for the Wyatt Street project in the amount of $511,000 and $100,000 will pay for the RVG Boulevard extension.
Road projects planned to take place in the 2012-2013 fiscal year are in the Gingerbread Village and Bellevue Addition subdivisions.
Plans have been made to extend Singleton Drive to make accommodations for an anticipated increase in traffic for the new Baylor Hospital complex.
These projects will be paid form future bonds totaling $3,928,200.
Kirven Avenue and Virginia Avenue road projects will be undertaken in the 2013-2014 fiscal year totaling $4,176,000 in future bonds.
Grace, Royal and Hawkins streets will be worked on in the 2014-2015 fiscal year totaling $3,784,500 in future bonds.
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