MIDLOTHIAN — The Midlothian council chamber was overflowing with attendees for the meeting Tuesday evening in anticipation of the swearing in of Jamie Wickliffe to her newly appointed position on the Texas State Appraisal Licensing and Certification Board and the recognition of area motorcycle clubs with Mayor Boyce Whatley proclaiming May as Motorcycle Safety Month.

The mayor read Wickliffe’s letter of resignation to the council before moving on to the presentation of the oath of office by 40th District Court Judge Bob Carroll. Wickliffe’s term on the council expires May 14, but she is prohibited from serving an elected and appointed position simultaneously.

Whatley said it was with regret and pride that he presented the resignation to the council.

“To the citizens that graciously allowed me to serve this fine community in an elected position again, thank you. It has been an honor and an adventure to sit at this desk,” Wickliffe said. “To my family that supports my crazy love of public service, I hope you know that I couldn’t and wouldn’t do this without your support.”

She closed her comments by reminding the council members that they speak for all the people in the community and to rely on their collective vision.

In regular business, the council approved a bid award to Earth Tones Landscaping in an amount not to exceed $22,435.95 for landscaping of the two new conference center signs. Funding will be provided by the Midlothian Community Development Corporation.

A public hearing was held regarding a proposed senior independent living complex in the MidTowne addition at the intersection of George Hopper Road and Abigail Way. This item was held over from the April 26 council meeting due to scheduling conflicts with the developer.

The proposed complex will include 52 apartments and 40 cottage units. After discussion by the council regarding age limits, income restrictions and occupancy standards, the hearing was continued to the next council meeting for action.

In other business, the council approved the consent agenda, which in addition to the minutes from the April 26 council meeting, included a resolution authorizing the Downtown Farmers Market to be held May 21 through the month of October, and an interlocal agreement between Midlothian ISD and the city for the assignment of a Midlothian police officer to the district for the 2011-12 school year.

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