OVILLA – The Ovilla City Council voted to approve several agenda items including appointing a representative to the Best Southwest Partnership and a sidewalk replacement program at this past week’s council meeting.

The council members unanimously approved Mayor Pro Tem Doug Hunt to act as the city representative to the Best Southwest Partnership. The partnership is a cooperative effort among the communities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville and Lancaster with associate memberships with Ferris, Glenn Heights, Hutchins, Midlothian, Ovilla, Red Oak and Wilmer, Texas, to promote economic, legislative and educational well-being for Southwest Dallas and Northern Ellis Counties. Ovilla has been a part of this partnership for a number of years.

The city voted to accept amendments to both the Ellis County Emergency Services District 2 annual interlocal agreement and the lease agreement between the city of Ovilla and the Ellis County Emergency Services District 2. The amendment was a wording detail and the lease agreement regards a contract between the entities that began in 2008.

The city council passed an action on a 50-50 Sidewalk Replacement Program. The program was being approved as an administrative policy, but was not passed as a resolution or ordinance. The program will be offered to interested residents as needed.

An ordinance passed authorizing a general election in the city on May 7. City council seats 1, 3 and 5 will be up for re-election.

The annual financial audit report for the year ending Sept. 30, 2015 was approved by the city council prepared by Yeldell, Wilson, Wood and Reeve, P.C. The city will continue to use their services in 2016 for the report as well.

A resolution saw no action for the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power, Inc. (TCAP) to negotiate an electric supply agreement for five years for deliveries of electricity. This would be effective January 2018 into 2022.

The consent agenda items that passed included the approval of the December 2015 Financial Transactions, the Quarterly Investment Report, approval of Field Training Officer (FTO) Compensation, the approval from the Ovilla Park Board for a contract with FunFlicks Outdoor Movies, payment for a new police vehicle and the minutes from the council briefing session and regular meeting in January.

The council also reviewed the status of the Strategic Guide, which includes 2013 to 2018 discussing comments and steps in order for the guide to move forward to completion.