OVILLA — Ovilla city council members instructed public service workers to make a local park safer at it’s regularly scheduled meeting Monday, before the high traffic summer months begin.
The council members also voted to approve roof repairs for the damage city hall received from storms several months ago as well as tackled several other topics.
During the meeting, council member Dean Oberg presented his fellow council members with lists, pictures and physical samples of certain items in Cindy Jones Park that are not up to code and, as a result, hazardous to children. These items are of particular concern because the upcoming summer months bring an increase in park use.
Council member Rachel Huber suggested removing the dangerous equipment so that the risk is gone and the city would not have to close the park down. Council member David Griffin agreed.
“Do what removes immediate liability,” Griffin said. “And then have your plan of action, and execute it.”
The council did not vote on this issue, but gave directions to the Public Services Department.
The council determined signs in a local subdivisions, which state the posted speed limit as 20 mph, should be replaced with either signs reading “slow” or a posted speed limit of 25 mph.
The city’s minimum speed requirement is 25 mph. There was a motion to amend the city’s ordinance, but after some discussion and a break for city manager Dennis Burn to retrieve a physical copy of the current statutes, the council decided in a 4-1 vote to not amend the current ordinance because more investigative work needed to be done to know specifically how to amend the ordinance.
The council also discussed zoning of a piece of property near the new Midlothian ISD elementary school that is under construction. At the intersection of Bryson Lane and Shiloh Road, construction needs to be done to aline Bryson Lane.
Because of the construction, the piece of land, which Burn referred to as “an orphan piece of property,” was left attached to the school property but is zoned as residential while the school property is zoned commercial. Since one plot of land cannot be zoned as more than one classification, the council discussed the process of zoning the entire school property, including the leftover strip, as commercial. A motion was made by Larry Stevenson and seconded by Rachel Huber and passed unopposed.