From approving the senior center’s Fourth of July Celebration and Street Dance, to approving a budget amendment for engineering services for street improvements, to hearing an update on Heritage Preservation Commission activities, the Waxahachie city council heard only took action two items at Monday night’s meeting. But here are the top three things from the meeting that may impact you in the future:

1. The Waxahachie city council approved a request for a Fourth of July celebration and street dance at the Waxahachie Senior Center. Senior Center director Jeanee Smiles presented the item before the council.

“We are not trying to outshine the Crape Myrtle Festival by any means. Some of my seniors can’t get out there. They drive and they can’t get out to the Crape Myrtle Festival, so I wanted to bring somewhat of a festival to them,” Smiles said. “We have contacted several of the assisted living homes and we are looking at bussing some of the residents over to enjoy the evening with us.”

The event will include a street dance, vendor booths, food trucks and a fireworks display.

2. The council approved a budget amendment in the amount of $606,417 for street improvements. Streets that will have engineering work done on them in preparation of eventual construction work include segments of Overhill Drive, Olive/Greenbrier, Stadium Drive and Indian Trace.

Waxahachie City Manager Paul Stevens said the budget amendment would allow the city do the engineering work during the current fiscal year, which would allow the city to have those projects bidded out in the next fiscal year.

3. Downtown Development Director Anita Brown presented the council with a report on actions taken by the Heritage Preservation Commission. Brown reported that the commission reviewed 221 applications for the historic property tax exception this year and approved 213, which 12 of those applications were new properties that had not previous applied before. Two properties were approved to the 50 percent tax incentive, with one being the Webb Gallery in downtown. Brown said the commission has been in the process of updating the city’s preservation ordinance. To educate students about Waxahachie’s past this month, 603 historic property coloring books will be delivered to elementary school students in Waxahachie ISD, Brown said.

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