RED OAK — A revision to a previously approved planned development was unanimously approved during a regular meeting of the Red Oak City Council on Monday night.

The revision, requested by developer Casey Hargrove, changed the type of dwellings —eliminating duplex type units and having all single family dwellings. It also eliminated alleys and rear entry garages to all front entry garages and a change in the mailbox section of the ordinance to include cluster mailbox units as required by the US Postal Service.

Several residents of the Hickory Creek addition, located across from Post Drive, spoke in opposition during the public hearing.

Comments included, “I don’t want to lose my view of the open field to a fence. There are will be traffic problems with the single driveway emptying onto Post Oak and being gated," and "there are no park or recreation amenities.”

Hargrove stated, “We looked at the duplexes and felt they would decrease home values in the subdivision and in the neighboring subdivision. We could make more money with the duplexes, but we wanted to be fair to the area residents.”

The proposed single access to Post Oak was the primary concern of the area residents and to the council.

“With multiple entrances, we could not gate the community. The gate at the entrance will not be right on the road, but set back so at least two cars could be at the entrance," Hargrove said.

Both council members and area residents asked for other ways for access to the community.

“I do not want to see traffic exiting onto Red Oak Road and we cannot go down beside the apartments,” Red Oak Mayor Alan Hugley said.

Councilman Scott Lindsey also said, “I discussed the possible traffic congestion problem when the first came before the council and I still see a problem.”

Hargrove added, “The proposed new lot layout consists of 60 residential lots. This community will now be gated. Therefore, the roads will be private (maintained by the HOA) instead of dedicated to the public. The removal of the alleys will ease the maintenance burden for the HOA."

He also said the proposed name for the subdivision is The Cove At Hickory Creek.

Before calling for a vote, Hugley told the council, “I just do not see another choice. If you see one, I would like to see it."

A companion ordinance to the previous revised planned development ordinance for the approval of the preliminary plat plan for the senior development passed by a 4-1 decision. Lindsey cast the declining vote.

In other business, a consent agenda item requesting the repeal of an interlocal agreement was pulled for discussion by the mayor.

“I’m pulling this as it relates to community safety,” Hugley said.

Hugley went on to tell the council that, in 2010, the Cities of Waxahachie and Red Oak agreed to provide emergency services to the Ellis County area known as Emergency Service District (ESRD) Number 6. At that time, the entities did not have a station to house equipment and service their district.

“Board members from ESD No. 6 have decided to expand their department and add an additional station in the north quadrant of their jurisdiction, and provide staffing with part time firefighters and paid compensated volunteers. With this new investment, ESD No. 6 has decided this new configuration is adequate protection for their district without automatic aid agreements for service,” Hugley said.

Hugley continued, telling the council the district has requested we consider a traditional mutual aid agreement. Red Oak would no longer be contracted as first responders but could respond after ESD 6 units are on location and request assistance. Having a mutual aid agreement reduces our risk and exposure when providing aid, and allows for reimbursements during large scale incidents and disasters.

The resolution request passed unanimously.

A request for a resolution to accept a bid from Circle H Construction for a 20-inch water main was unanimously approved.

“This line will run along Daubitz drive then turn before running under Interstate 35,” City Manager Todd Fuller said.

Hughley added, "Presently, we only have one line running from east of the highway to the west. Being as we get a part of our water from Dallas and if there should be a pump breakdown or other problem, this could be a real issue."

The new line will be installed inside a casing so that a fiber optic line could also be run for future information technology needs.

The total cost of the project will be $584,140.

The council and staff began looking to the future of the city’s water needs by approving two resolutions for Kimley-Horn and Associates to provide professional service to provide the city. The new manual will be written by engineers from Kinlet-Horn for the city to use as a future guide when looking at future development.

“These new guides gives us flexibility when working with developers of new development,” Hugley said.