WAXAHACHIE — Residents will soon have the ability to pick up their groceries without leaving their vehicle after a motion approved by the Waxahachie City Council.

The council approved a 1,600-foot expansion for HEB at its Monday night meeting.

“What we are adding is called a service called Curbside. Curbside is an opportunity to order groceries that we have. You schedule a time to come pick them up, drive up, and pick them up,” HEB representative Elizabeth Stripland said. “It makes it super easy for folks who have a hard time in getting to the store.”

According to the HEB website, customers will be able to shop online for the groceries that they need, make the purchase and then schedule a time to pick it up at the store. Once at the store the customer will pull up to the designated location and their vehicle is then loaded. Curbside is currently available in select stores in Austin, Burleson, Granbury, Houston, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi.

Stripland noted the 10-week construction of the new addition to the store is expected to take place in the next few weeks and it will be located on the northeast portion of the building. An entrance to the drive-thru pharmacy will be utilized for this service. Signs will direct customers where to go when this service starts.

“This is something that is being rolled out company-wide. It has been tested in many other cities,” Stripland stated. “Now that it has been successful they are rolling it out to other stores. We are very fortunate to have it.”

According to a previous Daily Light article, the store was expanded in 2014 and increased by 30,000 square feet to the north toward Indian Drive and the west in front of the building. The front facade was also updated, giving the building a new look.

The council also honored the outgoing chairman of the planning and zoning commission, Jim Cooper, for his 29 years of service on city boards.

Mayor Kevin Strength and the council expressed their thanks to Cooper for his many years of service and dedication. Cooper first served from 1981-1998 on the planning and zoning commission. He then served a second stint on the planning and zoning commission from 2005-2017. The council presented him with a commemorative gavel as well as a bookend. Strength stated that a plaque would be placed at city hall to honor his service.

“You have been a foundation for our city. As we look back on this you have been a leader to many of us in a job that does not have a lot of thanks to it,” Mayor Pro Tem Mark Singleton said. “We appreciate your work and giving us advice.”

Strength shared Singleton’s sentiments and told Cooper that, “it has been a pleasure to work with you.”

Following the presentations, Cooper expressed his thanks to the crowd gathered in the council chamber.

“The planning and zoning commission sometimes gets a little flak from people, but it is a necessary thing that needs to be done. We don’t approve anything, but we just recommend to the council,” Cooper shared. “I have had a lot of support. I have had a lot of help. The current members of the planning and zoning commission are a professional team and will continue.”

Cooper also thanked Waxahachie City Secretary Lori Sanders and Assistant City Secretary Amber Villarreal for their diligent work in support of the commission.

Following the regular session, the council convened into executive session to consider a personal matter regarding the interim City Manager Michael Scott and to seek legal advice from the City Attorney Robert Brown. Upon return to open session, no action was taken.

In other business the council,

• Approved a request for a zoning change from a single-family one zoning district to a planned development neighborhood service for a building located at 111 Farley St.

• Approved a request from Christopher Hollman for a zoning change from a light industrial one zoning district to a planned development light industrial one zoning with a concept plan for a contractor’s shop and storage yard located at 120 Lucas St.

• Approved a request from Joe McCrory with Children’s Health for a specific use permit to allow for a medical facility use located at 1540 N. U.S. Highway 77.

• Approved a request from Jon Zabojnik with Texas Cryoworks and Wellness for a specific use permit to allow for a medical facility use located at 110 Park Place.

• Approved a request from John Ed Justice for a specific use permit to allow for a contractor’s shop and storage Yard located at 500 Cantrell St.

• Approved a request from Clyde Hargrove for a zoning change for a freestanding planned development zoning district to a freestanding planned development with a concept plan for a single-family development located on the east of the existing Buffalo Ridge subdivision.

• Approved a request from Bruce Geer for a replat to create two lots located at 102 Mushroom Road.

• Approved the annexation of 131.827 acres owned by James Anderson located south of Farm-to-Market Road 879 and east of U.S. Highway 77.

• Named Waxahachie High School student Klarisa Thomas as the honorary council member for October.

• Heard an update on the compensation study being conducted at the briefing session prior to the regular council meeting.

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