OVILLA — The first step was taken in the creation of a new subdivision at the Ovilla City Council meeting on Tuesday night. Council members approved a preliminary plat for the Hidden Valley Estates Subdivision, which is planned to be located at the northwest corner of Red Oak Creek and Westmoreland Road.

“It is a residential development that is made up of 149 lots. This piece of property has been brought numerous times to the city to be platted. It actually went through the process fully once before to be platted. Now it has a new owner,” Ovilla City Manager John Dean said. “It has planned to be developed as residential for a long time. When construction would begin, we don’t know until the final plat gets approved.”

Dean stated that the next step in the project is it will go back to the city’s planning and zoning commission. Following the review by the commission, it would go back to council for consideration for the final plat.

Dean noted part of the infrastructure to support this development is already in place.

“We have several large waterlines that go in that direction that was put in anticipating future growth. So they just run out and dead-end in that direction,” Dean explained. “This project would give us the ability to loop and eliminate some of those dead-ends and help us with water throughout the city. We have a sewer line just south of the project. So it won’t be difficult to connect sewer either.”

The developer on the project is Clyde Hargrove.

According to previous Daily Light articles, Hargrove has done several developments in Waxahachie. These include work in the Buffalo Ridge subdivision, the Garden Valley Ranch subdivision, and a 73-lot development located off of Broadhead Road.

The council approved an increase in water rates for residential and nonresidential customers.

“We buy all of our water from the City of Dallas. Dallas increased its rate by $0.13 per 1,000 gallons. All we did was pass that rate increase on to the consumer. The last time the city increased water rates was in 2014. They only increased the base amount that year,” Dean stated. “Since then the City of Dallas has increased our rates annually and the city can only absorb that (cost) for so long.”

Dean noted that increase would be less than $2 a month per customer.

The council discussed the 2017 Heritage Day celebration that took place on Sept. 23. Dean noted that this year's festival was a great success.

“The event began with a parade of 25 entries (along with) Congressman Joe Barton, County Commissioner Kyle Butler and Mayor Richard Dormier. The Grand Marshall was Noma Lankford,” Dean said. “The estimated attendance is over 2,000. Music was provided throughout the day by the Red Oak Opry and the Vertical Band. There were numerous free activities for children including bounce houses and a climbing wall. There were plenty of food, drinks, and many wares for all age groups.”

In other business the council:

• Approved a replat to divide 10.022 acres into two separate residential lots. The lots are located at 600 Silver Lane in Ovilla.

• Approved a meritorious exception filed by the homeowners association of Ovilla Parc to install a stone monument sign right of the entrance of the subdivision located on the northwest corner of Shiloh Road and Claremont Drive.

• Approved a short form final plat application to divide 6.44 acres into three residential lots located south of Westmoreland road in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Ovilla.

• Approved a contract with Emergency Reporting, which is a web-based EMS reporting software integrated with fire incident reporting. It also authorized Dean to execute the contract.

• Discussed dumpster screening.