Following a presentation by Giacomo Yaquinto representing GrantWorks, members of the Ovilla City Council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the company to proceed with the development of a master parks plan for the city.

“This will be a comprehensive assessment made up of many elements to determine the needs and desires of the city and studies of the city’s existing parks and future plans with Texas Parks and Wildlife standards compliance. This study will take between four and six months before we will be ready to meet with city staff,” Yaquinto said.

Councilman Michael Myers and Doug Hunt asked about any penalties if the four to the six-month deadline was missed. Yaquinto said that he was not aware of a deadline.

During the analysis process to be done by GrantWorks, the four current city parks will be studied for future upgrades and improvements. Additional parks and recreational facilities will also be looked at.

“One of the main requests we always see from community studies are the desires for swimming pools. The expense of building and maintaining a swimming pool will never be cost-effective,” Yaquinto said.

Once the studies have been completed, members of the GrantWorks will meet with city staff to determine a final park plan. GrantWorks will create a grant document to be submitted to Texas Parks and Wildlife for approval.

The $6,000 cost of the study and plan preparation will be funded by the Economic Development Corporation.

The city approved the proposal by NetGenius for their information technology (IT) systems support. The contract with the previous carrier had expired.

Ben Singleton, representing NetGenius, told the council and staff through a slide presentation explaining his forms services and fees.

“The city will not be billed for support calls whether on-site or remote, by day, night, weekends or holidays,” Singleton said.

An amendment to an ordinance regulating dumpsters in the city was unanimously passed.

“We have always had ordinances regulating dumpsters having to be in an enclosure. This ordinance makes it easier for compliance,” City Manager John Dean said.

Previously, dumpsters had to be in a three-sided masonry enclosure.

“Now any material can be used. In addition to masonry, wood products can be used as long as they are in compliance with the amended ordinance,” Dean said.

With the passage of the amended ordinance, code enforcement compliance will begin immediately.

In other business, the council:

A resolution for a twelve-inch water line project agreement to LA Babda, LLC. An ordinance authorizing a general election on May 5, 2018 for expiring council sets 1,3,and 5. A resolution approving a master services and purchasing agreement for police department agreement with Axon Enterprises. A Resolution approving an update on the city’s investment plan. Approval for a services agreement between the city and Deaf Action Center.