The figurative architect behind the new Waxahachie High School campus will take on a new role one town over after a unanimous vote Tuesday evening.
The Midlothian City Council announced Clyde Melick, Waxahachie ISD assistant superintendent of facilities, as the new assistant city manager during its regular monthly meeting.
Melick joined WISD in November 2015 after a nine-year stint as the director of planning for the City of Waxahachie. Under his guidance, WISD is set to open a new, $118 million and over 480,000-square foot high school campus in August. He has also orchestrated several substantial campus renovations across the district over his two-plus years.
Shortly after the announcement, Melick, who will begin his new role in mid-to-late July, said he has "really missed municipal government" and is excited to get back into the "dynamics" it offers. He added with the new Waxahachie High School nearing completion that he is ready for a new adventure and "Midlothian kind of landed here."
"With my experience working with Ellis County, the City of Waxahachie, as well as the school district, I bring a unique set of tools that help to foster the development, help foster teamwork and collaboration between MISD, developers and as well as the city," Melick said.
Melick also noted he has worked with some of the city staff for over 15 years and that it is "an exciting time to be a part of Midlothian."
Midlothian City Manager Chris Dick told the Daily Light and Midlothian Mirror that Melick's background as a certified planner and in-depth construction knowledge brought his name to the top of the candidate list.
"We are excited to have him on board," Dick added. "He brings a wealth of experience in planning and development. We are excited to have him on and fill the position. It has been vacant since approximately November or December, and we are just happy to get somebody on board."
Midlothian Mayor Bill Houston said Melick is "awesome."
"Personality-wise, and work experience-wise he is very well qualified. He blends in with the other guys that work here — with our planning director and city manager," Houston continued. "We need that constancy. Sometimes if you hire the wrong person personalities will conflict but I know his personality, and he will be a good fit. We are excited."
In a district-issued press release, Waxahachie ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn thanked Melick for his leadership during a "period of transition."
"Our beautiful new high school would not have been possible without his expertise and attention to detail, and we are excited for him and this new opportunity with the City of Midlothian," Glenn added.
Jacob Perry, the current WISD director of support services, will slide into the vacancy left by Melick's departure. The WISD release notes "the two have been working closely for several weeks to ensure a smooth transition for the district" since Perry was promoted from principal of Robbie E. Howard Junior High to his cabinet-level position in April.
In other business, the Midlothian City Council:
• Presented a proclamation honoring Lancaster Police Officer Craig Shaw, who was killed in the line of duty on June 20, 2010. The declaration named June 20 as Craig Shaw day in Midlothian.
• Approved a resolution authorizing a soccer fundraising tournament hosted by the Midlothian Soccer Association and the Brandon Palady Foundation for June 16.
• Approved a zoning change from community retail and commercial district ta planned development for community retail uses. The property is located east of South 14th Street between U.S. Highway 287 and George Hopper Road.
• Approved a specific use permit for a gun shop and repair use to be located in the Eastgate Industrial Park.
• Approved an ordinance amending the regulations relating to the use and development of a planned development district 103 for Quik Trip for the placement of a sign. The development is located west of the southwest corner of Farm-to-Market Road 663 and U.S. Highway 287.
• Approved a specific use permit for a permanent batch plat to be located at 1360 Gifco Road.
• Approved a development agreement between JH-Development and the city for participating in the construction of infrastructure and site improvements for the Hayes Crossing Development.
• Approved a developer agreement between the city and Glass Development for participation in the construction of infrastructure and site improvements for the La Paz Ranch Estates Development.
• Approved an interlocal agreement for Roadway Facilities between the city and the Midlothian Independent School district for the design, construction and cost sharing of public improvements along Ledgestone Lane and Mt. Zion Roads to serve middle school three.
• Approved repealing an ordinance that established speed and school zones within the city and replacing it with a new article titled “speed” and new sections titled “maximum limits generally,” “Maximum Limits in School Zones Generally, “Maximum Limits in Alleys,” and “Speed Limit Signs.”