The Waxahachie City Council conducted two public hearings Monday night relating to a requested annexation of nearly 200 acres of land.

The land, located on Wilson Road near its intersection with Farm to Market Road 879, is east of Waxahachie and owned by Rick Jellies.

Director of planning Clyde Melick said the land would be combined with a 75-acre parcel already within the city limits for an anticipated housing development.

Larry Wallace, another resident of Wilson Road, voiced concerns about the area’s infrastructure.

Wilson Road and FM 879 are both narrow roads, Wallace said, asking how the addition of 300 cars per day would affect traffic. He also asked whether city water and sewer would be extended to the area, noting it runs off septic systems and Rockett S.U.D. water.

There are no plans to extend sewer to the area and Rockett would continue water service, City Manager Paul Stevens said, saying any necessary changes to the roads and bridges would be addressed as part of the platting process.

The council approved a request from Waxahachie community services officer Wess Winn to close portions of several downtown streets for the city’s National Night Out festivities.

Scheduled to take place Aug. 7, this year is the 24th year for National Night Out, which will have the theme of “Take It Back to the Neighborhoods,” Winn said.

Kevin Chester, an attorney with Linebarger, Goggan, Blair and Simpson LLP, presented a report on delinquent property tax and municipal court fees and fines.

As of July 1, 2007 the city’s total delinquent tax roll balance over the past 20-plus years was $727,15.32; of that total, $326,077.43 was from the 2006 tax year, Chester said.

Of the top property tax delinquents, as listed by Chester, several have deferred their taxes to their estate, Chester said, explaining that their taxes will continue to accrue at 8 percent interest until their death, at which time their inheritors will have to address the debt.

During the last fiscal year, $401,187 was collected; from October 2006 through June 2007, that total was $261,824. Chester said he expects a significant amount of money to come in during the next three months, adding that this year’s total should be higher than last year’s.

In delinquencies on municipal court fees and fines, $51,021.90 has been collected, Chester said.

The council also received a report regarding the box hangar project at Mid-Way Regional Airport, with director of finance Carl Wessels reporting that four of the hangars are completed and leased out. Wessels noted that during the projected 50-year lifespan of the buildings, the city will earn several million dollars on its investment of less than $500,000. Discussions regarding phase 2 of the project will begin in the spring, he said.

Wessels characterized rumors of construction issues as “exaggerations.” Airport manager Cam Fearis said some minor issues - Wessels specifically mentioned the hangar doors - arose with the 70-feet by 70-feet hangars, but the Nay Company began addressing them the same day Fearis was notified.

About 100 aircraft are now based at the airport, Fearis said.

Mayor Joe Jenkins praised the efforts and work of Wessels and Fearis, saying, “I’m personally very, very proud of the airport out there” and adding he is “really looking forward to the 6,500-foot runway.”

The council approved First Christian Church to continue the use of a portable building as a classroom, though councilman Ron Wilkinson noted that while an extension is appropriate, this would be the last extension of the special use permit.

Another special use permit approved will allow Sunset Ennis Inc. (DBA Sunset Waxahachie) to perform truck repairs and maintenance on its fleet at its location on Interstate 35E.

In other business, the council:

approved the final plat of Country Lane Addition, a 46-acre development located across U.S. Highway 77 from Dunaway Elementary. The site will be the future location of a senior retirement community and will adjoin the future Waxahachie Senior Citizens Center. Amended the city’s personnel policies to include a “Whistleblower’s” section under the employee responsibilities heading approved a $12,500 agreement with Terry Morgan for legal services for the impact fee update approved a $13,500 contract with Dan Sefko of Dunkin, Sefko and Associates for land use assumptions for the impact fee update, plus direct fees estimated to be about $500 approved a $230,350 contract for engineering services for the water and wastewater master plan and impact fee update with Birkhoff, Hendricks and Conway. Wilkinson, opposed to the deal’s payment structure, voted against approval. awarded a $45,891 bid for a stainless sludge trailer for the wastewater treatment plant to Utility Trailer of Dallas Inc. The trailer will be delivered within 90 days.

The Waxahachie City Council will next meet at noon Tuesday, July 24, for a public bond sale to fund improvements throughout the city.

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