Two annexation hearings for a 199.1-acre plot of land will be held tonight during the Waxahachie City Council’s meeting, scheduled to begin at 7 at City Hall.

The property, which is owned by Rick Jellies, is on Wilson Road near the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 879.

The first hearing on the annexation is at 7, with the second at 8.

“This is a voluntary annexation, and lots of times when they’re voluntary annexations, (the public hearings are) just done in one meeting,” City Manager Paul Stevens said.

In other development items, councilors will conduct a public hearing on a request by Sunset Ennis Inc. (DBA Sun- set Waxahachie) for a specific use permit to perform maintenance and repairs on its trucks and equipment in its shop on Interstate 35E. The request received a recommendation from the planning and zoning commission.

The council will also consider the final plat of County Lane Addition, a 46.329-acre plot located across U.S. Highway 77 from Dunaway Elementary School. Ken Mitchell, the property’s owner, will construct a retirement village on the land, which adjoins the site where the future Waxahachie Senior Citizens Center will be built. The plat has been recommended for approval by the planning and zoning commission.

Community services officer Wess Winn of the Waxahachie Police Department will appear before the council to request the closure of streets downtown for National Night Out activities. Winn will also present the council with a proclamation proclaiming Aug. 7, 2007, as National Night Out.

Now in its 24th year, National Night Out “is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention and awareness and generate support for local anti-crime programs,” Winn said, adding that the event is also designed to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships, “and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.”

This year’s theme will be “Take it Back to the Neighborhoods,” the goal of which will be to build up neighborhood watch groups, Winn said.

The event will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, in downtown Waxahachie.

“Everything is free,” Winn said. “Games, food and giveaways.”

Kevin Chester of Linbarger, Goggan, Blair & Simpson LLP has requested time before the council to present a report on the collection of delinquent taxes, fees and fines.

The council will also consider three items pertaining to the impact fee update: an agreement with Terry Morgan for legal services, a contract with Dan Sefko to formulate land use assumptions and an engineering services contract for the impact fee update and the water and wastewater master plan.

“So much has changed since (from) when we did our last water and wastewater master plan,” Stevens said, noting the city’s growth and increased responsibilities. The new impact fee update would include roadway impact fees for all types of development.

The council will also consider amending the city’s personnel policies by adding a section entitled “Employee Responsibilities” in reporting violations of law, a section that is essentially a form of a whistleblower act, Stevens said, saying the new section would provide protections from retaliation for employees that report violations.

Also up for consideration is a bid for a stainless sludge trailer for the wastewater treatment plant and an update from director of finance Carl Wessels on the box hangar project at Midway Regional Airport.

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