MIDLOTHIAN

The Midlothian City Council took the next step to improve safety at the Farm-to-Market Road 1387 and the Hayes Road intersection on Tuesday night.

Councilors approved to enter into a professional services agreement with Kimley-Horn and Associates for the project’s final design. The agreement is not to exceed $64,300.

Executive Director of Engineering and Utilities Mike Adams said the project is a necessity and will help to improve safety in the area.

“We are looking at making improvements at 1387 at Hayes Road. This would include a left turn lane if you are heading westbound on 1387 and a free right turn if you are heading eastbound,” Adams elaborated. “What this will do is that it will increase safety at the intersection of Hayes and 1387. There is some new development that is coming. So this would provide enhanced safety-allowing people to turn onto Hayes Road and 1387.”

Adams stated the current conditions of the roadway involve backups when vehicles attempt to make the turn. He noted there had been several accidents in that area.

Work on the project started in 2016 with drafting a concept plan. The city council viewed the alignments on March 28, 2017. The concept plan was presented to the Texas Department of Transportation to explore the possibility of using state and federal funding for the project. No available funds were found.

Adams expressed his hope to have construction start within the next six months. The project still has to go through the design process and later reviewed by TxDOT. The city is also exploring the possibility of creating a development agreement with a homebuilder to help with the cost of the improvements.

Adams stated Kimley-Horn and Associates is going transform the concept plan to create construction documents. These documents will feature a deceleration/right turn lane and left turn lane along FM 1387 at Hayes Road and the realignment of Hayes Road at FM 1387. A topographical of the area will be conducted as well.

Following the regular session, the council convened in executive session to discuss economic development negotiations and incentives at Mid-Way Regional Airport tenant. Upon returning to open session, councilors took no action.

IN OTHER BUSINESS, THE COUNCIL

• Presented a proclamation naming April as motorcycle safety month.

• Presented a proclamation recognizing emergency dispatch week.

• Approved a resolution authorizing continued participation with the Oncor Cities Steering Committee, and authorizED the payment of $0.11 per capita to the Oncor Cities Steering committee to fund the activities of the steering committee.

• Approved a resolution that authorizes continued participation with the Atmos Cities Steering Committee, and authorizED the payment of $0.02 per capita to the Atmos Cities Steering Committee to fund regulatory and related activities related to Atmos Energy Corporation.

• Approved an ordinance that negotiated a rate settlement with Atmos resolving the 2018 rate review mechanism filing and implementing the change.

• Approved a resolution authorizing the Midlothian Street Dance to take place on May 12.

• Approved a resolution authorizing the Movies in the Park event to take place on June 9, July 14, and Aug. 11.

• Approved an ordinance changing the zoning of 1.788 acres out of the Robert Horton survey from three residential to district and light industrial district to urban village planned development for community retail uses.

• Approved an ordinance to amend and restate the development and use regulations of planned development district 109 located west of Harvest Hill Drive and Reindeer Drive intersection.

• Approved an ordinance-amending city zoning ordinance regarding landscaping requirements for single-family residential uses relating to the minimum required landscaping on single-family residential lots.

• Approved amending the city zoning relating to residential signage standards, amending and renumbering sign regulations the section titled sign regulations.

• Approved a resolution to authorize the city council to amend the capital improvements plan and impact fee rates for roadway facilities within the city’s impact fee ordinance and setting a date for a public hearing.

• Approved an agreement for professional services with Perkins Engineering Consultants, Inc. for the evaluation of existing improvements at the Trinity River Authority’s Pader, East, and Southeast lift stations for possible city assumption and a gravity sanitary sewer conceptual assessment from the Rail Port lift station to the South Sector lift station not to exceed $49,300.

• Approved a request for the Midlothian Police Department to donate a vehicle to the Waxahachie ISD criminal justice program at Waxahachie High School.

• Approved a recommendation from the Parks Board identifying and prioritizing trail corridors to be developed within the city.

• Approved an ordinance amending the city’s code of ordinances amending the general provisions chapter one and adding a new article called electioneering polling locations on city property. This change establishes regulations for placement of electioneering signs on city-owned property.