Council hears from residents on annexation

By SHELLY WILKISON

Neighbors residing near two lots in the Twenty-Nine Ranch subdivision told the Liberty Hill City Council during a public hearing Nov. 11 that they oppose a request for annexation into the city.

Lori Gallagher said residents of the subdivision, which is located at 9600 West SH 29, have been fighting for responsible growth in the area for some time. She said it was unclear why only Lots 1 and 2 were proposed to be annexed, and multiple inquiries to the City had gone  unanswered.

“What are the benefits to those two lots? Why should (the City) annex only two lots in our subdivision? We oppose it at this point unless we figure it out,” she said.

The Council did not respond to Ms. Gallagher’s inquiry during the public hearing.

A second public hearing was held on the proposed annexation of about 73 acres on State Highway 29 that is the site of the proposed Liberty Parke subdivision. No one spoke during the hearing.

Also Monday, the Council agreed to post the job of City Secretary and hired a part-time clerk for City Hall.

Tammy Kirk, who has served as City Secretary for a number of years, was recently appointed by the Council to the position of Municipal Court Clerk. In a previous meeting, the Council approved a job description for City Secretary.

At the request of City Manager Greg Boatright, the Council unanimously approved the employment of Barbara Zwernemann as a part-time clerk for City Hall at the hourly rate of $15.

Boatright said Ms. Zwernemann will spend most of her time helping the City organize its personnel policies and make sure all employees have the proper training.

Mayor Jamie Williamson and Councilmember Vicki Brewer were not present Monday.

In other business Monday, the Council unanimously approved a plan to allow Boatright to approve all invoices for payment.

Last spring, when the Council removed much of the Mayor’s authority it began requiring that all bills be approved by the Council before checks are written.

Boatright said the current system has resulted in the City incurring late fees on many bills. Because the Council only meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month, approval of invoices for payment often comes later than the payment due date.

Boatright said at each meeting the Council will receive a list of invoices paid since the prior meeting.

Also Monday, the Council approved a one-year contract with Roadrunner Insection Services, LLC for plumping and inspection services.

The company is a current provider for Chisholm Trail SUD and the municipal utility districts for which Liberty Hill will begin providing wastewater services. Boatright said Roadrunner will provide all of the inspections associated with plumbing in new homes being built in the MUDs.

The Council also authorized the Manager to develop an estimate for repairs on Bluebonnet Lane.