Council adopts Comp Plan, approves Consent Agreement for MUDs

The Liberty Hill City Council on Monday adopted a Comprehensive Plan for the City, received a clean report on audits for fiscal 2013, and approved a Consent Agreement for two municipal utility districts.

Following a one-hour workshop on goals and planning (see related story above), the Council a Comprehensive Plan for the City — a document that has been in the works for some time. Consultant Joe Cantalupo of K. Friese & Associates said the final document is a compilation of plans and ideas adopted in previous years by the City.

“We consolidated plans for prevous years and ironed out inconsistencies,” he said. “When we put it all together, the good news is (the City) is still on the course set (years ago) to follow. The plan is still something the Council wants to follow.”

The consulting firm conducted public meetings to collect community input and worked with a Council-appointed committee comprised of elected officials and city staff.

The Comprehensive Plan is a document that is used to guide the official growth and development of a city and is typically updated from time to time.

Also Monday, the City received a clean audit report from fiscal 2013 from Ben Cohen of the accounting firm of Belt Harris & Pechacek, LLLP. Cohen walked officials through the report, addressing balances in restricted funds and activities in the General Fund and the Debt Service fund.

The audit was not a forensic audit and did not reveal any obvious evidence of fraud, Cohen said.

A second audit of federal funds that will be used for Phase 3B of the city’s sewer project also received a clean report from the firm.

“We are working to relieve the General fund, which has been subsidizing our sewer,” said City Manager Greg Boatright. “We need to be diligent to work toward getting that to stand on its own. We want the utilities to pay for themselves.”

After a 50-minute executive session with the attorney, the Council voted unanimously to approve a Consent Agreement for MUDs #27 and #28, which will serve a development of the Caughfield Tract.

After the meeting, Boatright told The Independent that the parties agreed the City would receive a Master Developer Fee upon signing of $200,000, which will go into the General Fund. The developer will pay a second fee of $150,000 on the first anniversary of the signing.

“This is the first agreement we have negotiated like this,” Boatright said.

The price points of homes in the Caughfield Tract will range from $150,000 to $600,000, he said.

The City will also begin negotiating with the developers for additional funds for police patrol for the area.

Also Monday, the Council approved several changes to City Park as proposed by the Liberty Hill Youth Soccer Association, which maintains fields there.

The Association will replace boards on the fence around the soccer storage shed and clean up the fenced in area. Soccer practice walls will also be added to the park and a low fence will be placed by the fields to prevent balls from rolling into the parking area. LHYSA will pay for and maintain the projects with the exception of the fence near the fields, which will be an Eagle Scout project.

The Council also agreed to request that the Economic Development Corp. pay for a $12,000 shade structure over the playscape at the park as well as a bench.