Council approves EDC job description, agreement with Tractor Supply

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The Liberty Hill City Council unanimously approved a job description Feb. 13 for the position of Executive Director of the Liberty Hill Economic Develop Corp. The job description was approved by the EDC Board of Directors on Feb. 12.

The position is currently held by City Manager Greg Boatright, who shares his time with the EDC. The EDC pays a portion of Boatright’s salary. EDC members agree that it is time to place a full-time person in the position as Boatright no longer has time to devote to the job.

The EDC Executive Director’s position carries a salary range of $50,000-$70,000 annually.

EDC directors previously expressed a preference to hire Kirk Clennan, former EDC executive director for the City of Leander. Clennan currently works in the private sector in the Austin area. Most of the directors had met Clennan at different times and agreed he was the best person for the job, however, the position had not yet been defined and the vacancy was not posted until this week.

The Council also approved a development agreement with Tractor Supply Company, which intends to build a store on Loop 332 with a possible opening date of January 2016.

The agreement allows Tractor Supply to remove many of the older trees on the 4.05-acre lot in exchange for payment of $25,000, which is to be used to plant more trees throughout the city.

The agreement also permits the company to go beyond the city’s building height restriction by about five feet.

City Planner Jim Bechtol said the entry way of the store will be between 25-30 feet tall, while the city ordinance limits height to 25 feet.

The Liberty Hill City Council held the first of two public hearings Feb. 13 on a petition for voluntary annexation of property on US Highway 183 that is adjacent to the Liberty Hill Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The 36.8 acres is the future home of Highland Meadows subdivision.

No one addressed the Council on the issue, and the second hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23.

Councilmembers Troy Whitehead and Ron Rhea were not present Friday.

Planning & Zoning

The Planning & Zoning Commission voted last week to recommend the Council approve a final plat for the OMS Subdivision on Loop 332.

The OMS Subdivision is the proposed site of two lots with right of way dedication on Hickman and Church streets.

With only three commissioners present — Bill Chapman, Wes Griffin and Chris Pezold — the panel approved the plat. Commissioners Clyde Davis and Patrick Harlow were not present.

Bechtol said subdivision owner Jeff Miller plans to rebuild the old Park house, which was recently demolished on Loop 332 to make room for the new Tractor Supply. He said Miller has taken the house down and recorded every piece of material so that he may reconstruct it at the new location.

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