Council says yes to petitions for voluntary annexation

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The Liberty Hill City Council accepted petitions for voluntary annexation Tuesday from tracts owned by Forman Financial of LakeLine LLC and BLW.

Both properties are located on US Hwy 183 near CR 259.

Although there was no public discussion, the Council met in closed session to discuss a development agreement between the City and BLW tract owners. It was unanimously approved when the Council reconvened.

Also Tuesday, the panel approved by a 3-1 vote an agreement to reimburse Liberty Place subdivision through LUE credits infrastructure improvements it is making as part of a partnership with the City and its Economic Development Corp. Councilman Wendell McLeod voted no because “they are improving their own water system, not Liberty Hill’s water system.”

The Council also approved a $5,000 matching grant recommended by the EDC Board for Star of Texas Realty. It is the first grant awarded under the EDC’s Facade & Sign Matching Grant program, which is designed to help building owners downtown make improvements to their property.

A cost sharing agreement was approved with Highland Terrace, located near the treatment plant. The developer has agreed to upsize wastewater lines and the City is reimbursing with credits on impact fees.

The Council also approved a $52,000 professional services contract with architect Don Eckols of EV Studio for the construction of the City’s administration building at 926 Loop 332. The Council tabled a second contract with EV Studio for the demolition of the existing building on the property. City Manager Greg Boatright said more time was needed for the attorney to review the document.

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