Council supports MUD 17 road powers, annexes wastewater plant

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During a brief meeting Monday, the Liberty Hill City Council voted unanimously to support a resolution supporting MUD 17’s application to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to obtain road powers.

City Manager Greg Boatright explained that the property known as the Kaufman tract — located on the northwest corner of Ronald Reagan Blvd. and State Highway 29 — will have road frontage that will be designated for commercial use. If approved by TCEQ, MUD 17 would be able to finance and construct roads and related improvements to serve the property within the MUD.

“If voters in the MUD approved the issuance of road bonds, the City would also grant its support,” he said.

Boatright said the City has a development agreement and limited purpose annexation with MUD 17 allowing the City to capture part of the sales tax there.

Also Monday, the Council voted to annex the City’s wastewater treatment plant into its boundaries. The decision was made following public hearings on the issue, during which no on testified. In the coming weeks, the Council will consider annexation of the adjacent property, which will be home to the proposed Highland Meadows subdivision.

The Council voted 3-2 to authorize the Mayor to appoint members to a committee to evaluate and revise the City’s Uniform Development Code.

“In the last two months, I’ve had five complaints about the UDC,” Fuller said. “This (complaints) has been ongoing since we adopted it years ago. When we did the Comprehensive Plan, we said this (the UDC) was the next thing to do.”

Councilmembers Wendell McLeod and Liz Rundzieher voted no. After the meeting, McLeod said he wanted more time to determine if council members were prohibited from serving on such advisory committees.

The topic on the agenda said the committee would include representation from the city council, planning & Zoning Commission, Parks & Recreation Board, the EDC, as well as community representatives, staff and others as needed.

McLeod first made a motion to table the item that was seconded by Rundzieher. However, that motion failed by a 2-3 vote with Councilmembers Elizabeth Branigan, Troy Whitehead and Ron Rhea voting no.

The Council also voted to appoint the Planning & Zoning Commission to serve as the City’s Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) Advisory Committee.

The role of the advisory committee is to advise the City in adopting land use assumptions and review and provide writen comments regarding the CIP.

Also Monday, the Council was informed about the process for cancelling the city election May 9.

The three incumbents for Council did not draw opponents.

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