Council approves PID consultant



Upon recommendation from staff, the City Council approved a proposal Monday from David Taussig & Associates, Inc. for consulting services as a Third Party Administrator for Liberty Parke PID.

The Council heard a presentation by firm representatives Mitch Mosesman and Jack Darnall regarding the services the company will provide regarding the administration of the PID as well as the firm’s experience.

Assistant City Administrator Amber Lewis said PID bonds allow the City to pay for the consulting service as part of the development agreement with Liberty Parke. The company’s administrative services will also be paid from the collection of annual assessments paid by the homeowners of the subdivision.

“No City money will be expended for this work,” she said.

Liberty Parke subdivision is currently under construction off State Highway 29 near Classic Bank. Infrastructure for the neighborhood of single family homes is being partially financed by the issuance of Public Improvement District bonds that will be repaid by assessments on individual property owners.

Also Monday, the Council approved a 15-year development agreement between the City and Luke Basey for the Ridge at Cross Creek. The new subdivision is 291 acres east of Ronald Reagan Blvd. off State Highway 29. Homes on one-acre lots will be built in three phases, said Senior Planner Sally McFeron.

The Ridge at Cross Creek is located inside the Liberty Hill ETJ. McFeron said the developer had requested an exemption from some city codes if the City ever fully annexes the subdivision into the city limits.

In other business Monday, the Council approved the appointment of Ralph Fisher as a reserve officer with the Liberty Hill Police Department.

Fisher, of Liberty Hill, was recommended for the appointment by Chief Randy Williams. Fisher has 26 years of law enforcement experience including employment with the City of Leander, Williamson County Pct. 3 Constable’s Office and the Manor Police Department. He is currently employed with Seton Health Care as a commissioned security officer.

“I want the Council to keep in mind as we hire a new chief that he may not have a reserve program,” said Mayor Connie Fuller. “He (a new chief) will be the one to set up the department.”

Williams, whose resignation for health reasons is effective April 23, reminded the Mayor that reserve officers are not paid employees of the City and understand that they may be released at any time for any reason.

Construction will begin soon on improvements to the intersection of State Highway 29 and CR 200. The county road will be widened from the railroad track to CR 201.

On Monday, the Council granted right of entry and right of way to the County to make those improvements.

The Council also voted to approve an interlocal agreement between the City and the County to make repairs to CR 213 near Stonewall Ranch.

City Administrator Greg Boatright said the road has been closed to traffic for some time because of poor conditions. He said the surface will be repaved and drainage will be improved. He said about 500 feet of the road closes to the SH 29 intersection is in the city’s jurisdiction. The City’s cost for the project will be $38,679.

“Most of the damage (to the road) is in our part,” he said, adding that when construction is complete the road will be wider. He said extensive damage was caused by heavy truck traffic.

In other business Monday, the Council approved a three-year engagement letter with Belt Harris & Pechacek for auditing services for fiscal years ending 2016, 2017 and 2018. In years when the City receives federal funding, the audit cost will be $34,000, which includes $6,500 for a Single Audit. In years without federal funds, the price will be $28,000.

Also this week, the Mayor read a proclamation recognizing the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month, and recognized Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center for its service to the community.

Councilmember Troy Whitehead was not present Monday.