Council says yes to plan for Tractor Supply
By SHELLY WILKISON
A site plan for Tractor Supply received the City Council’s unanimous approval Monday.
Tractor Supply will begin construction very soon on its newest store on Loop 332 in Liberty Hill. A building permit has already been approved.
The main entrance to the site will be on Loop 332, and the plan calls for more parking spaces — 74 — than the city codes require for retail businesses. The site also includes three trailer spaces and a service driveway.
City Manager Greg Boatright said originally there was a problem meeting fire flow requirements. However, the company worked out an agreement with the Williamson County Emergency Service District #4 and waived the district’s liability for a system that will only produce 700 gallons per minute as opposed to the required 1,000.
“This is an ongoing problem on our system,” Boatright said. “We have a small (water) system. The Bagdad (water) line will help a lot, but there is an issue with the sizing of pipes. He said an eight-inch water line is required to meet standard fire flow requirements.
Also Monday, the Council voted to take over the maintenance and ownership of Veterans Memorial Park downtown.
Fellowship Church, which now owns the VFW Post 8200 building and adjacent parking, came to the City and requested it take over the memorial, said Boatright.
“This isn’t a huge cost to the City, and we want to maintain that property,” Boatright said, adding that the church would be asked to foot the bill on closing costs.
“We would love to have the entire property, and maybe this is a step in that direction,” Boatright said.
The City will use a contractor to manage the landscaping at the park on Loop 332.
The Council also took care of a housekeeping issue by voting to remove the Brazos River Authority (BRA) as an interested party to a wholesale wastewater agreement between the City and Highland Meadows subdivision and Williamson-Liberty Hill MUD.
Following a 30-minute executive session, the Council authorized the city’s attorney and Boatright to continue negotiations with BRA over unpaid invoices.
During the informational part of the meeting, Boatright told the Council that staff is now having second thoughts about a decision Council made earlier this year to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant to a membrane system.
The membrane system was recommended by the City’s engineering company as the best option for Liberty Hill.
“We are taking our foot off the pedal and looking at types of plant buildings,” Boatright said. “As I’m visiting with people in the industry, they have questioned the type of plant we have planned. There are a lot of mixed reviews about a membrane vs conventional plant. This is something we will have to live with for 30 years.”
Boatright said he is seeking opinions from other engineering companies and will also bring Steger Bizzell back to Council to discuss their recommendation further.
“Time is our friend on this,” he said. “We don’t need to make mistakes.”