Lucas City Council and Staff Preparing 2018-2019 Budget; Revisit Lakeview Downs Annexation and Solve the Mystery of the Mailbox Caper
Most of the discussion taking place during the July 19, 2018 meeting of the Lucas City Council centered on the development of the city’s budget for 2018-2019 but a second public hearing for the proposed annexation of Lakeview Downs continues to draw additional resident’s comments.
At the first public annexation hearing on July 5, 2018, several long-time Lucas residents who live along Snider Lane raised a number of objections about the plan including concerns about increased traffic, safety issues such as speeding, and the potential for the degradation of home property values. The second hearing on the matter on July 19 saw the return to the podium of Patsy Black, a Snider Lane resident, who objected to the annexation earlier and at this meeting Black pointed out to the City Council that the developer’s references to “Snider Road” are in- correct and should be changed to “Snider Lane”. Another resident of the neighborhood, Patsy Young, who lives on Blondi June Road, expressed concerns about the significant increase of traffic in the neighborhood recently. She informed the council that, “In the last two years my mailbox has been hit and damaged four times, twice in the last four months.” Councilmember Steve Duke immediately responded and informed Young that it was his daughter who most recently damaged her mailbox. Duke quickly, and somewhat sheepishly, added, “I am pleased though to say that my daughter paid for the damage to your mailbox with her own money.” Mayor Olk assured Young that, “We will assign one of our deputies to monitor traffic in the neighborhood as a first step.” The annexation process provides that the City Council will next be presented with an annexation ordinance that will come before the council on August 16.
Lucas Development Services Director Joe Hilbourn briefed the council on the status of the West Lucas Road repaving project. At its last meeting, the Council was informed that recently installed asphalt was peeling away from the roadway base due, in Hilbourn’s opinion, to improper application by the contractor Reynolds Asphalt. Hilbourn informed the council that Reynolds is now repairing the road so that it conforms to standard paving practices. “While the finished road will appear to be a patchwork”, Hilbourn says, “Over time the patches will blend in with the rest of the road and the current work should prevent the peeling away of the newest layer of asphalt.”
The rest of the evening was dedicated to a series of staff budget briefings in preparation for the continuing work to fashion the city’s 2018-2019 budget. Finance Director Liz Exum, explained that the property tax rate has been consistently reduced in the last decade and will again be reduced this year. Town Engineer Stanton Foerster reviewed plans for the expansion of water services and new pipelines. Foerster also noted that the cost of water in the next decade will increase significantly due primarily to supply and demand issues as the population of Collin County continues to grow. The Lucas City Council will meet next on Thursday, August 2, 2018.