Fairview Town Council Meeting
Fairview Town Council met in Council Chambers at Town Hall on Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. After a call to order for open session, council quickly recessed into executive session to discuss a host of items privately. After returning at 7:54 p.m., the meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Texas Pledge. Mayor Darion Culbertson then presented the Texas Economic Development Council’s Certificate of Achievement award to representatives from Fairview Economic Development Corporation.
The consent agenda was unanimously approved. The agenda’s next item was a series of public hearings regarding a sport court. Those applications were withdrawn by the applicant, so they were no longer considered by council.
The first public hearing dealt with a request to approve a Major Warrant for an amendment to the Master Sign Plan for Fairview Town Center. The request focused on allowing an alternate design for a previously approved sign tower. Located at the southwest corner of Town Place Drive and Prairie Road, the site is zoned for the Commercial Planned Development District with the Urban Village sub-district. After a discussion and vote, the motion was approved.
Mayor Culbertson rearranged the agenda giving residents from Man O War Lane the opportunity to address council with several concerns. A retired school teacher expressed frustration stating, “We are asking that all Heritage Ranch contractors stop parking on our street. If you are not doing business on Man O War Lane, you have no right to park your vehicles there.”
She went on to say, “Our second concern is the overabundance of political signs during elections. Some candidates put up three signs just for themselves. We believe limiting signage will make each candidate look much more professional.” The last concern voiced was the number of ‘For Sale’ signs for houses not located on Man O War Lane. Police Chief Granver Tolliver said officers would do their best to periodically monitor contractors parking on Man O War Lane. Council member Bill Nico agreed to contact Heritage Ranch HOA.
Town Council discussed a request to approve a preliminary plat for a 16.3-acre, 13-lot, single-family subdivision. Located on the north side of Hart Road, approximately 670 feet west of the intersection of Hart Road and Country Club Road, it is zoned for the (RE-1) One-Acre Ranch Estate District. The request was made by Stephen DiNapoli who represents Kevin and Cynthia Ritchie. After a lengthy discussion and a motion to include comments regarding deed restrictions, the preliminary plat was approved.
Town Council spent an extended amount of time in a heated discussion regarding approval for the authorization of a new fire engine. Fairview Fire Chief Jeff Bell presented a PowerPoint to council in an effort to show the need for a new fire engine. Council member Cynthia Brugge voiced concern stating, “Are we over our means here?” One suggestion was to purchase a used vehicle. Chief Bell noted that there is no requirement that fire departments keep service records on their vehicles, which is a potential problem when purchasing a used fire engine. Council members agreed to continue the discussion at the Aug. 20 meeting.
Council went on to discuss bids on the construction of a water ground storage and pump station to be located on Country Club Road; approving a change order to the East Stacy Road reconstruction project for the reconstruction of Summit Court and take necessary action; McKinney Airport Advisory Committee’s update to the Airport Master Plan and Layout Plan; and possible construction of an elementary school by McKinney ISD in Fairview or Lucas.
Before the meeting concluded, members also discussed the proposed 2018-2019 fiscal year budget including budget priorities, revenues, expenditures, rates, capital planning, long-range planning and related items; and considered setting public hearings on the Proposed FY 2018 – 19 Tax Rate on Aug. 20 and 23 on a proposed tax rate of $.359999 per $100 valuation as identified in the town budget officer’s proposed budget for FY 2018 – 19.