Lucas Council Meeting Includes a Proclamation and Approval of Expenditures

Lucas Council Meeting Includes a Proclamation and Approval of Expenditures

August 16, 2018 - The majority of seats were filled when the Lucas city council was called to
order. Attendees recited the pledge of allegiance; there was no citizen input during the citizen
input portion of the meeting.


Mayor Jim Olk presented a proclamation to longtime Lucas resident, Lee Ford. The
proclamation began, “In the 1950’s, Logan and Lee Ford began acquiring land in the City of
Lucas because of Logan’s love of ranching. At the time, they lived in Highland Park, Texas.
Over 300 acres was acquired through the years that included the purchase of a small “salt box”
farmhouse similar to the one where Lee was raised in North Carolina.” Logan and Lee moved to
Lucas in 1978. Logan passed away in 1999, Lee continued on at the ranch. The proclamation
states, “She was very active in the community attending City Council meetings and ensuring that
development of the nearby North Texas Municipal Water District plant was closely monitored
for the protection of Lucas residents. Lee was also instrumental in fundraising activities for the
maintenance and upkeep of the historic Fitzhugh Cemetery located on Forest Grove Road.”
Mention was made of her active lifestyle with friends and that she started the Lucas Ladies
Monthly Lunch Group and, “If someone is sick, Lee goes out of her way to take them meals that
include the best homemade gingerbread in Lucas!” In conclusion, Mayor Olk said, “Now
therefore, I, Jim Olk, Mayor of the City of Lucas, Texas, do hereby honor Lee Ford for her
generosity and outstanding contributions to the City of Lucas and its residents.” Mrs. Ford
received a standing ovation from all in attendance. A short break was held and gingerbread
cookies were served. (Mrs. Ford’s signature baked good is gingerbread.)


Council member Debbie Fisher gave an update on North Texas Municipal Water District in that
NTMWD purchased land East of McKinney and will build a water resource recovery plant at
this site. (NTMWD.com forecasts construction of this plant to be complete in 2023.)
Discussion was held regarding consent agenda item “B”: Consider authorizing the Mayor to
enter into a First Amended Agreement with Judge Dana Huffman for Municipal Court Services
for the City of Lucas and establish requirements and compensation. Council member Kathleen
Peele asked for clarification on the retainer fee ($300 a month) and amount paid when there is an
active court docket ($500). It was explained that the judge will be compensated both the retainer
fee and active court docket amount when appropriate. This agenda item was approved
unanimously.


A regular agenda item was: Consider the purchase of a dump truck and amending the Fiscal Year
17/18 budget appropriating funds in the amount of $24,000 from unrestricted General Fund
reserves to Capital Improvements/Public Works and create line item 11-8210-421 Vehicles. City
of Lucas Development Services Director Joe Hilbourn explained that they had sold two pieces of
equipment, a spreader that wasn’t being used and a zipper that needed repairs which brought in
$21,000. He said the dump truck they are requesting to purchase is used but has “low hours and
is in good shape”. The sale price of the truck is $17,500. It will need a light bar, city logo, bed
painted, title, and plates. Staff is requesting to appropriate $24,000 to those items previously mentioned and to cover any unforeseen expense. The total purchase is expected to be
approximately $24,000. This agenda item was approved unanimously.


A brief discussion was held regarding the Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget. (To view the 2018-19
proposed budget, go to https://www.lucastexas.us/documents/fy-18-19-budget/.)
Another regular agenda item was presented by City of Lucas Public Works Director/City
Engineer, Stanton Foerster: Consider and provide staff direction on the building façades for the
existing and proposed lift stations and pump houses. Foerster said this is the time to request
quotes for the façades of the metal sheds to look like anything, such as a barn. He said the
different look would not really impact the cost. He pointed out that the lift stations are located at
the entrances to Lucas and in the future, they might be located next to homes. Mayor Olk said, “I
like the idea and would like to see alternate prices.” Foerster encouraged council to email him
façade ideas they would like to be considered.


The City of Lucas will conduct a public hearing for the proposed operating budget for Fiscal
Year 2018-2019 on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 7:05 pm (or immediately following the
Lucas Fire Control, Prevention and EMS District meeting to be held at 7:00 pm).  The meeting
will take place at City Hall, located at 665 Country Club.

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