By Kierra Pixler, Managing Editor
At the Belton City Council meeting on Nov. 27, Dr. Claudette Morgan-Scott, Pastor of Shiloh Worship Center, began the meeting with invocation.
Planning and Zoning had four items on the agenda. A zoning changed from agricultural to single family in district three on a 6.22-acre tract located on the west side of Connell Street, north of Liberty Valley Drive, beginning on the north side of the Mitchell Branch crossing was passed.
Consideration of a final plat of Heine Addition, compromising 3.33 acres, located on the east side of FM 1670, near its intersection with Lannel Drive in Belton’s ETJ was passed. Darwin Heine will be purchasing three of four lots.
Consideration of a resolution adopting the Historic Placecard Program was approved. The program consists of putting historic placards around the area at famous/historic landmarks. There will be three types of placards: ground mounted (one face coming from the ground), building mounted (flush with the building) and vertical (with two sides standing). There is also a map guide app being developed. It is an app that will allow residents to locate landmarks around Belton that are historic. “I love all the history that we have in our community and to able to share it with others, and in this format is awesome.” Mayor Marion Grayson said.
Consideration of adopting a medallion design for the Local Historic Landmark Designation was approved. There will be a medallion developed to be on these placards. It is an circular aluminum design that will cost between $350 and $570 to the city. There will be a grant filed for them. All this hopes to boost tourism and educate the community, particularly the younger.
Item 10 was a consideration that would authorize the City manager to execute a contract for the 2019 street overlay project and any change orders associated with the contract, not to exceed the amount authorized under state law. David K. Leigh, council member, advised that in the coming years, the city should factor in street maintenance/repair as a part of the price of expansion and building new roadways. Sam Listi, city manager, was on board with this. Leigh also said it was one of the most important things for economic development.
A one-year extension to the franchise with Waste Management for residential solid waste collection and recycling was approved. Leigh mentioned potentially doing a joint system for waste management/recycling system with adjacent area. “We can win together with several surrounding cities.” Leigh said.