MPR Council accepts Fire Chief resignation

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By David Tuma, The Belton Journal

In a light meeting of the Morgan’s Point Resort City Council, Fire Chief Billy Richards announced his retirement at the end of September. Richards was hired 10 years ago as Fire Chief.

“The past ten years went by fast. We are blessed here because the departments of the city work together so well. The Fire Department is only going to get better and better,” said Richards.

The council also approved a change on an already approved subdivision called Sobrante Ridge. The 20-acre tract is at the intersection of Sobrante and Morgan’s Point Road. After a public hearing, the council approved a zoning designation to single family residential.

Sonya Bishop was authorized as a representative to TexPool. Bishop, who was recently hired as Finance Officer, was added to represent the city in dealing with TexPool.

The council approved a maintenance fee lien on a property on Armadillo Circle, and a stop sign was approved at the intersection of Lake Forest Drive and Buttercup Loop.

Street rehabilitation has been completed and stormwater improvements are now being developed. Streets are being completed at the Campus at Lakewood Ranches. Property is being cleared at the subdivision on Sobrante. The Master Parks Plan being developed by the MPR Economic Development Corporation is ongoing.

With the lake level near normal, the curb, gutter and lighting project was completed. A water main has been completed on Red Dog Court due to new construction of homes in the area.

In July the MPR Fire Department responded to 42 calls. They responded to eight fires and seven boater assists.

Code Enforcement reported five violations corrected in July.

More than 50 books were added to the Mary Ruth Briggs Library. There were 25 children who participated in the summer reading program.

Curbs were installed at City Hall and the marina by the Maintenance Department. They also seal coated the Public Safety Center parking lot.

The MPR Police Department received 2,008 calls for service in July. A driver hit a parked car on N. Winecup Drive and was arrested later. Several citations for fireworks were given out. Residents also were a help reporting suspicious persons, leading to one arrest and several citations. No burglaries of any kind reported in July.