by David Tuma, Publisher
It was a banner year for the Morgan’s Point Resort community. Several major projects were completed including street repairs. It was a year the community saw the start of several major subdivisions. A Master Parks plan should also be developed next spring.
Driftwood Dr, Beach Comber Dr, Cliffside Dr, Aztec and Maya Ln, Mohawak Ln, Rosewood and Lemon Dr were approved for repairs with a total cost $299,017. The funds were budgeted and the council used the overall road plan to determine the streets that came first. With the price of oil going down the drain the cost to repair roads should drop in the upcoming year or years. This work was completed.
New water automated meters was approved with Neptune a company from Belton awarded the contract in the amount of $356,276. The automated water meters will pay for themselves through reduced payroll. Hewitt has already installed their new meters and Belton is looking into the matter. The Maintenance Department is continuing to install these meters as time permits.
Halff Associates will develop the parks plan. They are the same company that developed the City of Temple’s parks plan.
The plan will look into developing a plan for Ansay, Kleypas and Oakmont parks. Halff Associates is a major developer of park plans across the state. This plan will go along with infrastructure plan the council had done last year.
When the Master Parks Plan is developed by Halff Associates the EDC will go back to the council for approval. They will develop a booklet that will give details of the plan for each park. It is a very detailed plan. A public meeting was held in October with public input gathered. The plan is in the final stages of development. A plan should be ready by spring of next year.
The plat for a new 20 acre subdivision was approved by the Morgan’s Point Resort city council in the David Compton Survey at the intersection of Sobrante and Morgan’s Point Roads. It will be an upscale subdivision with 32 homes.
Another subdivision is in the process of being approved by the Morgan’s Point Resort city council. At Tuesday’s meeting a public hearing was held for the preliminary plat for Rancho Del Lago a 62-acre subdivision on the southeasterly corner of FM 2483 and Morgan’s Point Road. Rancho Del Lago will be 62 lots and one commercial site in a development by upscale developer Jason Carothers. Sobrante Ridge is in the process of installing the water lines at this time.
The Campus at Lakewood Ranch had the first permit approved for a 4,000 sq. ft home this week. The subdivision will add 49 homes to the tax rolls when completed. There are according to MPR City Manager David Huseman two major subdivisions being planned in the area. Rancho De Lago should be ready for construction by summer. In addition to the three new subdivisions 15 new homes were constructed. Water lines had to be run to several of these homes. The city is currently trying to replace many of the tiny 1 ½ inch water lines in some areas.
John Phillips was named MPR Fire Chief after Billy Richards retired.
Fundraisers are a huge part of any Fire or Police Department’s budget in a small community. The Morgan’s Point Police Department purchase new A.E.D.’s and pads for the patrol cards from funds raised by the VW Bug Fest and several events hosted by the Police Officers Support Team (POST). Over $11,000 was raised for the A.E.D.’s purchase. There were seven of them purchased. The older models will be updated and put in a variety of support vehicles. Two will go with the fire trucks and several will be installed on backup police vehicles. The Dive Truck support vehicle will also have one installed. The older A.E.D’s need upgrades with new software installed.