By Devin Corbitt
The Belton Journal
The Belton City Council met for a short meeting Tuesday night before adjourning into a work session to discuss the Street Maintenance Plan, on which no action was taken. Councilmembers David Leigh and Guy O’Banion were absent.
The consent agenda was unanimously passed, which included the minutes of the Oct. 14 meeting and three board appointments. Arthur Resa will serve on the Housing Board of Adjustments Board for a four-year term, Michael Elgin will serve a three-year term on the Police and Fire Civil Service Commission and Zachary Krueger will serve out the rest of Mat Naegele’s term with the Zoning Board of Adjustments.
The council also awarded contracts for employee insurance products and approved the funding for such contracts. Contracts were awarded to Scott & White Health Plan for employee health insurance, MetLife for dental insurance, University of Texas Employee Assistance Program (UTEAP) for employee assistance, Lincoln Financial Group for life / accidental death and dismemberment insurance and the Combined Benefits Group for additional insurance products.
Council members approved two zoning changes, one which allow retail to move in on the southwest corner of FM 1670 and Wharton Lane. A final plat for this tract of land was also approved.
The council also discussed the annexation of the future Chisholm Trail West subdivision, a 59.555 acre tract of land northeast of Chisholm Trail Elementary; the future Hubbard Branch subdivision, a 133.421 acre tract of land; and a future Belton Independent School District site, 15.992 acres, a total of 208.968 acres of land. Public hearings for these annexations will be held Jan. 13 and Jan. 27, 2015.
The final action item on the night’s agenda authorized City Manager Sam Listi to enter into an agreement with the Cen-Tex Sustainable Communities Partnership. The Partnership serves to bring communities together in an effort to build stronger sustainability throughout the area. The Memorandum of Understanding was approved unanimously.
Following the meeting, council members and citizens retired to the Kinchion Room to receive a presentation on the Roadway Maintenance Plan from Public Works Director Mike Huber and Kelly Parma of Lee Engineering.
In the workshop, Huber and Parma outlined a 5-year plan for street maintenance and repair throughout the city and the possible costs of each option.
The plan utilizes a traffic volume study conducted by Lee Engineering in March, which rated streets according to their pavement conditions. Through their analysis, Huber determined that the project would cost approximately $650,000 per year for the next five years, not including paving currently unpaved roads. The council will conduct another workshop to discuss costs and funding at a future date.
The next meeting of the Belton City Council will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Harris Community Center, 401 N. Alexander in Belton.