By BRIAN SMITH
HUDSON OAKS — In honor of National Police Week May 12-18, city officials and the police department will be having their annual open house Thursday, May 16.
Police Chief Brandon Mayberry announced the event at Thursday night’s regular city council meeting. The open house will run from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the city complex on North Oakridge Street. It’s fun for the whole family with a bounce house for the kids, an opportunity to tour the police department and an officer cruiser. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will also be provided.
Interim City Administator Patrick Lawler said between 60-70 people attended last year’s event and a bigger crowd is anticipated for this year.
In other news, approval for the creation of a public pool ordinance was given. The development of Splash Kingdom Wild West required the creation of a public pool ordinance. The new waterpark is the only public pool within the city, according to a staff report.
The ordinance establishes health and sanitation regulations for public swimming pools, spas and interactive water features and fountains within the city. It does not affect residential pools or spas.
The new ordinance also required a change in the city’s fee schedule, which was also approved.
Council members also OK’d an order for Mayor Pat Deen to enter into an interlocal agreement with Parker County for platting in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.
Lawler said the city has been negotiating with the county to be able to do its own platting in the ETJ. Lawler said in the past platting had to first be applied for through the city rather than platted through the county. The agreement will streamline the process.
“We have stricter guidelines for platting than the county,” Lawler said. “The development community will now have an easier route to getting platted in the ETJ.”
Administrative Services Manager Wade Calhoun spoke of the city’s budget numbers midway through Fiscal Year 2013. Revenues are up in a couple if areas, namely court fine recoveries and sales tax when compared to a year ago.
The city collected just more than $22,000 in court fines last month, a significant jump from recent years where an average of $15,000 to $17,000 was collected. Calhoun said the city’s yearly warrant roundup and a new collection agency accounted for the increase.
Sales tax numbers were up 2 percent from March 2012, or about $2,000, Calhoun said. He said it’s the 15th straight month of increases over the same period the year before.