Weatherford Democrat

April 9, 2013

City to present strategy, plans for future


Weatherford Democrat

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By BRIAN SMITH

Presentations on the city’s Strategic and Thoroughfare Plans are scheduled during Tuesday night’s Weatherford City Council meeting.

The thoroughfare plan was last looked at in 2002. Ideas for the plan, which takes the city through 2035,  include discussion of a possible general aviation airport, roads, pedestrian safety and the overall Capital Improvement Plan, which the thoroughfare plan is part of.

Council members and staff began working with consultant Marty Wieder on a strategic plan in January. Comments were given on positives and areas the city could use improvement on. The report was brought forward in February and is expected to be approved by the council.

Council will also consider a Parks and Recreation Board recommendation to name a street within Soldier Spring Park after baseball player James Leslie “Hippo” Vaughn. City staff received a request from a resident to name a street after Vaughn. Upon research, staff found that Vaughn, born April 9, 1888, was born in Weatherford, where he also completed elementary school. Vaughn pitched in the National League and had a record of 178-137 with 41 shutouts, 1,416 strikeouts, and a 2.49 ERA. If approved, the street would be located off Charles Street between Anderson Street and the ball fields in the park.

Consideration will also be given to a recommendation by the Municipal Utility Board to form an advisory committee to look at water and wastewater fees. Chapter 395 of the Local Government Code requires cities to review and update the Impact Fee Program at least every five years. This process requires the establishment of an advisory committee and the development of a water and wastewater capital improvement plan (CIP), according to a staff report.

This committee will review proposed changes to the land use assumption, capital improvement plans, and proposed impact fee calculation. A public hearing will be held before any fees are changed. Within 30 days of the public hearing on the CIP, the board and council will accept or reject the plan and recommend fees. 

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 303 Palo Pinto St.