Council to approve contracts, employee stipends at regular meeting, DCTA holds open house

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Denton County Transportation Authority will crash the party at Lewisville City Council’s next regular meeting, 7 p.m. April 16 at City Hall, 151 W. Church St. in Lewisville. The Council will hold a public hearing on sweeping city code changes related to the I-35E redevelopment plan.

DCTA  is holding an open house meeting at 5:30 p.m. on its proposed 20 percent fee increase, as well as Lewisville route changes, in the City Hall lobby in conjunction with the meeting. DCTA president Jim Cline will be on hand to deliver an overview of the transportation district, which is scheduled for a workshop session at 5:45 p.m.

The council will also receive an update on its neighborhood programs in this workshop session.

During the meeting proper, scheduled for 7 p.m., the council will hold a public hearing on an ordinance amending several chapters of city code establishing to the IH-35E Corridor Overlay District, which will replace the IH-35E Corridor Redevelopment Plan adopted in November 2014. The redevelopment plan established new building standards for designated lands surrounding I-35E in Lewisville, with the intent of making the city look better to commuters passing through.

The proposed Corridor Overlay District. (Image courtesy City of Lewisville)

City staff discussed the ordinance with property owners over the course of March, according to background material.

On the consent agenda, council is expected to approve a $90,000 consultant contract extension with Innovative Transportation Solutions. According to background material, the city has been contracting with them since March 2000 to help coordinate with the Texas Department of Transportation and the North Central Texas Council of Governments on Metroplex-wide transportation initiatives that affect Lewisville. In the upcoming year, the company is expected to help secure federal funding for construction on Mill and Business 121, coordinate with the NCTCOG on the Old Town Sustainable Development Project and assist the city with environmental impact documents.

Council is also expected to approve a $198,640 contract with the Lincoln, Nebraska-based J.R. Seltzer Company to repair the C.R. Feaster Water Treatment plant and a new policy establishing a $50 monthly stipend for city employees who meet any of several different requirements, ranging from needing to use personal cell phones for work to holding a wastewater treatment operator license.

Lewisville City Council meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month at City Hall, 151 W. Church St. in Lewisville. Meetings usually have an informational workshop session beforehand starting at or around 6 p.m.

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