City approves economic agreements, body armor grants during regular meeting


City Council approved a handful of contracts and special use permits in an uneventful regular meeting March 5.

The only bumps in the brisk schedule were three citizens who spoke during the citizen’s forum period. One was UPS store owner Jeff Pohlman, who was there to fight a citation he’d received for an outdoor storage violation. Pohlman said the city’s definition of outside storage is too severe, and will drive him and other distribution companies out of business unless it is changed.

“I find it very punishing for you to tell me to go out of business,” he said.

Two more speakers from the Huffines Middle School PTA requested push-button crosswalks on Old Orchard Lane between Valley Ridge Boulevard and Valley Parkway. Two students at the school were struck on Valley Parkway earlier this year. The parents described crossing the streets as “like playing a game of Frogger.”

Before the meeting, the council heard its comprehensive annual financial report from 2017. The audit, delivered by John DeBurro with Weaver, found no material weaknesses and all funds accounted for. The city had a $131.5 million fund balance at the end of September 2017, with $40.2 million of that in the general fund.

During the meeting, the city granted special use permits for a communication tower on 1826 Lakeway Drive and the redesign of a car dealership on 1515 South Stemmons Freeway. The Mitsubishi dealership was already planned, but the company was bought by Nissan in May 2016 and the forthcoming dealership needs to change some of its exterior elevations for rebranding.

On the consent agenda, the council approved economic development agreements with The Hillman Group and RO Properties. The Hillman Group is a Cincinnati-based provider of fasteners to hardware stores that is looking to rent the property on 514 Bennett Lane. The Hillman Group is promising to maintain a minimum of $5.5 million worth of taxable inventory, $1.9 million worth of property improvements and $10,000 annually toward a city event. In exchange, the city will pay them back half of their business taxes.

RO Properties, run by Lewisville natives Randy and Ronda Owens, are projected to invest $600,000 into renovating their properties on 109 and 111 Main St. The city approved an agreement to reimburse up to $80,000 of that.

The city awarded a $428,467.90 annual contract to Andrews Building Service, Inc for custodial duties on city-owned buildings for the next year. The contract may be extended for another year twice.

The city approved a supplemental appropriation of $49,700 from the governor’s office to buy plated, rifle-resistant body armor for its police force.

Finally, the city approved to file a $55,960 project application with the North Central Texas Council of Governments for a project to improve how the city handles hazardous waste, including buying a paint can crusher.

City Council meetings are every first and third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in Lewisville City Hall, 151 W. Church St. in Lewisville. They frequently have a workshop session beforehand at 6 p.m.


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