At their Nov. 19 meeting, Lewisville City Council appointed new personnel to City staff and approved special use permits for city construction projects and an annual agreement for providing fire protection and emergency ambulance services to Denton County.
During public hearings, Council approved a special use permit and two associated alternative standards for a Shoot Point Blank, an indoor shooting range, that will begin building soon off of I-35E southbound just south of the Corporate Drive bridge.
The special use permit was originally approved by Council in February 2017, but the project was not able to move forward at the time.
Planning director Richard Luedke said Council approved a new I-35 overlay since then, so the applicant has worked to meet new requirements. The building, located at 1915 South Stemmons Freeway and formerly occupied by Cosmic Jump, has been vacant since at least 2016.
The applicant requested two alternative standards to not have windows in the building.
“It’s not appropriate to have windows, so as an alternative, they’re proposing to use a contrasting brick color to mimic the appearance of windows,” Luedke said. “We are adding a condition that if the building undergoes change of use in the future then the window requirement be met.”
Luedke added the applicant took great strides to update the landscape. In addition, the applicant proposed the existing pylon sign be replaced with a low-profile monument sign in three years.
A real estate representative from Shoot Point Blank, Kevin Allee, asked Council to approve the ordinances.
“We want a fighting chance to succeed here in Lewisville,” Allee said.
Council took a 10 minute closed session to discuss this item. The motion passed 4-1, with Councilmember Neil Ferguson voting no. Ferguson said his objection was based on it not meeting the 35 plan, but he told The Lewisville Texan Journal he didn’t have anything against the use.
On the consent agenda, Council approved an annual agreement for the Lewisville Fire Department to continue providing fire protection and emergency ambulance services to Denton County.
The Lewisville Fire Department has provided these services to areas of Denton County through an interlocal cooperation agreement for many years and is approved annually for the period of Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.
Through this agreement, the city will receive $10,000 as a base readiness fee, plus $550 per fire call. Last fiscal year, the city was paid $11,500 by the county for fire calls, according to background material. The Denton County Fire Marshal has estimated 21 runs, for an estimated payment of $11,550.00, projecting a total payment of $21,550.00 for FY 2018-2019.
For ambulance services, Denton County will pay a fixed provider fee of $57,425.00, plus $255.59 per ambulance run billed by the Lewisville Fire Department. The City will continue to bill the patients and their insurance companies in lieu of Denton County’s $255.59 per run.
Also on the consent agenda, Council unanimously passed an agreement with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to relocate portions of two of Lewisville’s raw water pipelines in order to implement Lewisville Lake Dam improvements. The pipelines feed from Lewisville Lake into the city’s water supply, but pass through Corps property surrounding the Lewisville Dam, which the Corps manages.
The agreement provides for Lewisville to pay as much as the current construction estimate of $3.3 million for the project. USACE is currently in the process of bidding the construction of the project and anticipates awarding the first contract in March 2019. This contract is expected to last 24 months for construction, and construction of all three contracts is anticipated to take approximately seven years, according to background material.
Council unanimously appointed Kimberly Lafferty as a new city alternate judge. Municipal Judge Brian Holman, whom it is now Lafferty’s job to assist, recommended Lafferty to Council and both were present at the meeting.
“[Lafferty] comes to us with a lot of experience,” Holman told Council. “She’ll be an asset.”
Lafferty previously served as the presiding judge for the city of The Colony for nearly seven years and established her own law firm in December 2012, which focuses on providing legal support to governmental bodies and their staff, according to background material.
Council also appointed Marcelo Borges as a new member for the Lewisville 2025 Advisory Board. Toya Gant submitted her resignation from Place No. 7, and Councilmembers Bob Troyer and Ferguson recommended Borges as the new appointment. Borges is a former Citizen’s University Member and works in program management after serving in the Brazilian Navy, according to city background material.
“[Borges] brings a representation from a different part of the city,” Troyer said.
Council passed Troyer’s proposition unanimously.
In the workshop session, Council received a presentation about the upcoming process of overhauling the city’s development code. Beginning next month, city staff will be reviewing and rewriting the ordinances to reduce confusion and conflict, utilities manager Karen Emadiazar explained to Council.
“We want to make the ordinances more user friendly… and more business friendly,” Emadiazar said. “We want to make this work well for people who need to use it day to day.”
The entire process is planned to continue until September 2020.
Assistant city manager Claire Swann said this reorganization will fundamentally change the city code.
“It’s an old code. We want to create greater flexibilities,” Swann said. “Let’s let engineers make their own decisions and give staff the opportunity to say what options there are.”
Swann said once everything is updated, the process will be streamlined.
Emadiazar said there will be four phases – project initiation, assessment of existing ordinances, preparation of updated zoning ordinances and lastly, preparation of updated land development code.
Emadiazar also stressed how the city believes it’s important to be transparent and make sure people know what’s going on.
At the beginning of the meeting, Salvation Army Lewisville director Stephen Thomas gave a short presentation to the city council meeting to kick off the local Red Kettle campaign.
“We can only support the community as the community supports us,” Thomas said.
Lewisville Mayor Rudy Durham declared a formal challenge to the mayors of Flower Mound and Highland Village to volunteer at a Red Kettle. Durham encouraged city councilmembers and the audience to donate to the Red Kettle, and most did.
Council also received a report about Denton County’s newly implemented Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program during their workshop session.
Sustainability manager Mendie White explained to Council PACE provides businesses a way to look at finances for efficient energy and water use. White said the program was authorized through Texas legislature. Denton County adopted PACE last month when the Denton County Commissioners’ court approved the program contract and guidelines.
“[PACE is] now put in place,” White said. “There’s nothing we have to do. I just want to make sure we all understand.”
Lewisville City Council meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Monday of every month at City Hall on 151 W. Church St., usually with a workshop session beforehand at which most of the discussion takes place. These meetings are open to the public.