The Town Council met Thursday, February 10, 2022. Below is a recap of the major actions and reports from the meeting.

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Update on Denton County and Texas Department of Transportation Projects:

Town’s transportation consultant, John Polster with Innovative Transportation Solutions, gave an overview of TXDOT projects affecting Northlake.

  • 156 from Justin to 114 - Completed project.
  • 407 from West Justin to FM 1830 - The project advisor discussed realignment and next steps including: schematic approval, environmental clearance, right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation.
  • FM407 Breakout at 35W - 35W has been environmentally cleared, giving an opportunity for this project to go straight to the design phase. This is considered a critical path project and will funded by using Regional Toll Revenue (RTR). Anticipated completion late 2023.
  • 1171 West - The schematic has been approved. Project is moving on to next steps.
  • US377 Roanoke Section - Scheduled for completion in October 2022.
  • US377 Argyle Section (Crawford to 1171) - Will be ready to go to construction by September 2022.
  • US377 (Swamp Section) - In the very early stages of discussion.
  • SH 114 East Main Lanes - Denton County provided funds to the Covid-19 Program to keep projects moving forward. In return, the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) funded the main lanes of 114 between 377 and 35W. Construction on this project will start the first part of next year.
  • SH 114 at 377 Interchange - Currently under construction with an estimated completion date of February 2023.
Denton County Bond Program ($400-500M program for roads):

Town Council explained that a wish list has been submitted to Denton County for consideration and that list is evolving. Road selections were made by choosing areas in Northlake that either have a committed or a potential development project, and roads that make the most sense for our growing community.
Northlake Capital Projects Update:

Road Construction and Repairs:

  • Old Justin Road - Town Staff explained that there are a few sections of Old Justin Road that are not up to our specifications of thickness. Testing is taking place and some sections might need to be repaired.

  • Dale Earnhardt Way - Completed and open for traffic.

  • Road Failures in Canyon Falls - Failure stemmed from foundational problems. Town Staff stated that there are a few sidewalks and irrigation issues that need to be addressed, and spot repairs to roadway, otherwise the project is complete.

  • Town Staff discussed progress updates on Florance and Faught Roads. 

Utility Projects:

  • The north elevated storage tank now has a pressure reducing valve installed and is currently in operation. All pressure tanks were taken offline.

  • The north area pump station added an additional pump and a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) upgrade.

  • Fire protection lines have been added on Schober and Bingham Roads.

  • The south ground storage tank is close to completion. 

  • The Catherine Branch Wastewater Treatment Plant construction is in progress.

  • The Town will eventually need another 600,000 gallon ground storage tank.

  • Phase 2 of the Catherine Branch Wastewater Collection Line in the design phase and easement documents will soon be presented to property owners.

  • Town Staff is currently looking at alternative route options through environmentally sensitive areas for the Denton Creek Wastewater Main Trunk Line.

  • There is potential for a partnership with the Town of Ponder, Upper Trinity and The Town of Northlake for the north area water line along Blair from FM 156 and Florance up to Yarbrough.

  • Fort Worth Water Supply is our water supplier in the southern part of Northlake. The Town is going to be responsible for developing our own water capacity. Town Staff explained that this would be our last economical chance at a partnership to expand the capacity in this area. Some of the project cost would be shared with Fort Worth. The Town will need seven million gallons per day (MGD) for future developments. Timing and potentially phasing this project out over time was discussed. Council requested more research by Town Staff to make sure that this project would be a reasonable allocation of Town resources. 

  • The Development Services location is near completion. Development Services could potentially be moving into their new building in March, which will allow more room for additional positions in Town Hall.

  • Zoning was changed for the Hotel and Conference Center to allow the structures to connect. This project is in progress and is on track for completion in 2024.

  • Town Staff discussed potential plans for replacing the Public Works building and plans for rearranging the property to make best use of the space, allowing for another ground storage tank and a new equipment barn.

Public Private Partnerships:

Town Staff discussed plans for Northwest Crossing, Florence Road, Mulkey Road, Harmonson Road, McPherson Road and Whyte Road and discussed how some of these projects would fit in with the Denton County Bond project with additional opportunities to partner with some of the developers.
Fiscal Year 2022 Quarterly Financial Update:

Town Staff presented first quarter financials and noted that 12% of total revenues have been booked. The Town is tracking normally for the year and is financially sound.
Consent Items:

4. D Approval of the Town Council Meeting Minutes for January 27, 2022.

Approved by Council.

4. E Consider Resolution 22-06, authorizing and ordering a municipal election to be held in the Town of Northlake on May 7, 2022, and if required, a Runoff Election on June 18, 2022, for the purpose of electing Council Members to Places 1, 2, and 3; prescribing the time and designating the locations, and manner of conducting the election to be in accordance with the Joint Election Agreement and Contract for Election Services with Denton County and the Denton County Elections Administrator; authorizing the Town Manager to execute the agreement and contract; and providing an effective date.

Approved by Council.

4. F Consider Resolution 22-07, authorizing continued participation with the Steering Committee of Cities served by Oncor; and authorizing the payment of ten cents per capita to the Steering Committee to fund regulatory and legal proceedings and activities related to Oncor Electric Delivery Company, LLC.

Approved by Council.
Action Items:

5. G Consider Resolution 22-08, authorizing the Town Manager to execute an amendment to the professional services contract with Halff Associates, Inc., for professional engineering services and conceptual design and discharge permitting for expansion of the Catherine Branch Wastewater Treatment Plant, in an amount not to exceed $80,000.

Town Staff briefed council and noted a few small changes that were made to the plan. Town Staff explained that this resolution will start the process to begin the expansion of our Wastewater Treatment plant. 

Approved by Council.

5. H Consider Resolution 22-09, authorizing the Town Manager to execute an amendment to the professional services contract with Halff Associates, Inc., for professional engineering services and Utility Impact Fee Update, in an amount not to exceed $200,000 (Impact Fee Funds). 

Town Staff explained the importance of moving forward with this study early, due to the industrial growth in the southern part of Town affecting our Fort Worth water supply needs.

Approved by Council.

The Town Council convened into Executive Session.

The Town Council reconvened into Open Session with an Action item. 

Item A.i: Development and annexation of the Hatfield, Brasher, Green Tract on approximately 97.9- acre tract of land generally located south of Evelyn Lane, west of Faught Road and north of Faith Lane in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the Town; and the development of the Charles Faught tracts totaling approximately 152.3 acres of land generally located north of Evelyn Lane, west of Faught Road, and south of Robson Ranch Road.

Town Council explained that after a year of negotiations to bring the Knox Tract from the ETJ into Town limits, some concessions were made and a package was agreed on.

Approved by Council.
Dr. Matthew Harding, Lead Pastor of The Well and Town Chaplain for Northlake, opened the Town Council meeting in prayer.
John Polster from Innovative Transportation Solutions gave an overview of current road projects affecting Northlake.