The Town Council met Thursday, July 14, 2022. Below is a recap of the major actions and reports from the meeting.

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Briefing - Waste Connections

A representative from Waste Connections addressed service failures, explaining that almost all of which have been due to weather conditions and population growth. The representative discussed a plan of action for resolving these issues, which includes starting routes earlier, and adding more trucks and manpower.

The representative suggested employing automated carts or adding an additional pick up day as options to improve service. Council had concerns with these suggestions.

Council requested service improvements, but more importantly, expressed the need for increased communication on when residents should expect delays. 

The Waste Connections representative noted that he did not anticipate any more service failures in the coming months.

Briefing - Duke Realty Development Project

A representative from Duke Realty spoke about their company, its strengths and its hIgh standards for quality developments. Plans were discussed for a 103 acre site located at the Southeast quadrant of 1171 and I35. The plan includes the construction of two critical roads, Cleveland Gibbs and White Road, along with the related water lines. 

The representative presented plans for two buildings, one of which would be 1.1 million square feet, with intentions to attract Fortune 500 tenants to this facility. Preliminary estimates and funding sources from Denton County, Northlake and Duke were discussed along with a timeline for the infrastructure and building construction. The representative stated that the plans presented were consistent with the Town’s Master Plan.

Town Council reviewed a few points that related to this project. Cleveland Gibbs remains in litigation due to an eminent domain case with Denton County, which could potentially incur additional costs to the town. In addition, road funding is currently under negotiations. It was also noted that this project could open up the region for additional capital projects. Implications for future projects should also be considered. 

Town Staff briefly discussed the status of road improvement negotiations, environmental assessments and tax yield. 

Briefing - Fireworks Ordinance Update

Town Staff briefed Council on the number of fireworks related calls that occurred on July 3rd and 4th, noting their locations within the town.

Staff compared ordinances from area municipalities, noting the high number of incidences that occurred over the holiday weekend. Staff stated that there are only two small population, large lot communities (DISH and Bartonville) that currently allow fireworks. 

Staff explained that there is a local government code which would allow the Town to extend enforcement to within 5000 feet of the Town limits by declaring fireworks as a nuisance.

Council discussed options for the future: to keep the ordinance as is, renounce it, or make modifications. Council decided to vote at a future meeting to either continue the ordinance as is, or ban fireworks use completely. If the action is taken to continue the ordinance, Council will look into making modifications.

Briefing - Quarterly Investment Report

Town Staff reported that the total book value for the town is $42,994,915. Second quarter investment earnings are about $48,000 with a 55% increase.

Public Input:

Several residents came forward to request that Council revisit the Fireworks Ordinance.

Consent Items:

E. Consider approval of the Town Council Meeting Minutes for June 23, 2022. 

Approved by Council. 

F. Consider Resolution 22-39, approving the cancellation of the July 28, 2022, Regular Town Council Meeting. 

Approved by Council. 

G. Consider Resolution 22-40, approving the Town of Northlake’s participation in Denton County’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the three-year program period, Fiscal Year 2023 through Fiscal Year 2025.

Approved by Council. 

H. Consider Resolution 22-41, approving the Town of Northlake Investment Policy.

Approved by Council. 

Action Items:

I. Consider approving Ordinance 22-0714A for the annexation of approximately 10.963 acres of land situated in the Lewis Medlin Survey, Abstract No. 830, generally located at the southwest corner of Chadwick Parkway and Cleveland-Gibbs Road at 15701 Cleveland-Gibbs Road. Saint Peter Lutheran Church is the owner/applicant. Case No. ANX-22-001.

A public hearing was opened and closed without comment on the annexation of Saint Peter Lutheran Church.

Approved by Council. 

J. Consider approving Ordinance 22-0714B amending the Town of Northlake Unified Development Code, Section 5.7 “Permitted Use Table” of the Unified Development Code (UDC) related to public schools in the RR - Rural Residential, CRO - Conservation Residential Overlay, and RE - Rural Estate zoning districts. Case # UDC-22-003.

Staff explained that the Town cannot prohibit public schools within residential zoning districts, but can allow them to go through a specific use permit process, which can allow conditions. A Special Use Permit would be required for schools in RR, CRO and RE zoning. P&Z and Council will continue exploring an Agricultural Zoning District further.

A public hearing was opened and closed without comment.

Approved by Council. 

K. Consider Resolution 22-42, ratifying acceptance of a Temporary Construction Easement from Fast Track Development for a period of 90 days or until Harmonson Road Construction Project is complete. 

Town Staff explained that businesses located on Harmonson Road in the extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) have been concerned about their liability with the construction traffic around their access points. Creating a temporary construction easement would offer the safest and quickest solution using no tax dollars and at no cost to the Town.

Approved by Council. 

L. Consider an appointment to fill the Board of Adjustment, Place 5 vacancy, for an unexpired term ending on May 31, 2023.

Three applications were received to fill the Board of Adjustment, Place 5 vacancy. One applicant was present and spoke to Council. Council summarized all the applicant qualifications and a motion was made to nominate Alexandra Holmes.

Approved by Council. 

The Town Council convened into Executive Session with no anticipated action items.

Meeting was adjourned.

Jamaine Gaines, Student Pastor at Fellowship of the Parks opened the Council Meeting in prayer.

Police Chief Robert Crawford briefed Council on the number of fireworks related incidents over the July 4th holiday weekend.

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