Gainesville City Council approved the annexation of nearly two acres into city property during Tuesday’s regular meeting — an addition intended for development as an assisted living facility.
The property, owned by Dallas firm CP Homes LLC, is located on the west side of Highway 51 and adjoins the south property line of the Woolf Den restaurant near North Central Texas College. The vacant land is less than a half-mile wide and will exist within the city’s Ward 4 as a “C-2” general commercial property.
Council allowed a public meeting in regards to the annexation, but only CP Homes Design Manager Danyale Webb attended and presented a diagram of the proposed facility. City Manager Barry Manager cited a lack of public opposition to the development and deemed it an advantage to the community.
Other meeting highlights:
• Council adopted a negotiated rate change with Atmos Energy Corporation, implementing rate tariffs that are effective Nov. 1. The Atmos Cities Steering Committee (ACSC) legal counsel and executive committee recommended that all ACSC member cities (including Gainesville) adopt the ordinance implementing the rate change. The new rates reflect a compromise settlement that reduced Atmos’s initial $22.7 million rate increase to a $16.6 million increase. The new rates are expected to increase the average residential customer’s bill by approximately $0.74 per month.
• Council approved a three-year contract (Jan. 1, 2014 – Dec. 31, 2016) with attorney Jim Robertson to provide delinquent tax collection services for the city. Robertson’s current contract expires Dec. 31, 2013. Sullivan said Robertson works well with the city and does a good job in collection of back taxes, working out pay agreements with property owners, and in placing properties on sheriff sales in order to get the properties back onto the tax rolls. Robertson’s compensation is paid by the taxpayer based on the amount collected and paid to the Cooke County Appraisal District. (Sourced from City of Gainesville meeting minutes.)
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