Midlothian City Council recognizes outgoing councilmember Ed Gardner and Police Week

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L to R it is Asst. Chief Brown, Ofc. Ferris, Ofc. Blackburn, Ofc. Fletcher, Ofc. Garcia, Chief Smith, Mayor Justin Coffman, Ofc. Schmidt, Cpl. Newberry, Cmdr. Harp Photo credit City of Midlothian

MIDLOTHIAN – The Midlothian City Council recognized outgoing Place 5 councilmember Ed Gardner, who lost his seat in an election earlier this month.

All council members attended Tuesday night’s meeting except incoming Place 5 councilmember Ross Weaver.

Each council member had words to say to Gardner, the common thread being “integrity.

Gardner said, “It was an incredible year.”

Midlothian Mayor Justin Coffman also presented Gardner with a copy of the FDN article about the city being named a Sanctuary City for the unborn. Coffman said this had been a passionate item for Gardner while on the council, and he saw it through to the end.

A proclamation was read designating National Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day. Midlothian Police Chief Carl Smith said a few words and reminded people that police work is dangerous. He said that already this year, 60 law enforcement officers have lost their lives in the United States.

The Midlothian Public Works Department was also recognized with a proclamation naming National Public Works Week.

All consent agenda items passed unanimously 6 – 0. This included item 2024-159 approving the minutes from the City Council meeting of April 23, 2024;

item 2024-160 approving a runoff election to elect a Councilmember Place 6 in the City of Midlothian; item 2024-161 for a resolution appointing voting directors of Midlothian Municipal Management District No. 2, which is a conservation and reclamation district located within the corporate limits of the City of Midlothian; and item 2024-162 approving the purchase and upfit of two Toyota Tundra trucks from Silsbee Toyota with upfitting by Dana Safety Supply in Fort Worth to include emergency lighting and associated equipment with the exception of a mobile radio, vehicle hotspot, graphics and in-car video system. The amount may not exceed $146,015.46.

A public hearing was heard and passed unanimously to grant a Specific Use Permit (SUP) for a secondary dwelling relating to the use and development of 4.8± acres 1141 at Apple Ct. The land is currently zoned Agricultural (A) District. The SUP will allow for changes in order for the residents to build a dwelling to allow their mother to move in so they can care for her.

On the regular agenda item 2024-164 was passed to authorize the City Manager to enter into a preliminary agreement with Tyler Technologies, for upgrades to Tyler Technologies, Inc. ERP Pro 10. The contract, in the amount of $140,780 plus a 10% contingency for a total equaling $154,858 is an item that will be on the next fiscal year budget.

An ordinance was passed to amend the Code of Ordinances “Boards, Commissions and Committees” of the “Historic Advisory Board.” Jayme Wickliffe spoke to the city council regarding the changes and the necessity of each change. One item she pointed out was in order to sit on the Historic Advisory Board the requirement is you must be at least a 10-year resident. That item passed along with reclassifying the non-voting members of the Historic Advisory Board to voting members.

Council passed item 2024-167 authorizing an extension of the completion date of the Restriction Agreement option at 301 W. Main Street. The extension is for an 18-month period ending August 15, 2025.

Finally, council passed item 2024-168, a resolution amending the Master Fee Schedule effective May 14, 2024, for the Parkland Dedication and Development Fees. The change requires new developments to contribute to the creation and enhancement of parks and open spaces throughout the City.

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