City fixes ‘mess’ with replat of propery at intersecton

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Rockdale City Council members took steps Monday to avoid a “future traffic nightmare” near the southern city limits.

The council voted unanimously to replat several lots, and a city street, and close part of another street around the Offield-Roberts area off FM 487.

Council members, meeting in special session at City Hall, also were to have considered appointments to several boards and committees but made only two appointments due to a lack of candidates to consider.

STREETS—City Manager Kelvin Knauf asked for authority to file several requests in connection with infrastructure in the area.

“These requests straighten out a lot of problems, make it so we can avoid a future traffic nightmare,” he said.

Offield was paved this year as part of a city streets project.

“Part of it is actually located on (platted) lots,” he said. “And a portion of Roberts street isn’t actually there. It only exists on paper.”

The council gave Knauf authority to file a re-plat request moving part of Offield 25 feet to the south, closing the “non-existent” portion of Roberts and re-platting a total of 11 lots.

“These (changes) are necessary if we ever want to widen Offield in the future,” Knauf said.

“I’d imagine there are two or three more areas (in Rockdale) that need this,” Councilman Allan Miller said.

Knauf agreed.

BOARDS—Appointments to the Municipal Development District, Rockdale Development Board, building standards commission, Planning & Zoning Commission, cemetery committee and electrical board were agenda items.

Only two re-appointments were made, Matt Lehmkuhl to Building Standards and Bob Wilson to the Rockdale Development Board.

Knauf said one person had expressed interested in serving and will be contacted to determine which board or commission is his choice.

Council visitor Joy Graham asked what qualifications were for serving on a city panel.

Knauf said any person may apply to serve and that living inside the city limits, or paying city taxes, was not a prerequisite.

In other business, council members:

• Okayed second reading of a budget amendment for purchase of municipal court computers.

• Approved first reading of an ordinance on peddling and transient merchants/solicitors. Knauf said the ordinance would allow the city to reject permit applications if a background check shows the person had a previous felon conviction.

• Gave first-reading approval to a new fee schedule, reflecting among other factors, fees for using credit cards to pay city bills on-line.

• Okayed a subdivision request submitted by Vickie Caffey.

• Purchased several valves for $800.

• Okayed the city’s 2011 holiday schedule, reflecting 11 holidays for city employees.

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