The Royse City City Council gave the go ahead to increase the city’s sewage capacity as it approved a bid Jan. 17 for a 24-inch sewer line to be built south of town.

The council unanimously approved a $2,131,776 bid for the Parker Creek Interceptor System located south of Interstate 30, near the proposed Parker Creek Estates subdivision. The bid is for a 24-inch sewer line. Royse City and Fate will share the cost of constructing the line.

The council also voted to allow City Manager Karen Philippi to negotiate for a new water billing system for city.

The council unanimously approved a procedure concerning resident complaints against actions prohibited by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Regulations.

The council also unanimously adopted a resolution regarding the use of excessive force during nonviolent civil rights demonstrations. The resolution was not related to any previous incident. Neighboring cities have recently taken similar action.

Texas Department of Transportation Area Engineer Paul Williams presented an update on the construction of Farm-to-Market 548 under Interstate 30. Williams said the two-lane road will be widened to have five lanes, and the state plans to get plans configured by April 1.

The council took no action on the issue since it was discussed during the public comment period of the meeting. The council is prohibited by law to take action on the issue during items not listed on the agenda.

Councilman Gary Gregory asked Williams about getting stop signs erected on the southbound service road of Interstate 30, near Farm-to-Market Road 35, where the new high school is being built.

The council also adopted a resolution to add Councilman Leonard Anderson to be able to sign on the city accounts and removed former interim and volunteer City Manager Paul Fisk from the list of signers, since Fisk is no longer working for the city.

In other business, the council:

• approved procedures following a complaint or comment about the services funded or to be funded by a block grant;

• approved an interlocal agreement for hosing prisoners with Rockwall County; and

• tabled action about an interlocal agreement with Hunt County concerning regulation of subdivision plats and permits in Royse City Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ).

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