06-11-19 Council meeting

ATMOS energy donated $2,000 to Royse City fire and police departments as part of their efforts to give back to the community. 

The Royse City Council on Tuesday received details of the waste collection service’s possible ownership change.

Sanitation Solutions’ possible ownership transfer to Waste Connections was discussed. Josh Bray with Sanitation Solutions introduced Adam Mathews, regional vice president of Waste Connections, to the council and answered questions from them. Bray told council members the current contract would remain the same if an ownership change did occur.

“Everything we have in the contract will remain in full force,” Bray said. “It’s business as usual.”

If Sanitation Solutions is bought out by Waste Connections, Bray would remain on board as the district manager for the area and would continue to manage the account.

“Josh has been awesome as far as addressing concerns the community has,” City Manager Carl Alsabrook said.

Royse City’s fire and police departments received a $2,000 donation from ATMOS energy at the meeting as part of the energy company’s effort to support the city’s first responders.

“Anytime we’ve needed assistance with them or Oncor they’ve been very helpful,” Alsabrook said.

Eva Hummel, the company’s manager of public affairs for the mid-tex division, was there to present the check to the departments.

“We’re here today to show some appreciation for our first responders,” Hummel said. “We’re here to thank the fire and police departments for doing what they do to keep Royse City safe.”

The new chief appraiser for the Rockwall Central Appraisal District, Kevin Passons, was formally introduced to the city council by Russel Summers, a member of the appraisal district’s board of directors. Passons recently took over the chief appraiser position upon his appointment by the board in April. He had been serving as the appraisal district’s interim chief appraiser since October 2018.

“I’m honored to be here,” Kevin said. “I’m thankful for the board for giving me this opportunity.”

The council also held two public hearings on the annexation of two tracts of land along County Road 2526. During the public hearing, Royse City resident Mark Plemmons expressed his concern about having two hearings on the same night, as part of the same meeting. Plemmons suggested this gives residents a limited opportunity to share their thoughts on the topic.

“My issue is having two hearings on the same night,” Plemmons said. “I barely made it here tonight.”

Alsabrook later said the two hearings were held for the purpose of expediency on the annexation of the land, but that the council doesn't usually have two hearings in one night on topics.

“They [the council members] agree with Mark,” Alsabrook said. “We fully support what his feelings are and we agree with his point.”

An amendment to the Crowell Development was approved to the council, which allows for larger signage on the development. The sign was originally 12 foot by 40 foot but the amendment allows for a 14 foot by 48 foot sign. The development plan for Parkside Village planned development was approved by council members in addition to the DeBerry Reserves development agreement.

A concept plan for Bearpen Creek was also approved by the council, following a presentation on the plan. The real estate and investment firm, Provident Realty Advisors spoke about the plan which detailed the development of 983 acres of land in the area behind Royse City High School.

“This is by and far the most unique development plan I have ever seen,” Alsabrook said.

The real estate and investment firm bought the land in the mid-2000s but planning stalled after the 2008 recession. The council unanimously approved the concept plan and placed an 18-month time limit for a development plan on the property.

“They have to come back and approve a development contract with us within 18 months,” Alsabrook said. “They’re [Provident Realty Advisors] eager to get started.”