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Royse City Council appointed Michael Holder to fill the vacant council position following its executive session last week. 

Holder, owner of 1885 Barbershop and Shave Parlor in Royse City, will fill council place one that was vacant for about a month. The position became vacant after former council member Charles Houk resigned to formally accept a new position as director of the Royse City Community Development Corporation. Holder currently sits on the board of directors for the Community Development Corporation after being appointed to fill a vacancy in mid-August.

In other appointments, city council appointed CDC Director Houk to the Main Street Advisory Board after former CDC director Larry Lott resigned. Three commissioners on the Planning and Zoning Commission whose terms were set to expire Oct. 1 were reappointed and include Phil Haggard, Kari Hollifiled and Russell Flanigan. Cortlin LaBlank was also appointed to the P&Z Commission as a new member. 

City council approved a permit allowing Smoke Session BBQ’s stay at 307 W. Hwy 66 in Royse City while they build their new restaurant in the city. The permit allows the stand at its current location for the next 12 months with the conditions that construction begin or a grading permit be obtained by Oct. 1, construction must be completed by July 1, 2020 and a certificate of occupancy must be obtained by Sept. 1, 2020. 

The council added the condition that Smoke Sessions BBQ must obtain a construction permit for the building by Feb. 1, 2020. The addition came after Councilmember James Branch expressed concerns that the timeframe between obtaining the grading permit on Oct. 1 and the completion of the restaurant by July 1, 2020 could leave the opportunity for inaction on the project. After discussion on the permit and a consensus on adding a fourth condition, the council approved the permit, as recommended by the P&Z commission, and added the fourth condition asking a construction permit be obtained by Feb. 1.

In executive session, besides discussion the appointment of someone to fill the vacant council position, the council discussed the terms for a mixed use development west of Erby Campbell, an amendment to the Waterscape subdivision development agreement and possible action regarding a position for consent to create Hunt County municipal utility district no. 4.

The amendment to the Waterscape agreement was approved and no action was taken on the proposed mixed use development and the petition for consent to create a municipal utility district. 

Before going into executive session, council members heard updates from City Manager Carl Aslabrook concerning city development. He mentioned that residential interest in the city remains high. He also expressed that Pappy’s Express Carwash should be open within the next couple of weeks.

“Pappy’s Carwash, hopefully in the next two weeks, I won’t have to tell you it’s about to open because that’s been a long process but they are on the verge of opening,” Alsabrook said.

The Royse City Chamber of Commerce is hosting a ribbon cutting for the carwash Oct. 10 on location, at 910 S. Erby Campbell Blvd. in Royse City, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. 

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