Council to receive quarterly report from FATHOM, hold rezoning hearings
By LYNETTE SOWELL
Brad Drier, FATHOM’s representative to the City of Copperas Cove, will be presenting the company’s quarterly report of its utility administration services at tonight’s Copperas Cove city council meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. in the city council chambers located at 508 S. 2nd St.
Also during tonight’s meeting, several hearings will take place, including a hearing for the property at 501 S. 1st St. It is on the agenda for amending the Future Land Use Plan (FLUP), requested by the property owner Amr Abdelazeem. He is requesting rezoning of the property from R-3 (Multi-Family Residential District with Conditional Use) to R-2 (Two-Family Residential District). Instead of a rezoning request, which the council previously denied, Abdelazeem wishes to construct a duplex home for ADA tenants.
Another property-related hearing is on the agenda, that of amending the city’s Future Land Use Plan for 73.864 acres in the Big Divide area, from LD (Low Density Residential Retail and Industry to LD (Low Density Residential).
There is also a hearing for rezoning of Heartwood Park phase 1, from Single Family Residential District to Planned Development District (PDD). This consists of a total of 15 lots, totaling approximately seven acres.
An amendment to the lease agreement between the City of Copperas Cove and Star Group – Veterans Helping Veterans for the property located at 202 S. 4th St. is up for a vote this evening. Star Group has leased the building from the city for a number of years, with the current lease being in effect since February 2017.
The council is also being presented with a resolution consenting to the creation of an Emergency Services District in Lampasas County for the Kempner Volunteer Fire Department, which would include part of the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.
The council will be appointed two individuals to fill two vacancies on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Both Ronald L. Nelson II and Dustin Dewald have submitted applications for the positions.
The final plat for Creekside Hills, Phase III, a 49.48-acre subdivision consisting 211 lots north of Lutheran Church Road and west of F.M. 116 is up for a vote by the council this evening.
An amendment to the city’s fee schedule for building permits is up for action by the council, to coincide with changes that came about from the Texas legislature. Municipalities are now prohibited from using the value-base for the cost of construction or the improving of residential dwellings to determine building permit and inspection fees. The proposed changes include a minimum permit feet, with fees added for solar panels, the square footage of alterations and additions, linear feet of fences, square footage of roofing projects, square footage pricing for “accessory structures”, fees for windows and doors, along with mailing and publication fees related to public notices.
The council will hold a workshop at 6 p.m., with the main topic being discussion and direction on the city’s fiscal year 2019-2020 operating budget. Mayor Bradi Diaz will also issue a proclamation of the month of June being Parks & Recreation month.