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Operational Update September 10, 2020

Posted on September 11, 2020


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Keeping you informed…

It has been a couple weeks since I last updated you on what is happening in New Fairview. I know how much I hate my inbox to fill up with the “same old stuff”. Having said that, I will try to be judicious in my communication, so that when you open them, it will have substantive and important information for you.

  1. The City’s meet and greet was a great event. We had around 50-60 residents stop in to meet the volunteer fire fighters, tour the facility, and chat with me. I really enjoyed meeting those of you who came and I look forward to working with you to both manage the coming growth while retaining the core elements that make New Fairview a unique and wonderful place to live.
  2. Staff will be presenting the not-to-exceed tax rate of $0.30 per $100 of valuation, which is the current tax rate, and setting the date for a public hearing to adopt the fiscal year 2020-2021 budget at the September 14th meeting, 7:00 pm. The public hearing and adoption of the budget will be on September 28th at 7:00 pm.
  3. The City has completed the annual audits for fiscal years 2014-2015 through 2018-2019 and will be presented to the City Council for acceptance during our September 14th meeting. The audits will be placed on the City website following acceptance of the City Council.
  4. The City has been developing a Pavement Management Program. This document will be used as our “road bible” for maintenance and repair. It incorporates the recently acquired Pavement Condition Index (PCI) data and will be used to develop the maintenance and reconstruction schedules. We will be presenting the final version in the September 28th meeting.
  5. The City is applying for a Small Parks Grant, which provides up to $150,000 of state funding, to make improvements at the City Park on Stewart Street. You can read more about this program here. Local developers have agreed to provide matching funds for the application. You will be receiving an electronic survey asking for your input on park amenities in the near future. Please make sure you complete the survey and share with your neighbors to make sure we get sufficient responses.
  6. Staff is well underway with the Water Study and has commitments from local developers to help fund a feasibility study, identifying sources, routes, and locations of potential water/sewer infrastructure.
  7. Transportation is going to be a huge issue for the entire region as developments encroach from the south and east. We are negotiating with a consulting firm to help facilitate with local, state, and federal transportation authorities to develop unique funding solutions.

Meet and greet…

Again, thank you to all those who came out to make the volunteer fire fighters feel welcome in their new home. I enjoyed getting to meet and chat with many of you in attendance and look forward to seeing you at future events.

We are looking at holding a Halloween Trunk-or-Treat at the City Hall next month. If you interested in helping to put this together, please reach out to us at info@newfairview.org.

Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Budget…

The Council directed staff to develop the budget with a tax rate not to exceed the current years $0.30 per $100 valuation while also directing staff to complete significant road repairs and reconstruction. In order to accomplish this, the City will be reducing at least one position at City Hall, negotiated lower rates from our professional service providers (legal, planning, financial advisors, etc.) and reallocated resources from these savings as well as reduced other “buckets” of budgeted dollars to meet this goal.

With the completion of the audits, the City is preparing for the debt issue, reaching out to our current Financial Advisor as well as others, to negotiate the best possible fees so that we can stretch these dollars as far as possible. The City has received a proposal that could potentially save the City tens-of-thousands of dollars on a debt issuance.

This will be presented again during the September 14th meeting and adopted during the September 28th meeting. Please feel free to come to City Hall for the meeting or join our virtual meeting.

Pavement Management Program…

In the last 30 days, we have collected data on the condition of the roads using an industry standard objective measurement methodology, developed maps, and are now completing the Pavement Management Program which will combine all the previous work to create a document that will drive our plan for street repairs and reconstruction throughout the City. Once finalized and approved by the City Council, we will begin to work with our City Engineer on plans for the roads.

Small Parks Grant Application…

The Texas Parks & Wildlife offers a variety of matching grants that communities can apply for. The City has engaged a consultant, who is paid from the proceeds of a successful grant application, to help prepare the application. This includes a community survey of what we would like to see at the City Park on Stewart Street.

A local developer has agreed to participate in the City’s matching portion of the project. In the near future, you will receive an electronic survey, please take a few minutes to tell us what you would like to see at this park and share with your neighbors.

Transportation in the region…

Southeast Wise County is very rural and the road conditions on many, if not most, are in need of some type of maintenance and/or repair. Local streets are our responsibility and we have a plan of action in place to take care of them but FM 407, South County Line Road, SH 287, and FM 2264 are all part of the TxDOT network and are outside of our scope and ability to control. Staff is recommending to the Council that we engage Innovative Transportation Solutions, Inc., to provide liaison services with local, state, and federal transportation authorities. They have been very successful in developing innovative partnerships and obtaining millions of dollars for road improvements in the DFW region.

Staff has been working with the developers to put in place a professional services reimbursement agreement, where the majority, of the cost associated is reimbursed to the City. We have asked for their help in potentially extending the lane expansion of FM 407, reviewing SH 287 and introducing additional entrance and exit locations, and expansion of South County Line Road.

 

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