MIDLOTHIAN — A proposal by Midlothian Human Resources Director Janet Goad to continue employee medical and dental insurance coverage through passed with a unanimous vote during the Tuesday session of the Midlothian City Council.

The recommendation presented by Goad was to accept a dual option plan, in which the deductibles were increased to $3,000 for the base plan and $1,500 for the buy-up plan.

‘This recommendation tries to strike a balance regarding costs to the city and employees, as benefit costs were raised as a concern in the recently completed Compensation Study,” Goad said.

The CIGNA plan increase to the city will be 11 percent with employees sharing the cost increase for dependent coverage. The city will continue to maintain a 65-35 split on the cost of dependent coverage. In the Fiscal Year 2017-18 base plan, the change to the monthly employee deduction will be see no increase for employee only plans, a $25.52 increase for employee plus spouse, $22.43 increase for employee plus child and $44.85 increase for an entire family.

There will be no change in the cost of life or disability in the FY 2017-18, according to Goad.

Following an executive session, the council unanimously agreed to join other municipalities in filing an original petition opposing Texas State Senate Bill 1004.

The bill allows private network providers access to public right of ways to attach network nodes to poles and structures in the right of way. The purpose is to enable network providers to increase their network density and provide next generation services.

“Midlothian, along with other cities, is definitely opposed to this bill,” City Manager Chris Dick said.

The bill was passed during the last state legislative session and was signed by Governor Greg Abbott on June 9. The bill is to become law on Sept. 1.

The issuance of $1.1 million in City of Midlothian Tax notes, Series 2017, was also unanimously approved by the council.

The notes will be sold for the purpose of streets, right-of-way and various improvements to city park trails. During the budget process, the City Council discussed the various projects to be funded with these proceeds.

Other approved by the council:

Resolution authorizing the Christian Community Connection Faith on Foot Prayer Walk, hosted by Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 12. Resolution approving the City of Midlothian, the Midlothian Economic Development (MED), the Midlothian Community Development Corporation (MCDC), and the Midlothian Development Authority’s (MDA) Investment Policies. Resolution authorizing the Midlothian High School Homecoming Parade, an event hosted by the Midlothian Independent School District and scheduled for Wednesday, September 6 2017. An ordinance to rezone about 375.68 acres from the current zoning of Commercial, Heavy Industrial, Medium Industrial, Light Industrial and Agricultural Districts to a Planned Development District No. 106 with Heavy Industrial uses. The property is generally located on Rail Port Parkway near U.S. Highway 67. An ordinance granting a Specific Use Permit for an accessory structure that exceeds the maximum permitted area, located at 2211 Cypress Court. A request for a special exception to the Subdivision Regulations of the City of Midlothian, for La Paz Ranch, being about 213.897 acres of land situated in the Shelby Smith Survey, and the A.J. Cornelius Survey, Abstract No. 1285, generally located north of FM 875, in the City of Midlothian. An Agreement for Professional Services with Enprotec/Hibbs & Todd, Inc. to provide engineering-related services associated with the rehabilitation of two separate water storage tanks in an amount not to exceed $30,000. An Agreement for Professional Services with Freese and Nichols, Inc. (FNI) to provide planning-related services associated with the revision and completion of the Future Land Use and Comprehensive Plan in an amount not to exceed $38,300.