MIDLOTHIAN — The annexation of 3,080.29 acres was approved by the Midlothian City Council at its Tuesday night meeting.
Martin Marietta requested the voluntary annexation into the city after citing operational safety as the reason. Two public hearings were held on the annexation request at the Sept. 26 city council meeting.
Martin Marietta’s website states that it is a leading supplier of aggregates and heavy building materials with operations spanning 26 states, Canada, the Bahamas and the Caribbean islands. The company supplies the resources for roads, sidewalks, and building foundations. The facilities the company has in Midlothian are located at 610 Eastgate Road, 3030 U.S. Highway 67, and 245 Ward Road.
“The property is surrounded on three sides by the city limits. We are proposing bringing this in as a planned development,” Midlothian Assistant City Manager Kristine Day said. “This does conform to the comprehensive plan and it is in the industrial model and it will allow for the uses that they are doing today.”
The council then approved zoning for the annexed property as a planned development district. The property is located west of Farm-to-Market Road 663 between U.S. Highway 67 and FM 875.
“At the time they cease being a mining operation or quarry they would provide us with a certified letter to the city manager. Then they would go into a redevelopment portion of this planned development. That re-development allows for some stair stepping of intensities from the residential that is there today," Day explained. "In talking with the applicant they are expecting this quarry to last about 50 years.”
Resident Judith Yarbrough expressed her concern, not about the quarry’s operations but the noise generated from it and how it will impact their home life.
“My home backs up right to the quarry. There are 250 feet where there is no buffer. I am asking for plants, trees, or something that will buffer the noise. I can hear it a quarter of a mile away from me but what is it going to be like 100 feet away from me,” Yarbrough said. “All I am asking is that we are given some type of respect. Nothing has been said about the people that live around the quarry. I would like some consideration as the homeowners in our neighborhood.”
Following the regular session, the council convened into executive session and approved the appointment of police officers to positions of commercial motor vehicle unit and a police sergeant.
In other business the council,
• Tabled a request to grant a specific use permit for kennels and a boarding facility located at 2438 Frances Lane to the Nov.14 meeting. A public hearing for this item was previously held at the Oct. 10 city council meeting.
• Approved the purchase of a Ford F-450 Road Rescue Metro Medic ambulance for $217,000.
• Approved a 36-month lease with Dell Computers for 33 laptops and 49 desktops. The lease is apart of the city’s computer replacement program.
• Approved an agreement for professional services with Freese and Nichols, Inc. for engineering related services for the water demand update and water supply planning study and the water model update and 10-year capital improvement plan. The contract with Freese and Nichols, Inc. is not to exceed $107,000.
• Approved a bid of $260,000 to Day Services L.L.C for the water and sanitary sewer line replacement project to take place on Stiles drive.
• Approved the purchase of a Peterbilt Model 348 14-yard dump truck from the Rush Truck Center of Fort Worth not to exceed $129,500.
• Approved the nomination and appointment of members to a joint committee with the Midlothian Independent School District Board of Trustees to discuss potential joint projects.