Anna City Council had a busy night on Monday, putting a limit on construction times and approving the annexation of 33 acres ofland

The first of two required public hearings was held for citizen comments on the annexation of 9.97 acres of land located east of CR 418, north of Collin County Outer Loop and adjacent to Anna city limits at Anna City Hall on Monday night.

Anna Planning Director Maurice Schwanke pointed out that the Collin County Outer Loop will be a major gateway through the city and land uses adjacent to the thoroughfare need to be monitored. There were no comments from those in attendance.

A public hearing for comments was also held on a request by Joe Greer, owner of property at 505 N. Powell Parkway, for a Specific Use Permit (SUP) to allow the operation of a resale shop. The property is currently zoned as Restricted Commercial (C-1). Nora Sue Weatherford, the proposed tenant, made a presentation to Council explaining that the facility would be for resale of used home furnishings, clothing, shoes, antiques, etc. There were no comments from those in attendance. Following the public hearing, Council approved the requested zoning change.

After the required two public hearings at previous meetings, Council approved the voluntary annexation of 33 acres of land located east of CR 286, west of U.S. 75 and adjacent to the city limits. The voluntary annexation follows the December 8, 2010 three-year development agreement with Mixon Realty Company, owners of the property.

In a nod to homeowners, Council amended City Code of Ordinances pertaining to building regulation by establishing times when construction is restricted.

"Currently for infrastructure constructions, such as the installation of water, wastewater, streets and drainage we have standards," said Schwanke. "However, our ordinances do not adequately address the building of structures such as houses and commercial buildings."

In order for residents to enjoy their evenings without the sound of hammering, compressors, cements trucks and the like, the ordinance sets construction times between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. No construction is allowed on Sunday. Additionally, the ordinance provides for exceptions if approved in writing by the city manager or his/her designee. A common example is during summer hours when daytime pouring of concrete sometimes does not work well due to the heat. These situations will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Council approved a resolution authorizing the city manager to execute an agreement with the Greater Texoma Utility Authority (GTUA) to fund a water line relocation project. City Manager Philip Sanders explained that the surface water supply line owned by GTUA and the Collin-Grayson Municipal Alliance (CGMA) supplies treated surface water to Anna during the peak water consumption months of summer. The water line passes under SH 121 in Melissa and will need to be relocated to accommodate the expansion of SH 121 later this year. GTUA has estimated the cost of the relocation at just over $328,000.

Sanders said that TxDOT has indicated that 100 percent of the water line relocation costs will be reimbursed to GTUA after the project is complete. In order to fund the project pending TxDOT reimbursement, GTUA has applied for a bridge loan from the Texas Infrastructure Fund (TIF). The TIF loan, however, will not be approved until the end of March.

In order to reduce the potential for water service interruptions during the summer months, GTUA would like to bid the project now and start construction as soon as possible. In order to do that it needs to have funds available to pay contractors for the work. GTUA is asking the cities of Anna and Melissa to approve a temporary loan of one-half each of the estimated construction price until the TIF loan is approved by the state or until they receive final reimbursement from TxDOT at the conclusion of the project, at which time the cities would be paid back. Anna’s share would be $164,094.75.

"It is important to get this project under construction as soon as possible in order to reduce the potential for water service interruptions during the summer months," said Sanders.

A public hearing on the adoption of Impact fees was set for Feb. 25. The Cities Impact Fee Advisory Committee is currently reviewing the various city impact fees and will be providing council their results and recommendations. This process, established by the local government code, is required every five years if a city has impact fees or is planning on adopting impact fees.

Council also approved the CVS pharmacy final plat which was previously reviewed and approved by the city engineer and the Planning and Zoning Commission at their Jan. 6 meeting.