Tuesday night’s Anna City Council meeting addressed an issue that is often spoke of in the Corridor: When is Walmart coming?
An item in the consent agenda at Tuesday’s meeting will bring the long-anticipated Walmart Supercenter project closer to reality as Council approved Walmart’s final plat. The Walmart Supercenter will occupy 28.8 acres of land in the vicinity of CVS Pharmacy and will include a pharmacy, tire and lube express, a proposed fuel station with a convenience store and a garden center.
The plat and construction plans have been reviewed and approved by city staff and consulting engineers. Planning Director Maurice Schwanke said that a preconstruction meeting was held on April 6 with 30 Walmart representatives and that work on the project should start within the next several weeks. A tentative Walmart Supercenter completion date is anticipated in February 2017.
In other Council business, the second of two required public hearings was held on the voluntary annexation of 263 acres which includes 10 properties in what is commonly called Slayter Creek Addition and the property owned by Hurricane Creek Country Club.
Council also passed a resolution approving a development agreement with Grayson Collin Recreation Association, Inc., commonly known as the Hurricane Creek Country Club for another five years. As Schwanke explained, in November of 2010 the city council accepted and approved a non-annexation development agreement with a term of five years for this property. The agreement expired in November 2015. The property owner has now requested that the city approve another non-annexation development agreement that would allow the property to remain outside city limits for another five years. Existing legal uses of the property would be unaffected and could continue. Per the terms of the agreements, the property owner is deemed to have properly filed with the city a petition consenting to voluntary annexation to be completed upon or after the end of the term.
Tuesday’s meeting began on an upbeat note with two award presentations. City Manager Philip Sanders presented the Distinguished Budget Award recognizing the city’s finance department to Finance Director Clayton Fulton. Sanders pointed out that this is the highest award available and this is the third year the city is receiving the honor. Fire Chief Tim Gothard presented the North Texas Firefighters and Fire Marshals North Texas Firefighter of the Year award to Lt. Erik Polcer.
Meeting Notes: Absent at this meeting were Mayor Mike Crist and councilman Nathan Bryan.