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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Fort Worth annexes Eagle Mountain area land, adds speed feedback signs

EAGLE MOUNTAIN LAND ANNEXATION

The council approved the owner-initiated annexation timetable of approximately 827.09 acres located in the Eagle Mountain area. A public hearing was held Tuesday and another is set for March 28.

BOA Sorte Limited Partnership has submitted an application for full-purpose annexation of the property to City of Fort Worth. Included in this proposed annexation is property owned by Oncor Electric Delivery Co. LLC, which has joined the annexation request.

The larger portion of the subject property is located in Eagle Mountain. A smaller portion of approximately 13.45 acres on the eastern edge is in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.

The subject area is currently vacant and the proposed single-family residential subdivision is consistent with the land use element of the 2017 Comprehensive Plan. The zoning application requests include one-family E neighborhood commercial zoning for a master planned community of about 2,500 homes.

While the annexation and zoning are related cases, approval of the annexation is not conditional on approval of the associated zoning request (ZC-16-204).

Once the city council certifies the service plan as complete, consideration of the area for annexation will occur on April 18.

SPEED FEEDBACK SIGNS

The council approved the purchase of 60 driver speed feedback signs in the amount of $168,336.60. These “your speed” signs are portable and will be used citywide. They have been proven to increase driver compliance with posted speed limits, particularly in neighborhoods, the council noted. There will be an annual operating budget of $18,000 for maintenance.

CENTREPORT TRAIL PROJECT

A resolution was adopted by the council authorizing the execution of an advance funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for a congestion mitigation and air quality improvement (CMAQ) program connected to the CentrePort Trail Project in the amount of $2,757,588 with federal participation in the amount of $2,080,000, indirect state participation of $157,586 and city participation of $520,002.

The CentrePort Trail will serve as a part of the Veloweb Trail Network of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, which connects multi-use paths from Fort Worth to Dallas. The trail will be constructed between the new American Airlines Headquarters at Trinity Boulevard and Elm Street and the TRE CentrePort Station. This trail will also connect to the River Legacy Trail in Arlington.

ECHO LAKE PARK

The council approved an interlocal agreement (ILA) between the City of Fort Worth and Tarrant County for the acceptance of a donation of 41.326 acres of land to city, an area known as Echo Lake Park.

The County was deeded the property by the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company and has owned and maintained the property as Echo Lake Park since 1975. The park currently consists of approximately a 17-acre lake and park amenities consisting of five ballfields, two large group shelters, basketball court, two restroom structures, two playgrounds, a boat ramp/launch and paved roads and five parking lots.

Key points/stipulations in the ILA include:

*The city will assume ownership of the property by May 1 in “as is” condition.

*The county will provide all instruments of conveyance (survey, plat, metes and bounds, title/deed, etc.).

*The county will complete all dam and drainage improvements, to the satisfaction of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Union Pacific railroad and TPW – Storm Water.

*The county will convey all mineral rights to the City. All associated revenue received after the dates of the Texas Parks and Wildlife grants (December 1976, December 1980, and August 1979) still held by the county must be transferred to the city for future improvements at the park.

*The county will operate and maintain the property through September 30.

*Upon conveyance, and to immediately address the main public safety concern on the site, the parks and recreation department will schedule the removal of any site furnishings that do not meet city code or present an immediate safety concern within 90 days.

it is anticipated that the ILA will be presented to the Tarrant County Commissioner’s Court on March 28 for their consideration.

The parks and recreation department will be responsible for the maintenance of all existing improvements, an estimated annual cost of $41,562.

The park is located to the east of South Freeway, between E. Berry Street. and E. Ripy Street.

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