U.S. EPA’s revised Lead and Copper Rule, subdivision regulations, U.S. EDA grant update, and zoning ordinance were discussed in Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.
U.S. EPA Lead and Copper Rule Revisions: The Public Works Director updated Council on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead and Copper Rule Revisions. These amendments strengthen treatment requirements, proactively identify and remove lead service lines, expand testing in schools and childcare facilities, and require water systems to notify customers of samples exceeding action levels within 24 hours. The City of Lockhart currently tests for lead and copper every three years and complies with the current Lead and Copper Rule. In these tests, lead level results have remained under action levels (>0.015 mg/l) as required by federal and state regulations. The City aims to meet the new requirements by October 2024 as required.
Subdivision Regulations: Councilmembers approved amendments to Chapter 52 “Subdivision Regulations” of the Lockhart Code of Ordinances. The subdivision regulations set standards for the design of residential subdivisions within the city and ETJ.
U.S. EDA Grant Update: Council selected TRC Engineering to provide professional design services for 2.5 miles of wastewater line to serve west Lockhart and the Lockhart Industrial Park III. The project is funded through the U.S. Department of Commerce-Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant.
Zoning Ordinance Amendments: Council approved amendments to Chapter 64 “Zoning” of the Lockhart Code of Ordinances, revising:
- Definitions of various land uses; and,
- Deleting or changing existing land uses, and adding new land uses listed as allowed by-right or as a specific use in the Agricultural-Open (AO), Public Institutional (PI), Residential Light Density (RLD), Residential Medium Density (RMD), Residential High Density (RHD), Commercial Low Business (CLB), Commercial Central Business (CCB), Commercial Medium Business (CMB), Commercial High Business (CHB), Industrial Light (IL), and Industrial High (IH) zoning districts.
City Manager’s Report:
- Spring Bulk Pickup event: The Spring City-Wide Bulk Cleanup event has been scheduled for Saturday, March 25, 7 a.m. The event is FREE and open to Lockhart residents only. Bulk pickup does not include apartment complexes and commercial businesses. For questions, contact Central Texas Refuse at (512) 243-2833.
- Sidewalk Improvements Project: Bidding for the Sidewalk Improvements Project starts on January 19th and are due on February 9th. The estimated cost for the project is $315,000 for the replacement of approximately 3,300 linear feet of deficient sidewalks and 22 ramps. This item is anticipated to be on the February 21st City Council Meeting for bid award consideration.
- CDBG Grant Award: The City has been awarded a 2021-2022 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The grant amounts to $350,000 with a $70,000, or 20-percent match, which will be used to replace approximately 1,500 residential water meters.
- City Council/Planning & Zoning Commission Joint Workshop UPDATE: City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission met for a second joint workshop last Thursday, January 12, 2023. In these joint meetings, Council and P&Z Commissioners have received updates on State Highway projects from TxDOT and City utilities, planning, capital improvements, housing and developments—in which Staff, Council and P&Z discussed strategies on how to make Lockhart more livable.
ATTENTION: This is a recap of the highlights of action taken at the January 17, 2023, meeting. The complete agenda can be found by visiting: City of Lockhart, TX (lockhart-tx.org).