Plans made and approved by the Nolanville City Council during 2017 will pick up momentum during 2018, according to City Manager Kara Escajeda and Public Works Director Chris Atkinson.

In a statement prepared for the Herald, Escajeda said the council at a Dec. 7 meeting adopted various building codes. Members tabled a substandard building ordinance, however, and will conduct a workshop on Jan. 4 concerning the issue.

Members of the Planning and Zoning Commission had hoped the council would pass the ordinance on Dec. 14.

Escajeda said, “These ordinances go hand-in-hand to provide clear expectations for building standards and property standard conditions.”

Residents have expressed their concerns about trailer homes that have been sitting vacant for long periods of time. Atkinson said, “They’ve become points of criminal activity where kids hang out and get involved in bothering the neighbors and other mischief.

“We’ve got to do something to get those trailers out of there.”

If the council agrees, it will give city officials the right to take action on run-down structures.

The first priority of city leaders is to target the unsafe structures that are vacant and especially ones that have attracted unacceptable activities.

There will also be evaluation of those abandoned buildings that degrade the City’s economic potential along Main Street.

Atkinson said, “Code enforcement is also on a campaign to ensure that housing numbers are visible. This will ensure that residents can be easily located by first responders.”

Parking on the grass in front of a residence is also a common code violation.

“It’s likely this occurs in some areas more than others because of the lack of a curb,” Escajeda said.

Parking on grass has the potential to damage piping below the surface, cause ruts for stagnant water and degrade community aesthetics.

An additional ordinance, concerning the new park facilities, was approved by the council in November. The ordinance states that smoking in the park is prohibited.

To minimize vandalism, a portion of the ordinance also expresses that it is illegal to willfully mark, deface, disfigure, tamper with, displace or remove any structure, equipment, facility or property at the park. Atkinson said, “The park is surrounded by a neighborhood and that’s a good thing because people who live there can spot any suspicious activity and report it to authorities.

Construction on Phase I of Old Nolanville Road has begun. Last week, spot repairs to faulty portions in the road were completed in preparation for the grant construction that will begin at the end of January.

Escajeda said, “This first phase will include construction of the road from the bus stop at Warriors Path past Nolanville Elementary to the bridge at a cost of $618,000 and will be completed in about six months.

“TxDOT will pay a significant portion of the cost.”

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