The city of Stephenville is on its way to getting its first gated community.

The city council on Tuesday accepted a plan for Golf Country Estates II - a subdivision that will consist of 48 homes located on the back nine holes of Legends Golf Course.

Developer Jack Graham addressed the city council and spoke to the E-T about the project.

“Right now there are two homes that are almost finished,” Graham said. “We will work on selling those and begin building the others.”

He said the gated community will include membership to the golf course and country club.

“We are also going to have a playground for the kids and build a swimming pool,” he said.

Homes will be a minimum of 2,200 square feet. 

Oncor rates

The city council approved a resolution denying Oncor Electric’s application to raise rates for residential customers.

“We are denying the increase and Oncor is fully aware of this,” City Administrator Allen Barnes said.

Oncor provides service to 402 cities in Texas.

Contract with Erath County Humane Society

During the citizens’ general discussion, Justin McClure with Texas Animal Protectors urged the council to require the Erath Council Humane Society to submit a guideline of operating procedures to ensure the facility doesn’t close when it reaches capacity.

The city is currently in negotiations with the ECHS to address a myriad of issues the facility faces including a building that is rundown and not large enough to house all of the abandoned animals in the county.

ECHS’s lease and contract expire on July 20, but the city and organization have agreed to extend the contract for 60 days to continue negotiations.

They will meet to discuss the contract on Aug. 11.