Prior to adopting a resolution to accept water and sewer improvements in annexed areas by the Stephenville City Council, City Administrator Mark Kaiser said pro rata costs of tying into the system have now been established.

He said property owners will be assessed $34.91 per linear foot based on frontage to tie into the water lines and $43.72 per linear foot based on footage to tie into the sewer line.

That is for just one side of the street, Kaiser said. The average cost per linear foot on sewer is $87.25 for both sides and the average cost per linear foot for water is $69.80.”

He said for those property owners who request service in the first years service is available, they may be able to spread payments out over two or three years. No assessment will be made until the property owner requests water or sewer service.

The water and sewer improvements are for property on Pecan Hill Drive, Forest Lane, U.S. Hwy. 377, County Road 386, County Road 387 and County Road 257.

The council voted unanimously to approve the resolution which stated that the actual cost of the completed work was $2,327,674. The city has paid all but $116,383 of that amount to the contractor.

The council also accepted two recommendations of the Planning and Zoning Commission to assign permanent zoning to property annexed in March 2007 and rezone property.

Permanent zoning of Single Family Residential District was approved for property on Highland View Drive, Forest Lane, Pecan Hill Drive, Summit, Tanglewood Trail and Thornhill. Permanent zoning of Single Family Residential District was approved for property on North Dale Avenue, Hillcrest Drive, Idella and Private Road 1424.

Permanent zoning of Neighborhood Business District was approved for 3051 and 3299 West FM 8 and permanent zoning of Retail Commercial Business District was approved for property on County Road 436, 1592 East FM 8; 1120 Glen Rose Road; 140, 162 184 Private Road 1419 and 1491 South SH 108.

The council also approved the rezoning of property located at 630 and 652 North Graham Street and 655 North Belknap Street from Single Family Residential Districts and Neighborhood Business District to Retail and Commercial District. Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital requested the zoning change for future expansion. Both zoning changes required a public hearing, however, no one spoke in favor of or opposition to either zoning request.

(For more information on the council meeting, see Thursday’s edition of the Empire-Tribune.)