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Councilman opposes 'government mandates'

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WAXAHACHIE - Councilman Mark Singleton responded in strong opposition against any kind of “government mandates” during the Monday, April,18, council meeting.

During a presentation by Director of Planning Clyde Melick on some zoning law amendments, there was discussion of a possible ordinance to be passed by council for city residents or developers to have “not one tree species be any more than 30 percent of the required trees.”

“Basically what we are trying to do is make our landscape ordinance better,” said Melick.

“What happens if there are all Red Oaks, or all Live Oaks, something happens and they die, there will be more diversity [with this ordinance] and hopefully it will not affect all the trees as to having something hit all Red Oaks and then no trees will be in the certain area they were planted.”

“Is there a problem with our State Capital surrounded by nothing but Live Oaks??” asked Singleton.

“I really have a problem with government mandate and to me, this seems like a regulatory burden that should not be put on our citizenry.”

With a motion by Singleton and second by Councilman Kevin Strength, the amendments to local city ordinances was passed unanimously by council with section 36.7.2, the not one tree species be more than 30 percent one tree, removed.

Councilman John Wray was not present.

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