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New 4A board considers west service road storm drainage

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FERRIS - The City of Ferris' 4A Economic Development Commission met on Thursday, Feb. 15, discussing only two topics.

The approval of the 4A EDC Project Development and Approval Process which included amended forms removing some of the repetitive loops in the earlier drafts and the agreement about the policy being corrected or changed at any time in the future when needed.

The measure was approved by a unanimous vote.

The second topic under consideration and discussion was the engineering for west service road storm drainage proposal.

According to City Manager Gus Pappas and the estimate submitted, it would cost the city $61,500 for the engineering portion of the proposal.

The Texas Department of Transportation would pick up the remainder of the cost of completing the proposal.

An administrative hearing would have to be held first in order to declare the proposal a project.

The hearing would be open to the public.

At the time of presentation of a proposal to the board, the public would be welcome to comment on the proposal once the 4A EDC has satisfied themselves they have enough information and want to proceed to the next step.

Notice shall be given 14-days in advance of a called public meeting, at which a public hearing would be held and an agenda item would be noted to officially designate the proposal as a project.

Once this has been done, the board would be advised to wait 60 days from the date of declaration as a project before continuing the process.

If then a citizen was opposed to the project, they would have 60 days to file a challenge.

This would require the signatures of 10 percent of registered voters.

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