Home building and downtown facade grants are among the items up for discussion during Tuesday’s meeting of the Cleburne City Council.

The council will meet at 5 p.m. at Cleburne City Hall, 10 N. Robinson St.

Raintree Homes has requested an amendment to their agreement with the city concerning the construction of new homes.

The agreement calls for the construction of 34 homes in the Belle Meadows Phase III subdivision.

Under the agreement Raintree was to have completed 10 homes by the end of last year. So far they have nine complete or almost complete.

Extraordinary amounts of rainfall early on during the construction phase delayed the installation of underground utilities, Cleburne Economic Development Director Grady Easdon said. 

“It should be noted that Raintree appears to be making every effort to move ahead at the best possible speed to get back on their construction timetables,” Easdon said.

Easdon said that, because of events outside their control, Raintree now requests that the benchmark be changed to 15 homes completed and assessed by Jan. 1, 2020. The remaining benchmarks — 30 homes by Jan. 1, 2021, and 34 by Jan. 1, 2022, — remain unchanged from the original agreement.

Easdon also noted that $25,000 in city facade grant funding remains available and encouraged business owners in the downtown area to apply.

The grant funds 50 percent of costs, up to $5,000, toward exterior upgrades and repairs for buildings in the downtown district.

Cleburne Attorney Ben Hill Turner hopes to make use of one of those grants pending council approval.

Turner plans to paint the west exterior wall of his law firm and install custom arch-top shutters on eight of his windows. The estimated cost for those improvements totals either $10,123.53 or $12,700. Either way, Turner may qualify for $5,000 in grants should council members so agree.


East Cleburne project

In a move Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain has several times called long overdue, council members will consider hiring Kimley-Horn and Associates for engineering services in East Cleburne. The project encompasses a drainage study of the east side at a cost not to exceed $153,000.

The town’s east side has long been prone to flooding.

The project, if approved, will include a condition assessment of the current storm drainage system, a hydraulic assessment of the area and a prioritization of needed future projects along with preliminary cost estimates.

“The project will not be the design or construction oaf any improvements,” Director of Engineering Services Cheryl Taylor said. “But a compilation of information to guide the city with a prioritized list of future projects.”

The project, if approved, should begin within 60 to 90 days, Taylor said, and take nine months to a year to complete.

The east side, for the purposes of the proposed study, is bounded by Boone Street to the north, Sabine Street to the west and West Buffalo Creek to the east and south.

Council members will also consider establishing a school zone on North Nolan River Road between Harlin Drive and Woodard Avenue to accommodate the recently constructed new Cleburne High School.

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