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    Burleson Mayor Ken Shetter who is also chair of the Tarrant Regional Coalition addresses Commissioners Court on Monday. Burleson Star/Paul gnadt

Workshop: Most cities oppose allowing multiple buildings on one septic system

Population in the Metroplex, currently 7.2 million people, will increase to 10.7 million by 2040, with the average motorist spending 114 hours annually in delay because of road congestion, according to Vic Suhm, executive director of the Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition.

Suhm and Burleson Mayor Ken Shetter, who is chair of the TRTC board of directors, addressed Johnson County Commissioners during the presentations portion of the agenda Monday at the Johnson County Courthouse.

Founded in 2004, the TRTC advocates for sustaining mobility in the western half of the Metroplex, Suhm said.

TRTC membership includes 33 cities, five counties, 20 business and 17 miscellaneous organizations and individuals. It’s annual budget is $275,000.

“The Dallas-Fort Worth area is the fourth largest metropolitan region in the country,” Suhm said. “Population and job growth continue to define the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The region’s population and employment are expected to grow by 53 percent and 47 percent, respectively, between now and 2040.  This growth will increase demand on the region’s already congested transportation system.”

The region would need to invest $431.5 billion by 2040 to eliminate the worst levels of congestion but will have only $118.9 billion available to invest, meeting less than 30 percent of the regions transportation needs, Suhm said.

Johnson County Judge Roger Harmon expressed appreciation for the TRTC’s work and suggested that Suhm and Shetter return on a quarterly basis to present reports to the court.

Commissioners immediately supported a motion by Precinct 1 Commissioners Rick Bailey, seconded by Precinct 2 Commissioner Kenny Howell, to pay the county’s annual dues of $5,000 to the TRTC.

In other items under new business, commissioners approved in interlocal agreement with the city of Keene for road construction and repair on CR 414 that lies withing Keene’s city limits, and supported a motion by Precinct 4 Commissioner Larry Woolley to appoint Grandview resident Darla Dudley to the Johnson County Economic Development Commission board for a two-year term.

Bailey seconded Woolley’s motion, which was approved unanimously.

Although the agenda for new business action contained only seven items, considerable time was devoted to a workshop to consider multiple commercial building on a singular or contiguous tracts of property owned by a single owner for the purpose of sharing the use of a private sewage facility.
Representatives of the cities of Alvarado, Burleson, Grandview, Keene and Rio Vista were present and spoke against the idea of permitting such septic systems.

“Allowing multiple buildings on one septic system leads to lots of uncertainties,” Alvarado City Manager Clint Davis said. “I am concerned about what happens when those properties are sold, and what if taxes aren’t paid.”

Readers and watch proceedings online at www.johnsoncountytx.org. Click on Commissioners Court, then navigate to “meeting video.”

The next regular scheduled meeting of the Johnson County Commissioners Court will be 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22, in Room 201 of the Johnson County Courthouse in Cleburne. 

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