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City updating ordinances

Municipal court, alcohol


At its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 24, the Willow Park City Council approved the updating of several of the city’s code of ordinances, including the municipal court and alcohol.

The municipal court ordinances had not been updated since the early 2000s, while the last time the alcohol ordinance was updated was in 2015.

“It’s important to have these updated so we’re compliant with state law, especially with the new legislation,” Willow Park City Secretary Crystal Dozier said. 

An example of an update from the old ordinance is the hours of operation for the municipal court hours of operation. While the court has been operating under its current hours of 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for quite some time, the ordinance still listed the old hours.

Among the many other changes, a fee schedule was updated.

While the city’s municipal services fee schedule has been amended several times over the last few years, a new development fee schedule and enterprise fee schedule was adopted recently.

Tuesday, the council updated the municipal services schedule to include updated court fees and other administrative fees.

The city's current alcohol sales ordinance was repealed and replaced with an amended ordinance. The previous ordinance only addressed late hour sales. The amended ordinance includes state regulations, which include such topics as no sales of alcohol near schools, churches, hospitals, daycare facilities or child care facilities.

Dozier said the city plans to have all of the updates on its website by the end of the year. 

Country Hollow

The council approved the final plat for Country Hollow residential subdivision, which will feature 102 lots on just over 19 acres. The developer is History Maker Homes and the property owner is Scott Moehlenbrock and Red River Development.

Of the lots, 98 are planned for residential use.

This property was annexed into the City of Willow Park in October of 2021.

Bankhead Park

The council approved annexation and development of almost six acres of land covering three lots with 9901 Bankhead Park, LLC. The property is proposed for commercial development.

The developer’s agreement provides terms for public utility services and includes the properties’ immediate annexation into the City of Willow Park as soon as possible. 

Backup building inspector

The council approved entering into an agreement with North Texas Inspection Service for backup building inspection. Randy Law is the city's only building inspector, so a backup is needed when he is sick or on vacation.

The cost to use NTIS will be $150 per inspection for multi-family and $75 for other residential.

Paper of record

The council voted unanimously to keep The Community News as its paper of record for the fiscal year 2023-24. As such, all legal notices, public notices, city business and other items of interest to the community will be posted in the paper.

Fast meeting

In what has to be one of their fastest meetings ever, the council opened and closed business in approximately 19 minutes Tuesday. There was no executive session.


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