Local cemetery, DART upkeep highlight council meeting


Pranati Kandi

The Coppell City Council hosted a virtual meeting this Tuesday. This meeting discussed the transfer and pre-sale fees for the Rolling Oaks Memorial Center, along with the changes in the DART maintenance arrangements.

Torie Peck, Staff Writer

Tuesday evening, the Coppell City Council met to discuss new ordinances and amendments, including those for the Rolling Oaks Memorial, 151 Coffee and the DART Silver Line Project

Mayor Karen Hunt approved and briefed the city on some minor issues. October was proclaimed as “Fire Prevention Month” as well as Oct. 13 as Arbor  Day. She also reminded citizens that early voting began Tuesday and will continue through Oct. 30. To find testing sites near you, access the city election page.

Coppell Police Chief Danny Barton met with the City Council to discuss the parking ordinance in residential neighborhoods. The Council agreed that 48 hours after a complaint is filed with the Police Department, a ticket may be issued. 

Rolling Oaks Memorial Center met with the council to discuss their policy for pricing, maximum burial, adding transfer fees for burial spaces and pre-burial sales. The center started its Phase II construction in January with more burial options.

“Our cemetery has become a preferred location in the Dallas Metroplex for many different reasons,” cemetery manager Gary Decker said. “The other cemeteries in the area just don’t have room for expansion. Because of that, they have raised the majority of their prices to the point that families are shopping around.”

This has led to 641 burial plots sold within the 2019-20 fiscal year. To maximize customer outreach and profitability, the cemetery and council agreed to a maximum of 15 plots per individual, beginning pre-sales for plots on the new additions , and a maximum transfer fee of $500.

151 Coffee requested approval of its zoning change PD-214R9R-C. The motion was approved after considering concern over the music, which will be played towards the front of the building, and located off S. Denton Tap Road and W. Sandy Lake Road. 

The DART Silver Line Rail Project is requesting changes to the maintenance arrangement. DART is requesting the city to cover the maintenance of landscape medians north and south of Belt Line Road, paint replacement on fencing and concrete, and replace the grade crossing panels at Royal Lane and Freeport Parkway. The council will meet with DART at a later date to finalize these changes. The council plans to put money aside based on the cost increase to these changes.

The recording of this meeting can be found here

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