By CLINT FOSTER
There’s more good news in the realm of Mineral Wells commerce, as a new business is bound for the city.
In a regular meeting, Tuesday night, Mineral Wells City Council approved a re-plat of the lot adjacent to the Murphy’s gas station in front of Walmart for the construction of an incoming drive-through coffee shop, the Roasting Company of Texas, which could break ground as soon as next month.
In addition to the re-plat, the council also granted the coffee company a reprieve from Section 6-8 of the City’s zoning ordinance, which governs masonry exterior requirements.
City Manager Lance Howerton explained that the Roasting Company of Texas’ storefront is to be built in the style of a “tropical motif” comprised of mostly wood.
He said called the design very attractive, but said that the council must recommend such alternative-style buildings so that masonry requirements do not apply to them.
Although the Roasting Company of Texas is not exactly a project of the same caliber as the potential Texas Ultra Precision Ammunition plant that could come to Mineral Wells soon, or as grand as the potential renovation of the Baker Hotel, Howerton said it is still great news for the local community.
“I think this is just further evidence that our community is growing,” he said. “We’re always glad to see new businesses coming in to the city.”
In other business, City Council approved:
• Resolution authorizing submission of grant application to Texas A&M Forest Service for fire training funds.
• An ordinance establishing a Juvenile Case Manager Fund and creating a fee and a resloution establishing/adopting ethical, training, implementation and review standards for a juvenile case manager to be employed by the City. Howerton said this juvenile case manager, who will be appointed at the beginning of next year, will work with local schools and juvenile programs to positively direct local youth. The approved resolutions establish the position and a funding mechanism for it.
• Resolution authorizing amendment to the School Resource Officer Program Agreement and executing Memorandum of Understanding with the Mineral Wells ISD for the purpose of expanding the program.
• Reappointments to the Palo Pinto County Municipal Water District Board of Directors.