As construction continues on the planned QuikTrip gas station and convenience store on Sherman’s north side, the developers of the business are asking for an encroachment easement from the city for the location of a monument sign. The Sherman City Council will consider the request during its regular meeting Monday at 5 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall, 220 W. Mulberry St.


QuikTrip’s request for an encroachment easement would allow it to place a nearly 11 foot monument sign on the north property line of the property on the southwest corner of FM 691 and U.S. Highway 75. The planned location for the sign would encroach into a 20-foot sewer easement, which is why the encroachment easement is required.


In a document created for the council, city staff said they have no objections to the encroachment and recommend the easement be granted.


In addition to the easement request from QuikTrip, the council will also hold a trio of public hearings related to various traffic concerns in the city and a pair of items related to the 2018 Community Development Block Grant funds, among other things.


The traffic-related public hearings will consist of one to allow 30 mph speed limit signs on Shepherd Drive, one to make stop signs on Peggey’s Cove at Park Avenue and on Southridge Lane at Park Avenue permanent, and another to make stop signs at four different locations permanent. Those signs are on Canyon Creek Drive at Lamberth Road, Shady Oaks Lane and Heritage Parkway, on Bandera Drive at Shady Oaks Lane and on Overland Trail at Heritage Parkway.


For the CDBG funds, the council will first hold a public hearing on its action plan for the 2018 program year and then later consider approval of that plan. Sherman has been allocated $368,334 in CDBG funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to address the needs of its low- to moderate-income citizens.


The council will also consider a resolution to certify a state-sanctioned cultural district in downtown Sherman for the next 10 years, as well as a memorandum of understanding with Austin College defining the responsibilities for the oversight of the district.


A separate resolution will also be considered that would renew the guidelines for the city’s Industrial Tax Abatement Program.


Near the end of the meeting, the council will hold a closed, executive session to consult with the city attorney, consider personnel matters and discuss economic development negotiations. Following the executive session, the council will return to open session to take any actions deemed necessary on the closed sessions items.