The towns of Providence Village and Little Elm and the city of Aubrey will vote today on a boundary agreement in an effort to avoid any expensive legal battles over territory in the future.
"When cities don't cut these kind of deals, they end up spending thousands and thousands of dollars litigating. And that's what we're trying to avoid," Aubrey City Administrator Matt McCombs said.
The cities and towns involved hadn't until this point agreed on where the boundaries were.
Providence Village's extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) would extend north to a line that runs east and west along Liberty Road. Aubrey's ETJ would begin on the other side of that line.
The boundary also runs north along FM2931 before cutting east, then south along a flood plain. It extends east again to Bryan Road.
Little Elm would allocate about 784 acres to Providence Village and would hold another 518 acres Providence Village would have the option to take on later.
Aubrey also agreed to allow Little Elm the option to annex a 95-acre piece of land that runs along a portion of Little Elm Creek.
No payments would be made from any city to any other under the agreement. A few homeowners will find themselves switched from the ETJ of one city to that of another as Providence Village and Aubrey each have territory on both sides of the line. But none are being annexed into the city limits of any city or town under the deal.
The Little Elm Town Council meets at 6 p.m. at Little Elm City Hall, the Aubrey City Council meets at 6 p.m. at the Aubrey Community Library and the Providence Village Town Council meets at 7:30 p.m. at Providence Village Town Hall.
Aubrey and Providence Village each will vote on creating a joint police department. The deal on the table calls for Providence Village to pay Aubrey $31,000 per month to provide 24-hour police patrol services.
Aubrey would administer the department and Providence Village would pay for its own police cars and equipment. The agreement is for two-and-a-half years, after which Providence Village can take its portion and run its own department, McCombs said.
Designs for the new department's insignia are being considered.
The Aubrey council is also considering a deal with Mustang Special Utility District that would release the city's water rights over the incoming Winn Ridge development. McCombs said the meeting is in the library instead of City Hall because of the large turnout expected.
DANIEL BURGESS can be reached at 940-566-6875.