By Judy Sheridan
An open house for city residents is in the planning stages, city officials say, but for March 11, 2013, the actual date that Fort Worth surface water began coursing through the City of Aledo’s water system, officials staged a low-key celebratory photo shoot inside the new water tower.
Water actually began flowing earlier in the morning, officials said, but Mayor Kit Marshall and Mayor Pro Tem Bill McLeRoy “turned the wheel” at the tower’s base around 11 a.m., officially marking a new era with enough water power to sustain future growth.
Marshall, McLeRoy, City Administrator Ken Pfeifer, Public Works Director Gordon Smith and even Marshall’s grandson, 9-month-old Ian, were all smiles.
Aside from a main that broke in front of Aledo Middle School, shut down for spring break, the changeover appears to have gone smoothly.
“I had to monitor the old system as the pressure increased,” Smith said, explaining why visitors were not invited to watch the actual event. “I had to isolate part of the system, because I had a main line break. One break is very positive for this type transition.”
Until this point, city water customers have depended on city wells, which will still supply about 20 percent of the volume, Pfiefer said,
“Our goal is 100 percent surface water with the wells as a backup, but we’re not there yet,” he said. “The city now has two water sources.”
Council member Jean Bailey, who lives on Aledo’s south side, joked about not noticing any difference in the water’s taste when she was contacted a day later.
“It’s kind of disappointing,” she said with a laugh. “It should taste like champagne with all we’re paying for it. I’m looking forward to having more houses to pay for it.”
Bailey, who was a member of the planning and zoning board when the city council voted to contract with Fort Worth in 2006, credits Marshall with the vision to anticipate future problems.
“An earlier administration turned a blind eye,” she said.
Mayor Pro Tem Bill McLeRoy agreed that the transition seemed to be going well.
“I haven’t heard any comments on it so far from anyone,” he said.
By Judy Sheridan
- Aledo ExtrA
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Candidates have filed for city, school board elections
Filings for May 10 city and school board elections are now complete. A summary follows:
On the Aledo ISD school board incumbents David Davis, in Place 6, and Hoyt Harris, in Place 7, have both filed for re-election, each drawing one or more opponents. Farida Goderya has filed for Place 6, opposite Davis, and Riley Morrison and Debra Rogers have filed for Place 7, opposite Harris.
East Parker County Calendar of Events
The East Parker County Chamber of Commerce will welcome retired USAF SMSGT Vernon M. Anderson, Jr., senior technical instructor, Bell Helicopter, Integrated Operations Engineering Support Technical Training Department, as the key note speaker for the March 12 luncheon.
The Sunny Side
WILLOW PARK – Peppered with anecdotes from his stellar baseball career, former Texas Rangers catcher Jim Sundberg gave witness to his Christian faith and told how it changed his life before a crowd of about 200 at the recent annual Trinity Christian Academy dinner and fundraiser.
Aledo ISD approves suicide prevention program
The Aledo School Board approved the LifeLines Suicide Prevention Program in February, lining up with a recommendation from the Student Health Advisory Council, which has spent a year reviewing choices.
Aledo ISD could save up to $2 million
Expecting to save close to $2 million, Aledo ISD trustees recently voted to let district staff pull the trigger on a bank-qualified refunding of some of the district’s outstanding bonds once market conditions are optimum.
Don't feed the deer!
HUDSON OAKS — The city council recently passed an ordinance banning the feeding of deer.
Parker County Sheriff's Report Feb. 27-March 2
Burglary of a vehicle
Deputies were dispatched to the 300 block of James Street in Aledo shortly after 6 p.m. regarding the burglary of a vehicle.
ASK A MASTER GARDENER: Is it too early to start a vegetable garden?
Considering our winter temperatures this year, that’s a good question. When it comes to a successful vegetable garden, timing is everything. The goal in Texas is to have most of your vegetable crops mature before the temperatures soar in mid-summer.
EXTENSION NEWS: Getting more zzzs could help you lose some lbs.
We spend about one-third of our lifetime sleeping. Sleep is important for learning and memory. Sleep also helps our immune system to resist illness and disease, increases response times in emergencies, improves our mood and feelings of wellness and gives us the energy we need to be more active and alert.
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