By JUDY SHERIDAN
City of Aledo connects to Fort Worth water
After years of planning, Fort Worth surface water begins coursing through the city’s water system March 11, satisfying both current and future needs. Prior to the project’s completion, water customers were dependent on city wells.
ESD No. 1 annexes Aledo VFD district
Despite stiff opposition from most East Parker County mayors, voters decide that Emergency Services District No. 1 will annex the Aledo Volunteer Fire Department fire district in May 11 elections. Voters in the Aledo fire district reject a second proposition to assume the ESD’s current debt, requiring ESD No. 1 to create a separate accounting system.
City of Aledo marks 50 years
Aledo city officials mark the 50th anniversary of the city’s incorporation with a May 18 event featuring congratulatory speeches by Congresswoman Kay Granger and Judy Flanagin, representing State Rep. Phil King. The event includes awards to school children for commemorative artwork and essays — to put in a time capsule — and tours of the new water tank and wastewater treatment plant.
New AISD superintendent
Aledo ISD trustees name Dr. Derek Citty from Carroll ISD in Southlake as their top candidate for superintendent, replacing Dan Manning, who retires for health reasons. Citty is later hired by the district.
Aledo High School student Austin Muse, 17, is killed July 17 after being struck by a vehicle on Interstate 20 in Willow Park. His death is later ruled an accident by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.
A freight train derails along Aledo-Iona Road early July 18, injuring a crew member. A public relations officer with the Union Pacific Railroad Company reports the cause is under investigation.
After months of efforts by nearby homeowners using the city’s water system, the Annetta City Council approves the annexation of hundreds of water customers south of the city. The annexation almost doubles the city’s population, according to city leaders.