By JUDY SHERIDAN
Aledo Mayor Kit Marshall’s Rise and Dine breakfast Wednesday at The Summit, Saint Paul Lutheran Church, updated a small group of Aledo business owners on a number of issues, including:
• Aledo Trail ribbon cutting — an event celebrating the completion of the downtown roundabout — now scheduled for early May — will take place in late May or early June. A similar event will celebrate the completion of the FM Road 1187 widening project this fall.
• Quiet Zone — May 29 should mark the end of the near-constant train whistles downtown due to the formation of a new quiet zone city officials have applied for. Motorists can’t bypass the parallel railroad crossing arms bounding one-way traffic on the roundabout, making the whistles unnecessary except for emergencies.
• The July First Friday event — which includes an antique car show — is on July 4 this summer, so it will take place during the day, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., instead of the evening. The annual First Friday fireworks show will be in June, per usual, to avoid competition with other displays.
• Sales tax revenue — sales tax revenue was up 6 percent in September and 4 percent in October, reflecting a successful first-time ‘Shop Local’ campaign, Marshall said. Last year’s urban market, the kickoff for “Shop Local,” will be held again this year.
• Buyer traffic — Marshall suggested businesses stay open until at least 6 p.m. to accommodate commuters and others outside the community.
• Sidewalks to nowhere — The sidewalks along FM Road 1187 extending to the interstate — the result of a federal funding agreement — might actually go somewhere, according to recent discussions with Walsh Ranch developers. There is talk of the sidewalks crossing the overpass to connect with sidewalks or running trails in the upcoming development, Marshall said.
• Community garden — irrigation is on the way to establish a community garden in Community Center Park, with The Summit playing a big role in terms of produce and Texas Health Resources assisting with marketing and discounts, said community events planner Lori Wedgeworth. Ten plots will be available for interested residents, according to the Parks Master Plan.
By JUDY SHERIDAN
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Richard Frederick Adams Sr., 62, arrested July 21, faces two charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, a first-degree felony.
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Calendar of events
Holy Grounds Coffee & Gifts, at 108 Jearl Street, is hosting a series of outdoor movies in their parking lot at 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays through Aug. 23.
Admission is free and feature drinks are half price during the films. “The Amazing Spiderman” is Aug. 2, followed by “Tangled” on Aug. 9, “The Lego Movie” on Aug. 16 and “The Avengers” on Aug. 23.
For more information, call 817-440-7770.
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