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
- Aledo ExtrA
Suspicious house fire under investigation
The Weatherford fire marshal says a fire that damaged a house and killed two puppies Wednesday night is being investigated as a suspicious fire and a suspect is in jail on unrelated charges.
Parker County Attorney John Forrest will ask county commissioners for additional funds as county budget discussions begin this year; he hopes to hire another attorney to help with an increase in Child Protective Services cases.
Firefighter arrested on child sex assault charges
A volunteer Hudson Oaks firefighter is in the Parker County Jail on charges he repeatedly sexually assaulted two young relatives over a several year period.
Richard Frederick Adams Sr., 62, arrested Monday, faces two charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, a first-degree felony.
Developer withdraws site plan
ANNETTA —A controversial 34-home subdivision proposed for a 41-acre tract on Duncan Road will not go forward as planned, according to action taken by both the proposed developer and the Annetta Town Council after a public hearing Thursday night.
Aledo City Council to meet July 24
The Aledo City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in the Aledo Community Center, 104 Robinson Court, Aledo.
Fires damage business, home
Two separate fires around 2 p.m. July 15 damaged a Willow Park business and destroyed the home of a Weatherford family.
Letter to the Editor
Thursday night, July 17, I was present for a surprisingly interesting experience when State Representative candidate Matthew Britt addressed a small group of supporters, followed by a question and answer session.
ESD 1, Annetta South close on fire station site
Parker County Emergency Services District No. 1 and Annetta South officials said Tuesday that the ESD is homing in on a site for a new fire station to serve residents in the Annettas and surrounding areas. Annetta South is expected to consider a zoning change to accommodate a new station next month.
Registration has begun for Aledo ISD
Aledo ISD enrollment for the 2014-15 school year began yesterday, July 21, and students new to the district need to register before school begins, Monday, Aug. 25.
County scrambling to fill elections post
Former Parker County Assistant Elections Administrator Laura Watkins, who sought, but was not appointed to the post of Parker County Elections Administrator after Robert Parten retired, last week began work as assistant elections administrator for Palo Pinto County, Palo Pinto County Elections Administrator Judith Evans has confirmed.
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