Mayor calls for unity during address

Weatherford Mayor Paul Paschall addresses the crowd during the State of the City address Tuesday afternoon at the Doss Center.

Weatherford Mayor Paul Paschall called for unity among Weatherford residents and gave city departmental updates during the State of the City address on Tuesday afternoon at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center.

The event was hosted by the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce, which periodically asks the city to give a presentation to update members, Chamber President Tammy Gazzola said before the event.

Paschall said the conversation needs to change from what certain individuals want to community needs as a whole. Compromise is what it takes to move forward, he said.

“That’s how we’re going to come together and be better and more effective as a community. Just because you don’t agree with an idea or concept or what’s going on doesn’t mean you should be totally against something,” Paschall said. “There has to be some common ground.”

Pascall told the audience what they can expect of him as mayor, including his ability to research, listen to constructive conversations, think outside the box, ask tough questions and hold himself and others accountable.

“I will make decisions that are best for the citizens of Weatherford, I can promise you,” Paschall said. “It may not be exactly what you want, but when I research and analyze and I think outside the box and I listen, I’ll do and this council will do what we thought was best for the city.”

Adam Feriend, who is on the Weatherford chamber’s board of directors, reaffirmed Paschall’s commitment.

“I don’t think any of us could not sit here today and hear the heart of a man who I love like a brother,” Feriend said. “I’ve gotten to know him really well over the last few years, and I will tell you, everything that he says, he will do.”

Paschall talked about the accomplishments and work going on in city departments like fire and police departments, the public library, animal shelter and parks and recreation.

The call volume for public safety is up about 4 percent from 2017 to 2018, Paschall said. On a four year average, police received more than 43,000 service calls while the fire department approaches 6,500 calls.

The most serious crimes, which are classified by the FBI, have decreased in Weatherford, Paschall said. Motor vehicle burglaries have also decreased significantly, he said.

Weatherford Fire Department is in the top 8.5 percent of fire departments in the state, Paschall said. The department responds to more than 5,000 incidents per year and has an average response time of five minutes and 46 seconds.

Road conditions are getting better each year, Paschall said.

“We went a long time and didn’t address this, so we have a huge gap to overcome, but there is a plan for us,” Paschall said.

Paschall showed pictures of roads that had been rehabbed and said that residents on those streets are more likely to take better care of their home after street repair.

Weatherford has a reliable water source and is developing new sources, Paschall said.

“If you leave here knowing anything today, I want you to leave knowing that you can be confident that we have short and long term water resources in Weatherford, Texas, without a doubt,” Paschall said.

The water taste and odor project phase one has been completed, and the second phase is expected to be complete by 2021, Paschall said.

Earlier this year, Weatherford started working on a project to clear up aesthetic issues in the water, such as taste and odor. The first phase was to improve the water’s taste and odor by using Granulated Activated Carbon water filter media instead of the existing filter media. Phase two would add add new GAC Contactors to the water treatment facility.

Adoptions and rescues at the Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter have increased while euthanasias have decreased, Paschall said.

“We’re returning more dogs to owners than ever right in Weatherford, Texas,” Paschall said.

City Manager Sharon Hayes said the city is excited to work with Paschall.

“We know he wants great things for this community, and we’re ready to help make those things happen,” Hayes said.