City of Aledo
The completion of the Aledo Trails traffic couplet in the downtown area has been delayed. The city council learned Thursday that the expected completion in May has been pushed back until June and possibly July. FM 1187 construction remains on schedule for September.
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Colton Pettigrew rides on his father Eric's shoulders at the Kelly Miller Circus tent raising on Saturday morning. Find full coverage of the circus in the March 21 issue of The Community News.
Aledo City Council approved the final plat for the Brookhollow Addition Thursday.
The subdivision on the north side of FM 1187 south will include 127 home sites, with lots ranging from 7,000 to more than 10,000 square feet and prices from the $200,000s to the $400,000s.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting the council was introduced to the city’s first animal control officer, Alyssa Galyean, who began her duties Feb. 24.
The council approved an amendment to the zoning ordinance requiring a minimum eight-foot masonry screening wall for development along a railroad track
The council reviewed updated plans for a new city hall. The 10,389-square foot building would be placed at the site of the current structure, which would be razed.
Updating city hall has been included in the city’s capital improvement projects for several years, but no funding is available.
The council will discuss possible ways to finance the $3.5 million project when it takes up budget deliberations later in the year.
For a complete look at the council’s discussions, including an update of the thoroughfare plan, be sure to pick up a March 7 copy of The Community News.
Due to recent weather, trash pickup in Aledo has been delayed.
Locations with scheduled pickup Thursday will have pickup on Friday, Feb. 14. Locations with scheduled pickup on Friday will be picked up on Saturday.
Tonight's event at the East Parker County Library, featuring the new book about the Bankhead Highway, has been rescheduled for Thursday.
Phil Major/The Community NewsWorkers from McMahon Construction re-routed FM 1187 traffic in Aledo onto the new "roundabout" known as Aledo Trail this afternoon (Tuesday). Shown is traffic coming north over the now one-way crossing.
The City of Aledo has confirmed that the traffic switch onto the Aledo Trail downtown will occur tomorrow (Tuesday).
In an automated phone message to local residents, Mayor Kit Marshall said southbound traffic will now proceed over the railroad tracks on the two newly-constructed lanes. The remainder of traffic will now be a one-way loop onto Maverick, and then back north on the existing lane.
One of the existing north-bound lanes will be closed for construction coming back over the railroad.
Patrons of Maria Bonita will need to turn onto Crockett Street to access the restaurant.
The City of Aledo has announced that the Kelly Miller Circus will come to town on March 15, 2014. Last year the city hosted the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus for the first time a circus had visited the city in many years.
The Kelly Miller circus will provide a different program than last year’s circus, most notably with the addition of elephants and tigers.
“I am excited about the circus because we didn’t expect to have another circus for a year,” said Aledo Mayor Kit Marshall. “When something like a circus falls out of the sky, but the timing is great and they have elephants and tigers, why wouldn’t you be excited?”
Performances will be at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., and if enough tickets are sold, an additional performance will be scheduled. The tent raising will be at 9 a.m., and the elephants will do the tent raising.
Advance tickets will be $10 for adults and $6 for children (ages 2-11). Advance tickets will be available at Aledo City Hall, the East Parker County Library, the East Parker Chamber of Commerce, Interbank Aledo, Aledo National Bank, Brookshire’s and Reading Friends.
Performance day tickets will be $15 for adults and $7 for children.
For more information, see the Feb. 7 issue of The Community News.
Information from Kelly Miller Circus:
Aledo Mayor Kit Marshall announced in an automated telephone message this evening (Monday) that the Chestnut Street railroad crossing will be closed permanently beginning Tuesday, Jan. 28.
The closing of the crossing was planned in conjunction with the Aledo Trail project, which will create a new one-way crossing over the railroad at the southern end of FM 1187.
Traffic is scheduled to be re-routed over the new crossing on the Aledo Trail on Feb. 4.
Aledo voters will have a chance to decide whether beer and wine will be for sale in stores and alcohol can be served in restaurants.
The city council approved a petition seeking such an election Thursday night and called the election for May 10.
The local options will be on the same ballot as the city council election.
To participate in the election, voters must be registered 30 days prior to the election.