Bill YoungWeeks after Willow Park Mayor Ken Hawkins proposed that the six cities of East Parker County unite under one municipality with the Aledo name, another proposal has come forward.
Hudson Oaks City Councilman Bill Young, who Hawkins mentioned as a supporter at the town hall meeting last week, has written a full response to Hawkins' united cities proposal and is proposing a separate plan for the assumed growth coming to Aledo, Hudson Oaks, the Annettas and Willow Park.
Dominic Genetti/The Community News: Hudson Oaks Mayor Pat Deen was the first mayor to back out of the united cities proposal made by Mayor Ken Hawkins of Willow Park. The plan calls for the uniting of the six cities of East Parker County; Aledo, Hudson Oaks, the Annettas and Willow Park.
Six days after Willow Park Mayor Ken Hawkins officially proposed to the public that the six cities of East Parker County merge and become one, three area mayors have confirmed that they want their cities removed from discussions.
In an e-mail to Willow Park Mayor Ken Hawkins, the mayors of the cities of East Parker County and the media, Hudson Oaks Mayor Pat Deen is officially backing his city out of any discussions to merge Aledo, Hudson Oaks, Willow Park and the Annettas.
"The primary reason is the concern for the impact of property taxes, when we already have exceptional services provided to our residents without the need for property taxes," Deen said in his e-mail.
Following the Aledo City Council meeting Thursday night, Aledo Mayor Kit Marshall said she will not partake in any regional meetings that involve the merging of the six cities.
Hawkins said he will still advocate and lobby for his proposal.
Click to watch a video report on Hawkins' open forum:
Willow Park Mayor Ken Hawkins says the region would benefit if the six cities of East Parker County join and become one. The idea is causing mixed reviews and raising a lot of questions. Watch the video below and get the full story.
A dispute over a speeding ticket issued in Willow Park two months ago may or may not be going to trial.
Ashlee Michelle Mitchell, a Weatherford ISD school bus driver for Durham School Services, was ticketed for driving her bus 22 mph over the speed limit while on duty in Willow Park. According to court documents, children were on the bus when Mitchell was stopped by police.
Sources at Willow Park City Hall said it's not clear whether or not the children on the bus were students.
Mitchell will meet with Willow Park City Prosecutor Jim Minter tonight in municipal court. She could either take a plea deal which would put points on her chauffeur's license and cause her to pay a total of $173.10 in fees and fines or she could choose to take the case to court.