The Community News reporter Dominic Genetti was denied the use of a video camera last night at the regular meeting of the Willow Park city council.
Stay with community-news.com for updates and unedited video of the city council vote that violates the Texas Open Meetings Act (http://www.oag.state.tx.us/open/oma2008_text.pdf).
The Transfer Station Meeting at the Aledo Community Center is over. Attorneys have set future dates to move forward with the legal proceedings.
Aledo Mayor Kit Marshall and Willow Park Mayor Ken Hawkins have been officially been denied party status, Judge Richard R. Wilfong said.
Party status is when certain witnesses are approved to present things such as evidence and discovery at a later official hearing. Thus far land/property owners near the proposed transfer station site have been granted party status along with the Aledo ISD.
Keep checking community-news.com for the full story when it becomes available. You can also read it in the print edition Friday morning.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 10, “TRAFFIC CONTROL”, ARTICLE 10.300, “SPEED LIMITS” AND SCHEDULE “A” OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF WILLOW PARK, TEXAS; PROVIDING AUTHROIZATION FOR THE CREATION OF A SCHOOL ZONE AND ENFORCEMENT THEREOF; PROVIDING A PENALTY; A REPEALER; AND, AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
All Ordinances are available to be read in full at the City of Willow Park Municipal Complex, 516 Ranch House Road, Willow Park, Texas 76087
Yael Hoffman, City Secretary
City of Willow Park 02/15/2010
The first phase of a contested case hearing regarding Republic Waste's proposed waste transfer station in east Parker County will be held Wednesday, March 10 at 10 a.m. in the Aledo Community Center.
Republic Waste applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for a permit to build the Waste Transfer Station on Nu Energy Drive between Bankhead Hwy. and I-20 in 2008. The TCEQ ruled that Republic has met all technical requirements to be issued a preliminary permit.
Because of the proposed facility's proximity to Aledo High School and athletic complex, as well as proximity to other educational outlets, residents and public officials have protested the location of the facility. Parker County Judge Mark Riley, the Aledo Independent School District and the City of Aledo have all fought the application, so far to no avail.
The Wednesday hearing is the next step in the process for those who oppose the waste transfer station.
Willow Park City Council and the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission came away from an hour-and-a-half workshop on Feb. 22 with agreed-upon tactics to improve communication, education, and direction.
The workshop came a week following the mayor’s recommendation during the Feb. 15 city council meeting to disband the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z). The recommendation was resolved with the resignation of P&Z Chairman Marvin Glasgow and member David Carlisle. During the Feb. 15 meeting, the mayor and some council members voiced concern over what was described as the P&Z’s insubordinate attitude.
During the Feb. 22 workshop, Mayor Ken Hawkins spoke for the first hour detailing the positive work of the council that is, and will, benefit Willow Park.
Councilman Gene Martin then began a process to allow each of the council members and P&Z members to voice their concerns so improvements and ways to correct problems can be formulated.
A joint workshop of the Willow Park City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) is set for 7:30 p.m. tonight (Monday, Feb. 22) at the city's municipal building.
The workshop, open to the public, will include a discussion of the "responsibilities of the Planning and Zoning Commission and expectations of duties of the Commission by the City Council."
During last week's regular meeting of the city council, the P&Z Commission Chairman resigned after the council expressed disappointment in the leadership. Another commission member's resignation was also requested.
Notice of the workshop was posted at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, on the bulletin board of the city's municipal building.
Following a 40-minute debate on whether to disband the City of Willow Park’s seven-member Planning and Zoning Commission or take other action to address the “insubordinate attitudes” that have reportedly been coming from the commission, P&Z Chairman Marvin Glasgow verbally stated his resignation to the Willow Park City Council during last night’s city council meeting.
While the meeting’s agenda posted discussion and action on the matter early in the meeting, Willow Park Mayor Ken Hawkins moved the item to the meeting’s end. The matter was not discussed until after 11 p.m.
Opening the discussion on the matter, Hawkins said he had lost confidence in the commission’s leadership. He cited several comments and addresses to the council in recent months that were inflammatory, derogatory, and inaccurate.
Councilman Hale Alderman added, “This is a very difficult situation for us to be in. I respect the authority of our mayor and the authority of this council. It grieves me to hear from a committee, appointed by this council, to be as critical, regardless if founded or not.”