Summer 2010 - City of Waxahachie

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Summer 2010 - City of Waxahachie

CITY OF WAXAHACHIE NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2010

FREE

Mulch!

Page 7

Summer

Moonlight

Movies

Page 5

Meet

Your

Council

Page 3

Crape

Myrtle

Festival

Page 6


SUMMER 2010

WAXAHACHIE HAPPENINGS

City Council

As Waxahachie’s new Mayor, I am excited about the opportunity to continue

to serve the residents of our great City. I am encouraged by recent positive signs of

economic growth and I believe Waxahachie is poised well for future success.

The last couple of months have shown an increase in residential and

commercial building permits. The City issued 19 permits for single family homes in

March 2010 and 18 in April. This time last year, permits had fallen into the single

digits. An increase is also being seen in commercial activity. Some of the new projects

underway are Christian Brothers Automotive, Dairy Queen, Comfort Inn and Suites

and Family Video.

Austin Bridge and Road is building a Maintenance Facility just off I-35

that is scheduled to be completed later this summer. This development will add

approximately 45 jobs and $40 million in value to our community, including the

building and equipment stored on-site. The extension of water and sewer service to

this area also opens up more opportunity for development along the I-35 corridor.

The Downtown area is also seeing an increase in development and activity.

Earlier this month, the new Ellis County Courts Building and City of Waxahachie

Parking Garage were completed. The new Courts building will bring 150 employees to

the downtown area, and the Parking Garage will provide over 300 free parking spaces

to serve the Court facilities and Downtown visitors. The garage will be open 24 hours

a day, and have emergency telephones and security cameras.

The Waxahachie Sports Complex expansion is now complete and will be

open to the public in late summer. With the expansion, residents will enjoy four new

baseball fields, a two-and-a-half-mile walking trail and new restroom, concession and

parking facilities.

While these new developments in our City are exciting, it is important to

remember that we are still in challenging economic times. As a lifelong resident

of Waxahachie, one of the things I am most proud of is that Waxahachie’s citizens

have always done a great job of “taking care of our own.” I encourage each of you

to patronize our local businesses, and also for local businesses to support each

other. When our local businesses are successful, it makes Waxahachie an attractive

destination for new businesses, tourists and new residents, and we all enjoy a greater

quality of life.

Buck Jordan

Mayor

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N.B. “Buck” Jordan

Mayor

John Wray

Mayor Pro Tem

Chuck Beatty

Council Member

Kevin Strength

Council Member

Mark Singleton

Council Member

City

Management

Paul Stevens

City Manager

Michael Scott

Assistant City Manager

972-937-7330

Metro: 972-938-2101

www.waxahachie.com

For comments or questions

regarding the City’s newsletter or

other communications, please

contact Amy Hollywood

Community Relations Manager, at

ahollywood@waxahachie.com, or

call 972-937-7330, Ext. 284.


WAXAHACHIE HAPPENINGS SUMMER 2010

MEET

YOUR

COUNCIL

Waxahachie’s City Council is made up of five members who are elected at-large.

The role of these five council members is to serve as the policy-making body for

the City of Waxahachie and guide and direct the future direction of our City.

Council members serve rotating two-year terms. In

May 2010, three City Council seats were up for reelection.

Incumbent John Wray was re-elected and

joined by two new members, Kevin Strength and Mark

Singleton. These three members, along with Buck

Jordan and Chuck Beatty, complete the Waxahachie

City Council. With the at-large system, all council

members represent the City as a whole.

The Council elects the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem from

its members. The Mayor presides over meetings of

the Council, and shall be recognized as the head of

City government for all ceremonial purposes, and shall

have no administrative duties. The Mayor Pro Tem

shall act as Mayor in the absence or disability of the

Mayor. Following the May election and the canvassing

of votes, the Council elected Buck Jordan as our new

Mayor, and John Wray as the Mayor Pro Tem.

The City Council meets for regular meetings on the

first and third Mondays of each month, at 7pm in the

Council Chambers at City Hall, 401 S. Rogers Street.

Meeting agendas are posted in person at City Hall and

online at www.waxahachie.com.

N.B. “Buck” Jordan

Mayor

John Wray

Mayor Pro Tem

Chuck Beatty

Council Member

Kevin Strength

Council Member

Mark Singleton

Council Member

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SUMMER 2010

WAXAHACHIE HAPPENINGS

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WAXAHACHIE HAPPENINGS SUMMER 2010

Downtown

Farmer’s

Market

Each Saturday

8am-1pm

Come for the

best home grown

produce, gifts,

gourmet foods,

meats, baked goods,

plants, hand made

items and much

more!

COOL OFF AT PEnn PARK POOL THIS SUMMER!

404 Getzendaner Street

Open from 10 am to 4 pm

Tuesday-Saturday

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SUMMER 2010

WAXAHACHIE HAPPENINGS

Down Payment

Assistance Offered

on Homes in

Clift Estates

A new down payment assistance program has just

been announced that is only available in the Clift Estates

neighborhood. The program is funded by a grant from the

state of Texas. This income-based grant can help qualifying

home buyers with up to $18,200 in down payment assistance.

There are currently several lots available to build new homes

on. Also available is one inventory home that is complete

and ready for move in. Both the available lots and completed

inventory home qualify for the down payment assistance

program.

Pricing in this subdivision ranges from $94,000

to $129,000. In addition to this down payment assistance

program, the Federal Tax Credit program has also been

extended and can be used in conjunction with the down

payment assistance. These two programs coupled together

can translate into a large amount of savings for potential

homeowners. For more information on either of these

programs, please contact Jana Kerby-Ratcliff at 972-937-

7065 (office) or 972-765-8995 (cell). Those interested may

also visit in person at 638 Jordan Lane in Clift Estates,

Waxahachie.

Over 200 residents were in attendance to

see the June 18 Summer Moonlight Movie,

“Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs.” The

movies are free to the public. For a complete

list of movies and dates, see page 5 of this

newsletter. You may also call 972-937-7330,

ext. 198 or visit www.waxahachie.com for

more information.

City Manager Paul Stevens (above), along with Judge Carol

Bush, address the crowd at the Ellis County Courts Building

and City Parking Garage Grand Opening Ceremony. Special

surprise guest Roger Stabauch (below) also spoke at the

event. Hundreds of residents attended the ceremony and

toured the new facilities.

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Water Quality Report

To Arrive Soon in Mailboxes

The City’s annual water quality report will soon begin arriving in residents’

mailboxes. Not only does this annual Water Quality Report contain important

information about our drinking water, it also recognizes the men and women

who work hard each day to maintain Waxahachie’s superior water system. These

employees are truly the “stars” that work tirelessly to provide healthy water

to our community. Inspired by movies that have been filmed in Waxahachie,

we’ve created graphics for this report that not only include Waxahachie’s Water

Department employees and their families, but will also entertain and educate

our citizens at the same time. Below is a sneak peek of what can be found in this

year’s report.

WAXAHACHIE HAPPENINGS SUMMER 2010

Applications for Boards

and Commissions Now

Being Accepted

The City of Waxahachie is currently

accepting applications from residents to serve

on Boards and Commissions. Citizens interested

in serving on Boards and Commissions shall be

residents of Waxahachie only if required by State

law, City Charter, City ordinance or bylaws.

Applications are available in the City

Secretary’s office at City Hall, 401 S. Rogers, and

on the City’s website at www.waxahachie.com.

Applications must be received by July 31st of each

year and will be kept for one year, at which point

a new application will need to be submitted.

During the second week of August, a

review committee consisting of the City Manager

and two Council Members will review all

applications and visit with new applicants prior to

making recommendations to City Council.

At the first City Council meeting

in September, the City Council will make

appointments in open session.

Applications will be accepted at any time

of year to fill unexpired terms as they may occur

and kept in the City Secretary’s office. As vacancies

occur, the City Secretary will forward applications

to the Committee for review and appointment to

fill.

For questions regarding the application process

for City of Waxahachie Boards and Commissions,

please contact Lori Saunders, City Secretary, at

972-937-7330, ext. 141.

FREE MULCH!

Residents may pick up free mulch at the Citizens

Convenience Station, 499 Lions Park Road, while supplies

last. This year, the City does have an abundance of mulch

from the many tree limbs lost in the February snow storm.

The Convenience Station is open Tuesday-Saturday from

8am-4pm. Make sure to bring proof of residency (water

bill). For more information, please call 972-937-3367.

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SUMMER 2010

WAXAHACHIE HAPPENINGS

“Betsey”

Female

3 years

Saint Bernard

“Bo”

Male

3 years

Chocolate Lab

“Duke”

Male

1 year

Schnauzer Mix

Community Calendar

June

June 4 - Summer Moonlight Movie - “Places in the Heart”,

Downtown

June 5 - Downtown Farmer’s Market, 8am-1pm

June 7 - City Council Meeting - 7pm

June 9 - Planning and Zoning Meeting - 4:30pm

June 12 - Downtown Farmer’s Market, 8am-1pm

June 18 - Summer Moonlight Movie - “Cloudy With A

Chance of Meatballs”, Downtown

June 19 - Downtown Farmer’s Market, 8am-1pm

June 21 - City Council Meeting - 7pm

June 23 - Planning and Zoning Meeting - 4:30 pm

June 26 - Downtown Farmer’s Market, 8am-1pm

July

July 3 - Downtown Farmer’s Market, 8am-1pm

July 3 - Crape Myrtle Festival: Parade at 10am, Fireworks

After Dark

July 6 - City Council Meeting - 7pm

July 9 - Summer Moonlight Movie - “The Blind Side”,

Downtown

July 10 - Downtown Farmer’s Market, 8am-1pm

July 14 - Planning and Zoning Meeting - 4:30pm

July 17 - Downtown Farmer’s Market, 8am-1pm

July 19 - City Council Meeting - 7pm

July 24 - Downtown Farmer’s Market, 8am-1pm

July 28 - Planning and Zoning Meeting - 4:30pm

July 30 - Summer Moonlight Movie - “Where The Wild

Things Are”, Downtown

July 31 - Downtown Farmer’s Market, 8am-1pm

August

August 2 - City Council Meeting - 7pm

August 7 - Downtown Farmer’s Market, 8am-1pm

August 11 - Planning and Zoning Meeting - 4:30pm

August 14 - Downtown Farmer’s Market, 8am-1pm

August 16 - City Council Meeting - 7pm

August 20 - Summer Moonlight Movie, “UP”, Downtown

August 21 - Downtown Farmer’s Market, 8am-1pm

August 25 - Planning and Zoning Meeting - 4:30pm

August 28 - Downtown Farmer’s Market, 8am-1pm

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