Colleyville, TX August 20,
Heated Discussion at Pre-Council Fails to Rescind Resolution
Supporting Tex Rail Through City of Colleyville
New City Councilman Chris Putnam Called on Council to
Rescind the Resolution
"I can't be the only one with an opinion on Tex Rail"
Mayor David Kelly
Councilman Putnam's request to rescind the 2009
Resolution, Mayor David Kelly said there was no
reason to address the Resolution because a
public vote would be required by the citizens of
Putnam explained his request stood for a
Resolution on behalf of the City taking a stand
on a Tex Rail project that will, "damage
property values and change the very ambience of
the City of Colleyville with as many as 60
trains per day and heavy freight running through
the city." He concluded, "I
can't be the only one with an opinion of Tex
recent matter, "Quiet Zones" voted on by City Council,
Mayor Kelly stated the projects at the railroad
crossings in Colleyville will cost more than $1 million.
"The City only had to put up $20,000 of that
amount," said the Mayor. Putnam corrected the
Mayor saying, "$20,000 is only the start, the
annual maintenance is $50,000 and the grant applications
to get these funds also required the city to acknowledge
the purpose was because of heavy rail traffic created by
mayor countered that the gates would also work first with
the Tarantula tourist train from Grapevine, that makes very
infrequent trips through Colleyville.
Tex Rail project, Councilman Mogged said he had
spoken to Congressman Marchant about it.
"The Congressman said he would oppose
legislation that had any $450 million earmarked
for the rail line."
Mogged also said the best way to "derail the
rail" was to speak to state and us
representatives. He followed with a
question to the City Attorney about the request
by Councilman Putnam to extend the moratorium
Resolution that officially just expired
concerning the Rail Station in Colleyville.
The City Attorney said the Resolution stated for
at least 5 years and without further action by
council the Resolution continued as the official
position of the city.
commented the Rail Station was a secondary
consideration, that his goal was to get a Resolution
that clearly stated the City's official position was in
opposition to the Tex Rail project.
mike Taylor responded, "We have been
clear we don't want the rail."
Then Taylor continued to say,
"However, I have a big concerned about how
many people are retired. Everyone does not
drive an expensive car to get to work. In
Colleyville, we want waiters to serve our
tables but they don't have a way to get
here." Taylor said to Putnam, "In
reality you are trying to get people mad
about something we can do nothing about."
"I don't play games, nobody says what we can
do to negate the rail," he concluded
"I am asking as a council that we rescind
this resolution and instead state there is not
support in Colleyville for this rail, however, I
can only conclude that, like Councilman Taylor,
who represents the city on the RTC, there is
support on this council for Tex Rail."
exchange between Councilman Taylor and Councilman Putnam
incurred. Taylor said, "..if a resolution was passed,
we are only 1 of 16 cities and all the others are in
support. I will take the resolution to the group, however I
have to get on their agenda. He continued,
"You know however, the further you get away from these
tracks, the more people in Colleyville want the rail."
But Taylor continued, "There will be no rail
Station in Colleyville." Then Taylor followed
apparently contradicted his statement saying, "I don't
know why anyone would want to support this boondoggle (Tex
Rail). We are safe if no one votes tonight, if we passed
resolutions every time we didn't support something we could
paper city hall."
Continuing, apparently still confused over the Putnam effort
to adopt a resolution clearly stating the city council of
Colleyville opposes the rail project, Mayor Kelly stated,
"I haven't heard from anyone in town still worried about
a rail station. However, if we want to do a political
statement to satisfy one council member, well ok,"
the mayor concluded.
retorted, "Again the rail station is a secondary
consideration. You are dealing with a tempest in a teapot as
a political issue. When trains come thru the city, then
multiple trains with as many as 60 daily, it'll be too
said, "I'll support you on this, but I understand the
law, while you just want to stir people up. Let them talk to
their State and US Reps. I don't like this "whisper
crap" that is going on because I understand the law. You
have nothing to put in front of the people. "
responded, "I am not a professional politician like
you." Taylor shot back, "I go to things that
none of the rest of you do. I just don't go on websites and
try to get people stirred up"
responded, "Unlike you, I am attempting to protect the
rights of my neighbors. I am not the "Regional
Representative that you apparently are. Now with all
your grandstanding, it underlines even further, that I don't
want you as the Representative to the RTC going to meetings
representing that the citizens of Colleyville want this Tex
Rail intrusion. It will change the very fabric and ambience
of the City of Colleyville, property values will plummet,
citizens will be stuck behind gates trying to get to work,
school or the grocery store and be stuck up to 60 times a
day with high speed trains not to even mention freight
trains that will be dramatically increased."
Kelly joined in by saying, "Yes, we will take a look
for ways to protect our citizens if Tex Rail becomes more of
a "probability." A piece of paper now won't make a
The Mayor's position seems somewhat reminiscent to a
similar position when Nancy Pelosi stated, "...you have
to vote for it to see what's in it?"
responded to Putnam, "I want to see you stop this
train when the US Rep says he can't stop it."
responded, "We have an option to have a voice, to do
nothing is tactically supporting Tex Rail. To continue to
bloviate by you does nothing in the cause to protect the
people in Colleyville."
directing his comments to Putnam said, "You are good
at walking the dog around the park!"
interjected to Taylor, "Why are you then, unwilling to
take a public stand, one position, not all positions, and
vote publicly to take ONE STAND, that you don't want the rail and you will no
longer support it at RTC. A resolution is doing something
which is better than doing nothing."
Taylor interrupts and states, "I was here long before
you came around."
responded, "I have been here 5 minutes and you have
been here a long time and the last time this rail was talked
about on council was 5 years ago. So I believe it is time
the city takes a public position on the rail."
changed the subject and retorted to Putnam, "I want
you to correct statements made on your blasts and websites."
responded, "I have not misrepresented and I will say
whatever I please."
chimes in, "Our neighbors (other cities) want the rail
because you can't slice out the portion in Colleyville. We
are the most affluent and educated citizens in the nation.
It hurts us (the council) when you use this distraction with
people, when they thought this matter was put to bed."
Councilman Short addressed Putnam,"...will you agree
not to be accusing others of not speaking factually?"
Kelly interjected, "We work as a team, when you speak
you speak for all and when you speak about me you speak
about us all."
ongoing attempt at diversion and charges of misleading the
public incensed Putnam to respond, "I don't need your
permission to speak on issues and I am not asking for it.
As a reminder the city staff works for us and I represent
clearly sets the stage for more discussion on the rail and
calls for council members to make a public declaration of
where they stand on Tex Rail.
The city manager ask for instructions from the council to
set up a future public meeting with Tex Rail. The date and
time to be announced.
covered city politics since 2000. As such, the
following are in response to Councilman Taylor's comments,
"I have been around here a long time." A few articles and
columns concerning Mr. Taylor's service over the past few