Stamped 12-22-01 12:21 PM
Thank you so much. We were very impressed with your
coverage. I am amazed
at how quick you got it all up. Look forward to doing
business with you in
United Community Bank
Stamped 12-18-01 10:51 AM
I was going to let it go
this time. Not being selected on citizen committees
my political cross to bear for exercising the right of
Until I read in the Star-Telegram that one of you said
I wasn't included in the new
McPherson Park committee because I had a conflict of
interest living on the west side.
This, in spite of Mayor Arp informing Councilman
Hocutt and Councilman Rice in the
interview in the back room before nominations, this
was not a valid reason to disqualify
a citizen on an Advisory Committee. Still, I was
getting pretty used to the idea that
anyone who might hold an alternative opinion in
Colleyville was going to have to wait
awhile to be civically included in anything again.
Then I see where the losing candidate in the November
special election has written to
the Dallas Morning News, a gushing letter of praise to
the Council for not accepting the
nomination of myself due to this conflict of interest.
Evidently the majority of Council has structured a
missing man formation so far as from
whom you will really be outsourcing counsel, despite
claims of wanting to work with
the elected Councilman.
The alleged "conflict of interest" should have
been asked of the City Attorney right away in the executive
session, under legal issues, before the nomination process
and absolutely before saying so to the press. If you
don't mind, I'd like you to ask Mr. Foster now while the
press is still available.
Since some of you had not spent much time at City
Council meetings or attending the
committees I served on prior to your decision to run
for office, I am going to enlighten
you about McPherson Park and my geographical
relationship to it. Those of you who
do know, I will address in my final remarks.
Right next to my three acres, in McPherson Park,
Colleyville built a three story brilliant red firehouse that
can be lit up to shame a Las Vegas night. I supported
this firehouse to the extent that I fought to keep it
next door rather than have it be placed on the corner
of John McCain and Westcoat instead, in a proposed McPherson
And also next to my property, in McPherson Park, the
city erected a King Kong size
water tower-cant say how many stories it is-then
painted COLLEYVILLE on the bowl in
four-story letters, so there would be no confusion
where I am when I wake up in the
morning. I supported the water tower location
A couple years ago, Joan Quinn and I packed this
chamber with residents protesting
the sneaky little proposed extension road from West
McDonwell drawn to cut across
to John McCain. This would have enabled the North
Tarrant Parkway to have a clear
freeway to Highway 26, while running completely
outside Colleyville's commercial zone.
This extension road would have bypassed my property
entirely, and freed me from
traffic almost completely. Was that a conflict
of interest? I did it for the "greater
Selfish people often attribute their own vices to
others, thinking them universal. I am
not conflicted about anything a true citizens
committee might decide to put in at
McPherson Park. You can put Texas Stadium over
there, and I will just slap a little
tinfoil in the east window, buy sunglasses for the
horses and tiny little nightshades for the chickens and
bees. Organized athletic fields would only bring
parents to my
house, wanting to buy fresh eggs or honey. I
might lure their children away like the
Pied Piper into the 4H Club and away from all that
I have been offered, literally, hundreds of thousands
of dollars for my land. And not just to get rid
of me, I like to think. But our home isn't an
investment. As I said in my appointment interview, I
will be here until we are too old to work it anymore.
As I have often stated at this podium, the "property
values" some folks are so worried about keeping up,
result in keeping their taxes up as well. The ones
cashing in, are the ones leaving town anyway.
So those of you on Council who will one day be moving
to your second homes in the
country or the mountains, or your secluded lake
houses, don't leave McPherson Park
a suburban wasteland before you leave. My family will
still be here. And I expect
nothing less in the future from each one of you to
spiritedly come to my defense to
whomever may claim I have a conflict of interest.
You have, by election, the authority to choose who you
want on all the boards, but
stop and think before you exclude people from the
citizens committees. It is an old
wisdom, but when the neighbors start banging on the
door complaining about the noise
of the party, you are a wise host to invite them
Colleyville, TX 76034
Stamped 12-10-01 9:51 PM
I got your page up and can't
wait to see the photo's for the Christmas tour. I
had not ever seen your paper before and find it very
helpful. I am considering advertising on you page
after the new year. I notice you have events in you
paper from last May. Is the news updated weekly,
monthly or quarterly? Thanks again and Merry
Larry Stewart Custom Homes
LNO has new articles on news, events or sports daily.
Stamped 12-08-01 12:28 PM
Regarding the story on the Ethics Committee appointments,
and as one who applied by the deadline and was not, contrary
to City Charter procedures, even interviewed, I share
Mr. Lemmon's dismay over the sorry way the methodology and
recent selections have been conducted.
I frankly did not expect to be selected, given that my
criticism of the weak-sister resolution introduced by
Councilwoman Feldman and passed last May by the Council,
meant a penalty surely would be exacted down the road so far
as this citizen's input. The real stumper was the
appointment of Tom Miller, The Villages' business
partner-recent recipient of sweetheart deals such as the
condemnation and lease for $10 per month of the Couch
property, the taxpayer funded median fiasco, and City Park
land tradeoff. Hey, he is the Chairman of the
My projection is that ultimately the final Ethics Resolution
produced will have a few blank spots.
Stamped 12-05-01 3:12 PM
I would like to thank the City
of Colleyville staff for such a wonderful event as
Celebrate Colleyville. Everyone from Dixie Cawthorne,
Monica Walsh, Officer Bill Hudgins, Renee, our fire
department, police department and public works department
did an outstanding job organizing this event.
I would also like to thank
Scott Murray for giving so generously of his time for the
past two years as Master of Ceremonies. This City is
very blessed to have such a talented resident.
And last, but certainly not
least, the entire Celebrate Colleyville committee - Bonnie
Carroll, Darla Dennison, Tom Westerman, Leah Shaver,
and Robert Norris - it has been a pleasure
working with you.
What a joy it has been to be a
part of this event for the past three years.
Stamped 11-29 01 6:04 PM
In response to Ms.
Zimmerman’s letter of 11/19/01…
The comments I initially
made were in reference to the Villas development,
that’s all I was really addressing.
I empathize with their
efforts to protect their homes from ordinance
violations. The ordinances are there to give structure
to the developer’s plans and if they are followed by
the developer then a permit is issued, regardless of who
he is, which conforms to the design parameters that are
currently in the process being laid down in our city
right now. If the developer does not perform in the end
then the city can at times help enforce those
obligations if the city manager takes the situation
seriously enough and our prior city manager left a lot
to be desired in that department.
I did not mean any
disrespect to the Remington homeowners when I mentioned
that a group of homeowners from Caldwell’s Creek were
at P&Z protesting the Nine Acres development,
(because of what they are angry about in their own
neighborhood and potentially agitating the Remington
homeowners into action), but if their protesting
didn’t in anyway arouse, instigate or motivate your
neighbors then I apologize to all that I made the
inference that they did.
With regards to the
‘camp’ I am in… that comment does not accurately
apply to me since I have actively supported candidates
from both ‘camps’.
In the end, I support
those whom I believe can get the best job done.
Thibodeaux’s L.T.T.E. of 11/17/01,
It is true; I have no
intimate knowledge of the concerns of the Caldwell
Creek’s residents. But I do wonder, wasn’t Mr.
Thibodeaux a resident of CC before he became a
councilman and the problems that exist today were also
in existence before he became a councilman and mayor pro
tem and continued throughout his tenure and still the
problems persist today, curious?
I know one campaign
objective of his was to rid the city of the city manager
Bob Stripling for a multiple of reasons and I’m
guessing one was his lack of policing the CC ordinance
violations that were of issue at the time. Obviously Mr.
Stripling completely seduced Mr. T since he didn’t
follow through with that promise plus the CC problems
persist today and I say the seduction was complete
because Mr. T wrote a most flattering article about him
here in LNO.
With regards to his
suggestion that I develop ‘quality’ projects in our
town, well Mr. T was no help there either when it was
critically needed. Our 33,000sf Plaza Real’ shopping
center development is four years behind schedule because
the John McCain realignment was never given the focus
that was needed to get it done and without the
realignment in place our center would have failed
because the ingress and egress would have been
tragically unsafe for the patrons without a controlled
intersection that a new McCain realignment would
provide. While he was councilman nothing was done to
help the project or the realignment to be realized.
Only now, and under the
current Mayor, city council and the new city manager is
the realignment moving forward and the development of
the Plaza Real’ back on track as well as a number of
other ‘quality’ projects.
As to the rest of his
statements regarding me personally, I sent him a private
Stamped 11-19-01 12:48 PM
Lets try this one last
time, shall we? Kipp Whitman's
11/17 statements regarding Remington Park
and the rezoning recently granted to Raman
Chandler indicate that he was not present at the
council meetings in which Remington Park
residents addressed the matter
publicly. If he was, he
obviously wasn't listening. His
statements reveal a gross lack
of understanding of our neighborhood's
desires in this matter. He
apparently cannot believe that
Remington Park would object to
the villa home proposal (although he does not
indicate that he has actually
spoken with a majority of
Remington Park homeowners on the subject).
Notwithstanding Whitman's beliefs, the plain fact
is that Remington Park residents
did not, at any time, object to Chandler's
residential proposal on the mere basis of it being a
villa home development. We did,
however, object to numerous ordinance violations
present in the proposal,
and believe that Chandler should
have been held to stricter compliance. (Is Whitman
aware, for instance, that the
setback of the villa homes will be
non-cohesive with that of
Remington Park?) Of course
we do not want to listen to the musical
sounds of trash trucks every morning, delivery trucks
all day long, or have the desire
to smell stale garbage wafting its way into yards
and homes, but this was NOT a matter of having to
make a choice between
such undesirables and Chandler's proposed ordinance
violations. To portray this issue as such an
either/or proposition is ridiculously inappropriate.
Regarding the commercial portion
of the property, Remington Park residents
assert that it should not have been granted CC2
zoning, but should be developed under strict
PUD-C controls. It was
insulting for council to grant vague,
open-ended zoning to the developer and
then attempt to appease residents with talk of
a possible future overlay that
may or may not take effect prior to commercial
development. The Highway 26
Task Force Committee may indeed be
striving to implement high standards in city
development, but to my knowledge, nothing that
they have accomplished thus far
would prevent construction beginning
next week on something as objectionable as another gas
station or dog
kennels just around the corner from our neighborhood.
Whitman asks whom HOA President Putnam spoke for at the
P&Z meeting. Subsequent developments render
that question moot (and to continue to ask it
demonstrates a lack of understanding and a myopic
fixation on only a portion of events). Once again,
the fact that the MAJORITY of Remington Park residents
signed a petition to protest the Chandler rezoning
request delivers the unmistakable message that the
MAJORITY of Remington Park residents did NOT
support Chandler's proposal. (1) We favored
residential development, but the villa home proposal
contained unacceptable ordinance violations, and
(2) CC2 zoning on the commercial portion of the property
is overly broad and undesirable for the area. I
cannot state it
any simpler than that.
Whitman's implication that disgruntled
Caldwell's Creek homeowners agitated Remington
Park residents and goaded us to action is absurd, and is
indicative of a lack of respect
for, understanding of, and commiseration with
homeowners who seek to preserve and protect their
One last time: The Chandler
rezoning fiasco was nothing more than council's
acquiescence to the desires of
a wealthy, campaign-backing developer
and disregard for less
politically-influential residents. Then again,
which camp Mr. Whitman resides in, it's not surprising
that he doesn't get it.
Stamped 11-17-01 6:20 PM
on first…etc… "Another Kipp Whitman developed
high-end retail service station or dog kennel?"
Mr. Whitman has earned a well deserved reputation for
his contribution to Colleyville's commercial
retail, especially if your concept is more dry cleaners,
service stations or kennels.
Whitman is no expert on the concerns of residents in
Caldwell's Creek. Caldwell's Creek residents
witnessed the difference when Mayor Arp was absent from
council versus when she utilized her unique persuasive
powers on council the following meeting to ram through a
"carte blanche" commercial zoning for Raman
Chandler. Of course, none of these residents have
every made financial profits from business dealings with
Chandler as has Mayor Arp.
only fact is these residents have had to utilize the
court system to protect their property rights because
the Colleyville City Council has refused to enforce its
own ordinances in our subdivision.
Whitman , the developer, has been overheard on many
occasions pleading for understanding that his political
"meddling" is driven because of
"threats" from elected officials.
Therefore, one can only conclude his attempt to demean
the honest concerns of the good residents of Caldwell's
Creek is just one more of his acts designed to
capitulate to local power brokers.
Mr. Whitman is so concerned about our city, why not say
in public what you say in private? Why not spend
time developing quality retail, rather than getting
zoning to make a quick buck on another service station?
Mr. Whitman, you have ever right to support anyone, even
if your motives have been brought in question by your
please do not attempt to meddle in the matters of our
subdivision, we are trying to resolve matters in
Caldwell's Creek and we most assuredly are not looking
for your unique brand of integrity or input.
Caldwell's Creek Homeowners Association
Stamped 11-17-01 11:48 am
on first…etc…” Abbot
response to Linda Baker’s letter to the editor of
the same kind of "don't ask, don't tell"
zoning was bestowed on Kipp Whitman's Precinct Line
and LaVaca Trail site after neighbors screamed blue
murder about his proposed dog kennel plat. He
then refused to name the businesses on the second
try”. Linda Baker
Linda but you are big-time mistaken; our Lavaca Property
received the very much controlled zoning of a PUD-C not
the requested zoning. Second, the contract with the
“no name/ don’t tell” multi-billion dollar
international company forbid
us from telling who they were and thirdly….
“…neighbors screamed blue murder about his proposed
dog kennel plat”.. ONLY ONE
neighbor, a cattle farmer to the east and the Mayor of
Hurst, the property neighbor to our south “screamed
was only the TWO of them who opposed (plus council) the
42,000 SF, 2.5 million dollar state of the art dog
kennel that was to be built in the flood plane area at
the back portion of our Property!
in response to Ms. Zimmerman’s letter, also of
I have to take just one more whack to the dead horse…
fact is that the majority of the residents of
the rezoning request submitted by Raman Chandler,
not because of who Mr. Chandler is, but due to
excessive violations present in his proposal for
high-density housing, as well as the
inappropriateness of open-ended CC2 development for
the area. If Mr. Whitman has any doubts
whatsoever about the validity of my statement, I
have a petition of protest and opposition signed by
the majority of
and I would be happy to provide him with a copy so
that he may understand what
wanted. Our petition was presented to the city
council; however, council chose to completely
dismiss our desires for development of the property
adjoining our neighborhood. If Mr. Whitman
believes that the majority of
view Ms. Gasper's support and endorsement of
proposal in a favorable light, then he is sorely
mistaken”. Jenifer Zimmerman
heard Robert Putman, Remington Park Homeowners
Association President, when he said at the P & Z
meeting that the HOA supported the zero lot line housing
that Mr. Chandler proposed. (That was the issue I was
addressing in my letter to the editor
does Mr. Putman speak for?
really cannot believe that a beautiful subdivision like
Remington and the homeowners therein whose lots abut
Chandler’s property would want to look across their
rear yards at the backside of a shopping center, or
listen to the musical sounds of trash trucks every
morning, delivery trucks all day long, or the have the
desire to smell stale garbage wafting its way into their
yards and homes … I find it very hard to believe the
owners of those mega-thousand dollar homes would want
the aforementioned over the villas.
if council passes the recommendations of the Hwy 26 Task
Force Committee the commercial that does comes to
Chandler’s area will be the result of our committee of
eighteen Colleyville citizens and will be of a quality
that is in keeping with the style and direction of
development that the city has always desired but never
has been able to achieve before now.
I do know for fact is that a body of disgruntled
Caldwell Creek homeowners who spoke against the
development, miles from their homes, assisted greatly in
agitating the Remington homeowners by ‘using’ the
Remington homeowners in an attempt to advance their own
disagreements with Chandler.
regards to your feelings about Ms. Gasper, you should
take the time to meet and talk with her about your
concerns. If you do and come away without the regard for
her that I hold, then beat the dead horse one more time.
Stamped 11-16-01 10:58 am
I am sorry to write again,
but I just couldn't let the blatant misstatement of
facts carried in the Star- Telegram this morning go
without comment. The Editorial 'AWOL' sounds like it was
written by one of Donna's henchmen. That in itself says
something about the quality.
The following is a letter I have sent to Jim Whitt in
protest to this kind
I have wondered how Donna has, for so long, been able to
get away with manufacturing issues by using a few
misinformed zealots to beat the bushes for this or that
latest bit of nonsense. I have wondered how she fools so
many of the people into becoming dupes for her, just so
she can have an 'issue.' She usually backs away from
these issues as soon as the truth makes them too hot, or
they lose usefulness (Hall-Johnson Road, the ethics
commission, Wal-Mart Grocery store, the barrier on Route
26, and now a magic hotel that pops up right before the
election.) Your editorial (AWOL) on the recent
disgraceful attempt at besmirching the name of an
elected Councilman, suggests that Donna is fooling you
too. Your whole editorial rests on two premises. The
first is that Richard Newton should know how things are
done at City Hall. He does know. New Councilmen
are always sworn in with a ceremony at the next regular
meeting - never at the canvassing meeting. Donna changed
this without telling Richard Newton.
Your second main premise rests on Donna saying that the
meeting notice was posted and Newton told. Surely after
the above list of 'inventive uses of the truth' you
should know that Donna saying something doesn't make it
so. We deserve better from supposed professionals like
you. The total lack of investigation evidenced by this
editorial is shameful for a supposedly big time
Stamped 11-13-01 10:08 AM
In response to Jo Ann Gasper's letter regarding the
zoning change submitted by
Raman Chandler (Case Z-01-014): It's true that the
P&Z Commission (led by former
Chairman Tom Hart) recommended denial of this request to
the council; however,Gasper had absolutely nothing to do with that
recommendation. In fact, P&Z
meeting minutes reveal that she not only voted to
recommend approval of
Z-01-014, but she also made the motion to recommend such
approval and voted
against a subsequent motion to deny the case.
I invested many hours visiting with my fellow Remington
Park residents regarding
Chandler's proposal, and (once again, for those who were
snoozing) as evidenced
by our petition presented to the city council, the
majority of my neighbors
opposed the development of high-density housing with an
and wide-open CC2 zoning on the subject property. In its
meetings with Chandler
regarding the rezoning proposal, I believe that our
homeowners association board
of directors acted in good faith and expected Chandler
to do the same. In fact,
board President Bob Putnam (whom Gasper quotes) is a
personal friend, and I know
him to be a conscientious man whose interest is in
representing the desires of
Remington Park homeowners. However, I believe that our
board of directors was
misled and under-informed by the developer. Several
board members later told me
that they had not been apprised of the implications of
CC2 zoning, and said that
during those meetings, Chandler stressed only the
residential portion of the
development as a "buffer" between Remington
Park and future commercial
development. In fact, many Remington Park residents were
under the impression
that Chandler's proposal was limited to the
"buffer", and were unaware that
vague, overly-broad CC2 zoning was riding in on the
coattails of his request. It
is true that our HOA board issued a letter of support
for the residential
"buffer zone" portion of Chandler's proposal.
However, the fact that the
majority of Remington Park residents subsequently signed
a petition in protest
of this proposal, and a number of them attended council
meetings to speak out
against this proposal, sent the unmistakable message
that Remington Park did not
want what Chandler proposed!
I fully believe (as do many of my neighbors) that the
granting of this rezoning
request to Chandler was a political move on behalf of
the city council to
satiate a wealthy, campaign-backing developer. Neither I
nor many of my
neighbors believe that adequate consideration was given
to the best interests or
desires of Remington Park residents. Thanks to the
self-serving action of the
city council in approving the rezoning request,
highly-visible property adjacent
to Remington Park is now subject to ordinance-violating,
non-cohesive housing and whatever Raman Chandler (or,
more likely, whoever
purchases parceled-out portions of land from him and
builds a jumble of
nondescript strip centers) fancies as commercial
Stamped 11-12-01 1:20 PM
There have been several letters regarding a zoning
change requested by Raman Chandler, Case Z-01-014
pertaining to property on the south side of McDonwell
When this case was before the Planning and Zoning
Commission (P&Z) on June 11, 2001, the zoning
change was supported by the Remington Park Homeowners
Association (HOA). The minutes of the June 11, 2001
Planning and Zoning Commission meeting state:
"Robert Putman, Remington Park Homeowners
Association President, said that they met five times
with the developer and agreed on the design concept and
referenced the letter from the Association that they
attached to the approving ordinance."
The Remington Park Homeowners Association may have
changed its position when the zoning case was heard
before the City Council. However, the HOA's position at
P&Z was one of support. The Commission recommended
to City Council that the request be denied.
Jo Ann Gasper, Chairman
Planning and Zoning Commission:
Stamped 11-06-01 3:16 PM
I hate to
beat a dead horse, but after reading the letter from
Kipp Whitman, I am compelled to set the record straight
with regard to one of his statements. He said:
"Additionally, and an issue that has been hammered
to death by Mr. Newton, was her [Gasper's] support of
the development of the 'buffer housing' that will backup
to Remington Park. Her vote for the project was a vote
to support the high value of those homes instead of a
decrease of those values of which commercial development
immediately in their backyards would have inevitably
caused. Newton's opposition to this development is
solely about who the developer is not about what is best
for the residents of Remington."
The fact is that the majority of the residents of
Remington Park opposed the rezoning request submitted by
Raman Chandler, not because of who Mr. Chandler is, but
due to excessive violations present in his proposal for
high-density housing, as well as the inappropriateness
of open-ended CC2 development for the area. If Mr.
Whitman has any doubts whatsoever about the validity of
my statement, I have a petition of protest and
opposition signed by the majority of Remington Park
homeowners, and I would be happy to provide him with a
copy so that he may understand what Remington Park
really wanted. Our petition was presented to the
city council; however, council chose to completely
dismiss our desires for development of the property
adjoining our neighborhood. If Mr. Whitman
believes that the majority of Remington Park residents
view Ms. Gasper's support and endorsement of Chandler's
proposal in a favorable light, then he is sorely
Stamped 11-06-01 2:33 PM
Please advise how I can
obtain a copy of the newspaper article on the above
story. I am the program chairman for Shades of Green
Garden Club. I am the one who was responsible for
arranging the program at Redenta's Garden.
I want to thank your
newspaper for doing the article. I would also like to
obtain a copy for our garden club scrapbook.
Thank you again for
covering the program and doing the story and pictures.
Vice President, Programs
Shades of Green Garden
Stamped 11-06-01 2:45 PM
The newly formed
Ethics Committee canceled their inaugural November 1,
2001, scheduled meeting, and has rescheduled immediately
after the polls close tomorrow at the Community Center
at 7:30 PM, according to City Secretary Cynthia
The controversy surrounding the Committee appointments
by the Mayor and City Council of political allies whose
application received dates were all stamped after the
posted closing date, and the inclusion of Villages
partner, Tom Miller, may have prompted the Committee to
hold off until after the local election on November 6,
The Ethics Committee is expected to ratify the weakened
surprise resolution railroaded through by Councilwoman
Dana Feldman just prior to the elections last May to
override the Colleyville City Charter’s much more
Currently Texas already has a Code of Fair Campaign
Practices (Chapter 258.004) that reads as follows:
There are basic principles of decency, honesty, and
fair play that every candidate and political committee
in this state has a moral obligation to observe and
uphold, in order that, after vigorously contested but
fairly conducted campaigns, our citizens may exercise
their constitutional rights to a free and untrammeled
choice and the will of the people may be fully and
clearly expressed on the issues.
(1) I will conduct the campaign openly and
publicly and limit attacks on my opponent to legitimate
challenges to my opponent’s record and stated
positions on issues.
(2) I will not use or permit the use of character
defamation, whispering campaigns, libel, slander, or
scurrilous attacks on any candidate or the candidate’s
personal or family life.
(3) I will not use or permit any appeal to
negative prejudice based on race, sex, religion, or
(4) I will not use campaign material of any sort
that misrepresents, distorts, or otherwise falsifies the
facts, nor will I use malicious or unfounded accusations
that aim at creating or exploiting doubts, without
justification, as to the personal integrity of my
(5) I will not undertake or condone any dishonest
or unethical practice that tends to corrupt or undermine
our system of free elections or that hampers or prevents
the full and free expression of the will of the voters,
including any activity aimed at intimidating voters or
discouraging them from voting.
(6) I will defend and uphold the right of every
qualified voter to full and equal participation in the
electoral process, and will not engage in any activity
aimed at intimidating voters or discouraging them from
(7) I will immediately and publicly repudiate
methods and tactics that may come from others that I
have pledged not to use or condone. I shall take
firm action against any subordinate who violates any
provision of this code or the laws governing elections.
Section 258.007: The subscription to the Code
of Fair Campaign Practices by a candidate or a political
committee is voluntary.
We are under siege in Northwest Colleyville right now.
The promotion by JoAnn Gasper and passed by
City Council of zero-lot line houses and blanket
unrestrained commercial zoning for Raman
Chandler-characterized by the Fort Worth Star Telegram
as “power broker”-was one of the most visible, if
not the first indication. Likewise, the same kind
of "don't ask, don't tell" zoning was bestowed
on Kipp Whitman's Precinct Line and LaVaca Trail site
after neighbors screamed blue murder about his proposed
dog kennel plat. He then refused to name the
businesses on the second try.
As early as August of last year, at a Regional
Transportation District meeting which included members
of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, and
former Councilmen Dennis Marlin and Michael Taylor, Mayor
Donna Arp, under pressure that Colleyville had not
been willing in the past to approve thoroughfares
through our city, volunteered that the North Tarrant
Parkway could possibly be routed down L.D. Lockett Rd. When
we all protested at City Hall months earlier, we had
this freeway stopped at Precinct Line Rd. She
further sponsored and presented at the September 5,
2000, Council Meeting, Resolution R-00-1710, titled
Authorizing the City Manager to work with the North
Central Texas Council of Governments staff to explore
alternative east-west transportation corridors in
Colleyville. This agenda item, down the menu at
number sixteen, passed unanimously, to a largely empty
chamber except for three people who remained and spoke
Now we have the Mayor and current Council reinventing
the McPherson Park advisory committee. The
previous committee had based the Park plan on a citywide
survey of elements citizens wanted at McPherson,
primarily for it to remain a passive park and retain the
farm buildings, and silo. The plan called for
three phases of opening it up, trails and picnic areas
to begin with, a small open-air amphitheater cupped just
below the hill and ultimately, a privately funded Dairy
Museum, to showcase the agricultural history of our
The organized youth sports groups, which include the
wealthy and powerful Texas Eagles, (whose membership is
overwhelmingly non-Colleyville residents), have coveted
the McPherson land, and assisted by the current Council,
despite the city having virtually no park that will meet
as many of the needs of all our citizens, simply decided
we would just get a new Committee together to decide
what is best. Who do you think will get appointed to
the new and approved McPherson Committee, and what do
you suppose the first design will reflect? Could
it be soccer fields?
Folks, we have just got to stop letting lawyers and
society dilettantes run our part of town. They will not
listen up until we show some strength at the polls.
Richard Newton signed the Code of Fair Campaign
Practices. It is evident from her flyers
that his opponent has not. Anyone who believes
that JoAnn Gasper will not vote the straight Donna Arp
orchestrated developer giveaways has not attended
Planning and Zoning meetings. Political machine,
indeed, Ms. Gasper, only you have been at the
Richard Newton always stood up for us, his opponent has
not. Please vote for Richard Newton tomorrow at City
@ 7:44 PM
"There are some politicians
who, if their constituents were cannibals, would promise
them missionaries for dinner." H. L. Mencken
Jo Ann Gasper is running for election to the Colleyville
City Council as an independent person. Her opponent Mr.
Newton has claimed that Mayor Donna Arp "hand
picked" Mrs. Gasper, and all the issues he has
raised to date have to do with Donna Arp and not the
candidate Jo Ann Gasper.
To set the record strait, it was I, not Donna Arp, who
first suggested to Jo Ann Gasper that she should run for
the city council seat.
After personally experiencing her grilling at a P &
Z meeting and then watching her as Chairperson of P
& Z, where she has proven to be a generous,
intelligent and very well prepared questioner of those
who appear before the board. Her vote of confidence for
our project was not at all in sympathy with the current
councils, who later turned down our development, but
truly served to show me her
As for Mr. Newton, he continues to harp on about Mayor
Arp who is the Mayor and not running for City Council.
He should really focus on the opponent and what she
stands for and debate
the issues that are relevant to the future of the city
and not who her 'friends' are, as he mistakenly assumes.
Ms. Gasper's campaign materials have only stated what
Mr. Newton was responsible for during his time in office
and do we really want to return to that kind of blah of
non-development again? He needs to address the needs of
the city and how he would get us there.
Anyone who has taken the time to study the candidates,
meet them, speak to
them, must recognize the unqualified level of
intelligence and interest that Ms. Gasper has for our
city and note her experience which enhances her ability
to serve the needs of Colleyville and its
citizens more effectively than her opponent.
Politics are always one side against the other, but in
this case, it is for the benefit of our city. Both
candidates care about the city, both have similar points
of view, but only one will be effective on council and
make things happen, and that one is Jo Ann Gasper.
Additionally, and an issue that has been hammered to
death by Mr. Newton, was her support of the development
of the 'buffer housing' that will backup to Remington
Park. Her vote for the project was a vote to support the
high value of those homes instead of a decrease of those
values of which commercial development immediately in
their backyards would have inevitably caused. Newton's
opposition to this development is solely about who the
developer is not about what is best for the residents of
I like Richard Newton and I believe he did a decent job
on council and as mayor, but in reality, his time has
passed. The ability of the city to grow in the direction
he envisioned in the past is over, it is a new ballgame
now and his vision does not fit the direction of growth
that we are headed. I, for one, do not want a city full
of four lane roads or gas stations on every corner, (odd
thing for me to say since I developed 50% of them in
Colleyville). I do not want a lube shop on every block,
as we do have in the southern end of our city for which
we should thank Mr. Newton, I assume.
Jo Ann Gasper has elected to run on a positive platform
of information and facts while stressing her managerial
background, her service on the Planning and Zoning
Commission, and her positions on
current issues such as widening Colleyville Boulevard in
a cost-effective and attractive way while keeping
disruption during the project to a minimum level of
She has stated her opposition to tax increases, as does
her opponent, plus her support for targeted tax relief,
which means lower taxes, which her opponent has not even
addressed as yet. Lower taxes... well, I am sure we are
ALL for that one!
Electing Newton is no different than putting a gelding
out to stud.. nothing is going to happen; it is a wasted
Jo Ann Gasper will get things done and done fairly and
for the benefit of our town, not just one 'group'!
@ 8:39 A.M.
To the Editor,
Since the attack on
America it has been hard for all of us to focus on
day-to-day responsibilities, and concerns. However, as
our President tells us, we need to make the effort,
because the World must go on. Just yesterday, I had a
series of events that reminded me that our local
elections are one of the things that we have a
responsibility to bring to focus.
I had to go to the bank
and, for us that involves negotiating the horrible,
built-up median in route 26. Since I have almost been
run over twice trying to get over there, this reminded
me clearly that we definitely don't want to elect any
more of Donna's lackeys who will only rubber stamp
whatever she wants.
Having survived my trip
to the bank, I was driving back home when I noticed that
Richard Newton's opponent had begun to put up campaign
signs. That's fine. Every candidate should try to run
his, or her, best race. However, I then came to Jim
McDowell Road (at Glade) and I couldn't believe what I
Newton has had a sign in
the big lot there for the last several days. Now his
opponent had placed two of her signs on either side of
Newton's, about a foot away, so as to completely block
out the center of Newton's sign. Trying your best is ok,
but do we have to, again, put up with the bad taste and
unsportsmanlike conduct that have characterized recent
campaigns from her supporters? Are you all again going
to tear the signs out of my and my neighbor's yards?
Upon arriving home, I
picked up the paper and read a letter-to-the-editor from
one of our current Councilmen. He suggested that since
Donna had apologized for the median, we should just
forget about it. Let me see, first she denied all
knowledge and blamed the state and/or the developer.
Then, when it was made clear that she knew all about it
and had in face authorized the median, she tried to
blame Newton, who hadn't been in office for two years.
This is deception, failure to take responsibility and
lack of integrity, but no part of it is an apology, Mr.
Councilman. She and others of 'her' Council are also
showing recklessness with Colleyville's reputation by
falsely accusing such a powerful and important agency as
the Texas Department of Transportation.
To make my day perfect,
the mail contained a scurrilous, attack piece from Mr.
Newton's opponent. She seems to be saying that we should
vote for her because she has no record of public
service. That's a strange platform by any measure.
However, her slogan of "Put Colleyville First"
did strike me as inappropriate for her, because her
limited record clearly indicates that she intends to put
Donna's favorite developer first, not Colleyville.
Today I got a letter from
an 'ordinary citizen,' (I certainly hope that doesn't
mean an average citizen of Colleyville), supporting
Newton's opponent, but claiming not to know her - even
though he used her postage permit! Not knowing her seems
to be the basis of his recommendation - another strange
position - maybe it because it's Halloween. We'll see
more attack pieces, like these mailings, from Donna's
bunch as we get closer to the election. We're seen this
before though; we know how to ignore trash.
After all of this in a
couple of days, I am definitely going to make it a point
to get to the polls, which I believe is the most basic
responsibility of citizenship. When I get there, if I
make it through the median, I am going to be one of many
voting for Richard Newton.
@ 2:04 AM
I read with interest the letter
written by Bobbee Gerson and I was quite taken with the
following paragraph by its author.
"Is there a word that
describes a Christian who criticizes another for not
participating in a prayer led by a minister when the
aforementioned Christian, instead of bowing his head
reverently and attending to the minister's message, is
instead monitoring the behavior of others in the
I am still waiting for that single
WORD that would describe the aforementioned scenario.
What is trying to be communicated here? The real issue
is not about one's religious beliefs. It is about common
courtesy, something I have never felt while dealing with
councilperson Feldman. If I wore a hat, I would take it
off in honor of her service to our community. But I,
wholeheartedly believe our community would be better
represented by someone who knows how to handle a simple
situation demanding COMMON COURTESY (two words).
@ 8:26 AM
I would like to ask one
question about Roger Wallace's recent (10-17) criticism of
Councilwoman Dana Feldman's lack of participation in a
prayer led by Pastor David Jung: Is there a word
that describes a Christian who criticizes another for not
participating in a prayer led by a minister when the
aforementioned Christian, instead of bowing his head
reverently and attending to the minister's message, is
instead monitoring the behavior of others in the room?
@ 5:15 PM
When I opened the mailbox
today and found Bill Dennis/David Huff's mass mailing it
brought back bad memories of past elections.
Seems like Deja Vu all over again. Where do these
guys come off writing to me like they know me? I guess
I am "preaching to the choir" in an editorial to
What really concerns me is how
this lowball tactic has apparently been successful in the
Please encourage every
resident you know to find the time to vote. If
the turnout % is only single digits then why bother
to have democracy at all.
@ 8:57 AM
Now a "Luxury Hotel" in
Colleyville, just what's needed...right next to a Jiffy
Lube. Brilliant. Glad I moved out of town.
Stamped 10-23-01 8:24 AM
I am still scratching my head
about City Council member Dana Feldman's behavior during a
recent council invocation. She said her bored look and
heavy sighs was because she is Jewish and her religion did
not allow her to show response to what was being said by
the minister delivering the invocation.
As far as I know Ms. Feldman,
Christians and Jews disagree primarily over the man Jesus.
Christians believe Jesus and God are one and the same. We
also believe that the God of the Jews is also the same God
that we reverence.
I have to believe that when
your rabbi comes to deliver the invocation, other council
members will give him and what he has to say the respect
Stamped 10-22-01 @ 8:12 PM
I spent almost
fifteen years working as a city planner and city manager
with more than thirty different elected city council
members. Working on the front line gives you a real
perspective and sense of the highly variable effectiveness
of elected officials. It always seemed difficult for
the citizens to find knowledgeable and conscientious leaders
with the integrity and drive to devote the time necessary to
make informed and well-reasoned decisions.
Colleyville's present state of affairs, from the unnecessary
big bird medians on Highway 26 to the issuance of
Colleyville's largest bonds without a public vote (a full
year in advance of any need for the proceeds), dictates that
we sorely need some new leadership on city council. We
need council members who will re-establish credibility at
city hall, not those that seesaw with the political winds.
We need council
members who will maintain citizen driven master plans, not
those who sell out to developers by voting for their high
density and vague commercial projects as payback for
political support. We need council members who
will keep their eye on the ball and guard against slip-ups
like the aforementioned medians, not those who run and hide
and try to shift the blame to somebody else as cover for
their own failure to address or even understand the issues.
Colleyville has the opportunity to elect a proven, worthy
and talented councilman and former mayor, Richard Newton.
Mr. Newton has a firm grasp on the issues facing the
city and has the experience and intelligence to reach
appropriate decisions. He is not encumbered by
debilitating conflicts of interest like those that caused
the current city council to abandon logic and vote for a
rare reversal the Planning and Zoning Commission on a zoning
case for council’s favorite developer, and political
supporter, Raman Chandler. No, Mr. Newton brings some
of the rarest qualities to local elected office in
Colleyville: honesty, integrity and experience.
Mr. Newton’s opponent, on the other hand, sends us
propaganda that we are more familiar with here in
Colleyville. A flyer that directly attacks Newton with
lies and half truths, rather than honestly addressing
issues. A flyer that attempts to hit “touch
buttons” of residents, even if the factual information is
woefully incorrect. Haven’t we seen enough of this
stuff in Colleyville! I for one am tired of city
council candidates with little or no city advisory board
experience. Mr. Newton’s opponent bills herself as
the Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, a
position that she has held for all of a month or so. I
am not certain, but I think she has been on the Board for
less than a year. What leads to bad decisions in local
government is ill-prepared and inexperienced public
Please vote for Richard Newton for Colleyville City Council.
Early voting has started with the general election on
Tuesday, November 6th.
Steven H. Magee
Former Chairman, Colleyville Library Advisory Committee
Former Member, Colleyville Parks and Recreation Board
Former Member, Colleyville Board of Adjustment
Former City Manager, City of Coconut Creek, Florida
Stamped 10-19-01 @ 7:41
Here in Colleyville we are being treated to a re-run of too
recent political foolishness. I thought we were finished
with the politics of blame and misdirection when we got rid
of Clinton. But not so, Mayor Donna and her chums are giving
it another try. .
An absolutely ridiculous median was built on our main
thoroughfare. Anybody could have seen from the drawings that
it was going to make it extremely difficult to get to the
north side of the road and the businesses there. The median
also 'just happened' to favor the new Villages of
Colleyville, that have long been the pet of our Mayor and
her handpicked Council. (When will we learn?) Of course,
after the median was built, the businesses and their
customers complained, bitterly.
What reaction do we get from Mayor Donna and her lackeys?
Denial and misdirection! (Does this sound familiar? "I
did not have sex with that woman.") First they claim
they have no responsibility for, or knowledge of the design
of, the median. This misdirection attempt was to shift the
blame to the developer of the Villages. However, they
had to turn to plan 'B', when the records showed that Mayor
Donna and the Council signed off on the median design in
July of this year! Now, as preposterous as it sounds, they
are trying to blame former Mayor Richard Newton, who hasn't
been in a public office for two years. Of course, the reason
for this turn is obvious - Newton is running against Donna's
latest selection for Council, so he is a natural target.
We are tired of this nonsense in Colleyville. We want
leaders that will exhibit leadership, responsibility, and
integrity, instead of what we have now with Donna and her
buddies. We will have a start on this by overwhelmingly
electing Richard Newton in November.
Stamped 10-18-01 @ 5:22
I moved to Colleyville 16 years ago. At that time, this was
a quiet desirable place to live. That was before the
developers, realtors and builders replaced the citizens as
the voice of government here with the possible collusion of
certain members of the city council.
We're being overdeveloped and traffic on Hwy.26 is going
from bad to worse and will continue to worsen. Therefore,
I'd like to suggest a new name for the city - "
Clutterville TX 76034 " with the slogan, " Just
another roadside attraction "
I for one am disgusted with our present city council,
beginning with the shaby treatment given the Couches to what
appears to be no longer a government of the people, to the
short-sighted, lacking in common sense planning.It's high
time to vote the scoundrels OUT!
Stamped 10-18-01 @ 3:57
In regards to Jewish council
woman Dana Feldman not bowing her head, etc during a
pastor's prayer, I would like to make two points. One,
most prayers are usually to a singular "God" and
last time I checked, Jews and Christians had the same one.
That doesn't speak to the head bowing
bit but it certainly brings into question her apparent lack
of courtesy while others of different faiths are showing
reverence to her same God.
Two, tolerance shouldn't be extended to the disrespectful.
If Mr. Wallace is insistent she practice a faith with the
group, which doesn't appear to be wholly the case here, that
is obviously wrong.
However, if the focus of Mr. Wallace's complaint was true
and Dana created a distraction, could it possibly be the
pastor was using his prayer as a bully pulpit to support an
agenda? That happens regularly at Farmers Branch City
Council meetings. If that's the case, I support the
active dissention, if not, show some respect, Dana.
Tell us LNO! What is actually going on here?
Stamped 10-18-01 @ 2:40
Donna Arp's vociferous
vindictiveness toward Colleyville-owned and operated LNO is
wearing thin. She and certain other council members
seem unable to accept and explain even well-warranted
criticism without lashing out defensively. Such
behavior only serves to color those council members as petty
and self-serving, and is more than a little perturbing since
they deliberately chose to place
themselves in the public's' eye. It's a rather trite
saying, but it still holds true: If you can't stand
the heat, get out of the fire.
Stamped 10-18-01 @ 11:21
As a Christian and resident of Northeast Tarrant County, I
am embarrassed by what has gone on in the paper and the
Internet. The whole incident reminds us of the divisive
nature of some people, even in these times when so many
people are trying to come together as a community and a
Wallace, Mr. Thibodeaux and LNO could use some prayer.
Let’s keep them both in mind when we read the words of our
Lord and pray that they can find more constructive ways to
serve the community and worship.
6:5-6 – “And when you pray, do not be like the
hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues
and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the
truth; they have received their reward in full. But when you
pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your
Father, who is unseen. Then your Father who sees what is
done in secret, will reward you.”
7:1-6: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in
the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with
the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you
look at the speck of sawdust in you brother’s eye and pay
no attention to the plank in your own eye.?…You hypocrite,
first take the plank out of your own eye and then you will
see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye”
18: 15: “If your brother sins against you, go and show him
his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens, you
have won your brother over”
6:31 - “Do to others as you would have them do to you”
Stamped 10-17-01 @ 6:01
Dear LNO Editor,
I am moved to comment on the
disrespectful actions shown by Councilwoman Dana Feldman
during the October 16, 2001 city council meeting. I suppose
that Ms. Feldman was making a statement by looking around,
sighing and making a spectacle of herself during the opening
prayer by Pastor David Jung.
I understand that she does
not share my Christian faith, but I would at least expect
some modicum of respect towards the speaker that the Council
invited. If the opening prayer had been delivered by a
Rabbi, I would have at least honored the speaker by
reverently bowing my head and paying attention.
Her actions were
disrespectful, antagonistic and not becoming of a public
official who represents the citizens of Colleyville.
Colleyville Resident and Voter
Stamped 10-15-01 @ 9:50
To Ms. Baker:
The facts are indisputable. LNO did not report the Southlake
versus Hansen Concrete story until I inquired about it.
I see now they have added a story about the plight of this
poor company. Good for them. But let's stop and ask
this question. Why is it that LNO has not chosen to
launch an attack on Mayor Stacy and the Southlake Council?
Surely, LNO recognizes an anti-business regime when they see
one. The courts ruled against Southlake in this matter
and Southlake is still continuing their assault against a
legal business. Why is it that LNO has not taken a
more pro-business position in this matter? If Hansen
Concrete were located in Colleyville, do you think LNO would
take the same approach? I don't think so.
Note: While we appreciate input on the site, LNO
posted a story on the Hansen/Concrete matter on August 09,
2001 at 10:02 AM. Mr. Culley's e-mail on this subject
was received (posted below) on October 5, 2001. To verify
this "indisputable fact" simply Click on Archives
and the Month of August 2001, then scroll down to August 09.
If you have questions about previous articles on LNO, please
check the Archives section first. If the article is
about a particular interest, such as something school
related, etc., please check the appropriate section.
Stamped 10-08-01 @ 2:27
Bob Culley letter to the editor
I would like to respond to
Mr. Culley's assertion that Colleyville has not forced a
business to move as he states Southlake is doing regarding
the cement plant. As reported in LocalNewsOnly.com-there
was the Couch property, leased by the Karate studio
that was forced out, about a year ago.
The elderly Couch couple were strong-armed to sell to the
city months and months in advance to make way for The
Villages, as a matter of record. Mayor Arp signed the
lease to Richard Myers and Tom Miller, partners in The
Villages, for ten dollars per month rent.
This is old news by now, but since it has been brought up
that the reporting is biased and the implication is that any
kind of investigative reporting in this town is
"negative," let me ask this...Where is Mr.
Culley's call for fairness of the recent appointment of Tom
Miller, The Villages partner, to the Ethics Committee of
Colleyville? Received after the City Web Page posted
closing of September 21, 2001, as were ALL the
accepted appointments? Were the Chosen Ones recruited after
the closing date? These are all available under open
records request, as to date received. The people who
did apply on time, Sore Loser Club President myself,
included, were not even interviewed. Some ethical way
to start the proceedings, wouldn't Mr. Culley agree?
I attended the Council meeting last Tuesday. Not for
the first time, the cable company did not air the video
tape. Technical difficulties, once again. Much
like the missing eighteen minutes of the infamous Nixon
tapes, this gets a bit tiresome. This meeting included
some pretty grand whoppers being spun and memory loss items,
in addition to alleged lost paperwork attributed to everyone
BUT the people sitting behind the dais in the big comfy
chairs. I expect a free cable airing would bring out
too many people who do remember how the chain of
events occurred regarding the complete, stunning surprise of
The Median, and the vitriolic verbatim of striping Hall
Johnson Road. Except for Ginny Tigue, who seemed to
accept responsibility for things that occurred on her
personal watch, the new Council Members (who one never saw
much of, if ever, at Council meetings prior to their
decisions to run) pretty much helped the Mayor lay the blame
on everybody from Bob Stripling, former City Manager, and
Jim Foster, former missionary and City Engineer, to the
"former" Council members. Say, didn't Arp
serve on that Council also?
So if the Fifth Estate is to be relegated to reporting on
Girl Scout cookie sales, and we have no other newspaper
other than the one published by the new boss of the Chamber
of Commerce, who has already proved by endorsement where
they stand, what mischief would the merry men and women in
this town be up to? Collect our taxes and give it to
developers for their new residential quasi business
startups? Chase off the existing non-upscale, hometown
business people by way of crippling barrier medians or
perhaps charge the current business people a new PID
tax-just for being there all along?
Hey, they are doing it now, even with LNO reporting
the facts. The difference is that citizens who care
about having leadership, not just having our own town
Hostess, can work to make others see what is going on behind
the closed doors of City Hall. I am biased, Mr.
Culley. I read.
was very surprised to read in the newspaper today that the
Mayor of Colleyville has decided that the striping of
Hall-Johnson Road as a four-lane road” is the smart thing
to do.” I am glad to see that she finally came to her
senses and made this rational decision. My final term of
office we worked very hard to get the funding for this road,
with Ms. Arp fighting us every step of the way. Then as the
process went on, we heard ideas such as building a
three-lane road and even building a four-lane road, with two
lanes covered in dirt. The last idea we heard from the mayor
was that we need to build the road as a four-lane road, and
then stripe it as a two-lane road. Other council members
supported the last idea as the unused portion of the road
could be used for joggers and bikers. There were two major
problems with that. One being that the unused portion of the
road would become littered with trash, gravel and unsafe for
bikers or joggers. This would also be a problem, as the City
of Colleyville did not have a street sweeper. Second, the
sidewalk next to the road would seem to me to be a much
safer place for bikers or joggers. How many responsible
parents are going to allow their children to play along
Hall-Johnson Road. I am just glad we did not have to wait
until someone was injured in an auto-pedestrian accident to
realize that was another case of poor judgment.
pray the citizens realize that sometimes Councilman have to
make statements that the citizens don’t necessarily want
to hear but they are the truthful facts. I knew that my
comment “Hall-Johnson is a Colleyville Road and not a
Highland Meadows Road” was not a popular statement in that
neighborhood, but I always attempted to be honest with them.
also stated that the traffic counts on Hall-Johnson
warranted a four-lane road and that it would be an injustice
to future generations to just rebuild the road as a two-lane
road. That would have been a waste of the taxpayers money.
Now, they can see that the Mayor knew what the traffic
counts were all along, but instead of being honest with her
constituents, she decided to tell them what they wanted to
hear, in order to hopefully get there votes. To my good
friends in Highland Meadows, the truth has finally surfaced.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.
Colleyville City Council 95-99
Stamped 10-05-01 @ 6:07
Howe come we never hear anything about
the concrete company fiasco from Local News Only?
Could it be that the editor does not have an agenda with
Mayor Stacy? Southlake is forcing one of its
businesses to close and move despite the fact that they have
been operating legally in the city for 20 years. God
Forbid that should take place in Colleyville. Your
biased reporting on Colleyville is tiresome.
How come we don't read anything about
the mayor of North Richland Hills (Scoma) not having a
college degree when he stated he had one on his job
application to the city? I would bet a million dollars
that would be covered by you if it were in Colleyville and
the mayor's last name was Arp. Once again, this proves that
LNO is a biased news reporting organization.
Publisher Note: All
news organizations, many leads come from citizens. LNO
will investigate the Southlake incident, however is of the
belief there may be environmental issues involved, which do
not appear relevant to a median in Colleyville. If the
writer has any additional information concerning facts
pertinent to the median article, LNO would request it be
forwarded for posting.
With offices in the
city, Colleyville coverage is the most expansive. LNO has
never represented it covers North Richland Hills and is not
clear why the writer is concerned about Mayor Scoma's
educational status versus the median issue. If LNO had
factual evidence of a misrepresentation, in the cities
covered, the writer would win the bet.
I haven't seen
anything in LNO about the stupid warning signs that were
imbedded in the medians. What a joke... One
day I saw a crew drilling holes to put in signs. The
next day, as I drove by, I saw bent over sign posts
at every location where the signs had been and were
struck by cars (I never saw the signs for the brief period
they were intact). Now there are just cut off pipes
imbedded with concrete into the median and roadway.
What were they thinking?
As for myself,
I only find the medians to be a minor inconvenience.
They sometimes cause me to spill my coffee as I drive over
them at 20 mph in my 4 wheel drive SUV with super high
clearance suspension and 15 inch wheels, but I can see how
the medians might be a problem for someone in a sedan
(there aren't many of those out there anymore) and I
sympathize with those unfortunate souls (I have to,
one of them is my wife).
Stamped 10-04-01 @ 12:39
Subject: The Village Road
To the Editors:
I wrote a letter to Donna Arp
earlier this year discussing many concerns related to fiscal
issues regarding The Villages project in Colleyville.
As an eight year resident of Colleyville, I have seen our
city evolve from a mostly rural, sparsely populated town to
a suburban community of largely upscale housing. I have also
witnessed the demise of businesses along HWY 26 and the lack
of a coherent plan to attract new ones. This while Southlake
businesses have exploded along 1709, Keller and North
Richland Hills have added substantial business on contiguous
roads around Colleyville and transportation infrastructure,
and Grapevine continued its dramatic commercial expansion in
every corner where it could do so while it added the roads
to support it.
As we've seen, the results
are in. Grapevine has not raised its taxes and in fact may
lower its tax rates due to all the commercial development
it's been able to attract. Keller and North Richland Hills
are beginning to build expensive housing developments now
that their infrastructures have been built out to support
larger diverse residential and commercial areas.
Southlake's actions also bear
close scrutiny. In the last 8 years, instead of fighting
development along 1709, they embraced it AND attracted it.
This has resulted in commuters from the surrounding cities
stopping and buying everything from groceries to furniture
to whatever. They didn't fight the residents of Keller,
North Richland Hills, Watagua, or whoever from using their
main drag (1709) as a commuter access road. Sure they have
heavy traffic concerns, but they now have substantial tax
revenues so they can apply resources to manage it. They are
also beginning to attract housing developments which, if
they continue, will eclipse Colleyville's.
The controversy over
Colleyville Towne Square versus The Villages has been
extremely disturbing to me. The argument between them was
one of fiscal responsibility. Even if there were short term
savings from locating City Hall and the new Library in The
Villages, the long term does not look as good. Ongoing
operating expenses of having City Hall in one place and
police and fire departments in another will mean our city
will have logistical expenses long after the initial savings
are realized. In other words, the "investment" of
putting City Hall and the Library in Colleyville Towne
Center would outweigh locating them in The Villages. And as
far as the medians which are ugly, no town that wants to
support businesses on BOTH sides of a road puts up medians.
Instead, they WIDEN the road and put in a wide turning lane
to support traffic attempting to turn into parking lots for
There should be a coherent
plan centered around Colleyville Towne Center, the widening
of SH 26 and other arterial roads and the sustained,
coordinated attraction of business to Colleyville.
We appreciate all your help in
reporting our GHS Cheer events to the public. With
the events we held this month, we made about $11,000. This
amount will go a long way to helping us pay our expenses
Stamped 10-03-01 @ 6:34
Letter to LNO:
I found it interesting that the City of Colleyville in
conjunction with the Villages of Colleyville decided to have
a ribbon cutting to open the city's new "Main
Street." This may be the first "Main
Street" in the United States with no buildings along
its frontage. Well I guess we may eventually have two,
city hall and the city library. I believe the Mayor
and current Council will live to regret their decision to
move these facilities to the Village property. While I
certainly hope the Village will be successful, the Council's
decision relocate our primary public facilities to this
location before the project demonstrated any success
whatsoever was a foolhardy risk of public money.
By the way, many of us have not forgotten that we are paying
a high amount of interest to finance these facilities long
before the proceeds are needed. I guess we can chalk
that up to the financial genius of Dennis Marlin. We
could have saved thousands more as interest rates have
plummeted since the Council's latest bond issue without a
public vote. Is it to late for a city referendum
concerning the city hall and library locations and funding
When GM left Flint, Michigan it created a ghost town on Main
Street, but at least Flint had some buildings. Our
vacancy in Colleyville is in the leadership department.
Stamped 10-03-01 @ 12:27
Dear Editor LNO:
I am not particularly a
"political person" but I do appreciate having a
variety of information sources. I do not necessarily
believe everything that I read in every source, but I try
to take it all in and form my own opinions.
I subscribe to the Ft. Worth
Star Telegram and find that there are only a few bits and
pieces of news about our city of Colleyville. LNO
does give me a very interesting source of news and
information and it seems that LNO does try very hard to
appear accurate with the offerings of scanned documents
and actual audio.
I have found that over the
past several years that I get most of my information and
news from internet media sources, so I find LNO to be very
convenient in that respect.
It appears that LNO is having
some difficulty in becoming credible within the inner
circle of elected Colleyville officials. I do not
know why this is so, and I really do not care to know the
background. I wish that these officials would
realize that LNO seems to be here to stay and they should
treat LNO as they would the Star Telegram or the Dallas
newspapers. It would benefit our little community to
have a local news source that exists in harmony with the
political scene as well as with the real every day people
that may not care so much about politics.
I would say that I will
continue to read the articles that you provide for FREE
and use them as part of the mix in the formation of my
Keep up the good work.
Stamped 10-01-01 @ 4:29 PM
From: Richard Schneck
I have had my eyes opened by your
latest report in which you provided transcripts and audio
featuring Donna Arp. To say the least I am shocked, I guess,
however, to say the most I am not surprised. In light of the
recent "median" issue, it would appear our Mayor
presents a "slanted view" to the citizens of
I appreciate the LNO - keep us
Stamped 9-14-01 @ 2:34 PM
These are indeed
sobering pictures ! It is obvious that
most of the pictures were taken after 8:00 AM on
September 11, 2001. However; I can not be
sure that the following picture was taken then. It
could have been taken in 1991.
I encourage us all
to remember that there are many
descendants of Abraham. Some worship on
Sunday, some worship on Saturday and some
worship on Friday. Most of all three
groups are good and decent people who abhor
violence. Please let us not allow such a
picture (which may not be completely authentic)
to influence our emotions.
Note: The pictures were forwarded to us
and we posted them as we received them.
However, we have removed the photo due to the
Stamped 9-12-01 @ 10:47 PM
Our Mayor has added still
another "'yes man" to her entourage, a
Colleyville Chamber of Commerce director whose
business is in Grapevine. Any hope of frank,
open discussion at council meetings has
been dashed. No one wants to buck the mayor
and you can bet Mr. Orrell will not be the
exception. You can almost bet he will be a
candidate in the special election in November,
despite the Mayor's protestations that they
didn't want to give anyone an advantage in the
First it was the council
majority, then it was the library board, then
came planning and zoning. Now, the Mayor's got
it all. Now she can move forward with her plan
to make The Villages (whose project is it
anyway?) a "special" place in her
We have a city economic
development department and a chamber of commerce
that should be promoting new businesses for
Colleyville. However, both are dominated by a
mayor who has run roughshod over existing
business in the city, falling all over herself
to give the Villages and developer Raman
Chandler every advantage. She cares little about
those businesses who have been good
corporate citizens and have had a significant
impact on the city's finances.
We will be able to blame only
ourselves a year or two down the road when much
of Colleyville's business and sales tax
revenues have dried up, property values
have leveled out, and we have to actually
"raise" the city's tax rate. Without
those businesses, our taxes can only go up, what
with the Mayor's new library and city hall
Congratulations, Ms. Mayor.
You're a great politician and manipulator,
which, unfortunately, doesn't equate to being a
good public servant.
Stamped 9-10-01 @ 9:45 PM
I would like to
thank the citizens of Colleyville for allowing me
to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission. It
has been a wonderful five years to serve my
community. My five years as a member of this
commission has given me a look at the inner
workings of the building of a community. My wife
would ask me how things went at the meeting and my
stock answer was "we made some people happy
and others not so happy." Some of the
decisions we made had an immediate impact on
peoples lives. Other resolutions that were decided
upon were slow to impact Colleyville, but they did
so just the same. We were placed in these trusted
positions to serve all citizens of Colleyville,
not just the mayor and the city council. In the
most recent selection of Commissioners, I was not
surprised that the current city council and mayor
would deny my application. I probably know too
much and they feel threatened by my presence. As
my final meeting approached this evening I thought
of many things that I could say to the
commissioners who were staying and to those who
would be joining the board. I kept most of my
thoughts to myself but I did remind them that they
were here to serve Colleyville and not its council
or mayor. The outgoing commissioners were honored
by our peers with words that really meant
something. We were then thanked by the mayor for
our service to our community. I could see her
talking and I could make out the words but they
really did not seem heart felt. I believe that it
was just another opportunity for her to get her
face out in the crowd and try to impress those
seated in the audience. I for one was not
impressed. In closing I would like to say that I
did my best to have a balanced and ethical
approach to the decisions that I made. I pray that
the city council and mayor will grasp these
virtues as well.
Colleyville, TX 76034
Stamped 9-9-01 @ 8:31 PM
Please tell me
it's just a dream.....Is that yellow and black
monstrosity part of the Hwy 26 beautification
program or was it just a temporary
brain-freeze our council had. What were
the leaders of Colleyville thinking? Did
they go on a summer drinking binge and this is
the result? Our (we have more money
than you do) mayor wants the citizens of
Colleyville to spend their money
within the community but navigating the medians
on Highway 26 is like being in a Pac Man
game. (And it's REALLY UGLY!!!!)
Colleyville once had high standards and they
were so particular about attracting high-quality
development. What went wrong? It is
painful to watch this long, slow downward spiral
that was once called Colleyville. Hall-Johnson
looks beautiful with no businesses to showcase. Central
Colleyville has the business but navigating the
maze of Hwy 26 gives me a headache. I
think I'll have a relaxing cup of cappuccino at
Southlake Town Square and enjoy the ambiance.
(Rick Stacy you can stop laughing now).
Stamped 8-31-01 @ 9:22 AM
and leadership are not an exact match but in Colleyville, Texas,
hubris is clearly displayed by our elected leadership.
Leaders can be visionaries, hard chargers, managers or
civic minded. The
clear mandate for any leader is to represent the entire group he
or she represents.
I moved to Colleyville last year, I was impressed with the quality
of life within the community.
Past leaders of Colleyville met their mandate and created a
unique community. Parks
abounded, values on homes were increasing, crime was very low,
roads were adequate and this was all a result of previous leaders
developing a precise master plan for Colleyville.
the last year, my impression of the leadership in Colleyville has
changed from one of amusement to grave concern.
There is a clear record of the leadership’s desire to
accommodate developers, abuse the privilege of elected office and
unbalance the master plan of Colleyville.
Two developers have set upon a course of action that meets
their special interest at the expense of the community and its
citizens. For some
unstated reason, our elected officials approve projects that
violate the master plan and past practice.
Recently, the Colleyville City Council approved development
of a site that is in gross conflict with the master plan and
ignored several recommendations by the City’s Planning and
Zoning Commission and concerned citizens.
Not one member of City Council took the time to explain
their actions and why they felt this was in the best interest of
the Colleyville community. In
fact, their actions have opened an opportunity for other
creates the potential for grievous harm.
26 dissects the heart of Colleyville and it represents our
showcase for those who pass through our city.
Recent actions have created a yellow serpentine that
affords a developer special privileges at the expense of
surrounding businesses, customers and citizens.
Leadership failed to consult with the members of the
business community or their customers.
Now, one has to navigate a maze that appears to require
customers to transit an emerging business site.
Due to this mess, Colleyville looks inept when it comes to
planning and evaluating the impact of leadership actions.
However, listening to our elected officials reveals a
distinct display of arrogance.
elected officials communicate in a condescending manner and do not
take responsibility for their actions.
They seem to ignore that their power to lead comes from the
very individuals they choose to ignore and berate.
This is hubris at its pure form.
There is no public forum for discussion.
Council meetings are unprofessional and represent an ad hoc
use of Roberts Rules. A
junior high school civics class would have a clearer vision of
rules for the conduct of professional meetings.
one wants to use the ethics word, council would fail that test.
Recently council met with a developer, in private, just
before a controversial vote.
So much for meeting ethical standards and communicating in
a public and open manner as required by law.
the case of the councilman who recently resigned, open
communication was lacking regarding his absences prior to the
explanation was given as to why his telephone number was listed in
the Colleyville Communicator with a 719 area code.
No communication, no leadership and poor ethics.
Council was slow in acknowledging and enforcing the rules
that govern his replacement.
It seems that current policy is to ignore questions and
stonewall the process until forced by the citizens to respond.
past situations, I had the privilege to assist the United States
Congress regarding emerging legislation and public policy.
In every situation, Congress assigned due regard to past
laws, public policy, testimony, and future impact of the pending
law. Their actions
were public and met the highest ethical standards.
If similar ethical standards were applied to Colleyville,
some of our elected officials would not meet the test.
This standard includes avoiding situations that create the
perception of a conflict.
has several options. The
status quo can be maintained, newly elected council members can
create change from within or the entire city council can provide
leadership and change the negative image of the city.
This requires a dramatic change in ethics, communications,
leadership and fairness. These
objectives can be attained to balance the needs of Colleyville
without extending special privileges to those who are in
council’s favor. Hubris
is evident in the present council.
It must be eliminated from the daily process.
Colleyville, TX 76034
Stamped 8-30-01 @ 1:29
To the Editor;
I have a great
respect for anyone who will take the time, make the personal
commitment, and accept the financial impacts of being a City
Councilperson or Mayor. I feel this way for candidates I support,
and for those that I don’t. These people make a great sacrifice
with (usually) no personal reward other than the satisfaction of
helping others. I even feel that way about our current officials
in Colleyville, although I certainly haven’t backed them as
candidates because of their stands on issues, and/or because of
current situation of Councilman Marlin being asked to resign
because he is no longer able to attend meetings, and then blaming
others for his self created problems, stretches my ability to
respect. As a matter of fact, it stretches my understanding –
even for this bunch. He is obviously in violation of our Charter.
He was (at least credibly accused of being so) in violation
before, regarding owing the City money, but our Mayor (‘We have
more money than you’ Donna) said that was "…only a bump
in the road."
His own actions are
bad enough, but maybe they could be somewhat overlooked due to the
emotions of the moment. However, how do we excuse Councilperson
‘Let’s build a Monumental Library’ Feldman? She is riding to
Marlin’s defense saying that, "…most people would let it
slide…" and telling us what a great job he did with selling
our bonds. How many Charter violations does it take before it
becomes serious in her eyes? If we are able to open the new
library (there are no operating funds for it) perhaps Ms. Feldman
should spend some time in the financial section, reviewing the
concepts of not borrowing until you need to, rather than selling
bonds a year early (and in a down market).
If we are going to
get out of this mess, we need to begin with the Council
replacement appointment. I recommend Vince Wells, who has been
willing to stand for Council election and who can be counted on to
serve us with integrity and dignity.
8-29-01 @ 12:21
Shame on Colleyville City Councilman Dennis Marlin for attempting
to blame others for his inability and/or unwillingness to do his
job! Jeers to
Councilwoman Dana Feldman for her inane statement that "most
people would allow it [Marlin's numerous charter violations] to
slide a little bit longer." In fact, I believe that
most people expect their elected officials to pay their city
property taxes on time and demonstrate leadership by attending
council meetings. It is preposterous that council members
would take offense that the citizens who elected them demand
compliance with the city's rules. Mr. Marlin is not a victim
of "Napoleonic factions", as much as he is an example of
ineffective representation. He has nobody to blame but
himself for failing to fulfill his obligations to the people of
Time Stamped 8-28-01 @ 7:20
of 4:00pm this date, LNO has been informed that Dennis Marlin has
resigned from City Council.
following exchange of emails between Mayor Donna Arp and Steve
Magee, a Colleyville citizen, was forwarded to LNO and are being
reprinted with Mr. Magee's permission. In the case of Mayor
Arp, the Open Records Act includes any correspondence that
pertains to city business.
Thank you for clarifying a mandamous action. I am very
concerned that you
would bring an action against the city and I know the city staff
remainder of the city council will also be very concerned.
Anytime a threat
of a lawsuit, no matter how it appears, is taken very seriously by
and our standard operating procedure is to contact our city's
record. I will immediately let Ross Foster know that I have
documentation of your concerns. Our standard procedure is to
Colleyville's city manager as soon as possible.
If the city is not following the ordinances concerning
Caldwell's Creek or
any other ordinance in the city, we all need to be aware and
immediately. I will ask the staff to review for the council
which ordinance (s) you are referring to. Please let me know
so we can
research and remedy as quickly as possible.
Regarding Councilman Marlin, as I mentioned to you before, I
have asked our
city attorney to review the Charter as it relates to attendance.
references in our city's charter which appear to some to need
clarification. No action by the council nor I is taken
research when there is doubt for interpretations. We must
all be cognizant
and respect the fact that the citizens who voted for Councilman
all of our citizens(which are represented by Councilman Marlin),
as well as
Councilman Marlin are protected through research and clear
that are reliant on our
attorney of record and advice from the experts, the
Secretary of State's office. This is the course we are
I have also asked for a record of all attendance by all the
councilmen and me
over the course of the last two years.
As quickly as possible, all the information concerning this will
disseminated to the council by Bill Lindley, our new city manager
through Ross Foster, our city attorneys advice.
I hope this clarifies some of
the processes by the city and the council.
Again, please E mail me or the city manager, Bill Lindley at, and
I feel assured that the city will proceed to rectify any ordinance
not being correctly followed. Just let us know which ones
you are concerned with.
The city or I look forward to hearing from you.
up letter forwarded by Mr. Magee
Thanks for your reply.
I have not made a decision on the mandamus action as it will
legal research. The homeowners on Shepherd's Glen, however,
to find a solution to these problems particularly since we feel
that the City
Council will be of no help. The basis for such an action
would be the City
knowingly allowing building permits to be issued with access to a
failed the City's own inspection and testing and does not meet
specifications. Along the same lines, the City permitted
homes on the same street, despite not following through with a
requirement that drainage improvements be provided along McCain
as a result, has caused significant flooding problems for the
Donna, I successfully litigated a Caldwell Creek boundary issue
developers of Shalimar over my lot that was caused by the City's
record documentation in public records of right-of-way releases,
a plat, approved by the City with an incorrect boundary. Frankly,
Chandler should have resolved that situation as the developer of
Creek, but instead he gave me his now familiar response "its
As to your comments on the Marlin situation, his attendance and
record shows quite clearly the level of responsibility he brought
to the job.
My guess is that many who voted for him have already
rethought their choice.
As you have said, "always interesting to hear from you."
Stamped 8-24-01 @ 11:17 AMRe: Reply
to Councilwoman Ginny Tigue
response to your e-mail yesterday, I would have to say I am more
frustrated than bitter over the way the city council has sided
with Raman Chandler. In
Anytown USA, a select few have power and influence over the many
and they control the direction of the town.
It happens all over
and Colleyville is no exception.
seemed to me that there was never a serious debate over whether
Chandler would get his zoning change.
That was already decided behind closed doors.
Raman just had to have all of his facts straight and make a
good public showing. The
people in opposition to this zoning change where many, but still
only proved to be a temporary nuisance and may have delayed the
inevitable by a couple of weeks at best.
my years in road construction I have learned the value of making
as many friends as possible with city officials in the towns that
we work in. As with
most construction projects, corners will be cut and changes will
be made along the way that will effect the bottom line of the
project. Usually, the
more influential friends you have in place, the more profit you
stand to make. I
think Raman is looking real good here in Colleyville.
will be interesting to see how Chandler chooses to develop this
new project. I
seriously doubt he’ll ever build a golf course there. That was
just some sizzle he thought he would need to help make the sale.
I wonder how many Colleyville citizens will bombard the
city council, probably to
little or no avail, over problems that will arise from his
development of this project.
Only time will tell.
and your mates are apparently in full control of the Good
and the doors to the control room are closed to all passengers.
We can only hope that your direction doesn’t lead to the
sinking of this good ship,
leaving us passengers to drown in the water.
Here again, only
time will tell…
here for copy of Mr. Bernardo's original email to Councilwoman
Tigue and her response.
Stamped 08-23-01 @ 3:45 PM
Approval by Council (Raman Chandler Proposal)
My husband and I
recently made our first foray into the realm of municipal politics
when we brought our opposition to developer Raman Chandler's
rezoning request on the old Nine Acres (and adjoining) property to
the Colleyville citycouncil. We are shocked by what we have
gleaned from this experience. We had heard the rumors about Mr.
Chandler being closely allied with this council, and now we firmly
believe that they are not simply rumors -- they are accurate
Not only are we tremendously disappointed in the council's
unanimous approval of
Chandler's proposal, we are also disheartened at what can only be
their blatant favoritism for the developer. Despite opposition
from nearly 100
petitioners, the Planning & Zoning Commission, the former
mayor, and numerous
other residents, the council elected to grant zoning containing a
vast amount of
leeway to Chandler, who is an inexperienced commercial developer.
Just prior to
voting, Mayor Arp attempted to appease protesters by stating that
the city was
"looking at" a "possible" overlay on the
property that "could" provide tighter
development controls. In other words, the concerns of the
protesters were not
compelling enough for the city to deny the rezoning request, but
Mayor Arp wants
us to believe that the city "might" do something in the
future to provide us
with the controls that the council chose to dismiss. What an
insult to our
intelligence! Further, the mayor made several statements that
unmistakable message that she felt protesters were ignorant of
ordinances. Based upon some of the questions posed by council
believe that some of us "ignorant folks" are more
informed than they are.
It is incomprehensible that the city is demanding extremely
development along Highway 26, as evidenced by their fixation on
every nuance of
The Village, but is willing to hand over the critical controls on
commercial property along Precinct Line Road (the "Western
Colleyville) to Chandler.
During the course of the meeting, council members stressed the
zoning of the
property as it appeared several years ago, which has absolutely
nothing to do
with current conditions. Councilman Hocutt, who previously denied
rezoning request while on the P&Z Commission, made no attempt
explain his puzzling reversal. Councilman Feldman leaned heavily
on her "slick
lawyer" experience, posing one leading question after another
to city staff,
each crafted to procure only partial bits of information that
would favor the
developer's proposal. In fact, via their questions and comments,
members and officials appeared to be lobbying the crowd to support
The council briefly mentioned a letter from the developer,
alluding to the fact
that he was willing to drop the rezoning request on the commercial
the property and proceed only with the residential rezoning;
however, after very
little discussion, a motion was made to approve the original
annoyances included Mayor Arp and the city attorney chatting and
amongst themselves during a good portion of the proceedings, and
Marlin's notable absence (again). And finally, in what I believe
to be a
display of very poor judgment, some council members mingled openly
with Chandler during a break in the proceedings.
Until recently, we fully trusted that our city council had only
interests of ALL citizens at heart. What an eye-opening experience
it has been
to witness first-hand how this machine really works. We are now of
that if you're a developer with deep pockets, you're in good hands
council. If, however, you're just an ordinary citizen, striving to
the city to uphold the highest possible standards in developing
commercial property, you're likely to be left with no support from
-- only a jaded disposition and a firm resolve to effect change in
Jenifer L. Zimmerman
Remington Park Resident
Stamped 08-22-01 @ 2:39 PM
Re: Response to Council Vote Last Night
the voters achieve their desired results with a Colleyville City
council that has proven it is of one mind, no disagreements here?
Chandler, the Colleyville Power Broker, is back on top.
The Colleyville City Council voted 4-0 overturning the
Planning and Zoning decision to reject his newest “0” lot line
project. In addition,
council threw in a “carte blanche” approval on his commercial
council ignored the pleas from Caldwell’s Creek residents,
requesting help in its dispute with this developer.
Even the fact that the closest neighborhood, Remington
Park, reversed its support of the project, didn’t phase this
hard charging group to quickly approve more “leap of faith’
zoning for selective developers.
know the power of Chandler in Colleyville, he supported me when I
won a city council seat. However,
I had the audacity to support the citizens of Caldwell’s Creek
against this developer’s antics and was ousted by the Chandler
financed Dennis Marlin last year.
Speaking of Marlin, he has attended maybe one council
meeting since the last election, but no one on city council seems
guess when you have a rubber stamp council, 4 members is all you
need to give your favorite developer a knowing wink then pass
anything that makes him happy.
While winking at their favorite developers, they are
turning a “blind eye” to the inequities of their decisions.
compare visions of the 1999 council versus the current group, take
a drive down the new tree-lined beautiful Hall Johnson road in
contrast to Hwy 26 at the Villages.
In their rush to take care of their other favorite
developer, we have been subject to a hideous yellow median that
dramatically announces you have now arrived in the middle of
current council passes the Chandler zoning, ignoring the Planning
and Zoning, as well as citizen pleas.
The mayor and current council believe that they are so
entrenched, they don’t need to be subtle, just ram it down their
throats. However, no amount of political spin or double talk will
replace the loss of objective integrity in city government.
question is, do the voters of Colleyville care how their city is
being portrayed in the press and represented by their new “one
mind for all” city council?
Caldwell Creek Resident
Stamped 08-16-01 @ 1:34 AM
Ethel McCain Celebrates 99th Birthday
Thank you for
publishing on the web the article honoring my great-grandmother
Ethel McCain. It is an honor to be able to call her
Great-Grandmother and be able to be influenced by her in the
chain of generations through her faith in God and the person she
has chosen to be.
the article on the web made it possible to enjoy her birthday
celebration miles away here in California.
Stamped 08-15-01 @ 7:59 PM
Colleyville’s Mayor Announces Economic Plan
This letter was sent to FWST and LNO.
Mayor now occupies the front page of the taxpayer funded city
newsletter, The Communicator. However, we did get a glimpse of her
economic plan for our city this month. With all the expendable
income in Colleyville, if we each just spent $300 per month in
Colleyville, PRESTO at the end of the year we would have an extra
$500,000 in sales taxes.
innovative approach got me to thinking, why stop at $300, her
recently commissioned study said folks in Colleyville have plenty
of extra cash laying around, say $1,500 per month.
see, $1,500 per month spent in Colleyville,
that would be about 61 Lube & Oil Changes, or maybe 352
hamburger meals at Sonic, or maybe 15 Futons.
OK so it will be a challenge, but where is your love of
your city and confidence in our Mayor?
by the way, we all know those responsible for that outrageous idea
of building a beautiful boulevard out of a two lane black top Hall
Johnson leading to what was supposed to be our center of town.
But who lead the 5th grade shop class to stick
that hideous median on Hwy 26 and then paint it a subtle YELLOW?
I guess we had to take care of the heavy traffic into the
booming Villages of Colleyville.
of us must be just too slow to keep up with the Mayor’s vision.
Compare Hall Johnson versus a GLOB of Yellow at Glade Road, this
Hwy 26-beautification plan of the Mayor is off to a rip roaring
looks like Colleyville folks might want to turn out at the next
election, that is unless they really are as shallow,
self-indulgent, self-centered, self-impressed and apathetic as we
have been portrayed by recent comments of our Mayor. Mayor Stacey,
keep praying for us ….please.
Stamped 08-10-01 @ 7:14PM
Ft. Worth Star Telegram, “Home
Builder Runs Into Opposition”.
This letter was sent to LNO for posting.
the above referenced article it states that you said, “It’s
such a long, involved situation, (Caldwell’s Creek) that I
really don’t think it has anything to do with the new
proposal”. Well, I think it has everything to do with the new
same developer, Raman Chandler, who has failed to adequately
address issues and problems on one of his Colleyville developments
should not be allowed to have his way and proceed on developing
is an attractive place for Raman Chandler and others to develop in
because it is one of the premier communities in North Texas.
It is important that we hold ALL
developers to the highest standards in order to maintain the
integrity of the city and enhance the long-term value of our
we came to the city council meeting on Wednesday, (August 8, 2001)
it was not because we had nothing better to do with our time or
that we had a personal vendetta against Raman Chandler.
It was because we count on you as elected city officials to
protect our rights and interests as citizens of Colleyville.
repeatedly mentioned to you our concerns that night over drainage
problems that have gone on for quite some time.
We talked about the detention pond on the corner of
Shepherds Glen and John McCain, which has been allowed to sit with
little or no maintenance for all to see.
We mentioned the ongoing legal issues we have with Mr.
Chandler, which involves yet another of his developments, The
Villas of Caldwell’s Creek.
Chandler acts as if he is an innocent party, caught in the middle
of all of this.
He blames the Caldwell’s Creek HOA and the city for the
various problems and claims he wants to resolve these matters in
the best interests of all concerned.
wants to fill in the above mentioned detention pond and sell the
lot to a builder to help us out.
According to the drainage plat we obtained from the city,
the lot is designed to remain a detention basin or lake.
In fact, our adjacent lot is graded to flow directly into
the basin rather than the street.
If a house is built there, the water from our lot will flow
in the direction of that house.
He has indicated that the city is responsible for many of
the drainage problems on John McCain.
As for the legal matters, he blames the HOA for not wanting
to sit down and resolve these issues while he continues to stall
our efforts to either come to terms or proceed with the legal
important issue that was not mentioned at the city council meeting
was the construction of Shepherds Glen.
Mr. Chandler negotiated a deal with the city to add
additional concrete and steel and eliminate stabilizing the road.
This is a good deal for Mr. Chandler as he saved the
substantial cost of stabilization, which is a vital step in
building a road that provides long-term structural integrity.
As it turned out, test results showed that the concrete was
of deficient depth, further compounding the problem.
Rather than having Mr. Chandler remove and replace the
road, the city settled on accepting a 2-year maintenance bond.
Aside from the rough finish, the road has and will continue
to show signs of failure that will extend beyond the 2-year
maintenance period which expires in 2002.
What will end up happening is hundreds of thousands of tax
dollars will be spent removing and replacing this road, well short
of its intended life span.
conclusion, the issues of Caldwell’s Creek have everything to do
with proposed future developments such as Mr. Chandlers Westgate
Developers, including Mr. Chandler, must be held
accountable for their actions or lack thereof.
Applicable codes must be enforced without exception or
compromise to insure that Colleyville maintains its current and
future status as an outstanding community to live and work in.
Colleyville, Texas 76034
Stamped 08-09-01 @ 7:14PM
in Fort Worth Star Telegram-Northeast Section
Our friends (those
out of Colleyville) are calling to ask if we are still speaking to
poor folks from other areas. They've seen our mayor smirking from
the front page of the Star-Telegram, telling all who will listen
that we make more money than anyone else.
Of course, our
neighbors aren't surprised at this rudeness and/or ineptness:
* We are the same
ones who spent good money to build roads and then bury them (at
least we were seriously going to, until almost laughed out of the
* We are building a
library, just to show everyone we can, even though we have
no way in the world to fund its operation.
* We lost one of
our best tax revenue sources, and now bray about how well we are
* We destroyed a
long thought out plan for an economic center to the city, and
replaced it with a pet project, which is drawing very little real
* We ignore obvious
election law violations in the name of informing our constituents.
* We ignore
violations of our City Charter (these are 'just bumps in the
road') by our Council people.
* We have allowed a
mob to determine city policy, to insult citizens while making
their legal pleadings before council, and generally to run our
No, our neighbors
aren't surprised at much of anything from Colleyville anymore. I
hope they realize this arrogance doesn't represent everyone in
this city. The only question is how much longer are the voters
here going to put up with this?
Stamped 08-09-01 @ 7:12PM
in Fort Worth Star Telegram-Northeast Section
is the letter I have sent to Donna Arp and I plan on sending a
letter to the Star Telegram.
have just read the article in the Star Telegram Northeast Section
and needless to say I am embarrassed for the people of
could you let yourself be dragged into a situation like this?
This article once again makes the citizens of Colleyville
look like a bunch of rich snobs who are living beyond their means.
We are still reeling from the embarrassment of councilman
Marlin not paying taxes and all of you defending him.
Rick Stacy has gotten the best of this article.
while you are not my choice for mayor you are all the citizens'
mayor and we accept that. However, you need to start thinking
about the future of the city and not just about how often you can
get on the front page of the newspaper.
council's policy in keeping out commercial growth is starting to
have its effect on the city.
It doesn’t take a smart person to see where Lowe's, Home
Depot, Target, Wal-Mart and Kohl's are all placing their stores,
which is dragging this disposable income out of Colleyville into
the surrounding cities. Colleyville
is left with empty buildings because of all of the big boxes
locating on our border in every direction.
Cash way is the first casualty and K-Mart and the Villages will be
does it take for these supposedly rich people to understand that
all cities need a mixture of commercial with other growth to make
a city successful? If
we do not correct this trend Colleyville will look like Kennedale,
Grand Prairie and Haltom City in a few years.
We do not have the commercial base as Hurst, North Richland
Hills and Southlake but you know we have the same traffic.
We have the traffic but we cannot rebuild our streets.
All we can do is patchwork.
will never attempt to build in Colleyville again and I am over my
disappointment in my last attempt.
I am voicing my opinion because I do not want to see this
city degraded any further and our taxes start to climb.
personally feel you and the council is letting your personal
agenda override business decisions.
Stamped 08-07-01 @ 10:46PM
Paying for Privacy
many Colleyville homeowners, I recently received information with
my electric bill explaining new legislation involving the Public
Utility Commission of Texas (PUC). The pamphlet described how I
may "Opt Out" of the list that will be given to
Certified Retail Electric Providers authorized to offer me
additional electric service options. The information was concise
and clear; I could choose the website link to add my name to the
“Opt Out” list or call a special phone number.
was very pleased to learn another list will be available to
further protect me from telemarketing calls. However,
I was INFURIATED to learn that I must PAY for this privilege!! My
home is already deluged with solicitor calls, something I expect
you experience as well. My husband and I struggle to maintain our
important family values, yet our family's privacy erodes daily.
"free" “Opt Out” service only protects me from
solicitation by mail. Should I assume the Texas legislature puts a
higher value on my mailbox than on my telephone? Since legislation
requires that electric companies establish this "Opt
Out" list, a simple check box to also eliminate telemarketing
calls seems reasonable. Why not require the PUC to charge people
who WANT to receive telemarketing calls, rather than make those of
us who want to retain our privacy pay for the privilege? It
appears I only have the right to protect my customer privacy if I
pay for it. This scheme is unfair to the consumer and must be
corrected immediately. Detailed information on this “nominal
fee” will be available later this year. I urge my fellow
Colleyville residents to contact their Texas legislative
representatives. We shouldn’t have to pay to retain our privacy!
Stamped 07-16-01 @2:34PM
Another angry taxpayer, regarding the lack of care of the City
I think that when a main thoroughfare like John
McCain is scheduled for reconstruction the manager in charge of
the street department should make sure the taxpayers are informed
in a timely manner. Today there was no access from Hwy 26
to Caldwell Creek Drive. The road was CLOSED. I spoke
with the manager of the street department and he told me that
trailer signs were put up on Friday afternoon informing us that
the road would closed Monday. I feel that that is an
insufficient amount of time. The street department failed to
notify the citizen in a timely fashion and left us no other route
to take. Not only was the notice not timely, it was also not
given to each individual homeowner.
Does the City of Colleyville assume
that every one of it's residents owns a computer? Does the City of
Colleyville assume that every household is hooked up to the
Internet? Why doesn't the City of Colleyville have an avenue
to communicate to it's citizens, in a traditional way? Not
every one is a Cyber junkie!
I was told that the Contractor
"Branch & Sons" gave the homeowners association the
notice. I don't think it's the president of our homeowner
association job to run to every door and put up a notice. That's
not his job! That's passing the buck. The Contractor
is the one getting paid to do the work, and it was his
responsibility, per his contract to notify the residents of the
I telephoned the city last week
with a complaint regarding the City not
notifying us that the road was scheduled for repaving. I had
to drive my car thru ruts of dirt 6-8 inches deep. I don't
appreciate the fact that I had to drive my $80,000 car through
dirt that contained harmful chemicals. When I called in the
complaint the only person available to take my complaint was the
manager of the water department. I was told that the street
manager was in a seminar and would not be in the office.
It's unthinkable that the City of Colleyville would treat it's
so much disrespect.
Stamped 07-02-01 @4:59PM
To: Linda Newton
(Editor, Local News Only) July 2, 2001
The headlines sent
to us on your E-mail list concerning the story, "Ranking
of Local Cities," says sales tax, not sales
revenue. The city collects only 2% of every dollar of sales
revenue from our retailers. This story's headlines could have us
believe Colleyville is down over a million dollars in sales tax
revenue, which is far from true. We, like several of our
neighboring cities, have a shortfall year to date in sales taxes.
After researching Colleyville's financial status, Colleyville's
shortfall is $24,000 for the year over our previous year, not $1
The statement in
that story says, "The only city to experience substantial
loss in SALES TAXES was Colleyville with over $1 million
shortfall." Again, sales taxes are very different numbers
than sales revenue for our retailers. Colleyville gets about
$20,000 from each $1 million in sales from our businesses. I would
guess that LNO meant sales revenue, not sales taxes.
closing will impact Colleyville's sales taxes collected, however
in order to affect the city by million or more dollars in sales
taxes, Payless would have to have generated over $50 million in
sales. If it had generated that much in sales, my guess is it
would have remained open. To give you a perspective, my research
finds our grocery stores probably each generated about $15 million
in sales revenue (not taxes) this year.
Most citizens have
expected the closure for many months because of the impact Lowe's
had, and the impending U.S. bankruptcy of the Payless Corporation
that was reported in the Star Telegram several weeks ago.
A more telling
story for Colleyville is our financial condition as of May 31,
2001, eight months into our fiscal year. Colleyville residents
should know that the city's revenues are $8,842,138. Our
expenditures are $7,132,787 year to date. Upon review of our city
finances, I find our bonding ratings are up, and our working
capital is at an all time high. Colleyville's debt per capita has
been lowered over the last few years.
These are facts
that are available to me or any citizen anytime at our City Hall
Colleyville residents are very astute with budgets, this story's
headline and in story statement could be very confusing to any
citizen, including even those who would keep up with sales tax
versus sales revenue.
But, what it does
do is emphasize the fact that all of us who live in Colleyville
should buy as many products in Colleyville as we possibly can.
Yes, we may have to go out of town for some purchases, but we also
have great retailers. Our grocery stores, Albertson's and Kroger,
as well as our smaller shops need to be heavily supported by our
residents. We are just repaying ourselves when we shop in
Colleyville. That is how we get money for parks, police, and fire.
Stamped 05-30-01 @ 11:18PM
guys are the biggest sore losers I've ever seen. Your
devious and underhanded tactics and inuendos typify the scumbags
Stamped 05-30-01 @ 10:07PM
Work......Keep it up. Hope to see more of this.
05-24-01 @ 10:11AM
in response to Joe Duepree's Editorial, see Editorial
those of us new to this community (6 years now), your perspective
is very valuable. I have been researching tax expenditure
and revenue, location analysis principles, etc. for my response to
this same issue. I think you beat me to the punch with great
examples of what it takes to drive retail business! Thanks
for your insights.
Stamped 05-16-01 @ 9:34 PM
on joining the LocalNewsOnly staff! It will be very
gratifying to read news and opinions from a former Councilwoman
whose level head and ethical standards have always been held in
high esteem by residents of Colleyville.
A newspaper must inform, occasionally entertain, but it is very
that it get people to thinking for themselves based on first hand
accounts and actual documentation. This forum provides
unlimited opportunity for citizens to provide their own reasoning
to other residents across the political Great Divide of our city
William Cowper Brann was editor of a newspaper in Waco around the
end of the 19th century called The Iconoclast. Brann
is revered to this day as a writer without peer, and his crusades
against small-mindedness, bigotry, and hypocrisy have never been
equaled. Freedom of speech is something that has not been
encouraged by the Council majority this past election-residents
have reported to me that they were instructed not to log
onto the LNO site. I urge you to invoke the spirit of The
Iconoclast and continue to freely offer the facts and opinions
of everyone and absolutely draw the sword against those who would
deny First Amendment rights to anyone in Our Town.
Stamped 05-15-01 @ 10:18 AM
The debate over the mayor and the city council photographs points
out one of the real problems with Colleyville. People are
more concerned about the facade presented by the subjects than
they are about their substance.
Although I applaud your open door policy and commitment to freedom
of speech, toleration of such silliness is sometimes the cost
exacted for such noble principles.
an additional thought to the comments of the Editor below, LNO
found the following photo of Mayor Arp's recent opponent,
Mike Taylor, as it appeared in the Saturday, March 31, 2001
edition of the Dallas Morning News. If one accepts the premise of
"malice by photo" is this unflattering photo of Taylor
(versus the one on the city web site for example), an example by
left is from the S-T and the right from the city web site.
left is as posted on the LNO's Council member site and the right
from the city's web site (photo over 2 years old). We rest our
case in the malice by photo caper.
Stamped 05-12-01 @ 11:53 AM
This is in rebuttal to your andswer to my previous
letter concerning the city council's picture on your website. I
did not say the Mayor's picture was taken without her knowledge,
just without warning. She obviously spotted someone aiming a
camera in her direction in time to smile nicely, but in any photo
that I've seen of her in the newspapers has her sans glasses.
I stand by my criticism of the remaining pictures of Tigue,
Feldman and Marlin. They are not looking at the camera and you
have chosen most unflattering pictures-- eyes closed, unsmiling,
I struggled to come up with the right word for the management of
this site. Members is not the right word, I guess staff is what I
mean. The editor is someone who was defeated by a wide margin in
last year's electionand obviously has an axe to grind. If you want
to have a website where only one veiwpoint rants obout perceived
injustices, so be it. If you truly want to be a place where
citizens can get unbiased local news, then you have to be careful
about the slant you put on things.
Jill Van Over
your facts, the Editor of the Colleyville Edition (see
About Us) was not
defeated in last year's election, has never run for office,
nor intends to. You must be referring to the Publisher, and
I assure you he is too busy, with working plans to bring on other
city editions, to grind an axe in the smallest city covered
by our agency.
I am not sure what about the fact these members could send in
their own updated photo that you don't understand. Just as this
site posted your letter unedited above, the photos would be
included on the member page unedited.
It is not this
site's ability or obligation to change the appearance of council
members. If these photos had been "doctored" in
any manner, you might have a legitimate complaint.
However, if in our efforts to report in-depth local news fairly,
the biggest complaint we have is that we don't make council
members better looking than their own real life photos, then we
have achieved a lofty goal not obtained by virtually any other
news media in America.
we have been very liberal in posting e-mails to the Editor, this
particular silly argument has grown stale and is not serving our
viewers. Please re-read carefully the obvious options to
resolve your concerns.
Letters Posted On
May 12 2001
Stamped 05-12-01 @ 11:58 AM
I take exception to your page featuring council
members. There seems to be a discrepancy in the photos' quality.
Only former councilmens Taylor and Short appear to be posed. Mayor
Arp's is acceptable, but it is clear it was taken at a city
council meeting with no warning, as Mayor Arp always removes her
glasses for pictures. Councilperson Feldman, Tigue and Marlin's
pictures were clearly taken with no warning. They are shown in the
most unflattering way.
I am aware that members of your website are not politically
simpatico with the current council, but you must strive to have a
completely neutral coverage of local news, if you expect this
website to prosper or even survive.
These differences in depictions of councilpeople smacks of malice
and I urge you to correct it when you take picture of the new
members recently elected.
Jill Van Over
As always you
are entitled to your interpretation of this site. However
there were no photos taken without warning, all members were
clearly aware photos were being taken. I believe anyone
looking objectively at the Mayor's photo will agree she knows her
picture is being taken. There were a number of photos taken,
for example the one below of Councilman Tigue.
addition, Councilpersons Marlin and Feldman DID NOT have their
photos on the City site, after a full year in office, therefore
the ONLY source was LNO photos.
By the way, we
do not have "members" of our site, but free subscribers
representing all types of views and positions. Further, although
we are striving to be fair in our coverage, media sources have
obviously flourished for years without being "completely
neutral"; ask anyone if they feel the national media or
Star-Telegram (for example) is "completely neutral".
All members of
council have the option to e-mail this site a digital photograph
to be used on the council members page. However, this site
can not reflect the views or comments of those that do not
respond, neither can it post photos that never arrive.
site utilizes photos in its own archives. As with all the council
members Councilman Tigue was obviously aware her photo was being
taken, however LNO elected not to use this shot on the members
page. However opted for a more current shot than the
approximately four year old photo from the outdated City Web Site.
Which photo is better of Councilman Tigue?
Letters Posted On
May 11 2001
Stamped 05-11-01 @ 8:44 AM
on the development of a most useful web site. I pledge to regular
use and to pass the address to my neighbors and friends. Thanks
for giving our community a place to obtain news not otherwise
found from any other source.
05-10-01 @ 4:54 PM
You should send your editor out
more often! Really enjoyed: Dateline: May 10, 2001
11:33 The Perils of Colleyville Small Town Politics or "Maybe
Dave Lieber Got it Right This Time!.a column by Nelson Thibodeaux,
Publisher. Nicely done and good luck with Local News
Stamped 05-05-01 @ 9:30 PM
Local News Only.com
Regarding your email
about our story on the city of Colleyville investigating modular
buildings for possible mold, I disagree with your assertions that
a copyright infringement occurred.
As for professional courtesy, while we did read your site, we took
many other actions including filing for city documents as per the
Freedom of Information Act and conducting numerous interviews.
Therefore, we feel that the story is our own.
Assistant Metro Editor, Bureau Chief
Northeast Tarrant County
The Dallas Morning News
we didn't say an infringement occurred, we said it might have
occurred. We do appreciate the Dallas Morning News checking
with LNO for the latest in-depth news for the area. I think you
will find we already had the documents on our site, could have
saved yourself some time!
Stamped 05-04-01 @ 3:46 PM
I received in the mail
yesterday from the Committee to Re-elect Arp (CRARP) two
"letters" to Councilman Mike Taylor from Councilmen
Marlin and Tigue. In addition to attacking Councilman
Taylor, the CRARP mailing also attacked me. The letters were
of course reminiscent of the notorious "liar flyer" that
supported both authors in their election campaign last year.
Evidencing their usual astuteness both seem to have forgotten that
I am not a candidate this year, or even last year when they also
However, as to me, I
think the best response is either that of the charm-school trained
Southern lady - "isn't that nice" or my sainted mother's
admonition "just consider the source."
As to the rest, one might first ask why such "private"
correspondence would be distributed by CRARP. Could these
"letters" have been written, not as an honest expression
of disagreement with a fellow councilman, but as a political
attack piece by the CRARP followers? Does it also strike
anyone as odd that the "letters" are on continuous pages
But surely they would not mislead us.
One might also ask why the unseemly and vicious attack by Marlin
and Tigue against Councilman Taylor as well as former council
members and why they denigrate the fact that 70% of the people who
have served with the Mayor and many other public servants, do not
support her election? They fail to disclose that Mayors
Whitmire, Newton and Baker, Mayors Pro-Tem Linda Newton, Vanover
and Grace, as well as Councilmen Styles, McKain, Butler and
Helling have endorsed Mike Taylor.
But surely they would not mislead us.
These kind of attacks by the authors on behalf of CRARP are
similar to the tactics employed by Clinton and Gore in their
While they stood above the fray and tried to look
"presidential" Ted Kennedy, Dick Gephardt, Jesse Jackson
and others of their ilk repeatedly attacked George Bush and Bob
Dole. Colleyville citizens are regrettably being
Of course anyone who has followed or watched the Colleyville City
Council for the last year will not be surprised by these
"letters." The authors have long played Mortimer
Snerd and Charles McCarthy to the Mayor's Edgar Bergen.
They also blame Mike Taylor for the treatment of the elderly
pioneer Couch family and the leasing of their duress - acquired
property for $10 to the Village Developer in a lease signed by the
Mayor. Fortunately, the truth of the Couch matter has
already been told by Local News Only.Com.
But again, surely they would not mislead us.
And of course there is always Hall-Johnson. We should never
forget that Tigue was the author of the resolution to go ahead
with the improvements to Hall-Johnson but cover most of the road
with dirt and plant flowers on it. That resolution was
supported by the Mayor and Marlin. Our city is still the
butt of jokes all over the state for that little stunt. Of
course Mike Taylor voted against it.
But again, surely they would not mislead us.
And finally who was it that rejected the development at
Cheek-Sprager and Highway 26, again financially injuring long-time
and elderly homeowners after it had been unanimously
approved 7-0 by the Planning and Zoning Commission, with the
sounds of "we don't want people like that" coming
to our town? Was this embarrassment Mike Taylor's fault?
But yet again, surely they would not mislead us.
These shenanigans and numerous others (moving City Hall at a cost
of $200,000, selling bonds a year before the funds are
needed in a falling interest market and at a cost of an extra $1
million, etc.) would be hilarious if the consequences to our City
were not so financially dire. But the public has the choice
- they can turn out and vote for a man who has the best interest
of his city at heart or they can listen and buy into CRARP.
I do think, however, that the City Manager might want to revise
our 3-legged horse logo if CRARP's slate wins to reflect the new
Colleyville. In the background, perhaps we could have a Taj Mahal
- $7.5 million public funds Village complex with the Couch's
sitting on the steps holding a bed roll. In the foreground
we could have Clarabell wearing a St. John suit, driving a Porsche
and holding a sign that says "only PLU's allowed"
(people like us) and "just go around Colleyville."
It's your town and your choice.
Stamped 05-03-01 @ 10:40 PM
This message is in response to Mr. Sweatt's letter concerning
Colleyville Soccer and the Master Plan for the Pleasant Run
Practice Complex. As a member of the Parks Board who voted
in favor of the current Master Plan allowing primarily soccer use
with a game day football field, I was shocked by the letter sent
by the Soccer Association to the residents of the City,
particularly when the Master Plan had been reviewed at numerous
public meetings. I don't recall Mr. Sweatt being in
attendance the night the plan was unanimously approved by the
Parks Board. If he was in attendance, he witnessed several
board members, including Mr. Hendler and myself, grilling the
staff with some very tough questions concerning any football use
at all and making the point that soccer desperately needed
improved practice space and lots of it. We also specifically
directed that the football field area be designed for full soccer
use on non-football game days.
The Parks Board approved a Master Plan that had been through
numerous public reviews and was recommended for approval by the
city staff. Never was there any intention by the Board
members to shortchange soccer out of practice space. With
two daughters in the program, I know that improved practice fields
are a high priority. The Master Plan approval including game
day use for football was, and still is, a logical compromise.
Unfortunately, the Colleyville Soccer Association has allowed
itself to be used by Donna Arp as a political tool in her quest
for re-election. It's that simple.
Member, Colleyville Parks and Recreation Board
Stamped 05-03-01 @ 4:59 PM
all of the election rhetoric, and the inaccuracies and
factually-incorrect statements in Mr. Leininger's letter and Mr.
Hendler's hand-out in response to the letter from the CSA Board,
the bottom line is this:
The Master Plan currently in place for the soccer practice
facility on Pleasant Run Road does not make the best use of the
land. The piece of property is very deep and narrow.
There is currently enough room for 6 soccer fields of varying
sizes laid out north to south. In order to make room for a
football field and all of the parking necessary to host games, the
fields will have to be laid out east to west. The resulting
design has only 3 fields-one football field and two for soccer-and
172 parking spaces. Obviously, you cannot practice on a parking
lot. Soccer will end up with 50% less practice space than it
has now. This is why the CSA Board is against the Master
If the piece of property was larger, there would be no problem
sharing part of it with football. But it is not, and soccer,
with 130 teams in Colleyville, needs all of the space at this
The purpose of the letter from the CSA Board was to educate the
parents in CSA, and to inform them of the results of the survey
that went to all of the
candidates for office in this election. CSA did not make an
endorsement, it only printed the results from the surveys that
By the way, those non-residents whose boys and girls play soccer
in Colleyville also shop at our stores and eat at our
restaurants. This benefits us all. They also pay a $10
non-resident fee per season to the
Stamped 05-03-01 @ 1:52 PM
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Stamped 05-03-01 @ 11:32 AM
The Couch and Chamber articles are very timely. It is very
fortunate that we now have Local News Only to provide an
alternative forum for views that are contrary to those of our
local newspapers or unaddressed by the Dallas Morning News four
times a week, and very brief treatment, of all of Northeast
On line news is a wave of the future. It can respond more
quickly and at a lower cost to breaking developments and update
its readers on a hourly basis.
Also, it is a great boon to those individuals who do not have the
power, influence, money or special relationships to have their
views presented in our ever shrinking and concentrating
Congratulations on your significant contribution to providing a
forum for fostering the real meaning of the First Amendment.
Stamped 05-03-01 @ 8:57 AM
I like LNO very much, it is giving
breaking news to the citizens of Colleyville. However I
find that the font size is rather small and sometimes difficult
to read. If the size could be increased that would be
This type of
feed back is very much appreciated. Sometimes different
browsers will take the same fonts and make them smaller or
bigger. We will continue to monitor the site for the
situation you have pointed out. Sometimes people don't
realize their computers have a font size option as well.
Typically, the change can be made by going to "My
Stamped 4-29-01 @ 6:52 PM
E-Mail to the Editor
I am a citizen of Colleyville
for the past fifteen years and have never been involved in
politics. I have attended several council meeting in our City and
I must say I am alarmed at what I see. Our mayor, Donna Arp, made
a long speech about the fact that we have not raised taxes in five
years. I would ask each citizen of Colleyville to please look at
your taxes for each of the last five years and tell me if you paid
more or less tax, I will let you decide if this is a true
statement. When you pay more in taxes, that's a tax Increase - and
- we paid a 14% increase in in 1999 alone, Colleyville will
received approximately $800,000 more in taxes in 2000 from the
citizens than they did In 1999. Four of the surrounding cities
have reduced their tax rates.
The Council moves the City
Hall to The Village of Colleyville, The Mayor states we will save
$700,000 because we do not have to build a road. If my facts are
correct, the City is giving Patsy Smith nothing in tax dollars but
they have already given The Village $5,500,000 of your tax money,
plus a bonus of another $2.5 million. If the Council will give me
$7,500,000 1 will donate the land, build the street, and put the
City Hall in my front yard. The statement that the City is saving
money by moving the City Hall to The Village is simply false and
The emergency ordinance on
box retailers is another false alarm. The Mayor and Council have
said repeatedly Colleyville does not want to be like Southlake,
Grapevine, Hurst, or Bedford and yet the Mayor says she wants to
adapt their ordinances. There Is no rush from developers to get
permits - the only rush Is retailers running away from
Colleyville. I challenge the Mayor and Council to publish a list
of box tenants of 66,000 that are rushing to build In Colleyville.
The only building close to
this size will be the two story parking lot, in the
Villages, necessary to park cars at the new City Hall. I suppose
this will be put on hold as well.
The citizens of Colleyville
better wake up and take action because this Council is leading us
down a path of destruction. These Council People will all move
back up North in a few years and us long-term citizens will be
left to pay for their mistakes.
Stamped 4-28-01 @ 4:54 PM
To the Editor:
It is most interesting that Colleyville Councilman Marlin has
recently felt it necessary to defend the sale of bonds by the city
in February. These
bonds were sold a year before the need for the funds; nine months,
or so, before knowing how much was going to be needed: and worst
of all, they were sold in a down market that continues that way,
and likely will for many months.
But, aside from the sordid details, the deal is done, so why does
Councilman Marlin bother to defend it now? The reason is that he
wanted a public
platform from which to attack a candidate for mayor, running
against his boss - Mayor Arp. Most of Mr. Marlin's letter,
in fact, is just that, a
political attack on his fellow Councilman, Mr. Taylor, who is
running for mayor against Ms. Arp.
Before Mayor Arp, and her hand picked 'majority,' there was an
unwritten agreement that Colleyville office holders would
not be actively involved in
the council or mayoral elections of other candidates. One of the
very good reasons for this widely respected agreement was
that it tended to reduce animosities on the council after
If, however, we look at the current
election, we find one of Mayor Arp's 'majority' acting as
her campaign treasurer, and the other two doing
everything they can to publicly derail Ms. Arp's opponent. This is
what comes from allowing a politician to pick a majority on
the Council. She
tried the same thing two years ago, but the people turned her
candidates down then by two to one. Unfortunately, we were
asleep a year ago, and we
got what we deserved.
I hope we have the sense this election to limit Ms. Arp to one
term, and to eventually throw out this 'majority,' and
return to sound, balanced
Stamped 4-30-01 @ 9:12 AM
I am puzzled. I submitted a letter early Sunday, April 29th. My
letter was critical of Mike Taylor, however, instead of Donna Arp,
as all of the other letters on this site.
I quote"your views are posted every time on this site."
There was a letter that was submitted after mine that was
published on this site. Is it just a coincidence that it is
another letter critical of Mayor Arp?
It is your right to have whatever website you wish, but it is
unethical and misleading to proclaim all letters will be aired and
then only publish the ones that coincide with your
I have little hope of this letter being posted, but I expect to
receive a call explaining why my letter is absent or I will seek
other ways to inform people of your apparent bias.
Jill Van Over
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Stamped 4-30-01 @ 9:12 AM
I have just received Mike Taylor's latest campaign
"literature." I believe he is wasting his time running
for mayor of Colleyville. He needs to relocate to Washington D.C.
and become a political spin doctor! His facts are massaged so much
they bear little resemblence to the truth. If he had worked for
Clinton, he wouldn't have any impeachment worries, there would
have been talk of adding him to Mt. Rushmore.
He states he is for the library, but has voted against it
every time except the one instance he brings up, and that was not
a vote to have a library or not.
He has admitted several times that his votes in favor of widening
Hall Johnson was to facilitate Patsy Smith's development. After
having spent over $5 million of our money, she has yet to turn a
shovelful of dirt. I don't believe we will every recoup our
investment in this unneeded road.
He states that Ms. Arp refused citizens request to veto the Hall
Johnson road contract, but fails to mention that there were
clearly enough votes to override her veto, including those of Mr
Taylor and Mr Short.
If he is so certain that he refects the will of the people, he
should not be so misleading in his campaign literature. Tell it
like it is, Mr. Taylor and let the citizens decide.
Jill Van Over
Stamped 4-26-01 @ 3:49 PM
As a former elected councilman in the great City of
Colleyville, I am rather upset with the present council using the
Colleyville Communicator as a political tool. This newsletter is
paid for with our taxpayer dollars and the council votes of what
articles they want in the newsletter each time it is published.
The April 2000 issue which just happened to come out prior to the
election features a front page picture and statement about our
city from none other than "Mayor/Candidate Donna Arp".
Why does this
not surprise me. Donna speaks about how she wants fairness and
equality, but her actions show her true colors. Ms. Arp needs to
learn how to practice what you preach. Her actions throughout this
campaign have set a new low in the tone of political elections in
Colleyville. Ms. Arp ends her letter by stating that Colleyville
is maturing. I think that she might need to consider maturing
herself and lead by example.
Now I understand the
reason for the recent
discussion about ethics. Mayor Arp, your actions speak for
Steven D. Helling
Stamped 4-25-01 @ 8:11 PM
"Proven Leader" is touted as the defining quality of
Mayor Arp on her plenitude of election signs stabbed into the
sweet elitist earth of Colleyville. Buttressed against her
own, are more ipse dixit banners for Brad Rice and smaller
skewered ones with the same claim by Joe Hocutt. It is
evident that the intent is to run another slate candidacy in the
war to create a complete oligarchy in our city.
Is leadership proven by a splenetic drive to rid Colleyville of
any independent thinking citizens on committees and boards,
installing the only those who share the same fixations as the
Mayor and Council majority? Is
leadership proven by dividing the city into Friends of the Mayor
and whoever is left standing? Is leadership proven by
anointment of only the library-at-whatever-cost jihad? Is
disenfranchising the findings of advisory citizen committees and
recommending new committees be assembled who are more in favor
with the high commander and her vicegerents a natural remedy to
prove leadership? Is stirring casus belli between
children's' sports associations a high water mark for this slate?
It is now time to balance the power in Colleyville. Don't
listen to the rhetoric. It is our town, let's take it back.
Vote for Jody Short, Rich Hendler and Mike Taylor.
Member, Master Plan Committee
Member, McPherson Park Citizen Advisory Committee
Stamped 4-24-01 @ 9:19 PM
The city council and mayoral campaign in Colleyville this year has
reached a new ethical low in city politics. First we have
the current mayor, Donna Arp, sending out campaign propaganda with
the inclusion of the interim city manager's name and number to try
to lend credibility to election rhetoric. Next we are confronted
with a poorly written and ill-timed proposal by Councilperson
Feldman requiring financial disclosure of candidates under a cloak
of ethical reform. The hastily conceived proposal is
approved, but much of it is rejected as it conflicts with the city
charter. Now, to top it off, the citizens of Colleyville
received in the mail on April 25, 2001, a
letter from the Colleyville Soccer Association that
mischaracterizes the City Park's Board approval of the master plan
for the Pleasant Run Practice Complex and of course lauds Mayor
Arp for her positions related to practice fields and criticizes
Mike Taylor, Jody Short, and Rich Hendler, all candidates in the
I have had the pleasure of serving with Rich Hendler on the
Colleyville Parks Board during the past year. He is a huge
advocate of parks and worthy of your vote. His opponent has
no experience on any city boards or committees. As for Mayor
Arp, her ethical indiscretions of the past and during this
campaign concern me, Mike Taylor is an honest, honorable, and
hardworking councilman who will make an excellent Mayor. Jody
Short should be re-elected for his expertise in engineering and
his even handed approach to issues. His opponent also has
little experience on city boards and committees.
Citizens of Colleyville, please don't be fooled by last minute
shenanigans and liar flyers, vote for independent candidates, Mike
Taylor for Mayor, Rich Hendler for Place 2, and Jody Short for
Member, Colleyville Parks Board
Chairman, Colleyville Library Advisory Committee