Posted 12-30-02 @ 11:40 am
have just started reading the LNO paper. This is
my second issue. I find it informative and very
good reading. I would like to see some comments
from the other side of the house (I guess that would be
Mrs. Arp and her friends). Do you just not publish
those letters or do they not respond at all?
Shelnutt your question is fair and intuitive. LNO
has continued to make our format available to all.
If you check the archived e-mails to the editor you will
find a number of viewpoints. LNO provides the only
media forum that will post dissenting views, including
columns and e-mails to the editor, without any editing.
We have continued to request that Mayor Arp and all the
city council participate in dialogue on issues with the
open LNO format. Our "no-edit" policy is
a guarantee that responses are posted without editorial
control of LNO. However, our efforts have been
typically rebuffed. Therefore, we find that Open
Records requests provides our best source of
information. LNO is providing a copy of your
e-mail and this response to all Colleyville elected
officials to once again emphasize LNO's interest in
posting all viewpoints. You can determine whether
LNO is providing fair access and whether the politicos
really want to engage in an open discussion by their
Keep up the good work!!!!!
Michael T. Muhm
For the Colleyville City Council not to have appointed
John Eubanks to the State Highway 26 advisory committee
deprived the citizens of Colleyville of valuable proven
leadership that would not put up with any shenanigans.
John Eubanks worked for my father--Thomas L. Anderson Sr.
of Dallas--for more than 25 years and was one of his most
As executive vice-president and treasurer of Anderson
Industries, Inc. of Dallas he was in charge of the bottom
line for our family owned company, which included among
its subsidiaries Mesco Metal Buildings of Grapevine, and
no one, except for my father probably watched the
company's finances and outcome more closely, even auditing
my expense reports during the 10 years I worked in the
corporate office in Dallas from 1987-1997. When my
father retired as company president in 1996, he selected
John Eubanks as company president, knowing John would
continue to lead our company in the conservative
management style dad
preferred. John continued to lead our company until
we sold it two years later and even the company that
bought our subsidiary Mesco Metal Buildings recognized
John's value and retained him as Mesco's president until
his recent retirement.
Even though I live in the part of Colleyville that is in
Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district I often watch the G-CISD
school board meetings with interest as John, who is the
vice chairman of the G-CISD board in his first term, takes
administrators to task for expenses or policies that he
deems questionable or imprudent and properly acting as the
As a 20 year former newspaper reporter who has covered
dozens of school board meetings throughout Texas I
have seen very few elected board members question school
administrators as closely as John Eubanks does and call
them to task.
Thomas L. (Tom) Anderson, Jr.
One more time we have to listen to Brad Rice spout off
about putting "the cow museum out to pasture".
Well, first of all it's not a cow museum, it's a
I can't begin to convey how sick and tired I am of
Councilman Rice bringing up this issue that has been dead
for literally years.
Once upon a time a citizen's committee of Colleyville
conceived and approved a plan for McPherson Park that
included a Dairy Museum exactly where the old
dairy farm used to be. The museum was to be funded
by the Dairy Association - NOT by the city of Colleyville.
The City of Colleyville was never going to contribute a
penny to this enterprise.
However, in typical Colleyville fashion, we dragged our
heels. We used the funds that were supposed to be
used for McPherson Park for other things that Donna Arp's
council considered more important. We dragged our
heels so long
that the economy changed and the Dairy Association was no
longer in a position to fund a museum.
Did the city consider funding the Dairy Museum? No -
never - not once --was city funding of this project
brought up. Like so many other potentially viable
proposals this one died a natural death because our City
leadership was locked in political combat and never
pursued the original plan for McPherson Park - a plan that
by the way was also determined by a citizen committee.
And yet every single time the political redesign of
McPherson Park comes up on the City council agenda, Brad
Rice brings up the "cow museum" with some kind
of derogatory comment indicating what a stupid idea he
thinks it was.
Well Councilman Rice -- let me tell you- some of us used
to buy milk at that dairy farm. Some of us used to
take our kids there so that they could see where the milk
comes from. Some of us think that preserving the
"country atmosphere" of Colleyville includes
preserving a vestige of things past.
Some of us thought that since the Dairy Association was
going to foot the bill, that it was a great idea to build
a Dairy Museum.
As far as I am concerned, this is just one more
opportunity lost to our city because our city leaders are
constantly embroiled in political machinations that would
do credit to Enron or WorldCom either one.
I think the new theater project for Colleyville
is so exciting. I
do hope that in the future a children's learning &
acting program and presentation will become part of it.
Once again this is great news!
and I for one am here to volunteer where needed.
absolutely love to read the citizen's email column.
All the wonderful emails remind me why I moved out of
Colleyville to Euless. The inbreeding of the city
council scared me to death. Having a Colleyville
address is no longer a thing of pride, Several
other residents who have left Colleyville also say
"Have you heard the latest in Arptown?"
Editor: Copy of Letter
Lindley City Mgr. Colleyville
Monday morning 12/09/2002 at 6:45 a.m. I and other
neighbors put our trash out to be picked up, It is now
9:55 p.m. and my trash has not been picked up yet. I am
current on my water and trash bill (check your records)
and would like to know why my trash has not been picked
This is the second time I have called IESI the
"new trash company" and left my name and phone
number to return my call and they have not.
The Mayor and the powers to be market Colleyville
as an up scaled city. Well tonight the animals and
critters will be in Arbor Estates trash and we will have
to clean it up, not IESI the "new trash
company". How many people will pass my neighbor
hood and not only see trash sitting in our front yards
all day waiting to be picked up, but tomorrow morning
will see it scattered over yards and streets.
By this email, I am requesting that you or one of
your staff to contact IESI the "new trash
company" and ask the following questions
since IESI the "new trash company" will not
return my calls.
1 Why did IESI the "new trash company"
miss my pick up, the other company never missed a pick
2 Why does IESI the "new trash company" not
have an after 5 p.m. number to call so that working
people that come home after 5 p.m. can call.
3 Why can they not call me and say we will not pick up
your trash today, please put it back in your garage so
animals and critters will not get in to it.
4 Why can't they call me the customer, back when I leave
my name and phone number.
I would like the city of Colleyville to credit my
next water and trash bill for two missed pick ups.
Please respond with any answers IESI the "new trash
company" or you may have.
I want to thank you for the coverage that you have
been giving to the Inaugural Summer Santa "Tour de
Peppermint" Bike Rally and Bike Safety Rodeo being
held at Southlake Town Square, this Sunday morning. Summer
Santa is a non-profit charity that helps thousands of
Northeast Tarrant County kids each year. And these
kids thank you too!
REF Southlake Carroll Game on Radio
It was nearly impossible to
hear on 1190 any of the Southlake Dragons game against
Arlington Sam Houston. We tried 4 different radios
including the car and almost nothing!! About the only
thing audible were some of the
commercials. What's wrong with that Fox station?
I applaud the local businesses that spent money on
advertising to provide this community service but they
certainly didn't get their money's worth. Does it
take group action to complain to Fox. I urge other
in the community to do so. What a big
Knowledgeable reviewers have known for years that the
content of the Radio City Christmas production included a
historically accepted depiction of the birth of Christ
(for whom the holiday is named). In fact, the Nativity
scene (including live animals) was featured in advance
publicity for the show.
It doesn't try to present
one religion as superior to another, nor is it
In the future, Lowry might
do well to pay attention to the advance publicity before
he attends the performance of a well-known production.
Then his review might be more professionally objective and
less emotionally reactive.
Anne and David Meier, Hurst
- Christmas Musical
I think Lowry's misunderstanding of Christmas is all too
The title of this
performance informs us that it is a Christmas spectacular
-- i.e., that it has a Christian theme. Why would you go
with any other expectation?
If the title has the word Christmas
in it, it should absolutely be about the birth of Jesus
Lowry stated that the
creators of this show used dated ideas and ambushed the
audience with Christian theology. If Lowry was ambushed,
then he set himself up for that.
- Now I AM going to the Rockettes Show!
Lowry's criticism of the Christmas Spectacular makes me
What a dream program -- all
the glitz of commercial Christmas as we know it, topped
off by a biblical presentation depicting the real meaning
of the season. Our granddaughter can hardly wait.
Also attended Rockettes in New York five years ago.
We saw the Rockette Christmas show and its finale
recreating the biblical Christmas story five years ago at
Radio City in New York, where many nationalities and
religious beliefs are represented.
Surely we should not object
to the same show being performed here in the Bible Belt.
Maybe Osama will Celebrate July 4th because he likes
As long as people celebrate Christmas, they need to know
what it is all about -- not celebrate in complete
darkness. Celebrating in ignorance of the central reason
for the holiday season is like Osama bin Laden celebrating
the Fourth of July simply because he likes the fireworks.
Just as the deeper meaning
of the Fourth of July goes far beyond fireworks, and
should always be expressed, so should the deeper meaning
of Christmas always be a part of any Christmas
you Nelson, I am glad you are not afraid to stand up for
what is right and what you ( and many others) believe in.
Christ is THE reason we celebrate the "Holiday"
and I pray for the folks who do not know him
Jennifer Gray, CCIM
Passionate writing again! I love it!
I'm glad you were exonerated.
I liked the Rockettes article.
Local News Only.com Editor:
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
I have forwarded this to many of our local NextStage staff
and to Radio City.
Mark Lowry's comments were offensive to me when I read
them as well and responded to him via email.
Assistant to General Manager
NextStage at Grand Prairie
1001 NextStage Drive
Grand Prairie TX 75050
What a wonderful editorial on
the Rockettes Christmas Program-and welcome back to LNO's
Publisher, you have not lost your touch.
"Political correctness" is nothing more or less
than censorship, and suppression of ideas and beliefs, by
those who have access to and control of the media
using "Clintonspeak" as the means of
communication. When we allow a minority, any
minority, of citizens to prohibit or inhibit the majority
of Americans from openly and proudly exercising
their freedom of expression and religion because of
"political correctness" or "being sensitive
to everyone's feelings" we have ceased to be a
democracy and have become a "minocracy."
There is no constitutional right to be protected from
being offended, having your positions or beliefs
challenged, or hearing some idea stated with which you
disagree-even in Colleyville.
It is amazing that people seek to frequent places or
events where they may be offended. If a Christian
were to attend a Hanukkah or Ramadan celebration should he
be offended because Jesus Christ was not mentioned, or the
prayer was offered in the name of Allah? Assuming
intelligence for most people (which if you have ever
watched the Jaywalking segment on the Tonight Show you may
question) , you should just stay home if you are that
easily offended. If you do not like the sex and
television exercise your personal right of censorship and
turn it off and likewise do not attend Christmas programs
expecting to prevent your fellow citizens from celebrating
Christmas is Christmas, and a Christmas tree is just that,
not a "holiday tree" or "seasonal
bush." It is time for the majority to exercise
their constitutional rights to advocate their beliefs in
public, if they so choose, without regard to whether
others may be offended by that exercise.
Wish people a Merry Christmas without any hesitancy or
trepidation. If the wishee is offended because you
wished them happiness and joy, do not concern yourself for
even one moment-for it says much more about their narrow,
parochial viewpoint and lack of belief in, and
understanding of, the fundamentals of our Constitution,
than it does about your "sensitivity."
So Merry Christmas to all (including specifically Mark
Lowry) and to all a good night.
Nellie... aside from that, how do you feel about things?
On behalf of "we the readers" sure glad to have
you and the "editor attitude" back, (which
I totally agree with by the way). (Rockettes Commentary)
The only thing you failed to do was provide readers with
Lowry's email address!
following response was received by LNO in response to the
following questions concerning the WHHASucks web site.
Apparently the author of the site obtained email addresses
of all HOA associations from a City of Colleyville email
broadcast. The information was passed to LNO after
the separate homeowner site, AboutMyHOA.com received a
copy of the email
Why do you find it necessary to have a photo of a small
child making an obscene gesture?
Why did you post the names, ages and addresses of children
of the Board Members?
really should have read the information on the web site
instead of just looking at the pictures! They stole
1.The picture of the child is representative of what you
get when children have poor role models! People who
lie, cheat and steal from their neighbors are certainly
poor role models for children.
Example: Individual buys a $800,000
house backed up to a park! He signs a contract to
pay for the upkeep on the park at the time of his purchase
of the house. He then finds a condom in the park and
promptly has the parking lot chained off so no one else
can use his park. He then decides that someone else should
assume part of his financial obligation. He rides
around the community in his Mercedes until he sees a
retired school teacher who lives in a home valued under
$200,000 and so far away that they won't use the park or
get in his way. He then creates fraudulent documents
and snookers others into signing a petition. He takes the
signature page and has it falsely notorized, attaches it
to another document and files it at the court house. Now
the school teacher is faced with paying the same $486 as
the crook with the $800,000 house on the park. Never mind
the simple fact that the fatcat had two legal opinions
telling him his actions were illegal.... he did it anyway
and told the school teacher to move out of the
neighborhood if he didn't like it! Now the school
teacher has to spend thousands of dollars to defend his
2. The names and ages of the children on the web site came
from the WHHA address book that was published and freely
distributed by WHHA members. The names, addresses,
phone numbers (including some unlisted numbers),
childrens's names and ages of non-members of the WHHA were
also included in the address book without the permission
of those individuals. They also used the book to
defame non members.
Looks like the "Revenge of the Killer Pumpkins"
is stalking the streets of Colleyville. Could be the title
of a movie if "Revenge of the Killer Tomatoes"
wasn't already taken.
The WHHA story was great. Precisely the reason my
wife and I won't live in an area with a homeowner's
association. My dad and brother have homes in areas
with HOA's and I've told both of them they're nuts for
living in a HOA neighborhood. My dad's summer home
near Ruidoso NM has an HOA and they got upset with him for
wanting to put up a flagpole and
fly the American flag 24 hours a day (lighted at night per
protocol). He put it up anyway and challenged them
to take it down.
That was four years ago and its still flying.
We looked long an hard for an area in Colleyville that
didn't have an HOA or unreasonable restrictive deed
restrictions. The HOA that had been in our neighborhood (Woodbriar
West) back in the 1980s had died and gone away.
you on your coverage on this. You guys are doing a
great job with the local news. Keep up the good
Jennifer Gray, CCIM
Last week was one of the best in recent memory. Not
only was President Bush's position vindicated domestically
and internationally, but a good man, a hard and tireless
worker, a purveyor of the facts and a vocal opponent of
the ethically challenged, terminally inane and spendthrift
politicians that dot the local landscape, returned
undaunted to the fray-Nelson Thibodeaux. He refused
to compromise with wrong, as he always has, simply because
it would have been the easy and convenient course.
He fought for what was right against overwhelming odds and
Unlike the hollow incantations by pontificating politicos
of the line from the Frost poem, he truly "takes the
road less traveled."
I would have enjoyed being in a few of the anti-Walmart
shopper houses and other "upscale" venues where
the elitists and others who chortled in his misfortune
gather, when the unanimous verdict was returned on Friday.
New distance records must have been set for drop-kicking
Gucci bags and there is of course no way to determine how
many peroxide bottles were hurled against Italian marble
But the rest of us are overjoyed to have Nelson Thibodeaux
back in the fold and LNO should always keep in mind E.K.
Hornbeck's (the Baltimore Sun reporter in Inherit The
Wind) explanation of the duty of a journalist-"to
comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable."
There are many issues deserving the scrutiny of the LNO
truth detector. One can draw inspiration from the
response of Harry Truman when he was told "Give'em
Hell Harry" and he replied, "I just tell the
truth and they think its Hell."
In the words of the Czech patriot Victor Laslow in
"welcome back to the fight."
It sounds like Donna and her Lackeys are getting ready to
perpetrate another disaster on Colleyville. Almost
certainly, they will re-appoint Ms. Gasper to the Planning
Commission (by a 3-2 vote no doubt, i.e. three Lackeys to
two Councilmen.) Instead, they should beg for the return
of some of the component, honest, hardworking people (like
the former Chairman.) Donna and the Lackeys kicked them
off for political reasons as soon as they got a Lackey
majority on the Council. Is it any wonder that our city is
the butt of so many jokes?
Ms. Gasper wrote to the Startlegram today (published
today) outlining her answer to critics about recent
accusations of improprieties in reporting campaign
contributions. In my view she condemned herself right
there. She indicated that she doesn't know or understand
the difference between taking money from a developer and
properly declaring it, and taking money from a developer
and hiding it. If she can't make the distinction between
these two, then I for one don't want her representing the
City in any capacity. (A simple, honest way to have
handled this would have been to say she -or her PAC- made
a mistake, was sorry, and would certainly see that it
never happened again, however.)
I stand by my argument. No alcohol + no parking (remember
the "Seating Available" sign?) = NO
The approval of the Westgate Villas project from
developer Raman Chandler was going to happen sooner or
later given the cozy relationship between Chandler and
Mayor Donna Arp. Sadly, I don't find it too
surprising that the subdivision plat was approved
without any means to properly detain and release
drainage from the property given that its for one of the
two "do no wrong" developers in town.
Because the project has so much residential density
(basically double that of anything around it) there is
no room on the site for drainage so water must flow
off-site. Virtually all the cities in this area
(except Colleyville I guess) require the legal means to
be in place to drain such a project before
approving a subdivision plat. But here Chandler's
influence with Arp, Tigue, Rice and Hocutt allow him to
get away with no easement for drainage, but rather only
the hollow assurance that he will get one from the
neighboring properties in the future. Does anyone
want to bet that the city will be
called in to condemn an easement for Chandler if he is
unable to con-vince the neighbors to allow him to have
Caldwell's Creek HOA has been in litigation with the
"Trust Me" developer for three years because
the city would not step in and enforce the PUD zoning
and plat approved for Caldwell's Creek. We
inherited a development with failing streets and
incomplete park areas. He even tried to take our
parkland after it was conveyed to us by plat and give it
too his other high-density Villas project. We
asked the Mayor for help; what were we thinking?
She and Chandler are inseparable.
Oh yeah, I'm sorry Donna, I forgot about the beautiful
golf facility he is going to build out there at
Westgate. Hey, here's an idea, how about
advertising Colleyville as a destination spot. You
can stay at the luxury hotel in the Village and play
nine at Chandlers place. If you have time you can
shop right over the border in Southlake, Grapevine or
Colleyville if any stores can manage to stay open for
over a year.
Give me a break! How gullible do you think we are
Donna? See you this Spring at the polls.
Until then, keep telling us how great things are in
To my readers:
In response to Martin Solomon's email, I would like to
remind him that while "Linda" is probably one
of the more popular names among women around the age of
45 to 50, it was I, Linda Baker, who attended the
Council meeting and wrote the "My Perspective"
report. (He addressed his letter to Linda Newton.)
In reply to his concerns concerns about the accuracy of
the section regarding Miguelitos Restaurant, had Dr.
Solomon, or his wife, Dana Feldman, been there, or even
watched the replay on cable TV, they would have known
that City Manager Bill Lindley said quite specifically
in his own remarks that the owner, Michael Navarre, had
stated to our City Manager his own opinion about why his
restaurant closed. Of course, Dr. Solomon may
order an audio or a video tape of the meeting, as an
open record request, to become more informed.
I stand by the accuracy of My Perspective as written,
and I encourage Dr. Solomon to attend the next City
Council meeting himself to ensure there is no
Dear Linda Newton,
There is more than one
reason why Miguelito's closed. The parking area is
too small for the restaurant. Many potential
customers had driven by, noticed the lot was full, and
went on. Also, the SUP problem was a result of the
restaurant being situated less than 1,000 feet from the
entrance to a nearby church. Miguelito's was aware
of this. They petitioned council and an ordinance
was passed reducing the requirement to 300 feet, making
the separation distance the same as that of other
To my message from
yesterday I would like to add that it is important,
both from editorial and news-reporting perspectives
(which you have combined in your column seemingly
to obfuscate the reader), to state facts as well
as conclusions, whether the conclusion is stated or
Dear Linda Newton,
There is more than one
reason why Miguelito's closed. The parking area is
too small for the restaurant. Many potential
customers had driven by, noticed the lot was full, and
went on. Also, the SUP problem was a result of the
restaurant being situated less than 1,000 feet from the
entrance to a nearby church. Miguelito's was aware
of this. They petitioned council and an ordinance
was passed reducing the requirement to 300 feet, making
the separation distance the same as that of other
To my message from
yesterday I would like to add that it is important,
both from editorial and news-reporting perspectives
(which you have combined in your column seemingly
to obfuscate the reader), to state facts as well
as conclusions, whether the conclusion is stated or
Give us a break Donna! Please! It's a long time till the
next election! You don't have to exercise your nasty
muscles yet! We all know that you are going to try to get
your two lackeys reelected and probably will try to bring
in a third. (Where do you get these people willing and
eager to do
anything you say? Are they really all from Colleyville?)
It's way too early to bore us all with your parading of
the lackeys around to every groundbreaking, opening,
dedication and street fight. (If they went to 'closings'
there would be more opportunities.) If somebody
(particularly a newspaperperson) with a camera were taking
pictures of two dogs in a
heated exchange on Glade road, you'd probably be there,
your two or three Lackeys parading behind you.
We all know you are going to do this, but couldn't it wait
a few months? Then after May, we'll be rid of all of you.
In the meantime, is there any possibility that you and
your lackeys could act with just a modicum of decorum?
Could you cease asking harassing, personal questions of
for volunteer positions? Could you pretend you were
trained in common decency towards your fellow Councilmen?
And, most of all, could you at least act like you care
anything at all about the future of this city?
Come on Donna; give us a break!
SPECIAL no longer SPECIAL?
ordinances have provisions for the city to issue Special
Use Permits (SUPs) to businesses that desire to dispense
alcoholic beverages. The use of the word SPECIAL in this
term would lead a rationale person to believe that the
issuance of a SUP for sale of alcoholic beverages is
something that is “outside the norm”. In the past such
SUPs have been issued to a specific individual business
only after these business presented a request that usually
showed a reason the such a “special” permit should be
issued and evidence that the sale of these beverages would
not harm the community at large.
August 20, 2002 council meeting the Colleyville City
Council took action that issued what was called a Blanket
SUP for any future business that might locate in the
Villages of Colleyville development. How can a BLANKET
permit be considered a SPECIAL permit?
opinion this action by our City Council was extremely
Villages of Colleyville development is located adjacent to
our premier city park. In a bit over a year our library
will open in the Village of Colleyville.
Youth of our city will be using both of these
extensively. No one can be sure what kind of businesses
will locate within the Villages of Colleyville.
In coming years will it resemble Quincy Market or
will it resemble Bourbon Street?
Colleyville Master Plan (Resolution R-98-1402, Sept. 15,
the Citizens of Colleyville, are dedicated to preserving
and enhancing strong family and community values, gracious
suburban living, natural beauty, and historical
recent council action regarding this BLANKET SUP support
the above objective or does it contribute to erosion our
stated values in the interest of economic development?
thanks for your kindness. We appreciate the positive
donor awareness publicity.
The Pearson Family
THANKS FOR HONORING ETHEL
MCCAIN AND OTHER PIONEERS OF WHAT IS NOW COLLEYVILLE.
THOSE OF US WHO HAVE OUR ROOTS HERE ARE PROUD PEOPLE
AND OUR SR. CITIZENS MEAN A LOT TO US.
THANKS AGAIN FOR OUR COVERAGE.
So what if Me
and mini-me don't like
it? I think the real reason is their dislike of
the developer and not the development. It
makes perfect sense to have a buffer between
commercial and residential areas--Duh!
Just a short note to says thanks
for running our church
press release about the playground build on Saturday.
your edition came out, I've got calls from FOX 4, who is
doing a live TV remote and we got on the front page of
the Colleyville Courier! We still don't know if KLTY or
KCBI will be able to do a radio remote or not.
We're planning to feed over 300 people, and that
still might not be enough!
I really think your publication kicked
off all the big media interest!
Thanks again for breaking the story....you must have a
very widely read paper because it didn't take long for
people to start calling us after it hit the internet on
your site. They hadn't given us a second look until
Crown of Life Lutheran Church
I am a member of the
Grapevine/Colleyville chapter of the MOMS Club. We
would like to thank you for the prompt notice of the
closing of Miguelitos. We had just decided to have
our new member breakfast for August there. I got
home from our board meeting and your email regarding the
closing was waiting for me. I promptly emailed the
other board members about it so we could choose an
alternate place. I know at least one signed on
with you to read it herself and decided she likes the
We would like to request advertising
rates, as we are trying to expand our group. We
are a non-profit organization, and do most of our
advertising by word of mouth right now and flyers in
places where stay-at-home moms tend to go.
Thank you very much.
Texas Drivers License...
If you look on the back of your Texas Drivers
License, just above the barcode, there is a phone
number (800/525-5555). That is for roadside
assistance on the Texas highways. A service truck
will be sent to you, state run and paid for by our
taxes; they will change a flat, provide fuel,
help start your car, call a tow truck, etc....it's a
public service. Thought you might want to know about
this, if you don't already, and pass it on to
fellow Texas drivers.
Time Stamped April 30, 2002..5:15 PM
recent political advertisement, printed in another
paper, has made
claims that are inaccurate, misleading and
misrepresentations of my
experience and platform. The facts are:
. The advertisement implies that I attack with
distortions." My recent campaign brochure
mailed to voters provides the
"Top 10 Reasons to Vote for Gasper" and
answers the question "Why would
someone with an MBA and over 30 years of
including national policymaking, want to serve on
the Colleyville City
Council? Because she cares." I am the only
person discussed in the
recently mailed brochure.
. The advertisement says that I have
"continuously misrepresented." My
brochure and website www.joann.gasperonline.com
accurately reflect my
experience, my position on the issues facing
Colleyville, my vision for
the future, my proposed solutions for future
challenges, and my
background. My campaign has been about my
qualifications, my abilities
and the reasons that I am the best person to serve
on the Colleyville
. The advertisement says that I voted for
"high density residential and
inappropriate commercial zoning." I voted to
restore the commercial
zoning on property which had been changed to a tax
exempt use. I
supported the request made by the citizens
for a higher density
single-family residential development to serve as
a "buffer" from the
commercial property. This vote
supported commercial development and
supported the citizens' desire to
protect their neighborhood.
Promoting quality economic development and while
neighborhoods is a major goal of mine.
. The advertisement is a "red herring"
questioning my reporting of
campaign contributions. All required
campaign contributions and
financial disclosures have been filed in a
timely manner. State and
city rules for the conduct of a campaign have been
disclosure has been given.
. The advertisement implies that I have "no
record of service or list of
accomplishments." I have a record of more
than 10 years of public
service including eight years federal government (
administration) and almost two years city
(Planning and Zoning Commission). My experience
includes running a
federal agency with $154 million budget, managing
a $40 million research
demonstration project, and being an advisor to
Secretary of Education
William Bennett. My work has been recognized
Law students are taught that if they do not have
the facts on their
side-they should argue the law. If they do
not have the law on their
side-they should argue the facts. If they have
neither the facts nor the
law to support their position, then discredit the
person. It is clear
that the advertisement has neither the
facts nor the law on its side.
It is time that we all work together for
Jo Ann Gasper
Stamped April 30, 2002..11:16 AM
In the 4/22/02 letter
to the editor, there appears to be a mistake in
interpretation of the Charter of Colleyville. The
"direct interest" would
have been the direct investment in the Village
project by the Tigues, which
did not happen. Also, the "proposed or actual
contract, ..." refers to the
Village project and not the documents between the
developer and Tigue/Arp.
There was not a direct interest in the Village
project by either Tigue or Arp
so why would there need to be a disclosure? That's
Stamped April 29, 2002..4:22 PM
Thank you for your detailed and well-researched
update on the "new
Luxury Hotel" which the mayor and the Village
developer announced shortly
before the special election to fill the Place 4
seat on City Council. But
you really could have saved your time and effort.
It is no surprise that
nothing further has happened on this project since
it was obviously released
to fool the public as to the prospects of Highway
26 looking like anything
other than a street in the Bronx with all of its
For anyone who can spell economics the prospect of
a "Mansion-style hotel" in Colleyville
was always laughable. For what
reason would all of these wealthy, upscale people
be coming to Colleyville?
Is there a major tourist attraction like the Alamo
or Six Flags? Do we have
an ocean, river (Bear Creek is not it) or mountain
for them to see? Is
there a Deep Ellum, Greenville Avenue,
Sundance Square or Bass Hall? Do we have
gourmet restaurants, unique pubs or nightly
Although it may come as a shock to our
"upscale, rural atmosphere"
doyens, people may not want to come to Colleyville
just so they can bask in
the well-coifed and sartorial splendor of our
upscale magnificence. They
might actually want something of substance for
Even Grapevine and Southlake, which actually do
venues, a number of good restaurants, a Town
Center with excellent
shopping, Grapevine Mills, a quaint downtown and
numerous other facilities
to draw tourists, would have a difficult time
sustaining such a property.
But if there was any prospect of such a hotel
being built, like with the
Opryland facility in Grapevine, Mayors Stacy and
Tate would have already
wrapped that package. Those two cities and
their leaders know economic
development and how to build dynamic communities
fueled with large sales tax
dollars to improve the services to their citizens.
Our accomplishment is to brag about building a
library- with the
$700,000 per year needed to operate it nowhere in
sight. Of course everyone
knows what a tremendous sales tax generator the
Library, along with Lee
Lighting (most sales are to builders who pay no
sales tax-and how often do
you buy a chandelier), will be in replacing the
tax base loss represented by
Payless, Kmart, Luckman's Silk, Sweet Magnolias,
Taco Bell, Diamonds by
Winston and all of the others.
However, there is no need to waste any more time
on this endeavor by
sending proposed names for the new hotel to the
mayor. One name and one
name only fits this hotel. THE MIRAGE in
Stamped April 28, 2002..11:48 AM
me be the first to say that I was never on
Council, and have not one political aspiration to
be the Mayor. But I do go to many of
Colleyville's different open committee meetings as
a citizen, almost every Council meeting, and read
every angle of every story put out in regard to
Colleyville. As a citizen, these are my
For Mayor Arp to claim herself as
"politically naive" is possibly the
largest lie she has ever told, and that number is
Richard Myers' story gets tweaked every time he
tells it about the great proposal to sign up the
Mayor as The Villages' brokering agent, and his
innocent offer to a sitting Councilwoman and her
husband to invest in the project.
The Villages' Tom Miller can't figure out why the
Ethics Committee he chairs has taken criticism
despite not yet producing an actual Ethics
recommendation. They did provide a
"Disclosure" document-I went to the
meeting where the Committee curtly refused any
suggestion to include the names of business
partners or even to reveal partnerships over in
say, Dallas. Since the entire Committee was
selected to exclude citizens who applied before
the deadline so they could be hand picked by
Councilwoman Feldman after the closing, it is
pitiful irony that Miller cries he is the victim
of politics. You have to know what Ethics
are before you get selected to write the
guidelines. Last we heard, they were copying
some from other cities.
The defense provided by the Villagegate Coalition
is that all of the turmoil and revelations about
the condemnation and sweetheart deal of the Couch
property, the phony hotel with the expected
incentives, the surprise median, the illegal
parkland trade, the coincidence of City Hall and
Library moved to the Villages-the time frame not
so distant from the fabulous investment
opportunities offered to two of our elected
officials-all of this is just politically
I am a citizen. I have voted in the past for
Arp and Tigue. But there is something so
wrong about this Villagegate business that it
transcends cavalier dismissal as political
mischief. Arp, Tigue, Myers, Miller, et
al-they are disrespecting the citizens to claim it
as such, and in fact, can only respond by getting
churlish because their no one caught them before
Stamped April 24, 2002..8:28 PM
As candidates for
the GCISD School Board move into the final days
before election, I wish to recommend Freda Ward
as the most valuable candidate for Place 7.
Freda is uniquely qualified to serve on the
Board. She has years of positive
involvement in the Grapevine-Colleyville school
district as a dedicated leader, loyal committee
member and as a current parent of two school-age
children. Freda's campaign slogan
says it all ... "For the
The results of
the GCISD Curriculum Audit should be a wake-up
call to all voters that we need a change.
We need new leadership in our school district!
The audit reflects that not only are there
governance issues between the current School
Board and Dr. Singer but, there is no curriculum
management. Every conscientious voter
needs to read this audit thoroughly before they
vote. Teacher morale is currently at the
lowest it has been in years, and our district
has gone from "exemplary" to
"recognized" under the current Board
I want a change! I
am voting for Freda Ward! Many people
have recently talked to Freda to express their
concerns over the current school situation.
I have noticed that she listens attentively and
then questions. Freda is an energetic and
tireless searcher for solutions to problems.
She cares - about the schools, the teachers and
the children. She pledges to work
diligently to make our school district better.
These and other
traits that characterize Freda Ward make her a
valuable candidate for the GCISD School Board.
Let's elect Freda Ward to Place 7. We will
be proud that we gave her our vote.
Stamped April 23, 2002..6:09 PM
Do Ethical Elected Officials Attract Written
Offers....I Think Not
When I came to Colleyville in 1996, I couldn't
have cared less who was on the Council or who
served as the City's Mayor. I was interested
in other things and took for granted that everyone
got a fair opportunity. Having tried to do
business here and having watched "most"
others try to do business here, I found that I was
I have been reading recent articles in the
Star-Telegram where Mayor Arp and Mayor Pro-Tem
Tigue assert they have done no wrong because they
said "no" to certain written
"business offers." In my opinion,
it is more than naive for anyone to swallow these
assertions of innocence. Business simply
doesn't work that way. Substantial business
discussions and general agreement to terms precede
the expense of document preparation. Offers,
in writing, don't just appear unexpectedly.
Despite what they assert, it has been more than
obvious to those that attend City meetings that
Arp and Tigue continued to push the very
"Villages" agenda they purportedly
declined. That of course raises the question
of whether in substance the offers were in fact
declined or might simply have been replaced by
Supported by obedient Council candidates that rode
the long Arp/Tigue coat tails and a certain
"liar flyer" into office, it was really
easy to get this "Villages" deal done it
seems. Throughout all the zigzagging and
"kicking the ball down a confusing
field" the major press sources never
questioned any of the bewildering Council moves.
For example, they didn't question the motive to
"cover part of the Hall Johnson Rd. with dirt
fiasco " that occurred at the first Council
meeting that the coalition existed. Nor did they
before of after the fact, credibly test the faulty
cost analyses that showed a cost benefit now
turned high cost to the citizens to relocate the
City Hall and Library to the "Villages."
Arp and Tigue have, expended dog years politically
schmoozing Colleyville's elite citizens and the
press. After their initial election to office they
were ineffective pushing their agenda because they
were opposed by other Council members that
disagreed with them. Nevertheless, after
being elected unopposed as I recall, these two
"society mavens" subsequently bonded
together a strange mixture of the elite, the major
media and the adjacent to "commercial
property" homeowner activist groups to
solidify a path to power and build a powerful
Council coalition that can literally do anything
if it is allowed to continue. Those of us who go
to City meetings have literally seen them use the
rule book when it benefits them and disregard it
when it didn't.
It was actually stunning to read an objective
Sunday Star-Telegram editorial and see Dave
Leiber's column today take a hard look at the
actions of the current Mayor and Council. I
actually didn't believe in my life time the DFW
major media would peer through the false vale of
Arp and Tigue, no matter the circumstance.
It is certainly nice to see the disingenuous
efforts of Arp/Tigue begin to earn them the
stature with the major media their years of
schmoozing and self serving efforts should afford
As for Mrs. Tigue and the other Council members up
for election, now it is up to the voters to either
leave this absurd but powerful coalition in place
or balance it so that there is protection for
those outside your circles. For Council
seats not up for reelection this term, I say mend
your ways, think objectively and do what is right
for all of Colleyville! To the press, I say
maintain your skepticism of all. Nobody
presents anything to the Council without financial
motive and very few attend Council meetings
without motive. Every vote has a consequence
to those at the Council meetings and those at
home. Think about what is going on.
The more it zigs and zags the more skeptical the
press and all concerned should be.
At my core, I could still care less who the
elected officials are. I only want a fair
place in which to live and to do business.
It doesn't currently exist. I hope it
changes May 4th.
If this gets published, I want to thank LNO for
not limiting me to 100 words as the "major
media" does. That frustrates me and
ultimately leaves my point of view largely
Stamped April 22, 2002..12:15 PM
You guys are
doing a great job for Colleyville! I also
like the updates in format (appearance) you
continue to make. Have a nice day!
Stamped April 22, 2002..11:15 AM
In watching the candidates at last night's
Colleyville Lion's Club Candidate
Forum, one question kept occurring to me
-"What planet is Ginny Tigue from?"
Time after time, she said things that made me
wonder why she would brag
about her four years experience on the Council.
* She said here are no coalitions on the current
Council. Ginny, are all
those 4-1 votes (5-0 before Newton replaced
Marlin) just accidents?
* Indicated that the Council was meeting with Rte.
26 businesses to allay
all problems about the upcoming rebuild of that
road. However, Ginny's
opponent, Charlene Hostin, reports that she has
actually visited with many
of these business owners and that they all are
concerned about what is going
to happen on Rte. 26. Ginny, I guess they remember
being totally surprised
about the 'Yellow Monster' that you and the rest
of Donna's Council
inflected on them.
* She indicated that we needed a variety of
businesses in Colleyville, but
we need boutiques in our central area. Ginny, are
these boutiques supposed
to go with the non-existent Monopoly Hotel you and
Donna spoofed us with
* When answering a question about how to improve
the perception of
Colleyville having an unstable political climate,
Ginny stopped talking to
hold back tears. Ginny, very touching, great
theater, but your opponent's
(Charlene Hostin) answer, "We need new
leaders and new leadership," seems a
lot more to the point. Tears won't do it. New
* Ginny, in talking about the Library, noted that
it had been in progress
since 1985. Well that was when a Gala was held
that brought some of the
current people into the Library issue, but in
fact, it had been in the
planning stages for years before that. Ginny, not
everything starts with a
One other thing of interest about Ginny's talk was
that she used the forum
as a stage to deny the current allegations in the
various papers about her
being potentially financially involved with the
developer of the Village.
She ended one talk with the words, "I didn't
She doesn't seem to get it (again!) The Charter of
Colleyville says (Section
14.02, paragraph C) "A person, who is subject
to the Section and has a
direct interest in any proposed or existing
contract, purchase, work, sale,
or service..." it goes on to require that
those persons (elected or
appointed officials) shall not participate in
discussion or vote on such
subjects. The next paragraph (Section 14.02,
Paragraph D) requires that a
sworn notice of any such conflict be filed with
the City Secretary.
Note that the language says, "Proposed."
It doesn't say that a contract has
to be final or accepted. It appears to me that
this "appearance of
impropriety" (even in the absence of actual,
completed contracts) is what
the Charter anticipates. I think Ginny and Donna
should have read the
Charter more carefully.
Stamped April 19, 2002..4:45 PM
wish to correct a serious unfounded statement in
the advertisement placed in you paper by Citizens
for Colleyville, Bryn Jepson Treasure.
the finance report for candidates Newton, Hendler
and Hostin there is a reference to “Thibodeaux
Media Employee (Violates Media Ethics)”.
This statement is false and a complete
distortion of the facts.
am the contributor of record to the three
If one visits the Local News Only.com web
site there is a complete and factual explanation
regarding the source of the campaign funds.
require funding and it is our civic duty for all
of us to support their candidate of choice.
I notice under Feldman, there are 17
contributors for $1,700 without the detailed
source of funding that is contained in the Newton,
Hendler and Hostin reports.
Who questions the ethics of that oversight?
City of Colleyville should be concerned about its
declining commercial tax base, increased reliance
on property taxes, the yellow serpentine on route
26, the abuse of the Couch family, ethical
standards for elected officials, the recent
revelations regarding the developer of the
Villages and lack of professional conduct during
closing, I am the contributor of record to the
Newton, Hendler and Hostin campaigns.
If Mr. Jepson, or any other individual, had
taken the time to contact me, or my wife, we would
have discussed my error and clarified the matter.
Maurice F. “Mike” Connor
Colleyville, Texas 76034
Stamped April 19, 2002..1:31 PM
These quotes are
attributed to Ginny Tigue in today's
"Contributions are an indication of someone's
certainly conscious of the fact that donations
would imply that you might vote a
certain way." Was Tigue so
vociferous on the issue of contributions when
Raman Chandler gave $2,000 to the campaign of her
fellow candidate and crony Dennis Marlin in 2000?
Somehow I doubt it. The double standard and
symbiotic network running (or should that be
ruining?) our city is positively revolting.
Stamped April 16, 2002..11:24 AM
During the last
election, LNO carried links to the candidate's web
sites. Although you have not requested the
information, as of this
writing, my web site is www.joann.gasperonline.com.
City elections are almost here. Early voting for
elections will be from April 17 - 30, Monday
through Friday, from 8
a.m. to 5 p.m. Voting will be at the Colleyville
City Hall. Election day
is May 4 and will be at Bransford Elementary
We are fortunate to have the freedom of free and
open elections. We have
this freedom because Americans both in military
service and as civilians
are willing to lay down their lives to protect our
right to vote. Find
out about the candidates and vote. Visit the
candidates web sites and
attend the Candidate Forum hosted by the
Colleyville Lions Club. The
candidates will be at the Colleyville
Community Center beginning at
6:30 p.m. You will have an opportunity to meet and
talk with all the
candidates. The Forum will begin at 7:00 p.m. and
end at 9:00 p.m.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Jo Ann Gasper
Stamped April 15, 2002..9:15 AM
In a letter to the Editor dated April 7,
2002 Mr. Larry Huey comments about myths,
hearsay and misinformation as well as facts at the
Colleyville Parks Advisory Board meeting (4/1/02.)
He then shares three paragraphs of accolades about
the American Eagles soccer organization. On
this much we agree. 1)There is considerable
misinformation, myths and hearsay regarding the
utilization of Colleyvilles soccer practice
facilities; and 2) the American Eagles soccer
organization is a fine organization.
However, he misses the point, and I believe he
hopes that you will too. This issue is about
the unequitable utilization of Colleyville's
practice fields by nonresidents or private
organizations (American Eagles)at the expense of
our recreational soccer league. Simply put, the
recreational soccer leagues do not have adequate
practice facilities. According to the Colleyville
Soccer Association (CSA), there were 1073
participants in the Fall 2001 season comprised of
752 Colleyville residents and 321 non residents..
The American Eagles select soccer team
consisted of 495 participants comprised of only 97
Colleyville residents and 398 non residents. Yet,
the American Eagles presently enjoy near exclusive
use of our only designated practice fields while
our recreational teams are resigned to use public
parks, private property or whatever practice areas
they can find.
Mr. Huey stated that the recreational soccer teams
have not been treated unfairly and that no
statistical analysis supported this concern.
However, The Parks and Recreation Board felt that
it was important to get a statistical analysis
when it directed CSA to poll its fall coaches with
regards to their practice field utilization.
CSA elected not to follow this directive.
Perhaps it was unfair for Mr. Huey to
comment on the lack of statistical data unless one
evaluates the handling of this survey process and
explores potential conflicts of interest
that may exist on the CSA Board.
The issue that Mr. Huey attempts to cover up is
that all Colleyville residents are not being given
first preference to Colleyville park facilities.
In conclusion, may I further point out that the
comment about a "zero sum" game is part
of the misinformation that Mr Huey referred to in
his letter. We seek an equitable solution to the
problem, that is both fair to Colleyville
taxpayers and good for all of our Colleyville
soccer playing youth, regardless of their age or
ability. Although, I can appreciate the dilema
that the American Eagles face by charging their
participants several thousand dollars annually to
play and yet not having their own private practice
and game fields, I do not believe that it is fair
for them to make this a problem for the taxpaying
citizens of Colleyville.
Stamped April 12, 2002 @ 10:40 AM
To the Editor,
Donna has done it again! She ahs recently sent a letter
form the City of Colleyville (at the taxpayers' expense) to
explain to us that she is not "elitist." If this
wasn't so pathetic, it would be funny. Donna starts her
letter stating that its purpose is to "...share issues
being addressed by an alliance of Hwy. 26 merchants..."
(Regarding business problems associated with the pending
improvement of that road.)
However, the rest of the letter (three dreadful pages)
was primarily devoted to Donna assuring us that she is not
"elitist," - no more mention of issues with the
road! All pretense as to this being about Colleyville
policies (remember Colleyville paid for this, not a campaign
fund), when she moves to her personal opinions, "I do
not care if inside their walls a business sells shirts three
for a $1.00."
Of course, actions speak louder than words, but Donna
just doesn't get that. Donna is the one who publicized
the survey talking about Colleyville's great income.
Donna is the one who disparages nearby discount
retailers, by saying that Colleyville residents would never
shop in such places. (At one of her 'non-political'
appearances at homeowners' association meetings.)
Donna is the one who used her position (and her Lackeys
on the Council) to destroy a Wal-Mart Grocery and its
associated stores, but applauds the new 'high-end' grocery
This is just the latest of Donna's election-time tricks.
Note how often these tricks are at the expense of
Colleyville. Last time it was a 'magic hotel' that appeared
out of no place and was going in the Village. It seems to
have disappeared back in to no place! Maybe now that Jerry
Jones has bought the Payless property, we will hear shortly
before this election that the Cowboys are moving Texas
Stadium to the Village.
The people of Colleyville are wise to you Donna!
Stamped April 11, 2002 @ 5:52 PM
following letter was received via mail. To see larger
copy, click on letter.
Stamped April 7, 2002 @ 7:50 PM
usually happens in large meetings, (Parks Advisory Board,
4/2/02) there is often a tendency to share myths, hearsay,
and misinformation as well as facts. In regards to
select soccer in Colleyville, isn’t it wonderful that 97
Colleyville residents have a close and convenient venue
for soccer practice with licensed, highly skilled and
motivated coaches? These 97 residents are
interspersed on 30 different teams all competing at the
highest levels possible in local leagues and tournaments.
The other 400 kids all pay non-resident fees, plus the
field use fees that everyone pays. These fees are
determined by city ordinance and were designed to defray
operations and maintenance costs for the fields.
Texas American Eagles Soccer Club is a duly registered
not-for-profit organization that hires the most qualified
independent contractors possible to insure player
development. Club soccer is organized this way on a
nationwide basis under the United States Soccer
Federation. Already, nearly 200
Colleyville residents travel to other cities and clubs to
receive the tutelage of their coach of choice, as well as
to compete at the most appropriate levels in leagues in
Dallas, Plano and Arlington. Fortunately all these
venues welcome our kids and their parent’s money.
the past six years I have invested countless hours as a
CSA Board member, referee, instructor and director of
field operations for the recreational element of
Colleyville Soccer. Many of our coaches call upon
the resources of the American Eagles to provide skills
training and clinics. Approximately ½ of the youth
referees working in CSA are American Eagles soccer players
who are giving back to the game and the community.
It is the synergy of the two organizations that provides a
great opportunity for kids to play soccer at whatever
level they choose to pursue.
Soccer and the American Eagles soccer organizations have
been the starting point for a number of high school and
college scholarship athletes. Since our local school
district does not provide a soccer option in middle school
athletics where else can our kids develop their soccer
skills? Unlike football, soccer and baseball
have no publicly supported (GCISD) arenas in which to
compete, prior to the high school level.
there is a problem with available practice space for
soccer and other sports. Many members of the Parks
Board and City Council have recognized and spoken out on
these needs. It’s unfortunate that some see this
as a “zero-sum” game with winners and losers.
None of the recreational soccer teams have been treated
unfairly or restricted from practice areas. This was
clear at the meeting when no one could provide a single
example of such treatment, let alone statistical analysis
that proved the point.
Parks Board is judiciously considering the options for
additional space and/or limited use of the game fields for
practice. Let’s reduce the rhetoric and
finger-pointing and focus on what’s best for kids who
want to play soccer in Colleyville . . . at every level.
Colleyville Soccer Association
VP-Refs and Field Operations
(& an American Eagles Dad)
Stamped April 6, 2002 @ 10:43 AM
Colleyville's Chamber of Commerce invites Michael Irvin to
be the inspirational speaker at their monthly luncheon.
One might assume Robert Downey Jr., or Marion Berry
Aside from a recent television interview where Irvin
smirks about his own and former teammates proclivity for
adultery, and the remarkably thin passage of time since
his drug use, it appears that Irvin is also addicted to
the spotlight. Add the perk organized religion
offers-pass the hat-and you have signed on the Playmaker.
Every year Colleyville takes our tax money and donates a
sizable lump sum amount to the Chamber of Commerce. Councilman
Tigue is on the Board of Directors, and Councilman Rice,
City Manager Bill Lindley, and Mayor Donna Arp sit on the
Advisory Board. Cynical opinions about Chamber
autonomy cannot be easily dismissed, especially when
reading Mayor Arp fawn over Irvin's speech in the
Star-Telegram. An Advisory Board ought to give
better advice regarding motivational speakers.
Additionally, if this city, cash strapped as must be
according to the "nothing is wrong, everything is
fine" mailing I just received from Donna Arp-who
always times these little missives just before her own or
her anointed ones' elections-at taxpayer expense-keeps
giving money to this Chamber of Commerce, then it is way
past time to call for some outside investigational
Stamped April 3, 2002 @ 6:27 PM
I don't understand how there can be such diametrically
opposed views on this
issue. Either the land was donated or it was swapped. You
did an incredible
research and reporting job on the history of this issue.
It would appear to
me that the transactions were land swaps and not a
donation to the city. If
your reporting facts are correct then how does the City
Council continue to
call these transactions donations? What do they say?
Note: LNO stands behind its report on the
"donated" versus "swapped" land.
The item was put on the city council agenda Tuesday, April
2, 2002 , requested by Mayor Donna Arp. LNO will
have a follow up report.
Stamped April 3, 2002 @ 6:27 PM
Mayor how many times does the sewer have to
you fix the problem, my mother lives in the 6200
blk of Colleyville Blvd
twice in the last 3 weeks this has happened and
as you can see by photos
this is going right into the ditch on hwy 26, I
am not sure where this water goes
called the city they are coming to fix it again,
just hope they fix it right this time.
Click on Photos to Enlarge
Stamped April 1, 2002 @ 9:44 PM
One of the tragedies of the
last two-year election cycle in Colleyville has been a
loss in diversity of thought in our City
Government. Up to a few years ago, serving on a Board or
Commission in Colleyville meant interacting with Board
Members of different genders, races, ideologies, and
political consciousness. Votes on the Boards were
seldom unanimous but never
contentious. A sense of community spirit and camaraderie
prevailed in all proceedings.
The current City Council
Majority set a course of purging all non-believers in
the Arp, Feldman, Tigue doctrine. Anyone who believed
Hall-Johnson road should be widened was replaced on a
Board or Commission. Civility was abandoned on the
vote for denying Burk Collin's "Neighborhood
Grocery" development. Who could forget the
"shouting down" of elderly citizens speaking
in favor of trying to sell their property to Mr.
Burke Collins, or the comments in the press about how
some citizens in Colleyville felt that "we don't
need those kind of people (who shop at Wal-Mart) to
enter our City". Our Mayor's refusal to
attend a Development Presentation for the"
Town Center" was a slap at Patsy Smith and any
other developer of like mind. Those who think it
is just a coincidence that our City's Commercial Corridor
is all boarded up should take their heads out of
the sand. Why do those who insist that Colleyville
should be like Highland Park just accept this
community for what it is, a City of diversity enriched
by people from all over Texas and the country who
may, or, may not have, a median income higher than those
from neighboring cities.
Stamped April 1, 2002 @ 10:53 AM
Council races have started here in Colleyville. Someone
from the outside would think that there was also a
mayor’s race, as much as Donna seems to have to say
about the election. We are already seeing Donna lay the
ground for her usual tactics. She was recently quoted in
the paper as saying that she expected her opponents to,
“… distort the facts to promote their own agenda.”
If this wasn’t so important this would be funny. Talk
about the pot calling the kettle a dark color!
Donna is setting the stage for is to retort to anyone who
dares to challenge her handpicked slate, as distorters of
the facts. The opposite will be the truth.
expect to see Donna making appearances at home owner
association meetings (a misuse of her position, since she
is an active campaigner, and a misuse of the trust placed
in the homeowner’s association officials) to tell us how
great things are going. In addition she will be telling
us, at least by implication (but these people are seldom
subtle), how we should return her lackeys to the Council
and add another one, to replace the only real, independent
representative on the Council, Councilman Newton.
hear “her candidates” (if she ever allows them to get
a word in) telling us how well we are doing, and that our
finances are great. For those of you who are relatively
new to Colleyville, this is going to sound good, but I ask
you to look past the big grin. I suggest that you let your
eyes judge. Go to ‘downtown’ Colleyville and look at
how many businesses are closing. Talk to those who have
tried to develop here, and hear their despair of ever
being able to deal with Colleyville. Drive by the remnants
of the “Yellow Monster,” and remember how little this
Council of lackeys thought of the citizens by allowing
that to be built. Also, remember all of the denials about
responsibility for this abomination, until it was proven
that our mayor had signed off on it. While you are in that
area, take a good look at the place our main municipal
buildings (the town hall and library) are being hidden –
almost inaccessible, and with totally inadequate parking.
Go by the magnificent site that is Town Center, and think
how those buildings would look there. The only reason they
aren’t already there (and already built), is the result
of a vendetta against ‘political enemies’ by Donna and
hear Donna’s and her lackeys telling you how good it is,
remember all of the things your eyes will tell you. When
the bond rating people gave Colleyville a good rating,
remember all they were saying is that it will be easy to
raise your taxes to pay for any bonded indebtedness. Also
remember all of the experience and knowledge this bunch
has ‘kicked off’ Colleyville’s boards and
commissions, just so they could get more of their
political cronies in those positions.
As you go
to the polls remember these things. I will.
Stamped March 31, 2002 @ 9:43 AM
would like to thank the past city councils for the
common sense they showed with the completion of Hall
Johnson road. This addition has been a tremendous
asset for our community. Did these past members have
to make a tough decision with regard to the homeowners
along its bounds? Was it a controversial decision? Was
this improvement beneficial to our community as a
whole? I believe that the answer to all these
questions is YES. My workday travel takes me daily to
the North Dallas area. What a relief it is to take
Hall Johnson to and from highway 121. For those
individuals who still dislike the new roadway, may I
suggest you boycott it for Glade or Cheeks Sparger.
Your absence will help keep the traffic count down.
I would like to remind the citizens that the same four
lane road could be taking me to the already completed
library and City Hall project at the corner of Hall
Johnson and highway 26. If our present city council,
excluding councilman Newton had not scraped the plans
of past councils for grandiose plans of their own. We
are now building the cornerstones of our community
next to a grocery store in the Villages of
Colleyville. It has been reported by LNO, that a
portion of these new facilities are being built on
land that past city councils had purchased and
dedicated as park land. This means that the present
city council, excluding Richard Newton, gave city
owned park land to the developer and then the same
piece of property was gifted back by the developer to
the citizens of Colleyville as a donation of good
faith. Shouldn't our city attorney have spotted this
don't have all the answers to our cities problems, no
one does. But I do believe that integrity is the
foundation that a community is built on and our
foundation has been shaken these past few years.
Stamped March 29, 2002 @ 11:55 PM
in response to Jody shorts recent letter to the editor.
He has such
a miserable history with that project, I'm surprised he
is opening his mouth
on the subject. Mr. Short met with members of our
BEFORE his election and promised us he would not support
widening of Hall
Johnson Rd. He even signed a piece of paper to
that effect. AFTER he was
elected (at the very first council meeting, as I recall)
he said that he had
changed his mind about Hall Johnson because he had not
taken into account
the effect of moving from four lanes on the Grapevine
portion of HJ to the
Colleyville portion. A pretty lame excuse made even
lamer by the fact that
he is a civil engineer and roads are his specialty. I
don't know how he
expected us to take that-he either misrepresented
himself to us before the
election or he doesn't know basic fundamental aspects of
I am still upset that the current
administration went back on it's
promises and striped Hall Johnson for four lanes when it
was at least 1,000
cars away from the minimum traffic count that would have
council to consider widening and 4.000 away from
The talks for sharing a library with
Grapevine and Southlake was not
turned down by us, but by them. If you are refering to
the library sharing
idea with North Richland Hills, That was a not
beneficial to Colleyville
residents at all. We would help them build their library
IN North Richland
Hills and then we could travel 30 minutes to use it.
Mr. Short was one of the council members
that were ousted. It would have
been helpful to readers if he has mentioned that fact. I
think that both
councils, both old and new were not ideal. The old
council was 4 to one on
most votes with Tigue always on the one lone vote. I
guess Richard Newton
knows how she felt now that he is the lone dissenting
voice. I don't think
its healthy for either faction to have a 5-0 or 4-1
voting pattern. I think
the council gets less attentive to the public when they
have such a
comfortable majority. I saw many citizens disregarded or
ignored during both
For me the best outcome of the upcoming
election would be a 3-2 split.
Actually the best outcome would be for people not
affiliated with either of
these two factions to get elected, but it's too late for
Jim Van Over
Received 4-02-02 @ 10:00 am
This is to correct the e-mail or
March 29th. It was sent by Jill Van Over,
not Jim Van Over . The views expressed are mine.
Jill Van Over
Stamped March 29, 2002 @10:30 PM
I do agree with Jody Short that it is
time to get involved and go out and vote for city
council. I remember Jody Short
speaking to us at a Hall-Johnson meeting when he was
runing for city council. He told us he saw no
reason to widen Hall-Johnson. We voted for him
and he was elected. Then what did he do?
He voted to widen Hall-Johnson. And what about
Nelson Thibodeaux? He got so mad at the citizens
(especially the ones from Highland Meadows) at the
city council meeting for the vote on Hall-Johnson Road
that he added an amendment at the last minute to add a
median on Hall-Johnson from one end of Highland
Meadows to the other end. Yes, I really want
people on our city council who work against the
citizens of Colleyville.
Stamped March 29, 2002 @ 1:10 PM
season is here and it is time for Colleyville voters to
ask their city council incumbents where they were when:
The plan to cover Hall-Johnson with dirt was
major retailer, who met all of the city’s design
guidelines and doubled the landscaping requirements, was
rejected because they were “not our kind of
City’s ethics ordinance - that requires disclosure of
business interests in
but ignores investments outside of the area - was
to build an outstanding, full-service, cost-effective
regional library facility with our neighbors failed.
The City Council chose to cut off citizens’
free access to the libraries in our neighboring cities.
All of the City’s incumbent board members were
ousted over the past two years.
Let’s get out to vote and
get Colleyville back on track.
Stamped March 26, 2002 @ 8:56 PM
I'm amazed that we are pursuing what I believe will
become a white elephant, the Colleyville Library.
We have one of the highest rates of computers to
residences in the US. So why spend millions on a library
that will only serve to gather dust rather than
readership. In this age of high speed Internet
access one needs to consider changing their paradigm.
I think the money would have been better spent on asking
Barnes & Noble to come in and build a book store, at
least we would have a Starbucks to show for our
Stamped March 21, 2002 @ 11:35 AM
This may be a question to be forwarded to your
webmaster, but here's my problem:
When I go to localnewsonly.com & sign in I am sent
directly to Colleyville
news. While I'm most interested in Colleyville news, I
would like to be able to access the other communities
that you serve.
How can I search for other cities?
Jeanne St. John
San Diego, CA 92131-1642
Note: As a user, I know how frustrating looking
for information can be on news sites. At this time all
datelines appear on the Front Page, since we are based
in Colleyville our coverage, at this time, is more
weighted to that city. To find articles from other
cities one must scroll down the pages and check out the
"dateline". A project to provide a
sub-category is underway that will list articles by
their dateline. For example Dateline..Southlake
articles will be available for search on a
separate Southlake page, as will the other cities
or the articles listed on the general NE Tarrant page.
I hope this will be of help.
Stamped March 15, 2002 @ 7:18 PM
To the Editor:
I attended the senior luncheon at the Community Senior
Center. A big concern of a number of us "old
folks" is the projected losing of K-mart. Can
we start a program to save a place for us to shop close
to home? Any ideas would be appreciated.
Stamped March 11, 2002 @ 7:15 PM
To the Editor:
Did you notice?
Why does the receipt say single family dwelling and
aren't fees based upon
the value of the renovation and if so does anyone in the
responsibility to check out what is being done?
Publisher Note: In reference
to the improvements to the city owned property formerly
known as the Couch Property. To view referenced article
Stamped March 09, 2002 @ 4:39 PM
To the Editor:
Recent letters to the editor have called for civility in
the up-coming local
Council elections. I find it amazing that anyone would
think that most of
the current incumbents are likely to behave civilly.
Certainly, one wouldn't
thing that if he had attended a recent Council meeting.
Donna and her four
lackeys are constantly demeaning Councilman Newton.
Certainly it is OK to
disagree, but come on guys, you already have a four to
one advantage plus
the mayor (I'm not sure if she is an advantage or not.).
You can at least
act civil or just keep quite. (What an improvement that
would be!) It has
gotten to such a point that a teacher would be
embarrassed to bring a civics
(there's that word again) class to see how the
Colleyville Council works.
Recently the local newspapers have carried the various
candidates filing for local elections- councilmen and
mayors. In each city's
announcement it is common for the office seeker to have
a few short quotes
as to his or her qualifications and platform.
We have a different situation here in Colleyville.
(Surprise! Surprise!) In
the recent announcement of two incumbents and a
challenger running for our
city council, there was not a word from any them;
rather, Donna (who is not
running) spoke for them all! She didn't even use the
opportunity to extol
the virtues of 'her candidates,' but rather she took the
berate any one who would likely dare challenge her
It seems that Donna would have allowed her candidates at
least a few words,
but no, Donna spoke for them! This is the way it goes in
the City Council
meetings now. How often is the vote 4-1? (It was 5-0
Newton came on the scene and started asking questions,
rather than doing
just what Donna says.) I certainly hope that there will
be a good choice of
independent candidates running against this bunch of
Colleyville deserves representation that thinks; not
just blindly follows the mayor's dubious agendas. As we
vote this time,
let's keep in mind the total lack of decorum that is
normally shown by Donna
and her lackeys, as they are supposed to be representing
us, rather than
just beating up on their single, available opponent.
Stamped March 08, 2002 @ 5:52 PM
I wanted to read the article posted on March 3rd, about
the D.I. teams advancing. Instead, every time I
click on the headline, I get "Investigation
Continues at Carroll High School". Please fix
this. Love to read your up-to-the-minute articles
on local going-ons.
Note: Oops..got us, the link was wrong and has
been fixed. Thanks for pointing out the broken
Stamped March 06, 2002 @ 9:58 AM
Note: The following is in response to an Email to
the Editor by a candidate. If LNO publishes a
candidate's email, we make best efforts to alert all
other candidates in the race to provide them an
opportunity to respond. While LNO encourages open
dialogue, emails by candidates may be limited.
Upon request by candidates in any local political race,
LNO will provide a platform page to allow ongoing and
I would like to say that the vague; letter that
you refer to was not typed or dated by me. It is a
matter of public record and can be obtained from the
Secretary's office. Rex's opinion was verbalized to me
and as such I had recently asked that this information
be put in writing. You could also contact
Mr. Staples, our present Attorney, for his opinion and
will receive the same answer that Rex gave a few years
You are correct that utilities have to be moved and if
you would check, there is some utility work that is part
of the contract on Rufe Snow. The work in question is
all part of the engineered drawings and is inspected,
and paid by TxDOT, not any of the city forces. These
issues are not done as suggestions but are engineered.
Any consultation with the city administration or
engineering groups is performed by TxDOT and not the
contractor. It has been my experience that when
you work for TxDOT they are the ones that do the
directing. They are the intermediary and they require
that the job is performed to
the plans and specifications set forth by TxDOT. You may
want to call Mark Schlutter at TxDOT to get more
information. You may also not be aware of the fact that
the lion's share of the money for this project came from
the FHWA and TxDOT must follow their rules in
administering the work so as to obtain these funds.
As for your question on the city being financially
burdened to fund an additional election. It would seem
that you already know the answer to that with one of
your other questions concerning an election in November.
obviously know, the council seat will not be filled
until an election in November and since this is an
election year there already will be an election then so
additional expense should not be incurred. I guess the
comes back to your logic of why should we spend money to
give the citizens a choice? Should we even have
elections since the whole system just costs money. Or
should we limit the number of candidates to two so that
assured that there is not a runoff so that we do not
have to spend any more money than we already do ; have I
made my point?
Appoint a puppet of your ilk?; now do you think that was
a fair statement? I take offense to that, but as you
probably already have gathered I will respond to your
ill stated question due to the people that you copied
this e-mail to. I again would ask you to do your own
homework. These questions would be good if they
were directed to people that did not know better and
have not already asked these questions in a more
appropriate manner. The place 7 Council seat can not be
filled by appointment since there is more than 180 days
left in the
term. It can only be filled by having an election. You
may not be aware that the office of Mayor will also not
be vacated by the present Mayor if a runoff for Mayor is
the outcome of the May election. The Mayor will continue
to serve until which time he is replaced or re-elected
by the citizens.
Should I win the election the City will have to run with
a 6 member Council until which time a Council member is
elected to fill the term of Place 7. Should I have
chosen to resign, a six member Council would have been
operating at this time. According to the charter and the
rules we follow, there is not a requirement to have me
resign my seat. I was elected to serve for the past two
terms by a
majority of the voters and according to the feedback I
have received the majority of citizens are in agreement
with what I have done in the past. After the election we
will see if they remain satisfied with the job I am
doing and the choices I have made.
My vacating the seat that I hold to run for Mayor has
nothing to do with ethics but with choices and
apparently my choice does not reflect the choice you
would have made which does not make me any less ethical
it only shows that
we have a difference of opinion.
I thank you for visiting my web site, www.trevino4mayor.org,
and hope that it will give you some food for thought in
the upcoming election. I know that you
will now struggle with your vote and will probably have
to vote for me as the next Mayor of North Richland
North Richland Hills
Stamped March 05, 2002 @ 11:15 PM
Mr.Trevino, I am sure it has come up for question
previously, how do you
ethically conduct business with the City of North
Richland Hills and
explain away the conflict of interest with a vague
letter from the ex
city attorney(Rex McIntire) that is altered and dated
Within the realm of your Contracts, Utilities have to be
moved to City
Properties at the suggestion of the Public Works
Director to allow your
Construction work. Who approves this?
If you aren't defeated in your bid for Mayor:
Will the City of North Richland Hills have to spend
taxpayer dollars to
hold an election to fill your vacant Council Seat?
Will you have the authority to appoint a puppet of your
Will the City have to operate with an unfilled Council
Seat until the
If you were truly an ethical individual, you would have
Council Seat when you decided to seek another office
within our city.
Robert W. McKibben, Candidate for Mayor of North
Stamped March 04, 2002 @ 9:42 PM
Just a short response to Ms. Barzelay's comments about
my letter of March 1, 2002:
1. I am going to be Rich Hendler's
treasurer in the upcoming election. I support him
because he has substantial experience on the City's Park
and Recreation Board and the integrity to make
independent decisions. His opponent, Dana Feldman,
was elected with little or no experience on city boards
2. While you might like to chalk my
comments up to politics, the fact is that it is just
plain inappropriate for Ms. Feldman, or any other
council member for that matter, to be writing city
ordinances and regulations. We employ a city
attorney for that purpose.
3. As for your assertion that you
would like to see an election that is based on issues, I
cannot agree more! To start with, I would like to
see just how we as a City of declining sales taxes,
recently closed businesses, and the largest percentage
decrease in sale of homes in Tarrant County, will be
able to pay for the more than $20 million dollars worth
of spending this city council, including Ms. Feldman,
has approved without a public vote or CIP process.
Susan, I think you know me well enough to know that I
call issues as I see them. I don't question Ms.
Feldman's legal credentials, she just should not try to
act as the city attorney.
You and I would both like to see an election that
focuses on citizen's issues and concerns. My hope
is that in the process we elect a city council that
Stamped March 04, 2002 @ 10:59 AM
To the Editor;
Too often letters to the editor -- especially during
campaign seasons --
include disparaging remarks and personal attacks. This
week was no
Mr. Magee, treasurer of a candidate running for city
council, stated in
his letter to the editor that he has doubts regarding
legal credentials. FYI: the candidate he works for
is Dana's opponent.
I know Dana Feldman to be a person of integrity,
intelligence and has an
impressive graduate level education including law.
In light of current
events/Enron, we've had interesting discussions
experience as a corporate attorney for a large
firm. Most recently, Dana works part time as an
many hours to city council and, most significantly, her
children and family.
Speaking for myself, I'd appreciate a city council
promotes civility and focuses on the issues and citizen
not too early to see this process start!
Stamped March 01, 2002 @ 9:43 PM
To the Editor;
Your coverage of
the continuing Couch property highjacking by the Mayor
and her majority Council was very timely. It
started out as a sweetheart deal, and remained so,
shrouded in secrecy in Executive Session until Mayor Arp,
in a familiarly notorious M.O., once again broke that
code of ethical conduct, revealing to the Star-Telegram
that it already was a done deal, even before
And "What's done is done," Councilwoman
Tigue pointed out, before gifting The Villages with yet
another cozy undermarket lease extension. Councilman
Rice tells us to expect more eminent domain
condemnations on the fabulous strip that will be the
golden vision version of Colleyville Boulevard. More
widow women to grift out of their income property?
Long time businesses rewarded with punishing
setbacks and "attractive" medians to detail
traffic into The Villages?
I can't wait.
As for my brief piece of the audio-aside from being a
candidate for an emergency Intervention by
Toastmasters-I truly wish just one person on the Council
dais had asked me, when I said I had called the City
Manager and expressed an interest in leasing the
building myself, "Just what, Ms. Baker, would you
intend to do with the property?"
Because I might have answered that I would use it for a
One Room Luxury Hotel, at $250. per night. Costs
of remodeling would have been no problem because I would
be sure to
be eligible for all those
TIF funds-in advance-tax incentives, rebates, grants,
AND get awarded the janitorial/catering contract for the
rest of the City facilities.
Stamped March 01, 2002 @ 7:26 PM
To the Editor;
Thanks to the City of Colleyville for
hosting a networking meeting with representatives of
many of the homeowners associations of Colleyville.
Unfortunately, Mayor Arp continues to give interested
citizens incorrect information about the City of
Colleyville. For many years, I have asked the city
staff and council why the City fails to maintain a
Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) that is updated on a
yearly basis and is an intregal part of the budget
process. Mr. Stripling, former city manager,
directly responded that "the politics of this city
won't allow it." When I asked the new city
manager Bill Lindley about his opinion of a CIP at last
week's HOA meeting, Mayor Arp cut him off midsentance
and told the group that I was wrong and that the City
has a CIP. Well folks, we don't have anything even
approaching a CIP or the process to develop one!
A CIP is important to a growing city because it helps
focus the staff, the citizens and the city council on
the projects that will need to be developed and funded
in the short and long term. It memorializes them
in a formal budget. It is a way of prioritizing as
part of the budget process with full public
participation and discussion.
We don't do that in Colleyville! Instead, the whim
of the council prevails and we read pronouncements in
the newspapers like "the Library is the will of the
people" and similar statements from our Mayor and
the less experienced City Council members. This is
what happens when we elect a council with virtually no
advisory board experience and apparent little
preparation for their duties. Donna leads and the
others follow (except Richard Newton). Mr. Hocutt
said it best "we are of like mind." Is
it of "like mind" or of "no mind."
Just consider the following:
Why did Dana Feldman draft an ethics ordinance for the
council? Don't we have a city attorney? I
would think Dana (who to my knowledge has never actively
practiced law) may have been a we bit embarrassed when
her ordinance conflicted with the city charter!
Why did the council approve nearly $20 million dollars
worth of construction and funding for the new City Hall,
Library, Villages Developer, etc., without a public vote
and no CIP? Why is it that we can't get a straight
answer on how much operating budget increases will be
necessary to fund this spending spree?
Why does the Mayor insist on telling unknowing groups
what she thinks we all want to hear (even though not the
truth)? How come our Mayor doesn't know what a
real CIP is?
The better question is how much longer are we going
to put up with elected officials that are just plain not
prepared for their position?
There is an election in May. Get involved. Consider
the candidates carefully, their experience and
preparation, and vote accordingly.
President, Caldwell's Creek HOA
(former city manager, Coconut Creek, Florida)
Stamped March 01, 2002 @ 8:02 AM
To the Editor;
Wouldn't it be nice if LNO provided some detailed
election information to the
community? We are facing national, state and local
elections of importance
and I don't believe the major media provide the
information that we need. It
would also be helpful if you provided information on
election dates and
We moved here from a small town in New Jersey where the
local, weekly paper
provided extensive election coverage. Our local election
committee also sent
a complete sample ballot in the mail to every registered
voter weeks ahead of
I think LNO is doing a very good job of providing a
public forum for debate
as well as a medium for the distribution of local news.
LNO is similar to Fox
News and could adopt their logo: " We report , you
Publisher Note: We thank Mr.
Peck for a great potential "tag line" for LNO,
LNO will continue to work to improve coverage. We
appreciate the suggestions and will strive to rise to
Stamped February 25, 2002 @ 5:15 PM
To the Editor;
I read Linda Newton's article
on the Leadership Colleyville Alumni Reception with great
interest. I am a graduate of Leadership Colleyville,
Class VII. I did not receive any notification of
this wonderful networking opportunity. I called the
Chamber this morning and was told that ALL alumni had
received a letter, followed by a telephone call alerting
them to this reception. In fact, there is no record
of my name in the Chamber computer.
I volunteered for the Chamber for many years since moving
to Colleyville in 1991. I was employed by the
Chamber for several years, and resigned, twice. I
commented to the person who fielded my call that the
President had probably deleted me.
The Chamber President returned
my call several hours later. She told me that she
doesn't "Play those kind of games". In addition,
she laughed and said that she wouldn't know how to delete
anyone anyway. I responded that someone in the
organization had to do the deleting, otherwise my name
would still be active.
I think it sad that a former
employee of the Chamber of Commerce should be expunged
because her beliefs did not follow those of the
President. And I do think that she plays those kind of
Stamped February 24, 2002 @ 7:08 PM
To the Editor;
It seems that we have a new "Donnagate" here in
Colleyville. We have so many
it would be useless to try to name them all. Maybe we just
The latest involves Councilman Newton in the Council
pre-meeting two weeks
ago when he asked for a report that had been addressed to
the Mayor and
Council about the Ethics ordnance. (As unusual as it may
Councilman likes to know what he is voting on, rather than
just doing as
This request either surprised Donna (not being used to
Council persons that
had to be told more than merely how high to jump), and she
responded that no
one had the report.
Ginny promptly answered that she had a copy. (Ginny must not
have gotten the
script for the night.)
Donna told her she didn't. To which Ginny replied,
Since he had asked for the report from the staff before the
Councilman Newton was still insisting that he should have
the report, before
Donna, now insulted, suggested that Newton should apologize.
Later this was
made to seem to be a request for an apology for an alleged
slight of the
staff (which it wasn't), but it seems more that Donna wanted
Newton to apologize for asking for the information. (Such a
hateful thing to
do - it spoils ones plans when people demand to know the
When someone is embarrassed to share information, with those
to receive it, especially someone in elected office, there
is only one
Donna what are you hiding this time?
It is ironic to note, that shortly after this, Donna was
quoted in the paper
concerning the upcoming elections - she's not running but
she has already
published her list of lackeys that she has to take care of -
supposed opponents, "They distort the facts to promote
their own agenda."
Seems Donna has, again, taken the lead on the rest of us in
Stamped February 16, 2002 @ 10:30 AM
Please post the attached response to Ms. Kahle's e-mail
for taking the time to send me your questions.
had prepared three documents for the city to consider: 1) a
Special Warranty Deed to convey 4.111 acres for the city
hall and .912 acres for parking, 2) a Special Warranty Deed
to convey the road leading up to the city hall site, and 3)
a Reciprocal Easement and Parking Agreement between Town
Center and the city.
conditions in the deed for the city hall site and the
parking site were: 1) the city had 15 days to sign a
reciprocal easement for parking, 2) the city had three years
to complete construction of city hall, 3) the city had to
continuously use the property for a city hall, library, or
general administrative offices of the city (there could be
breaks, but not greater than 90 days), and 4) the city could
not use the property for any purposes other than a city
hall, library or general administrative offices for a period
exceeding 30 days. The last two conditions ended after
October 1, 2029, which would have been approximately the
30-year useful life of the city hall structure.
one other condition in the deed for the city hall site and
the parking area. Ms. Smith reserved the right to reacquire
the .912 acre of parking area as long as she provided a
similar area adjacent to the 4.111 acre tract where city
hall would be built.
Warranty Deed for the road leading to the city hall from
state highway 26 had two conditions: 1) the city had 15 days
to sign a reciprocal easement for parking, and 2) the city
had to construct the road within a time period to be
stipulated at a cost of not less than $625,000.
these conditions allowed Patsy Smith to retain control over
the 4.111 acres on which the city hall would be built. Since
Ms. Smith reserved the right to reacquire the parking area
in exchange for a similar area, it might be seen by some
that she retained some control over that .912 acre. However,
the city would have had full control over the city hall
site. Ms. Smith had no control over the land the road would
be built on as long as the city built the road. This was not
too consequential anyway since the developer would have
built the road if the city didn’t build it, and the right
of way would have to be dedicated to the city based on
Colleyville’s Land Development Code.
past year my wife and I have both put much time and energy
into researching the decisions made by our city during the
last few years and the actual documents associated with
those decisions. Much
changed between the time I left office in May 1999 and my
election in November 2001.
It had not been my intention to return to a position
in city government, but my concern over the misinformation
that I had personally heard greatly concerned me. We found
that many things citizens had been told by the elected
officials (via newspaper articles, the Communicator, public
comments, etc.) cannot be substantiated when you actually
research the documents.
In the LNO
column I said Donna Arp arbitrarily found fault with the
donation because she was telling people (including me) that
if the building burned down and had to be rebuilt that the
ownership of the property would revert. She also enlisted
the assistance of Dana Feldman in claiming this issue.
However, it is my opinion that this idea was far-fetched and
simply used as a reason for killing the deal. It does not
stand up to reason.
I talked to
Patsy Smith about this and she told me she was only
interested in insuring that the city used the land for the
purpose that it was donated. She was concerned that she
would donate the land and the city would put the city hall
somewhere else. I can’t say that I blame her in that the
elected officials were not negotiating in good faith with
her during this time. Ms. Smith confirmed that the mayor or
other city officials did not discuss any concerns they
claimed to have had with Ms. Smith, nor did they try to
negotiate any changes in the Special Warranty Deed that Ms.
Smith’s attorney prepared.
property that Herman Smith dedicated for the Community
Center had nearly identical stipulations placed on it and we
managed to get a first class Community Center built without
any concern from anyone.
information I have shared with you is summarized from the
actual documents that Patsy Smith’s attorney sent to the
city. I will be happy to share any information or copies
with you. As a
resident of Kingswood I can understand your concern about
the Town Center development. I reside in Highland Meadows
not far away and have the same concerns.
for your questions.
Mr. Newton currently serves on the Colleyville City Council
Place 4 and is a former mayor of the city, his response was
to the email to the editor listed immediately below.
Stamped February 15, 2002 @ 10:57 PM
Dear Mr. Newton,
I live in Kingswood Estates, off of Bluebonnet. I have been
and concerned about what will be built on and around the
property. I was the only citizen that made it to the
meeting at Mr.
Howe's office in August of 2000 to see the plans of Mrs.
There is something that I don't understand. In your
mentioned that the Donna Arp or city council "found
fault with the
conditions of the donation". I would like to ask
you, what are the
conditions of the donation? When I talked to Mrs. Arp,
I understood it
to mean that Mrs. Smith would not fully give the land to the
Mrs. Smith gave the land to the city, she could somehow
control over it. Could you please explain this to me
in more detail?
Thank you for your time,
Stamped February 13, 2002 @ 6:15 PM
Enjoyed your coverage of the "Ethics" ordinance
although I can't imagine what it's going to change. As one
of my good friends says, "You either have ethics or you
I'm just curious. Does moral turpitude include telling a
developer that the City is about to sue him?
Stamped February 13, 2002 @ 2:02 PM
Your article was great.
Everyone got a big kick out of it. Thanks for making
it so funny. Since everyone laughed I guess we won't
be riding tonight over to your house to dirt track in your
Note: We really appreciate the comments,
the story ran on November 5, 2001. Of
course, a really great feature about LNO is that
you can read the articles anytime you get ready!
This one is in the archives. If you didn't
see the Colleyville's motorcycle gang article,
click on the photo.
Stamped February 12, 2002 @ 9:12 PM
When I came home from work today, I noticed the flag at
half-staff at the McPherson Fire Station. It was on
the news about the Firefighter in Dallas who just this
day, lost his life in the brave commission of his duty.
I had already decided to write, but this event
seemed to catalyze the thoughts.
Before the Fire Station at McPherson Dairy was completed,
during the blistering August of that year, we had a
runaway prairie fire lay siege out here. Our
Colleyville firefighters, with the assistance of units
from neighboring cities and military helicopters, all
under the superb direction of Chief Johnston, finally
fought the flames back, and put out the exploding towers
the trees had become, just short of our house and barn.
This particular fire had raced across forest and
meadow so fast that all homes west of Monticello were in
eminent danger-it wasn't just our lone family who stood to
So it was deeply disturbing to see the photos of the
living conditions in our east side Fire Station on
Hall-Johnson. OUR Fire Station.
Not as Mr. Lindley would dismiss it, as the Chief's
problem. I'm pretty darn sure that Mr. Lindley did
not have Cynthia, Jan, Dorothy, or Dianne strap on the
tool belts and slither under the portable buildings out
back to fix the plumbing, or shore up the flooring. These
are Our Problems.
As my son and I were finishing our barn chores this
evening, we watched the big red ladder truck roll out of
the station, lights flashing and horn blowing, answering a
call. I always get a lump in my throat witnessing
this, but I was surprised to see our boy stand at
attention and salute as the unit passed. He gave me
an embarrassed look afterwards, but said to me,
"Everyone should do that, Mom. They deserve
We all likewise should be saddened by the cavalier manner
in which the Mayor and some Council members reacted when
concerns were aired that the east side Fire Station should
command some priority over a grandiose city hall and frill
amenities for an already funded library. By dusting
their hands off and the comment, "No lives will be in
peril," by Mayor Arp, we are able to see these
shallow, self-important pufferies in their true nature.
Our lives and those who are sworn to guard them, are
not so important to them as the myopic "vision"
for the golden city.
Stamped February 09, 2002 @ 7:32 PM
like you to remove me from you email list. I have never
seen such absurd journalism. You have taken the media and
made it a mockery by constantly knocking our community and
its leadership. There is a reason many of the people who
write for this terrible email newsletter have not been
elected into office..people did not want to vote for you.
I have never seen such a poor publication.. Take me off!
Note: Concerning the people who write for LNO, if
you are including our guest columns and our Board of
Directors, they have been elected to office in Colleyville
a total of ten terms or more than 20 years of combined
public service for the City of Colleyville alone.
And Rep. Truitt has been elected by her district twice
after defeating an incumbent. Concerning LNO's
coverage, readers should ask, " If something is
the truth, but negative, should it not be told? And
conversely, if something is a lie, but positive, should it
be believed?" LNO posting is approximately
75% community oriented events and photos. However,
LNO is also committed to providing an outlet for all local
political views and the invitation stands to anyone to
offer comments or a column. LNO will continue to post
articles on local government and accompany the articles
with actual scanned documents where appropriate.
Stamped February 09, 2002 @ 7:32 PM
As a former resident of Colleyville, and an active and
interested resident when we lived there, I want to take
this opportunity to question the motivations of some of
the players in the current library and city hall
was involved with the Chamber of Commerce when I lived
there and we offered a yearlong class called Leadership
course has always been intended to inform and educate
interested citizens in the workings of the government of
the city, as well as other areas of interest to the
Unfortunately, it now seems that some of the
graduates of that program (the current mayor, one
councilwoman and a developer) have taken what they learned
in that class and used it for their own personal
satisfaction and, quite possibly, gain. That should NEVER
be the reason one runs for political office –
Washington, D. C. doesn’t have one thing on Colleyville,
the things that was of great interest to me was a public
library for Colleyville. I
was involved from the beginning with the library committee
appointed by the City Council as well as
the Friends of the Library group.
The city did an extensive study to see how much an
adequate library would cost, both to build and RUN ON A
DAILY BASIS. The
city honestly could not afford to both build and run a
library, so it was moved back, but not taken off the
priority list. It
is my understanding that come the end of March of this
year there will be a ground breaking for the new
Colleyville Library to be built in The Village.
The Village is not where the library was intended
to be. It was
to be NEXT DOOR to the Community Center on Bluebonnet on
land donated by Patsy and Herman Smith.
Where did that plan go???
also my understanding that you, the citizens of
Colleyville are going to build a new City Hall at The
was not the original plan either.
Guess where that facility was supposed to be?
You got it – by the Community Center.
Interesting, don’t you think, that after several
years of hard work by the previous City Councils, various
citizen committees, a bond election, and studies,
architectural planning and cost estimating, that all of
that was pitched and now the plan is to the benefit of a
very few citizens.
Who will now benefit from the development of The
is the MONEY coming from to pay for all of these new plans
and consultants and the moving and rearranging of what was
a sound, well thought out plan for the City?
I would suggest that you take out your wallets and
see if you can afford to continue to pay for the personal
choices of a few. I
believe that you, the citizens of Colleyville, need to
take the time and pay attention to what is going on in
your own backyard.
couple of last thoughts - if you go to the new library do
you know where you are going to park?
(Just a note to you, the people who have been, are
now, and forever will be paying for all of this, you might
want to venture over to The Village and stake out your
parking place – I couldn’t find any parking when I was
are your kids going to park their bikes?
And, just how many times do you think you should
pay for a cup of coffee at the coffee bar in the library?
I can see
how this is going to end up from the Rockies if you
don’t ask your elected officials just how much of a tax
increase they are going to send you.
Stamped February 08, 2002 @ 11:47 PM
This is in response to Richard Newton's article regarding
moving City Hall
and the Library to the Villages. I really don't care
where they are built,
but I feel some facts need to be pointed out. I remember
that plans for the
City Hall were going along very slowly and there were
several snags with
Patsy Smith retaining a lot of control over the facade of
the building. I
think the joint meeting was to give Patsy a little
push and to say "hey,
you're not the only game in town." Mrs. Smith
did not respond to this
coercion well. She just said, "OK, I'm withdrawing my
proposal." SHE was the
one ultimately responsible for the move because now we had
no choice, we
only had one offer left!
Maybe this was a valid response to the slight the council
delivered, but it
seemed rather drastic and left no negotiating room
whatsoever. The council
did not choose another site until Ms. Smith withdrew.
Mr. Newton also pins a lot of blame on Mayor Arp. This may
be true, but he
doesn't point out that HE was the mayor before Donna and
chose not to run
again. He might have prevented this whole fiasco if he was
about our town then as he appears to be now. Can the City
Hall and Library
site be changed at this late date? I doubt it, so what
purpose does it serve
to go over it once again? I believe he has the best
interests of Colleyville
at heart - I voted for him in November, but I feel he
needs to stop
criticizing and work together to make Colleyville the best
it can be.
Jill Van Over
Stamped February 06, 2002 @ 1:04 AM
GOODNESS, OUR PROPHETS STILL LOOK OUT FOR US.
with great interest LNO’s article on the conditions of
the old temporary fire station on Hall Johnson Road.
As a community that was once touted as being the
Highland Park in the mid-cities area, we should all be
proud of our fire fighters and for that matter, our law
enforcement men and women too.
We should stand up and make sure they have what
they need to do their jobs.
We should be concerned for their health and safety.
Think about it, these are the people that make sure
the rest of us are safe and secure.
We owe them decent pay, decent working conditions
and decent facilities.
believe there is really something wrong with Colleyville
city government when the council and mayor can readily
support a $600,000 pile of books, reallocate $600,000 that
should go toward possibly building a new fire station and
ignore the brave fire fighters that will no doubt be
called upon to make sure the edifice that will house those
books is safe and secure.
I am not against libraries, in fact for many years
I paid the extra $1.00 a month that was included with my
water bill. I
made frequent use of the library in Grapevine when we were
still allowed to use it.
Our children deserve (and have for a long time) a
I question whether our Colleyville library needs to be a
monument to ego and elitism, hoping to be the eighth
wonder of the world.
By the way, has that sum of money collected with
water bills ever been accounted for??? Just a question.
I digress. The
important question for Colleyville residents to consider
is: are we willing to support our fire fighters or not?
With all due respect to the mayor and councilmen
Rice, I do think we need to at least consider the
situation at the present fire station on Hall Johnson.
If mold and rats and drafts and other unnecessary
and unhealthy conditions are not a concern for our current
city administration then why do we pay city inspectors,
why do we attempt to have code enforcement and why
doesn’t common sense and decency enter into the
in case my message got lost, I don’t know whether we
need a brand new fire station or not.
I know I want to ensure that both the citizens and
their property in Colleyville are somehow protected.
I don’t know whether any life in Colleyville is
in peril or not but I know if I had to make a public
comment on that question, I would tend to error on the
side of caution. One
thing I do know is that the fire fighters working out of
the Hall Johnson Station deserve considerably better
treatment from the city they protect than what they are
one, not even the “evil doers” at Camp X-ray in Cuba
have to live in such horrid conditions.
can remember the events of about 5 months ago.
The whole civilized world looked with horror at the
destruction resulting from the attack on the Trade Centers
in New York. We
watched as the fire fighters and police were “doing
their jobs” and were finally being recognized by the
world as the heroes they are.
We don’t have huge World Trade Centers in
Colleyville (yet) but our fire fighters are no less heroic
than every other fire fighter in the world.
We owe them.
Stamped February 05, 2002 @ 11:49 PM
Like the previous
concerned Colleyville citizen, I could not believe the
pictures of the fire station, and feel something needs
to be done to improve the conditions there. Maybe
instead of building a new station, it could be
I am also disappointed that the library isn't started
yet, but I don't think we ought to be trying to keep the
necessary funds from going there. I have driven to the
Bedford and Grapevine libraries so many times, I'd be
rich if I had a dollar for every visit.
So let's get on with it as it will be great for all the
families, and will be a selling point for the city when
people relocate here. We are all tired of seeing
Southlake getting everything, and businesses here
After September 11, we all realize what our firemen have
to do, so let's get the Hall-Johnson station fixed up so
they can have a first-class place and stay healthy.
Stamped February 05, 2002 @ 6:43 PM
WOW!! Thanks for the
pictures and story on
Fire station #1. Once
again I am appalled at the apparent misdirection of funds
that this city council is intent on committing.
Taking money away from the building fund for a new fire
station is not the answer. I ask again~ isn't this part
of our money that they are playing with?
Yes, I would love to see John
McCain reconfigured at Hwy.
26. As it is, it is a traffic nightmare and
dangerous to say the least. No one would disagree
with this fact. But there has to be another way than
to take the money away from the very people that are
always ready to answer our calls!
No apparent lives would be in
peril according to Mayor Arp?
Maybe not the majority of
citizens, but what about the health of our firefighters?
Has she offered to sleep in those quarters for 48 hours?
Has Mr. Rice eaten off of the plates in the open
pantry that have most likely been traveled on by the rats?
How many times have our firefighters had to visit the
doctor for respiratory problems because of mold or
horrible air filters, not smoke inhalation?
I'm sure it was this firehouse
team that helped fight the two house fires in Colleyville
that caused over $1 million several months ago, but this
is how our city council proposes to repay these
firefighters for their dedication? For a mayor that
publicly brags about the disposable income level of this
city, she should be embarrassed and disgraced by the
condition of this fire station in a city such as
I am sick of seeing this
council throw money after a bad idea and not take care of
the important items. The library budget is already
out of hand, over the estimate $2.5 million and the ground
has not even been broken yet! The taxpayers should
demand that this council and mayor require that the
remainder of the library funds come from private donations
and fund raising as first planned or put on hold until the
funds are privately raised. The funds
should not come at the expense of our
firefighters. What are Colleyville citizens willing
In regards to the fire
station--will this council be there for the firefighters
when there own station house catches fire because of the
wiring conditions there? It is time for this city's
residents and business owners to stand up to this council
and say enough is enough. It is time to do the right
I would like to send my
apologies for such living quarters to our firefighters at
station #1--I had no idea it was so bad!
I urge the citizens to
attend the Feb. 5 and 19 council meetings and make
your thoughts known on this issue. If you can't be
there, do as I will do and e-mail every council member and
the mayor of your opinions. The voice of the people
must be heard on this health hazard to our firefighters!
Thank you LNO for your time
and allowing the citizens to see things that others find
easy to shove aside. Council can ignore your online
paper, but the readers cannot ignore the facts~~pictures
are worth a thousand words.
Polls open in May 2002 and
Concerned Colleyville resident
Stamped February 04, 2002 @ 8:35 AM
Just a follow-up note from our
restaurant visit from Friday night. We received a phone
call from one of the owners. They were very concerned over
the events of my family's visit to his restaurant.
Apologies were given again and we were offered gift
certificates to help mend the performance of the employee.
While we appreciate the offer from the owner for a
"free" visit, we declined. Hopefully
everyone has learned a valuable lesson.
Take care of your most valuable asset, the
Shawn R. Roach
Stamped February 01, 2002 @ 3:36 PM
In recent news stories about
Wal-Mart closing in Southlake and moving to Grapevine, there
were lots of quotes from officials in both cities. Isn't it
interesting that there has been no reaction from Colleyville
city officials over the possible closing of the city's
largest generators of sales tax? I doubt there has been any
contact between Colleyville City Hall and K-Mart. Sad.
Stamped 01-31-02 12:39 PM
Dear Editor: (Copy of letter to AT&T)
1565 Chenault Street
Dallas, Texas 75228
What kind of shyster telephone solicitors do you employ?
For the past several days I have received daily
telephone calls from
someone representing AT&T Broadband attempting to
get me to subscribe to
your digital "Gold Plan" whatever that is.
Each day, until Wednesday
they just hung hung up after I told them no, but on
Wednesday I guess
the sales pitch for those who declined had to get a bit
Now your telephone solicitors are telling me my cable
double" at the end of the month if I don't agree to
upgrade to to
digital from analog. First, I see no advantage to your
since my son lives in another city and has your digital
haven't been impressed with it, 2. your converters are
are too expensive
to rent to receive a more expensive signal; 3. My analog
cable signal is
bad enough so if I can't receive a decent analog signal
won't be any better and 4.There has been no public
announcement of any
cable rate increase as required by law. Your telephone
called Wednesday "has just been informed of it that
morning" and was
"alerting "her customers" to the increase
as a "caring customer service
representative" even though I've never had any
contact with this
particular woman before. I've dealt with your customer
before and haven't found any of them to be
"caring" or very competent.
I know the Federal Communications Commission has
television cable companies from any local regulation and
different rates in different cities (I was told that
years a Storer
Cable representative before you bought them out) to
"whatever the traffic will
because you are the only wire line cable company in
Colleyville doesn't mean people won't switch to a dish
because of lousy service that never gets
corrected (If I hear the phrase from your telephone
service people and
service technicians that I receive a lousy signal
because "you're on the end of
the line" I think I'll scream) and uncaring
customer service personnel
that tell you they'll get a service technician out to my
they get more calls of a cable problem in the area and
people get home to report problems at their homes."
Colleyville has discussed in the past about granting a
company a franchise and the next time this is discussed
I plan to add my
name to its list of supporters.
I look forward to a reply, but I certainly don't expect.
you've ignored my letters in the past.
Also it seems strange that Colleyville receives
news channels such as
CNN, Fox and others as part of expanded basic cable, but
people tell my elderly parents who live in an affluent
part of North
Dallas and subscribed to basic and expanded basic plans
they they "have
to" subscribe to digital and the premium movie
channels to get the news
channels. Do you have a double standard "for
what the traffic will
Stamped 01-31-02 11:42 AM.
like to first say that I really like the format of this
newspaper. This is a great media for our community.
But I have to say that I am disappointed that it seems
that a lot of time is
spent attacking our current city government. I feel that
we need to work
together to make our city a better place for all of our
Hopefully there will be a more positive spirit in the
Stamped 01-30-02 11:18 AM.
you for publishing our article concerning Libertarian
in the upcoming state races. I'm glad to have
gained exposure in what
appears to be an objective voice that informs people of
issues that may
otherwise go unheard. As a candidate for my
party's nomination for
State Senate District 12, I only wish the new district
have been drawn to include Colleyville in District 12
District 10. Having been a Grapevine resident for
the past 17 years,
it seems that Colleyville and Grapevine have a more
common tie than
Colleyville does with Arlington and southern Tarrant
Nevertheless, your readership encompasses much of
Northeast Tarrant and
does a good job at it. I appreciated reading yours
Newton's articles concerning the apparent cronyism that
has taken hold
in the Colleyville City Hall. Hopefully with
efforts such as these you
will be able to bring back the open forums necessary for
fair and just
The Republican candidate for District 12, Jane Nelson,
has strong ties
to the state law that provides an avenue for developers
the idea of open forums in establishing property tax
developer projects. In many ways, she seems to be
more liberal than
the Republican platform. I'd like to be able to
alternative ideas in Austin that would limit the
intrusion of and
capricious granting of government power. This
issue and our
unconstitutional state property tax that we in GCISD all
need immediate attention. The Libertarian ideal
would limit government
authority and return it back where the rubber meets the
road in the
capable hands of individuals who act with openness,
responsibility, and tolerance.
Please let me know if I could write something for your
Steve Rushton, SPHR
Candidate for LP nomination for State Senate District 12
Stamped 01-30-02 9:52 AM.
you very much for publishing the information on the
Libertarian candidates for office. Unfortunately,
for me, my issue is
changing as I better identify my targets. After
research on the subject, I am no longer for abolishing
the Tax Appraisal
Districts because they do not appear to be the real
problem. My goal is
the same, to try to rein in the continual increase in
without voter approval. Unfortunately, the
"system" is really the
problem. Forms from the State Comptrollers Office
apparently help local
taxing bodies raise revenues without having to call it a
Games are also played by the school districts on their
of collection" which allows them to raise rates
without calling it a tax
increase. Even if school districts knowingly
falsify this information,
there is no penalty to them and the rates stand.
This is more than just increases in appraisals, it is an
system to defraud the public of money by thwarting the
intent of the
Texas Constitution, Article 8, Section 21. As soon
as I can compose a
comprehensive and understandable account of how the tax
figured (and falsified) I will do a write up and send it
Thank you again for your efforts.
Ron C. West
Candidate for State Representative - District 91
P.S.: I was a Petty Officer in the Naval Air
Reserve - not an Officer.
Stamped 01-27-02 7:17 P.M.
To the Editor
Thank you for your
excellent coverage and all the photographs from
Colleyville Elementary's presentation of The Fisherman
and His Wife. I can't tell you how much the kids
enjoy seeing the pictures from their performance.
No other news organization covers school and other
local youth activities the way you do and you are very
much appreciated. The Colleyville Elementary
kids put on a great show and very much deserved the
standing ovation they received. Many thanks to the
P.T.A., the Missoula Theatre and all of the volunteers
that made this presentation possible. Keep up
the great work!
Stamped 01-24-02 8:34 P.M.
To the Editor
hope everyone reads the latest chapter in the horror
story of what the City of
done to the Couch family, one of the oldest families in
reading this story, we should all tell our city
officials why this was wrong and an effort should be
made to make recompense to Mrs. Couch while she is still
with us. There
is “Right” and there is “Wrong.”
If anybody thinks what has happened to the
Couch’s property is “Right” then they should
really expect the worst from our City officials when the
time comes for the “Wrong” to raise its ugly face.
I couldn’t be more ashamed for us all.
Stamped 01-23-02 7:54 P.M.
To the Editor
Thank you for publishing Former Mayor and now City
Councilman Richard Newton's column in the guest editorial
section. Fellow citizens please take the time to
read this excellent column.
Mr. Newton's analytical, measured and balanced approach to
the issues facing Colleyville gives us hope that our local
leadership may at some point quit telling us only what
they think we want to hear. We need to face the fact
that the City has done a poor job at attracting commercial
development. Our main arterial Texas 26 or
Colleyville Boulevard is doted with strip retail
development in an odd mixture of auto service related uses
and dry cleaners. While the idea of the Village of
Colleyville to create a town center was novel, it just has
not been successful. While I along with everyone I
know in town hopes the Village will make it, the signs are
The "of like mind" City Council, led by Mayor
Arp, except for former Mayor Newton, have decided to put
all our economic development eggs in one basket. In
the past couple of years we have moved the site for the
new city hall from where it was well planned and
accessible, near the new public safety complex, the post
office and the City's community center, to the Village.
We went from a prominent site to a cramped one
behind Krogers. There the new city hall and library
will be built on a whopping 1-acre site without adequate
parking. We have increased spending on the new
library to almost double the initial plans at the expense
of other sorely needed capital improvement projects.
We have spent thousands on redesigning the finished
plans for city hall. Now we are about to build these
two very prominent city facilities, the library and the
city hall, to stand virtually by themselves in the Village
(behind our Krogers, at least until Krogers closes its
doors in favor of the new Krogers down the road in Hurst).
What is the justification for all this?
I vividly remember visiting with then Florida Governor and
now U.S. Senator Bob Graham at the opening of the new city
government complex we had just built in Coconut Creek,
Florida in 1990. After touring the facility, Bob
turned to myself and Mayor Bob Shelley and without
explanation said "at least you guys realized you only
build these once." He went on to explain,
"if you build a house in the wrong place, you can
usually sell it and try again, but when you use the
people's money to build major public facilities you have
to get it right the first time because you live with the
Unfortunately fellow citizens I am of the opinion that we
"didn't get it right" when Donna and crew
decided to build our major public facilities behind the
Krogers store. The next time you see
Donna's smiling face in the Colleyville communicator
telling you how great things are, just think about the
businesses closing their doors, the "big bird"
medians, and the new Krogers town hall. Who knows,
maybe it will work out for the best and we can change the
name of the city to "Krogerville."
(former City Manager, Coconut Creek, Florida)
Stamped 01-23-02 10:42 A..M.
To the Editor,
Thank you for letting me know that the Editorial Task
Force has had a
name change and is now the Editorial Advisory Board.
Your response to my earlier request, who was on the
Editorial Task Force
(renamed Editorial Advisory Board), was not answered.
Please let me know who is on the Editorial Advisory Board.
provide the information or let me know where on LNO the
Jo Ann Gasper
Note: There is no Editorial Advisory Board please re-read
the previous Publisher Note and e-mail response, there has
been no reference to same.
The members on the original Editorial Task Force are not
consulted now, nor ever have been consulted as an
Editorial Board. Primarily because LNO has never
posted an LNO EDITORIAL and has no plans to do so in the
for emphasis, LNO does not now nor ever has had a
traditional Editorial Board. The initial approach
was that Task Force Members would write individual
editorials about a subject matter selected by the
Editors. LNO would not have one singular
Editorial, but a number of different editorials from
individual contributors on a singular subject. An
open invitation was made on the site to all interested
parties and all that indicated an interest were listed.
2002, in order to ensure the broadest and most diverse
input possible, a decision was made that the Editors
would no longer provide subject matter but allow and
encourage columns on any subject matter as long as it
has a local impact.
columns are reviewed to ensure they are appropriate for
our family site and that the column is issue oriented,
the contributors are individuals that may or may
not be on the Advisory Board and that may or may not be
associated as a staff member.
appreciates your interest in these matters and continues
to invite and encourage you to submit comments or even
columns. We feel the site should be a free
exchange of ideas, thought provoking and contemporary.
concerning the Advisory Board, the previous Task Force
are actually prospective members of the new
welcome all columnists contributions, I am sure you
understand from a strictly business point of view of a
closely held corporation, our actual Advisory Board
requires mutual interest and consent of the parties.
LNO will publish additional information about Advisory
Board members when appropriate.
Stamped 01-23-02 9:53 A..M.
To the Editor,
Thank you for sending out e-mails (Headline Alerts)
concerning the pro-tem mayor's comment. I saw it on T.V.
and was upset this woman was so sure of her self, people
need to know this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you for letting the public know who missed Ms.
Tigues performance and comment concerning picking
straws!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this woman has an attitude!!!!
Stamped 01-21-02 8:56 P.M.
Does anyone at LNO have any information about the future
of Colleyville's Kroger at 26 and Glade? I recently
noticed that a Kroger "Signature" store will
soon be opening where Minyards used to be on 26, near
Kohl's -- I believe that's in Hurst. I'm assuming
this means that Kroger is going to be pulling out of its
Colleyville location and that we will have lost yet
another business. Any word?
Publisher Note: At the time of
posting LNO has not been able to verify the future status
of Kroger. However, there seems to be a growing
consensus amongst viewers that the Hurst opening does not
play out well for the Colleyville store. LNO will
continue our efforts to obtain a definitive statement.
Stamped 01-21-02 8:49 P.M.
we don't get Colleyville News & TImes anymore, I rely
on your Website for openings and closings of local
businesses. I have not seen anything mentioned about the
Taco Bell closing, or Ruby's changing to Finz.
I called Taco Bell and the owner called me back and told
me that we will have to drive south on 26 to Harwood
Rd. "I don't think so." Were there any
reasons given for this sudden closure, other than the
median? It was
always busy, and was very convenient.
Who owns Finz, and is it their first store?
I have also heard that Cafe Panache on Harwood is
considering moving to the vacant Taco Bell building, which
would be good as it serves excellent
I hope the replacement for Skillman Wok is better than the
first two occupants. Who is the replacement, and
what is their previous experience? I am hoping someone
from the Chamber of Commerce will contact a chain called
Westlake Hardware out of Lenexa,KS about taking over the
old Payless Cashways store. They are a very well managed
chain of hardware stores and compete very well when near
Lowes and Home Depot.
They acquired the Arlington Hardware store several years
ago, and have a few other stores in the DFW area.
Publisher Note: LNO is preparing an
article on the many recent closings.
Stamped 01-18-02 6:10 P.M.
am not able to locate your Editorial Task Force. Have you
with the Task Force? If so, who is functioning as your
If I am wrong. Please direct me to the correct link.
Jo Ann Gasper
Publisher Note: The previously
named Editorial Task Force has been renamed the LNO
Advisory Board. The primary function of the Task
Force was to gather individually written columns for
posting. As previously indicated, LNO is happy
to accept columns for posting, as long as they adhere to
our family oriented site policy and are issue oriented.
Stamped 01-18-02 4:18 P.M.
Monday is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s observed birthday.
Observed by Colleyville? No. All employees are
scheduled to report for duty.
Recognized in any fashion by Colleyville? No. The
Ethics Committee, blissfully unaware of their own public
perception, will be meeting that night.
Diversity in recruiting or naming minority members to
Boards and Committees? No. What representation
there used to be on those citizen advisory groups was
kicked to the curb and replaced by political sycophants in
favor with the Mayor and Council majority.
So far as Colleyville is concerned, Dr. King was only
a quick note to thank you and LNO for the article about
Steve and I and our new career in Pagosa Springs, CO.
Your article prompted practically immediate response to
our website and requests for additional information
about our log homes. We appreciate your time and effort
with LNO and also we appreciate your continued interest
in the well being of Colleyville and the surrounding
I have contacted the
publisher of LNO about ad rates for our business and
intend to pursue using your newspaper as a means of
letting people know about our business here in Colorado.
Stamped 01-06-02 12:23 P.M.
Re: Scott Simmons
Thank you for the information. I appreciate your quick
and thorough response. I really enjoy reading LNO.
Stamped 01-05-02 11:37 A.M.
Re: Scott Simmons
In your December 5 article
on the home tour you list Scott Simmons Web address. There
is nothing there! Do you have a correct address or is he
still building his Web site?
Mr. Simmons website should be active
in approximately a week. The website address is
Until then, you can reach him at 817-329-0207.
Stamped 01-05-02 6:47 A.M.
As an eleven year resident
of Colleyville, my frustrations are finally
forcing me to put pen to paper with the wish there will be
more hope for
Colleyville in 2002.
I have heard the city government say we urgently need to
commercial business for ten of those eleven years . . .
but all to no
avail. Hundreds of Colleyville residents can turn
out to protest new
subdivisions and get overruled by the City Council and
Zoning or exceptions are passed without the voter's
knowledge . . . it
seems the builders and developers run this town.
When we had a great piece of commercially zoned property
on the far
western outskirts of Colleyville that would have been
ideal for a large
sales tax generating business, our town leaders decided to
rezone it for
a private school. The reasoning was all the parents
would shop in
Colleyville to and from transporting their children to
might I ask are these stores and would it make up for all
revenue? Note - about 200 yards from this
intersection of McDowell
School Road and Precinct Line a Super Wal Mart is under
construction . .
. just over the border from Colleyville.
By the way, the school leaders could not get financing.
Did we rezone
that property back to commercial? NO!! It was
changed to high density
residential and will become Westgate Villas with the
exception that a 9
hole golf course would occupy the open land but probably
won't be built
for several years. If you are still living here
then, see if that golf
course is ever built. My guess is the 9 hole par 3
course will give way
to more high density housing.
If the current direction continues, why does Colleyville
need a head of
economic development? Save the dollars. Open
up 3 more oil change
places, 4 dry cleaners and 6 more banks along Highway 26,
and be sure
not to tell these businesses how their structures should
build much larger arches at the two entrances to
Colleyville along 26;
then rezone all other land to residential.
When we moved to Colleyville, it had immense charm and a
Six years ago, Colleyville was called Highland Park West.
While all the
political bickering and hidden agendas were taking place,
to the north in Southlake were reaching the economic
Colleyville has been talking about all these years.
The prestige stores
and restaurants are locating to our north, bringing
dollars and higher land/home values to that area. By
the time the
Village of Colleyville is built, there will be no business
occupy any of the space.
I do hope Colleyville's leaders can do something before it
is too late.
Only if they demonstrate a united front and stop trying to
fool a well
educated community will they achieve their personal,
business goals. In the end, our vote is what counts.
Stamped 01-05-02 6:47 A.M.
"Monopoly Hotel Group"
1. John Mavrak, the Monopoly President, lists
his residence as the Hotel's business address in Jupiter,
Florida. There are no other hotels built by Mr.
2. Everywhere in the proposal and letter from
the Mayor, the word "kickback" can be
substituted for "incentive", "rebate",
"reimbursement" and "waiver".
3. The proposal includes awarding the janitorial
services to the Monopoly Hotel, without bid, for the new
City Hall and Library. Beverage and catering
services awarded, without bid, for all other city
functions, which may include the Community Center.
4. Colleyville taxpayers shared in the cost of
an earlier hotel study to benefit Capital Realty and the
Sinclair Hotel; the latter finding the income projections
5. The latest secret officially unapproved
plan for the Villages bumps the residential apartments
count up to 160. Most of us in Colleyville expected
the TIF funds to be used for commercial development.
Thank you, LNO. None of us would be aware of these
backdoor agreements without the documentation you
Can we, the citizens, financially last until next May to
light the torches, march to City Hall and vote out the
Stamped 01-04-02 12:04 PM
I'm confused........isn't this site
already under construction? Isn't the
big hole in the ground in the Village for the hotel?
From your article, it sounds like the deal could fall
"big hole" area is lot # 27. The Village
reports this is a
group of retail stores. LNO first covered this area
in June 2001, a link to
that article is shown below.
The hotel property includes the McNosky property. The
available to LNO is that the McNosky property has not
closed, although the
developer informed LNO in December that he anticipated the
property to close
The other information, as reported, is the latest news LNO
has on the
Stamped 01-04-02 10:32 AM
We do not need to pay ANY hotel $2M to come to
Colleyville. I question whether we want a hotel here at
Dale---Pleasant Run Road