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Chamber to Hold Fourth Annual Clay Shoot

The Argyle Chamber of Commerce will hold it’s fourth annual Sporting Clay Shoot on Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds at 7282 N. FM 51, Slidell, TX  76267. Shotgun start is at 10 a.m.

The annual event raises money for the Argyle Chamber Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to Argyle and Liberty Christian High School students. 

Contact Curtis Langston at 940-390-9989 or register a team online at www.ArgyleChamber.org

Oil and Gas Ordinance Amended

The Argyle Town Council conducted a public hearing on July 26 on oil and gas exploration regulations, the result of which was numerous amendments to Argyle’s Town Development Standards.

According to a news release, “most setbacks from residences and structures were increased, notably, the setback from any school property line being increased to 1,000 feet.  Environmental quality regulations pertaining to water, air, and soil testing and green completion requirements were also added.”

Town Manager Lyle Dresher stated emphatically that there were no objections to the ordinance.

“No one was in attendance at the meeting voicing any concerns or making any comments,” Dresher said. “What the Town Council and P & Z wanted to ensure was including requirements that would allow for monitoring of air, water and soils, which was accomplished.”

The entire amendment can be found on the Town’s website at www.argyletx.com.

AHS Games to be Streamed Online

The Argyle Broadcasting Network begins its 2nd year broadcasting Argyle Eagles Sports this school year.

ABN, with the support of the Argyle Athletics Booster Club, will be broadcasting all varsity football games along with select games from volleyball, boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball, baseball, softball and, starting this year, soccer.  The broadcasts will be available for listening live at www.argyleboosterclub.com.

The football pre-game show starts at 6:45pm every Friday night. Recordings of the broadcasts will be available through the website archives.

The ABN staff includes: Color Commentator- Steve Sheridan; Statistician-Julie Sheridan; Spotter-George Kuketz; Spotter-Gina Smith; Sideline Reporter- Brian Robertson; Play by Play commentator- Andy Smith (away games); Play by Play commentator- Klip Weaver (home games); Play by Play/Technical Producer- Jonathan Wittmis.

Contact ABN via email at argylebroadcasting@yahoo.com or 214-566-3035.

Final Segment of Wastewater System Approved

The final segment of the regional wastewater system improvement project was approved for construction by the Trinity River Authority Board of Directors.

The line will provide wastewater collection services to portions of the towns of Argyle, Flower Mound and Northlake.

According to a news release, “some segments of construction have been completed with the entire project anticipated for completion by mid-2012.”

The project’s total 20-year wastewater capacity is 18.65 million gallons per day (MGD) at an estimated project cost of $20.9 million.

Town Hall Chosen as Yard of Month
Submitted by Debbie Ingram
Keep Argyle Beautiful has awarded Argyle Town Hall as their September Yard of the Month.

The town hall’s front beds were landscaped this year by Argyle Landscapes, who came out on top in the competitive bidding process.

The beds were designed to prevent erosion, be earth-kind, Texas friendly, water-wise, and easy to maintain. They are a beautiful display of seasonal color using flowering bushes (red & soft yucca, knockout roses, Texas sage, lantana), grasses for texture (hamlin & Mexican feather grass), and hardy perennials for color from spring to fall. With the variety of plants and texture, there is year round interest.

Keep Argyle Beautiful will be adding more landscaping projects to Argyle Town Hall. We would love volunteers to help with our projects and have fun showing interest in our community. If you or your group would like to help with our future landscape projects, email Bonny Haynes at haynes@airmail.net.

If you know of a yard you would like to nominate for a future Yard of the Month, please notify Debbie Ingram at diri@flash.net. We will be looking for great fall/Halloween landscape presentations in October!

School Expansion Continues

Dirt has been moving at Liberty Christian School on Hwy 377, where the private school is adding eight additional classrooms, a new wrestling practice facility, an updated weight room, and additional locker rooms, coaches’ space, and parking. The project is set to be completed by February 2012.

Construction will begin soon to expand the Commons area. The fine arts programs will also be enlarged in this phase – a black box theater will be built, along with a choir and ensemble room, and two art rooms. In addition to building a multipurpose lunch and meeting room, the project will also include improvements to the existing band hall, music lab, and Lower and Middle School choir and drama classrooms.  The improvements are expected to be completed by next April 2012.

The school will hold a Preview Day for prospective students and their parents on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 9 a.m. Call 940-294-2000 for more information.

Phase II of Town’s Street Reconstruction More Than Half Way Complete

Phase II of Argyle’s street reconstruction program is well over 50 percent complete, according to a news release.

The Harpole Road intersection widening at Hwy 377, street reconstruction in the Tanglewood Addition, and the overlay of the streets within the Skyline Addition are essentially complete. 

Work is ongoing at C. Taylor Road and in the Rolling Acres Addition.

KAB Plans Fundraiser

Keep Argyle Beautiful will host “An Evening in the Garden” fundraiser, on Saturday, October 1, from 6:30pm to 10:00pm at the home of Mark and Kippi Halfin, owners of Argyle Landscapes. 

The event includes a catered dinner, live music, and a silent auction.  Paradise Liquor and Food will feature several beers and wines through a donation from Boyle & Lowry. 

Also featured will be wine tastings from Argyle’s Marker Cellars from Marker Ranch and Vineyard. 

Live music will be presented by Bonnie and Nick Norris, a brother/sister duo who play the fiddle, banjo and guitar.  Their song list includes a diverse mix of country, blues, funky bluegrass, gypsy jazz, 60’s surf, Latin world beat and growing list of original songs. 

Tickets are $100 per couple, $50 per person, and a portion of the ticket price is tax deductible.  Attendance is limited to 200 people.  Call Kim Collins at Argyle Town Hall at 940-464-7273 to reserve your tickets.  

This will be the only fundraiser Keep Argyle Beautiful will have this year.

The Keep Argyle Beautiful Board is raising money to start a community garden on the town-owned lot on Front Street and to build a large living wall in the shape of an “A” at the new Town Hall. 

According to a press release, “The community garden will provide a place for adults and children alike to build relationships, and get involved in beautifying the neighborhood community while working with nature.  The board envisions a peaceful place that children can learn about native plants with educational garden trails, get dirty, grow produce and harvest food that might be given to some of the local needy families or homebound senior citizens. It will also
be an excellent opportunity for youth to earn community service hours.”

KAB also provides household and hazardous waste cleanup annually to the citizens of Argyle, gives away approximately 200 trees per year, sponsors the Town Christmas tree lighting and continues to educate youth in Argyle about improving the environment, protecting the watershed and environmentally protected areas and various recycling efforts in each school.

To sponsor the event, make a tax-deductible cash or in-kind gift, or donate an auction or raffle prize, such as concert, event or sporting venue tickets, private lessons, vacation rentals, artwork, gift baskets, hunting or fishing excursions, restaurants or dinners, or services, please contact Bonny Haynes at haynes@airmail.net.

New Medical Building Planned

Council members approved a one story, 4,900 square-foot medical office building to be constructed on the southeast corner of Hwy 377 and Old Town Blvd. N. 

Pelayo Enterprises is the property owner/applicant and the engineer is G&A Consultants Inc.

Construction is expected to begin this fall.

Miller Re-Appointed as Argyle Municipal Judge

The Town Council re-appointed Municipal Court Judge Larry Miller to another 2-year term at the August 9th Town Council meeting.

Council Goes to One Meeting a Month

Argyle Town Council members recently voted to cut their meeting schedule by half, agreeing to meet once per month instead of twice.

“A majority of the council felt that one meeting per month was sufficient to conduct the town’s regular business,” said council member Bonny Haynes.

The monthly town council meeting will be held on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Two Public Hearings for Proposed Property Tax Rate

The Argyle Town Council voted to propose a total property tax rate of $0.39750 per $100 of assessed taxable value for Fiscal Year 2011-2012 at the Aug. 9 council meeting.

This is the same rate as the Fiscal Year 2010-2011, or current tax rate.

“Even though the proposed tax rate of $0.39750 is the same rate as FY11, it does increase overall tax revenues,” Dresher said. “However, since there was little overall increases in individual taxable values the effect may be minimal – it just depends on each individual taxpayers’ property values which the town does not control.” 

A public hearing was held on Aug. 23, and another will be held on Sept. 13, because the proposed tax rate exceeds the new effective rate.

According to a news release, “while holding-the-line on the tax rate, general operating costs grew less than 2 percent over the FY 2011 budget and all reserves fully funded.”

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