Baen Visits Argyle Chamber
Dr. John S. Baen, a Real Estate Professor at the University of North Texas, was the featured speaker at the Argyle Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting on Sept. 14 at Denton Country Club. Dr. Baen warned business owners of a coming wave of hyperinflation and advised them to invest in hard assets.
Annual Budget and Tax Rate Adopted
The Fiscal Year annual budget and property tax rate were adopted at the Argyle Town Council meeting on Sept. 27.
The amount of $4,749,776 and a total property tax rate of $0.39750 per $100 of assessed value were decided upon at the meeting.
“The FY 2012 budget includes funding for the replacement of one police patrol vehicle, an emergency generator for police operations, improvements to the Town Hall Community Room, an update of the town’s website, and a one one-half percent adjustment in compensation for all town employees,” Town Manager Lyle Dresher said.
Other actions by the Town Council on Sept. 27 included approval of an interlocal agreement with Coral City for a continuation of police and court services to be provided by the Town of Argyle for FY 2012; approval of the continuation of animal control services for the Town with Brian Hall for FY 2012, and approval of an interlocal with Denton County for shared governance communications and dispatch services for FY 2012.
Changes to Mayor’s Duties No Changes At All?
One of the items to be discussed at the Sept. 27 Argyle town council meeting was ordinance changes to the Mayor’s duties.
Council Member Bonny Haynes said any perceived changes were policies that should have been in place all along.
“The ordinance amendments were discussed a long time before the current mayor took office,” Haynes said. “The amendments did not really take away the duties of the mayor. The only duty that was ‘taken away’ from the mayor was dictating the seating arrangement at meetings. The reason we took it out of the ordinance is because the mayor has never determined the seating arrangement in our town.”
Haynes said the Town Council is seated by place number and the Town Administrator and Town attorney are seated up on the dais with the council members.
“Most of the other items we looked at that had ‘mayor’ in it were changed to ‘town council,'” Haynes said. “The mayor is a member of the town council, so it was redundant to have ‘mayor and town council.'”
While some residents have suggested these changes were introduced with Mayor Matt Smith specifically in mind, Haynes stated this is not the case.
“Mayor Smith is a ‘member’ of the town council and has the same duties he had before the amendments, other than being able to arrange the seating of the town staff at council meetings,” Haynes said. “These amendments reflect the way the Town currently operates and has operated for many years.”
Yard of the Month
Submitted by Debbie Ingram
Keep Argyle Beautiful has named Graham and Elizabeth Kyle at 740 Valley View Ct. the October Yard of the Month recipients.
Their yard works well in our Texas environment. It has weathered the heat using minimum water and following the water restrictions. All of their landscape with done with Texas friendly planting, most having minimal water requirements. Their place is always neat and well kept with seasonal color and sturdy perennial plants.
If you know of a yard you would like to nominate for a future Yard of the Month, notify Debbie Ingram at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eagles Wraps Up Non-District with 4-1 Record
The Argyle High School football team went 4-1 in non-district play, and will open up district competition on Oct. 7 at Aubrey.
Quarterback Austin Aune has already thrown for more than 1,000 yards of total offense and nine touchdowns, and running back Tyler Eveleth has rushed for more than 500 yards with three touchdowns.
The defense is averaging 17 points per game, as well, one of the tops in the area for 3A schools and under.