by Town Manager Paul Frederiksen
Parks and Trails Plan Update
Argyle has a lot of exciting things going on and town staff has certainly been very busy. The town council at their July meeting adopted the latest update to the parks and trails plan, a component of the Town of Argyle Comprehensive Plan.
It is recommended that the plan be updated and submitted to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department every five years in order to receive consideration for any future call for grant applications. The last revision to the parks and trails plan component was in 2009. The council created a parks advisory committee to review the parks and trails plan component which included a public input meeting held on June 16 at town hall. The input at that meeting was incorporated into a draft for inclusion into a new amended parks and trails plan component.
The parks advisory committee along with the planning and zoning commission and town council reviewed and approved the update unanimously at their meetings. The next step is the completion of a site plan for consideration of a future grant application to be made by the Town of Argyle to illustrate the best and most efficient use of the property utilizing existing open space and the baseball/softball and football fields adjacent to Argyle Intermediate School.
The deadline for the next call for grant applications is October 1. This will put the town in a position to compete for those grant funds which help will make the park a reality.
Town Design Standards
The town council had the opportunity to see the first draft of the design standards, a proposed component of the Town of Argyle Comprehensive Plan, which are intended to create a sense of place, community identity, and uniformity for the town.
Design standards provide the groundwork for town staff and town council to create standards that complement the principles in the Form Based Code and will provide the town an avenue to create an identity.
Design standards include items such as trash receptacles, street signs, and tree grates, among other items. Once approved by town council, they will be incorporated into the Town of Argyle Comprehensive Plan for use in future developments in Argyle.
Sanitary Sewer Line Extension
For many years the Town of Argyle has contemplated the extension of the U.S. 377 main sanitary sewer system to the south upon completion of the interceptor sewer through the Town of Flower Mound to the Denton Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant in Roanoke.
The S-1 sanitary sewer line will allow for sanitary sewer service along the southern end of U.S. 377 and reduce the amount of waste water being pumped to the Denton Graveyard Branch Line, freeing up additional capacity for the northern portions of the town.
Currently, the town is limited in growth due to the restricted capacity in our existing sanitary sewer. Argyle is strategically located on the fringe of a high growth area which includes the corridor west of U.S. 377 just south of FM 407. In order to facilitate the potential growth which includes business and residential development along this corridor it is necessary for us to move forward with the engineering, design and surveying services of what is referred to as the S-1 Sanitary Sewer Line Project.
The Town of Argyle joined the Denton Creek Regional Wastewater System, a regional sewer system administered by the Trinity River Authority of Texas (TRA) on June 25, 2008, a result of an approved four-party TRA agreement which resulted in the construction of Segments A and B of the Graham Branch Regional Sewer Project to allow gravity flow sanitary sewer service.
The funds for this project will be provided by the Argyle Economic Development Corporation in conjunction with their FY 2014-2015 budget. It is anticipated that the engineering, design and surveying services will be completed in early 2016.
Impact Fees Unchanged
At the April 28 council meeting, an ordinance was adopted determining that no changes were needed to the land use assumptions, capital improvements plan or waste water and roadway impact fees. The current fee structure will remain in effect, until a revision is necessary or another five years, whichever occurs first.
Argyle Wins Another Lone Star Cup
Argyle High School scored a major win in the 4A Division University Interscholastic League championship, bringing home the UIL’s 2014-2015 Lone Star Cup and setting a new school record. The school took home a record 127 points after earning state championships in academics, baseball, girls basketball, boys golf and marching band. The Eagles were also state finalists in volleyball and football. This is the high school’s fourth consecutive Lone Star Cup and sixth overall. For the win, Argyle beat Abilene Wyle (115), Liberty Hill (90), Fredericksburg, Kennedale (71), Texarkana Pleasant Grove (67), Robinson (61), Decatur (58), Boerne (57) and Paris North Lamar (56). — by Sarah Bays
Seniors Rock Around The Clock
The Argyle Seniors enjoyed their 50s luncheon with Elvis singing “Blue Christmas” and lasagna furnished by the Argyle Police Department. The ladies dressed in 50s outfits and some wore poodle skirts. The seniors meet every week at 10 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and play board games starting at 11 a.m.
Every third Friday of the month they have a pot luck luncheon with the Argyle Police Department furnishing the meat and all attendees bringing a covered dish or donating $4 to the senior fund. The next luncheon will be on Friday, August 21, at noon. The theme will be “Back to School.”
Wear your school colors and you will be asked about your school mascot. We will have a guest speaker from Quraishi Law Firm who will be speaking on estate planning. We will be playing bingo with gifts furnished by Edward Jones Financial of Argyle.
For more information you may contact Stella McDaniel at 940-464-7438. — Submitted by Stella McDaniel