Around Argyle – December 2019

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Argyle Mayor Donald Moser

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I hope this holiday season finds everyone happy, healthy and with the ones you love. As we move forward in to 2020 there are many projects coming to the council for consideration. There will be opportunities for the community to be well informed and involved. We will also be announcing our new Police Chief very soon.

As many proposals come before the council we can only make the best decisions based on information provided. How a project is presented is up to the applicant. They can choose to go through a process that includes the Economic Development Commission (EDC), Planning & Zoning (P&Z), then Town Council. Or, they can simply choose to skip the EDC portion and go straight to the P&Z. This shortened process can leave less information for consideration by the P&Z and Council.

The Hospital project came to the council again on November 19th. Despite all the speculation on social media, there was just not enough information presented to the council. While I cannot speak for each member of the council, I personally would not have been comfortable voting in favor of such a large project without more defined financial projections, build-out potential, time frame and site design.

While it was widely stated this would have been a windfall for the town, here is some information for thought:

Texas Health, one of the nation’s largest faith-based nonprofit health systems and has reported net income upwards of $333.4 million in the first three quarters in 2018. However, this was a 45 percent drop from the $605.3 million in net income from the first three quarters in 2017. They announced in January 2019 that over 700 employees would be laid-off throughout the system. THR also recently sold or closed all their free-standing Emergence Departments throughout the Metroplex. This information is not meant to suggest there are issues with THR’s financial stability or solvency, However, Becker’s reports a slowdown and flat growth in the healthcare industry. (Sources: Dallas Morning News, Ft. Worth Star Telegram and Becker’s Hospital Review CFO Report).

The Town Council stay committed to the service of the community with the best interest of the town, as a whole. Our end-of-the-year update will be in your mailboxes soon, so be on the lookout.

Argyle Seniors Update
Submitted by Stella McDaniel

We had a fun day at The Argyle Seniors annual wiener roast and hayride.

The seniors and their grandchildren had a blast dressed for Halloween and enjoying hot dogs furnished by the Argyle Police Department and hamburgers furnished by Curtis Langston.  Our thanks to both! Also to our Chief Cook, Jon Donahue. Not only did Jon cook, but he brought his own cooker. You did a great job, Jon!

Our dress contest-winner was a darling little witch, Tatum Langston!

We were happy to have our school superintendent Telena Wright and her husband, Tom attend. Wow– they were costumed so that it would scare anyone. We loved it!

The actual hot dog running around– hoping no one would eat her– was Stella McDaniels’ granddaughter, Kristi Mohundro. Thanks to all of you who dressed for the occasion.

Our thanks to Jody Bellinghausen for running the popcorn machine as well as Carolyn and Terry Stanford for providing and taking us on the hayride.

We want to thank Steve Lacey for the beautiful songs he sang at our Thanksgiving Luncheon. Some of us had tears running down our cheeks as he closed with “God Bless the USA.”

We were glad to have Mayor Don Moser and his grandson, Brody, with us.

We’ll be having our gift exchange again at our Christmas Luncheon on Friday, Dec. 21.

Everyone is to bring a $1 wrapped gift for our Right and Left game.

Santa will be greeting everyone as they enter with a special gift. So, you better be good!

The seniors meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. to exercise and play Hand and Foot.

In February, the Seniors singing group from Denton will be entertaining us again.

Again, we want to thank all who brought food to share and the Argyle Police Department for furnishing the ham and turkey.

We can never thank our kitchen supervisor Gail enough for all the work she does and also Donna and Paul Lumpkins for purchasing and delivering our meat.

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and will have a Merry Christmas.

For more information, contact Stella McDaniel at 940-464-7438 or Karen Kiel at 940-464-0506.

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