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Positive attitudes prevail in Ovilla

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Ellis County Press

OVILLA -- Positives outweigh the negatives in Ovilla these days, and it seems that Mayor Cindy Jones is at the heart of it.

'I've never lived in a town where the mayor knows my name,' said Citizen Norma Epstein, who attends every City Council meeting. 'I love that.'

'I've never lived in a town where the mayor worked any harder,' added another citizen, who declined to give his name.

'We're all concerned about water pressure,' said Epstein, 'But Ovilla is a really nice place to live. The streets are safe.'

Citizen George Mulholland was less complimentary of the city, stepping forward to address the council about what he sees as ongoing problems with street repairs and water pressure. Distributing copies of an article from the Ellis County Press, Mulholland noted that Ferris has hired an engineering consultant and an outside contractor to effect street repairs. Moving on to the issue of water pressure, Mulholland said, 'Bathroom facilities simply will not refill. That happened twice last week at my house, and it had nothing to do with other water sources being turned on.'

After Mulholland's address, Jones smiled and said, 'Thank you, Mr. Mulholland,' in the measured tone of old southern gentility, before directing the council to the first item on the consent agenda. 

'I'm always so proud of our city's volunteers,' Jones said later, after listening to a report from City Administrator Scott Campbell. 

Campbell indicated that a board of citizens had recently completed work on a new comprehensive plan for the city. 'They did a really good job,' he said. 'It is a solid plan.'

Other positive items reported to the Council during the meeting on Monday, July 24 included Heritage Day, scheduled for September 23, the annual blood drive, scheduled for August 29, and the new Veterans Memorial, which is scheduled for completion the latter part of August.

'The memorial is all paid for,' said Jones. 'That's $2250.00 all paid by citizens. That says a lot about our city.'

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