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Wilmer residents want bumps in road, but not in their telephone lines

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JIM WILLIAMS

Ellis County Press

WILMER - Citizens living on and around College Street said they want bumps in the road.

They said they also want the speed limit lowered from 30 to 20 miles per hour due to increased pedestrian traffic in the area.

Wilmer Mayor Pro-Tem Don Hudson said he was speaking on behalf of citizens living on College Street.

Hudson presented a petition signed by citizens to the council during its meeting Thursday night, Aug. 3, requesting speed bumps and lowered speed limit.

He said citizens were asking for at least four speed bumps.

'They asked for this to be placed on the agenda for the next meeting,' Hudson said.

The council will next meet Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. at the community center.

Hudson also pointed out there was a lot of graffiti on one of the bridges.

'It's got some vulgar words on it,' he said. 'Could we at least get the worse words removed.'

Hudson cast the lone dissenting vote in the council's 4-1 approval of consent items consisting of minutes from the July 20 meeting and open voice report.

'It was a minute item,' he said. 'It was a nothing item in the accounts payable. Someone had one bill in there I was happy with. It's no big issue.'

Council member Billy Wickliffe said he would like for Mayor Eugene Lowe and City Secretary Crystol Birdwell to start working on putting together the city budget.

Citizen Cinnamon Lyons had led a campaign for several months to improve telephone service for residents within the city limits.

Lyons presented information she had gathered concerning phone service to the council, but she said she didn't care anymore. She said she was probably going to solve her problem by moving from Wilmer and closer to her place of employment in Dallas.

Council member Virginia Arroyo made a motion for the city to solicit other telephone companies.

Wilmer had been serviced by GTE, but Arroyo said, according to a letter, the city no longer had a contract with the company.

She said she would like the city to address proposals from other companies.

'You should probably contact the PUC [Public Utilities Commission] to see what we can do before you start trying to hire someone else,' Wickliffe told fellow council members. 'The PUC could give you some guidelines.'

'Our equipment is so old it's going to cost hundreds of dollars just for new equipment,' Lyons said.

'Whoever takes it over is going to have to make quite an investment,' Wickliffe said.

The council unanimously approved Arroyo's motion to check into other phone companies.

'Everybody wants better phone service,' Lowe said.

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