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Wilmer citizens taking advantage of chance to voice their requests

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JIM WILLIAMS
Ellis County Press
WILMER - More citizens took advantage of voicing requests than before since the City of Wilmer established this new format following the last elections here in May.

Three persons were placed on the agenda for 'Citizens' Requests' for the Thursday, Nov. 2 regular session of the city council.

Amanda Smith was unable to attend, but council member Tiny Lange spoke on her behalf, requesting permission from the council for the community's organized youth group, 'The Heartbeat Kids,' to donate a soft drink machine to the fire department.

Citizen Isabell Stout requested information of city services be provided persons moving into the city.

'I'm pleased with services, except the code could be more aggressive,' Stout said. 'You should enforce the four feet . . .'

She was referring to branches being cut four feet or less for trash pick-up by Best Disposal.

'Each new move-in should be given a pamphlet of services,' Stout said.

She said information should be printed in English and Spanish.

'It doesn't have to be lengthy,' Stout said.

Citizen Jane Hodges said she had a recommendation and suggestion.

'At Third Street and North Dallas Avenue, there's no street light,' Hodges said. 'School buses use it. It's a pretty sharp turn. There are women who live alone. The pole is there. It just needs a hook-up. Years ago there was a street light there.'

She also spoke regarding code enforcement.

'There are some [houses] should be torn down because they're a haven for anything crawling around here and one was occupied for a while,' Hodges said. 'Some are falling in. Something needs to be done.'

She suggested a directional sign to Trinity Cemetery, particularly for persons coming for funeral services here from out of town.

'A sign would be helpful,' Hodges said.

Mayor Eugene Lowe said the area involved a Dallas County road.

'But it probably could be done,' Lowe said about possible placement of a sign. 'If it can't, we'll figure out something.'

Police Chief Thomas Lauer had some requests.

'The police department is falling apart,' Lauer said, referring to the physical status of the station. 'Walls are in need of repair.'

He said they were looking at $18,050 at least in repair costs.

'I'm asking to do some reconstruction, fix cracks, move walls,' Lauer said. 'I ask we be allowed to solicit bids.'

Mayor Pro-Tem Don Hudson made a motion to allow the police chief to solicit bids for work needed. Council member Billy Wickliffe seconded. The motion was unanimously approved, 4-0.

Council member Virginia Arroyo was absent.

Lauer also requested hiring of personnel for ordinance/code enforcement.

Hudson made a motion to allow the chief to hire a code enforcement officer and this person certified as a police officer for full-time. City council member Jesse Petton second. The motion passed, 3-0. Lange abstained from voting. She is a former Wilmer police officer, who was terminated.

Petton asked about the existing speed bumps on Johnson Street.

'Who put the silly little red ‘X' on them?' he said. 'They [the speed bumps] shouldn't have to be that big.'

'The problem is people are losing control and going into people's yards,' citizen Marilyn Petton said. 'That stupid little ‘X' doesn't glow at night.'

Lange thanked individuals for helping with the Halloween event Tuesday, Oct. 31 at the community center.

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