Glenn Heights voters to decide alcohol sales; mayor
By 10/19/2006 00:00:00
The Ellis County Press
GLENN HEIGHTS - Voters will be able to decide if Glenn Heights should remain dry or become wet in regards to alcoholic sales.
Voters were also scheduled to elect a new mayor to fill the unexpired term of Mayor Alvin DuBois, whose term was scheduled to expire in May 2007.
Supporters said a yes decision to the alcohol referendum would bring unprecedented economic growth to the small city straddling the Dallas and Ellis County line.
Don Silverman, of the Margaux Development Company, said he envisioned turning 17.5 acres of land at the corner of Bear Creek and Interstate 35 into a 200,000 square foot shopping center with a nationally-recognized grocery store and restaurants, but the option for alcohol sales must be available.
'They won't go where they are dry,' Silverman said. 'Passing the referendum in my opinion is vital to business.'
He cited how in the first year since Duncanville passed their alcohol election the city had generated $600,000 in additional taxes.
'Those are funds that help fix roads, build infrastructure and higher police officers,' he said.
Billy Horton was hired by Margaux to get the alcohol referendum on the ballot.
After collecting 550 signatures from registered voters Horton took his petition to the council.
According to state law the council could only review the petition, but not stop it from being placed on the November ballot.
'They weren't able to have a decision on getting it on the ballot,' Glenn Heights City Manager Georgia Vines said.
If the alcohol election fails, supporters could tweak the proposal, allowing voters to consider it again in May.
For the third time in two years Lancaster voters were scheduled to go to the polls on Nov. 7 to decide if they want to allow liquor to be sold in area grocery stores and allow local restaurants to sell mixed drinks and beer.
Seven candidates were running for the unfilled mayor's seat.
The candidates were service manager David L. Anderson, retiree Clark Choate, equipment manager Daniel Freeman, bank officer Sheyi Ipaye, self-employed Michael Knight, retiree Deborah Leonard and minister Stephanie Washington.
With so many candidates, city officials were expecting to hold a runoff election on Dec. 5 at city hall.
The newly elected mayor would complete DuBois' term before having to run for reelection next May to keep the seat.