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New Wilmer mayor holds town hall meeting

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‘Will run this May’

The Ellis County Press

WILMER - Jeff Steele, who was appointed to fill out the reminder of Don Hudson’s term as mayor of Wilmer is already showing signs of hope for the city after only six weeks of being in office.

Growth and Planning

"It’s like a tusumi, it’s coming but it’s not very big right now," said Steele.

During the first town hall meeting he was open to telling everyone his plans for the future development of the town.

He has met with Wilmer councilwoman Tiny Lange and Mayor of Hutchins Artis Johnson to discuss the interlocal agreement and what that exactly will bring to the southern Dallas cities.

"New housing will be brought in, fairness and quality is very important," said Steele.

While discussing equal opportunity job fairs being held, Leslie Jutzi of the Allen Group was in attendance and mentioned they have been in talks with smaller retail possibly being brought in.

Budget

One thing the city hasn’t been able to properly keep is a good budget.

"I am going to get all the departments together [code enforcement ,fire department, etc.] and hold a workshop so everything is accounted for."

The 4A and 4B project that was set up a year ago for infrastructure missed a year’s worth of taxes because the proper paperwork wasn’t filed in time.

"We are getting that taken care of so we may start receiving these funds."

Water

The Water Resources act of 2008 passed by 30th district congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, will enabled the city to receive a $20 million dollar grant for their infrastructure project if passed sometime in late February or early March.

"I’ve been talking with Mike Raider of the Municipal Utility District to convey a water plan so we can start receiving Dallas water effective immediately," said Steele.

Outreach and future

A city website shall be up and running in about three weeks.

"I would like to hold one of these meetings a month, I want to make sure everyone knows I am accessible," said Steele.

It’s been confirmed he will seek election for a full term this May.


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