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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Terrell City Council District 2 and District 4 seats will be up for election this year, and the council will discuss a resolution to set Saturday, May 9th, as the date of that election at a special workshop session tomorrow. Also to be discussed is a change order to add signal lights on FM 148 in the area from Spur 557 to Interstate Highway 20. Funding for the signals will be from Terrell Market Center and Buc-ee's, the Terrell Economic Development Corporation, and from the Kaufman County transportation bond program. Previous agreements call for the reimbursement by the city and the Terrell Economic Development Corporation of amounts contributed by Terrell Market Center and Buc-ee's within 36 months of operation.
Today is the first day to file for the May 9th election for four seats on the Forney City Council that are up for election this year. Those seats are the mayor's, Darren Rozell, and council seat 2 currently held by Ray Stephens, 4 held by Scott Regan, and 6 currently held by Forney's Mayor Pro-Tem Andy Parker. The deadline for filing is 5 p.m. Friday, February 27th, and early voting starts April 27th.
Today is also the first day to file for the May 9th election of Terrell School Board of trustees for districts 2, 3 and 5. Those seats are currently held by Reginald Williams in District 2, Lisa Asher in District 3, and Channy Ory in District 5. Those wishing to run for the board have until 5 p.m. February 27th to file.
Greenville police are seeking a suspect in an early morning murder of two men outside a Greenville business on August 16th of last year. Police issued a warrant in connection with the murders on August 18th for Heriberto Borrego, a Greenville resident. However, police have been unable to locate him, and they are asking for the public's help. Anyone with information on Borrego's whereabouts is asked to contact the Greenville police department or Hunt County Crime Stoppers.
In spite of recent rain in the area, lake levels remain little changed according to a report this week by the North Texas Municipal Water District, which supplies water to Terrell and surrounding cities. Lake Lavon remains just over 12 feet below conservation pool level, approximately the same as last October when Stage 3 water restrictions were placed into effect through March 31st of 2015. Jim Chapman Lake and Lake Tawakoni are both about 11 feet below conservation pool level, and Lake Texome is over 5 feet down, as of Sunday, January 25th.
Expect lane closures today on U. S. Hwy 175 in Kaufman as the Texas Department of Transportation places concrete barriers in preparation for the construction of the State Highway 34 bypass from Hwy 243 southward across U. S. Hwy 175 to just beyond FM 1388 where it rejoins the current route of State Highway 34. The new bypass project should be completed in about 2 years, and will divert significant truck traffic from downtown Kaufman streets.
You can also expect delays with alternating lanes closed this week on the eastbound side of U. S. Hwy 80 as work progresses on the service road between the Forney Gateway Bridge and Windmill Farms. Expect the lane closures between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. through Friday.