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Duncanvillite (Newspaper) - June 19, 1975, Duncanville, Texas MÂM official publication of the superb suburb Hoag fo Sona Book Bindery Springport, Michigan 49284 Single Copy 15; Thursday, June I9, 1975 titer reiident! ^ ; their city l^h De Soto. ¡ without the iNWtr lervices when they ftttrgtT. . hive received i Soto ii higher f tbey continue none kind of IB? »ervic®» p,tl^view with I current ¡^ I $7 million in De Soto. 1 even more llMdert UUc of Ifcwmunity the Ptrit of the liiUlkof golf I tod recret-I yrieed housing, iliii DO mention of water «mi mww Mrvicea for WoodUnd Hill«. Tb« Do goto City Council. boforo tho mwger vote in Woodland Hfils, ligned a rofolutkm agroeing to de an no* that portion of Wood land Hflla wort of Wwtmore land 10 Doneanvllle could anMX It and provide the water and lower aervices which tlM tmall community ao dMporatoly sought. Now Do Soto wanto Cockrell Hill u tho dividing Un«. In tiiat resolution of June 80, 1974, signed by Mayor Charles Harwell and four of the dty's five councilmen, it aUted! "The City Council will do everything in it« power to begin to deannex that portion of the present cHy limita of WoodUnd Hüls thai Hes west of Westmwe^ land Road ùnto the City of Duneanville within aix months fron the date that the City ofDe Soto voted in favor of said merger." Woodland Hills still waits. The City of Dallas has agreed to arbitratf the dispute between its two suburban cities, requesting the cities to furnish what they recommend as a dividing line. Tempers hnve flared at meetings of councilmen for Duneanville and De Soto. If the arbitration is fruitless, court action is a possibility. That could take months. And Woodland Hills still waits. Duneanville City Councilman George Williams said the delay is of great concern to Duneanville because this community Ls furnishing water service to several people and businesses in the former Woodland Hills area. mrn tw h'omised Smites d in "u;- U.J______________^^ ^^ ^^ "We had an agreement to serve the people of Woodland Hills on an individual ciise to-case basis. We have no such agreement with De Soto," he added. "This brings up a point of law. What if, while servicing those lines, one of our city employees is injured in the line of duty while working in De Soto? Would he be covered by insurance, etc.? I think it is time for something to be done about it. H De Soto doesn't plan to furnish water service to Woodland Hills, then it should take quick action on the deannexation. "The City of Duneanville doesn't want to completely cut off those people which we have been serving, but we can no longer continue to furnish services to another community without a legal agreement." Williams added: "With the City of De Soto promoting a large bond election, I wonder if this is another attempt to confuse the former Woodland Hills citizens who voted to annex to De Soto. The citizens of Woodland Hills are certainly under the rule of the City of De Soto. Just how much and how soon the Woodland Hills area will receive any necessary services is not clear. I am sure that the tax cost will come, long before the benefits. "As you know, the City of De Soto has made promises but has failed to complete the Woodland Hills deannex ation. From the original letter written by Mayor Harwell of De Soto to encourage the former Woodland Hills citizens to vote for annexation to De Soto, until , -, • ................Xi.ns a. ca. agreemeni. annexation to Ue Soto, un now, no affirmative action has been complete by De Soto. "With the Cityof l>incan-ville providing sewer, water and limited emergency services to the Woodland Hills area, the citizens of Duneanville deserve a quick and expedient conclusion to the deannexation matter." Chamber of Commerce President Maxie Bell is another who is concerned by the delay. He was a member of the Duneanville Chamber committee that met with De Soto Chamber representatives to work out a recommendation on a dividing line of Woodland Hills. "We are disappointed for the people in the Woodland Hills community," he said. "They came to us initially for city services. We felt we had the services, so they tried to merge and it was narrowly mistar m Ithers Top l-Tournaifíeñt will oonpete are Dick Balthrop, South Grand ifWÉia^.'i. P^^ Welch-el. Lako ffighlanda pitcher. Edward Cuervo, Kimball catcher; Keith Ferguson, R. L. Turner third baseman; and Rich Davis, W. T. White shortstop. defeated. At that time, De Soto agreed to annex part of east Woodland Hills if they voted a merger. They felt those people on the east side could get the services from De Soto and decided to go the other way with the promise the west portion would be deannexed to Duneanville. Duneanville encouraged them to vote to annex with De Soto, and it carried. "Some in Woodland Hills were reluctant to vote to merge with De Soto, but they got a resolution from the City of De Soto which said it would deannex that land which generally lay west of Westmoreland Road. It wasn't specific enough, so they went back to the De Soto Council and got a more specific agreement stating De Soto would begin deannexation within six Some News Good, Some Bad From Council months from the time they voted to annex to De Soto. "We're disappointed that Woodland Hills residents were dealing in good faith with the De Soto City Council, but they have received nothing but more taxes. No services. No water." He added that Duneanville has lost nothing. But did state that if Duneanville annexes any portion of Woodland Hills, it must include an area where later development will offset the cost of running water lines and sewer lines to Woodland Hills. Bell also wondered about the De Soto bond election. "We know the $7 million bond issue includes a golf course. Does it include water and .sewer service to Highway 67?" developed and undeveloped in all zoning classifications throughout the City. City Manager Marcus Terry Edge Lone Star To Ask Local City Council For Rate Increase Lone Star Gas Company's local manager, Morris Ward, will ask Duneanville city <^ciala to enact an <vdi-nance inereaaing the resi dential and commercial retail gaa rates. About 10 cents per thousand cubic feet The adjustment is requested to offset the increase in the dty gate rate ^^ AAA team ^ ^^^ P^'^ thousand ^ cubic feet which was aothorfsed by the Texas Railroad Commission on May 1. 1976. The increase in the city fl^te rate authorized by the Conimisaion is consistent with tho position taken by the cities in their testimony at the hearing in March. The dtiea' prosentation indicated ^»k« Panthers' ' ì^ì Satur- 'A<Mdation ^P-m. in i^'y«» who tiwi LBMi OUi needed aa Jncrease in this amount to provide a reasonable rate of return. Ward «xplained that the dty gsfte rate applies to natural gas delivered by Lone Star's Transmission Division to its distribution division for sale to residen tial and commercial users. Ward said the increase will rise to average residential gas bill in Duneanville by about 5.1 per cent. The requested rate increase follows a Texas Railroad Commission emergency order giving Lone Star a temporary increase in its city gate rate due to the company's increased costs for gas purchased to serve customers. Lone SUr officials noted that the Utest figures available show that in February. 1974. its average cost of gas was 30.68 cents per thousand cubic feet, and that is more than doubled to ^2J2S cenU by February. 1975. The average customers rate would be increased about 58 cents per month. Ward pointed out. Duncanvillf got some istration for evaluation good news and some bad which Councilman Bill Jack- news at Monday night's City »on had proposed. He sought Council meeting. The City w find out if the informa Jon got a gazebo, dog ordinance '^siiould be included or and electricity rate increase. ^leted and what the cost , .,, , and time would be required The gazebo will be a . .... . . m, ..........to conduct the study. The Bicentennial project of the , . ,. • , . - A, L J ''^"dy would mclude the Noon Lions Club, ana .¿„^ . __ . .,, „ ... Sk»»«, Eftnnber of acres possibly the Evening Lions Club. G. W. Gorman, speaking on behalf of the Noon Lions, requested per mission to build the gazebo on City property near Wheatland Road and Main Street. The Park Board, at its June 4 meeting, unanimously approved construction of the gazebo. It will cost an estimated $12,000 to $15,000. The Council author ized the gazebo committee to proceed with the arehitec tural design. Ordinance No. 629 was adopted which amends the City Code by adding Section 4-42 which limits the number of dogs kept in residential areas and provides standards of sanitation. The ordinance will permit a maximum of 4 adults dogs on all lots conUining 10,000 square feet or less, with one additional adult dog being permitted on any 5,000 square feet above the 10,000 square feet. In addition, each residence will be permitted one Utter. Texas Power & Light Co.'s request for an average rate increase of 11 per cent was approved. It allows a base rate increase from 20 cents to 70 cents per million BTU and to allow the fuel clause to be modified to change the recovery system for one month instead of three months. It becomes effective oct. 1, A land use study was Harrington told the Council the present pro-rata ordinance providing for a pro-rata charge of $2 per foot for sewer and $2.25 per foot for water is now obsolete insofar as charges are concerned. He advised the present cost should be $10 to fl2 per foot. The Council agreed to have Director of Public Works Rob Lee make a recom mendation to the (louneil at the next regular meeting as to pro-rata charges to be (^onsidered. City Attorney Louis Nichols was authorized to advise the City of Dallat that Duneanville recom mends the deannexation o1 Woodland Hills property at the Bolton Boone-Westmoreland Road. The City of Dallas is attempting to arbitrate the deannexation of this property from De Soto and had requested the attorneys of both cities to furnish their City's desires as to a dividing line. The Council set a special meeting for Monday, June 23, at 7 p.m. to discuss the 1975-76 budget, continue the public hearing on the proposed new zoning ordinance and discuss the Woodland Hills property if any new developments have arisen by this meeting time. le Eirfiiés The Duneanville Jaycees ------ VUhlU. n will heffin at if^Äid« l&li^thefne. With this ñpt^itNUMkd on the belief «rl^ «ad equality for all wgM««DMi.onthiseve lit' Btoentennial Year ^ lave great r^ e^^a iilrtrpte. the spoken j^JUtAm. * "Afrkni mf^n^ „^ 200 years. S Main the parade. U wdl begin Armstrong Parie on M Street at approximately 10 a.m.. with a B-mile cou«^ Trophies wffl be printed ^the parade for the most outsUnding participation m the different parade d»»«- Ml«¿.M®«» „ - •MAiñttMutiT*'»'' Üw'b'ktldd. as an enter the individual referred to the City Admin- motor entry, bicycle or motorcycle rider, or organizations such as church groups, horseback riders, marching groups or float entries should contact either the Jaycee Bicentennial Parade Chairman Bill Wald rope at 298^ or 747-4011 ext. 305; or Chamber o Commerce Bicentennial Chairman George Williams at 298-1757. Also, any correspondence may be sent to the Jaycees at Box 297. Duneanville. Earl Ml»n, left, chairman of the Festival Division of the Duneanville Bicentennial Commission, and Dave Davidson, American Legion commander, hold the flying week at War Betsy Ross Flag which — Memorial Park. It is part of the American Legion Post 81 s Bicentennial project. IVHUOn, /«uciit«" — Bicentennial Promoted . ________tho (Irawintr. Mrs. RoSS The City of Duneanville, through the auspices of American Legion Post No. 81, has been flying the 13-star "Betsy Ross Flag" this week at War Memorial Park. to This is the Legion's Bicentennial project purchase various flags use. bv the United States m.s formative years and fly them during the Bicentennial formative years year. , S. Upson is Americanism 13 Quentinis. upsuiiMi»."---------- 81. He gave some background on the Betsy Ross Flag explaining that it was the first recognized all original states. According to legend, in June of 1776 Mrs. Betsy Ross was visited at her Philadelphia dress sh^ by a dX^tion from Congress consisting of Ro^rt Mom. Geo^ Ross (her uncle) and Gen. George Washington to nite a flag from a drawing they presented. After reviewing the drawing, Mrs. Ross suggested the use of 5-pointed sUrs rather than the 6-pointed ones presented. Then she made the flag. Although there are no Congressional records which show a flag committee being formed, and no record of payment to a flag maker in that year, it must be noted that Gen. Washington was in Philadelphia m May and June of 1776 conferring with Congress. On June 14. 1777. Congress passed a resolution slating that the flag of the United States should consist of 13 alternating red and white stripes with a blue union on which 13 white stars would be placed, r-epresenting a new constellation. The Betsy Ross Flag fitted this description and soon became the standard flag of the union throughout the 13 United States. "Legend or fact. It's still a darn good flag. said. Upson
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