Sunday, July 25, 2021

The Week of July 26th - 30th, 2021 in the City of Waxahachie

Hello Friends

    I hope y'all are doing well and staying cool.  It looks to be a hot week ahead.  As far as city business is concerned, we have a pretty slow week, but that should pick up the first week in August.  Please check back on the city's calendar to see if any new meetings are added, but so far we only have the P&Z briefing and meeting on schedule for this week.  The city's calendar can be found here: https://www.waxahachie.com/calendar.php
    One item to note is that we have the election day for the CD6 race on Tuesday.  So far, only 5.07% of registered voters in Ellis County have participated in the early voting for that runoff race.  The two candidates are Susan Wright and Jake Ellzey (listed here in the order that they are found on the ballot). Polls will be open from 7a-7p on Tuesday and voting locations can be found here: http://www.co.ellis.tx.us/DocumentCenter/View/14489/Election-Day-Locations-July2021?bidId= Please note that the Elections Office is NOT one of the polling places on Tuesday.  Please be sure to have your voice heard!

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Tuesday, June 27, 2021
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6:30 PM - Planning & Zoning Commission Briefing Session
Council Conference Room, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.
 
 
This briefing is being held to discuss items for the 7:00 PM regular meeting.  Citizens are welcome to attend the briefing.  The briefing will not be live-streamed.
 
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7:00 PM - Planning & Zoning Commission Regular Meeting
Council Chamber, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.
 
 
5 & 6: Zoning change request by George Salvador located at 401 Ovilla Road has been withdrawn.  The commission will neither consider anything on this item nor discuss anything on this item.
 
7 & 8: Zoning change request by Shea Kirkman from commercial zoning district to PD- light industrial, just north of 1800 W Highway 287 Bypass has been withdrawn. The commission will neither consider anything on this item nor discuss anything on this item.
 
11: Plat request by Todd Wintters for a plat of Garden Valley Ranch Church for 1 lot at 435 Broadhead Rd. for the Church of Jesus Christ. Staff is recommending approval as presented.

This meeting is open for those who wish to attend in person and will be live-streamed at the following link: https://www.waxahachie.com/government/city_council/city_council_meeting_live_stream.php
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That's it for this week!  I hope y'all have a great rest of your weekend and a wonderful week ahead!

Your Friendly Councilmember,

Melissa Olson, CMO
(text) 817-507-5162
molson@waxahachie.com

Sunday, July 18, 2021

The Week of July 19th - 23rd, 2021 in the City of Waxahachie

Hello Friends!

I hope y'all are having a great weekend!  I have the draft minutes from recent city board meetings scanned in and available for your review at this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wlg9I9dCIhqPnhZJjcvRYRrMM_Xk5i2R/view?usp=sharing  There are only two meetings on the calendar so far for this week, but please check back on the city's calendar throughout the week to view any new meetings that may be added.  You can do that here: https://www.waxahachie.com/calendar.php
 
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Monday, July 19, 2021
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7:00 PM - City Council Regular Meeting
Council Chamber, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.
 
 
This is a pretty short agenda for the evening, which is why there is no briefing session; however, there are some items that you may be interested in.
 
6. Recognize Ms. Mary Lou Shipley for her service as Mayor Pro Tem and City Council Member

7 - Recognize Mr. Charles "Chuck" Beatty for his service as Mayor and City Council Member

8 - Consider proposed resolution naming the City Hall Annex building.  Resolution will most likely be presented at the meeting, as there wasn't one in the agenda packet.

11 & 12 -  Convene into Executive Session for consultation with attorney regarding pending or contemplated litigation and reconvene to take any necessary action.

This meeting is open to the public to attend, but is also live-streamed at the following link: https://www.waxahachie.com/government/city_council/city_council_meeting_live_stream.php

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021
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1:30 PM - Senior Center Advisory Committee Regular Meeting
Senior Center
122 Park Hills Drive, Waxahachie


4 - Reorganization of committee

6 - Discuss financial report on Senior Center, Inc. for period ending June 30, 2021 and take any necessary action.

This meeting is open to the public to attend, but is not live-streamed at this time.
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That's all for this week!  I hope that y'all have a wonderful rest of your weekend and a fantastic week ahead!  Take care!

Your Friendly Councilmember,

Melissa Olson, CMO
molson@waxahachie.com
(text) 817-507-5162


Sunday, July 11, 2021

The Week of July 12th - 16th, 2021 in the City of Waxahachie

Hello Friends!
 
We have a few meetings this week, so let's jump right in! As always, please check back on the city's calendar during the week to see if any more meetings are added.  https://www.waxahachie.com/calendar.php
 
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Monday, July 12, 2021
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8:30 AM - Board of Trustees of the FR&R Fund Regular Meeting
Waxahachie Fire Station No. 2
1601 Cleaver Street, Waxahachie


All items are fairly routine on the agenda except for item 11, Discuss retention and destruction of paper documents and take any necessary action.  Please refer back to the agenda packet above for all other items on the agenda.  This meeting will not be live-streamed, but is open for the public to attend, should you wish to do so.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021
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3:00 PM - Waxahachie Community Development Corporation (WCDC) Regular Meeting
Council Chamber, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.


4 - Discuss WCDC Fiscal Year 2022 Budget and take any necessary action.

5 - Consider request by First Baptist Church for shared parking agreement at Sports Complex.

There is a lot of great information in the agenda packet, linked above, talking about what's happening at the CVB, Civic Center, Sports Complex and community beautification efforts.  This meeting will not be live-streamed, but is open to the public to attend.
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6:30 PM - Planning & Zoning Commission Briefing Session
Council Conference Room, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.


This short briefing will go over items to be discussed at the 7:00 PM regular meeting.  It is not live-streamed, but residents are welcome to attend.
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7:00 PM - Planning & Zoning Commission Regular Meeting
Council Chamber, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.


This is a pretty short and routine meeting.  The only item to mention is item 8, which is to consider a request for a final plat for The Hamilton, which is a multifamily complex for seniors, located next to the pond on Garden Valley Parkway.  This project has already been approved, but the final plat means that they are getting closer to moving dirt.

This meeting is open to the public to attend, but will also be live-streamed at the following link: https://www.waxahachie.com/government/city_council/city_council_meeting_live_stream.php

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Friday, July 16, 2021
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8:30 AM - City Council Notice of Potential Quorum
Wastewater Treatment Plant, 2301 Howard Rd.

All this means is that one or more members of the Waxahachie City Council may be present for a walking tour of the City water plants, beginning at the wastewater treatment plant at 8:30 AM.  This is not an official meeting and no action will be taken. It is simply a tour of the plants.
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That's all for this week!  I hope that you have a great rest of your weekend and a wonderful week ahead!!

Your Friendly Councilmember,

Melissa Olson, CMO
(text) 817-507-5162
molson@waxahachie.com

Sunday, July 4, 2021

The Week of July 5th - 9th, 2021 in the City of Waxahachie

Hello Friends!
 
I'd like to start by wishing you all a very happy and safe 4th of July!  Next, I've scanned in the draft minutes from recent city meetings for your review. You can read them here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YWKIvOEj5NDR2IkPwx9IRVlZockVK_1v/view?usp=sharing
 
If any meetings are posted after this newsletter goes out, you can find them on the city's calendar here: https://www.waxahachie.com/calendar.php
 
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Monday, July 5, 2021
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City Offices will be closed on Monday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day. For non-emergency needs during this time, please call the Waxahachie Police Department at 469-309-4400. For emergencies, please dial 911.  
 
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Tuesday, July 6, 2021
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6:30 PM - City Council Briefing Session
Council Conference Room, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St., Waxahachie
 

This briefing is being held to discuss items for the 7:00 PM regular meeting.  It is open to the public to attend, but is not live-streamed at this time.
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7:00 PM - City Council Regular Meeting
Council Chamber, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St., Waxahachie


This is really a fairly standard meeting.  Some of the P&Z items have been continued and when that happens, we don't get any information on that case other than we open the public hearing and move to continue it to whatever date is requested.  Pretty standard. A couple items you may find interesting are:

22 - Consider award of bid for construction manager at risk for Fire Station #4

23 - Consider award of bid for Lee Penn Park swimming pool construction contract and awarding a supplemental appropriation and use of park dedication fee funds.

** 25 - Discuss potential charter amendment - I requested this to be on our agenda to see if the will of Council is to have the mayor elected outright by citizens, as opposed to our current method of selecting the mayor among the council members.  Due to open meetings laws, Council members are not allowed to talk about city issues amongst themselves outside of an open meeting, so when we want to discuss an issue, it usually needs to be on the meeting agenda or have a workshop on the issue.  When an item is listed as "discuss", we do just that, but may give staff some guidance on which direction to go in regards to a particular item.  There is usually no formal action taken unless specified on the agenda that there will be action taken.
 
This meeting will be live-streamed here: https://www.waxahachie.com/government/city_council/city_council_meeting_live_stream.php but is also open for you to attend the meeting in person.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021
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12:00 PM - Civil Service Commission Regular Meeting
Waxahachie Fire Department
407 Water Street, Waxahachie


The main item for this meeting is to consider approval for an entry Fire written exam and physical ability test to be held on August 28, 2021.

This meeting is open to the public to attend, but it will not be live-streamed.

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Thursday, July 8, 2021
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4:00 PM - Mid-Way Regional Airport Joint Airport Board Regular Meeting
Upstairs Common Area of Mid-Way Regional Airport
131 Airport Dr., Midlothian


5 - Update on airport public awareness programs

6 - Update on ground leases with Don Jackson and CNB Bank

7 - Update on upcoming airport event "Wings and Wheels" open house

8 - Update on TXDOT CIP Project for perimeter wildlife fence

9 - Convene into executive session to deliberate economic development negotiations

10 - Reconvene and take any necessary action resulting from the executive session

This meeting is not live-streamed, but is open to the public for all matters except the executive session, should you wish to attend.
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That wraps up everything so far on this week's calendar!  I hope you have a great rest of your weekend and a wonderful week ahead!

Your Friendly Councilmember,

Melissa Olson, CMO
(text) 817-507-5162
molson@waxahachie.com
 

Sunday, June 27, 2021

The Week of June 28th - July 2nd, 2021 in the City of Waxahachie

Hello Friends!

One quick note before we get started.  To those who have subscribed to my blog via the subscribe widget on my page, that feature is no longer being supported, so you won't receive emails when new blog posts are done.  I'm sorry for this inconvenience and am searching for a replacement, but don't have one as of yet.  I will still be doing my newsletter every week and sharing it, so hopefully that will be an adequate method of delivery for the time being.  Thank you for your understanding!
 
We have quite a few meetings this week so let's get started!
 
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Tuesday, June 29, 2021
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*** 8:30 AM -  City Council Work Session ***
Waxahachie Civic Center
2000 Civic Center Lane


This is a very important meeting.  It's the Council's first chance to look at the budget that will be proposed for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.  The first half of the day will be staff presenting the budget to us and then it is usually opened up for Council questions.  It is planned to take all day, but usually doesn't go quite that long.

This meeting will most likely not be live-streamed because it is at the Civic Center; however, it is a public meeting and you are welcome and encouraged to attend.
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6:15 PM - Planning & Zoning Commission Briefing Session
Council Conference Room, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.


This briefing session is being held to discuss items for the 7 PM regular P&Z meeting.  It is not live-streamed at this time, but you are welcome to attend.
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7:00 PM - Planning & Zoning Commission Regular Meeting
Council Chamber, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.


11: Consider request for a plat of Saddlebrook Estates N. E. C. E. on 1,263.275 acres of land located SE of the intersection of US Hwy 287 Bypass and Parks School House Road.  The applicant is requesting to plat the subject property into single family lots, duplex lots, general retail/ commercial lots, a multifamily lot, and two school sites. The lot types are in compliance with planned development ordinance 2302, approved in April of 2005. Staff is recommending approval.

16 & 17: Public hearing on a request by George Salvador, Waxahachie One, LLC, for a zoning change from Singly Family -1 to Single Family 3 (smaller lots), located at 401 Ovilla Road.  Staff is recommending denial.

18 & 19: Public hearing on a request for a specific use permit (SUP) to allow heavy machinery and equipment rental, sales or storage at an existing industrial business within a light industrial-1 zoning district located at 507 N. Interstate Highway 35.  The applicant intends to construct a new 12,000 sq. ft. dealership at the northern portion of the property.  Staff is recommending approval per comments.

This meeting should be live-streamed and available at the following link: https://www.waxahachie.com/government/city_council/city_council_meeting_live_stream.php  Residents are able to attend the meeting in person as well.

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Thursday, July 1, 2021
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 *** 3:00 PM - Park Board and Lake Parks Steering Committee Joint Meeting ***
Council Conference Room, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.
 
Agenda Packethttps://commondatastorage.googleapis.com/document-uploads-001/uploads/video/agenda_file/123353/7-1-21_Park_Board_and_Lake_Parks_Steering_Committee_Joint_Meeting_Agenda_Packet.pdf

4 - Hear presentation from consultant for Lake Parks Master Plan and take any necessary action.

5 - Discuss park events and activities and take any necessary action

6 - Discuss park projects and take any necessary action

This meeting will not be live-streamed, but residents are welcome to attend in person.
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4:30 PM - Keep Waxahachie Beautiful Committee Regular Meeting
Council Conference Room, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.
 

4 - Hear update on clean-up activities and discuss upcoming events/activities and take any necessary action.

5 - Consider P.I.N. (Pride in Neighborhood) nomination and selection.

This meeting will not be live-streamed at this time, but residents are welcome to attend the meeting in person.
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That's all for this week!  I hope that y'all have a great rest of your weekend and a wonderful week ahead!

Your Friendly Councilmember,

Melissa Olson, CMO
(text) 817-507-5162
molson@waxahachie.com

Sunday, June 20, 2021

The Week of June 21st - 25th, 2021 in the City of Waxahachie

Hello Friends!

I hope everyone is doing well!  We should have a pretty short newsletter this week as the only posted meetings so far are the Council briefing and meeting Monday evening. Here are the draft minutes of the most recent city board meetings for your review.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dhBS_jSCJ6h4I0PQ11nQwPZPaAoZe-Or/view?usp=sharing To see if any meetings have been added to the city calendar after this newsletter comes out, please go to: https://www.waxahachie.com/calendar.php  

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Monday, June 21, 2021
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5:30 PM - Council Briefing Session
Council Conference Room, City Hall
401 S. Rogers, Waxahachie


The purpose of this briefing is to discuss items for the 7:00 PM regular Council meeting.  Although the briefing is not live-streamed at this time, it is a public meeting and open to residents, should you wish to attend.  It's a great way to hear what will be discussed at the regular meeting in a more informal setting.
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7:00 PM - City Council Regular Meeting
Council Chamber, City Hall
401 S. Rogers, Waxahachie


This is a rather long, but routine agenda.  I'll try to hit just the highlights, but please review the agenda packet link above for all the details and full agenda.

5d. - Set first City Council meeting in July for July 6, 2021.  Please mark your calendars for this adjustment.

5e. - City Council appointments to boards and commissions.  The Mayor sets which council members will serve on which city boards and these are his selections for this year.  
 
12 & 13 - Regarding the engineering services for the public water and sanitary sewer line construction for Fire Station Number 4 and a reimbursement agreement to allow staff to proceed with this before the anticipated bond funds are available at the end of August 2021.
 
14 - 16 - Related to the Lake Waxahachie raw water pump station 2 electrical improvements project

22 - Consider authorization for demolition contract and associated supplemental appropriation for 408 and 410 S. Rogers.  Both demolition of the existing structures and design of the new city hall annex building have been reviewed and approved by the Heritage Preservation Commission.
 
This meeting will be live-streamed, but also is open to the public to attend.  If you're not able to attend, the link for the live-stream is here: https://www.waxahachie.com/government/city_council/city_council_meeting_live_stream.php
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I hope that y'all have a great rest of your week and have a wonderful week ahead!
 
Your Friendly Councilmember,
 
Melissa Olson, CMO
(text) 817-507-5162
molson@waxahachie.com


Sunday, June 13, 2021

The Week of June 14th - 18th, 2021 in the City of Waxahachie

Hello Friends!
 
I hope y'all are having a fantastic weekend!  This week is a rather exciting one, as we will be appointing our Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem.  There is more exciting news on the horizon in that there appears to be enough Council support to bring a charter amendment to you all to vote on in November  that would allow the residents of Waxahachie to elect the Mayor outright! I'll get more into details the organization of Council below.  Let's dive in and get started with our weekly meetings.
 
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Monday, June 14, 2021
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8:30 AM - FR&R Firemen's Relief & Retirement Fund Trustee Regular Meeting
Waxahachie Fire Station No. 2
1601 Cleaver Street
 
 
4 - Administer oath of office to civilian board member Phillip Young
 
5 - Consider investing with Baron's Real Estate Fund
 
7 - Discuss FR&R benefit changes and take any necessary action
 
This meeting will not be live-streamed, but it is open to the public, should you wish to attend.
 
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12:00 PM - City Council Special Meeting
Council Chamber, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St., Waxahachie
 

4 - Canvass and accept votes of City Council Runoff Election held on June 5, 2021

5 - Administer oaths of office to Council Member Place 4 and Council Member Place 5

*** 6 *** - Organization of City Council:  This is where, per our current charter, the Council appoints the mayor and mayor pro tem.  Our charter actually states: "The council shall elect from among its members officers of the city who shall have the titles of mayor and mayor pro tem, each of whom shall serve at the pleasure of the council. The mayor shall preside at meetings of the council, shall be recognized as head of the city government for all ceremonial purposes and by the governor for purposes of military law but shall have no administrative duties. The mayor pro tem shall act as mayor during the absence or disability of the mayor."  I did push to have the mayor elected from the public when the last charter revision was brought before voters but there was not enough support from Council to do that.  I believe that is no longer the case and that within the next month or so, we will be discussing the matter at a Council meeting.

As far as who is going to be your mayor and pro tem, tradition dictates that in the event Mayor Hill does not have enough votes (which he does not), the role of mayor would go to the next highest-tenured council member, which would be me.  I have zero support from Council (including the two newest members) at this time to allow me to fulfill this role, so it will not be me.  The person who will most likely become your next mayor will be Mr. Doug Barnes.  As far as who will be the new mayor pro tem, I have no idea. I would definitely be honored to fill that role, but am not sure who will end up serving in that capacity.  

Usually our Council meetings are live-streamed at the following link: https://www.waxahachie.com/government/city_council/city_council_meeting_live_stream.php  I'm not 100% sure if this one will be streamed or not, but it is certainly open to the public should you wish to attend.  Seating two new council members is a major shift for our city, so those who can attend, really should try to come.  This particular special meeting typically lasts about 10-15 minutes at the most.

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6:30 PM - Planning & Zoning Commission Briefing Session
Council Conference Room, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.
 

The purpose of this briefing is to review and discuss items for the 7:00 PM regular P&Z meeting.

This briefing session will not be live-streamed, but it is open to the public should you wish to attend.

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7:00 PM - Planning & Zoning Commission Regular Meeting
Council Chamber, City Hall
401 S. Rogers St.

 
9 & 10 - Public Hearing for a Specific Use Permit (SUP) to allow for a drive through establishment (Neighborhood Credit Union) at 1750 N Highway 77. Staff is recommending approval per comments.
 
11 & 12 - Public hearing on a request for an amendment to Ordinance No. 3258 to allow for an additional retail building (a drive-through Dunkin' Donuts establishment) at the SE corner of Farley Street at Highway 287.  Staff is recommending denial for several reasons, one of which is traffic flow through the site.  In addition, the back side of the business would be visible from 287, which it considers "unfavorable to the City".
 
This meeting will be live-streamed and available at the following link: https://www.waxahachie.com/government/city_council/city_council_meeting_live_stream.php
Because it is a public meeting, residents are also allowed and encouraged to attend.  This will most likely be one of the shorter P&Z meetings we've had recently due to the relatively short agenda.
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That's it for this week!  As always, I love to hear from you, so please drop me a text or email and let me know what you think about the happenings this week.  I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a wonderful week ahead!

Your Friendly Councilmember,

Melissa Olson, CMO
(text) 817-507-5162
molson@waxahachie.com