October 29, 2018 Newsletter

Home  ============ November 12, 2018 ============ November 5, 2018 =========== October 29, 2018 ============ October 22, 2018 ============ VIA - by the numbers ============ CityCouncil Grades ============ Jeff Williams, =====Mayor===== Helen Moise, ===District1=== Sheri Capehart, ===District2=== Roxanne Thalman, ===District3=== Kathryn Wilemon, ===District4=== Lana Wolff, ===District5=== Robert Shepard, ===District6=== Victoria Farrar-Myers, ===District7==== Michael Glaspie, ===District8=== Kennedale Knowledge ============

Council to Approve Even More Apartments


Your apartment loving city council will be in their glory Tuesday evening, getting the opportunity to approve two letters of “no objection” for apartments, and then a public hearing to approve a Robert Kimble's high-density proposal.




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October 29, 2018 – Volume 11 Number 42


Monday, October 29, Early Voting Continues.

Tuesday, October 30 Arlington City Council meetings, Arlington City Hall, 101 W Abram St, 10:00am, 2:30pm, 6:30pm.

Wednesday, October 31, Halloween.

Thursday, November 1, AISD meeting, AISD Administration Bldg, 1203 W Pioneer Pkwy, 7:00pm.

Friday, November 2, Early Voting Ends.

Tuesday, November 6, Election Day.

Sunday, November 11, Veterans Day.

Tuesday, November 13 Arlington City Council meetings, Arlington City Hall, 101 W Abram St, times TBD.

Thursday, November 15, AISD work session, AISD Administration Bldg, 1203 W Pioneer Pkwy, 7:00pm. Public comment may not be accepted.

Thursday, November 22, Thanksgiving.





Arlington City Council Update

The Arlington City Council will meet this coming Tuesday, October 30. The first of two committee meetings is at 10:00am. The afternoon session begins in executive session at 12:15pm (with the open session to start no sooner than 2:30pm), and the evening meeting at 6:30pm.


Committee Meetings

The first of two committee meetings begins at 10:00 am and is scheduled for an hour to discuss hotel design standards. This is more along the lines of where to allow and not allow, and types (eg. full service) vs. anything to do with building design standards. The presentation: [ https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/258954/Review_of_Hotel_Development_Guidelines.pdf ].


The second committee meeting is scheduled for 30 minutes and begins at 11:15am. The agenda has just one item, an neighborhood engagement program. The presentation: [ https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/258154/Neighborhood_Engagement_Program.pdf ]


Afternoon Session

The afternoon session begins at 12:15pm in executive session. There are five items on the executive session agenda: 1) legal issues regarding gas drilling, 2) Zack Maxwell lawsuit, 3) sewer easement settlement, 4) performance review of council appointees, and 5) Offer$ of Incentive$ to Business Prospect$


The open portion of the afternoon session will start the later of end of executive session or 2:30pm, or no earlier than 2:30pm.


The agenda for the open portion of the meeting contains one work session item (Downtown Master Plan) and two informal staff reports (short-term rentals and putting technology to work newsletter).


The 83-page [with lots of pictures requiring some juice to download] Downtown Master Plan work session presentation: [ https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/257875/1_FINAL_Downtown_Master_Plan_CC_Work_Session_103018.pdf ]


The allowing of short-term rentals are expected to be handled by an SUP. Staff expects these ordinances to pass at the January 29, 2019 council meeting. [the staff report: https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/259178/Gincy_s_ISR_FINAL.pdf , and proposed SUP form https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/259175/Draft_SUP_Application_Form.pdf



Evening Meeting

The 6:30pm evening meeting has an agenda that includes one executive session item, three sets of minutes, 17 consent agenda items, and two public hearings.


The last two consent agenda items are for “No objection” classifications from the council for apartments. The last one is for 184 units at Mayfield and New York.


The first public hearing has been continued several times. It is for undeveloped land at 2170 E Lamar Blvd where the applicant wishes to build several buildings, including a five-story office building and a 110-120 unit limited service hotel.


The second public hearing [with a lot of butt-kissing expected] is for Robert Kimble's 358 apartments on just over six acres, falling just under the 60 units/acre max allowed, at 505 E Lamar Blvd.


Your city council loves its apartments.



The next scheduled meeting is Thursday, November 1.


Press Box

VIA Ride-share

The September numbers are in, and September was the best month for the program, with net revenues over $17K. That is still a major loss when looking at the profit/loss information. [ http://arlspectator.mysite.com/rich_text_22.html ] Arlington Taxpayers are still paying for a lemon. While the company, VIA, is doing quite well [they have a contract for nearly a million dollars for the year—no problem].


City Propositions


Sell bonds to do more streets. 2008 left a very bad taste in my mouth, when those bonds where used to shrink the lanes on downtown Abram St. [without advertising that to the public]



Sell bonds to do park improvements. Is it really worth going in debt for?



Sell bond for improvements at fire stations. Again, worth going in debt for?



Sell bonds to make aesthetic improvements to several city builds, mainly city hall, because the mayor thinks it the worse looking building [??] right next to the new library.



Term Limits for the mayor and city council. Most Definitely Needed!!!


Early Voting Continues Thru Friday, November 2


November 6, 2018 Ballot

US Senator – Strongly Support – Ted Cruz

US Representative, D6 – Ron Wright

Governor – Strongly Support – Greg Abbott

Lt Governor – Strongly Support – Dan Patrick

Attorney General – Strongly – Ken Paxton

Comptroller of Public Accts – Glenn Hegar

Commish of General Land Use– Miguel Suazo

Commish of Agriculture – strongly Sid Miller

Railroad Commissioner – Christi Craddick

Justice, Supreme Court, Pl2 – Jimmy Blacklock

Justice, Supreme Court, Pl4 – John Devine

Justice, Supreme Court, Pl6 – Jeff Brown

Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals – Sharon Keller.

Judge, Court of Appeals, Pl7 – Barbara Hervey

Judge, Court of Appeals, Pl8 – Michelle Slaughter

State Board of Educ, D11 – Pat Hardy

State Board of Educ, D13 – Denise Russell

State Senator, D10 – strongly – Konni Barton

State Rep, D94 – strongly – Tony Tinderholt

State Rep, D96 – strongly – Bill Zedler

State Rep, D101 – James Allen

Justice, 2nd Court of Appeals District, Pl5 – Dabney Bassel

Family District Judge, 322 Judicial District – James Munford

Family District Judge, 323 Judicial District - undecided

Criminal District Attorney – Sharen Wilson

County Judge – hold your nose – Larry Meyers

District Clerk – strongly – Thomas Wilder

County Clerk – Mary Louise Garcia

Tax Collector – strongly – Wendy Burgess

County Commissioner, Pct 2 – Andy Nguyen

Tarrant JP, pct 2 – h your nose – Ernesto Gloria

Tarrant JP, pct 7 – strongly – Matt Hayes

County Prop A JPS bond – Against.

City – Prop A street bond – Against.

City – Prop B parks bond – Against.

City – Prop C pub safety bond – Against.

City – Prop D making aesthetic impr to the outside of city hall - strongly opposed - Against

City – Prop E Arlington City Council Term Limits - Very Strongly Support - FOR





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City of Arlington website www.arlingtontx.gov

e-mails of mayor and council

.............................. first.last@arlingtontx.gov

mayor = jeff.williams

district 1 (north) =  helen.moise

district 2 (sw) = sheri.capehart

district 3 (se) = roxanne.thalman

district 4 (west) = kathryn.wilemon

district 5 (central/east) = lana.wolff

district 6 (all) = robert.shepard

district 7 (all) = victoria.farrar-myers

district 8 (all) = michael.glaspie


city council grades:



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whole board ..................... - board@aisd.net

Fowler ......................fowler.aisd@gmail.com

Hogg ......................- bowie@bowiehogg.com

Reich......................... - areich.aisd@tx.rr.com

Walton ............. - pollywalton.aisd@gmail.com

Hibbs ........................ - hibbsaisd@gmail.com

Mays ............ - keciaforarlington@gmail.com

Chapa........... - chapa.aisd@gmail.com


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