Protect Glade Road Resolution
Controversy has developed surrounding Resolution 1 dealing with Glade Road. This controversy sparked when City Council forced a bad plan on its citizens. Council’s “10 Year Plan” called for TIF District funds to be used for incremental construction lasting an unbelievable 10 years. It called for a 10 foot trail, destruction of hundreds of trees and a cost of $21 million dollars. The Plan threatened eminent domain against property owners. It was and is a terrible plan.
In response, outraged citizens developed Prop 1 and obtained signatures for it to be placed on the ballot. Council, threatened by this challenge to their authority, oppose Prop 1 and try to make it a safety issue. The latest “trick” is a memo from the City Attorney to scare citizens into believing a vote for Prop 1 means nothing can be done with Glade. City Attorney Boyle, writing for a Council which controls his future employment, does an analysis which any ten lawyers viewing the same proposition could come to a different conclusion. Mr. Boyle’s analysis is the wording is vague and the City will have difficulty in interpreting the meaning, yet he makes an interpretation corresponding to the position of six members of Council. If the proposition is so vague and ambiguous most attorneys would opine it allows the City to have latitude with the reconstruction.
Whether Prop 1 is passed or defeated, the proposition demonstrates the original 10 Year Plan is a bad idea. What should happen is Council acknowledge the original Plan needs to be revisited. Unfortunately, the current Council is fully invested in the original proposal, which is why Colleyville needs new blood.
That new blood is Bobby Lindamood and Elizabeth Zeitlin. They have worked with this issue and understand what needs to be done to reach a fair, fiscally responsible and safe reconstruction of Glade Road. These candidates are not career politicians interested in further advancement but will bring common sense to a Council in need.
Note: Mr. Ayers is an Attorney, served multiple terms on City Council and as Mayor Pro Tem)