The Sachse News (Sachse, Tex.), Vol. 5, No. 49, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 31, 2009 Page: 2 of 12
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City files eminent domain against KCS
After seven years of meetings, forums, stlidies
and litigation, the city is another step closer to
acquiring a public street right-of-way for a rail-
road grade crossing for Woodbridge Parkway.
A special Collin County commission filed emi-
nent domain proceedings against Kansas City
Southern Railroad for a parcel of property con-
sisting of an 18,000-square-foot area north of
and parallel to Hwy. 78 at its intersection with
Woodbridge Parkway. The land is needed for a
railroad grade crossing for Woodbridge Parkway.
Chamber celebrates silver year with Bond
Commerce will be
celebrate the 25th
awards and fundrais-
ing banquet with a
lames Bond 00 7
theme, guests enter-
ing the grand ballroom of the Richardson Hyatt
Regency may be surprised to see Bond himself,
aka Pastor Hal Hinckley.
City designates eastern extention TIF
The Sachse City Council has named Ed Brown
as chairman of the Tax Increment Finance Board.
In 2003, council designated the land adjacent
to the eastern extension of the President George
Bush Turnpike as a TIF district. The eastern exten-
sion is a proposed 9.9-mile segment from Hwy.
78 in Garland east to I-30. The six-lane toll road
will pass through Garland, Sachse and Rowlett
and will include a one-mile bridge over Lake Ray
City readies to update Comp plan
In an effort to guide the city growth, Sachse
City Councilmen are discussing updating the
2001 Comprehensive Plan.
Community emergency responders graduate
The Sachse Fire Department has graduated 23
individuals from its latest Community Emergency
Response Team training class.
"If a disaster happens that overwhelms local
response capability, CERT members can apply
the training learned in the classroom and during
exercises to give critical support to their family,
loved ones, neighbors or associates in their
immediate area until help arrives," Lt. )ames
continued on page 3A
2009 highlights include starting bond projects
continued from page 1A
water utility system in 2010."
Bond program updates
•Proposition No. 1 Street Improvements - The
5th Street/DeWitt Road construction will be
completed in 2010.
•Proposition No. 2 Parks and Recreation - The
Salmon Park bond program improvements will
include the upgrade of ball fields, lighting, new
fencing, concession stand and rest room renova-
tions. Construction will begin in the first quarter
of 2010. Estimated completion is the summer of
•Proposition No. 3 City Hall Facility - The city
hall building began construction in May, 2009. In
addition, the city will improve Bryan Street as
part of this project. Construction is progressing
very well. Estimated completion is the fall of
•Proposition No. 4 Senior Center Facility -
This will be phase II of the construction program
and will begin after construction of the city hall
and public safety buildings. This project is to
construct, furnish and equip improvements to the
senior center. Estimated completion is the fall of
•Proposition No. 5 Library Improvements -
The library improvements will also be Phase II of
the construction program and will begin after
construction of the city hall and public safety
buildings. This project is to construct, furnish and
equip improvements to the Sachse Public
Library. Estimated completion is early 2010.
•Proposition No. 6 Public Safety Facility -
The public safety building is scheduled to begin
construction in May. This project will construct
and equip a public safety facility that will house
fire station No. I and the police department.
Estimated completion is the fall of 2010.
Construction is underway for propositions 3
Mayor pro tern Kill Adams said the approval
of the turnpike overlay district and the acquisi-
tion of the Woodbridge Parkway railroad cross-
ing both rank very high on his list of 2009
Adams said he compiled his list speaking as
mayor pro tern, a member of the Sachse
Economic Development Corporation and a citi-
"Since the groundwork is in place for the Hwy.
190 area, we can turn bur attention to getting the
construction of the crossing and Woodbridge
West moving forward," he said. "Although the
economy has affected each and every one of us, I
would hope that our citizens realize and are
proud of the fact that literally millions of our tax-
S&C Body Shop removes all the parts from the 1948 Ahrens Fox fire engine before the
sanding and painting restoration process begins. The old pumper truck was donated to
the historical society by the city in 200S.
payer dollars were saved by council taking
advantage of reduced construction costs on every
single one of the 2006 bond projects. The obvi-
ous inconvenience to us all in relation to road
construction and traffic delays will soon become
a distant memory as the city, with our citizens,
support, continues much needed improvement to
Adams said the opportunity to greatly increase
the retail and commercial tax base will occupy
much of his focus in 2010.
"Although it will not be instantaneous, the
foundation has been laid to accomplish this." he
said. "Due to the city partnerships with the
SEDC, chamber of commerce and various devel-
opers, we are now. and will continue to be. in a
position in the near future to ease our residential
tax burden. This means not just keeping Sachse
money in Sachse but to also have destination ven-
ues for surrounding cities. There is still a lot of
hard work ahead, but I am confident that the end
product will benefit our city and its citizens for
decades to come."
Councilman Mark Timm said without a
doubt, the most significant highlight for the city
in 2009 was starting the voter-approved bond
"Those include the municipal complex that has
the new city hall, new fire and police stations and
a new facility for the seniors' center," he said.
"We are also starting the road improvement proj-
Sachse loses two icons Joe and Patricia
Stone. The couple dedicated their name-
sake, a park, to the city.
ects from the same bond package."
Timm said he is also a supporter of the city 4th
of July Parade with fireworks display, the
National Night Out block parties, Christmas
parade and cookies with Santa and city participa
tion in the Fallfest.
"We also have a very strong and well-support-
ed sports program with the softball and baseball
Timm said another significant highlight for the
year was the start of construction of the Eastern
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Fisher, Donnita Nesbit. The Sachse News (Sachse, Tex.), Vol. 5, No. 49, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 31, 2009, newspaper, December 31, 2009; Wylie, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth353435/m1/2/: accessed January 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Smith Public Library.