The Colony Courier (The Colony, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 44, Ed. 1 Wednesday, September 9, 1998 Page: 3 of 12
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pass the bonds until 7 p.m. on Satur-
day," Downing said. "I'll also en-
courage our employees to vote."
If Lamberton is successful in his
ethics complaint, however, a result
in favor of the program could be
overturned by the state. "I don't
know if we have time to stop the elec-
tion," he said. "But they might have
to require the election be overturned
and the results thrown out."
Lamberton's complaint centers
on the two-piece used by bond pro-
ponents to support the measure. One
piece is a four-page, two-color,
folded brochure entitled "Q & A
About the School Bond Election. The
other piece is a black-and-white Q
and A that consists of two pieces of
paper, with print on both sides,
stapled together. Both pieces encour-
age readers to call the LISD commu-
nications office or visit the district's
web site for more information, and
the two-color brochure includes the
LISD logo and a list of school-board
The cost of the material was not
listed on the Yes Committee's finan-
cial disclosure report.
Section 255.003 of the state Elec-
tion Code states that "an officer or
employee of a political subdivision
may not spend or authorize the
spending of public funds for politi-
cal advertising." However, part B of
that section adds, "This section does
not apply to a communication that
factually describes the purposes of a
measure if the communication does
not advocate passage or defeat of the
Nowhere in either piece of the
material is there encouragement to
vote in favor of the issue. But
Lamberton believes the language
used and the tone of the pieces cer-
tainly meet the criteria for advocacy.
"I clearly see this as advocacy,"
he said. "Every single thing in that
material is advocacy. It is exactly
what the advocates say. They'll say
'it's just an information piece,' but
the way the information is positioned
is clearly, in my mind, advocacy. It
was sent out at taxpayer expense and
printed at taxpayer expense."
Downing said he would not com-
ment on the charges.
Lamberton, who helped lead ef-
forts to defeat plans for a half-cent
economic-development sales tax and
a bond program in Lewisville and
lost a bid for a seat on Lewisville City
Council, said his goal is to prevent
the LISD from "using taxpayer dol-
lars to increase taxes." If passed, the
borrowing could raise property-tax
rates up to 6 cents per $100 valua-
tion over the next five years, accord-
ing to district literature.
Despite his efforts, Lamberton
realizes that defeating the proposal
might be a fantasy. "It's a David vs.
Goliath struggle," he said. "I think
it's a long shot, but you never know
about the voters. We don't have the
resources available. We don't have
the access to taxpayer dollars."
His objective, he said, is for the
"no" vote to exceed the 22 percent
of the 1995 LISD bond vote - an
election in which there was no orga-
"If we do anything better than 22
percent," he said, "that's progress."
knowledged, that traffic was backed
up a block past Curry - the first street
west of Main.
Manning disagrees that the situa-
tion has improved. "The problem is
not an awful lot different than last
year," he said. "Twenty cars seems
to be a lot to back up. I'm not a traf-
fic engineer, but anecdotally, sitting
in traffic is not a lot different than
Lambert said that after he can get
state approval for the work, he will
take it to City Council and possibly
suggest a public hearing on the mat-
ter. If Council approves, the work
could be done in a few days, Lam-
He did warn, however, that even
uns®Eibes turn right on the 70-degree turn radius will be "real
to get out of town. That tight" for trucks and construction
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summer's work on the intersection
added a second left-turn-only lane to
northbound Main and put a fourth
lane in on eastbound North Colony.
However, because of a signal light
controller and other obstacles, the
Texas Department of Transportation,
which did the work on the project,
said that it could not construct a turn-
ing radius wide enough to allow a
second right-turn lane. Thus, the ad-
ditional lane is for straight-ahead traf-
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prompted former Mayor Bill Man-
ning, who lives on the peninsula, to
write a letter to peninsula residents
just before the start of the school year
explaining the potential traffic prob-
Lambert said his staff's traffic
count have not shown significant
problems. "There's been 20 cars at
most backed up," he said, though
there was one day last week, he ac-
vehicles. "There will be some side
collisions," he said. "People will have
to be real careful." Cars should not
have problems, he added.
Manning said that cutting the
median as Lambert suggested would
satisfy his concerns. "I've said all
along that would probably take care
of the problem for a long time," he
said. "I'm glad to see the letter I sent
out has had this kind of impact."
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running since he was 8 years old and
has raced in duathlons with his fa-
ther and grandfather for the past three
years. Fambry estimates they have
run in about 20 events - "five in the
past couple of months," he said.
While grandpa is in Wichita Falls, the
McGars will be racing in a duathlon
on Saturday at White Rock Lake in
Their duathlons have ranged in
distance from one-mile-run/five-
mile-cycle/one-mile-run to 5-30-5.
They even go higher than that,"
Fambry said. "But then you're get-
ting to the professional level."
Fambry, who is retired, spends
much of his day in training and has
stepped up the pace to prepare for the
Senior Olympics. He rides his bicycle
10 to 15 miles a day and runs up to
five miles every morning.
Earning the top rating isn't easy,
"You have to run in a certain
number of duathlons," he explained.
"Then, with the number of people
that you beat gives you a numerical
ranking." Fambry's and Jeremy's
rankings qualify them for this year's
world championships in Germany,
but Fambry said they probably will
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were no civilian casualties or loss of
structure," Morrison said. The chief,
however, said that last Tuesday's
blaze was not the biggest he had seen
in The Colony. "We used to have
some pretty good-size fires down
south of 121 at the ranch," he said.
"This was a big one, though."
If, indeed, the fire was arson, it
would have been the second set grass
fire in two days. A 13-year-old male
Griffin Middle School student was
arrested last Wednesday on charges
of setting a fire last Monday night be-
hind the school, according to Deputy
Fire Chief Dave Wallace. He was
taken to Denton County Juvenile De-
tention on Thursday. Wallace said
the youth was identified to the Fire
Department by witnesses who came
The fire actually started in two
different places, Morrison said. The
primary blaze was in the southern
portion of the field, near South
Colony Boulevard extended. The
other fire, which threatened the of-
fice building, day-care center and
homes, was north and featured
flames 2 feet high. The east-north-
east wind fanned both blazes toward
the buildings, and the spread was fur-
ther exacerbated by the drought-
stricken, dry grass.
"Everything was so dry,"
The Colony Fire Department had
five firefighters to send to the scene,
and trucks from the Frisco,
Lewisville and Little Elm fire depart-
ments arrived within 25 minutes.
Morrison said the department deter-
mined that the primary threat was the
"The fire was approaching the
tree line near Larry's," Morrison
said. "The flames were up to 20 feet
at the cedar trees." Had the flames
spread further, Larry's and the Pizza
Inn next to it might have gone up.
"We stopped it finally just before it
hit the building," Morrison said. The
only damage ended up being the de-
struction of a couple hundred bales
of hay. City public works crews were
out later in the week removing the
damaged hay with backhoes.
Parents of La Petite children and
Strickland Circle residents, however,
believe their areas were in just as
much danger as were the restaurants
and expressed dismay at the Fire
Department for not giving them as
Strickland Circle resident Ken
Guthrie said that the flames almost
reached the alleyway behind the
homes on the block and probably
would have crossed the alley had it
not been for resident Norm
Strickland and another neighbor,
who hosed down the area.
"We're all convinced the fire would
have crossed the alley had those guys
not done that," Guthrie said. He added
he did not see any Fire Department rep-
resentation near the homes. "How can
they make an assessment when
nobody's there?" he asked.
Meanwhile, La Petite teachers
evacuated the day-care center to a
nearby home. "The director said they
knocked on doors and found a lady
who would take in the kids," said
parent Belinda McQuaid.
McQuaid said she was told by
school officials that the staff was
never notified of the fire. "Only when
they saw the blaze did they know
what was happening," she said.
Morrison said that a dumpster
behind La Petite did catch on fire and
that La Petite staffers did hose down
the area. But that he believes the fire
"would have pretty much stopped at
the fence line," and added that be-
cause of the heavy smoke, he wished
school officials would not have
evacuated the building and let the
school's air-conditioning filtration
system filter out the smoke.
As it was, the northern part of the
fire was out by about 7 p.m., leaving
the southern portion still burning.
Even hours after the fire was offi-
cially declared over, firefighters were
walking the field, searching for hot
spots that could erupt.
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streamlining of customer service. He
said that on August 29, a new phone
switch was activated to help route
different calls to different centers so
that sales calls don't go to customer
service representatives and vice
"In theory, it works great," he
said. "We're still working out some
of the bugs, but we've already seen
In addition, Allen said he has
hired seven more customer service
representatives. Four are already
trained and on the floor, and three
more are currently going through
Allen also mentioned that the TCI
customer service number has been
changed, although the old 1-800
number will roll over into the new
one for 90 days. Allen said the new
number would be listed on subscrib-
Construction of fiber optic net-
works in Frisco and Allen is going
as planned, Allen continued. With
The Colony next in line to receive
that particular network improvement,
Blobd drive slated
Sunday at church
The Holy Cross Knights of Co-
lumbus is sponsoring a blood drive
for Carter Blood Care from 8 a.m. to
2 p.m. on Sunday. The blood mobile
will be located at the Holy Cross
Catholic Church parking lot, 7000
Contact Kevin Koerner at 625-
8926 to make an appointment to do-
not make the trip.
The family activity goes beyond
duathlon. All three generations ran
in the Bachman Lake Jogger 5K se-
ries on Wednesday nights this sum-
mer. Fambry won the 50-and-older
division, while Jeremy was second
in the 14-and-younger class and
Danny McGar was fifth in the 40-49
age group. Fambry was also the win-
ner in his age group at the Liberty
5K in The Colony on July 4.
This weekend, he'll try to add
some state championships to his
he anticipated that subscribers in The
Colony would enjoy an expanded
lineup no later than the middle of
Once the rebuild is complete and
the new network is in place, he said,
The Colony would have as many
channels - "give or take one or two
channels," he said - as Flower
Mound's network, a system many of
the attendees at the last public hear-
ing compared with The Colony's.
He noted that AT&T, which is in
the process of merging with TCI, has
implemented an aggressive schedule
to ensure that fiber optic networks
would be completed on schedule.
Though Allen was unable to com-
ment specifically on what the merger
would mean for TCI, he did say that
he was excited about the merger.
"We think it will help add money
to the system, which will help speed
upgrades," he said.
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