Today Cedar Hill (Duncanville, Tex.), Vol. 39, No. 53, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 21, 2005 Page: 1 of 22
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Council gives thumbs-up to Sims
By LOYD BRUMFIELD
City manager lauded for achievements, professionalism
Alan Sims has seen tremendous
growth in Cedar Hill in his five years
on the job as city manager, and the city
council has noticed.
The council concluded Sims’ annu-
al performance appraisal with a unani-
mous vote of confidence April 12 dur-
ng a closed sessioi at the council’s
“He brings a level of professional-
ism and character that is necessary for
our city at this critical stage,” Cedar
Hill Mayor Rob Franke‘said.
Mayor Pro Tern Cory Spillman
“Alan is a
to our communi-
ty,” he said. “He is
and across many
states. The council
trust and approval
in Alan’s ability to
accomplish the goals and vision set for
Cedar Hill with a unanimous vote of
Franke has worked with two city
managers during his tenure as mayor
and has grown to appreciate the dedi-
cation needed to do the job.
“I’ve come to understand just how
complex a job it is apd ... I’m glad I’m
not a city manager,” he said.
The council evaluates the city man-
ager on an annual basis.
Sims addressed’the council during
its briefing session and joked, “1 very
much want to keep working here.”
Sims’ work in Cedar Hill has
earned him major recognition, Franke
“He's earned top-notch recognition
not only in the Metroplex but around
the state as a top-notch city manager,”
Franke said. “On behalf of the council
and myself, he has our tremendous
Sims' evaluation topped a short
council meeting that also included two
short public hearings.
In the first, the council unanimous-
ly changed a zoning ordinance from
single-family residential to local retail
on 3.4339 acres of land northwest of
Antoine and Highway 67.
The second public hearing also
concluded with a unanimous vote
changing zoning from single-family
residential to neighborhood services
on 1.8 acres of land at South Clark
In other action, the council:
• unanimously approved the app-
ointment of Alternate Judge hike
Daniel as interim municipal court
Daniel will be paid $2,500 a month;
• heard the Economic Development
Corporation's annual report by
See SIMS, Page 9A
“Mom, I think your blood sugar’s low ”
5-year-old handles emergency with adult aplomb
By LOYD BRUMFIELD
’■“'V honda Welch was sit-
ting in her car feeding
JL\^her baby when her 5-
ycar-old son Will noticed
something wasn’t quite right.
“Mom, I think your blood
sugar’s low,” he said.
The timbre of Rhonda
Welch’s voice had changed
slightly while she talked, and
Will knew something was
wrong. His mother was in the
beginning stages of a diabetic
Will grabbed his mother’s
cell phone and dialed 911, but
he couldn't get it to work.
Seems he hadn’t quite mas-
tered the “SEND” button.
After all, lie didn’t have to
do that on the telephone at
Still, W'lll got out of the
car, which was parked near
Wendy’s and Old Navy in the
Plaza at Cedar Hill shopping
center, and found someone
“He said, ‘Can you call
911? My mom needs a para-
medic,”’ Rhonda said a cou-
ple of weeks after the inci-
Police were summoned,
and Officer Joe Hutson
arrived first. Three para-
medics — one a trainee -
arrived soon afterward.
About 45 minutes or so
later. Will’s mom had recov-
ered, and her son was a hero.
The Cedar Hill City
Council honored Will, along
with the city's police and fire
departments, at a meeting
Will, standing up front in
front of what looked like a
dozen family members,
accepted all of the awards
Today photos by LOYD BRUMFIELD
Rhonda Welch (left) cradles her son Will as they listen
to Cedar Hill Mayor Rob Franke describe what hap-
pened in late March. Above, Will poses with various
city officials as he receives his recognition.
quietly but happily. for your mom,” Cedar Hill Police Chief Steve Rhodes
“I want to thank you for Mayor Rob Franke said. and Fire Chief Steve Pollock
the kind young man you are After that, he declared Will then good-naturedly argued
and what a great thing you did a local hero. over who would get Will's ser-
vices when he grows up
Mildred knbs. came in from
her hometown in Breeken
ridge so she could attend the
She's extremely glad Will
was in the car that day.
“1 was very excited and
glad to hear he could do that,
because 1 worry about her,”
Rhonda recalls only parts
of the incident, but she
remembers Hutson question-
ing her. j.
“He asked me if 1 was on
drugs," laughed Rhonda, a
Midlothian resident who
teaches part time at Navarro
College in Waxahachie and is
taking some time off from an
assistant principal's job at
Zavalla Elementary in Grand
Prairie so she can raise Will's
infant brother. ( ade.
“1 le got some basic infor-
mation from my driver's
license, and then the para-
medics came,” she said.
fhe trainee did a lot of
work on her, but that didn't
“I’m halfway out of it. so
they could've done something
wrong and I never would’ve
known it." she joked
Rhonda, 33, has been deal-
ing with juvenile diabetes
since she was diagnosed when
she w as I 6 years old. its
something she has to con-
stantly monitor, but she han-
dles her illness with calm
See ADULT, Page 9A
Resident keeps promise to his mother
Joe Wilson crafts a good show
By LOYD BRUMFIELD
A longtime resident of Cedar Hill kept a
promise to his mother — and offered an emo-
tional goodbye to the city.
Edward Blassingame spoke out in support of
a proposed change in zoning at his house on
Antoine Street from single-family residential to
local retail during the citizens’ forum at the city
council’s April 12 meeting.
Blassingame’s property is close to Best Buy,
and he long ago saw that the area around him was
turning into retail property.
“The area was zoned residential as long as my
mother hved there,-
said it was time to make a move, /
“Cedar Hill has been a good town to me,” he
said. “Not a good town, but a great town. But it’s
time to move on. I want to find a new residential
area that I can spend the rest of my life in.”
Council member Greg Patton, a longtime fam-
ily friend of Blassingame’s and his parents, was
also emotional as he voiced support for him.
“I hate to see you go,” he said before making
a motion to approve the zoning change, which
was OK’d on a unanimous vote.
Council member Makia Epie asked if
Blassingame was moving to another part of
Cedar Rill or dill of town. Blassingame said he
hasn't decided what he will do.
be changed to retail as soon as she moved or
deceased, and 1 told her I would be supportive of
that change,” Blassingame told the council.
Now that his mother has died, Blassingame
to move,” he said in a voice thick with emotion.
“I have some property in Johnson County, so 1
may go there. But I promise you this: My heart is
still here. I’ve had a great life here.”
Visitors explore the rows
of items on display at the
Joe Wilson Intermediate
PTA Spring Craft Show
held earlier this month.
The show featured enter-
tainment, prizes, a silent
and live auction, and sev-
eral arts and crafts. The
auctions were highlighted
by Dallas Cowboys and
Dallas Stars sports mem-
orabilia, including auto-
graphed footballs, photos
Today photo by CHRIS HUDSON
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