The city of Colleyville is interested in the residents’ opinion on a possible referendum in future elections.

During the Jan. 16 meeting, council approved placement of Place 5 and Place 6 for the general election May 4. In addition, a question will be placed on the ballot asking if the city should place a proposition on a future election for expansion of the Colleyville Recreation Center.

The backstory

Colleyville City Council members voted to purchase Covenant Church at 3508 Glade Road for $8.5 million on Sept. 6, 2022. The city planned to spend $1.5 million to renovate the church.

Part of the purchase also included 15 acres surrounding the property, according to previous Community Impact reporting.

The question that will be placed on the ballot would ask if ad valorem tax bonds should be used for the expansion of the Colleyville Recreation Center, which may "include a fitness center, locker room, indoor track and multiuse field," according to the ordinance approved by council.

“It is an opportunity to get true citizen feedback,” Colleyville City Secretary Christine Loven said.

City Manager Jerry Ducay said the question will not result in any action from the city on a financial level. It is more to see if there is interest from citizens on adding it to the ballot in late 2024 or 2025.

“This is just us saying hey, we'd like to hear from you and if you think that's a great idea or you don't want to do it,” Mayor Bobby Lindamood said.

Zooming in

Chuck Kelley is the current incumbent in Place 5 and first was elected to council in 2018. In Place 6, Callie Rigney’s spot is open. She is the current Mayor Pro Team and has been on council since 2018 as well.

As of Jan. 26, neither candidate has filed to seek re-election but the filing period is open until Feb. 16.

The city website lists one candidate for each position:
  • Place 5: Kimberly Holt Gunderson
  • Place 6: Tim Raine
What else?

Loven announced City Hall and the library will no longer be spots for elections. The new location will be at The Colleyville Recreation Center, starting with the upcoming primary election March 5.

Lindamood said the location change would benefit residents.

“No more voting at City Hall; no more voting at the library with that challenging elevator, not only there but over here,” he said. “No more walking up and down stairs, and trying to get voting mechanisms down to those who could not get out of the car. Everything’s going to be on one level.”