Community Impact Newspaper reached out to the mayors of Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake at the start of the new year. The mayors each offered insight on opportunities for their cities and what they are looking forward to in 2019. Colleyville Mayor Richard Newton’s responses are below.
Newton was first elected to mayor in 1992 before his most recent election. He said he ran to protect Colleyville by ensuring low-density and high-quality developments. His goal was to revise the comprehensive master plan, restore open and transparent city processes, and include term limits in the city charter.
Top goals for 2019 include:
• SH 26 corridor enhancements
• Construction of a city plaza
• Development of a five-year capital trail master plan
Opportunities for Colleyville:
“Sales tax is a revenue source; however, the city’s primary commercial corridor along Colleyville Boulevard, or SH 26, is under construction until the fall of 2019. Fiscal year 2018-19 sales tax is projected to have 2 percent growth from fiscal year 2017-18 year-end projections due to the potential for construction to impact traffic to nearby businesses. This is a higher projected growth rate than what was projected in fiscal year 2017-18, as sales tax receipts have performed better than originally anticipated, despite construction. The city has been proactive and creative in supporting local businesses during construction and has created quarterly promotional programs that have been extremely successful and well-received.
“Much of our infrastructure—including streets, utility lines, buildings and other community assets—are aging. In developing the 2019-23 Capital Improvement Program, staff [is focusing]attention on the most urgent priorities and addressing those situations that pose the highest risk if not addressed.”