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The Place is Argyle: Mayor, two council members are sworn in

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons

Argyle Mayor Donald Moser and Town Council members Todd Mankin and Ronald Schmidt were sworn into office at a special meeting Tuesday after a canvassing of the May 6 election results. Moser said he thanks all the citizens of Argyle for their strong support and encouragement. 

Mayor Donald MoserCourtesy photo
Mayor Donald Moser
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During the run for election, Moser, along with Mankin and Ronald Schmidt, campaigned through e-mails, yard signs and going door to door to meet people and listening to their visions for Argyle.

While campaigning, Moser said it was time to take a step back and re-evaluate the Comprehensive Development Plan, along with its recent amendments. Moser said as mayor, it is his and the council's duty to review the impact of the town's present growth on the community, as well as any future growth and how it will affect the town. He said that Argyle is going to grow but feels that the growth needs to have more input from the citizens.

"The citizens have not only spoken but have done so with a very loud voice," Moser said of the election.  "I want to assure everyone that this has not gone unnoticed and will not be forgotten."

Council member Todd MankinCourtesy photo
Council member Todd Mankin
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Mankin said after his win, "I believe the citizens were ready for fresh ideas and championed me throughout the process to prove their point. We have many issues facing our town and I have made it my mission to educate myself on all of these issues so that I, along with the citizens, can make crucial decisions for us as a whole, not just a certain tract of our town."

Schmidt said, "The citizens have truly spoken that they want to change the direction for their town."

Schmidt said his motivation to run for Town Council was driven by the fact that he felt there was a great disconnect between what the citizens wanted and the direction the council and the Planning and Zoning Commission were actually taking. Schmitz said he looks forward to serving the residents of Argyle and "preserving an Argyle, for us all."

Council member Ronald SchmidtCourtesy photo
Council member Ronald Schmidt
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Step back in time

At the November 1975 meeting of the Argyle Planning and Zoning Commission, the city secretary read a resolution from the Argyle City Council challenging it to write a "Land Use Ordinance" to control development in Argyle.

A citywide survey was conducted to determine the wishes of the citizens and the results were clear — 83.7% wanted Argyle to maintain "a rural atmosphere" and wanted developers to be required to build quality infrastructure that would not require maintenance at citizens' expense.

Sample zoning ordinances obtained from Denton, Justin, Roanoke, Corinth, Highland Park and Plano were reviewed, and members of the Argyle Planning and Zoning Commission met with North Central Texas Council of Governments representatives to obtain input and advice. For 12 months the commission worked writing the rough draft, taking the best sections from several zoning ordinances and adding provisions tailored to meet Argyle's needs.

The ordinance was finally adopted and officially recorded in Denton County records on July 7, 1977. It was referred to as "that brown book of 7-7-77." At first Argyle citizens were reluctant to accept the ordinance, but soon realized its value when it prevented the Survival House (a halfway house for teenage drug abusers) on Crawford Road across from the Argyle school's football field from being built. The ordinance also prevented putting a "dump ground" between Old Justin Road and Sam Davis Road east of Interstate 35W.


The Argyle Lions Club meets at noon on the first Tuesday of every month at Coffee Tree Café, 144 Old Town Blvd., and at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month following a board meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St.

For more information, email Deborah Cottle at

The Argyle Chamber of Commerce meets the third Tuesday of every month for breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Lantana Golf Club, 800 Golf Club Drive. The chamber office is in PointBank, 302 U.S. 377.

For more information, visit or call 940-464-9990.

The Argyle Senior Center meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Community Room at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St., with exercise beginning at 10 a.m. followed by card games at 11 a.m.

The ASC has a monthly luncheon on the third Friday of every month at noon. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish. Anyone age 55 and older is welcome to attend.

For more information, call Stella at 940-464-7438 or Karen at 940-464-0506.

Keep Argyle Beautiful meets the second Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St.

Keep Argyle Beautiful preserves and enhances the town's natural environment through visit educational and motivational programs and special events.

For more information, visit or email Deborah Cottle at

LYNN SHEFFIELD SIMMONS is the founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. She is the author of 10 children's books and two history books on Argyle. Her website is She can be reached at