Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Town of Argyle receives updates on projects

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Stella McDaniel, standing, president of the Argyle Senior Center, talks with Jody Bellinghouse during the center’s recent Luau. also pictured are Mary Schluter, Karen Kiel and Lena Fay Robinson.

The Place is Argyle

Denton County Commissioner Andy Eads recently gave the Argyle Town Council an update on the projects the county has performed for the town since he took office in 2007.

Denton County commissioners approved an Interlocal Cooperative Agreement between the town of Argyle and the county to partner in road work reconstruction.

The project is paid for with funds from the Denton County 2008 bond election. The projects the county has performed are:

*The county reconstructed Forest Trail Road at a total cost of $417,722.59. Argyle’s ICA only required the town to reimburse the county $159,857, which was a $259,865.59 savings to Argyle.

*The town of Argyle contracted Reynolds Construction to reconstruct Remington Court’s total roadway length of 1,033 feet. Of that, 833 feet is maintained by Denton County. Denton County entered into an ICA to reimburse the town of Argyle $71,150 to go toward the reconstruction of the county’s portion of Remington Court.

*With the Texas Department of Transportation’s permission and at the request of the town of Argyle, Denton County installed a right-hand turn lane on FM407 at U.S. Highway 377.

*An ICA was approved by county commissioners to reimburse the town of Argyle $22,000 for expenses incurred for the reconstruction of Frenchtown Road.

*The Trip 08 bond program included a Denton County commitment of $1,073,800 with Argyle’s participation of $91,000 and an agreement to submit engineering plans for the reconstruction of Old Justin Road. After the town of Argyle submitted the engineered design plans, the road and bridge reconstruction began Oct. 2 and the construction of the road including the striping has now been completed.

Denton County constructed Old Justin Road instead of a town contractor. With this savings of county bond funds, it allowed the county to include the town of Argyle’s relocation and lowering of the town’s force-main sewer line on Country Club Road. This partnership created a savings of $445,646 for Argyle.

Lochner Engineering is currently finalizing the design of Country Club Road to submit as a complete plan. Argyle Water Corp. still needs to relocate its water line before the county will reconstruct the road.

*The county worked with the town of Argyle and TxDOT to continue traffic counts and studies to warrant a traffic light at Liberty Christian School and Argyle High School. The studies determined Liberty Christian did qualify, but Argyle High School, with its three campus access points, did not qualify. Denton County and TxDOT installed a traffic light at Liberty Christian School.

An ICA was approved between Denton County and the Argyle ISD for median modifications at the entrance of the Argyle High School driveway on U.S. 377. Denton County agreed to reimburse AISD up to $4,000 for the concrete median installation and striping to make the entrance a “right in and right out only” entrance.

A traffic light was then installed the week school started last August.

 

Events

*The Argyle Lions Club will meet at noon Tuesday in the Argyle Town Hall Community Room, 308 Denton St.

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

For more information, call Stella McDaniel at 940-464-7438 or visit the website at www.argyleseniorcenter.com.

LYNN SHEFFIELD SIMMONS is 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 www.ArgyleBooks.com she can be reached at Lynn@argylebooks.com.


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