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Argyle to get planning honor

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By John D. Harden Staff Writer

ARGYLE — Today, the Texas chapter of the American Planning Association will recognize the town of Argyle for excellence in city planning in a special presentation during a Town Council meeting.

Argyle is one of 25 municipalities in the state to be recognized by the association, which chooses those to honor by the level of training and professional qualifications of their planning department staff members. The association also considers the breadth and currency of a municipality’s master plan and the completion of related programs and projects.

Argyle Community Development director Richard Luedke said the recognition is simply that — recognition.

“But we’re one of [25] to receive this honor,” he said. “I think that says something, too.”

Some of the other municipalities to be recognized include Lewisville, Little Elm, The Colony, Southlake, Celina and Frisco.

Luedke said that it may be easier for smaller municipalities to get recognition.

“I’m a one-man department, and I meet all of the criteria. So that makes things a little easier,” he said.

However, he added that the town has been active with updating and implementing its master plan during the last five years, which the association weighs heavily. He said the association examines planning documents to make sure they are up to date.

“We’ve been very active with updating our plans and we’re constantly working on making sure that they are implemented,” Luedke said.

Other agenda items

Since laying off the town secretary last month, the town will consider making a few amendments to some of its ordinances related to the secretary’s position. Town Manager Charles West has since taken up the town secretary’s duties, and to make it official, the ordinances must reflect the change.

Some of those tasks include attending all meetings, posting meeting times and agendas, recording meeting minutes and keeping track of receipts, disbursements and contracts made by the governing body.

“We’re going to make a few changes to make sure we clean up the ordinances,” West said.

Former Town Secretary Codi Delcambre was laid off by the town, and West said the move was made to help save some money. West said that many of the tasks that Delcambre performed, occasionally overlapped his responsibilities, which made it the easiest position to eliminate from a business standpoint.

Other items up for possible council action include deciding whether or not to approve the paving of the remaining gravel roads in town limits under the capital improvement plan and also deciding whether to place banners or flags around town to recognize the Argyle school district for receiving the Lone Star Cup award.

For the second straight year, Argyle was honored in July by the University Interscholastic League as the most well-rounded Class 3A school in Texas.

The UIL hands out the Lone Star Cup to the top school in each of the state’s five classifications based on overall excellence in athletics and academics.

The Town Council meeting begins at 6 p.m. today at Town Hall, 308 Denton St.

JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @Jdharden.