Editor's Note: This is the first of a three-part series on the upcoming elections in the town of Argyle, which include races for mayor and two seats on the Town Council.
Incumbent Kay Teer is running in the 2017 Argyle election to maintain her Place 2 seat on the Argyle Town Council against challenger Ronald Schmidt. She served on the Argyle Town Council from 1990 until 1997, and was elected again in 2013. She has lived in Argyle for 54 years and is married to Ed Teer.
Teer said her vision for Argyle is to keep the high density developments and retail services limited to the U.S. Highway 377 and the Interstate 35W corridor, leaving everything else lower density. She said the council does not have the responsibility to prevent residents from selling their land, but does have a responsibility to help manage any development that comes their way.
"There is a fine line between keeping this town rural and providing needed services to our residents, between shutting the gate to keep new residents out and preventing our existing residents from utilizing their assets the way they want or need," Teer said.
As to Argyle's taxes, Teer said she knows taxes are high, but she said that the majority of the property taxes go to the school district and not to the town.
"We have a wonderful community and school system, and I am so proud of my hometown. We have worked hard to keep town taxes as low as we can without sacrificing services that our residents expect," Teer said.
Schmidt is Teer's opponent and has lived in Argyle a little more than a year but has owned property in Argyle for more than six years. He is married and has a son who attends Hilltop Elementary.
"We love the rural nature of the town, the friendliness of the people, as well as the schools for our young son," he said.
Schmidt is running for council because he believes in servitude. He said after serving 30 years in the military, he felt it was time to serve his community.
He believes there is disconnect between what the current town leadership advocates and what the Argyle residents want.
Schmitz said he believes the town's Comprehensive Plan might have been necessary, but now that residents are seeing its impact on the town, it might be a wise to review it. He said there is nothing that says it can't be changed to reflect the wants of the residents.
"There is no doubt that Argyle is a special place in North Texas, particularly when you consider its topography and landscape, and the rural nature and proximity to the [Dallas-Fort Worth] metroplex. But what makes Argyle so special can easily be lost in careless, ill-placed, high-density developments, which will not only change our landscape but also the rural nature of our town forever," Schmitz said.
Argyle Lions Club board members will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Argyle Chamber of Commerce will meet Tuesday 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 www.argylechamber.org or call 940-464-9990.
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 the Argyle Town Hall. Keep Argyle Beautiful preserves and enhances the town's natural environment through educational and motivational programs and special events. For more information, visit www.keepargylebeautiful.com or email Deborah Cottle at email@example.com.
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 www.argylebooks.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.