Fellow citizens,

Well, I wouldn’t bet a paycheck, but it looks like spring might be here. There is some green up and I heard frogs creaking last night. Let’s all hope for no late freezes and a calm spring.

Construction is still going well. Stonehollow told me that they have 20-some lots sold. D.R. Horton has opened up Village Parkway and they’ve done a great job. Palladium is working on the third stories of their two large buildings and they have roofs on several of their quadraplexes. The county’s work on Lincoln Parkway appears to be going well, too.

There has been lots of discussion and research regarding a city government complex. All of that work and discussion will benefit the city greatly, but financially the city is not ready to jump on that project in a big way yet. Van Alstyne is definitely growing and we are financially sound, but there is no will on the part of the council or our city manager to overburden our citizens with the cost of a new government complex. The study on what we will need in the way of city buildings was worthwhile because it will be valuable information for years yet, but the construction is too expensive for us at this point in time. There is a step worth taking before we consider building anything, and that is securing some property for the future project. There are several properties that might suit the city, and who knows what may become available. We on the council appreciate your patience and will be glad for your thoughts if you want to converse with any of us. Some thought was given to soon holding a public meeting on this topic, but honestly, there is not enough information at this point to make it worth your while. There will be public meetings later.

Keep Van Alstyne Beautiful will be doing an Earth Day clean up on April 1 after the Friends of the Library breakfast. All volunteers will meet at Dorothy Fielder Park from 10:00 to 10:30. There will be hot dogs, water and chips for lunch afterward.

Another event that I want to remind you of is a Meet the Candidates forum at the Community Center on April 18. The doors will be open at 6:00 p.m. and then the forum will begin at 6:30.

Best wishes to all of you.

Yours truly,

Mayor Larry Cooper