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Hazard Mitigation Plan Public Meeting
Rockwall County will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, October 27th to gather public input for a County-wide Hazard Mitigation Plan. The meeting is from 6:30 – 7:30 PM at the Rockwall County Historic Courthouse; 101 E. Rusk, Rockwall 75087. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the meeting. The goal of the Hazard Mitigation Plan is to minimize or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from known hazards by identifying and implementing cost-effective mitigation actions. The public meeting is to obtain public input to help the project team to identify and analyze potential hazards affecting residents and recommend possible action to reduce their impact. Hazards can include floods, tornadoes, wildfires, winter storms, and other major disasters. For more information, click here.
Comprehensive Planning Process Underway
Royse City is investing in a year-long comprehensive planning effort to discuss and plan for future growth and development in the city. Part of this process includes a community survey to gather input from citizens. It will be released soon. Please keep a lookout for the survey so that your opinions can be included.
FM 551 Bridge Demo in Fate to Change Daily Routes for Drivers
The removal of the FM 551 bridge at Interstate 30 is planned for during the weekend of September 11 – September 13. The process of removing the bridge will greatly impact the traffic in the area during that weekend. Beginning at approximately 8 PM on Friday, September 11th, the eastbound and westbound service roads (near the 551 interchange) will close. They should be reopened the next morning by 6 AM (Saturday, September 12th). Then, at 8 PM on Saturday, September 12th, there will be closures on the eastbound and westbound main lanes of Interstate 30. All main lanes should be back open to traffic by 8 AM on Sunday, Septebmer 13th.
Once the FM 551 bridge has been removed, those who typically use it will need to find alternate routes. FM 3549-Interstate 30 (in Rockwall) and Erby Campbell-Interstate 30 (in Royse City) are those suggested by TxDOT. It is likely SH 276 and SH 66 will be used as alternate routes by many. So, please be extra cautious while driving in the area as drivers get used their new routes. As always, be careful when driving through construction zones and pay attention to the construction signs.
Fall Events Around the Corner
There are several community events in downtown Royse City coming up! So mark your calendars and keep an eye out for details of these annual happenings.
On Friday, September 18th, show your spirit at the Royse City Homecoming Parade. Then, in October, welcome fall with a visit the Main Street Pumpkin Patch (located in the vacant lot between Domino’s and Joe’s Meat Market). The Patch runs from October 14th through Halloween. On Saturday, October 17th, the Royse City Chamber of Commerce hosts its 26th annual Fun Fest downtown. On Wednesday, October 28th, bring the kids out for Trick-or-Treat on Main Street.
Not downtown, but another community event nearing will be our Celebrating Freedom event. Originally to be held in June, but rained-out, the event is planned for Saturday, November 7th (Saturday before Veteran’s Day). The event will be behind the Royse City Middle School Football Stadium.
See the home page for more details regarding upcoming events.
New Mayor and Council Members Sworn in
On Tuesday, May 12, 2015, Mrs. Janet Nichol was sworn in as Mayor. She is a lifelong resident of Royse City and has served on City Council as a council member from 1995 until 2004 and then, again, from 2009 until filing for Mayor. Also, sworn in and new to City Council were Council Members, Charles Houk and Bruce Bradley. Returning to City Council for a fourth consecutive term is Council member, James Branch.
Former Mayor, Jerrell Baley, and former Council member, Bill Bell, left their places after serving several terms each. Many thanks to each of them for their years of service and best wishes for their future endeavors!
Pictured below: former Mayor, Jerrell Baley and Mayor, Janet Nichol.
Buc-ee’s Coming to Royse City
After a joint Royse City City Council and Community Development Corporation meeting last night, it was announced that Buc-ee’s will be building in Royse City. What we can expect in Royse City: an approximately 50,000 square foot travel center with around 50 gas pumps at the southwest corner of I-30 and FM 2642. City officials and Buc-ee’s officials are working to have the I-30/FM 2642 bridge reconstructed. Buc-ee’s will time their completion of of the project with their reconstruction of the bridge/intersection, which is likely to be sooner than later.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of stopping by a Buc-ee’s during a road trip, they are very popular places. They contain their own line of food products – snack foods and jarred vegetables, relishes, etc.; numerous fountain drinks; several ICEE machines; deli foods; fudge; gift items; Buc-ee’s brand clothing, cups, etc.; and not to be forgotten: lots of very clean restrooms!
Mayor and Council Applications Received
At 5 PM on Friday, February 27th (the last day to file for the May ballot), Royse City had received one application for Mayor: the City’s current Mayor Pro Tem, Janet Nichol. Charles Houk filed for Council Place 1; Bruce Bradley filed for for Council Place 3; and James Branch filed for his existing place, Place 5.
December Events Around the Corner!
Royse City is preparing for holiday events (and more)! First up is the annual Main Street Christmas Luncheon on December 3rd. This event is the Main Street program’s biggest fundraiser! Local businesses and groups buy tickets (or tables) and take on the task of decorating their tables in the annual theme. This year, it’s A Candy Christmas! It gets better every year! This year, many thanks go to these awesome sponsors!
Gold Level – Arbor House (of Rockwall)
Silver Level – Lake Pointe Health Network & Lake Pointe Medical Partners and Farmers Electric Cooperative
Bronze Level – Royse City Education Foundation; Texas Leadership Bank; LaRue Chic Boutique & State Farm Insurance; RC Community Development Corporation; American National Bank; Rest Haven Funeral Home; and Oncor.
On Thursday, December 4th beginning at 5:30 PM, a tree lighting ceremony will take place. KKVI will be providing live coverage and choirs from the RC Elementary Schools will be performing. Santa will be present in City Hall from 5:30 until 7 PM!
On, Saturday, December 6th from 10 AM until 2 PM, the Royse City Fire Department will be hosting an Open House at the Fire Station downtown (on Main Street). This will be a great opportunity to meet some of our local firefighters and learn a bit too! They’ll have fire safety demonstrations; free hot dogs; Sparky the Fire Dog will be making an appearance; and the kids will love the fire truck bounce house and slide!
Finally, on Saturday, December 13th, Royse City will host the Annual Lighted Christmas Parade! This year’s route will be a little different, beginning at Ruth Cherry and heading west on SH 66 to downtown. Every year, the parade floats impress with lights! It begins at 6:30 PM.
There are plenty of events right here, in the Heart of Royse City, to make part of your own holiday traditions! Join the fun!
Comment Period for Blacklands Corridor Feasibility Study Public Meeting (of Sept. 22, 2014) Ends Thursday, October 2, 2014
If you were unable to submit an official comment regarding the information presented at Blacklands Corridor Feasibility Study Public Meeting on September 22, 2014, you can submit a comment through Thursday, October 2, 2014. The final day of the comment period is such. You can submit a comment by clicking the link here: www.nctcog.org/blacklands. Press the icon “Submit a Comment or Question.”
Upcoming Community Information Sessions Regarding Blacklands Corridor Freeway/Tollway, Also Known as Northeast Gateway Toll Road, Scheduled
Information from www.texasnorthgateway.com.
Fort Worth, TX — (Sept. 23, 2014) Texas Turnpike Corp. today announced a series of informal opportunities in which interested property owners may ask questions and make comments about the proposed Northeast Gateway toll road project expected to help address growing mobility challenges in Hunt, Collin, Rockwall and northeast Dallas counties.
“We are committed to talking with as many persons as possible who own property in the wide area we are studying between FM 1570 in Hunt County to the President George Bush Turnpike in Dallas County,” said K. Neal Barker, board member and spokesperson for Texas Turnpike Corp. “I want to emphasize that our team has NOT established what we believe is the preferred route. The conversations that we are seeking to have with area property owners will help us understand community dynamics, economic development strategies for both the public and private sectors, and, perhaps most importantly, the constraints to the various routes we are considering.“
A total of 10 different time periods at different locations have been scheduled to make it convenient for interested individuals to be a part of the process. While some persons may find it easier to meet in the evening, others may find it convenient to meet in the morning. The meetings will be held over the next two weeks. The schedule is at the end of this news release.
“These meetings are informal, one-on-one gatherings. We will not have any ‘formal’ presentations, but rather plenty of time to dialogue. We encourage everyone to come when they can; there are no ‘scheduled’ appointments,” said Barker.
The North Central Texas Council of Governments is recommending a combination of strategies to help meet local and regional transportation needs in the area between Greenville and Garland. Its feasibility study shows a new location highway can help improve mobility. According to NCTCOG’s 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, the DFW region is expected to grow considerably because of the low-cost of living, attractive economic climate and variety of “quality of life” factors that are inviting to residents and businesses. NCTCOG’s study area encompasses two lakes; Lavon Lake and Lake Ray Hubbard. The population east of the lakes is projected to grow by 91 percent in the next 20 years, and the population west of the lakes to grow by 50 percent.
The public is encouraged to sign up for informational emails and electronic newsletters at www.texasnortheastgateway.com. Texas Turnpike Corp.’s mailing address is 6300 Ridglea Place, Suite 1004, Fort Worth, TX 76116.
Two meetings are scheduled to occur in Royse City. They are Wednesday, Oct. 1 and Wednesday, Oct. 8, 7 AM until 9 AM at the Royse City Holiday Inn Express located at 1001 Pullen Street. For the full calendar of sessions, please visit the website above. Information regarding the Blacklands Corridor Study can be found at http://nctcog.org/trans/corridor/blacklands.asp.
New Development and Big News for Royse City
Royse City will be the site of a mixed-use master plan community that will feature recreation, retail, office, health care, housing and school on approximately 170 acres in the northeast part of the city.
Plans for The Meadows at Royse City were revealed after meetings of the city council Tuesday night and the city’s Community Development Corporation board of directors Wednesday morning.
Gaurav Biswas, one of three leading principals of The Meadows of Royse City LLC based in Addison, expressed excitement with plans to develop The Meadows in “this very friendly community.”
He stressed that The Meadows will be much more than another mixed-use real estate development.
“It will be a thriving mini-metropolis within Royse City and drive growth of business and commerce, along with creating local jobs and attracting superior skills into the community,” said Biswas, president and chief executive officer of Fruit Capital LLC.
“We envision The Meadows to put Royse City on the regional map for growth, entertainment and business. The development will act as a catalyst to further improve the historic town center and surrounding businesses.”
Biswas said he and the other leading principals — Thomas Williams and Sandra Ingalls — will work closely with Royse City officials “to make this an outstanding development that we can all be proud of.”
Royse City City Manager Carl Alsabrook stated, “This is huge for Royse City. This development will bring services and opportunities that we currently don’t have , but need. It is extremely exciting due to the unique design of the development. There is currently nothing in the area quite like it. It is truly a community within a community.”
The development will be built off Farm to Market 2642, just north of Interstate 30. The Verandah subdivision is adjacent to the planned site for The Meadows.
The residential development will include garden apartments, duplexes, fourplexes, senior housing and loft apartments within the town center.
Commercial development will include office space for professionals, real estate, medical services, banking and numerous other businesses.
Biswas said The Meadows will have a specific focus on health care services, including medical offices and ambulatory surgical centers.
A proposed intermediate school site will be located in the development. Biswas said the Royse City Independent School District is in the process of contracting with The Meadows for the 12-acre school site.
The conceptual master plan also includes a 30-acre, state-of-the-art, regional water and adventure park that Biswas said “will form a key anchor for commercial development in Royse City and create a fantastic entertainment venue for the community and the region.”
For news release, click here.
Community Build at City Lake Park
On Friday, March 21st and Saturday, March 22nd, volunteers, city employees, and professional playground equipment installers gathered to construct a new playground at City Lake Park. Members of the Royse City Masonic Lodge, members of the Royse City High School football team, and members of the Royse City Parks and Recreation Board assisted in the build. The community build was a success as much of the labor associated with the playground was complete in those two days. Additionally, food and hydration were provided to all participants by local businesses and organizations, including: the Royse City Lions Club, Texas Title, Arbor House of Rockwall, Scooter’s Oil & Lube, Re/Max (Royse City), Baker Spine & Sport, and Domino’s.
Many thanks goes out to all of those who assisted in the build! Final touches will be placed on the playground early next week (week of March 31) and then, it will be open. An official ribbon-cutting/grand opening will follow in coming weeks.
The new playground at City Lake Park is a joint beautification project between Collin County 2007 Parks & Open Space Bond Program and the City of Royse City.
Boards & Commissions Campaign Continues
There are several City Boards and Commissions with openings and applications are good to have on file of those interested in serving their community. Bring your knowledge, expertise, and general interest to help your fellow citizens and make a difference. Click HERE for further information and application.
Severe Weather Resource
In order to keep your family and yourself safe, you should have a plan in the event of severe weather. Please see the links below for information on preparing as the City does not have designated storm shelters. Additionally, if you are a citizen of Royse City and are not receiving IRIS alerts, please contact the Utility Department at 972-636-2250. This service provides messages, texts and/or emails in the event of weather warnings. Also, anyone can sign up for Rockwall County Nixle at http://nixle.com/register/. This service is used through the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office and sends out warnings via texts.