After session, State Rep.Giovanni Capriglione heads to a new Keller office

Posted Monday, May. 20, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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State Representative Giovanni Capriglione will soon have a Keller office at Town Hall.

On May 7, the Keller City Council approved a resolution for a 20-month lease with the Texas House of Representatives for office space for Capriglione, who represents District 98 that includes all or some of Keller, Colleyville, Southlake and Grapevine.

Capriglione was elected to the Texas House in 2012 and took office in January. The office of Rep. Vicki Truitt of Keller, who lost her re-election bid against Capriglione, was in Southlake.

"I am excited to be setting up my District Office in Keller in the near future to be able to interact with constituents from all over Texas House District 98,” said Capriglione, in an email to the Keller Citizen. “I look forward to finishing up strong here in Austin over the next few weeks and then coming home to update constituents on this legislative session and to hear their thoughts and feedback."

During a pre-council meeting, Keller City Manager Steve Polasek said the ability to have a district office in a home city is important.

The approved lease is for 20 months at $240 per month. The $18 per square foot is higher than typical Keller office space, which averages $14, but the lease also includes use of meeting rooms and work areas, Polasek said.

Polasek said if Capriglione is re-elected, there will be an opportunity for an additional 24 months.

“The lease itself will pay for any of the modification costs,” he said.

In the future, if there are other representatives or elected officials that would like to look at the possibility of a lease, that opportunity would also be council’s consideration, Polasek said.

Councilman Bill Dodge thanked Polasek and Mayor Pat McGrail for moving quickly on the office space lease.

“Thanks to Pat and also thanks to Steve for being aggressive on this and hitting it when its hot, so we don’t have to drive down Southlake Boulevard and see a sign that he moved over to Southlake,” Dodge said.

McGrail said the lease will be good for the community.

“I personally think its a good thing. It’s nice to have our State Representative here in Town Hall,” McGrail said.

“You know what we say, ‘Keep it in Keller,’” he said.

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