Colleyville’s State of City looks to past and future

01/27/2014 2:33 PM

01/27/2014 2:34 PM

Mary Shipferling brought a notebook and two pens to the city’s State of the City so she could take note.

She and her husband, Scott Shipferling, joined almost 100 residents at the annual event on Thursday to learn about what’s happened in the previous year and where Colleyville is headed in the future.

“We came just to keep up with developments and what’s going on with the city,” Scott Shipferling said.

This is the couple’s third time to attend the five-year-long event that brings city staff and leaders under one roof for a night of one-stop-shop information gathering.

City manager Jennifer Fadden gave a presentation that took residents on an informative look through Colleyville’s beginnings, its latest progressions and what’s coming up next.

She spoke about the recently updated sidewalk policy that aims to make connectivity equitable for all residents.

She also introduced Einstein Brother’s Bagels and Zoe’s Kitchen that will come along with the Whole Foods development on State Highway 26. Fadden then teased a possible third retailer with a photo of a dog saying the location would have “tongues and tails wagging.”

Fadden also introduced the no-knock list, which allows residents to sign on a list to avoid door-to-door solicitations. By ordinance, commercial solicitors must first view the list and avoid addresses on the list.

Residents can sign up online.

“In the 2010 citizen survey, a majority of residents listed door-to-door solicitors as the number one safety concern in their neighborhoods,” Fadden said in her speech. “In response, the city enacted a solicitor ordinance that allowed us to closely regulate those solicitors.”

Moxie Pest Services Dallas filed a lawsuit against the city last fall for its ordinance that prohibits door-to-door solicitation after 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Fadden said the no-knock list is not hampered by the lawsuit because it focused on the curfew.

After the presentation council members shared a few words about the city’s progress so far.

“Seeing the show city staff put together, it was a neat opportunity to reflect on what’s going on here and there’s a lot,” Councilman Jody Short said.

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