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POLITEX: Texas inaugural plans shaping up

Fort Worth City Councilman Jungus Jordan
Fort Worth City Councilman Jungus Jordan Special to the Star-Telegram

If you haven’t gotten all the details about the 2015 Texas Inauguration yet, there’s still plenty of time.

Inaugural officials have released an early schedule of the events geared to celebrate the swearing in of Greg Abbott as the next Texas governor and Dan Patrick as lieutenant governor.

It starts with a “Young Texans Celebration: 40 and under” on Jan. 19 and continues with the oath of office ceremony at 11 a.m. Jan. 20, on the south steps of the Texas Capitol.

A barbecue on the Capitol grounds (which costs $10 to attend) follows from 12:15-1:30 p.m. and the parade down Congress Avenue runs from 2-4 p.m.

The festivities will be capped off with The Future of Texas Ball at the Austin City Convention Center, 8-11 p.m. The cost to attend the black-tie ball is $75.

To get more information, go online to the inaugural website or follow the inauguration news on Facebook or Twitter.

Transportation friend

Fort Worth Councilman Jungus Jordan joined a distinguished group when he was presented a Road Hand Award from the Texas Department of Transportation at a recent City Council meeting.

“This individual has spent the last decade pursuing additional transportation funding to accommodate the continued growth of Texas and the DFW Metroplex,” said Brian Barth, the district engineer for the Fort Worth District of TxDOT. “His enthusiasm, support and leadership are invaluable and appreciated.”

Barth cited Jordan’s involvement in the creation of the Chisholm Trail Parkway, his innovative efforts to find public/private partnerships, his leadership of the Texas Municipal League and his efforts to pursue grant money as examples of Jordan improving transportation in North Texas and across the state.

Jordan joins just over 200 people, including former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright and former Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief who have received the award since it was created in 1973 to recognize “friends of transportation.”

“This means so very much,” Jordan said. “I’m just very proud.”

Capitol carpet

The governor, lieutenant governor and a number of House and Senate members won’t be the only new things in the Texas Capitol when lawmakers go back to work in January.

The green carpet in the Texas Senate will be new too.

But it’s not just any new carpet, it’s from Dewsbury, England.

Officials had to go there just to get the historically accurate carpet for the Senate.

“We no longer have the correct narrow width manufacturing equipment in the USA to reproduce this kind of custom carpet, Chris Currens, a spokesman for the State Preservation Board, told the Houston Chronicle.

Total cost for the carpet and some other preservation work: $508,000.

Staff writer Caty Hirst contributed to this report.

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