Written by: David Descoteau
Gunter schools are exemplary with excellent athletic programs and we can expect continued growth.
And real growth must start at the city level with basic services. I want to work for you. I want to work
with you. We need to create a more hospitable environment for business, resolve infrastructure issues,
and foster family first in our community and government. Together we can get Gunter back on the right
Gunter is host to the State Champion Tiger football team, the State ranked #2 Tiger baseball team, a
volleyball team that consistently preforms at a high level yet we are fragmented in our youth sports.
Today we have children that must drive to Celina, Frisco, or other adjacent towns to play their games
because we do not have the facilities to provide them. I want to change this; I want Gunter's children to
play in Gunter.
I am currently proposing through the Park and Recreation board the creation of a multi-purpose field for
soccer and pee-wee football. This field will allow the children of our town and their parents to play all of
their home games in Gunter. It is this kind of initiative, and focus I will bring to this position.
We have a wonderful library in Gunter but the space available to them is limiting the programs that they
can offer. This is an area where we can help. Finding a reasonable balance of City and Library can allow
the Library to grow and bring valuable reading programs to the children of Gunter. It will allow them to
expand the number of books and programs they can offer to our children. This is a much-needed
change for our Community and an easy one for us to do if we work together.
A community center is a place for the community to congregate, to make new friends and renew old
friendships. A place for hosting all kinds of community programs. At this time Gunter does not have a
community center available. As we grow places like the community center become a vital part of the
community by offer services such as potlucks, singles nights, afterschool programs and tutoring, health,
wellness and exercise classes, crafts, lectures, dances, music performances just to name a few. Let's
bring this back to Gunter!
The four development projects that have been initiated account for almost 17% of the total planning
area to our western ETJ. These projects are located near the outer extremities of this planning area. The
size of these projects and their disparate locations makes it important to assess their water and sewer
service needs considering the future growth to our west. Our Sewer ponds have been updated in the
last few years, but with the proposed growth coming we will soon reach our capacity of 75 %. At 90% we
must implement those plans. Advance thinking, designing and defining those plans include minimizing
the financial impact to the citizens of this community.
Roads are a basic service within any city. We all use them and as such we all know which are good and
those that are not so good. Getting them fixed and maintaining them is a big expenditure. As such we
need to seek outside funding through grants and other avenues to make these repairs and get back on
track. Unfortunately, this takes time to accomplish but if we start now it will smooth the way to the
Several years ago, small cities in Grayson had to opportunity to purchase water from Lake Texoma for
the future. We are one of those cities and there are meetings in progress to establish a means to get
that water to those small cities. This is an ongoing procedure with no confirmation for a time frame. It is
an ongoing process as we bring surface and well waters together.
When you lost water the last time did you wonder why? It seems that the current water pipes we have
in the city do not make a loop of our water system. Meaning that if you have a pipe break in one spot
many times the water is shut off to the city. Do you remember this happening last year several times?
This should be one of the major items in our Capital Improvements. As you may be aware the City is in
the process of updating our water meters which enhance our water proficiency and accuracy. This will
help the problem but not solve it.
Capital Improvement Planning
The very definition alone for this lays out the need for such planning. "A Capital Improvement Plan
(Program), or CIP, is a short-range plan, usually four to ten years, which identifies capital projects and
equipment purchases, provides a planning schedule and identifies options for financing the plan."
Without a CIP the citizens and future business have no direction or guidance as to what or how there
city will grow. Council and other entities are just driving blindly into the dark; change and growth are
coming and we need to plan ahead in order to responsibly prepare for it.
An impact fee places the cost of improvements upon new developments that will require said
improvements. These improvements can either be internal or external to the new development,
depending upon need. The primary purpose of impact fees is to mitigate the impacts that new
developments have on the community. Impact fees provide an alternate source of funding for capital
improvements. This is especially critical as state and federal funding for infrastructure is becoming
scarcer, as well as the public having a greater sensitivity to raising taxes. In the end these fees, paid by
the developers, help to offset the costs associated with growth. Without them the city will be forced to
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