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Outgoing Mayor Cecil, Council members Farris, Scott deserve our thanks

ROCKWALL – Outgoing Rockwall Mayor Bill Cecil (above and left) and Council members Glen Farris (center) and Matt Scott were rightly honored at last week’s City Council meeting when each was presented with a proclamation by the City stating that May 16, 2011 was Mayor William R. Cecil Day, Glen Farris Day and Matthew R. Scott Day, respectively.

Much has transpired in Rockwall during their tenures worth noting and remembering. Much credit should be given to each of these public servants for all the time they and their families have sacrificed. Sincere thanks should be expressed to each of them for all they have accomplished.

Since Mayor Cecil began serving on the Rockwall City Council from 1999-2004, before serving three consecutive terms as Rockwall Mayor, from 2005-2011, the city’s population has grown from approximately 18,200 in the 2000 Census to presently over 38,000 – over 100 percent!

Numerous projects were brought to fruition while he was in office, including:

  • Construction of a new city hall
  • Construction of a new police/courts building
  • Construction of The Center at City Place building
  • Reconstruction of numerous roads including SH-205, FM-740 and SH-66
  • Construction of John King Blvd. and its I-30 overpass
  • Opening of several new neighborhood parks & expansion of Myers Park
  • Construction of three new fire stations
  • Implementation of a new public safety radio system
  • Construction of The Harbor District
  • Construction of a new animal adoption center

He was also a founding member and has served eight years on the Rockwall County Emergency Services Corporation board, helping to procure ambulance service, provide emergency management services, and fund the construction of a firearms training center for local law enforcement officers.

Council member Farris served on the Rockwall Parks & Recreation Board from 2003 to 2006, the Planning & Zoning Commission from 2006-2007 and was first elected to the Rockwall City Council in 2007.

Since he’s been on Council, the city’s population grew from an estimated 22,850 in 2003 to 38,000.

According to the proclamation, while serving on the Parks Board, Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council, he was instrumental in helping to accomplish:

  • Construction of four new neighborhood parks and new trails
  • A sesquicentennial celebration for Rockwall’s 150th birthday
  • Acquisition of land for the north community park site
  • Reconstruction of SH-205 and a portion of FM-740
  • Construction of John King Boulevard and its I-30 overpass
  • Construction of two new fire stations
  • Construction of a new animal adoption center

Farris has been particularly supportive of the city’s “Green” efforts through his work on the council’s Environmental subcommittee.

Council member Scott was first elected to the Rockwall City Council in 2005 and has served three consecutive terms in office.

During his time on Council, the city’s population grew from an estimated 27,800 in 2005 to 38,000.

The proclamation read while serving on Council, he played a pivotal role in bringing many projects to fruition, including:

  • Implementation of a new public safety radio system
  • Reconstruction of SH-205, and a portion of  FM-740
  • Construction of John King Boulevard and its I-30 overpass
  • Construction of four new neighborhood parks and acquisition of land for the north community park site
  • Construction of two new fire stations
  • Construction of a new animal adoption center
  • Construction of The Harbor District

No doubt many more projects will be completed, thanks to these Council members, which they should certainly still receive credit for when they come to pass.

Thank you, sincerely, Mayor Cecil, Council Member Glen Farris and Council Member Matt Scott!

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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