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NTCOG Meeting in Springtown(Parker County) Texas on Feb 7 about the Doughnut, Part 1

8 February 2007 at 12:05:04 PM

I said last night that I don't really understand the relationship of the North Texas Council of Governments. Piecing it together from the Weatherford Democrat, it appears that, due to so many questions to the county about the outer loop being proposed by TxDOT as part of the TTC. Parker County hired Pate Engineering to do a transportation plan, which is still not complete. So meantime, in order to try to get funding for projects, Parker County decided to approach NTCOG.

Though the county is pursuing the approval of a Regional Mobility Authority, which goes through Austin, recommendations from planning officials directed the county to suspend the push for an RMA until the NTCOG avenue could be pursued.

“The county was not convinced that an RMA was the only option,” Riley said.

Though heads then turned to NTCOG, that organization receives requests for infrastructure funding from a total of 16 counties. Major players like the North Dallas toll way provide stiff competition.

“The mix is volatile right now,” Hudson Oaks Gene Voyles said. “Being the small children on the block, we need to make sure we don’t get cut out on the funding side.”

Riley said his concern was the delay of funding.

“The thing we have to make sure of, is when we become little fish in a big sea at NTCOG, we don’t get left behind.”

I wonder. Was it BECAUSE of the doughnut that was going to be coming out and taking people's land that Parker County approached NTCOG? From what I can see, they are a voluntary organization that some cities have joined, but they aren't TxDOT, or the legislature. They say they get funding for projects, but is it because they are actually a middleman type of organization that a number of cities have decided to have represent them? (For example, probably because the organization makes it a point to know the rules for getting money for projects from the federal government) Then, assuming I am even a little bit correct, the NTCOG would decide how to funnel the money coming in to them to the member cities? And maybe Parker County is concerned that if they aren't involved in this outer loop that TxDOT is foisting on them, that they will be left out in funding? (Remember that NTCOG put pressure on TxDOT last year to change the route for TTC's outer loop by threatening to get in TxDOT's face; presumably Cintra okayed the changes, since they are the entity that will actually be running the toll roads and want them cited for best profit).

Another facet to this: remember the point of having that outer loop anyway was to route TRUCK traffic around DFW. Rather than, say, expand I-35 by taking out some businesses that were, frankly, told that their land might be up used to expand the highway later, NTCOG seems to believe that farm, rural and suburban land is less valuable than business land (when you take the money factor out of it, it's a pretty arrogant standpoint).

On NTCOG- Parker County isn't even a member. Here's who's on the board. And unless they're invited by a city to participate, they have NO authority over citizens. They are a VOLUNTARY group-from their site

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is a voluntary association of, by and for local governments, established to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit, and coordinating for sound regional development

Pretty good turnout at the meeting in Springtown. Michael Morris, Director of Transportation-does transportation planning, and was invited by Parker County to do a multi-mode transportation plan; he was one of the presenters.

In the back

In Part 2, I'll put up some audio and video of the meeting so that you can hear, along with comments about what was said.

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1 - quietlad   18 Feb 2007 @ 11:59:55 AM  You have a picture of Springtown ISD's Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent sitting in the back of the auditorium. You have a caption of "What are they doing sitting in the back?".

I am curious on your take on the situaton.


2 - salon   18 Feb 2007 @ 2:23:42 PM 

Not being from Springtown, didn't know who they were; Here's my take in general on dignitaries and other officials attending public hearings. I believe that people like to hear comments from those in power, even if they don't agree. And visually, from a community standpoint, you had the majority of people sitting together, while these two gentlemen sat apart. I don't know that they were saying or doing anything nefarious, but what I did wonder, in looking at the video, is why they were not participating and joining the crowd in general

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