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North Texas Council of Government Meeting in Springtown (Parker County) Texas Part 2

8 February 2007 at 3:04:14 PM

Part 1 of me talking about it, including pics. Couple more thoughts about the NTCOG. First up, again, the NTCOG has NO power over people-they are NOT TxDOT, nor the Texas legislature, but appear to be middlemen with their own interests (undoubtedly corporate) who, at least from what I can see from the video I'm watching, were either regurgitating TxDOT's positions on TTC and the outer loop OR their own push for what will probably be toll roads in Parker County, aside from TTC. (In other words, self-important humbuggery, only because apparently cities decided to funnel all their money requests through NTCOG, a voluntary organization that makes it their business to know the rules and regulations for federal funding). Also, on NTCOG coming out, TTC aside, to give suggestions on what Parker County can do to accomodate growth and more traffic in the area-seems to me that, given that NTCOG touts toll roads in other areas in their region, which are run by private companies, that their answer to Parker County congestion would likely be to make 199 a TOLL road. Is that what Parker County residents want? I think that ought to be clearly discussed (where I used to live near The Colony, 121 has been made a toll road, so that residents who don't want to pay a toll must travel on the feeders).

Another point-the NTCOG is making a pitch for Parker County, at least the part that is west, beyond the 4 mile artificial county line)  to be a part of their organization and join the Metropolitan Transportation Plan. (Someone in the audience asked EXACTLY this). If NTCOG is acting as a transportation consultant, as it were, is Parker County paying them for their opinion?

AUDIO of the meeting, (on CanOFun) slightly edited where camera stopped and started. Video will be on Part 3 along with a breakdown of certain things said.

P.S. You may wonder why, although I live in Somervell County, I have an interest in Parker. Besides the obvious regional concerns about the direction roads in Texas are taking, ie, toll roads, etc, and a strong interest in seeing TTC stopped, my great-great grandparents are buried in the Springtown cemetery.

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