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Rowlett to hold special mayoral election July 16

ROWLETT – The City of Rowlett has announced it will hold a special election July 16 to replace former Mayor John Harper, who resigned April 19, plus elect a City Council Member in Place 4.

Current Place 4 City Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem Todd Gottel has announced his candidacy for the mayoral spot and will give up his seat to campaign for it.

The filing period for candidates will run through 5 pm, Monday, May 16.

Early voting will begin June 29 and run through July 12. There will be no voting on July 4 due to the holiday.

All voting will be consolidated into one polling place at the City Hall Annex to save the City $15,000 on the special election.

Contact Rowlett City Secretary Susie Quinn to file for office.

Only 303 early voters at Rowlett annex thus far

Just read that only 303 early voters had cast ballots through last Sunday at the Rowlett Annex for Rowlett City Council positions on Mayor Pro Tem Todd Gottel’s Facebook site.

He says over 30,000 voters are registered in Rowlett!

Former Rowlett resident Darlie Lynn Routier granted additional forensic tests to prove her innocence

Former Rowlett resident Darlie Lynn Routier, currently on death row in a Texas prison after being convicted of murdering her two sons in 1996, has been granted additional forensic testing by federal and state appeals judges to allow her attorneys to prove that not she but an intruder killed her five-year-old son Damon, and six-year-old son Devin.

In this age of DNA evidence, which did not exist back when she was convicted, the rulings certainly seem just and fair.

We can just look at how many other people who were convicted in Dallas County courts have been found innocent of charges and released after spending years in prison.

What another travesty it would be if Routier was found innocent, after spending so many years on death row.

Read more about the new developments in the case as reported by the Dallas Morning News under “Top Stories” at http://www.rockwallrocks.com/index.html.

Three-year George Bush Tollway construction project begins through Rowlett to I-30

Construction has begun on the new Eastern extension of the George Bush Tollway, which will eventually connect State Highway 78 in Garland – where the existing Tollway ends – with I-30 by late 2011.

The Eastern Extension is an approximately $1 billion, 9.9-mile, six-lane toll road extension which will connect to I-30, just West of Bass Pro Drive.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will construct a bridge across Lake Ray Hubbard and the IH-30 interchange, according to the plan.

Thus far, according to the North Texas Tollway Authority, work has seen the removal of structures, trees and vegetation within the turnpike right of way, parallel with Liberty Grove Road north of State Highway 66 and along Kirby Road south of SH 66.

Utility lines along Kirby Road are also being moved.

A public meeting is being held Nov. 20, at 7 pm, to update citizens and provide a question and answer session at the Rowlett Community Centre, 5300 Main Street in Rowlett.

Afterward, there will be an “open house” venue to give citizens a chance to view maps, diagrams and documents. Participants will be able to speak with project representatives from the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) and their consultants about project specifics.

According to Rowlett Mayor John E. Harper, government leaders want to keep residents well-informed about the progress of the construction.

“We encourage citizens to attend this meeting to get a better idea of what to expect during this massive construction project,” he said. “Although it will take approximately three years to complete, it will bring immeasurable future growth to Rowlett.”

Traffic on Dalrock will be reduced to one lane July 21

As a part of the City’s Concrete Repair program, sections of Dalrock Road from Lakeview Parkway (Hwy 66) south to Chiesa Road will be closed beginning Monday, July 21 to allow for replacement of several failed sections of pavement. These improvements are expected to take approximately four weeks to complete.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane in those sections during the repairs, and motorists are asked to observe caution signs and reduce their speed through those areas.

Online service offers one stop shop for all utilities

Rowlett residents no longer have to trek across town to turn on their utilities when they move into the community. In about three minutes, a new resident can eliminate that moving chore.

The city has partnered with the 2turniton.com to allow residents to order water service online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Listed under online services on the city’s home page, residents click on the “water activation button,” and they will be redirected to 2turniton.com.

Residents simply their address and hit enter. The website then paints the screen with a list of services available in their area.

The service is free to customers, and it is free to cities like Rowlett. All Rowlett did to participate was post a link to the company. read more in The Rowlett Lakeshore Times…