Mexia City Council making large strides

By Timothy J. O’Malley
Managing Editor

As one of the longest standing Mexia City Council member, the city council accepted Judy Chambers’ letter of resignation in order for her to take her oath as the Mexia Municipal City Judge during the regular scheduled meeting on Oct. 17 at City Hall.
Chambers has served since May 1999, nine terms for the City of Mexia. In her letter she said, “Representing the citizens of District 4 and the citizens of the entire City of Mexia has been an honor.”
Mexia Mayor Richard Duncan said, “Judy has demonstrated a certain professionalism since 1999 that is an invaluable resource to her district. She tirelessly worked for those people in that district, but she would also make sure in the whole city of Mexia was included in her thought process. The city of Mexia would have lost a very valuable asset […] so she will be missed. Turning the page, for Mexia, we are getting a local municipal judge and I am very excited for Judy.”
Chambers submitted the name of Delonia Williams as her replacement to represent the citizens of District 4. No other name was brought before the council for District 4 and Williams was unanimously voted in.
“If you lived in Mexia very long and been involved in little league,” said Duncan, “Delonia Williams is a tireless advocate for the children in the sports world. He has been here a long time. He and his wife have been involved in many civic duties. I think he will come on board and come along with what the city of Mexia is striving for.”
Mexia Executive Development Corporation proposed a 1-mile walking path with painted markings through the downtown area of Mexia. The original request began back in July. The plan was submitted to the Police Chief for review of safety issue. There was a concern about the trail on actual roadways so a new plan was submitted to utilize sidewalks. The newly proposed plan will begin and end at the Civic Center, with a sign designating the start and finish. Throughout the 1-mile path, a Mexia Mile sidewalk market will be painted on occasionally throughout the path so walkers/joggers will know where the path is, and how far they have traveled. The route, starting at the corner of E. Main and S. McKinney, head north taking a left at E. Commerce St. Take another left on N. Sherman St. Travel west of E. Main St. and take a right on N. railroad St. Travel two blocks before turning right on E. Palestine. Take a right on N. McKinney St for one block. Take a left on E. Commerce St. for one block. Turn north on N. Paris St., take a right on E. Palestine and another right on N. Bonham St. Head west on E. Commerce, south on N. Paris St finishing back at the Civic Center.
Bell assured the council that this project is worthwhile and one that would benefit the community. He said, “The original route had people walking on the street which may put them walking behind vehicles with drivers having limited visibility backing out. I feel more comfortable with the new route with sidewalks.”

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