Law Limits Cities’ Take as 5G Spreads

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A new law clamps down on how much municipalities can charge wireless carriers to mount 5G equipment within public rights-of-way.

Senate Bill 1004 went into effect Sept. 1, limiting local governments to collecting payment of $250 per network node per year. Many cities had planned to charge $1,000 per node or more.

“That [new amount] certainly, in my opinion, doesn’t compensate the city for the staff time to review these permit applications,” said Dale Harwell, University Park IT director.


Texas Constitutional Amendments Slated for November Ballot

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Important Dates

Oct. 10 – Last day to register to vote in this election

Oct. 23 – First day of early voting

Oct. 27 – Last day to apply for ballot by mail

Nov. 3 – Last day of early voting

Nov. 7 – Election Day

 

Texas voters will have the final say this November on seven proposed state constitutional amendments that range in topic from creating tax exemptions for disabled veterans and first responders to allowing banks and financial institutes to hold raffles to promote savings.


Tolleson Center to Serve Youth, Special Needs Ministries

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Tolleson Family Center will include underground parking plus spaces for special needs and youth ministries. (Courtesy HPUMC)

Open land between Highland Park United Methodist Church and nearby apartments looked ready to become a construction site. To the Rev. Paul Rasmussen, it also looked like holy ground.

There, across Hillcrest Avenue from the main church campus, Highland Park UMC is building its Tolleson Family Activity Center. The 65,000-square-foot building will include special-needs ministry and youth ministry spaces plus underground parking for 140 vehicles.

“Thousands upon thousands will pass through these hallways and their lives will be changed and impacted for the better,” Rasmussen, the senior pastor, told those assembled for a ceremonial ground breaking in late August. “That is holy ground.”


Village Owners Refinance For Center’s Future

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Highland Park Village officials hope to finish Building G renovations by next summer. (Photo: OMNIPLAN)

Owners of Highland Park Village, already undergoing major renovations to make room for more retail and a private club, have secured more funds to invest in the premier shopping center.

The owners of the center, a family partnership that includes Ray and Heather Hill Washburne and Stephen and Elisa Summers, recently refinanced the center for $225 million — $54 million more than the 2009 purchase price.


New-Look Rangers Surge Past Eagles

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E.J. Smith rushed for five touchdowns to lead Jesuit past Richardson 56-34 on Friday. (Photo: Rob Graham)

Maybe Jesuit should change jerseys at halftime more often. Whatever the reason, the Rangers are finally in the win column on the first weekend of October.

Jesuit pulled away from Richardson for a 56-34 victory at Postell Stadium on Friday, in a game during which the Rangers rushed for 361 yards, committed 135 yards in penalties, and sported a two-toned uniform for the second half.

Aside from that weirdness, E.J. Smith rushed for 166 yards and five touchdowns to propel an offense that was efficient and productive all night. Meanwhile, Jack Barton intercepted two passes to boost a Jesuit defense that limited Richardson to just six points after halftime.


Dallas CASA Voices for a Cause

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Dallas CASA's Voices for a cause concert at The Rustic.

Dallas CASA’s Voices for a Cause, held on Sept. 14 at The Rustic, provided an evening of entertainment with a concert under the stars. The concert netted $6,640 for Dallas CASA.

Dallas CASA board member Dave Kroencke’s band “Signed Out” opened for Texas Country artist Brandon Rhyder. Young Professionals President, Jonathan Bassham, gave a final plug for North Texas Giving Day.