The Weatherford City Council, having determined the solution to a drainage problem in the yard is to turn the entire neighbourhood into a swamp, is now urging the citizens of Weatherford to adopt their proposed solution to the courthouse square.
Even a cursory reading of the Weatherford Downtown Plan makes it clear that little to none of what its proponents claim will materialize but will certainly fail to do so at great expense and years of inconvenience. This plan – poorly received when originally presented nearly a decade ago – will make driving around the square even more of a problem as well as making the streets in the vicinity equally difficult to navigate. The damage to neighborhoods in the area, both those directly in the path of this “plan” and those adjacent to it, is incalculable but certain to be real, lasting and largely irreparable.
Previous “improvements” to the square – sold to the public with promises disturbingly similar to those now being made – gave us the current situation. The Weatherford Downtown Plan does not do one thing to address the ludicrous traffic configuration on the courthouse square but instead keeps it as a permanent feature. To call this an “improvement” is to render the word meaningless.
None of this is to say that the traffic situation on the square can’t be improved. This plan, however, is not the way to go about it.
The City of Weatherford has increased tax rates. Parker County has increased tax rates. The Municipal Utility Board has increased utility rates. On top of these increases we are being asked, in the interest of an unwise exercise that will benefit few, if any, to further add to the burden of taxes. In an uncertain economy it shows a distinct lack of prudence to assume debt unnecessarily. That the Weatherford City Council is urging the citizens of Weatherford to do so speaks, even in the best light, poorly of the council and their judgment.