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F’ville may move on gate

F’ville may move on gate

A year after deciding to remove a portion of the gate blocking traffic near Freedom Elementary School, it appears as if Farmersville officials are ready to move forward with the plan.

A discussion of the East Citrus Street gate was on the agenda for a joint meeting scheduled for April 29 between the Farmersville City Council and the Farmersville Unified School District Board. Also on the agenda of the special meeting were discussions on future projects planned by the two public agencies and possible joint use projects.

Unfortunately for parents hoping to have the issue resolved before the end of the school year and E. Citrus residents wanting to keep the gate, both factions of the city will have to wait a little longer as the meeting was cancelled. The City of Farmersville did not set a new date for the joint meeting.

The issue of the gate, which blocks east and west bound traffic from crossing the intersection at Freedom Drive and E. Citrus Street, has been a sore spot with the community since the school was built in 1993. Traffic congestion continues to be a problem at the school with cars backing up on Freedom Drive and Walnut Avenue and on E. Citrus Drive at Farmersville Boulevard while dropping off students in the morning and picking them up in the afternoon. The area is a microcosm of Farmersville’s larger circulation issues of a city bisected by railroad tracks with only one crossing on its busiest road. Despite years of hand ringing by the school district and feet dragging by the City, the City Council finally approved to close half the street and allow eastbound traffic only to cross the intersection at its May 14, 2012 meeting.

At the time, City Manager Renee Miller said the City did not set a timeline to complete the conversion because it requires the school district to update Freedom Elementary School’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to include through traffic at the intersection.

The decision was the result of one of five options presented by Quad Knopf, the firm Farmersville contracts for its City Engineer services, at the City

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