Salmon Wins Fourth Term as Van Alstyne Mayor

Rodney WilliamsManaging Editor

Van Alstyne residents took to the polls on May 11 with serious business at hand. A new mayor, two new council members and a proposition to move a portion of the city’s sales tax funds to a street maintenance and repair fund were all on the ballot.

In the general election, it was a two-woman race to be elected mayor of Van Alstyne. Former mayor Teddie Ann Salmon squared off against resident Timmerle Kelly. It was Salmon who came out on top once the polls had closed and all the votes were counted. Salmon tallied 185 votes to Timmerle Kelly’s 156 votes to earn her fourth term as the city’s mayor. Salmon served three consecutive terms from 1993-1999.

“I am looking forward to being Van Alstyne’s mayor,” Salmon told the Leader following the posting of election results. “I feel honored that people have shown so much faith in my ability and have let me know that I have their support. I know that change will not come overnight but I plan to work very hard, especially in the areas concerning our youth, keeping the people updated on city government happenings, the area of emergency management, and last but far from least, bring ing the people together to achieve a better tomorrow.”

There were two city council seats being contested in the general election. The Place 4 seat went to Russell Moore with 143 votes. Former alderman Pat Patterson wasn’t too far behind with 112 votes, while Robert Lewis, Sr. recorded 50 votes and David Mata had 29 votes cast his way.

The Place 5 seat belongs to incumbent Billy Plake for another two years. Plake tallied 157 votes to top Adam Wise (126 votes) and Melvin Barker (51 votes.)

“I am privileged to have received confidence in my ability to serve from enough people to be blessed with another term in office,” Plake said. “I hope I can serve the people of Van Alstyne with integrity and vision. I want everyone in Van Alstyne to understand that I serve them, so if they need to talk to me I am always available.”

The May city council meeting was moved to May 21 so that newly-elected officials could be sworn in once the votes are canvassed.

Proposition I, a special election item in which a percentage of the city’s sales tax would be used to fund street maintenance and repair, passed by a vote of 215-112.

The measure allows a quarter of a percent of the 8.25 percent sales tax to be placed into a street maintenance sales tax fund. The money that goes into this fund will be strictly used for repair on existing streets and does not entail planning and building new streets or infrastructure repair, according to Van Alstyne City Manager Frank Baker. The money gleaned from this sales tax road fund then will be used strictly for road repair and rehabilitation, and its usage guidelines are laid out by the State of Texas. In fact, the money has to be placed into a special account and must be kept separate from the city’s general fund.