Wray's asks for meter removal may 14, 1970
Downtown merchants ask meter removal A resolution to remove all parking meters meters from the downtown area was favored almost unanimously by the Downtown Merchants' Association in a Tuesday night meeting. Mayor Joe Col well, commenting on the resolution which will come to his attention attention officially during city commission meeting next week, asid, -Certainly, we will give it serious consideration; we are looking for ways to improve business in the city." Revenue from the meters is estimated at an average of $9,000 each year, according according to city officials, a good portion of which is required in salaries of personnel taking collections from the coin-operated devices. Wednesday, following the meeting, the resolution was circulated among downtown downtown merchants, both association and non-association members, virtually all of whom signed as favoring the move. The resolution reads: "Request the council to remove the parking meters from the streets of Grand Prairie, and allow two hours free parking on Main Street and such side streets as now have paid parking meters located thereon. "Provided, however, that controlled free parking limited to two hours be permitted on these side streets, with the meter-maid or other police officer, as the council shall direct, marking the tires of all vehicles parking where the above mentioned meters are now located, and require all cars, trucks and other vehicles vehicles to move to another location at the expiretion of each two hour free parking limit. "Further request that suitable signs be printed and erected where the meters are removed notifying the public of the two- hour limitation on such free parking. "Further petition for any other action as the council may deem proper with regards to signs and notices of free parking. parking. "We leave to the discretion of the council council any other matter deemed necessary to effect this change at the earliest time possible, and the further question of putting putting this matter on a fixed trial basis to become permanently extended if it proves successful." The signers of the resolution were David (Postscript) Satterwhite, Marci Jones, Joe Rushing, Clive Hooks, Phil Swyden, Charlotie Swyden, Barbara Le- Flore, Vernell Hooks, Dorothy Bishop, Ozelia Hite, Ann Satterwhite, and Evelyn Wray, and Elmer Davidson. Also Wayne Wray, Joyce Turner, A. W. Rose, Fred Fernandez, Larry Cox, Henry 0. Munsch, Gene Norton, Carroll Cooper, W. W. Hendricks, Carl W. Price, Dorothy Birlew and Frank M. Smith. Other signers were Myrna Matthews, J. H. Conover, Henry Shriver, W. C. Pantel, Floyd Smith, Truman Hicks, George F. Roof, E. J. Schmidt and F. A. Jorgenson. Secondary festival features 80 top singers An all-city honor choir composed of 50 a capella singers from Grand Prairie High School and 30 from South Grand Prairie JA students attend banquet Sixteen high school students who are members of Junior Achievement plus four adults who serve as advisors to the young businessmen are planning to attend attend JA's 16th annual Future Unlimited banquet tonight at the Statler Hilton Hotel Hotel in Dallas. Featured speaker for the affair is Sam Wyly, chairman of the board of University University Computing Co. Wyly is substituting for the originally scheduled speaker, computer computer multi-millionaire H. Ross Perot, who had to decline at the last minute. Attending from here will be David Peterman, Peterman, Vickie Redman, Lela Bell, Tommy Hobden, Kenneth Kiesel, Alan Patton, Opal Perkins, and Carol Peterman Peterman from the VAC-Lite company, plus their advisors, L. A. Bell and L. H. Borton. Borton. Another company, Prairie Peddlers, will be represented by James Allen, Kathy Kathy Curtis, Hanan Drinkard, Melody Jordan, Jordan, Melissa Mezzell, Marion Riley, Mary White, and Pat Woodward, plus advisors Ben Formby and Bill Henderson. Henderson. Both groups are sponsored by LTV Aerospace Corp., and the advisors are LTV employes. Sales awards and scholarships will be presented to outstanding Junior Achievers, and awards also will be given to top officers in JA companies. High is included this year for the first time in the annual secondary choral festival, festival, set for tonight beginning at 7:30 at H. H. Chambers Auditorium. The special choir, recognizing outstanding outstanding singers, will be featured in an individual individual group of compositions under the direction of Earl Tom Keel, longtime choral director at Grand Prairie High until this year when he assumed the dual capacity of curriculum coordinator for secondary schools and music coordinator for the entire system. A total of 433 students from the four junior highs and two high schools will participate in the 90-minute program of classical, popular, and sacred music. The finale will be "Battle Hymn of the Republic," Republic," with Keel directing. The stage will be a colorful array of uniforms representing each school. Keel explained one of the main reasons for the annual festival is to give ninth grade choral students from the junior high schools an opportunity to work with the high school directors they will have the fall. Directors whose students are appearing in the concert tonight are Bryan Dunn, Grand Prairie High; James Anthony, Jackson Juniqr High-South Grand Prairie High; John David Williams, Adams Junior Junior High; Mrs. Marilyn Halla, Jefferson Junior High; and Lanny V. BeMoss. Junior High. Anthony will be accompanist for the city honor choir while Williams will accompany the massed choir. Admission is $1 for adults and 50 lor students, with tickets available at door.