The Palmer Post


Joey G. Dauben | Parks in Palmer by Joey G. Dauben
May 2, 2011, 3:40 pm
Filed under: City of Palmer, Palmer, Palmer 75152, Parks & Recreation Commission

Palmer is a town of 2,000 citizens (2010 U.S. Census data here), and yet, we don’t even have a single park. Ballfields we have, but not a park. According to the data I have from the U.S. Census Bureau, 36 percent of Palmer’s population is within my age bracket — with children. That is a massive chunk of the population that cannot even take their kids to a hike-and-bike trail, a picnic table or open green space, or even a playground that doesn’t belong to Palmer ISD. That is going to change. If elected on May 14, I want to assemble a Parks and Recreation committee full of a cross-section of people in our town: young people, students, business owners, city officials, school district officials — basically anyone who wants to help our town by working together to fulfill the needs of our citizens. I’ve already heard from a half-dozen of you that you want to be involved in the planning and planting stages for a park system. Palmer won’t just have one park or three. I envision this 9.56-square-mile town full of lots of open and green space.

Palmer has two ballfields and that’s it. This must, and will, change.

For those that don’t want the “town to grow,” I have some sad news for you: Ellis County is one of the fastest-growing areas of our state, and especially our region. People are moving to this county whether you want them to or not. That doesn’t mean Palmer will explode into another Ennis or Waxahachie (who’d want it to?), but we must plan and prepare for an entirely new way of thinking, and that thinking first must be to provide parks for our young people and families. The ballfields are nice, and in fact, if I could manage to do it myself, I would plan and build a regional sports complex right within the city of Palmer’s 9.56-square-mile boundary.

The open green space behind one of the ballfields on FM 878 is a perfect, prime location for several things:

  • Picnic tables
  • Trees
  • Walking trail (asphalt or, preferably, concrete)
  • Additional bleachers

I wouldn’t stop with baseball, though. We need soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, sand volleyball pits, hike-and-bike trails and six-man and 11-man football fields. We need practice fields, as well, or just a simple backstop near our businesses and industries (that we do have) for rest and relaxation for workers and citizens alike. It’s something that we need to do because this is our town. And it avails us nothing if we are or aren’t related to so-and-so in town. Pretty soon, the city must move forward and that first step was made on Nov. 2, 2010 when citizens passed the beer and wine referendum. We must — and will — move forward.

A few more of these in the open, green space behind the outfield fences of Field No. 1 — dotted with some trees here and there — and we would have our first picnic-and-park in the city of Palmer. There are numerous businesses ready to donate (i.e., give for free) materials and trees for this purpose. Why has it taken so long to finally get this? Why did it have to take from 1872 to get these ideas and visions off the ground? (for those local history buffs, 1872 is when Palmer was founded)

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Confirmed! Grocery Store Coming w/BBQ + Beer by Joey G. Dauben
April 27, 2011, 10:00 pm
Filed under: New Businesses, Palmer, Palmer 75152

A grocery store is coming to Palmer (to be located mere blocks from downtown), and part of the facility will house a BBQ restaurant, and yep, they’ll have a beer/wine permit (or at least apply for one.) This is great news for Palmer citizens!

I don’t know the name of the business, but can say that the store will be located on Business 45 several blocks from downtown Palmer.



Palmer, Texas Census 2009/2010 Demographics by Joey G. Dauben
April 27, 2011, 2:37 pm
Filed under: City of Palmer, Federal, Palmer, Palmer 75152

The U.S. Census demographics data is available for the City of Palmer (from 2009/2010.) Apologies for the link being so jumbled:
http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/ACSSAFFFacts?_event=&geo_id=16000US4854744&_geoContext=01000US|04000US48|16000US4854744&_street=&_county=palmer&_cityTown=palmer&_state=04000US48&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&ActiveGeoDiv=&_useEV=&pctxt=fph&pgsl=160&_submenuId=factsheet_1&ds_name=null&_ci_nbr=null&qr_name=null&reg=null%3Anull&_keyword=&_industry=



Seeking Readers’ Input: Official Flag, Motto, Bird, Flower of Palmer! by Joey G. Dauben
December 6, 2010, 1:37 am
Filed under: City of Palmer, Palmer 75152, Palmer City Council, Palmer ISD

JOEY G. DAUBEN
The Palmer Post
publisher@thepalmerpost.com

PALMER – I tell my Palmer friends (despite what you’ve read and heard, I do actually have many of those here in town) and those passing through that this town is like a miniature Gaza Strip or the West Bank: we have Christians, Muslims, Jews, gays, Democrats, Republicans, people from all walks of life, demographic categories and the like.

We’re like our own small country in a way.

Since I believe Palmer is a “set-apart” town, in other words, a holy town created specifically to show others in our county an example of how God’s plan is to be carried out, and how cooperation among our various paths is to work, I think it’s time to entice my readers and the community to create a Palmer “presence.”

Palmer needs its own flag, its own identity and its own purpose. For starters, I’d like readers to submit their ideas via e-mail, Facebook.com/jdauben or by mail (see Page 4 for our address.)

Every city, town and municipality north of us and in and around Dallas has a flag. Palmer needs its own flag.

Every city above a population of 10,000 has its own-everything. We need to be the progressive Palmer that I know we will become and be creative. After a month’s worth of collecting information, we’ll put the list of the following up for a vote to be decided on by the readership. Submit your ideas for the following to publisher@thepalmerpost.com or one of the methods listed above:

 

* Official Animal: (Small) & (Large)

* Official Bird:

* Flag:

* Flower:

* Insect:

* Motto:

* Nicknames:

* Song:

* Logo:

* Tree:

* Food:



Resident Ticketed for Farm Animals in City Despite Ordinance Being Suspended by Joey G. Dauben
November 5, 2010, 8:43 pm
Filed under: City of Palmer, Palmer Police Dept.

My entire intent with this article is to influence the outcome of the City of Palmer’s desired result in issuing a citation and fining this man for having farm animals inside the city limits. I want the article to put so much pressure on the city prosecutor that dismissing the case would be the only logical step in resolving this…just read further (and pay attention to the Nov. 12, 2010 issue of The Palmer Post.)

Palmer Resident Ticketed for Farm Animals in City

JOEY G. DAUBEN
The Palmer Post
publisher@thepalmerpost.com
PALMER – James Branson was ticketed for having farm animals on his property, but the City of Palmer ordinance that he was ticketed under was suspended in 2006.

Branson faces Palmer Municipal Court Judge Bill J. Scott on Wednesday, Nov. 17 to argue his case.

Ordinance No. 178, which prohibited horses and other animals on land less than an acre and prohibited farm animals from being enclosed in a barn, shed or stall within 250-feet of a neighbor, was suspended by a city council vote in July of 2006, meaning there is no enforcement mechanism in place to fine someone for violating it. However, the city is moving forward against Branson anyway.

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Beer & Wine Pass in Palmer, 52% to 47% by Joey G. Dauben

Here are the results from Nov. 2’s special local-option election:

“The Legal Sale of Beer & Wine”

FOR: 187 (votes) — 52%
AGAINST: 172 — 47%

Video statement from The Palmer Post publisher Joey G. Dauben, the architect of the beer/wine campaign: http://www.elliscountyobserver.com/?p=16475

 

Photos and videofrom tonight’s post-election celebration: http://www.elliscountyobserver.com/?p=16459



Palmer Beer & Wine Early Votes by Joey G. Dauben
November 3, 2010, 1:37 am
Filed under: Beer & Wine Election, City of Palmer

Early voting only:

The Legal Sale of Beer & Wine:

FOR: 27 (votes)
AGAINST: 21

 

Early votes for Ellis County elections, click here: http://www.elliscountyobserver.com/?p=16435

 

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