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Photos | Joey G. Dauben for Mayor by Joey G. Dauben
May 2, 2011, 3:50 pm
Filed under: Elections, Palmer, Palmer 75152, Palmer City Council

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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:|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=

Women’s Shelter in Palmer by Joey G. Dauben
April 25, 2011, 4:59 pm
Filed under: Palmer, Palmer 75152

Filling-A-Need Inc. is the non-profit that will oversee the women’s shelter in Palmer. Right now, due to everything being in the preliminary planning stages, Filling-A-Need Inc. is assembling a board of directors. To volunteer, donate or serve on the board of directors of this needed community-social service, contact Elizabeth Shabazz: or 469-767-3244.

The Palmer Post: Before & After by Joey G. Dauben
January 2, 2011, 3:33 pm
Filed under: Palmer, Palmer 75152, The Palmer Post

I’m not understanding all the hostility and outrage being directed towards The Palmer Post and me personally for the articles, content and what’s going on. I mean, we didn’t hear about this much stuff when the “old” Palmer Post was around, did we? We didn’t hear any hostile reactions and accusations that I just like to cause people to hate me when those anonymous pink sheets were distributed around elections did we? So what is the difference?

There were lawsuits over this paper from John Templer and former Mayor Mike Greenlee to get to the bottom of this Palmer Post (before my purchase of it), to find out who was behind it. There were little dust-ups at Jenny’s Cafe in downtown because people would get furious after reading it, but the bombardment over The Palmer Post…must be doing something effective.

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City Won’t Sign Beer, Wine Permit Though 1 is Needed Before TABC Approval by Joey G. Dauben
December 18, 2010, 9:40 pm
Filed under: Palmer, Palmer 75152, Palmer City Council, Palmer Shell

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So, this is how it’s going to be now? The Shell in Palmer, a Victron Group entity, can’t send their license application to sell “the legal sale of beer and wine” in Palmer’s city limits until City Hall approves their permit. And if City Hall’s problem is the city council, then I think this smacks of total retribution against 52 percent (187 votes) of the people who voted for beer and wine sales in the city on Nov. 2.

After beer, wine and liquor passed in Glenn Heights, the city council deliberately delayed and stalled for six months before a single can of beer or bottle of liquor could be sold.

I’m hoping it’s just a meaningless paperwork delay that is causing this and not powers-that-be behind the scenes that are pressuring City Hall and the city council to purposely delay Palmer stores (there are only two that will sell it) from sending their TABC applications to Austin.

Shell officials say that they can’t send off their applications to TABC until Palmer City Hall green-lights the local permit and fee application.

Let me remind the readers and the voters that 52 percent of the people in the town voted for beer and wine to be sold in the city limits on Nov. 2, 2010. Sign-ups for city council and mayor begin in February. I do hope City Hall and the city council can help expedite this application approval before we need another election just to get a permit approved.

Full Disclosure: I was the one who spearheaded the entire beer/wine petition and election