Meet Argyle’s New Mayor

Meet Argyle’s New Mayor

By Susan Neuhalfen

Argyle Mayor Don Moser is not what you’d call a politician. He has, however, spent his career in public service. With a background in law enforcement and fire service, Don spent the last 34 years serving the public but doesn’t believe that everything should last forever, least of all a political career.

“I’m not here for life, but I am here to make a change,” he says about his recent election. “Nothing needs to be a lifetime appointment”

Moser, Todd Mankin and Ronald Schmidt are the new kids on the block as far as the Argyle Town Council is concerned and Moser notes that closing the divide between the remaining members of council is going to be a work in progress.

“We may have zero political background but we have a lot of background in how towns work,” said Moser. “The citizens have spoken very loudly they’ve given us their trust, now we need to earn it.”

Moser spoke openly about the developments that are coming into the community and how the citizens do not favor the zero lot lines that have been accepted. While he can’t do anything about the current development (Waterbrook) that has already been approved, he can do his best to control the future of Argyle.

“We know that development is going to happen, it’s the nature of the beast,” said Moser. “What we want to do is manage it in a way that it does not overrun and destroy the reasons people sought Argyle out to begin with.”

Moser has Schmidt, who has an MBA in finance, knee deep in budget numbers. They will also revisit the development plan making sure it’s more in line with what citizens want. Another priority is to strengthen the tree ordinance so that it will be too expensive for a developer to ignore the rules.

The final thing Moser is promising is transparency. He wants the council meetings on a live webcast so that the citizens have as much information as the council members have.

“My job is to see that the citizens get what they want and the employees have everything they need.”

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