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Meadowlakes honors longtime residents

MEADOWLAKES — City officials recognized a husband and wife Tuesday for their leadership in the community, but also bid Paul and Enid Totten goodbye as they leave for a new chapter in their lives.

The city has also hung out the “help wanted” signs for two positions, one paid and one volunteer — an ordinance enforcement officer and a building committee chairperson.

IN PHOTO: Meadowlakes Mayor John Aaron (right) presents longtime residents and civic leaders Paul and Enid Totten with a certificate of appreciation for their community service for more than two decades. The couple are moving to Kentucky this month to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Mayor John Aaron presented long-time residents the Tottens with a certificate of appreciation for their dedication to Meadowlakes and the Highland Lakes over the past several decades.

The couple is moving to Kentucky to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

“We owe you a lot,” the mayor said. “These two people have made Meadowlakes a better community.”

Paul Totten served on the Meadowlakes Municipal Utility District (which was eventually absorbed by the city) board for 25 years.

“And he was the first (Meadowlakes Property Owners Association) president,” Aaron said. Beyond that, Totten also was a volunteer ambulance driver for the Marble Falls Area EMS Inc.

“Paul has been a great mentor to people of this community,” Aaron said.

Enid Totten also helped lead the community, the mayor said.

“Enid served 20 years on the (Mental Health Mental Retardation) board,” Aaron said. “And she was very active in the voluntary nursing program at (the Marble Falls Independent School District). You both will be missed.”

The council also accepted the resignation of ordinance enforcement officer Jerry Martinez, who stepped down due to health issue.

The part-time position calls for someone willing to work up to 80 hours per month at $10 per hour, officials said. The ordinance officer monitors compliance with city rules.

City leaders are also looking for a building committee chairperson. According to a letter sent to all residents, the chairman or chairwoman “is charged with review and approval authority for all construction plans and issuance of building permits.”

Meanwhile, Councilman Joe Summers stepped down as chairman of the Planning and Zoning Committee, but the other members appointed Tom Carpenter to fill the position.

In other business, the mayor outlined steps the Public Works Department and Hidden Falls Golf Club staff are taking to upgrade and maintain the course’s irrigation system. Aaron said workers were able to isolate a major leak between the 16th and 18th holes which was blamed for a water loss of about 16 gallons a minute.

Aaron said the initial study of the main lines of the system show the pipes are in good shape and the leaks originated from joints, valves and sprinkler heads.

A crew should be in March 22 to help the city staff locate and repair any remaining leaks.