OVILLA – Even though there will be no city council election come May in the city of Ovilla, residents will see one change on the council this spring. Rachel Huber, who did not comment on her continued council member seat, will stay in Place 1 and Place 3 council member David Griffin will keep his seat as well.
However, with Dean Oberg not running in Place 5, newcomer Michael Myers will be taking the helm there. He and his wife moved to Ovilla after a return from an overseas tour with the U.S. Army and Air Force Exchange. There, Myers spent his career in the Loss Prevention Division involving investigations of all types of financial fraud, workers compensation investigations and safety program management. Myers has also assisted local and regional management in the operations of multiple businesses within this $10 billion a year organization, he said. With a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in business management, Myers has served on the Municipal Services Advisory Committee and the Comprehensive Land Use Planning Committee for the city of Ovilla and he is the current president of the Ashburne Glen Homeowners Association and works as a volunteer with the Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief organization.
He said he moved to Ovilla because “it is a quiet and rural area that was close to relatives.” After retirement, he said he wanted to find a place of service where his skills could be utilized and he could give back to the community.
“My goals are to increase city support for local home owner associations, which keep neighborhoods looking nice and property values up,” he said.
Myers also said he wants to ensure Ovilla has controlled growth and an updated infrastructure and added he’s looking forward to serving with the other dedicated and talented council members and city management to keep Ovilla the best town in Ellis County.
Griffin said he decided to run again for his seat because so many friends and residents encouraged him to serve another term.
“While we welcome the next two years of growth, we will undoubtedly experience in the home and business market, we envision a controlled, quality fashion versus a building free-for-all, which some cities have experienced,’ Griffin said. “Ovilla is special to its residents and I plan to help keep it that way.”
Some of Griffin’s goals for the upcoming term include continuing the program to help city staff qualify for the State Comptroller’s Government Transparency Award, maintaining the Platinum Level Award status the city currently holds and maintaining a balanced budget.
“The city is in great financial condition with good reserves, A+ bond ratings and more long range planning now than ever,” he said.
Other goals on Griffin’s agenda include plans to have Cockrell Hill Road completely rebuilt, beginning with a rework of the base followed by a new asphalt road laid instead of the chip and seal method; working with the EDC Board to help bring small business into the city; enhancing the public green areas and working with the new Parks Board to build an open air pavilion in the downtown park behind City Hall; welcoming new home developments while ensuring strict building codes to ensure custom quality homes, continuing the revitalization of the historic downtown and working to upgrade the emergency storm siren alert system.
“I love Ovilla and its people and I decided to continue working for the people to help maintain the rural and small town feel of Ovilla,” Griffin said.