Christmas is coming to the Bay

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, November 23, 2013
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The Greater Runaway Bay Alliance is partnering with the city to light up Runaway Bay for Christmas.

After Mayor Robert Ryan encouraged all residents and business owners to decorate their homes and buildings for the holidays, the Alliance stepped up at the city council meeting Tuesday and said it would help organize the effort.

The Alliance will compile a map with the addresses of all decorated homes listed on the back. Copies of the map will be available at local businesses, at City Hall and outside the city’s civic center.

Members of the Alliance will also call all Runaway Bay residents inviting them to participate.

“Our hope is to make Runaway Bay a place for families to bring their families during the holiday season to look and enjoy Christmas lights,” said Jackie Ishmael, vice president of the Alliance.

To be included on the map, contact Ishmael at 940-575-4592 or, or Kay Federspiel at 940-575-4916. Deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 10.


Christmas came a bit early for various Runaway Bay city departments.

On Tuesday, the city council approved the purchase or financing agreement for various high-dollar expenses it had set aside money for during budget-writing this summer.

Officials agreed to enter into two loans with First National Bank in Runaway Bay – a $50,000 note for two 2013 Ram 1500 special services police trucks and a $67,900 loan for an F-450 Chassis with a 3,200 pound crane body and self-leveling camera and locator for the public works department.

The council also approved $14,700 in repairs to stabilize the foundation at the wastewater plant.

The council also:

  • cast all 23 of its votes for Ray Cook Jr. for the Wise County Appraisal District board of directors;
  • approved the selling of city-owned vacant lots; and
  • OK’d the October meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports, journal entries and code enforcement report.

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