The Rockwall Herald Banner reported Proposed John King swap causes discord, Friday, July 22, 2016.
Apparently, Herald-Banner staff writer Joseph Alderman doesn’t look back into the paper’s archives. Public discussion around a bypass for SH-205 (Goliad) began over thirty years ago. “On November 8, 2005, the citizens of the City of Rockwall passed Proposition 1 to fund the design and construction of the new location SH 205 Bypass.”[source: http://ow.ly/jPv1302vEp0]
Rockwall voters approved a bond election in 2005, which financed the construction of the “205 Bypass” by an overwhelming majority, with more than 70% in favor of the proposition. The “205 Bypass” (later named John King Blvd.) was then built as a four-lane roadway with sufficient right-of-way to add two additional interior lanes in the future. John King Blvd. now serves as a bypass route for SH 205, but is not officially designated as a state roadway. Construction of additional ramps on I-30 at John King Blvd. will soon be underway to enhance the functional use of John King Blvd. as an effective bypass route. [source: http://ow.ly/SqM8302vE4s]
Five years later, the Rockwall Herald-Banner reported a public groundbreaking on May 14, 2010.
We the people of Rockwall voted for it. We’ve been paying for it and the new residents have been enjoying it. The faux outrage over the bypass is unwarranted.
What did the new homebuyers imagine to be the future of the widest city street in the whole of the city of Rockwall? Soccer fields for children? Practice greens for golfers? Batting cages for little league players? No, the usual and customary use of right-of-way is roadway construction. It isn’t rocket science.
Some of our new residents seem to think they should be spoon-fed the entire history of the city, that somehow absent the spoon-feeding we the long-time residents of Rockwall conspired to deceive them.
Ignorantia juris non excusat
Ignorance of the law is inexcusable. This principle applies to all aspects of government. We citizens, collectively and individually, bear the responsibility to be informed. The City of Rockwall municipal government faithfully follows state law to assure information is readily available to anyone, including prospective homebuyers.
City staff readily answers questions that can be asked over the telephone, via email or application of the Texas Public Information Act.
Ignorance is not and excuse. Ignorance is a choice.