Terrell kids and their families will soon get shade from the hot summer sun while they use playground equipment at the city’s parks.

The Terrell City Council on Tuesday approved a $106,125 expenditure to purchase fabric shade structures for use at the city’s park. The funds come from $1.4 million borrowed by the city to invest in upgrades to Terrell’s park system.

Parks that will receive the shading include Ben Gill, King’s Creek, Breezy Hill, Stallings, and Arlie White. The city is purchasing the fabric shade structures from USASHADE & Fabric Structures. The price includes delivery and installation.

In other action, the City Council approved a new sign ordinance that will restrict the amount of time political signs can be displayed. The types of signs covered under the new ordinance include billboards, yard signs and placards or other forms of political advertising. They may be displayed only during a period of 90 days prior to any municipal election and must be removed no later than 10 days immediately following.

Any person or property owner who displays a political sign in violation could be subject to a fine of up to $500 per occurrence.

Also Tuesday, Mayor Rick Carmona and City Manager Mike Sims made comments in reference to Peace Walk 2020, which was conducted June 6. The march proceeded from Breezy Hill Park to downtown Terrell and back in response to the police killing in Minneapolis of George Floyd and resulting unrest.

Carmona called the walk “a true reflection of our city’s cooperative spirit and a shining example to the neighborhood communities.”

Sims told those who helped organize the event: “Every single one of you guys really did something that I think is historic and wonderful for us, because you guys came together and put your own personal thumb print on a great event. There’s not a thing we can do as a city (government) to craft something as wonderful as what happened. When it comes up from the community, then it can be a real beautiful and great thing.”

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