Chamber’s Music in the Park MOVED

The Van Alstyne Chamber of Commerce welcomes the Big Gus Samuelson Trio for their final Music in the Park of 2017.  The event, including magician John Allen, begins at 6:00pm and will be moved to the Whistlestop Café at 166 N Main St. while construction on the gazebo at Dorothy Fielder Park continues.

Thank you to the Van Alstyne Chamber of Commerce for hosting another great year of Music in the Park!

Collin County Citizen Prosecutor Academy

Collin County Criminal District Attorney Greg Willis has announced dates for the Citizen Prosecutor Academy’s 2017 Fall Session!

This free, 10-week course begins September 7th and meets on Thursday evenings at the Collin County Courthouse from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

The application can be found by visiting the Collin County District Attorney’s website at


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ROAD CLOSURE & Detour – East Jefferson St

TxDOT will detour traffic beginning Wednesday, August 2nd from FM 121 (East Jefferson ST) to work on the concrete pavement next to the City Hall.  The detour route will be N John Douglas Rd to East Van Alstyne Pkwy to FM 121 (East Jefferson St).  TxDOT estimates the detour will be in place for approximately 3 days.

Van Alstyne Ranks Among Communities with the Best Credit Scores

LendEDU just released a report that recognized the 250 communities in all of the Southwest with the best average credit scores, and Van Alstyne made the list!

Congratulations to you on the recognition! Out of the thousands of towns in the Southwest, Van Alstyne has one of the highest average credit scores, thus some of the most fiscally secure and responsible citizens.

Using Experian’s licensed dataset, LendEDU was able to analyze the average credit score of each town and city in the Southwest.

Van Alstyne came in at #116!

The full report and methodology can be found here:

Mayor’s Newsletter – July 2017

June 25, 2017

Fellow citizens,

            Welcome to North Texas summer, everyone.  Let’s hope it doesn’t get crazy-hot too often for too long. 

            Our new city council has met already — we will be just fine.  My personal thanks to those who have recently served:  Timmerle Kelly, Billy Plake and Russell Moore.  Let’s hope they all stay involved in Van Alstyne’s future (I’m sure that they will). 

            I want to write informatively about our new Palladium senior living center.  Much has already been written, but I recently attended an informative briefing by authoritative members of Palladium’s senior staff, and I would like to pass some of what I took from that meeting on to you.  This was a public meeting, and it was well attended.  Palladium hopes to begin leasing some of their quadruplex units sometime in October.  The larger, apartment buildings will not be finished by then. 

Hopefully it is well known that the age limit is strictly 62 and older.  Residents may have overnight or weekend guests, but younger family members will not be allowed to move in.  Palladium is to be a pleasant, spacious place for active, adult seniors to live, even with as many as two pets. 

            A few of the financial aspects are worth discussing:  somehow the Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs works together with the IRS in subsidizing 100 of the 132 housing units available at Palladium here in Van Alstyne.  These are to be “Affordable Housing” units versus “Low Income” units.  The 32 market rate units may rent from $775 to $975 monthly (at the current rate) while the same units might rent for as little as $650 to $750 monthly, depending on the results of a means test that the IRS dictates. 

            The big news to me, as I understood it, was that the above-mentioned means test is all about your monthly income, not your assets.  What this says to me is, for instance, if you own a home on a lot, you might sell or keep that property in your estate and it is not included in the means (monthly income) test.  If, however, you choose to rent the house (or otherwise draw monthly income from it), then that adds to your monthly income and it will have a detrimental effect on your means test.  For more information, call Palladium at 903-956-0140.  I understand that they have many callers, and they have not yet begun to establish their waiting list for apartments, but they are good for information.  I hope not to mislead anyone. 

            In other news, the City has annexed 16-plus acres just northeast of Palladium for a new planned development.  There may be around 200 new homes going up there before long.  Construction is going well in our other three large developments. 

            I hope to see you all at the 4th of July fireworks show behind the high school. 

Best regards,

Mayor Larry Cooper 

4th of July FIREWORKS

Join us for the annual fireworks display behind Van Alstyne High School located at 1722 N Waco St. approximately 30 minutes after dark on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

Kona Ice will be on site selling refreshments. Non-alcoholic refreshments are welcome.  Please be prepared to take trash with you as the City and ISD are not providing receptacles. Restroom facilities will not be open for use. We appreciate the ISD allowing us to use their venue.  Let’s keep it clean!

Notice of Public Hearings on Annexation

Dorothy Fielder Park in Van Alstyne

The City Council of the City of Van Alstyne, Texas, will hold two (2) public hearings on June 27, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. and on June 27, 2017, at 6:35 p.m. at the Van Alstyne Community Center, 262 N. Preston Ave, Van Alstyne, Texas, giving all interested persons the right to appear and be heard on one (1) proposed voluntary annexation by the City of Van Alstyne, Texas.  Maps and full legal descriptions are available at Van Alstyne City Hall.

The City of Van Alstyne, Texas, proposes to institute annexation proceedings to enlarge and extend the boundary limits of said city to include the following separate territories:

16.27 acre tract being part of the James McKinney Survey, Abstract No. 770, Grayson County, Texas and being a part of Greywood Heights, an addition to Grayson County, Texas, as recorded in Volume 7, Page 87, Plat Records, Grayson County, Texas, and being a part of the tract of land described in a deed to KERATEX , L.P. 11s recorded in County Clerk File Number 2010-21778,  Real Property Records, Grayson County , Texas.

By order of the City Council of the City of Van Alstyne, Texas, on the 13th day of June 2017.