Ed Moore always had a desire to run for City Council but had to put those plans on hold until the time was right. As long as he was employed, he knew he couldn’t give the position his full attention.
Instead of running for office, Moore got involved volunteering with the city, including 12 years on the Half Cent Sales Tax Board. When he retired from Goodyear, the opportunity to run became more of a possibility.
“I prayed about it, talked it over with my family, and I made a decision to put my name in the hat for 2013, and the rest is history,” Moore said.
He would go on to serve six years, the maximum allowed under city ordinance, as councilman of Tyler’s District 3. His final meeting was June 26.
“When you’re a city councilman, you never complete what you want to complete because there’s so much to do in the community, in the district and in the city,” Moore said.
There were lots of favorite parts to serving on the council, he said, adding that one of his greatest accomplishments was helping get sidewalks for kids in school zones.
“You’d be surprised, the kids walking up and down the streets with no sidewalks and having to stop and get up on the grass just to let a car go by, which is a dangerous situation,” he said.
Currently, there is construction for sidewalks coming and going at T.J. Austin Elementary School.
“And I just couldn’t fathom how long I’ve been in this city and the city has been here that we had no sidewalks in this area for those babies to walk on, but now that’s gonna happen,” he said.
The seat on the council had its challenges, including working within the budget while trying to represent his district and the city, he said.
“Everybody wants something for their district, and there’s just not enough money to go around unless you can get donations and grants,” he said.
It’s also likely that not everyone will be happy with every decision. When bringing a Braum’s to southwest Tyler was a possibility, Moore said he saw the addition of the restaurant as good for the city.
“If we didn’t put a Braum’s there, somebody was going to come along and put something else there that probably wouldn’t be good for the community, and that was my fear,” he said.
However, some residents were concerned about noise that the business might bring. Moore voted to approve moving forward on the Braum’s, but the restaurant eventually backed out. Plans called for the restaurant to be at Loop 323 and West Elm Street.
Moore said he doesn’t regret his decision.
During his time as councilman, the council’s efforts to grow the city have included improvements to the Glass Recreation Center, updates to parks and the reconstruction of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
“That’s one of the things I think we need to continue is to clean up our neighborhood, to make our neighborhoods attractive so people wouldn’t mind coming to north Tyler and living,” he said. “But you gotta clean it up.”
Councilwoman Shirley McKellar replaced Moore after she won a runoff against Pamela Phoenix. McKellar was sworn in at her first City Council meeting on Wednesday.
“The only advice I would have for any councilperson — and I‘ve said it before — that you’re a councilman, you were voted in from a district but you represent the city of Tyler and it’s not all about you as a councilperson, it’s about what you can do for your district and your city,” he said. “That’s it.”