The Joshua City Council will meet Thursday at City Hall to discuss and receive updates to the Heritage Preservation Committee and discuss, consider and act on an order concerning the general election to take place May 11, along with other items.

“Basically, it's just going over and re-wording some of the election laws and ordinances,” said City Manager Paulette Hartman. “We'll also discuss the expansion of the Valero gas station and discuss some economic development plans with The Retail Coach, the company that we've contracted with to help us with our economic development.”

The upcoming May election should be an interesting one. Candidates have until 5 p.m. March 1 to file for political office in the city.

In this race, Mayor Joe Hollarn's has already filed for re-election and is so far unopposed. Council Places 1 and 3, held by Gary Smith and Sharlotta Connally respectively, are also up for election in May. Smith and Connally have both filed for re-election and Chamber of Commerce President Kim Henderson has filed to run against Smith for the Place 1 seat.

February has easily been one of the biggest months in recent memory for the city, as Joshua has seen the opening of Brookshire's, the groundbreaking of the new YMCA and, on Feb. 28, the new fire station  will officially opening.

“It's a very exciting time for the city,” Hartman said. “We have a lot of things going on and will have a lot of interesting decisions to make as the year goes on.”

Not the least of those is the area near Joshua Station that is zoned for multi-family housing.

“Most of the calls we get for multi-family housing are from elderly residents,” Hartman said. “They want to move into something smaller where they don't have to do as much maintenance and would like to see more apartments and town homes in the city. So that area by Joshua Station that is zoned for multi-family housing could possibly be for town homes or maybe very nice, upscale apartments.”

It could also be a benefit to younger population in the city, Hartman pointed out.

“When you look at the city, there's really not too many places for a young, single person to live; say, a young teacher right out of college. They almost have to go over to Cleburne or Fort Worth to find a place to live. So we're looking at all the possibilities with that property.”