Horizon City Mayor: We love our community exactly the way it is
By Joe Olvera ©, 2010
From a bedroom community of only 2,000 people a little more than ten years ago, Horizon City has matured into a sprawling area of more than 13,000 inhabitants. The city is still growing, but, says Horizon City Mayor, Walter Miller, “as long we don’t grow too fast, and as long as that growth can be controlled.
“While growth is inevitable, and while I don’t see any way to stop the inevitable, still, we must ensure that our growth is controlled and that we don’t become a sprawling metropolis,” Miller said. “We need to develop it carefully so that or wonderful community continues being wonderful for those of us who live here.”
Miller, who was first elected Mayor in 2007, and reelected for two more years in 2009, said he is from a small town in East Texas, and moved to Horizon City several years ago as a “pragmatic” move. The community lies just east of El Paso, Texas.
“My wife’s family lives in Brewster County, in East Texas, so we found ourselves traveling there time and time again. We decided that the best thing to do was to live here and travel east. But, we did also fall in love with this little town, so close to the big city, but, far enough so that we didn’t have to deal with the big city environment,” Miller said.
Horizon City, situated in an area known as the High Desert, has been undergoing a dramatic transformation with new development, new housing, new schools, and other amenities that didn’t exist before. This desert community offers something for everyone, including an airport that is on sale for $4 million.
The Horizon Airport at 1345 Aircoupe, once known as the West Texas Airport, was built in 1978 by its original owner, Phil Barrett. However, family members are looking to sell the 174-acre property, complete with its one and a half mile runway, 60,000 square feet of buildings – which includes a fueling station, office space, and, of course, hangars. More than 30,000 aircraft use the airport’s facilities each year. Another feature in Horizon City is the new Horizon regional Municipal Utility at 14100 Horizon – a place where Horizon residents can pay their water bills and take care of other water needs. “Our goal is to improve the infrastructure and to attract new development, including new businesses,” said Mayor Miller. “We also need to improve our recreational facilities. This is something we need to work on and improve because our population is getting younger. Sure, we want to grow, but, we want that growth to be orderly and intelligent. For now, however, we like or city exactly the way it is – small, peaceful, quiet, and beautiful.”