Frenship High School graduate appointed to City Council

A 1989 graduate of Frenship High School is now on the Wolfforth City Council.

Ramiro “Ram” Villareal has lived in Wolfforth since he was 14 years old. After graduation, he attended South Plains College and Texas Tech. Even though he worked in Dallas for a while, he said he rented an apartment there for use during the week and came home each weekend to Wolfforth.

Villareal said he most likes the people in Wolfforth.

“There is a small-town attitude, if you will. Most of the people know each other. And I’m almost certain 85 percent of the people would be willing to help you out,” Villareal said. “It’s a good place to raise kids.”

He was appointed last month to take the place of Jose Rosales, who recently resigned from the council because of health problems.

Villareal has served on the city’s Zoning Board, from which he had to resign upon appointment to the City Council. The Zoning Board, he said, made recommendations to the council, worked to resolve requests from residents and tried to help manage Wolfforth’s growth, partially by deciding what businesses would be allowed.

“We’re not going to allow an adult club to come into the city of Wolfforth, to be clear,” he said.

Some bars that wanted to move to Wolfforth were also guided by the Zoning Board.

“We made it perfectly clear that if anyone was going to do that, 51 percent of the revenue would have to come from food,” he said.

Villareal said he had considered running for City Council during last spring’s elections, but was starting a new position with Johnson & Johnson, a company for which he trains physicians and other professionals to use medical equipment.

“I just didn’t feel I could give my 100 percent,” he said.

Now that he has had more time to adjust to work, he said the timing is better.

“I think I was put in the right place at the right time,” Villareal said.

He said he is very glad he is serving during the time when City Council members are considering water issues, including a recent letter from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding arsenic in the water supply.

“What’s going on with the city, it’s a big challenge. I like it,” he said. It’s definitely a concern, not only because of my children, but because of people in the community who have children.”

Villareal said he and his wife buy bottled water for their children to drink.

He said he is unsure if he will run in the spring election for the council seat.

“We’ll have to see how things are six months from now,” he said.

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