Councilman Boyd Waggoner has been elected by the Stephenville City Council to represent the city at the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG.)
According to information from the group, “NCTCOG is a voluntary association of, by and for local governments, and was established to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit, and coordinating for sound regional development. Its purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and make joint decisions."
NCTCOG serves a 16-county region in North Central Texas, which is centered around the two urban centers of Dallas and Fort Worth. There are over 230 member governments including 16 counties, numerous cities, school districts, and special districts in the organization.
"It’s very important for us as a rural community to have a representative at the North Central Texas Council of Governments in order to stay in tune with what’s going on there. It’s very easy for the larger communities to become focused on big-city issues," said Mayor Kenny Weldon. “Decisions that are made at the NCTCOG affect every municipality in that region, large or small. The organization serves as a liaison or interface with many of the federal programs that flow down to the state level.”
Weldon said NCTCOG distributes federal funds that do not pass through a state agency. Those include programs such as Meals on Wheels, some transportation funding, involvement with the FAA and a wide array of other monies. 911’s Emergency Notification Program is another example.
“NCTCOG is a fairly-large entity that affects every member community in the organization,” Weldon said.” They make decisions that impact us directly locally, so we need representation there in order to stay abreast of what’s going on and have input in the process.”
Waggoner’s term at NCTCOG runs concurrently with his term as a city councilman.