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October 26, 2023

Mayor, Places 4, 5, 6 sworn in at council meeting

Kavya Lokhande
Newly elected Ramesh Premkumar stands with his family as he gets sworn in for Place 5 at the Coppell City Council Meeting on Tuesday. The council swore in the mayor and Places 4, 5 and 6, and approved the zoning plans of new buildings at Coppell High School.

At Tuesday’s Coppell City Council meeting, Mayor Wes Mays, Place 4 council member Kevin Nevels and Place 6 council member Biju Mathew took their oath of office following their May 4 reelection. 

Ramesh Premkumar was sworn in as Place 5, replacing Mayor Pro Tem John Jun, who is leaving the council to run for state representative in Texas House District 115.

“Seeing an outgoing councilman like [Jun] talk about all of the city services that he has done for the citizens is really humbling,” Mays said. “I could just go on and on about everything Coppell has done for us”

Nevels was also appointed as the Mayor Pro Tem to replace Jun. 

Later, the council approved the zoning plan for the new Coppell High School fine arts building, tennis center and field equipment event area. They also approved the addition of 20 new trees to be planted around the fine arts building.

They also approved the issuing of $53.5 million to pay for new projects in Coppell, such as improvements on water and sewage, upgrading the Coppell Service Center building and new resources for Coppell’s fire Station No. 5.

The plan entailed having the tennis center in the parking lot adjacent to the tennis courts, the fine arts building to the west of Buddy Echols Field and the field events area next to it.

The council also declared May 19-25 as Emergency Medical Services week to honor the efforts of the Coppell Fire Department and May 19-25 to be National Public Works Week to honor employees in Coppell’s construction and infrastructure. It also recognized May as Water Safety Month.

“Public works is one of those teams that works behind the scenes. We like to say ‘If things are going well, we aren’t getting any phone calls,” director of public works Mike Garza said. “It is a privilege to be able to serve the residents of Coppell.”

The council celebrated the 50th anniversary of Cozby Library and Community Commons, and announced that applications were open for the 2024-25 gala committee for the Coppell Arts Center Foundation. 


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Anvita Bondada
Anvita Bondada, Staff Writer
Anvita Bondada is a junior and a second year staff writer on The Sidekick. She runs a small business selling press-on nails, called Nails by Anvita. Although she grew up in hot, arid Texas her favorite type of weather is rain of all kinds. In her free time, she enjoys shopping for clothes, listening to musicians such as Taylor swift and Gracie Abrams, doing her nails in a variety of styles, and playing with her dog Birkin. She enjoys watching romantic comedies, her favorites are 10 Things I Hate About You, Lala Land, and Easy A. She’s travelled a lot and her favorite location so far has been Venice and she would like to go to Greece if she got the chance.  She speaks Telugu at home and would like to major in marketing.  Anvita loves writing for a variety of sections, including writing opinion columns, reviews on music albums, and feature stories. She would like to expand to movie reviews this year. Over her years of experience on The Sidekick, she has discovered new horizons for writing and design for communication and self expression.  It also gave her a way to connect with Coppell high school and its students.  The Sidekick challenged her to break out and talk to people outside of her social circles. You can contact her at [email protected], or @anvitabondada on Instagram.  
Kavya Lokhande
Kavya Lokhande, Staff Designer

Kavya Lokhande is a junior and staff designer for The Sidekick. She's originally from New York and moved to Texas her freshman year of high school. Kavya loves all things horror, including movies like Bride of Chucky or Orphan. She also spends time with her family and has a passion for cooking. She loves experimenting in the kitchen and improving her cooking skills. When she’s not creating delicious treats or indulging in a horror book, Kavya dreams of traveling the world, exploring new cultures, trying diverse cuisines and sometimes changing up her hair to a new look. In her free time, Kavya enjoys thrifting, sketching and going on bike rides. Kavya is always seeking new thrills, experiences, and embracing her passions! To contact her, email her at [email protected].

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