This was a challenging week for your District 2 council representative. But my resolve to serve is stronger than ever.
THE REPEAL AND MOVING FORWARD
Protecting and regaining our local control and defending our hydraulic fracturing ban were two big issues that I embraced as a candidate. I am very passionate about those issues. My passion and commitment were put to test right out of the gate and were on center stage in my first two City Council meetings, meetings where discussions revolved primarily around repealing our hydraulic fracturing ban. I pushed hard for our community and city leadership to find alternatives to repeal, and I commend my fellow council members for taking an additional two weeks to seek alternatives to repeal. Ultimately I saw the issue differently than my fellow council members and was the lone vote against repeal. But as a council, on June 16, 2015, we decided to repeal the hydraulic fracturing ban.
Forward for the Win
The only reason we were ever able to stand up to the oil and gas industry and pass our hydraulic fracturing ban was because of the strength we developed as an open community. It is time now to reaffirm our commitment to protecting our health and regaining local control. We need to debate and test the many options we have going forward. But my sincere hope is that we do so with a spirit of civil public discourse. Let’s be strong. Let’s fight together. There is a lot on the line. We all have a common goal to be reached.
City leadership has made a commitment to develop a strategy to make our drilling ordinances as strong as possible in the aftermath of HB40, and to find a way to effectively challenge HB40’s encroachment on our local control. As part of this effort I have volunteered to help build coalitions with other Texas cities who are fighting the effects of HB40. I look forward to being an active player in this process by working alongside my fellow city leaders and citizens. WE ARE DENTON AND WE WILL WIN. PEOPLE COME FIRST.
I would like to express my gratitude and thanks to our community. After a tough week as a city leader I was afforded many opportunities to be reminded of why I love Denton so much. Saturday was a busy day but it recharged my batteries. I watched the youth of RYLA plant 48 trees for the city. I got to participate in Juneteenth festivities. The Community Market was hopping as usual. The Denton Air Show was breathtaking. Finally, the classic car show at Mr. Frosty could only be outdone by the grilled cheese, french-fries, and milkshakes served by Mr. Frosty. The entire day felt like a big hug from the city. I love you Denton!
ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS FOR COMMUNITIES GRANT
I am excited to share with you that the City of Denton has been awarded a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Wells Fargo 2015 Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant to construct a Nature Explore Classroom at the Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center. This classroom will be used to better connect pre-school and school aged children with nature. More than 450 grant applications were processed nationally and only 61 were funded. Denton is one of six grant recipients in the State of Texas. I would like to offer a special thanks to the City’s Sustainability Coordinator, Stephanie Corley, for her work to secure this grant.
THE CALENDAR WEEK AHEAD
- Monday June 22 –Prayer vigil for the victims of the shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina. 6:45PM St. James AME Church, 1107 East Oak Street, Denton.
- Tuesday June 23 – City Council Work Session – Agenda: http://legistar2.granicus.com/denton-tx/meetings/2015/6/1044_A_City_Council_15-06-23_Meeting_Agenda.pdf
- Wednesday June 24 – Guest reading for Super Hero Story Time at Emily Fowler Library 11:00AM
- Thursday June 25 – Celebrating Our Daily Bread’s 15th anniversary of serving the hungry and homeless of Denton County. ourdailybreaddenton.org
- Thursday June 25 – Denton Community Development Alliance meeting
- Friday June 26 – Mayor-City Council Business Breakfast with City of Denton Economic Development
TRAFFIC ALERT: The Texas Department of Transportation has advised us that US 380 (University Drive) will be closed between I-35 and Western Boulevard at the Kansas Railroad bridge nightly from 8:00PM to 6:30AM beginning June 22 through June 26.
Your humble representative,
Keely G. Briggs
Council Member – District 2