Engage D2 2/15/16: Protect our Drinking Water; Renewable Denton Consultant; Teen Council; Sunday D2 Conversation at North Branch Library

Your city council convenes tomorrow at 12:00PM for a work session at city hall followed by a regular meeting of the city council at 6:30 PM in the Council Chamber at City Hall (215 E. McKinney). The agendas for both the work session and the regular meeting can be found here: http://legistar2.granicus.com/denton-tx/meetings/2016/2/1160_A_City_Council_16-02-16_Meeting_Agenda.pdf

ITEMS OF NOTE

Renewable Denton Plan: A few weeks ago council decided to take a step back and hire a third party consultant to review Denton Municipal Electric’s proposed Renewable Denton Plan. As a starting point for council’s discussion, our city manager has prepared a recommended scope for selection of this consultant, which you can read here. As we discuss this matter as a council, I will be working to give the proposed scope of work more grit and purpose. The purpose of hiring of a consultant to review the Renewable Denton Plan is not to procure a rubber stamp endorsement for the Renewable Denton Plan as it sits. Hiring this consultant is about understanding alternatives and the costs and benefits of each option so that we can feel confident that we are making the right decision. The City of Denton should hire at least one independent renewable energy consultant to:

  1. Recommend an alternative plan(s) to the Renewable Denton Plan that will meet council’s challenge to increase our renewable energy footprint up to 100% by 2030 while providing safe, reliable power in a way that does not drive increased rates; and to
  2. Critically review and recommend possible revisions to the current Renewable Denton Plan.
  3. Assess and account for the long and short range environmental impacts of each plan.
  4. This independent consultant should be selected by council and report their findings directly to council.

Natural Gas Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing Beneath Lake Lewisville: The United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) would like to auction off the mineral rights below Lake Lewisville for natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing.   Lake Lewisville is where the citizens of Denton and many neighboring communities source their drinking water. It makes absolutely zero sense to gamble with our drinking water. Both the Highland Village and the City of Dallas councils have passed resolutions stating opposition to this action by the BLM.   The Town of Flower Mound will likely follow step soon. Tomorrow night your city council will decide whether or not to empower Mayor Watts to file an official letter of protest with the BLM on behalf of the City of Denton.   I consider this an important symbolic action. It is important for the federal government to understand the scope of this region’s opposition to threats against the quality of our drinking water.   Further, you can individually express your concern – as I have done- directly to the BLM by sending your letters of protest before February 19, 2016 to:

Amy Leuders

Bureau of Land Management

New Mexico State Office

P.O. Box 27115

Santa Fe, NM 87502-0115

Teen Council – Encouraging our youth to be active participants within our community is a passion of mine. I am excited for council to receive a report from staff tomorrow on the possibility of the Denton Parks and Recreation Department launching the Denton Teen Council. You can read more about it here: https://denton-tx.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2570376&GUID=7F0F8068-4665-4BAA-B04A-68D815FBB3C3

District 2 Conversation Sunday, February 21, 2015 – This Sunday I will be at the North Branch Library between 2PM and 4PM. If you have questions, concerns, or ideas about or for Denton and District 2 please stop by and share them with me.   There is no agenda this month. Come and go at your convenience.   If you are unable to come by on Sunday you know that you can always reach me via email or phone and I will respond (my contact information is provided in the closing). Facebook invite is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1672595406337234/

 

Your humble representative,

Keely G. Briggs

Council Member – District 2
215 E. McKinney Street
Denton, TX 76201
Phone: (940) 453-8377
Email:  keely.briggs@cityofdenton.com
Email:  briggsfordenton@gmail.com
Web:  briggsfordenton.org

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