Engage D2 (February 5, 2017): Libraries, Trees, Council Meeting, & the District 2 Conversation

Libraries, Trees, Council Agenda, & the District 2 Conversation

In the week ahead there will be an annual report from the Denton Public Library,  a long awaited tree preservation code discussion by the environmental committee, and a work session and regular council session on Tuesday.  Don’t forget to mark your calendar for February’s District 2 Conversation!  Details and links below…

In your service,
Keely G. Briggs
Denton City Council Member – District 2

Council Work Session: Annual Report  & Strategic Plan From DPL
Monday, February 6, 2017 at 11:30
Meeting Room at the South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane

Council will receive a report, hold a discussion, and give staff direction regarding the Denton Public Library’s annual report for FY 2015-2016, the new 2017-2020 Strategic Plan, and the future direction of library operations for the City of Denton.

Link to this work session’s agenda and backup reports HERE.

As a supporter and longtime patron of our public libraries I look forward to this discussion.  Our library system provides an incredible level of service to our community and is leading the way as an example of what a library should be in the digital age.  Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the annual report or the strategic plan.

Performance Stats on DPL Last Year:

  • Items Checked Out: 1,201,378
  • Library Visits: 522,592
  • Attendance at Classes and Events: 49,530
  • Items in Collection: 275,316
  • Web Access: 103,061
  • Questions Answered: 37,406
  • Volunteer Hours: 9,247
  • New Card Holders: 9,201
  • Summer Reading Club Sign-Ups: 7,037

Council Work Session & Regular Council Meeting
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at City Hall, 215 E. McKinney Street
Open to the public:

  • 11:30 a.m. in the Council Work Session Room
  • 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers

Agenda and backup materials HERE.  Please let me know if there are any items that you would like clarified or to discuss.

Committee on the Environment
Monday, February 6, 2017 at 1:30
City Council Work Session Room at City Hall, 215 E. McKinney Street

The big item for this committee to discuss this week is tree preservation.  We will be discussing and refining recommendations which will eventually make their way to the rest of council for consideration and adoption into our development code.  The aim is to clarify the existing tree preservation code and guidelines, more clearly define tree protections, mitigation requirements, and to close some loopholes that currently exist.  The one thing I would like to ensure before these recommendations are finalized is that the responsibility and power to grant variances to the tree preservation code remain in the hands of the city council.
Link to this committee meeting agenda and backup reports HERE.

Getting our tree preservation ordinance clarified and strengthened has been a cornerstone issue for me and I am glad to see that we are making headway.  It is a process.  Our staff has done a really good job of getting citizen and stakeholder input on this topic.  Our aim should be to protect, preserve, reinforce, and replenish our tree canopy as our city moves forward.  Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or input on this matter.  More details to come as we get closer to full council discussion and consideration of recommendations.

Facts About Denton Trees

  • Recent tree study estimates 3.5 Million trees are rooted in our city
  • Our trees have a structural value of over $2 Billion
  • Our trees provide $70 Million per year in environmental value to the city


February’s District 2 Conversation will be an update on the State of Mental Health Services in Denton County. Chief Lee Howell of DPD and Phyllis Finley, Community Liaison of Denton County MHMR will provide an overview of the Denton County Behavioral Health Leadership Team and their progress toward coordinated system changes to improve care for behavioral health clients.

I host the monthly District 2 Conversation to increase citizen engagement and broaden awareness of community matters in Denton.

Facebook Event Invite HERE.  Please mark your calendars and attend… it is time well spent.