Engage D2 4/29/18: Voting, Ethics Ordinance, Let’s Be Good to Each Other

An audio version of this post is available here: https://soundcloud.com/user-950591845/engage-d2-april-29-2018

I hope you have had a wonderful weekend and had a chance to enjoy some of this wonderful weather while out at the Arts and Jazz Fest. Just a heads up stay weather aware. You know how our spring weather can be here in Denton and it looks like we could have some thunderstorms in the week ahead.

GO VOTE THIS WEEK: Local elections are the most important elections. Each May we have the opportunity to elect our representatives to the City Council and School Board. There have been several candidate forums, newspaper articles, blogs, and podcasts highlighting the candidates and the issues… a Google search can point you to those resources.  The League of Women Voters 2018 Voters guide is a good non-biased resource to get you started in your research on candidates and can be found at http://www.lwvdenton.org/Voters_Guide/Voters_Guide_May_2018.pdf

Early voting continues this Monday and Tuesday from 7AM to 7PM at two locations here in the city:

  • Denton Civic Center at 321 East McKinney
  • Denton County Elections Administration at 701 Kimberly Drive

The regular election will be next Saturday May 5th. Please be aware that we recently worked to add more polling locations across the city and your traditional polling place may have changed. I urge you to look up your polling place before heading out to vote on Saturday. You can look that up at https://www.votedenton.com/election-day-polling-locations/

CITY COUNCIL THIS WEEK: On Tuesday your City Council will meet for a work session and then a regular evening session in Council Chambers at City Hall. These are public meetings and you can live stream them as well. To review our upcoming agenda go to the Agendas and Minutes page at http://www.cityofdenton.com/en-us/government/open/agendas-minutes . This same also has a live stream option during City Council work sessions and regular meetings.

The item of note on the agenda this week is the Ethics Ordinance. This will be the third week that this item has been on the agenda for us to take action on. I think that this week Council should be fully prepared to hear final input from the public, work out any remaining concerns, and vote to put this ordinance into our City Code. We have had a citizen charter review committee work to develop the parameters of the ordinance with public input, we have had a city-wide election on the item, we have had a consultant work with us through the development of this ordinance, and we have had several rounds of public review, input, and discussion leading up to now. It is time for the City Council to finalize this ethics ordinance and put it into effect. You can review the proposed ethics ordinance and provide feedback at: https://www.cityofdenton.com/en-us/government/open/ethics-ordinance-development

I urge you to leave feedback there for all of council. I also remind you that you can reach me directly via email at Keely.Briggs@cityofdenton.com or by calling me at (940) 453- 8377.

LOOKING AHEAD: The next District 2 Conversation will be on Sunday, May 20th at the North Branch Library. I am working to finalize our agenda and topic. I should have more details for you next week.

ON A FINAL NOTE: Politics gets ugly unfortunately. Let’s all remember that this is a community. We don’t all have to agree or get along. But we do all live in the same community. Let’s please go out of our way to treat each other with respect and civility.

That is all for now. As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU.

Yours in service,

Keely G. Briggs

Denton City Council – District 2


(940) 453- 8377