Engage D2: June 11, 2018 (meetings, agendas, events)

Engage D2 – June 11, 2018

Here is a look at my week ahead…

Tuesday, June 12
Council Work Session and a Special Called Meeting

You can review the agenda here:  http://legistar2.granicus.com/denton-tx/meetings/2018/6/1528_A_City_Council_18-06-12_Meeting_Agenda.pdf

It is budget season and we will continue to receive presentations from departments regarding their proposed budgets.  We will also get our first look at the proposed overall budget.  We are still very early in the budget process.  Of note, we will have a discussion on our homestead exemption.  Right now our homestead exemption is set at $5,000.  I would like to see us work together to increase that exemption to $10,000 in order to bring some additional relief to our homeowners.  An increase in this exemption will require some hard evaluation of our overall budget in order to offset the revenue loss without reducing services.   But I am hopeful that we can find a way to work together to make increasing this exemption a viable option.

Wednesday, June 13
Economic Development Partnership Board Meeting
You can review the agenda here:  http://legistar2.granicus.com/denton-tx/meetings/2018/6/1591_A_Economic_Development_Partnership_Board_18-06-13_Meeting_Agenda.pdf

Committee on the Environment 
You can review the agenda here:  http://legistar2.granicus.com/denton-tx/meetings/2018/6/1726_A_Committee_on_the_Environment_18-06-13_Meeting_Agenda.pdf

We will be discussing the use of the Tree Fund to plant and maintain roughly 69 trees along a stretch of Fort Worth Drive between I-35 and Country Club Road.    At this point I have more questions than answers on this potential project – especially on expenses for irrigation and maintenance going forward.   I am for increasing our tree canopy, but I want to be selective and targeted in how we utilize the funds in order to maximize their positive impact.  The committee will discuss and make a recommendation for future council consideration.

Thursday, June 14
Denton County Homeless Leadership Team – 8AM
You can learn more about this team here: https://www.unitedwaydenton.org/DCHLT

Denton Hunger Coalition Meeting – Speaking on food insecurity. – 10AM
Learn more about this community organization here:  https://www.servedenton.org/events/2017/7/13/denton-hunger-coalition-nj9eh-kjybn

Keep Denton Beautiful Ribbon Cutting – 5:30PM at the Civic Center for our new cigarette butt receptacles.

Friday, June 15 
Lunch with the Chamber of Commerce.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Council – 6PM
You can learn more about RYLA here: https://rotary5790.org/sitepage/ryla-1
I look forward to interacting with these young leaders and assisting with their mock city               council meeting.

Saturday, June 16
Election day for the Place 5 At-large council seat.
Info on the election and polling times here:  https://www.cityofdenton.com/en-us/residents/make-a-difference/vote

Juneteenth Parade and Events.  
You can learn more details here: http://www.juneteenthdentontx.org/parade/

The parade starts at noon.  This is always a positive and fun celebration I look forward to it each year and hope to see you there.

Following up on last month’s D2 Conversation on roads in Denton (you can look at the presentation slides here: https://www.facebook.com/BriggsForDenton/photos/pcb.1638769816171671/740043452786034/?type=3&theater), I wanted to share this Overall Conditions Index map of our community’s roads.  The red streets and street segments in these maps show our worst scoring roads.  As we learned in the D2 Conversation, we have a lot of work to do on these roads.

NOTE: There will not be a District 2 Conversation this month, as it would fall on Father’s Day.   We will resume the conversation in July, with details coming soon.

It’s a busy week!  Please let me know if there are any questions related to agenda items for the meetings.   As always… if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas to improve our community please let me here from you.

Your humble representative,

Keely G. Briggs
Denton City Council – District 2