Summer is winding down and the council agenda is winding up. Some notes on the week ahead. Please let me know of any questions, concerns, or thoughts you may have.
Monday 9:00 – The Committee on the Environment There are two items of note on the agenda. First, we will continue our discussions toward updated tree preservation and landscape requirements. Second, and this is a big one, we will start working toward enhanced education and outreach programs on recycling in Denton. The contamination rates in our recycling are too high. It is imperative that our community do a better job of recycling and significantly reduce our contamination rates if we are going to continue to provide the level of service that we do. Click here for agenda and meeting information.
Monday 11:30 – City Council lunch work session. There are two items on the agenda for this work session. First, we will be working on nominations to fill openings on various boards and commissions. Second, we will receive a report, hold a discussion, and give staff direction regarding a proposed expedited competitive process for Professional Engineering services for the City’s public works infrastructure and the Capital Projects program. Click here for agenda and meeting information.
Tuesday 10:30- Committee on Citizen Engagement. The website, DTV, and other engagement initiatives will be discussed with staff. Click here for the agenda and meeting information.
Tuesday – City Council Work Session (2:00PM) and Regular City Council Meeting (6:30PM). Click here for the agenda and meeting information. Work Session: Among the items on the Tuesday work session agenda is to receive a report, hold a discussion and give staff direction regarding changes to the Downtown Reinvestment Grant Program’s funding source, policy, and procedures. I am in favor of keeping this beneficial program going and funding it through the Downtown Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) fund. I am in support of the recommendations to expand the Downtown Reinvestment Grant Program to help cover asbestos and mold abatement as well as the installation of fire suppression systems. We will also continue our discussion on the proposed budget for the upcoming financial year. Last week we received the City Manager’s detailed proposed budget (linked here).
Regular City Council Meeting: It is a fairly lite agenda as far as city council meetings go. I would like to highlight that there will be a resolution and presentation of appreciation for outgoing Police Chief Lee Howell. Chief Howell has served our community well. Please come out and let him know how much his work and years of service to our our community are appreciated. Also note that there will be four citizen reports given on homelessness (including support services and transitional housing).
Thursday 8:00 AM- Denton County Homelessness Leadership Team meeting at United Way. More on this team by clicking here.
Friday 11:00 AM – Development Code Review. This committee (Mayor Watts, Council-member Ryan, and myself) continue to dissect and review potential changes and updates to the Denton Development Code.
OTHER NEWS & NOTES
District 2 Conversation: Sunday, August 19th, 2:00 PM at the North Branch Library. Come and learn all about Community Improvement Services (CIS). Staff, process, codes and enforcement! Bring your questions, I know you have them!! Click here for the event invite.
Denton Parks and Recreation Community Meetings:
- New North Lakes Tennis Center: North Lakes Recreation Center, Aug. 9 at 6 PM Click here for more meeting information.
- Dog Park at North Lakes: North Lakes Recreation Center, Aug. 16 at 7 PM Click here for more meeting information.
Transportation Projects Update – We have some much needed improvements underway and on the calendar in the months ahead.
FY 2017-2018 Small Transportation Projects
- Old North at University Intersection Improvements: The design plans for this intersection were developed in-house and have been signed and sealed. City has submitted a permit application to TxDOT for review and approval of the proposed improvements at this intersection. TxDOT is expected to issue the permit next week. The City’s Street Department will perform the construction, which is scheduled to begin mid- August 2018. It is anticipated that construction and striping will take approximately two weeks.
- Dallas at Teasley Intersection Improvements: The design plans for this intersection were developed by Binkley & Barfield, and have been signed and sealed. City has submitted a permit application to TxDOT for review and approval of the proposed improvements at this intersection. The TxDOT review and approval of the permit is expected to take approximately three weeks. Jagoe Public (currently under contract with the City) is scheduled to begin construction early September 2018.
- Bell Avenue at McKinney Intersection Improvements: The design plans for this intersection are being developed by Wade Trim, and are 50% complete. The consultant will submit 90% design plan for City review on August 17, 2018. Plans should be finalized September 7, 2018. The engineering department is working closely with the street department to schedule this project for construction as soon as the design is completed.
- Hickory Creek at Country Club Intersection Improvements: The design plans for this intersection are being developed by Bridgefarmer & Associates and are approximately 50% complete. Final plans will be ready September 13, 2018. A TxDOT permit will be required for this project which may require two to three additional weeks. The engineering department is working closely with the street department to schedule this project for construction as soon as the design is completed.
- Colorado Boulevard at Loop 288 Intersection Improvements: The design plans for this intersection are being developed by Dannenbaum and are approximately 30% complete. Closure of the northbound left- hand-turn lane into Golden Triangle mall is being examined. The City has met with the management and ownership of the mall to discuss options. The alternate entrance was discussed with TxDOT and they are not opposed to this option. A meeting with the bank is going to be set up to discuss these modifications. The engineering department is working closely with the street department to schedule this project for construction as soon as the design is completed.
- Carroll Boulevard at Sherman Drive Intersection Improvements: The design plans for this intersection are being developed by HDR. The design kickoff meeting occurred on July 23, 2018. This project involves right-of-way take from the gas station at the southeast corner of this intersection. Updated design schedule should be available next week. The engineering department is working closely with the street department to schedule this project for construction as soon as the design is completed.
FY 2018-2019 Small Transportation Projects – The City Council reviewed the supplemental budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-2019 on August 2. The supplemental budget included funding for the second round of Small Transportation Projects. The table below lists the capacity enhancements that will be funded through this program in FY 2018-2019 with construction estimated to begin May thru July of 2019:
- University Dr./Nottingham. Add left turn lanes (north-south)
- Loop 288/McKinney. Add right turn lanes in the north-south direction
- Sherman/Loop 288. Align through lanes by widening Sherman Drive
- McKinney/Woodrow Ln. Add westbound right turn lane
- Hercules/Locust. Add left turn lanes in all direction
- Long Road/Stuart Road. Improve intersection sight distance (safety) by realigning the westbound approach
That is all for now. As always, please let me know what questions, comments, and ideas you have to continually improve our community.
Your humble representative,
Keely G. Briggs
Denton City Council – District 2