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The Friday Staff Report to City Council provides weekly updates between staff and Council. Highlights include the completion of Bell Avenue road repairs, the launch of a lead and copper inventory project, and updates on City Council priorities. New cricket grounds are being introduced as part of a pilot project. Requests from council members were also addressed, covering topics such as on-site septic facilities, panhandling policies, and the Narcan initiative, along with responses to community concerns about construction and sidewalk safety.

General Information

Bell Avenue Repairs – The repairs on Bell Avenue, extending from Sycamore Street to Eagle Drive, were completed as of noon on Friday, April 26. The road is now fully open to traffic.

LCR Inventory Project Communications – Starting Monday, May 6, Water Utilities field crews will begin collecting service line inventory as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead and Copper Rule. This collection will continue through October. Residents can access more information through the City’s website, a detailed investigation letter, roadmap, and an explanatory video available on the City’s YouTube channel.

City Council Priorities Update – The City Manager’s Office has released an update on City Council priorities, highlighting progress as of the second quarter of the fiscal year. This update is detailed in an attached report and further tracked through the City’s Strategic Plan Dashboard using performance management software.

Monthly Mobility Report – Innovative Transportation Solutions has issued their monthly mobility report, detailing the progress of major regional projects managed by the Texas Department of Transportation. The full report is available for review in the attached ITS Monthly Mobility Report.

DTV Video Highlights for April – DTV has produced several videos this month that aim to educate and inform the community. Featured videos include tests on Denton’s waterways, a father and son experiencing the April 8th eclipse, and a visit by the Pleasant Hill Quilters to Tomas Rivera Elementary. These videos are broadcast on DTV and available on the City’s YouTube channel and other social media platforms.

New Cricket Grounds Pilot Project – The Parks and Recreation Department is opening two new cricket grounds at 4340 Country Club Rd. as a pilot project starting Saturday, May 4. These grounds will be shared by the Dallas Cricket League and the North Texas Cricket Association on weekends. The project aligns with recommendations from the Parks, Recreation, and Trails System Master Plan and plans are in place to start instructional cricket clinics by Fall 2024.

Council Member Requests

On-Site Septic Facilities (OSSF) – Council Member Meltzer addressed a resident’s concerns regarding OSSF regulations and the need for a variance on April 15. The City of Denton, as an authorized agent of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), issues permits and ensures that the plans submitted by sanitarians or engineers comply with both City and State requirements. These professionals are responsible for designing or building OSSF systems that adhere to the TCEQ’s regulations.

Panhandling Policies – Mayor Hudspeth responded to concerns about panhandling and unhoused individuals camping in front of businesses on April 23. The City staff provided an overview of Denton’s aggressive solicitation ordinance and initiatives related to homelessness and affordable housing, also directing how to report issues through the Engage Denton application.

Status on Narcan Initiative – Council Member Meltzer requested an update on April 23 about the Narcan initiative, which includes placing Narcan in city-monitored AED cabinets and developing training for staff. The Recovery Resource Council is collaborating to offer education and distribute materials at large city events.

King’s Way Construction Outside Work Hours – Mayor Pro Tem Beck dealt with a complaint about construction happening outside permitted hours in the King’s Way subdivision. The contractor has been issued a stop work order.

Sidewalk Repair Request – Council Member Holland forwarded a resident’s request on April 24 concerning a trip hazard on a sidewalk in the Ryan Ranch neighborhood. A field inspection confirmed the need for repairs, which are scheduled to begin within the next six weeks.

Other VOD Stories

The Reserve at Creekside Semi-Truck Route – Council Member Holland relayed a complaint on April 24 about semi-trucks driving through The Reserve at Creekside neighborhood. A stop work order has been issued, and a Notice to Proceed will be granted once the contractor complies with city ordinances.

Water Pressure Concerns for Business – On April 24, Mayor Hudspeth received a complaint from a business owner about inadequate water pressure. Investigations revealed that the water pressure at the location is above the TCEQ’s minimum requirement, currently at 56 psi.

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Upcoming Street Closures

Street/IntersectionFromToClosure Start DateClosure End DateDescription
Beall St (1400)Nicosia StHermalinda Dr05/06/2406/07/24Curb and Gutter Repair
Spencer RdLoop 288Mayhill Rd05/06/2406/12/24Adding 300 feet of Spencer Road
Wind River Ln @ ShorelineComo Lake DrEnchanted Lake Dr05/06/2406/07/24Concrete Panel Repair

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