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The Friday Staff Report to City Council provides weekly updates between staff and Council, covering various developments. Highlights include the public availability of the Affordable Housing Strategic Toolkit Dashboard for progress tracking, the end of the 2023 mosquito season with no West Nile Virus cases, and infrastructure updates such as new poles on Morse Street for safety. Other significant items are Denton Municipal Electric’s latest “In the Loop” newsletter, a temporary closure of the Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center for staff training, updates on major transportation projects, Denton’s cost-of-living index rankings, educational videos from DTV, a Denton Police Department forensic analyst’s achievement, and an art exhibition at City Hall. Council Member Holland’s requests have led to ongoing repairs on Hobson Lane’s handrails and guardrails and the scheduled repair of an asphalt failure on Bonnie Brae Street, emphasizing the Council’s commitment to city infrastructure and safety.

General Information

Affordable Housing Strategic Toolkit Dashboard – The City Council adopted Denton’s Affordable Housing Strategic Toolkit in February 2022. A new dashboard to track progress and ensure transparency is now available to the public, updated quarterly under the City’s Strategic Plan Dashboard.

End of 2023 West Nile Virus Mosquito Season – The 2023 mosquito season in Denton has ended with no West Nile Virus (WNV) cases in mosquitoes or humans. The city remains at Risk Level Two (Enhanced Response) until the 2024 season begins in May.

Vegetation Management on Morse St. – New poles were installed by Denton Municipal Electric on Morse Street due to safety risks from heavy vegetation. Telecommunication companies have 30 days to relocate their lines to the new poles. The city ordinance requires these companies to manage vegetation around their lines.

In the Loop Newsletter – The latest edition of Denton Municipal Electric’s (DME) quarterly newsletter, “In the Loop,” is now available online, featuring DME projects, safety, achievements, and community events.

Animal Shelter Closure – The Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center will be closed on December 14 for staff training. Emergency services will be available through Police dispatch.

Monthly Mobility Report – Innovative Transportation Solutions provided a monthly report on major regional Texas Department of Transportation projects, details of which are in the attached ITS Monthly Mobility Report.

Third Quarter Cost-of-Living Index – Denton ranks 176th nationally and 22nd in Texas for cost of living, with lower costs in transportation, utilities, and healthcare. Housing costs are 4.5% higher than the national average.

DTV Video Highlights for November – DTV released several informative and educational videos, including a feature on an Olympic medal-winning Denton business owner, a burn week training for firefighters, and the Stoke Denton Pitch Competition.

Forensic Analyst Earns Latent Print Examiner License – Erin Gonzales became the 10th licensed Latent Print Examiner in Texas, putting Denton Police Department among the few agencies with such licensed professionals.

Tonya Littman Art Quilts at City Hall – A mini-exhibition of quilts by local artist Tonya Littman is on display at City Hall until February 2024, featuring a variety of subjects and sizes.

Council Member Requests

Damage to Guard/Handrails on Southbound Hobson Lane – Following a request by Council Member Holland on November 13, the damaged handrail and guardrail adjacent to Hobson Lane are being addressed. The hazardous handrail has been removed, and replacements for both the guardrail and handrails are on order. Concrete repair is scheduled to start the week of November 27.

Other VOD Stories

Bonnie Brae Street Repairs – Council Member Holland reported an asphalt failure on Bonnie Brae Street between Scripture Street and West Oak Street on November 27. The contractor has been informed and will conduct repairs under warranty. The repair work is set to start on November 29 and is expected to be completed by December 15.

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Upcoming Street Closures

Street/IntersectionFromToClosure Start DateClosure End DateDescription
Barcelona St NI-35 Service RdMesa Dr12/07/2312/12/23Atmos gas relocation
Matthew AveThistle Hill IntersectionAndrew Ave12/18/2301/12/24ADA Repair
Wind River LnComo Lake RdShoreline Dr12/11/2301/26/24Concrete Panel Repair

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