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The Friday Staff Report to City Council provides weekly updates between staff and Council, highlighting key developments. The Denton Central Appraisal District has finalized its Board of Directors for the 2024 tax year, with their first meeting soon approaching. Meanwhile, the City bids farewell to Becky Diviney as she transitions to a new role in Rowlett, and a search for a new City Engineer is in progress. The Denton Police Department marks its 150th anniversary with unique commemorative coins. The City has compiled a summary of recent litigation fees and conducted a road safety assessment for Hobson Lane bridge, planning necessary upgrades. The Hunter Ranch and Cole Ranch Municipal Management Districts’ Fiscal Impact Analysis was revisited, and concerns about a local encampment are being addressed, with further updates to be provided.

General Information

DCAD Board of Directors Vote – The Denton Central Appraisal District has announced its Board of Directors for the 2024 tax year. The board comprises Roy Atwood, Charles Stafford, Alex Buck, David Terre, and Ann Pomykal. Their first meeting is scheduled for January 18, 2024, where they will be officially sworn in and select officers.

Becky Diviney Farewell – Becky Diviney is leaving her current role to become the Assistant City Manager in Rowlett. The City Manager’s Office recognizes her contributions in various capacities and extends best wishes for her future. The process to fill the City Engineer position is in progress.

Denton PD 150th Anniversary Challenge Coins – In celebration of its 150th anniversary, the Denton Police Department is issuing special challenge coins to its members. The coin, which reflects the department’s history, was designed by Officer Ryan Grelle and Crime Analyst Chris Womack as part of a 2019 redesign project for the department’s badge and patch.

Council Member Requests

City Attorney Fees – In response to Council Member McGee’s request, the City has provided a summary of litigation fees for outside counsel over the past two fiscal years, including the first quarter of FY 23-24. The detailed financial information is available in the attached documents.

Hobson Lane Bridge Assessment – Following Council Member Holland’s request, a road safety assessment was conducted on the Hobson Lane bridge. The audit highlighted the need for retroreflective striping, improved signage, ADA compliance enhancements, and better street lighting. Upgrades are planned subject to budget availability.

Hunter Ranch and Cole Ranch Fiscal Impact Analysis – Information regarding the Fiscal Impact Analysis for the Hunter Ranch and Cole Ranch Municipal Management Districts, conducted in 2020, was revisited during the December 12 Council Meeting. The details from the April 7, 2020 Council Meeting have been attached for reference.

Encampment Concerns Near Bray Village Drive – A resident’s concerns about an encampment near Bray Village Drive, citing health and safety issues, have prompted action. The Homeless Outreach Team is addressing the situation in collaboration with the property owner, with an update and timeline for resolution to be provided in an upcoming Friday Report.

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Upcoming Street Closures

Street/IntersectionFromToClosure Start DateClosure End DateDescription
Brook Lake (5900) Trailside DrTrailside DrAt Intersection01/22/2402/16/24ADA Sidewalk Repair
Chittamwood CtDesert WillowDesert Willow Cul V Sac01/02/2402/02/24Concrete Panel and Sidewalk Repair
Seven Oaks LnSwan Park DrHarvest Moon Trl01/15/2402/23/24Concrete Sidewalk Repair
Spring Valley DrTwilight DrMorningside Dr01/08/2402/16/24Concrete Curb and Gutter Repair
Wind River LnUnion Lake BlvdComo Lake Rd01/15/2402/02/24Concrete Sidewalk Repair

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