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The Friday Staff Report to City Council is a weekly communication between staff and Council. Denton Enterprise Airport reached an all-time high. Denton Fire Department will participate in “Fill the Boot”. Mobility Committee meeting overviewed major TXDOT projects. Whoa, a lot of events, Fall Twilight Series, Halloween Harvest, S’mores, and Stories, Movie in the Park: Hocus Pocus and others. Upcoming road closures for construction.
Denton Enterprise Airport reached an all-time high in September, with 20,217 takeoffs and landings.
Madison Rorschach, City Auditor, has been recognized as an emerging leader in the internal audit profession.
The Denton Fire Department will participate in “Fill the Boot” activities to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Association. The IAFF has been raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association since 1954. Individuals and local businesses can also support the firefighters by donating online at: https://filltheboot.donordrive.com/team/denton1291
The Mobility Committee meeting overviewed a report on several major regional Texas Department of Transportation projects.
The City of Denton hosted its annual National Night Out Kickoff Party at Wolff’s Park on September 27. For National Night Out, City staff visited 11 neighborhoods and participants included Police, Fire, Denton Municipal Electric, Denton Public Library, Sustainability, Solid Waste and Recycling, Animal Services, Internal Audit.
The North Lakes Recycling Center was temporarily closed while the North Lakes Tennis Center Parking lot was under construction. The HCC helps manage recyclable material to mitigate wait times at the scale house. The recycling center at the HCC saw an almost 100% increase in participation over landfill recycling traffic alone.
Hannah Hickman, a Pool Manager with the Parks and Recreation Department, was recognized as the national recipient of the 2022 Chris Stuart Emerging Leaders Scholarship.
Council Member Requests
The mayor pro tem of the city inquired about ordinances and policies regarding public-facing drinking fountains and bottle fillers.
- All businesses are required to provide water fountains, except for hotels and other residences. Existing businesses may not currently comply with newer building codes.
- A drinking fountain is not required for an occupant load of 15 or fewer.
- Restaurants that provide water in a container do not have to install drinking fountains.
- More International Building Codes (Section 2904) and Plumbing Codes (Chapter 4) in the full report
The Mayor of Denton, TX responded to a constituent’s inquiry about contributing content to the community newsletter. City staff will look into feasibility and use this as an opportunity to improve communication strategies with all residents.
The City of Denton is not able to apply for a grant from the Department of Energy to become a regional hydrogen hub because they do not operate any natural gas pipelines or distribution systems.
The City of Denton strives to provide reasonable accommodations for differently abled community members who want to serve on boards or commissions.
The City Council Member requested research on the location of plots located within Oakwood Cemetery for redevelopment purposes.
A constituent contacted Mayor Hudspeth about a potential apartment complex near Copper Canyon Road. The proposed development is in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Denton, but a part of it may cross into the 10′ strip along the border with Copper Canyon that is within the city limits.
Council Member Maguire has asked staff to look into drainage issues in the Carnegie Ridge neighborhood. The city performed clean-up and maintenance on an easement to ensure proper drainage. Residents near Ridgelea Court and Cedarhurst Court are concerned about increased runoff from new development. Staff is investigating.
The City of Denton is working with a contractor to ensure notices regarding the Southeast Denton Package A project are accurate and timely.
The school crossing guard program is operated through the police department’s Student Resource Officer (SRO) leadership team. A crossing guard has been hired for the intersection of University Drive and Malone Street.
The “No Right Turn on Red” sign was removed from Country Club Road, and the “No U-Turn” sign on southbound Fort Worth Drive was reinstalled.
The Quakertown Park has public restrooms that will soon have signage indicating their locations.
Council Member Davis asked about staff’s plans for mitigating stickers/grass burs in Joe Skiles Park. Staff advised that a pre-emergent is applied annually, but the lack of irrigation in the park impedes the ability to control the grass burs. Staff plans to design irrigation for the park and obtain quotes before discussing next steps.
Upcoming Community Events and Meetings
Kids’ & Teens’ Day Off – The Kids’ & Teens’ Day Off program provides a day of supervised fun for kids and teens. The $33 fee for Kids’ & Teens’ Day Off includes a day of fun, physical activity, and creativity. The Kids’ & Teens’ Day Off is a two-day event in October that includes field trips to the Museum of Illusions, a pumpkin patch, and local parks.
Fall Twilight Tunes Series – The Fall Twilight Tunes Series will continue through October 27 and will now take place at Wolff’s Park (108 Industrial Street).
Día De Los Muertos Celebration – The Parks and Recreation Department will host a Día De Los Muertos Celebration on October 15, which will feature a keynote speaker, various vendors, resources, and raffles.
Halloween Harvest, S’mores, and Stories – Denia Recreation Center will host a free community event on Saturday, October 15 that includes a costume contest, pumpkin carving contest, and best-decorated vehicle contest.
Fall into Gardening – A free Landscape Class will be held on October 20 to help people control plants in their lawn and landscape. RSVP online.
Energy Efficiency Tips and Tricks – Save money and learn how to save energy by joining us on October 22 at 10 a.m. RSVP online.
Community Tree Giveaway – The Community Tree Giveaway is a yearly event where 700 trees are distributed to Denton residents. Denton residents can register for a free tree from the city starting October 4.
Denton Animal Services Trunk or Treat – Denton Animal Services will be hosting a Trunk or Treat event on Thursday, October 20th from 6 pm-8 pm for all the Community to enjoy. View Flyer.
Howl-O-Ween Carnival & Haunted House – On October 22, the Martin Luther King Jr. Rec Center will host a carnival with games, face painting, bounce houses, and a costume contest. Come back from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to relive classic horror movies at our haunted house; guaranteed to have you screaming with fun! Entry is $5 per person.
Movie in the Park: Hocus Pocus – There will be a free Movie in the Park on October 28th where people can watch the Sanderson sisters come alive again. There is a costume contest at 6:30 p.m. with categories for spookiest, most creative, and best group or duo costumes.
Denton County Homeless Veterans Stand Down – The Denton County Veterans Coalition is hosting a stand-down event for veterans experiencing homelessness on October 27. View Flyer.
Recycling 101 – Join sustainability on November 15 for Recycling 101 to learn about what is and is not accepted in recycling. RSVP online to join Recycling 101 at 6 p.m. at Emily Fowler Library.
Wreaths Across America – Denton Parks and Recreation will host a National Wreaths Across America Day on December 17th. Wreaths Across America is a mission to remember, honor and teach the public about America’s veterans. To sponsor a wreath for the Wreaths Across America campaign, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/TX1167 by November 28th. PARD is also seeking volunteers to place wreaths on veteran headstones, organizations to serve as sponsors to solicit wreath donations, and individuals to donate wreaths. Oakwood Cemetery, which is owned and operated by the City of Denton, has 253 veteran graves.
Parents’ Night Out – Beginning January 2022, Parks and Recreation’s Recreational Care division will be bringing back Kid’s Rock, a monthly event where kids ages 5 to 11 can enjoy a night out while their parents enjoy the night off. The Denia Recreation Center will be hosting a Teen Night for ages 11 through 17, with a DJ and dance contests, as well as pizza and drinks.
Upcoming Street Closures
|Street/ Intersection||From||To||Closure Start Date||Closure End Date||Description|
|Brook Hollow St||Westview Trail||Crestmeadow St||10/24/22||11/04/22||Mill & Overlay|
|Clear River Ln||Montecito Dr||Rambling Brook Trl||10/24/22||11/23/22||Sidewalk Repair|
|Fairway Dr||Clubview Dr||Links Dr||10/17/22||11/04/22||Sidewalk Repair|
|Gardenview St||Evers Pkwy||Brooke St||11/07/22||11/18/22||Mill & Overlay|
|McKinney St||Elm St||Locust St||10/17/22||10/21/22||Wastewater Collections will be replacing a sanitary sewer manhole and wastewater main line.|
|Nottingham Dr||Churchill Dr||Devonshire Ct||10/17/22||11/04/22||Valley Gutter and Curb Repair|
|Oceanview Dr||Marina Dr||Intersection||10/24/22||11/11/22||Concrete Panel repair|
|Ruddell St||Ruddell St N (1526)||Ruddell St N (1528)||10/26/22||10/28/22||Wastewater Collections will be replacing two wastewater service lines.|
|Seven Oaks Ln||Rambling Brook Trl||Serenity Way||10/17/22||11/04/22||Street panels and Sidewalk repair|