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From the Nov. 10th  “Friday Staff Reports to City Council”

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The Friday Staff Report to City Council is a weekly communication between staff and Council. State of the City Nov. 17th. List of warming stations in the city. Application for grants for businesses affected by Covid. Upcoming Thanksgiving Luncheon and and road closures.

General Information

In observance of Veteran’s Day, the City of Denton will be closed on Friday, Nov. 11.

The City of Denton is hosting a State of the City event on Nov. 17 to share major milestones from the past year and key priorities for the future. The city of Denton will be hosting a public event at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center.

The Board of Ethics has developed a dashboard to track all proposals to amend the City’s Ethics Ordinance.

The City of Denton and DTV station won six programming awards from the Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. All videos aired on DTV, were shared via social media channels, and are available on the City’s YouTube channel.

The State of Texas has opened the application period for the Texas Travel Industry Recovery Grant Program (TTIR) which offers one-time reimbursement grants of up to $20,000 for businesses that were negatively impacted by COVID-19.

The City has compiled a list of warming stations for the winter season, which can be found online or at various community partners.

A community service project between the Denton Teen Council and the Denton Senior Center provides one-on-one help to seniors with their technology questions. Sessions for people who need help with technology are held on the first Tuesday of every month.

Council Member Requests

Mayor Hudspeth has requested staff and consultants to provide information on the HELPER Act, which would establish a Federal Housing Administration mortgage assistance program for law enforcement officers, firefighters, elementary and secondary school teachers, and other first responders. Staff will send a letter of support to our congressional delegation regarding this legislation.

Council Member Byrd inquired about changing the due date for utility bills, but it is not possible since the dates are determined by the read and bill dates. There are two options for customers who need more payment date flexibility, Budget billing & Pay-As-You-Go.

The City Council Member Byrd inquired about the status of the underbrush that was cleared from property owned by DME between Spencer Road and the DCTA Trail. Parks and Recreation can’t clear the land internally because of staff shortages and will need to wait for other departments to help.

The mayor’s office staff contacted an individual about their concerns regarding a home’s occupancy limits, which the owner confirmed they would open as a senior group home.

Other VOD Stories

The City owns and operates two cemeteries – Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F) and Oakwood – where they sell plots and mark gravesites prior to funeral services. Funeral homes will typically be used to conduct business for immediate burial needs, but the City is dedicated to accommodating the needs of both grieving families and funeral home businesses.

A council member requested that staff provide notices to residents residing on narrow streets regarding when their trash or recycling carts may be placed on the curb. Residents have the right to put carts at the curb for trash collection no earlier than 6 p.m. the evening prior to collection day and no later than 8 a.m. the day following.

A large amount of trash and debris was located on Audra Lane, and the Parks and Recreation Department cleaned it up the same day.

Upcoming Community Events and Meetings

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.

American Legion Hall Senior Center Thanksgiving Luncheon – The American Legion Hall Senior Center will host a Thanksgiving Luncheon for the 50+ community on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 12 – 2 p.m. Senior citizens can attend a free luncheon, and also have the opportunity to win door prizes and visit vendors.

Yappy Hour at North Lakes Park – There will be a pet-friendly event at North Lakes Park on Nov. 18 where food trucks will sell food and treats for both humans and pets.

Upcoming Street Closures

Street/ IntersectionFromToClosure Start DateClosure End DateDescription
Park Access Rd (Off Bonnie Brae)Windsor DrRiney Rd11/15/2207/31/23Urbana Bonnie Brae Project: Water, Sewer, Storm, Paving.
Wayne StBoydMonzingo11/14/2201/06/23Street Reconstruction

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