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The Friday Staff Report to City Council is a weekly communication between staff and Council. Updates on municipal court judge positions, the Monthly Mobility Report, the Ryan High School solar system project, and resolutions to resident concerns regarding drainage easements and unburied fiber lines. In addition, permitting processes are being accelerated, and various projects and infrastructure improvements are underway. Denton offers a variety of exciting events, such as Ellen Frenkel’s Quilt Talk, the Teen Twilight Egg Hunt, Easter Eggstravaganza, College and Career Fair, Parks and Recreation Hiring Fair, Kids Rock: The Return, and Garden Workdays at Denia Wildflower Garden. These events provide opportunities for fun, learning, and community involvement for all ages.

General Information

The City is seeking to add up to three Alternate Municipal Court Judges to improve scheduling flexibility. These judges will assist Judge Atkinson with dockets and evening jail arraignments alongside the existing three alternates. Candidates will be interviewed by Judge Atkinson and submitted to City Council for approval.

Innovative Transportation Solutions (ITS) produces a monthly report on major regional TxDOT projects in Texas. The March 2023 report is available for review, providing an overview of these significant initiatives.

Ryan High School’s astronomy class designed a 1:1 billion scale solar system model in Denton, with the 4.9 ft diameter sun at the Courthouse on the Square and planets within 3.3 miles. The project promotes understanding of planetary sizes and distances from the sun, and includes North Lakes Disc Golf Course as a host. More information is available on the project page.

Council Member Requests

Council Member Davis addressed a resident’s concerns about weed eating in a drainage easement behind their fence line. The easement, containing a drainage flume and sloped embankments, requires maintenance for stability and visibility. Staff agreed to provide signs to guide landscaping crews, preventing damage to the resident’s plantings while still maintaining the easement.

Mayor Pro Tern Beck raised a resident’s concern about a hazardous unburied fiber line on a sidewalk. Charter/Spectrum obtained a right of way permit on March 23, and planned to bury the line between March 28 and March 31, weather permitting. City of Denton staff will inspect the completed work and close the permit accordingly.

Mayor Hudspeth discussed a resident’s inquiry about a metal plate on Morse Street. The plate covers a wastewater service repair area, allowing traffic to continue. SED-A’s contractor will mill and repave the area after completing work on Mill Street’s west side, with an estimated completion in late April/early May, weather permitting.

Council Member Davis addressed a permit applicant’s question about expediting the process. Development Services held a pre-application conference on January 18, 2023, received an application on March 29, and aims to accelerate reviews. The Denton Development Code mandates staff approval of a Zoning Compliance Plan and Civil Engineering Plans before issuing a Building Permit, and staff will assist the applicant throughout the process.

Upcoming Community Events and Meetings

Ellen Frenkel Quilt Talk – Local historian and quilt artisan, Ellen Frenkel will present her quilt “The 1922 Displacement of the Town of Quaker in Denton, TX” at 6:45 p.m. on April 5 at the monthly meeting of the Visual Arts Society of Texas held at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center (400 E. Hickory). The meeting is open to the public, but non-members are asked to pay a $5 guest fee. Frenkel’s quilt was inspired by her encounter with Quakertown history. With the knowledge gained from her research and her conversations with other local historians, Ms. Frenkel created this powerful memorial to Quaker. The quilt includes a map of Quakertown, a list of Quakertown residents from the 1920 Census, and arrows demonstrating the directions of the Quaker diaspora.

Teen Twilight Egg Hunt – Denia Recreation Center (1000 Parvin St) is hosting a Teen Twilight Egg Hunt on April 6 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The event includes outdoor games, food trucks, and more. Registration for the hunt begins at 7:45 p.m. and the outside hunt begins at 8 p.m. or sunset. Teens need to bring a flashlight and basket or bucket to participate. The event is free to attend, and more information can be found on the event page online.

Easter Eggstravaganza – Denton Parks and Recreation will host its annual Easter Eggstravaganza and Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. – noon. The family-friendly event will feature bounce houses, food trucks, arts and crafts, face painting, balloon twisting, a petting zoo, free photos with the Easter Bunny, and over 40,000 eggs! his free event is hosted at the Denton Civic Center and Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St. For more info visit www.cityofdenton.com/easter.

College and Career Fair – The Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center (1300 Wilson St.) is hosting a College and Career Fair on April 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. The fair provides attendees with an opportunity to learn from local employers, community organizations, and colleges. Learn how to navigate the process of applying for college using the Texas Common Application and discover possible funding avenues through Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The event is free and open for all to attend.

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Parks and Recreation Hiring Fair – The Parks and Recreation Department is hiring! To learn more, speak to departmental staff, and apply/interview on-site, visit the Denton Civic Center (321 E. McKinney) on April 12 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is open to the public. Parks and Recreation is looking to fill permanent and seasonal positions, many of which offer work schedule flexibility. Parks and Recreation salaries start at $15 an hour. For more information on City of Denton jobs, visit www.dentonjobs.com.

Kids Rock: The Return – Kids Rock has returned, and young Denton residents are having a blast! Each month, kids enjoy a night out while parents enjoy the night off. The program runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Experienced staff plan each month around a unique theme, then create play stations that include games and activities, mini-sports tournaments, unique inflatable fun, ping-pong, video games on a large screen, and a DJ with dance contests! Two slices of pizza and a drink are included for attendees. Staff also sell additional concessions and glow products. Preregistration is required and can be completed online. The cost is $25 per child, with a $5 late fee if registering the day of, after 5 p.m., with an upcoming program on April 21.

Garden Workdays at Denia Wildflower Garden – Join Keep Denton Beautiful for monthly garden workdays at the Denia Wildflower Garden, located in front of Denia Recreation Center (1001 Parvin St.). Get ready to dig in the dirt and learn proper garden maintenance techniques with our garden experts. Tasks vary but frequently involve weeding, cutting back plants, and picking up plant debris and litter. The volunteer opportunity is free to attend but does require registration through the park’s event calendar page. Upcoming workdays are scheduled for April 15, and May 6.

Upcoming Street Closures

Street/IntersectionFromToClosure StartClosure EndDescription
Clubhouse DrTuscan Hills CirPaint Dr04/17/2305/19/23Street Panel and Sidewalk Repair
Oak StMounts AveFulton St04/18/2305/31/23Wastewater sewer main lines/services
Oak StThomas StBonnie Brae St04/10/2304/14/23Installing screen walls at substation
Ottawa DrGreat Bear LnWind River Ln04/17/2305/19/23Street Panel and Sidewalk Repair

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