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The Friday Staff Report to City Council provides weekly updates between staff and Council. This week’s report covers election results, nominations for the Special Citizens Bond Advisory Committee, a virtual community meeting for the Avondale Park Streambank Restoration project, National Preservation Month events, the TxSWANA Road-E-O, and Capacity Building Grants for nonprofits. Council Member Requests include concerns about arena construction, property rights inquiries, and drainage channel maintenance responsibilities. Upcoming community events feature spring kayaking, the Ellen Frenkel Quakertown Quilt Talk, Garden Workdays at Denia Wildflower Garden, a Cemetery Conservation Workshop, and a Night Hike at Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center.

General Information

The City will canvass May 2023 election results on May 16 at 12:30 p.m. in a special meeting, including oaths of office and election of Mayor Pro Tern. A reception follows from 1-2 p.m. at the Civic Center, with the regular work session at 2 p.m. featuring new Council members.

Nominations are open for the Special Citizens Bond Advisory Committee (SCBAC), with 28 positions nominated by Council Members and 12 by the Bond Oversight Committee. All nominations require City Council ratification, and the Council will appoint the Committee chair and chair pro tem. City residency is required, and SCBAC members can serve on other boards except for Planning and Zoning. Appointments are anticipated for the May 16 Council meeting.

The City will hold a virtual community meeting on May 4 at 6 p.m. for the Avondale Park Streambank Restoration project, focusing on erosion control for Cooper Creek. Registration is available on the Community Input Meetings page.

National Preservation Month is celebrated in May, promoting historic places and heritage tourism. Denton Revealed, a collaboration between the City of Denton, Denton Public Library, and Denton County Office of History and Culture, features tours, lectures, and workshops throughout the month. For event details, visit the Denton Revealed events page.

The City of Denton Solid Waste and Recycling hosted the TxSWANA Road-E-O on April 21-22, 2023, showcasing operator expertise in trucks, landfill, and mechanics. 81 competitors from various Texas municipalities participated in 11 events, with seven Denton staff members placing in six events.

The City of Denton allocated $1,146,000 from the American Rescue Plan’s State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds for Capacity Building Grants for nonprofits affected by COVID-19. The grant aims to improve strategies, competencies, and efficiencies in nonprofit organizations. Applicants must attend a virtual training on May 10, present to the Community Services Advisory Committee on June 9, and submit applications between April 28 and May 28. Visit the Community Services page for details and requirements.

Council Member Requests

Council Member Davis raised concerns about a potential arena construction on Mission Street. Staff conducted site visits and found no structures, only horses, and instructed the homeowner to halt work and apply for a grading permit. Follow-up inspections revealed no changes since the initial report.

Mayor Hudspeth requested assistance with a property rights inquiry involving mobile home park tenants being asked to remove air conditioning units. Staff advised tenants to seek legal counsel regarding lease agreements and covenants, and mentioned the Homeowner Repair Assistance program for those who may need help with minor repairs affecting health and safety.

Council Member Davis inquired about maintenance responsibilities for a drainage channel and removing a Spectrum terminal facility on a homeowner’s property. Landscaping is typically the property owner’s responsibility, while the City inspects channels annually for maintenance needs. Charter is evaluating the terminal’s re-route design to determine if it can be removed.

Upcoming Community Events

Spring Kayaking – Kayak trips have returned! Kayaking trips are scheduled for Saturday, May 27 (ages 5+), Friday, May 5 (50+), and Saturday, May 27 (ages 5+). Children between the ages of 5 and eleven must share a kayak with an adult, while those 12 and up can use a single kayak. The cost of the program is $25 for a single kayak and $50 for a tandem kayak. Registration is available online.

Ellen Frenkel Quakertown Quilt Talk – City of Denton Public Library will host Ellen Frenkel, a local artist who constructed a quilt portraying the history of Quakertown and the displacement of its residents. The event, called “Maps and Stories to Make a Quilt: The 1922 Displacement of the Town of Quaker in Denton, Texas,” will take place at Emily Fowler Library on May 2 from 7 to p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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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 gardening techniques from the experts! The next gardening event will be on Saturday, May 6 from 9 to 11 a.m. Those interested can register using Parks and Recreation’s new volunteer portal.

Cemetery Conservation Workshop – Join City of Denton Parks and Recreation, Denton Public Library, and the City’s Office of Historic Preservation on Saturday, May 13 to learn more about cemetery conservation. The event begins at 10 a.m. at the American Legion Hall (629 Lakey St). Christopher Goodmaster, Senior Archaeologist at Integrated Environmental Solutions, LLC, will provide a brief introduction to historic cemetery research, documentation, preservation, and restoration techniques. Attendees should wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat, as the second half of the session will take place at Oakwood Cemetery. The event is free to attend, but registration is required online.

Night Hike at Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center – Join staff on an organized evening hike that provides community members, regardless of hiking experience, an opportunity to experience Clear Creek Natural Heritage Area’s (3310 Collins Rd.) trails showcasing the natural environment at sunset. The next hike will be held Friday, May 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration is available online.

Upcoming Street Closures

Street/IntersectionFromToClosure Start DateClosure End DateDescription
Carroll Blvd SB Oak StParkwayOak St W05/08/2308/14/23Concrete Panel Repair
Ottawa Dr
Mounts AveFulton St05/08/2306/20/23Wastewater Collections will be installing a new Wastewater sewer main lines and services.
Great Bear LnWind River Ln05/15/2306/23/23Street Panel and Sidewalk Repair

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