Insight Denton: Excess trash disposal

My neighbor used their recycle bin to put out their excess holiday trash alongside their trash bin. Is that allowed?

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Is the trail around Unicorn Lake open to the public? Why are the lights suddenly not working?

Julian Gill

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I have some clothes to donate, but I want to give them to a charity that passes on the clothes to people who need them. Is there a place that does this?

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I drive an older car and use my phone for navigation. What do I do if Denton bans using devices while driving?

Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe

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Does the city require I clean up after my dog?

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What happens when you cast a ballot electronically in Denton County? Is my vote safe?

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Am I allowed to shoot the squirrels that get in my attic?

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What stores are open, or planning to open, at Rayzor Ranch Town Center?

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Why aren’t the city’s GreenSense rebates restricted to families that need the help lowering their

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Is it OK for a community or church group to make sandwiches and deliver them to the homeless?

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How do traffic lights detect cars and motorcycles, and why can’t they seem to detect bicyclists?

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Why are the crosswalk signals delayed around the Square? Some people seem to think they aren’t working and step out into traffic.

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Why are there so many Union Pacific trucks and workers downtown? Are they finally cleaning up the rail yard?

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What is an “affordable” property for Denton-area homeless?

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Some mighty oak trees have fallen around town this year. What’s going on?

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Do I need to get a city permit in order to have a garage sale?

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Work crews appear to be demolishing new concrete and decking for the Interstate 35E bridge at Dallas Drive. What happened and when will it reopen?

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If a coyote comes in my backyard, am I allowed to shoot it?

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Mingo Road washed out more than a year ago. When will it be repaired?

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Why is the McKenna Park water tower covered?

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Do Denton drivers get tickets for failing to yield to pedestrians?

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There’s a new, lighted crosswalk at Oakland and East McKinney streets. Will the crosswalk in front of the main post office be eliminated?

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The dying tree in our yard has a beehive inside. Is there a way to relocate the bees safely?

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Some poles with unusual electronic fixtures went up on busy Denton streets this week. What do they do?

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A caller claimed I was being sued and gave me the lawsuit number. Is that how that works?

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What happens if I call the city for mosquitoes in my neighbor’s yard?

Does everyone in Denton get their electricity from Denton Municipal Electric?

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Are solicitors supposed to have a permit, especially when going door-to-door to drum up business in Denton?

Insight Denton: What is “conflict of interest”?

Texas ethics laws define a conflict of interest in far more limited terms than what many constituents often perceive as one. The law requires a local official to remove themselves from a discussion and vote and applies to appointed officials with rule-making authority as well as elected ones.

Insight Denton: Does the city of Denton have the region’s largest bureaucracy?

EmpowerTexas and Texans for Fiscal Responsibility claim Denton city government has among the highest number of employees and the highest spending per capita in the region.

Insight Denton: Who turns off the ball field lights?

Who turns off the ball field lights at North Lakes Park and other city parks when the games are done? (And who do we call if someone forgot?)

Insight Denton: Is Denton a sanctuary city?

No. In its national map of "sanctuary cities and counties," the nonpartisan Center for Immigration Studies (cis.org/Sanctuary-Cities-Map) lists Travis County as the only spot in Texas which disputes how to manage detaining orders from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Insight Denton: Is Denton losing businesses to Frisco?

Businesses established in Denton aren’t leaving the city to set up shop in Frisco, but some businesses are choosing to locate in Frisco instead of Denton.

Insight Denton: Is construction on University Drive behind schedule?

Not necessarily.

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Insight Denton: I want to do my taxes myself. Where can I get help?

The Denton Public Library has forms and instruction books for both long forms (1040 and 1040A) and the short form (1040EZ). A display graphic at the resource table helps you choose the right form.

Insight Denton: Is there a dress code for court?

Yes. Until recently, different courts in Denton County had different standards, depending on the judge. In February, the district and county judges agreed on a uniform dress code and sent word through the Denton County Bar Association.

Insight Denton: Am I allowed to cut through a parking lot to avoid a traffic backup?

No. Such a maneuver is both against the law and a bad idea, says Orlando Hinojosa, spokesman for the Denton Police Department.

Insight Denton: What is this “limited ballot” being offered to me?

This special ballot contains only the federal and state races that appear on every Texas ballot.

Insight Denton: Does the state license horseback riding therapy centers?

In Texas, no license or certification is required for a business or nonprofit group or its staff to offer horseback riding to people with disabilities.

Insight Denton: How can I find older news stories from the Denton Record-Chronicle?

Most stories published within the last five years are available on our website.

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Can a stoplight fail and signal traffic to proceed without finishing the signal for the cross traffic first?

Insight Denton: Does the UNT College of Music record every performance in the Murchison Performing Arts Center?

Yes, said Blair Liikala, UNT director of Recording Services.

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Insight Denton: Is it legal to shoot a buzzard?

No.

Insight Denton: Is there a way to recycle my old toilet?

The city doesn’t recycle old porcelain or ceramic toilets. You will need to follow instructions for bulk waste disposal for items that are too big to fit in the green cart.

Insight Denton: I’m not a member of any political party. Can I vote in the March 1 primary election?

What do you want to know? Email your question for Insight Denton to pheinkel-wolfe@dentonrc.com.

Insight Denton: Why are some traffic lights not turned on?

What do you want to know? Email your question for Insight Denton to pheinkel-wolfe@dentonrc.com.

Insight Denton: Why do downtown businesses get charged for a dumpster when there isn't one nearby? How is the rate calculated?

The city has been working on reducing the number of trash dumpsters downtown for a few years. Many dumpsters for individual businesses sat in plain view. Some even sat on sidewalks. They are eyesores.

Insight Denton: How is my sewer bill calculated

Unlike your use of water or electricity, what goes down the drain isn’t metered.

Insight Denton: What’s going on with the birds?

When we clean up our dinner dishes, should we scrape food bits down the drain or into the trash?

Into the trash, says Heather Goins, Denton’s pretreatment program manager for environmental services.