City seeks public input on projects

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Street funding is expected to be part of a bond election on the November ballot to help Denton make repairs and improvements to local roadways. Here, chunks of pavement sit in a closed lane on the southbound side of Carroll Boulevard near University Drive in 2012.

Meetings set to get opinions on items for bond election

Residents have a chance to weigh in on public projects that could be part of a Denton bond election planned for November.

A citizen committee will host a series of meetings from Jan. 22 to Feb. 1 to hear what residents have to say about projects that have already been proposed, as well as any proposals of their own.

The City Council reviewed a list of projects recommended by the city staff prior to appointing the 51-member bond committee. The council charged the committee with coming up with a list of community priorities for a six-year bond program, which could reach $50 million or more.

In appointing the committee, the council asked that the priorities begin with several key projects from the staff’s recommendations, including street reconstruction.

Some residents have already submitted suggestions of other public projects for the committee to consider, including a pedestrian plaza for Walnut Street, ice storm preparedness and a permanent facility for the community market.

Residents can review materials — including the meeting schedule, the committee list and projects already proposed, on the city’s website. Those who cannot attend the meetings are welcome to e-mail or phone in their comments and suggestions, said Alison Ream, the staff liaison to the citizen committee.

Residents need only propose an idea, she said.

“We’ll share that with the committee and they can take opportunities to research it more,” Ream said.

Residents can call 940-349-7277 to discuss their concerns, suggestions or possible projects with a staff member, or send an e-mail to 2014bondprogram@cityofdenton.com.

Bond program materials can be viewed by visiting www.cityofdenton.com and following the link labeled “2014 City of Denton Bond Program.”

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.

 

If You Go

The citizens committee for an expected November bond election has invited residents to share their ideas for public improvement projects at one of four upcoming meetings:

Jan. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Denia Recreation Center, 1001 Parvin St.

Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon at North Lakes Recreation Center, 2001 W. Windsor Drive

Jan. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 1300 Wilson Drive

Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St.


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