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Briefly in Denton and area

Denton’s efforts on energy use recognized

The city of Denton received an honorable mention for its climate protection efforts during the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual conference Friday in Orlando, Fla.

Denton was among the five large cities — and the only city in Texas — so honored.

Grand Rapids, Mich., finished first among large cities in this 6-year-old program that acknowledges initiatives to reduce greenhouse gases and increase energy efficiency.

Grand Rapids had more than 200 specific objectives in its plan that were measured, tracked and reported.

A local wind farm provides about 40 percent of Denton’s energy needs.

In addition, Denton uses gas captured from the landfill to generate 1.6 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 1,600 Denton homes each year.

The city also provides residents with free energy efficiency audits and rebates.

Other large cities given honorable mentions were Indiana­polis, Los Angeles, Charlotte, N.C., and Oakland, Calif.

Beaverton, Ore., finished first among small cities for a communitywide, bulk-purchase solar program.

Honorable mentions went to Rochester Hills, Mich.; Racine, Wis.; Newton Mass.; and Pleasanton and Manhattan Beach, Calif.

— Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe

 

City commission sets public hearing

Denton’s Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing Wednes­day on an application for a historic landmark.

The hearing convenes after the regular meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the work session chambers at Denton City Hall, 215 E. McKinney St.

The commission will consider an application to designate the property at 903 W. Oak St. a historic landmark.  

— Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe

Sanger

City looks to fill slots on parks board

Sanger city leaders are seeking to fill three openings on the Sanger Parks and Recreation Board.

Those interested who have time to help with city-sponsored events can apply at City Hall, 501 Elm St., or download an application at http://sangertexas.org and submit it by e-mail.

 

Oak Point

Public hearing set on final plat

The City Council will have a public hearing Monday on the final plat of 10.7 acres at the northwest corner of Naylor and McCormick roads.

The hearing follows the opening of the council’s regular meeting and consent agenda at 6 p.m. in the Community Room, 100-B Naylor Road.

For more information on the agenda, go to www.oakpointtexas.com.

— Staff reports